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Vancouver has a long history of being an architecturally significant city. There are many building scattered throughout the downtown core as well as the surrounding suburbs that empashize the different architectural styles that have been important throughout the city’s history. This series of blog posts will focus on a particular building for each decade, all the way from the 1900s through to the future – the 2030s!

This first post will guide us through the 1900s to the 1950s.

1900 – 1910: The Hotel Europe

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In June 1886, Vancouver was struck by one of the most catastrophic events in its history: the Vancouver Great Fire. Almost 90% of the buildings in town burned down to their grounds, causing many casualties and leaving many families without a roof on their heads; even the famous Gassy Jack’s pub was totally destroyed by the flames.

The city faced a $1.3 million dollar loss; so, when the time of reconstruction came, the city council decided that the entirety of Vancouver had to be rebuilt using fireproof materials (e.g. bricks).

It was during this period that Angelo Calori, an Italian immigrant, decided to open one of the first hotels in town: the Hotel Europe.

Construction began in 1908 and terminated in 1909, making Hotel Europe one of the first hotels in Western Canada to have running water, electricity, and, most importantly, a completely fireproof structure.

The hotel was, eventually, bought by the city of Vancouver in 1983 and, thus, converted to an apartment complex for low income people.

I particularly like this structure as it is heavily inspired by the world-famous   Fuller building (also known as the Flatiron) in New York City, with its “Renaissance Revival” architectural style.

Today, the Hotel Europe is still there where it was originally built more than 110 years ago and it’s one of the most iconic buildings in Gastown…too bad that it cannot be visited.

1910 – 1920: The Seymour Building

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When I was attending Greystone College on Seymour Street, I couldn’t help but notice this massive white building right in front of my school; every time I looked out of my class’ window I was amazed by this wonderful Neo-Gothic architectural style that reminded me of the beautiful Woolworth building in New York City.

The Yorkshire Guarantee and Securities Corporation Ltd Building, later known as the Seymour Building, was built in 1912 and completed in 1919 due to delays caused by WWI, and it still exists today as one of the last Neo-Gothic edifices remaining in Vancouver. Designed by the Vancouver-based firm of Somervell & Putnam, the distinctive 10-storey granite-faced office tower stands at 525 Seymour Street in the heart of downtown Vancouver, where the bustling cityscape around the historic block has changed radically over the last century.

With its 10 floors, the Yorkshire Building was once planned to be the tallest in the city but was surpassed by the Sun Tower in 1912 (more than 7 years before its completion). Its elaborate granite facade was a symbol of progress and gave the whole downtown area a fresh and modern look.

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Today, the building is leased out as an office space on a per-unit basis and has changed hands numerous times over its long lifetime. The building is proclaimed by its current owners as prime downtown office space, and the careful restoration and upkeep of the exterior and interior heritage details are a major selling point for those looking to rent a unique space for their business.

I personally think that the Seymour Building is a handsome structure that stands as a testament of timeless design and fine detail work in a city with a modern cityscape made of steel and glass.

1920 – 1930: The Marine Building

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I consider the Marine Building to be one of the most exquisite examples of Art Deco today. This 22-storey construction is considered by many to be one of the most well-preserved and significant edifices from the 1920s. Its story is quite interesting and goes all the way back to the 1910s, when the Panama Canal was officially opened, making it possible to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The opening of the canal made Vancouver one of the busiest and richest harbours in North America; this fact attracted many investors from all over Canada, one of them being J.W. Hobbs – a man who believed that Vancouver deserved a brand new skyscraper to increase the city’s importance in the world. He was profoundly fascinated by the elegance of the Fisher Building in Detroit and thought that, in order to become an important city, Vancouver needed a building of the same league and style as the one in Michigan; so he hired the architect firm “McCartner Nairne and Partners” and invested 2.2 million dollars into the project. Construction began in 1929 and ended in 1930 during the Great Depression which condemned the building to remain mostly empty. They even built an observation deck on the top, but nobody, during those times, could afford the 25 cents admission ticket. Due to the terrible economic recession, Hobbs found himself in debt, so he sold the building for nine hundred thousand dollars to the Guinness family of Ireland to repay his creditors. Despite this terrible start, the building today has been assessed to be worth more than 90 million dollars, and its beautiful hall is still open to everybody to enjoy.

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1930 – 1940: City Hall

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Since I live in Fairview, every time that I have to take the skytrain, I have to pass right in front of this marvelous Art Deco building that serves as city hall; its massive white structure is visible from all over Vancouver and it is still used today as the city’s council home.

Located on 12th Avenue, the building was ordered by the Vancouver Civic Building Committee and designed by architect Fred Townley. The building is highly recognisable by its iconic twelve-storey tower with a clock on the top that is lit during the night.

Until 1929, the original Vancouver City Hall was located on Main Street, in downtown, but that building was too small to accommodate the council of a growing city. It was more than clear that a brand new Town Hall was needed, so, after being elected mayor in 1934, Gerry McGeer created an opposite committee to select a new location for a city hall. The committee chose Strathcona Park on W. 12th Avenue as a site, and City Council approved the selection in 1935, making Vancouver the first major Canadian city to locate its city hall outside its downtown.

