VANCOUVER’S FREE PUBLIC WIFI NETWORK AMONG LARGEST IN NORTH AMERICA
In partnership with TELUS and Shaw Communications Inc., the City of Vancouver has expanded free public WiFi throughout the city, making the #VanWiFi newtork one of the largest in North America.
“Shaw’s expansion of #VanWiFi, covering more than 500 locations in the downtown core and surrounding areas, is a huge win for our residents and businesses, and helps to move Vancouver forward in becoming a truly leading Smart City,” said Vancouver’s Mayor Gregor Robertson.
GREENPEACE EXHIBIT OPENING AT THE VANCOUVER MARITIME MUSEUM JULY 2018
The Vancouver Maritime Museum’s exhibit entitled “Making Waves: The Story and Legacy of Greenpeace” will chronicle the world’s most renowned environmental organization’s humble beginnings in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood, and its near 50 year contribution to collective environmental consciousness.
In 1969 demonstrators protested US nuclear missile testing on the US-British Columbia Border, and in 1971 a boat of volunteers and journalists sailed from Vancouver to Amchitka, Alaska to conduct a non-violent protest of underground nuclear tests, challenging the governmental failure of safeguarding the environment.Greenpeace is now the most recognizable environmental organizations in the world with over 3 million international members and 60,000 supporters in Canada.
HIGHLY ANTICIPATED COQUILLE FINE SEAFOOD NOW OPEN IN VANCOUVER’S GASTOWN
Taste the best of what Vancouver’s land and sea has to offer with Coquille’s hot and cold plates, salads, sandwiches and crudos, seafood platters and freshly shucked oysters from the East and West Coast.
The highly anticipated Coquille Fine Seafood, the latest venture of esteemed local chefs Lee Cooper and Jack Chen and partner Nin Rai, has opened in Vancouver’s Gastown neighbourhood, just up the street from award-winning sister restaurant L’Abattoir.
Coquille Fine Seafood’s nautically-inspired space—designed by SITU Design’s David Hepworth—serves 100 diners in its dining room, bar, and lounge, evoking the elegance of a 1930s ocean liner with a dash of sea monsters, old whaling ships, and the deep sea. Visit this 4,100-sq.-ft. fresh catch for lunch, dinner, and late-night drinks seven days a week.
HOT TUB CINEMA COMING TO VANCOUVER THIS MAY
If you love hot tubs and movies, have we got some news for you! An Australian-based group has announced that they will be holding an exciting event in Vancouver in May of 2018 that combines hot tubs and movies for one extra special evening.
“Hot Tub Cinema Club” is to allow for you and four friends to enjoy drinks in a comfy, padded hot tub. While you are lounging in your personal hot tub, enjoying a movie on the big screen, you will also be surrounded by other people who are also lounging in their respective hot tubs. What’s not to like!?
Hot Tub Cinema Club in Vancouver will be opening up 20 hot tubs in a mystery location in the city, for just 6 special nights. Each hot tub fits only 5 people, so that means there will only be 600 people who will get to enjoy this exclusive event featuring hot tubs, beverages, and movies!
FIVE PLACES TO GARDEN HOP IN VANCOUVER THIS SPRING
Vancouver is a bastion of natural beauty—Pacific Ocean, Coast mountains, lush rainforest—but the city’s exquisitely cultivated gardens need not be overlooked. Here’s your spring garden bucket list.
-Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden was the first classical Chinese garden built outside of China.
-VanDusen Botanical Garden, located in the elegant Shaughnessy neighbourhood, features 22 hectares of plant collections representing ecosystems ranging from tropical South Africa to the Himalayas to the Arctic, to Pacific Northwest. May and June are ideal for viewing the popular Laburnum Walk, the rose garden and the meadow garden.
-Sitting at the City of Vancouver’s highest point – 152 metres above sea level – Queen Elizabeth Park encompasses a number of display gardens, as well as golf, lawn bowling, tennis, an outdoor arboretum and the indoor Bloedel Floral Conservatory.
-UBC Botanical Garden,distinct garden pockets, including Nitobe Memorial Garden, a traditional Japanese “tea and stroll” venue considered to be one of the most authentic in North America;visitors enjoy a traditional tea ceremony in the Tea House
– Stanley Park features an abundance of gorgeous flower gardens, all of which begin their riotous blooming in spring.
