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Sometimes the best things in life really are free. As a Vancouver boutique hotel, the staff at the Victorian Hotel know all the ins and outs of the city, and that includes everything you can do on a budget. Here are just a few staff favourites:

1) Gastown: If you’re looking to stroll through the historic part of Vancouver, look no further. Gastown is Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, filled with galleries, designer boutiques, and a wide variety of restaurants. If you’re packing a lunch, there’s no end of scenic urban settings to enjoy it in.

2) Stanley Park: This is Canada’s largest park, and one could easily spend all day just hiking its trails or enjoying its gardens. But on top of that, it features a large part of the Seawall, beaches, a lake, and more. It also contains a number of paid attractions, including the Vancouver Aquarium, a pitch-and-putt course, and the Forest Train, which is sure to delight the young and young at heart. But it’s just as easy to spend a relaxing day here without spending a dime. And don’t forget about the free outdoor movies they offer in the summer!

3) The Great Outdoors Next Door: Hop across to North Vancouver and you have a number of free outdoorsy options available, such as the Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge and Canyon Park, or the famous Grouse Grind (aka Nature’s Stairmaster) which will give you a real workout.

4) Street Festivals: Vancouver offers many free street festivals throughout the summer. Past events have included Make Music, the Burnaby Hats Off Day Street Party, and Italian Day on the Drive. Be sure to keep up to date as to what events will be happening when you come to visit!

5) Celebration of Light: If you’re coming between July 28 and August 4th, you’re in for a treat. The 28th Annual Celebration of Light will be taking place, and there’s a number of places you can go to best watch the light show. Second Beach, English Bay, or even Vanier Park in Kitsilano all offer great vantage points.

No matter what you decide to do, the Victorian Hotel will be there at the end of your journey, offering comfort and indulgences like luxury pillow tops, soaker tubs, high-speed WiFi, and flat-screen TVs. There’s even a complimentary Healthy Start breakfast in the morning, so you’ll be all set for your next adventure.

To learn more or make a reservation, call 1.877.681.6369.

As a boutique hotel in Vancouver, many visitors arrive at the Victorian Hotel with a keen intent to take in Canada’s culture and attractions. For those looking for a special venue, the Vancouver Art Gallery has always been a hub of culture in the centre of the city. Better yet, it’s located less than a 10 minute walk away from the Victorian Hotel.

The Vancouver Art Gallery is one of North America’s most respected and innovative art institutions. Founded in 1931, they offer ground-breaking exhibitions, extensive public programs and put an emphasis on advancing scholarship. The Gallery’s programs also explore the impacts of images in the larger sphere of visual culture, design, and architecture.

For all the shopping lovers out there, the VAG is located right at the heart of the Robson Street shopping district, so you can start or finish your visit to this part of Vancouver with some high-quality window shopping.

The permanent collection includes works by Emily Carr and indigenous art from the region, as well as contemporary art from Asia. Current Exhibitions include a thematic exhibition exploring the impact of the nuclear age, and a German expressionistic collection that explores the development of the style in the early 19th century. Later this year, they will be hosting an exhibit of sculptures and video installations that draw upon both conceptual and performance art while utilising a DIY sense of inventiveness.

Due to its central location, people visiting the VAG aren’t far away from a wide variety of other attractions, such as the Orpheum on Granville, Gastown, Yaletown, and Canada Place. In fact, thanks to its proximity to Granville Street and two major SkyTrain lines, just about anywhere in Vancouver is within reach.

Here’s a local’s tip, every Tuesday evening from 5-9pm the admission for the Vancouver Art Gallery is by donation! Get there early for this popular night to get a spot in line and enjoy the exhibits. During your visit, make your way up to the Gallery Cafe’s rooftop patio for lunch and a beautiful view, one of Vancouver’s best kept secrets.

Once you’ve had your fill of art and culture, you’re just a short walk away from your room at the Victorian Hotel. Enjoy a relaxing bath in the deep soaker tubs, rest on the pillowtop beds, or relax with some TV. In the morning, enjoy the complimentary Healthy Start breakfast and ask our friendly for their recommendations about what to do next.

