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Vancouver Events Guide: check out the best things to do during your stay in Vancouver BC! Curated & crafted by the Victorian Hotel in Downtown Vancouver!

 

Finding a Spot to Watch the 2016 Fireworks

Fireworks-VancouverEvery year the skies of Vancouver light up in a rhapsody of colour. The annual Celebration of Light is a dazzling display of pyrotechnics that draws thousands of visitors to our fair city each year.

This annual event is a competition between three international cities and totally free to the public. Although finding a spot to watch the display can be a bit of a challenge, as a guest of the centrally located Victorian Hotel, you’ll have easy access to choice viewing locations throughout the city.

Dates for this year’s exhibition are listed below. The Celebration of Light competition begins promptly at 10:00pm over English Bay each night and carried on for about half an hour.

  • NetherlandsSaturday, July 23: 10pm to 10:25pm
  • AustraliaWednesday, July 27: 10pm to 10:25pm
  • AmericaSaturday, July 30: 10pm to 10:25pm

Best Locations

1. English Bay

Probably the best vantage point, if you don’t mind the crowds. The atmosphere in English Bay is intimate and intense. Remember to arrive early to stake out a good spot, and don’t even try to drive. Use the bus or SkyTrain, which is located about 5 minutes from the Hotel at Waterfront Station. You can also try ahead to make a reservation at one of the restaurants in English Bay, the prominent Cactus Club, Boathouse, and Milestone all have patios and exceptional views of this summertime spectacle.

2. Vanier Park

Situated directly across the bay from English Bay Beach, Vanier Park is famous for being the home of the Museum of Vancouver and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. You may even end up rubbing shoulders with a few Shakespearean thespians, as this is also home to Vancouver’s famous Bard on the Beach festival.

3. Kitsilano Beach

Kitty corner to Vanier Park, Kitsilano Beach is another prime viewing location. Once again, transit will be limited, so remember to plan your route. The staff at the Victorian Hotel will be pleased to answer your questions, so you can find your way to beautiful Kitsilano.  Try walking or cycling along the well designated bicycle path ½ a block from the Victorian Hotel.  The bicycle lanes safely lead to the Burrard Bridge and the seawall to Kitsilano Beach.  The Boathouse restaurant situated prominently at Kitsilano Beach has an amazing second floor patio that allows unobstructed views of the evening sunsets and fireworks spectacle.  We recommend booking early for this location as it is highly sought after by the locals.

4. Stanley Park

The fireworks are just another excuse to visit one of Vancouver’s top tourist attractions. If you’re trying to avoid the crowds, say so long to English Bay and head into Stanley Park. Any point along the Stanley Park Seawall that English Bay will provide a great view of the Fireworks.

5. Dundarave Pier

Located in West Vancouver, this family-friendly spot is a local favourite as it’s relatively quiet compared to the other locations. However, it will take a bit more planning to get there.  Make it a day trip along the SeaBus to the NorthShore of Vancouver and buy fresh snacks for a picnic at the Lonsdale Quay Market, and take a direct bus to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. After your tour of the suspension bridge, dine at the many restaurants located at Park Royal before walking to Ambleside Beach to enjoy the fireworks with the locals of North and West Vancouver.

6. Burrard Bridge

If you don’t mind the barebones experience, you can join the locals for a plum spot on the pedestrian walkways of the Burrard Street Bridge. Just remember, barebones means no beach, no concession stands—and no bathrooms!

Planning for The Celebration of Lights

The Celebration of Lights is a much-loved event that has come to define summers in Vancouver. Just remember that getting there and back requires some patience and planning. It’s likely that busses and trains will be packed both ways, so remember to take some water, snacks, or a picnic.  Then get ready for one of the most masterful fireworks display you’ve ever seen.

Staying at The Victorian Hotel

As a guest staying at the Victorian Hotel in Vancouver , you have access to our friendly and knowledgeable staff that can provide great recommendations. And you’ll have easy access to the very best Vancouver has to offer, located just blocks from Gastown and Yaletown!

If you have any questions about things to do in Vancouver, or about any of our hotel services, please give our front desk a call at 604.681.6369 (toll-free 1.877.681.6369).

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Victorian Hotel’s Traveler Tips in Honour of World Environment Day – June 5th 2016

In honour of World Environment Day (June 5, 2016) and Canadian Environment Week (June 5 – 11, 2016), The Victorian Hotel has created a five-point list to guide people interested in a more environmentally friendly approach to travel.

This doesn’t necessarily mean camping with a fibre-rich bowlful of nuts and berries for breakfast. Rather, the small decisions you make when planning your trip can help ensure that you minimize your ecological footprint while still having a great time.

1)      Opt for a stay-cation or minimize travel distances

Many forms of transportation can contribute to climate change. Why not opt to discover the charms of the next city or province? You’ll have a great time discovering local charm and hidden gems in your city, province, or country—and minimize holiday emissions.

2)      Consider your transportation

Some forms are worse than others. Can you drive or take the train? If you have to fly, look toward airlines with higher occupancy rates and newer, more efficient aircraft.  While in downtown Vancouver, choose the Victorian Hotel for its bespoke bicycle rentals to tour the local espresso and culinary scene along Vancouver’s well renowned bike lanes that encompass the best beaches, landmarks, and parks.