Constructions began in 1935 and terminated in 1936, when the building officially opened its doors to the city’s council. The cost of the whole structure was 1.1 million dollars and that’s partly due to the fact that most parts of the interiors were decorated with statues and ceilings covered by gold leaves.

An additional wing was added to the original structure in the 1960s and, since then, the building was never altered again. Nowadays this stunning edifice is still home to the Vancouver’s city council and is loved by many Vancouverites.

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1940 – 1950: The Vogue Theatre

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Each time I stroll around Granville Street, my attention is captured by its façade that is beautifully crafted in the Art-Moderne style, which emphasizes sleek lines and fluid contours. The theatre has two symmetrical façades, constructed in textured concrete with elaborated iron screens. One of the defining features of the Vogue is its large neon sign which is topped by the silhouette of the Goddess Diana (the Roman Goddess of the Moon).

The Vogue, as the name may suggest, first opened as a theatre pretty similar to the ones on Broadway St. in New York but, since then, has evolved to host many different events and special occasions like the Vancouver Film Festival or the Vancouver Jazz Festival.

Even today its beautiful neon sign is still shining on Granville St. for many to enjoy.

Welcome to Vancouver! This gorgeous city has plenty to offer, such as beautiful scenery, lively shopping districts, historical landmarks, and an array of different restaurants to fit your tastes. Besides these amazing components that make up our beautiful city, Vancouver also has a dynamic and unique nightlife! While you are here, stay up to see what this city has to offer – from animated streets filled with music to the hustle and bustle of bars and nightclubs all over the downtown core.

Next up – clubs!

Venue

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This hip, energetic locale is a great place to get your groove on. Put on your dancing shoes and come down to Granville Street’s hottest nightclub, where you can find weekly special events or book a VIP service such as a birthday.

Where: 881 Granville St

Hours: Friday and Saturday 10pm-3am

Website: https://venuelive.ca/

Fortune Sound Club

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Located in the heart of Vancouver’s diverse Chinatown, Fortune was once home to a Chinese restaurant but underwent major renovations to become a cutting-edge club with a modern lounge. Fortune offers many events with different music genres to appeal to everyone’s taste. If you’re looking for a place that is upbeat with high energy music, this is the perfect place to spend your Friday or Saturday night.

Where: 147 E Pender St

Hours: Friday and Saturday 10pm-2am, Monday 10pm-1am

Website: https://fortunesoundclub.com/

Studio Lounge and Nightclub

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This venue doubles as a club and a lounge. Known as one of the bigger bars in Vancouver, Studio offers guests a large space to dance, mingle and listen to live DJs. If you’re looking for special events or theme nights this place is perfect for you!  They offer a karaoke on Monday night, Vancouver Latin Fever on Tuesdays and they have private event spaces that can hold up to 300 people!

Where: 919 Granville St

Hours: Monday 10pm-3am, Tuesday 9:30pm-3am, Wednesdays closed, Thursday 10pm-3am, Friday to Saturday 9:30pm-3am

Website: https://studionightclub.ca/

Bar None Nightclub

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This club, converted from a warehouse, has been Yaletown’s only standing dance club for over 20 years. Bar None is known to feature great international and resident DJ’s and they often host different weekly events. This bar has undergone many renovations over the years but the most recent on involves an addition of an elevated sake and sushi bar. Bar None has one of the most lavish VIP rooms with its own access to a bar and an intimate setting great for parties or private events. This bar is perfect if you’re looking for fantastic live music and themed events!

Where: 1222 Hamilton St

Hours: Friday to Saturday 10pm-3am

Website: http://barnoneclub.com/

Welcome to Vancouver! This gorgeous city has plenty to offer, such as beautiful scenery, lively shopping districts, historical landmarks, and an array of different restaurants to fit your tastes. Besides these amazing components that make up our beautiful city, Vancouver also has a dynamic and unique nightlife! While you are here, stay up to see what this city has to offer – from animated streets filled with music to the hustle and bustle of bars and nightclubs all over the downtown core.

Keefer Bar

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Located in the heart of Chinatown, this bar offers a unique experience with their award-winning cocktails. Their bartenders have perfected the art of mixology and consistently sit among the most impressive in Downtown Vancouver. Having been nominated throughout the years as one of the best bars in Downtown and rated 83rd best bar around the world in 2017, this place is sure to offer an experience like no other. The outside fireplace creates the perfect patio atmosphere and with their list of exclusive drinks, this bar is a must see if you are passing through Vancouver’s historic Chinatown!

Where: 135 Keefer Street

Hours: Sunday to Thursday 4:00pm-1:00am, Friday to Saturday 4:00pm-2am

Website: https://www.thekeeferbar.com/

Uva Wine Bar

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The UVA Wine Bar carries an assortment of cocktails, wines, beers, and is known as one of Vancouver’s best wine cocktail bars. It has been given much recognition, taking the top prize for “The Best Wine Bar” from 2010 to 2017 and was awarded second place for the best cocktail bar in 2015. If you are interested in trying a variety of rare wines, the UVA lounge is the perfect place to spend a night out with family and friends!

