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!

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!

Things to do in Vancouver when in Rains

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Vancouver consistently hits the top of the charts for best place in the world to visit and to live. It is a Mecca for people who love the great outdoors. However, our beautiful city does have a few well earned nick names that garner groans from residents and visitors alike: Raincouver and Raincity. If you are relocating to Vancouver, or staying long-term, it can be difficult to get used to the grey days.

Some residents barely even notice the drizzle; they just pack an umbrella and carry on. Others prefer to hole up with a good book until a beautiful sunny day draws them outdoors again. If you are the latter and the rain really does makes you melt, then there are still many things to do in Vancouver indoors. Continue reading

Vancouver Street Food

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Food Truck by Matt Lawson design
Food Truck by Matt Lawson design

Summer officially arrives this month which means food cart season is in full swing. In recent years the City of Vancouver has revitalized its street food culture by issuing licences to increasingly diverse vendors. During lunch hours a fleet of restaurants on wheels take their places on the sidewalks and the streets fill with the delightful scents of international cuisine. Enjoying unique street food is quickly becoming a trendy way to spend your lunch hour.

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Guest Services Manager

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Vancouver Extended Stay is excited to welcome Douglas Dohms into the position of Guest Services Manager.

Douglas has over 12 years experience in guest services related positions in Vancouver and around the world. For the past six years Douglas has been working on cruise ships and has travelled to every continent. Some of his favourite ports are Sydney, Hong Kong, Montenegro and Barcelona. No matter where Douglas likes to visit his favourite port is his home port of Vancouver.

Douglas was born in beautiful British Columbia and grew up on the family farm in Saskatchewan. He came back to B.C. after high school and completed a certificate in Hospitality Management. Though the real reason he came back was to be near the ocean.

Douglas can be reached at (604) 891-6153. He will be working out of the Vancouver Extended Stay rental office Monday to Friday from 9:00 am. – 5:00 p.m. Please come by and introduce yourself!

Summer Activites in Vancouver

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Richmond Night Market by Sueann

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The Victoria Day long weekend marks the official beginning of the summer season across Canada. Though it may not be time for shorts and sandals yet, seasonal attractions oriented around warmer weather typically open this weekend and stay open until Labour Day in the first week of September. Here are three of our Vancouver favourites:

Night Market
Chinatown’s Night Market runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6:00p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Here you’ll find plenty of interesting booths selling everything from fashion and electronic to art and mouth-watering street food. On most evenings there is some sort of cultural entertainment. Check here for the schedule and for directions. If you enjoy Vancouver’s Night market you may also want to visit the Richmond Night Market. Continue reading

Vancouver’s Seawall

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Vancouver Seawall

Vancouver’s Seawall is a favourite recreation destination for residents and visitors alike.  The multipurpose path is used for walking, jogging, biking and inline skating. It has set the president for many other recreational paths around the world and helped to establish Vancouver’s status as one of the best places in the world to live.

The seawall was originally conceived as a retaining wall around Stanley Park that would prevent erosion and double as a walking path. Now it extends 22 km from Coal Harbour to Kitsilano Beach and showcases some off the best views and attractions that Vancouver has to offer. Popular cultural stops such as Granville Island, The Vancouver Aquarium, Science World, and The Museum of Vancouver can all be found only steps from the seawall. Continue reading

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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