Vancouver’s Favourite Holiday Traditions

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Vancouver truly lights up during December for the holidays and our city has a few festive traditions that are so spectacular you will not want to miss out. These holiday favourites can be great romantic outings or fun for the whole family.

Bright Nights in Stanley Park

During this event, two million twinkling lights illuminate the park.

Enjoy a train ride through the magical forest including animated holiday scenes. This is a favourite holiday spot and tickets sell out early. Buy tickets in advance or at the event itself. Bright Lights in Stanley Park is on now, until January 1 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Continue reading

Whistler’s Scandinave Spa

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Skiing Whistler Blakcomb is a great day trip from Vancouver and something that is on nearly every visitor’s list and this weekend marks the beginning of the 2012/1213 season! After an exhilarating day on the slopes you may not quite be ready for the drive back to Vancouver. when the hills close in the late afternoon. Scandinave Spa has partnered with Whistler Blackcomb to offer and amazing ski and spa package which is the perfect way to take care of your tired muscles and reflect on your day before heading home. Continue reading

Bombay Brow Bar

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Bombay Brow Bar is Vancouver’s first and most fashionable beauty experience dedicated just to eyebrows. This little brow bar has been taking the Vancouver beauty scene by storm and it’s opening another location in our neighbourhood this weekend.

At Bombay Brow Bar they focus on brows and brows only. They will shape your brows to perfection, give you a brow massage and touch up your make up for just $23. All the while they give you tips for keeping your brows in top notch shape. Continue reading

Things to Do in the Fall in Vancouver

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It has been a beautiful summer but today, September 21, marks the end. The glorious days of basking in the wam sunshine are numbered. But, don’t loose heart, Vancouver is a fantastic city in any season. There are still plenty of great activities in this awesome city of ours; you just have to know where to look.

1. Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery

You may not be viewing the local art along English Bay, but you can still get your fill of amazing local and international artwork at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Take an afternoon to view the amazing blend of modern and contemporary pieces throughout the massive venue. And when you get a bit peckish, be sure to stop by the in-house café and enjoy a cappuccino and a sandwich, boasted as one of the best in Vancouver.

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Mario’s Coffee Express

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Mario’s Coffee Express

Mario’s Coffee Express is one of the most beloved little coffee bars in Vancouver. Mario himself has been serving coffee to Vancouverites for over twenty years. Originally from Argentina, Mario takes his coffee very seriously. His tiny shop’s old world décor has an authentic flare that seems almost incongruous in the middle of Vancouver’s business district. Mario will cheerfully serve you the finest espresso, late, or drip with a smile. Then, he’ll then flag you down after you take your first sip to make sure you are satisfied—he knows the answer already.
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Explore Vancouver’s Outdoor Art

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Vancouver’s mountains are majestic and the ocean is so vast and compelling that visitors and residence spend a lot of time looking outwards at the view. Scenic beauty is a big attraction to Vancouver, but it’s also worth directing your gaze to the street level. From the Inukshuk that watches over English Bay to Chinatown’s Millennium Arch and the Olympic Cauldron; some of the most noteworthy and picture perfect places in Vancouver can be found in the form of public art.
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Vancouver’s Celebration of Light

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Vancouver’s annual fireworks competition will soon light up the summer nights over English Bay. This year the countries competing are Vietnam, Brazil, and Italy—all first time contenders. The show begins at 10:00pm sharp every evening and last for 25 minutes. The dates are as follows:

  • Vietnam: July 28th
  • Brazil: August 1st
  • Italy: August 4th

The festival has been taking place in Vancouver since 1990 and draws the world’s best firework designers and pyrotechnicians. These dazzling displays also draw huge crowds as flocks of people from near and far come to see the display. This year’s crowd estimate is somewhere around 1.4 million spectators. Continue reading

Exploring Vancouver’s Chinatown

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Pender Street, Chinatown, Vancouver 1958 by Fred Herzog

Pender Street, Chinatown, Vancouver 1958 by Fred Herzog

Vancouver has the largest Chinatown in Canada and the second largest in North America. It is full of interesting history, architecture and culture and is a wonderful place to spend the day. You can spend countless hours in the little shops which display everything from high end furniture imports and cookware to unique vegetables and herbs in the mini grocery markets. As you explore this vibrant area, spend a little time at the corner of Pender St. and Carroll St. which feature Vancouver Chinatown’s three must-sees: The Millennium Gate, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, and the “Skinny Building.” The best time to go to Vancouver’s Chinatown is on a weekend around dusk when the streets come alive for the night market. Here is a bit more about these attractions:

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Vancouver’s Swimming Pools

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Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise and a great way to stay fit year-round or cool off in the summer heat. Vancouver has a number of fantastic aquatic facilities with a variety of programs and price points for all ages and fitness levels. If you are relocating to Vancouver, here for an extended stay or just here for a visit, you will love making waves in Vancouver. Continue reading

Outdoor Movies in Vancouver

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During the summer, parks in Vancouver light up at night with outdoor movies. These large events draw large crowds for these events. People begin to gather early and stake out their patches of grass to watch classic movies on a big screen.  These events are so popular that on warm evenings they can draw thousands to watch cinema favourites and classics.

Though these events have only been taking place in Vancouver for a few years, they have quickly become a quintessential part of the Vancouver summer experience.

The closest movie showings to our residences happen in Stanley Park every Tuesday night at dusk. You can find a map of the location of Movies in Stanley Park here.

July 3 – Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

July 10 – Zoolander

July 17 – Spaceballs

July 24 – The Lion King

July 31 – Grease

August 7 – The Blues Brothers

August 14 – Monty Python and the Holy Grail

August 21 – Labyrinth

August 28 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Movies usually start at dusk, but we recommend showing up early for the best seats. For your comfort we also recommend that you dress very warmly and bring a thermos of hot chocolate.

Vancouver Extended Stay invites you to say with us this summer to be close to the movies in Stanley Park and other exciting attractions. Book your furnished suite downtown Vancouver now!