Where: 900 Seymour Street

Hours: Monday to Sunday 2pm-2am

Website: https://www.uvavancouver.com/

Six Acres

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Head to the end of Gastown, where you will find Six Acres situated in the Alabama Building. This authentic heritage bar offers a wide variety of beer and ale from around the world, as well as a stunning list of wines and cocktails to choose from. The rustic interior of this bar paired with classic share plates with surely have you coming back for a second visit!

Where: 203 Carrall Street

Hours: Monday to Thursday 11am-12am, Friday 11am-1am, Saturday 10:30am-1am, Sunday 10:30am-11pm

Website: https://www.sixacres.ca/

The Cambie

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Vancouver’s oldest still-standing bar was almost shut down this year, but thankfully it’s been saved, so do yourself a favor and check It out. While most known for their student-friendly special nights and cheap pub grub, the Cambie also houses a hostel on the second floor.

Where: 300 Cambie St

Hours: Sunday to Thursday 8am-2am, Friday to Saturday 8am-3am

Website: http://cambiepubs.com/

Nobody saw it coming, but soon enough, good old-fashioned vinyl records will outsell CDs for the first time since the 80s. And if you’re in the mood to start (or perhaps restart) your record collection, look no further than Vancouver. The city’s known for its bustling culture of vintage shopping, and nothing screams vintage more than vinyl – so here’s a handy list of five great Vancouver record shops.

Neptoon Records

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Vancouver’s oldest independent record is a favorite of local residents due to its massive collection of new and used records (the largest in the city) as well as the famed, limited-release selections one can find here every Record Store on April 18th.

Where: 3561 Main Street

Hours: Monday to Saturday 11am-6:30pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm

Website: http://neptoon.com/

Beat Street Records

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Located just a minute’s walk from the Lookout, this renown shop carries approximately 50,000 records in stock – so you can’t go wrong here, whether you’re looking for a shiny new release, rare collector’s item, or something from the bargain bin. They also sell DJ supplies, vintage collectibles, and even cassettes, making this a heaven for music lovers. And unlike most other Vancouver vinyl stores, they’re also willing to buy your records – visit their website to learn more!

Where: 439 W Hastings Street

Hours: Sunday to Tuesday 12pm-6pm, Wednesday to Thursday 12pm-7pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm-8pm

Website: https://www.beatstreet.ca/

Noize to Go Records

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Recently finding a new home on Union Street in 2014 after being evicted from its previous location, this small and charming shop on the of edge of Chinatown specializes in second-hand and collectible records. Friendly, knowledgeable staff make it easy to locate whatever rare album you’ve been itching to put your hands on. The owner, Dale Weise, has been a mainstay of the Vancouver vinyl community for years, so you can be certain you’re in good hands when you visit his shop.

Where: 243 Union Street

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 12:30pm-6:30pm, Sunday 1pm-5:30pm, Monday 2:30pm-6:30pm

Website: https://www.facebook.com/noizetogo/

Red Cat Records

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Recently voted by customers as one of the ten best independent record shops in Canada (CBC Radio 3 Searchlight), this quirky store is so-named after Buddy the Cat, who unfortunately passed away in 2006 (but not before leaving behind a great legacy, including a concept album by Ray Cooder that was inspired by him). The gang at Red Cat has recently opened a second location in the Hasting-Sunrise neighborhood. Both locations have a fantastic library of new and used vinyl as well as an assortment of turntables and speakers. Make sure to check out their website’s “staff top 10 lists” section for some great recommendations.

Where: 4332 Main Street and 2447 E Hastings Street

Hours:

  • Main Street location: Monday to Thursday 11am-7pm, Friday to Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 11am-6pm.
  • Hastings location: Monday to Thursday 11am-6:30pm, Friday to Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 11am-6pm.

Website: http://redcat.ca/

Zulu Records

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Though a little ways away from downtown Vancouver, Zulu Records was a finalist in CBC Radio 3’s Searchlight contest to find Canada’s best record shop – and they have much more than just vinyl. They sell silkscreen posters, turntable equipment, concert tickets, and even host the occasional live performance of a local band or artist. Also under the same roof as Zulu Records you can find

Videomatica, a specialty video store where you can find a wide variety of blu-rays, DVDs and even laserdiscs (yes, those still exist).

Where: 1972 W 4th Avenue

Hours: Monday to Wednesday 10:30am-7pm, Thursday to Friday 10:30am-9pm, Saturday 9:30am-6:30pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm

Website: http://www.zulurecords.com/

Feeling jetlagged or fatigued? Is the early wake up time hampering your mood? Well, the solution to combating this is simple: breakfast!  Even when you are travelling it is important to remember that breakfast has long been recognized as the most important meal of the day and for good reason!

There is no shortage of great breakfast places in Vancouver, but the good news doesn’t stop there, many of them are actually located in close proximity to the Vancouver Lookout. Start your day off with a hearty meal at any of the restaurants recommended below and then come on over to the Lookout to get your 360° view of our beautiful city!

