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British Columbia

Fair Attractions at the PNE

By SHERI RADFORD

At the PNE, every day is a holiday.

At The Fair at the PNE, every day is a holiday.

Aug. 19 to Sep. 4, 2017 One day is never enough to take in all the sights, sounds and smells of The Fair at the PNE. For over a century, this summertime fair has been entertaining both the young and young-at-heart with rides, outdoor concerts and mouth-watering food. Cheer on the SuperDogs, visit farm animals and wander through the PNE Prize Home. And we dare you to resist the aroma of Those Little Donuts—a scent guaranteed to send Vancouverites into a feeding frenzy.

Canada 150 at TWG Tea

By SHERI RADFORD

Sip and savour your way through Canada's 150th birthday.

Sip and savour your way through Canada’s 150th birthday.

To Aug. 31, 2017 It’s Canada’s 150th birthday, but you get the treat: TWG Tea is offering a special Jubilee Tea set menu to celebrate the country’s sesquicentennial. Made from local ingredients, the cornucopia of dishes are inspired by traditional recipes from across the country; for instance, the salmon confit with Lemon Bush Tea–infused panna cotta suggests the West Coast, while the tourtière (meat pie) with Weekend in Hong Kong Tea–infused rhubarb chutney evokes the province of Quebec. The meal is paired with either hot Jubilee Tea or iced French Earl Grey Tea. Consider it a cross-country culinary road trip, all without leaving Vancouver.

Set Sail with Leavetown

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Cruise through crisp Pacific waters on a sleek sailboat.

Cruise through the crisp Pacific waters on a sleek yacht. 

When warm weather hits, there’s nothing quite like catching a wave. Soak up Vancouver’s marine scene on Leavetown’s luxurious 17-m (56-ft) Indio Navi yacht. Salty dogs cruise the waves on daylong excursions, or clear a few days to let the tides take them to beautiful Bowen Island and beyond. Pack a picnic, or request catered provisions. A skipper is provided, making it the perfect summertime excursion—even if you don’t know stern from starboard. Anchors aweigh!

Stop and Stare: OneRepublic in Vancouver

By SHERI RADFORD

All we need is the air we breathe, and a place to watch OneRepublic perform.

All we need is the air we breathe, and a place to watch OneRepublic perform.

Aug. 21, 2017 It’s a dream come true for 1R fans when OneRepublic takes the stage at Rogers Arena this month. The American pop-rock quintet has been around for a decade now, and in that time they’ve amassed an impressive array of Grammy Award nominations, multi-platinum albums and hit singles, including “Apologize,” “Counting Stars” and “Good Life.”

Recipe for Revelry at Bearfoot Bistro

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Memorable meals await at Bearfoot Bistro.

Memorable meals await at Bearfoot Bistro.

Bearfoot Bistro—one part culinary amusement park, one part fine-dining fixture—is the kind of place foodies write home about, thanks to its 20,000-bottle wine cellar, ice-encased vodka tasting room and palm tree–studded patio. Here it’s possible to sabre a bottle of champagne, don a parka to sip sub-zero spirits and indulge in three- or five-course tasting menus, all in one elegant evening. Now that’s a wild ride.

Review: Metallica’s Worldwired Tour

By CHLOË LAI

Metallica band photo by Herring & Herring

Metallica band photo by Herring & Herring

Those who dream of music that brings people together in difficult times probably don’t have heavy metal in mind, but Metallica may be the band to change that. When frontman James Hetfield opens the second-last show of the Worldwired Tour at BC Place, he starts by welcoming fans from all backgrounds.

“We don’t give a sh*t who you voted for, where you’re from, who you want to marry . . . we don’t care about differences. We care about similarities,” he says. “We just want to celebrate life and live music. Are you with us?” (more…)

Dîner en Blanc: Twice as Elegant

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Don a crisp white outfit for this pop-up picnic with an elegant twist. (Photo: Jonathan Evans)

Don a crisp white outfit for this pop-up picnic with an elegant twist. (Photo: Jonathan Evans)

Aug. 24, 2017 What happens when Parisian elegance meets flash-mob feast? Dîner en Blanc, a pop-up event that draws thousands for an all-white-attire affair. Launched 29 years ago in Paris, the posh picnic is now hosted in over 70 cities worldwide. And this year, for the first time in North America, the elegant evening will be hosted in not one, but two secret locales. Strict rules add a certain je ne sais quoi: all attire must be white; tables, chairs and accoutrements are toted in by participants; and locations remain hush-hush until just hours before. Tickets are snapped up weeks in advance, but this en blanc bash is truly a sight to behold. Bon appétit!

Tom Petty Plays at Rogers Arena

By SHERI RADFORD

Photo of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers by Mary Ellen Matthews

Put on that party dress (or shirt), because Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are in town. (Photo: Mary Ellen Matthews)

Aug. 17, 2017 Every fan of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers knows the waiting is the hardest part. It’s been three long years since the heartland rockers last raised the roof of Rogers Arena, but the drought is finally over. The band’s 40th-anniversary tour is making a stop in Vancouver, and fans can sing along to hits such as “Breakdown” and “Learning to Fly.” Rock on.

Ultimate Alfresco: Araxi Longtable Dinner

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

The great outdoors just got a little greater.

The great outdoors just got a little greater.

Aug 20, 2017 Meals just don’t get more memorable than the Araxi Longtable Dinner, where diners sit elbow-to-elbow with 150 other guests. With spectacular Mount Currie as backdrop and Araxi’s famed James Walt as chef, this four-course dinner enjoyed alfresco has all the elements of a night to remember. It takes place at Pemberton’s North Arm Farm, chosen not just for the stunning scenery, but also because it’s where many ingredients in the family-style dishes were grown. Now that’s a fresh farm-to-table fête.