3)      Choose your accommodation carefully

Look for hotels that are conveniently located and use earth friendly products. For example, the Victorian Hotel is walking distance from all kinds of restaurants and attractions around Vancouver. Additionally, patrons enjoy local, handmade products like Purely Salt Spring soap, shampoo, and conditioner.

4)      Be Responsible

Act like you would in your own home. Hang your towels so they can be reused. Sheets don’t need to be changed every day. Shut off lights and turn off the air conditioner/heater when you leave your room. Remember to recycle newspapers and drink containers.

5)    Watch where you go…and what you buy

Avoid activities that are significantly harmful to the environment. For example, sports like skydiving burn a lot of energy, whereas an activity like golf can be relatively benign, particularly if the course makes use of recycled water. When it comes time to buy souvenirs, avoid anything made from animals, especially endangered species, which could be illegal.

Being an earth friendly traveller isn’t hard. By making informed decisions, you can have a terrific time and act as a responsible global citizen—wherever you happen to be!

More from Vancouver’s Downtown Boutique Hotel

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If you’ve booked at the Victorian Hotel in Downtown Vancouver for the Victoria Day weekend, be sure give us your name for a chance to win two tickets to the Vancouver Art Gallery.

For most people, Victoria Day heralds the unofficial start of summer. It was made Canada’s first official state holiday by the legislature of the Province of Canada back in 1845. In fact, Canada is the only country that commemorates Queen Victoria’s birthday as an official holiday!

As Canada’s sovereign at the time of Confederation, Queen Victoria’s consent was necessary to form the new country in 1867. She is also credited with making Ottawa the nation’s capital a decade earlier.

When Queen Victoria passed away in 1901, her birthday became an annual holiday. Though it was initially meant to be celebrated every May 24th , today the actual day moves around a lot to ensure locals get to enjoy a long weekend. (Often called the “two-four” long weekend for a case of beer.)

Queen Victoria gave her name to the Victorian age and countless other things associated with the era, such as dress style (it’s said she began the tradition of the bride wearing white to weddings), cities (including BC’s capital and Regina, Saskatchewan) and, of course, many buildings. She is, after all, the namesake for the Victorian Hotel! The central building was built in

1898 at the time of the great gold rush. The second built in 1902 (turn of the Century) called the “Victoria Block” connected with the first occupying a corner City Bloc.

The Victorian Hotel manages to hold onto its past as well as embrace the future, with large open spaces inspired by the high-ceilings of the time, but servicing all the amenities we expect from a hotel today. It is a unique boutique setup, that affords easy access to all the city has to offer—including the Vancouver Art Gallery!

Raffle Prize: two tickets to the Vancouver Art Gallery

To commemorate Victoria Day, we will be raffling off two tickets to the Vancouver Art Gallery.

The current exhibition features Mashup: The Birth of Modern Culture, the Vancouver Art Gallery’s biggest exhibition yet, 3 years in the making and featuring over 156 different artists!

The raffle will take place on Saturday May 21st. If you’re staying with us during the Victoria Day long weekend, remember to enter your name in the draw box by the front desk—or ask us to do it for you!

  • The winner will be given the tickets Saturday May 21.
  • Complimentary tea and cake will be offered in the Lobby on Monday May 23rd, 2016 for guests to enjoy Victoria Day.

We wish everyone good luck and a great Victoria Day long weekend!

If you have any questions or to learn more, please give our front desk a call at 604.681.6369 (toll-free 1.877.681.6369).

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Colin Mochrie and friends

  • Friday, August 21 & Saturday, August 22
  • 7:30p.m. and 10p.m.
  • The Improv Centre on Granville Island

Canada’s best-known improviser, teams up with Vancouver TheatreSports™ League (VTSL) players for four spirited shows on Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyways?, This Hour Has 22 Minutes) was a player at Vancouver TheatreSports™ League for years alongside fellow alumni Ryan Stiles. He has continued to light up the stage and screen as one of Canada’s funniest comedians since. For this rare Vancouver appearance Colin will be spinning comedy gold with a handpicked cast of all-star improvisers.

Featuring all your favourite TheatreSports™ games and inspired by your suggestions, Colin Mochrie will be the comedy event of the year.

Proceeds from Colin Mochrie & Friends go to support the Colin Mochrie Sponsorship Fund and VTSL’s outreach programs.

Can’t come on August 21 or 22?

Colin is performing a special show the night before on August 20th – An Intimate Evening with Colin, which includes a catered pre-show reception by the Lazy Gourmet, a complimentary glass of bubbly, along with a post-performance Q&A with Colin himself.