Brioche (3 minute walk)

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Brioche Urban Eatery is conveniently located in the popular Gastown district. Their breakfast menu is loaded with local West Coast ingredients paired with traditional breakfast items such as omelettes, sandwiches, and pastries. This is the perfect place to stop at for a quick but delicious meal to start off your day.

Where: 401 West Cordova Street
Hours: Monday to Friday (7am-9pm), Saturday to Sunday (8am-9pm)

 

Pure Bread (4 minute walk)

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Originally opened in Whistler, BC, Purebread is a local bakery that will surely satisfy your sweet tooth! If you’re short on time in the big city, stop by this bakery for a bite! Once you walk into Purebread, you are immediately greeted with a display of freshly-baked breads and pastries, guaranteed to make your mouth water! Why not take your meal to go and head up to the Lookout with your friends and family to enjoy breakfast with a view?

Where: 159 West Hastings Street
Hours: 8:30am-5:30am daily

 

Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar (7 minute walk)

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After a long week of exploring, waking up early on the weekends can be a little difficult, so why not give brunch a try? With 2 locations in Vancouver, Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar has been operating since 2011, and it doesn’t show signs of stopping! Named after Richard Chew, a local Vancouverite with a passion for the hospitality industry, Chewies serves up the freshest breakfast dishes at their Coal Harbour location. From the ‘Big Chief Breakfast’ to Jambalaya, there is something for everyone at this beloved local restaurant.

Where: 110-1055 West Hastings Street
Hours: Saturday to Sunday (11am-2:30pm)

 

Jam Café (8 minute walk)

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If you walk along Beatty Street on any given day, you will see a small line forming outside a rustic building. Originally from Victoria, BC, Jam Café is one of Vancouver’s newest hot spots. Their specials are posted daily on their website – there’s always something new and exciting to try! With creative menu items such as ‘The Gravy Coupe’ to ‘The Harrison Fernando’, there is never a dull moment at Jam Café! We recommend going early in the morning before the brunch rush as they don’t take reservations.

Where: 556 Beatty Street
Hours: Monday-Sunday (8am-3pm)

 

Nelson and the Seagull (10 minute walk)

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Nelson and the Seagull is known for its simple yet nutritious breakfast menu. From everyone’s favourite go-to avocado on toast to the classic poached eggs, there’s bound to be something for everyone. With a focus on local fare, you’ll also fall in love with the freshly made in house bread. Its minimalistic concept and design sets the tone for a relaxed environment, perfect for chats over coffee or for quiet mornings with a newspaper.

Where: 315 Carrall Street
Hours: Monday to Friday (8am-5pm), Saturday to Sunday (9am-5pm)

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If you are reading this, you’re probably anticipating your trip to Vancouver or are contemplating on taking a visit to our beautiful city! Along with the enhanced use of digital technology such as smart phones and tablets, applications are on the rise as the best hand-held digital side-kicks. Applications – also known as apps – are software that provides quick and efficient access to everything; from social media platforms to digital cutting boards for your kitchen counter, there is an app for everyone. We have gathered a list of the best (free!) apps to have on your phone that will guarantee to make your travels to Vancouver a well-organized and fun experience!

“App”-tivities  

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Visit Vancouver

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Tourism Vancouver is the city’s premier hub for creating the best experience for visitors from around the world. Just a few years ago, Tourism Vancouver launched its first app, Visit Vancouver, to enhance their innovative approach to tourism. Visit Vancouver provides everything, from food to events and activities happening around the city. If you are looking to plan your trip to Vancouver, the app also provides assistance with planning accommodation and transportation! The design of Visit Vancouver is visually pleasing to the eye as it also includes photos and videos. Click here to find out more about the app!

OnTheGoKids

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OnTheGoKids is the perfect app for families that seek kid-friendly events and festivals happening in the city. Created by yoyomama.com, a Canadian website with a focus towards family-oriented products, events, and other services, this app allows you to store information and access it offline – no need for Wi-Fi! Similar to our other apps mentioned, OnTheGoKids also has GPS and directions included. If you want to share your experiences, OnTheGoKids allows you to connect to social media platforms as well! Download the app here!

Nightbound

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With nightclubs located all around the downtown area, Vancouver’s nightlife is always a blast! Developed and founded in Vancouver, Nightbound allows users to check wait times for lines, apply for guest lists and even access special deals and discounts! As an app that has been featured on about.com and BC Living, Nightbound is perfect for saavy club-goers! Click here to download the app now!

 “App”-y Hour  

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Street Food (Vancouver)

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Within the last few years, the food truck industry has been incredibly successful. From food truck festivals in the Olympic Village to the daily gathering of food trucks at the Vancouver Art Gallery, there is bound to be a food truck that caters to your taste buds! The Street Food app provides a list of food trucks in the downtown core. It is colour coordinated so that you know which food truck is open and what time, as well as the websites and social media platforms. If you’re looking for some of the best, there is also a list of the top 10 food trucks in the city – try Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck or Japadog! Click here to download!

We Heart Local

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Many restaurants in Vancouver have opted for local BC family-owned farms and/or food businesses for their ingredients. We Heart Local is an app that provides a list of the freshest and highest quality of food items in your area, as well as recipes if you plan on cooking! This app is great for the economy of British Columbia and it also builds a tighter community among restaurateurs and farmers. Ready to try some local goods? Click here to download the app!