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Vancouver boutique hotelAs a Vancouver boutique hotel, the staff at the Victorian Hotel enjoy engaging in convivial conversation with guests from near and far. As a landing point for many people visiting Canada for the first time, guests often ask for recommendations about attractions that are amazing, inspiring, and truly Canadian.

For those interested in an activity that’s sure to educate and inspire, FlyOver Canada never fails to impress. Just a fifteen-minute walk from the Victorian Hotel, right down by Canada Place— this scenic attraction is a great launching point for your Fly Over adventure.

Using state-of-the-art technology, guests are suspended before a 20-meter spherical screen and are then swept away on a thrilling eight-minute journey across Canada. Explore the seaside, prairies, mountains, and islands in an exhilarating journey that’s sure to leave you breathless. In fact, even filming this remarkable experience required more than a year!

More than a movie on a fancy screen, you will expertise sights and sounds. You will feel the mist and the mountain wind, because this sensory experience uses effects like wind, mist, and fragrances in conjunction with the ride’s moving seats to create a truly spellbinding experience.

Dive through valleys and glide over mountains, buzz through the confines of our biggest cities and experience the wide-open plains of the prairies. In just eight minutes you’ll cover Canada’s six thousand kilometers—all without ever leaving Vancouver.

As a reminder, to experience  FlyOver Canada, children must be at least 102cm (40″) tall. Children (12 and under) must also be accompanied by an adult or guardian (14 years or older).

When you’re done experiencing the country from coast to coast, indulge in some nearby cuisine or shopping before landing safely back at the Victorian Hotel. To learn more about potential adventures in Vancouver, virtual or real, ask staff members for their recommendations. They’ll be glad to help.

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As a Vancouver boutique hotel, the staff at the Victorian Hotel know all the most interesting places to visit. Whether it’s an outdoor adventure or shopping downtown, Vancouver is a city with limitless options. Even better, most of these are walking distance or just a short ride from the Victorian’s downtown location.

 

Just beyond the front door, a short walk away, Beautiful Canada Place sits on the harbour. This is an attraction that attracts about three million people each year, and it’s the site of many special events, including the 2010 Winter Olympics.

 

In the opposite direction, you’ll find the shopping mecca knowns as Robson Street. However, if the history of the city seems more intersecting, Gas Town is just a short jaunt away. As Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, Gastown is filled with galleries, designer boutiques, and, of course, a wide variety of restaurants. In fact, some of the cites finest eateries are located here. And just further afield is historic China Town, another neighborhood awash in history and wonder. Make sure to check out the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, which is especially recommended for gardening enthusiasts.

 

Those fixed on city highlights should definitely check out Stanley Park, Canada’s largest park. Fantastic in its own right, Stanley Park also contains its own attractions, including the Vancouver Aquarium, a pitch-and-putt course, and, of course, the Forest Train, which is sure to delight the young and young at heart.

 

Another not to be missed city highlight is Granville Island, which is just a short bus ride away. This is a haven where the crafty and curious can enjoy all things artisanal, organic, and handmade.

 

No matter where your trip takes you, or how much energy you expend, at the end of the day the Victorian Hotel will offer indulgence and comfort in the form of luxury pillow tops, soaker tubs, high speed WiFi, and flat screen TVs. There’s even a complimentary Healthy Start breakfast, so you’ll be set for day 2 of your adventures.

 

To lean more or  make a reservation, or call 1.877.681.6369.

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Exploring a new city is always a blast. But choosing where to invest your precious vacation time can be tricky. When you’re only in town for two or three days, it’s important to make every minute count. Vancouver is a city full of treasures that await discovery, and we’ve created this short list of must-see attractions that are close to the Victorian Hotel to help get you started.

