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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).

To stay in the loop with our Boutique Vancouver Hotel Guide, subscribe to our Twitter Feed and read our blog – get great content and exclusive promotions from Victorian Hotel in Vancouver, BC.

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.

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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).

To stay in the loop with Vancouver’s Boutique Hotel Guide, subscribe to our Twitter Feed and read our blog – get great content and exclusive promotions from Victorian Hotel in Vancouver, BC.

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).

To stay in the loop with our Boutique Hotel Guide, subscribe to our Twitter Feed and read our blog – get great content and exclusive promotions from Victorian Hotel in Vancouver, BC.

 

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.

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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.

Vancouver Events ListingVancouver Mini Maker Faire

PNE Showgrounds

  • Saturday, June 6th and Sunday, June 7th

www.makerfaire.ca

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is truly a collaborative and community-driven event. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers.

Vancouver Craft Beer Week

  • Sunday, June 7th at 1pm – 6pm

www.vancouvercraftbeerweek.com

Vancouver Craft Beer Week’s Festival is now the biggest craft beer festival in Canada, with over 100 breweries and up to 400 beers to sample!

Kitsilano Farmers Market

Riley Park, Kitsilano

  • Saturday, June 6th and Sunday, June 7th

www.eatlocal.org/markets/kitsilano

Everything fresh, local and organic. Come and check out the Farmers Markets until Sunday June 7th.

International Summer Night Markets

12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond

  • Friday 6pm to 11pm
  • Saturday 6pm to 11pm
  • Sunday 7pm to 10pm

The famous International Summer Night Markets are back on again for 2015! With a free shuttle bus from Bridgeport Skytrain Station, this market has over 60 Asian cuisine and 200 retail stands.

Vancouver Events ListingEat Vancouver 2015

Cinara Restaurant at the Victorian Hotel in Downtown Vancouver is featuring a great Culinary star in the of Eat Vancouver experience, taking place right here on April 29th, 2015.

Experience Eat Vancouver at Cinara, April 29th 2015

Nick Nutting, chef from ‘Wolf in the Fog’ is coming to Vancouver to cook with Lucais Syme at Cinara on April 29th, 2015 ”

Nick Nutting has a phenomenal restaurant called Wolf in the Fog and this is a great opportunity to experience great Culinary achievement during your stay at the Victorian Hotel in Downtown Vancouver and enjoy the food they create on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015.

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