Tap Map

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Developed by MetroVancouver as an initiative to encourage recycling, the TapMap app has remained as the go-to app for finding locations to refill your water bottles. With over 500 locations, TapMap encourages reusing bottles instead of plastic bottles, which end up in landfills every year. British Columbia has some of the cleanest water in the world – 30 000 samples are tested every year and the water is treated through world-class facilities. To quote Patricia Daly, the Chief Medical Health Officer for Vancouver Coastal Health: “most of the world does not have access to clean drinking water, but we have a pristine source of water here […] tap water is all I drink.” Vancouver is extremely environmentally friendly – join fellow Vancouverites and reduce, reuse, recycle! Click here for more information!

Tr-“app”-sportation

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Translink

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Translink is the transportation system for Metro Vancouver. Established in 1998, Translink has expanded from buses as their primary mode of transportation to skytrains, trains, and seabuses. Public transportation in Vancouver has improved vastly over the years – make sure you download the Translink app for access to live updates, maps, and stops! Click here to find out more!

Car2GO

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Originating in the city of Ulm in Germany, Car2Go has been offering a unique way of transportation for its consumers since 2008. After you sign up as a member, you will be able to access any Car2Go vehicle in the areas offered, drive it to your destination, and drop it off. This reliable service is environmentally friendly and doesn’t charge you monthly – you pay as you go! Visit the Car2Go website for more information.

Go Parking

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As a city that is constantly evolving, driving around Vancouver can sometimes be a hassle. The Go Parking app allows you to search up areas that provide free parking in your vicinity. Simply type in your location and Go Parking will compile a list with the distance included! Download the app for the inside scoop for free parking!

Vancouver’s worldwide reputation for diversity and inclusion becomes especially visible during the enormous Pride celebrations that occur at the end of July and first weekend of August.

This year will be the 39th annual Pride Parade and celebrations. The theme for 2017 is ‘My Pride,’ which according to the official Vancouver Pride Society website “[recognizes] that for each individual, Pride week can be a very unique personal experience with both celebratory and deeply emotional component.”

This year we have Vancouver’s very first all ages Pride dance! Prance on the Pier will start at 5pm on August 2nd in The Shipyards at 25 Wallace Mews in North Vancouver. There will be food, games, drag performances, and much more! This is an all ages, family friendly, and free event for folks who want to celebrate pride and dance the night away.

The West End is the home of Davie Street, where the gay and LGBTQ2+ subculture and community thrive. On the Friday before Pride weekend Davie Street is closed off from Burrard all the way to Jervais for the Davie Street Party. This year’s Davie Street Party is on August 4th from 6 pm until midnight; there will be vendors, performers, art installations, two stages, and the infamous Silent Disco. Davie Street is also home to many fantastic restaurants and businesses which will be open during Davie Street Party.

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On August 5th the Terry Wallace Memorial Breakfast begins at 8 am.  It will be in the Jim Deva Plaza next to the famous rainbow crosswalks at Davie and Bute Street. It is a by donation community breakfast honouring one of the founders of pride in Vancouver. He is remembered as a warm and friendly individual who worked hard to keep the Pride Parade afloat in the beginning. Terry Wallace managed the old Castle Pub and he was the backbone of Pride parade during the 1980s and 90s. Wallace and fellow bar owner Garry Penny, along with board member for Pride Community Foundation Rob Atkinson, all managed to pull together the very first parade in less than 3 months.

And finally Pride week ends off with the famous Vancouver Pride Parade on August 6th. The parade starts at 12pm at Robson St. and Bute in Downtown Vancouver, proceeding west on Robson St. to Denman St., then south to Beach Ave., ending at Sunset Beach. Vancouver’s Pride Parade is known as one of the biggest in the world and reportedly has around half a million attendees every year. Last year the parade had special guest Prime Minister Justin Trudeau march alongside various community, independent, and corporate groups. It is 3 hours of rainbows and music, and where one can see the diversity of the LGBTQ2+ community and its allies.

While the parade is marching along there will be a large Pride Festival at Sunset beach.  There will be various food and merchandise vendors, a large stage with different performers and all sorts of fun activities.

Vancouver`s Pride Parade started as a protest against the oppression, discrimination, and marginalization of the LGBTQ2+ community in Vancouver. Vancouver is lucky to be able to celebrate its LGBTQ2+ community and have one of the largest Pride Parades in the world.

Amongst the glee, glitter, and gaiety there`s an important history still being made. It is important to remember that LGBTQ2+ folks are still being discriminated against for their various identities and Pride is an important part of recognizing the experiences of LGBTQ2+ folks. Pride celebrations are an important statement for declaring and celebrating the existence of LGBTQ2+ folks. Vancouver and Vancouverites are fortunate in being able to proudly fly the rainbow flag because many are unable to.

Canada’s largest food and drink festival is returning to Vancouver this month. If you are visiting the city from January 20th to February 5th, 2017, this experience is one not to be missed. Celebrating it’s 15th year, Dine Out Vancouver Festival includes over 280 restaurants offering three (or more) course prix-fix meals at $20, $30 or $40 per person.