Vancouver Attractions that are close to the Victorian Hotel

 

Stanley Park

 

Just a five-minute bus ride from the hotel is Vancouver’s number one attraction. Hop aboard one of the traditional horse-drawn carriages that travel the park and take in nature’s beauty in turn-of-the-century style, which is a great way to enhance your accommodation experience! Alternatively, rent a bicycle at the entrance of the park and traverse 10 glorious kilometres of scenic seawall. We recommend Spokes Bicycle Rentals at Georgia and Denman.

 

Vancouver Aquarium

 

To make the most of your Stanley Park trek, don’t forget to visit the aquarium, which is located inside the park. Always a favourite with the kiddies, the Vancouver Aquarium is home to over 50,000 diverse creatures, from the Amazon to the Arctic. Say hi to adorable sea otters or wave at the octopus, which are both indigenous species to our coastal waters—the Salish Sea! Additionally, there are activities, galleries, and a 4-D theatre, which alway delver a spellbinding experience for the whole family.

 

FlyOver Canada

 

If you’ve ever dreamed of flying like a bird, this is as close as it gets. Explore the diverse regions of Canada from coast-to-coast on this breathtaking simulation-style ride. With wind, mist, and fragrance effects, FlyOver Canada is the very latest in projection and ride technology.

 

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

 

A tiny sanctuary in the heart of the city, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is located just outside Yaletown. Experience the first authentic Chinese garden built outside China. Stroll along peaceful paths and enjoy the harmonious union of rock, water, and architecture in a tranquil and authentic setting that’s sure to be a hit with the horticulturalist in your group.

 

Telus World of Science

 

A prominent feature of the Vancouver skyline since Expo ’86, the Telus World of Science, more commonly known as Science World, is a destination to ignite the mind. With interactive displays, inspirational exhibits, and jaw-dropping facts, kids and adults alike will rediscover the joy of learning—and that’s before even experiencing the immersive features in the domed OMNIMAX Theatre. Stay and play for one instructive afternoon.

 

Vancouver Art Gallery

 

Perched like a crown jewel at the heart of the city, the stately Vancouver Art Gallery features both historical and contemporary exhibitions of painting, sculpture, graphic arts, photography and video by regional, national and international artists. In anticipation 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, the VAG will be featuring a yearlong exhibition of art forms that explore aspects of the country’s cultural identity. Check out the works of legendary Canadian artist Emily Carr and then stop for a light luncheon at the museum’s modern café before stepping out on to Vancouver’s most famous shopping district—Robson Street!

 

Vancouver has a host of attractions that caters to people of all ages and interests. All these attractions are within ten minutes of the hotel. Enjoy downtown accommodations with a stylish turn of the century twist. As one of Vancouver’s most talked about boutique hotels, the Victorian Hotel lets you step off the beaten track—while retaining easy access to all the city’s greatest attractions.

 

 

With its glorious green spaces and abundant tree-lined sidewalks, fall is a truly majestic season in Vancouver. Even without the sunshine, the city offers an exciting assortment of activities that range from cider tasting to art crawls. Even better, most of these activities are centrally located, which makes them easy to access from the Victorian Hotel.

5) Taste of Yaletown Vancouver

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Just 4 blocks away from the Victorian Hotel in the trendy downtown Vancouver community known as Yaletown, restaurants will trot out new tasting menus and innovative pairings guaranteed to inspire the most adventurous foodie.

Taste of Yaletown offers $25, $35, and $45 options, so you can experience all the seasonal flavour without breaking the bank.

4) Eastside Culture Crawl

November 17th-20th

If you’re an Etsy-loving art enthusiast, the Eastside Culture Crawl is not to be missed.

Join more than 20,000 people for a 4-day visual arts, design, and crafts festival. Visit local artists in their studios between Main Street and Victoria Drive north of First Avenue.

This is a free community event that features over 481 artists working in Vancouver.

3) Stanley Park

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Always bursting with colour, Vancouver’s number one attraction, Stanley Park, is just a five minute drive or a twenty minute walk from the Victorian Hotel.