THESE TWO PHONE APPS OFFER A NEW WAY TO EXPLORE VANCOUVER
Whether you are interested in Vancouver’s gritty history or exploring the city’s natural beauty, these phone apps (from Vancouver-based developers On This Spot and Yervana) allow you to take your adventure into your own hands.
On This Spot-With the On This Spot app, locals and visitors alike can go back in time with nothing but their smartphone.The then-and-now photo app offers guided tours of historic spots around Vancouver, complete with over 600 photos from the Vancouver Archives.The app is available for both iPhone and Android.
Yervana- Officially launched in February 2018, Yervana is an adventure app connecting visitors, explorers and outdoor enthusiasts with knowledgeable locals who can take them on personalized outdoor adventures.
Users can discover Vancouver’s hidden gems while hiking, biking, exploring, skiing, stargazing (and much more!) like a local, skipping the tedious research phase and getting right into the adventure with like-minded individual
FOOD! BEER! IT’S ALL IN VANCOUVER AT THESE COLLABORATIVE RESTAURANT AND BREWERY DINNERS
As Vancouver is the Craft Beer Capital of Canada and a foodie’s dream destination, collaborative events between five-star restaurants and craft breweries only makes sense. Here are a couple Vancouver favourites dedicated to celebrating great food and beer.
West Coast phenomenon known as Tacofino will partner with a six-pack of local breweries to host a monthly series of five-course Beer Dinners that began on January 25 and will continue throughout the spring and summer.
The beer dinner series continues in 2018 with:
- Steel & Oak Brewing Co. on Thursday, March 29;
- Strange Fellows Brewing Company on Thursday, April 26;
- Four Winds Brewing Co. on Thursday, May 31;
- Port Moody Brewers Row (The Parkside Brewery, Moody Ales, Yellow Dog Brewing Co. and Twin Sails Brewing) on Thursday, June 28.
“DINNER IN THE SKY” RETURNS TO VANCOUVER FOR SUMMER 2018
WESTCOAST Sightseeing will add “Dinner in the Sky” to its array of exceptional west coast offerings and tours, starting in June 2018 and running for three months over the summer, showcasing Vancouver’s spectacular ocean, mountain and city vistas and world-renowned dining.
About WESTCOAST Sightseeing:
Vancouver-based WESTCOAST Sightseeing is a privately owned business, and the largest sightseeing operator in Vancouver.
About “Dinner in the Sky”:
“Dinner in the Sky” was founded in Belgium over 30 years ago and first came to Vancouver last year for a sold-out month of July, delighting diners with gourmet food, cocktails, wine and stunning views 100 feet in the sky in North Vancouver.
“Dinner in the Sky” serves 22 guests with four staff including the chef and one designated safety lead. Guests can enjoy a 360-degree view with secure, comfortable rotating and reclining seating.
UPCOMING 2018 EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN VANCOUVER
From the Polar Bear Swim on January 1 to New Year’s Eve celebrations, Vancouver’s calendar is jam-packed with festivals and other exciting events. Here’s a quick round-up of a few highly anticipated 2018 events and festivals in the city.
-JUNO Week | March 19 – 25, 2018
JUNO Awards,a week-long festival that travels from city to city across Canada that feature a diverse array of Canadian artists and emerging talent.
-Vancouver Folk Music Festival | July 13 – 15, 2018
A weekend-long event at Jericho Beach Park attracts big-name headliners, but features such as the Little Folks Village make it a hit with all ages.
-Vancouver Pride Festival | August
A diverse and gay-friendly destination, it’s no surprise that Vancouver is home to one of Canada’s largest pride celebrations.
-Skookum Festival | September 7 – 9, 2018
Celebrates the diversity of music, art, and food. Accompanied by today’s best contemporary music with sophisticated food and beverage program, showcasing the best BC wines, craft beers, and distilleries.
-Vancouver Writer’s Festival | October 15 – 22, 2018
The Writer’s Fest is a celebration of story, told by authors, poets, spoken word performers, and graphic novelists in the cultural oasis of Granville Island.
SOURCE- TOURISM VANCOUVER MARCH 2018