Over the 17 days, festivalgoers are given a variety of dining experiences not offered throughout the rest of the year. Some of these include guided dining adventures, brunch crawls, cooking classes and cocktail masterclasses, guest Chef lectures, wine and craft beer tastings, street food markets and more! There are also special hotel rooms rates which allows visitors to experience a true “night on the town”. Most restaurants are now accepting reservations, so be sure to grab a spot while you can!

 

Here’s a full list of participating restaurants in this year’s Dine Out Vancouver.

$20 Menu

1927 Lobby Lounge
Afghan Horsemen Restaurant
AllStar Wings & Ribs
American Cheesesteak Co. (The)
Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine in Kitsilano
Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine on Broadway
Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine on Davie
Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine on Denman
Banana Leaf Malaysian Cuisine on Robson
Big Rock Urban Brewery & Eatery
Bimini Public House (The)
Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar (The)
Brasserie Bistro – Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites (The)
Butcher & Bullock
Cannibal Cafe (Commercial Drive)
Cazba Restaurant
Cheshire Cheese (The)
Cinema Public House
Clough Club
Deepwater Micro Eatery
District Brasserie (The)
Dubh Linn Gate
Fish Shack (The)
Flying Beaver Bar & Grill (The)
Granville Room
Gyoza Bar Ltd.
Hurricane Grill – North Vancouver
Hurricane Grill – Yaletown
Lamplighter Public House (The)
Las Margaritas Restaurante Y Cantina
Library Square Public House
Lickerish Restaurant & Lounge
Lombardo’s Restaurant
Lucky Taco
Mahony & Sons – Stamps Landing
Mahony & Sons Public House – Coal Harbour
Match Eatery and Public House – Langley
Match Eatery and Public House – New West
Max’s Restaurant – Cuisine of the Philippines
New Oxford (The)
Nonna’s Table
Old Spaghetti Factory (The)
Park at English Bay – Best Western Plus Sands Hotel (The)
Red Card Sports Bar + Eatery – Moda Hotel
Relish Public House
Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. – Kitsilano
Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. – Main
Romer’s – Kitsilano
Romer’s – Port Moody
Romer’s – River District
Romer’s – Yaletown
Spicy6 Indian Cuisine
Stages Bistro & Lounge – Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre
Tap & Barrel – Convention Centre
Tap & Barrel – Olympic Village
Tap & Barrel – Shipyards
TAPshack – Burrard Bridge
TAPshack – Coal Harbour
Three Brits Public House (The)
Timber
Troll’s Restaurant
Vaades Indian Restaurant
Village Taphouse

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ABODE Restaurant
American Grille – Vancouver Airport Marriott
Baci Ristorante
Bay Moorings Restaurant
Bayside Lounge – Best Western Plus Sands Hotel
Bella Gelateria & Pizzeria – Yaletown
Bellaggio Cafe – Downtown
Bellaggio Wine Bar – Convention Centre
Belmont Bar
Boathouse Restaurant – English Bay (The)
Boathouse Restaurant – Kitsilano (The)
Boathouse Restaurant – New Westminster (The)
Boathouse Restaurant – Port Moody (The)
Boathouse Restaurant – Richmond (The)
Boathouse Restaurant – White Rock (The)
Bogart’s Bar & Restaurant – Hampton Inn & Suites
Bottleneck Bar & Grill
Bravo Cucina Ristorante
Bufala
Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse
Burnaby Riverway Clubhouse
C|Prime Italian Steak & Wine
Cactus Club Cafe – Ash
Cactus Club Cafe – Bentall
Cactus Club Cafe – Byrne Road
Cactus Club Cafe – Coal Harbour
Cactus Club Cafe – English Bay
Cactus Club Cafe – Kingsway
Cactus Club Cafe – North Burnaby
Cactus Club Cafe – North Vancouver
Cactus Club Cafe – Park Royal
Cactus Club Cafe – Robson
Cactus Club Cafe – West Broadway
Cactus Club Cafe – Yaletown
Campagnolo Restaurant
Campagnolo Roma
Cardero’s Restaurant
Carthage Cafe
Cascade Room (The)
Catch 122 Cafe & Bistro
Catch Kitchen + Bar
CAVU – Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel
Charcoal & Woodz – Holiday Inn Surrey Cloverdale
Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar – Coal Harbour
Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar – Kitsilano
Chicha Restaurant
Chutney Villa
Cibo Trattoria – Moda Hotel
Cloud 9 Revolving Restaurant – Empire Landmark Hotel
Currents at Bayshore – The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
Curve Lounge – River Rock Casino Resort
Distillery Bar + Kitchen (The)
Dunn’s Famous Restaurant BC
e.b.o restaurant & lounge in the Delta Burnaby
Ebisu on Robson
Edible Canada
Exile Bistro
Fable Kitchen
Feast Neighbourhood Table
Fishworks
Forage
Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar
Gramercy Grill
Guu Garden
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ – Downtown
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Dining – Broadway
Hapa Izakaya – Coal Harbour
Hapa Izakaya – Yaletown
Harold’s Bistro & Bar – Sheraton Vancouver Airport
Hendrick’s
Horizons Restaurant
Hub Restaurant – Denman
Hub Restaurant – Yaletown
Kamei Baru
Kaya Malay Bistro
La Cigale French Bistro
Lobby – The Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier (The)
Maenam
Mangia e Scappa
Masa Japanese Restaurant
Mosaic Bar & Grille – Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Moxie’s Grill & Bar – Abbotsford
Moxie’s Grill & Bar – Davie
Moxie’s Grill & Bar – Guilford
Moxie’s Grill & Bar – Langley
Moxie’s Grill & Bar – Richmond
Nammos Estiatorio
Oakwood Canadian Bistro (The)
Olive & Anchor
Ouisi Bistro
p2b bistro & bar – Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel
Pat Quinn’s Restaurant & Bar
Per Se Social Corner
Personas
Pier 7 Restaurant
PIER 73 Restaurant – Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport
Pink Elephant Thai Restaurant Ltd.
Portobello Ristorante
Prestons – Coast Coal Harbour Hotel
Reef Restaurant on Main (The)
Reef Restaurant on The Drive (The)
Royal Dinette
Sai Woo
Saloniki Greek Taverna
Sandbar Seafood Restaurant (The)
Seasons in the Park
Shady Island Seafood Bar & Grill
Showcase Restaurant & Bar – Marriott Pinnacle Downtown
Siena Restaurant
Spacca Napoli Pizzeria
Spencer’s – Delta Vancouver Suites Hotel
Sylvia Restaurant & Lounge – Sylvia Hotel
Teahouse Restaurant (The)
Ten Ten Tapas
The Yale Saloon
Tivoli’s Restaurant
Torafuku
Trattoria – Kitsilano
Trattoria Italian Kitchen – Park Royal
Urban Thai Bistro
UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar – Moda Hotel
Vij’s Rangoli
Village Resto
Village Table (The)
Water St. Cafe
Yaletown Brewing Co.
Yokohama Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant
Zend Conscious Lounge