Ride in a horse-drawn cart through bountiful hydrangea, whimsical heathers, and other fall foliage that’s guaranteed to provide a picture-perfect backdrop for all your Instagram posts.

2) Maplewood Farm

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For true fall flavour, take a leisurely trip to Maplewood Farm, located across Lion’s Gate Bridge in North Vancouver.

This open-air wonderland is sure to appeal to the young and young at heart. Visit the farm’s many animals, or partake in one of the family-friendly educational lectures. The cider’s always hot and the pumpkins are plentiful!

1) Fright Nights

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If being scared silly is your idea of a good time, head over to Fright Nights at the Pacific National Exhibition and partake in an assortment of bone-chilling affairs.

With live nightly shows, seven haunted mansions, and more scary clowns than you can shake a stick at, you’ll be thrilled by the experience—and don’t forget the rides!

Staying in Vancouver at The Victorian Hotel

There are always plenty of interesting events taking place in Vancouver. If you’re a fall fanatic who’s wondering what to do, be sure to ask the friendly staff at the Victorian Hotel for their recommendations. Then enjoy how the crisp air and leafy sidewalks frame some of the best seasonal entertainment on offer in our lush city.

If you have any questions about staying 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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Let’s face it. Sometimes travel plans don’t work out. Even in a city as beautiful as Vancouver, you may find your vacation plans washed away or wrought with annoying little hiccups. Never fear, although there’s no way to plan for every scenario, you can take steps to mitigate the most serious ones. A few precautions can help your plans stay intact—along with your sanity.

Travel with Your Tunes

If your travel plans are crumbling in the face of unpredictable chaos, a musical reprieve can be very refreshing. Keep the list upbeat and let Pharrell or Katy cheer you up if you’ve missed your bus or gotten caught in the rain.

Watch Out for the Weather

Vancouver weather is an unpredictable, unrelenting force, washing away even the best-laid travel plans. Thankfully, numerous fashion retailers have developed waterproof and water-resistant wear to keep the locals warm and dry. Invest in one and you won’t have to worry if the weather gods decide to do a rain dance in the middle of your outdoor yoga session. Some of our favorite stores for rain proofing include MEC, KWAY, Arcteryx, and The North Face.

Take a Time Out for Exercise

When things don’t go your way, it can be very tempting to deliver a rant on Facebook, but this only propagates the negativity. Instead, find something else you enjoy doing.

Join a drop-in yoga class at YYoga on 888 Burrard Street or indulge in a swim at the downtown YMCA.

Enjoy Cycling or Jogging around the seawall from the Victorian Hotel to Stanley Park. Before you know it, that antsy feeling will have passed.

Be Flexible

The ability to adapt is a big part of salvaging a vacation that’s headed downhill. If an event is sold out or a friend cancels on you, don’t worry. Look at your new found free time as an opportunity.

Discover your new favourite café in Yaletown or enjoy the world-class shopping district that is Robson Street. Visit Aritzia’s new flagship store for the Canadian West Coast located at the corner of Robson and Thurlow.

Travel with a Daypack

Whether you’re traveling international or locally, an emergency pack can help you cope with most circumstances. Purchase a Herschel daypack, which are locally designed in Vancouver.

The Herschel Supply Company is our favourite for backpacks and continues to redefine timeless design while maintaining a fine regard for detail.

Our recommendations are a charged smart phone, a bit of cash kept separate from your wallet, sunscreen, aspirin, gum, an umbrella, and a sweater or waterproof jacket.

Other Things To Do in Vancouver, July 2016

Staying at The Victorian Hotel

As a guest at the Victorian Hotel, you always have access to our friendly and knowledgeable staff — a great local resource for current things to do around Vancouver! So remember to ask our front desk for their recommendations.

The Victorian Hotel’s prime location just blocks from Gastown and Yaletown mean you’ll always have easy access to the very best that Vancouver has to offer!

If you have any questions about staying in Vancouver BC or 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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Happy travels!

 

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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