Regular seats $70; VIP seats $80

An intimate evening with Colin Mochrie

  • Thursday, August 20
  • 7:30pm
  • The Improv Centre on Granville Island

    Legendary improviser, VTSL Alumnus, and all-round laugh genius Colin Mochrie returns to Vancouver TheatreSports™ League (VTSL), on August 20th for a very special performance – An Intimate Evening with Colin. In addition to a performance of pure comedy gold, the evening

    includes:

  • a catered pre-show reception by the Lazy Gourmet (see menu below)
  • a complimentary glass of celebratory bubble
  • a post-show Q & A with the improv master himself

    Colin will be joined onstage by some of the stars of the VTSL ensemble for an evening that is sure to tickle your funny bone. Proceeds from An Intimate Evening with Colin go to support the Colin Mochrie Sponsorship Fund and VTSL’s outreach programs.

    If you cannot attend on August 20th, don’t despair, Colin is performing four shows entitled Colin & Friends on August 21 & 22 – check them out.

    Tickets $125

Celebration of Lights 25th Anniversary Countdown Fireworks Shows

Dates: July 1 to 25, 2015
Time: 10 p.m. nightly
More details please go to: http://hondacelebrationoflight.com

Locations:
● July 1, 2015: Canada Place, Vancouver (Canada Day)
● July 2, 2015: Langley (location TBA)
● July 3, 2015: Queens Park, New Westminster
● July 4, 2015: Surrey (location TBA)
● July 5, 2015: North Vancouver (location TBA)
● July 6, 2015: New Westminster (location TBA)
● July 7, 2015: Burnaby (location TBA)
● July 8, 2015: Blue Mountain Park, Coquitlam
● July 9, 2015: West Vancouver (location TBA)
● July 10, 2015: Rocky Point Park, Port Moody
● July 11, 2015: Richmond (location TBA)
● July 12, 2015: Burnaby (location TBA)
● July 13, 2015: New Westminster City Hall, New Westminster
● July 14, 2015: Burrard Dry Dock Pier, North Vancouver
● July 15, 2015: Moody Park, New Westminster
● July 16, 2015: Langley (location TBA)
● July 17, 2015: Victoria Park, Coquitlam
● July 18, 2015: Port Moody City Hall, Port Moody
● July 19, 2015: Fusion Festival, Surrey
● July 20, 2015: Burnaby (location TBA)
● July 21, 2015: Richmond (location TBA)
● July 22, 2015: Port Coquitlam (location TBA)
● July 23, 2015: Langley (location TBA)
● July 24, 2015: Lafarge Lake, Coquitlam
● July 25, 2015: English Bay, Vancouver (first night of the 2015
Celebration of Light)

Celebration of Light 2015 Fireworks Festival

Dates: July 25, July 29 and August 1
Time: 10 p.m. nightly
Location: English Bay, Vancouver

Participating Countries:
● Saturday, July 25: China by Team Lidu
● Wednesday, July 29: Brazil by Group Vision Show
● Saturday, August 1: Canada by Archangel Fireworks

Improv After Dark at Vancouver TheatreSports League

Things heat up with Vancouver TheatreSports League’s Improv After Dark. This edgy show is 60 minutes of non-stop, fast-paced no-holds-barred comedy for grown-ups. Featuring a roster of all your favourite improvisers, and a fully-stocked bar, Improv After Dark is a great way to cap off your evening.

Please note: these shows are rated NC17 (you must be 17+ to attend). Persons aged 17 & 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Reference: Images and Content by Darren from Vancouver TheatreSports League

Improv After Dark

Throne and Games at Vancouver TheatreSports League

Throne and Games is an elimination comedic improv format inspired by HBO’s wildly successful Game of Thrones and the book series it is based on, George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.

The Iron Throne of Games sits empty. Three improv families descend on the Throne, each family feeling it has a rightful claim. Throne and Games is an improvised parody filled with betrayal, death, eliminations, unlikely alliances, and above all, humour.

Laughter is coming…

Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm

Reference: Images and Content by Darren from Vancouver TheatreSports League

Throne and Games by Vancouver TheatreSports

 

Vancouver Events ListingFree Outdoor Movies at Stanley Park

Movies are shown every Tuesday night in July and August at Second Beach in Stanley Park. All movies start at dusk. Please come early for best lawn seating selection.

 Victorian Hotel

Car Free Day Vancouver

Westend (on Denman St from Georgia to Davie)
Saturday, June 20th
12 noon – 6pm

Main Street (Broadway to 30th)
Sunday, June 21st
12 noon – 7pm

Commercial Drive (The Drive from Venables to Grandview)
Sunday, June 21st
12 noon – 7pm

now in its 11th year, takes over three Vancouver neighbourhoods this weekend with events on Saturday, June 20th and Sunday, June 21st. This annual multi-site arts and culture festival reclaims traffic thoroughfares as community-focused public spaces, engaging residents, artists, performers, artisans, nonprofits, and businesses.

 

National Aboriginal Day in Vancouver

  • Canada Place
  • Saturday, June 20th
  • 11am – 5pm

The event will provide opportunities for guest of all ages to engage with and learn more about Aboriginal culture and will feature a traditional Coast Salish welcome followed by a variety of performances and activities, including drum making, drumming and dance workshops, storytelling, carving and live music.

Art Gallery Walk South Granville

  • Gallery Row South Granville St
  • Saturday, June 20th

The special events organized for this one-day-only affair draw art enthusiasts and collectors alike out to admire works by seasoned masters and to discover emerging young talents.