$40 Menu

Acorn (The)
Al Porto Ristorante
Ancora Waterfront Dining
AnnaLena
ARC Restaurant – The Fairmont Waterfront
Arms Reach Bistro
Arriva Restaurant
Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge- Wedgewood Hotel & Spa
Bambudda
Baru Latino Restaurante
Beach Bay Café and Patio
Biercraft Cambie
Biercraft Wesbrook Village
Bin 941 Tapas Parlour
Bishop’s
Bistro Pastis
BISTRO SAKANA Neo Japonesque Sushi & Tapas
Black + Blue
Blue Martini Jazz Cafe
Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
Bridges Restaurant, Bistro & Bar
Brix & Mortar
CACAO
Cactus Club Cafe – Coal Harbour
Cafe II Nido
Cafe One – Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel
Carver’s Steakhouse
Chambar Restaurant
Chi Modern Vietnamese Kitchen
Chill Winston
Chop Steakhouse & Bar
Ciao Bella Restaurant Ltd.
CinCin Ristorante + Bar
COAST Restaurant
Copper Chimney – Executive Hotel Le Soleil
Cuchillo
DIVA at the Met – Metropolitan Hotel, Vancouver
Dockside Restaurant – Granville Island Hotel
East is East Chai Lounge – Broadway
East is East Chai Lounge – Main Street
Federico’s Supper Club
Francesco’s Ristorante Italia
GLOWBAL at Telus Garden
Gyu King Teppanyaki
Hart House Restaurant
Homer Street Cafe and Bar
House Special Vietnamese
Italian Kitchen (The)
Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House
Juniper
Kamei Royale Japanese Restaurant
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Alberni (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Burnaby (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Coquitlam (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Dunsmuir (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Granville Island (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Langley (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Maple Ridge (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Morgan Creek (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Richmond South (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Scott Road (The)
Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Yaletown (The)
Kobe Japanese Steak House
La Buca
La Pentola – Opus Hotel
La Terrazza
L’Abattoir Restaurant
LIFT Bar Grill View
MARKET by Jean-Georges
Minami Restaurant
Mission Kits Restaurant
Notch 8 Restaurant & Bar- The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Observatory – Grouse Mountain Resorts (The)
Oceans 999 – Pan Pacific Vancouver
Pidgin
Poor Italian Ristorante
Provence Marinaside
Reflect Social Dining + Lounge
Ritual
Salmon House on the Hill
Salmon n’ Bannock Bistro
Shaughnessy Restaurant
Sorella
Steel Toad Brewpub & Dining Hall
Tableau Bar Bistro – Loden Hotel
The Greek by Anatoli
Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant
Tramonto – River Rock Casino Resort
Vancouver Fish Company Restaurant & Bar (The)
Vij’s
West Oak Restaurant
West Restaurant + Bar
Wild Fig (The)
Wildebeest
WildTale Coastal Grill
Yaletown L’Antipasto
YEW seafood + bar
Zen Japanese Restaurant

Polar Bear Swim
Need a quick refresher to start off your New Year? If so, the annual Polar Bear Swim is just for you! Gather on the beautiful beaches of English Bay with thousands of locals and visitors to welcome the New Year with a plunge into the cold ocean water. Register now!

