Bike to Work

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This coming week you will see more cyclists on the road for B.C.’s Bike to Work Week. This event will be taking place across British Columbia from May 27 to June 2 and celebrates commuter cycling as an active alternative to driving to work or taking transit.

For Vancouver’s Bike to Work Week, offices across the city will be competing to log kilometres travelled and number of employees cycling to work. Celebration Stations will be located along major bike routes in the city. They will be promoting cycling education, increasing awareness and giving away prizes. Visit Vancouver’s Bike to Work Week web site for more information about the event or to learn about how your office can participate.

Though the event is on now, the temperate climate in the Lower Mainland makes cycling a convenient option year-round. The City of Vancouver is criss-crossed with bike lanes and every part of the region can be accessed along bicycle friendly routes. Cyclists who are new to the area may want to read through The City of Vancouver’s cycling laws and bylaws which outline the rules of the road for cyclists. Continue reading

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

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!

Canada Day Celebrations

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Every year Vancouver celebrates Canada Day with a bang and this year some of our suites with have the best seats in the city for the show!

Vancouver’s annual Canada Day parade and fireworks show will begin at 7:00 p.m. on July 1. The parade will go down Georgia St. past our residences before turning north on Burrard St. Find more information about the parade and viewing locations here.

The fireworks are a huge summer attraction and will be igniting off two rafts in Burrard Inlet. You will be able to see the display from north and west facing suites. However, if you prefer to go outside to see the fireworks, some of the best locations to view the display are Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, West Vancouver and North Vancouver. Find more information about viewing locations here.

Happy Canada Day and enjoy the show!

Spot Prawn Season

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Epicureans rejoice! This week marks the opening of B.C.’s Spot Prawn season. Spot Prawns are harvested in our local waters and are considered a great catch for more than one reason. Not only are B.C. wild spot prawns extremely succulent, they are also sustainable.

You can check your menu, or at the market, to see if the daily catch is sustainable by looking for the Ocean Wise symbol.
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Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

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Spring officially arrives each year in Vancouver with an explosion of delicate pink petals as the cherry trees show their blossoms. Though the air may still have a chilly bite the sweet scent of the trees annually heralds warmer weather and sunnier days to come. The city will be celebrating spring with The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival which begins today. Continue reading

Outdoor Movies at the Village on False Creek

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Looking for something fun to do this August?  How about dinner and a movie… outside!  The Summer Screen event takes place at the Village at False Creek, located right near the Science Centre, and across the harbour from Yaletown.

Summer Screen food vendors will offer popcorn, pulled pork sandwiches and beverages. Admission is free for the general public area (non-seated area) where guests can bring a picnic, blankets or cushions. Visitors aged 19 and over (strictly enforced) can also reserve a bistro table on the plaza for up to four (4) people at a cost of $20 per table.

To reserve a bistro table, visit the Creekside Community Centre website’s Programs & Registration page and click on “Events”  to make a reservation online. Reserved seating and the general public area will open at 8:00 pm each evening. Films will begin showing at sunset.
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