More Than Skiing in Whistler

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The resort town of Whistler, B.C. has a well-deserved reputation as one of the world’s premier winter destinations. It’s got some of the best alpine skiing in the western hemisphere, supported by excellent infrastructure and as many modern amenities as you could ask for. But Whistler’s just as amazing without snow, too. Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventures or just some time to unwind, there’s something for everyone.

WHISTLER FOR THRILL SEEKERS
Though you won’t be shushing down Whistler’s famed slopes in the summer, there’s still a ton of awesome action in the mountains. A ride on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola is a must-do for most first-timers: It spans 4.4 kilometres between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains and provides a breathtaking view of the snow-capped summits and surrounding rainforests, glaciers and valleys. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to see the sights al fresco, two highly regarded zipline operators offer a variety of exhilarating tours through the treetops. And even more scenic, airborne excitement can be had with a 50-metre bungee jump from a bridge above the Cheakamus River, surrounded by basalt cliffs and old-growth forest.

Of course, the adrenaline-fueled highs aren’t only found at altitude. The glacier-fed rivers that snake through the Whistler region are great for paddling, and whether you prefer the roaring rapids of the Elaho or the gentle roll of the Cheakamus, the Squamish Rafting Co. offers excursions that…

WHISTLER FOR ART LOVERS
One of Whistler’s newest attractions is the Audain Art Museum. Opened just last year, the beautiful building sits seamlessly within a stand of spruce trees. Inside, its light-filled galleries house an unparalleled assemblage of indigenous masks, an impressive set of Emily Carr paintings and much more.

Like what you see at the Audain? Whistler’s many commercial galleries boast exceptional Aboriginal artworks that you can bring back to your own home. Among them, Black Tusk Gallery features works by artists of British Columbia’s northwest coast, while The Crystal Lodge Art Gallery specializes in contemporary interpretations of Coast Mountains scenery, and at Fathom Stone Art you’ll find animals and other figures carved from marble, jade, serpentine, limestone, quartz, brucite, soapstone, granite, barite and other stone types from B.C. and southeastern Alaska.

And save a few hours for a visit to the Squamish-Lil’Wat Cultural Centre, where you can engage with the history and culture of the centre’s namesake indigenous nations. The Great Hall’s 12-metre-long Salish hunting canoe is a highlight: It’s still paddled every year in Howe Sound to preserve the canoe’s spirit.

WHISTLER FOR FOODIES
Whistler has always been a restaurant village; the food here is better (and there’s more of it) than in many much larger cities. The heights of culinary excellence are most notably scaled on the mountains themselves: Christine’s, perched at 1,860 metres on Blackcomb Peak, has made its name serving fresh, wild-caught fish, free-range meat and seasonal, local produce in a contemporary chalet-style space with panoramic views. In town, chef Melissa Craig’s Bearfoot Bistro is notable not only for its contemporary Pacific Northwest food, but also its beverage program: There’s a 20,000-bottle wine cellar, champagne bar, and the world’s coldest vodka tasting room, with more than 50 varieties of the spirit to sample. Seeking something a little less extravagant? Sushi Village has been holding its own with Vancouver’s famed Japanese restaurants for more than 30 years.

WHISTLER FOR UNWINDING
Few activities put the mind at ease more readily than a good hike—and Whistler has some of the best in Canada. More than 50 kilometres of trails ranging in length and challenge can be accessed by the resort’s various chairlifts and gondolas. Whether you choose and easy, intermediate or advanced trek, you’ll be treated to a bounteous mountain landscape of old-growth forests, glacier-fed lakes and unforgettable scenic vistas.

Following your hike, spend some time at Scandinave Spa, a Nordic-style collection of hot and cold pools, saunas and solariums located just north of the village beside Lost Lake. Partaking in the hydrotherapy circuit has many benefits, including helping to increase blood flow to your muscles and flushing toxins from the body.

Richmond Art Gallery: Beyond the Horizon

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Evening - Keremeos, B.C." by William Percy Weston. (Photo: Lance Blomgren)

“Evening – Keremeos, B.C.” by William Percy Weston. (Photo: Lance Blomgren)

To Aug. 20, 2017 See the forest and the trees—and everything in-between—at Richmond Art Gallery’s Beyond the Horizon. The exhibit explores Canada’s vast landscape through the works of famed True North artists, and 10 secondary-school students’ responses to them. See stunning scenery by luminaries like Toni Onley, Susan Point and William Percy Weston (“Evening – Keremeos, B.C.,” pictured) alongside some of BC’s fresh talent. It’s the great outdoors, but in a way you’ve never pictured.

Must-See Movies: Vancouver Queer Film Festival

By CHLOË LAI

Revelatory documentary FREE CeCe screens at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Revelatory documentary FREE CeCe screens at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Aug. 10 to 20, 2017 Catch more than 50 fabulous films from 15 countries at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Dive into documentaries like FREE CeCe (pictured), Laverne Cox’s interview with African-American trans woman CeCe McDonald about her imprisonment following an act of self-defence. A Taiwanese filmmaker documents 20 years of conversations with her mother, a lesbian Taoist priestess, in Small Talk (Ri Chang Dui Hua). Meanwhile, Signature Move tickles funny bones as amateur wrestler Zaynab, a young queer Pakistani woman, hides her new relationship from her TV-obsessed mother. Watch and learn—and laugh, cry or fall in love—at venues all over the city.