Date: January 1st
Location: English Bay
Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm

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PuSh Festival
The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is one of the most anticipated events throughout the year. With exhibitions and performances from local and international artists, you can count on having a splendid time with friends and family. Click here for tickets!

Date: January 16th – 21st
Locations and Times: Various locations, click here for more information.

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Vancouver International Boat Show
For 5 days in January, join fellow boat enthusiasts for the Vancouver International Boat Show! Spend a day at Granville Island to see the Floating Show, and then head over to BC Place to look at some more spectacular boats! Click here for information regarding tickets.

Date: January 18th – January 22nd
Location: BC Place and Granville Island
Time: 10:00am-8:00pm (Wednesday – Saturday), 10:00am-5:00pm (Sunday)

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Vancouver Chilly Chase
Start your New Year with the Vancouver Chilly Chase! There are 4 distances to choose from, so grab your pair of runners and get ready for a great run around the Downtown Vancouver Seawall!

Date: January 22nd
Location: Seawall behind Creekside Community Recreation Centre
Time: Times may vary depending on the distances, click here for more information!

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With the temperature cooling down to single digits and lights hanging from the trees that line the streets of Vancouver, you can see that the holiday season is just around the corner. Whether you’re visiting for a vacation or a local Vancouverite, there are always new places to discover for holiday shopping! We have compiled a list of places to check out in the Greater Vancouver area that will surely help you knock a few items off your shopping lists!

Malls

Pacific Centre
Since its opening in 1971, Pacific Centre provides its shoppers with a comfortable shopping experience as it spans for 4 blocks and is completely underground! Vancouver can be a little rainy and snowy during the cold winter season, so this is a great place to go for a little heat and shopping. Make sure you check out some of their notable department stores, The Bay and Nordstrom!

Location: 701 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Hours: 10:00am-7:00pm (Monday-Tuesday), 10:00am-9:00pm (Wednesday-Thursday), 8:00am-9:00pm (Friday), 10:00am-7:00pm (Saturday), 11:00am-6:00pm (Sunday)

Park Royal Shopping Centre
Located in the North Shore, Park Royal has been operating for more than 60 years! With over 280 stores and services within the mall, you won’t be disappointed with their selections. We suggest checking out the stores before or after visiting some attractions such as the Capilano Suspension Bridge or Grouse Mountain!

Location: 2002 Park Royal South, West Vancouver
Hours: 10:00am-7:00pm (Monday-Tuesday), 10:00am-9:00pm (Wednesday-Friday), 9:30am-7:00pm (Saturday), 11:00am-6:00pm (Sunday)

McArthurGlen Designer Outlets
Are you in a hurry to pick up a few things before catching your flight? Luckily for you, McArthurGlen is the newest and closest shopping outlet to the airport. With brands such as Nike and Coach, you’ll get the best deals in town. Don’t forget to also stop by their food court, it is loaded with a variety of new and interesting foods to try (ever heard of a churro sandwich?)!

Location: 1000-7899 Templeton Station Road, Richmond
Hours: 10:00am-9:00pm (Monday-Saturday), 10:00am-7:00pm (Sunday)

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Shopping Districts

Robson Street
One of the busiest shopping districts in Vancouver, Robson Street offers a great selection of stores and local boutiques. While you’re walking down Robson Street, make sure to check out the beautifully decorated trees and different restaurants.

Granville Street
Just a few blocks from the Vancouver Lookout, Granville Street is the perfect place to visit for some Christmas shopping! Not only does this shopping district offer access to Pacific Centre, it also holds the name as one of the most popular entertainment districts in Downtown Vancouver. It’s never a dull moment on Granville Street!

Gastown
Gastown is one of the oldest parts of our city and acts as one of the best places for souvenir shopping! As you walk down historic Gastown, you will see many local boutiques, art museums, and restaurants. Make sure you walk all the way down to visit the statue of Gassy Jack, the man who built the first bar in Vancouver.

Photo by: Vancouver Christmas Market

Christmas Markets

Vancouver Christmas Market
The Vancouver Christmas Market will be celebrating its 7th year at Jack Poole Plaza! This German-inspired market is a great place to visit while you’re in the downtown area. It is easily accessible by public transit (5 minute walk from Waterfront Station) and is kid friendly as well. If you’re already in the Christmas spirit, make sure to ride the Christmas Carousel and browse through the different vendors now!

Dates: November 26 – December 31 (Closed on December 25)
Location: Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place
Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm DAILY, 11:00am-6:00pm (Christmas Eve)

Enchant: Christmas Light Maze & Market
Decorated with over 55 000 square ft. of sculptures and lights, Enchant is the world’s largest Christmas light maze. Besides its amazing light maze, there will also be over 50 vendors and food trucks, entertainment, and great photo opportunities. Grab a couple a friends and head over now – tickets are selling out fast!

Dates: November 25 – December 31*
Location: West 1st Avenue & Crowe Street, Vancouver
Hours: Hours may vary, click here for more information

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