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15 Things We Love About Vancouver: December

The Vancouver Aquarium gets in the festive spirit with Scuba Claus. Photo by Jan Halvarson, courtesy Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium gets in the festive spirit with Scuba Claus. Photo by Jan Halvarson, courtesy Vancouver Aquarium

1 Ice skating on Grouse Mountain.
2 English Bay’s giant tree all lit up, at Beach Ave. and Bidwell St.
3 Watching Scuba Claus (pictured right) splash around at the Vancouver Aquarium.
4 Japadog, the ultimate in street-food fusion. Arguably the town’s most popular cart, it serves up quality wieners with everything from wasabi mayo to bonito and teriyaki sauce.
5 Hearing our own David Suzuki speak about his life and work.
6 The recently unveiled medals for the 2010 Winter Games (pictured below).
7 Kintaro Ramen. Asian fare comes in every form but nothing thwarts a chilly day better than a steaming bowl of noodles and lean pork in rich broth at this humble—and usually packed—spot in the West End, which is always worth the wait.
8 Shopping for unique holiday gifts at Robert Held Art Glass and Gallery of B.C. Ceramics.

The unique design for the 2010 Winter Games medals includes waves, which represent the ocean, and a First Nations motif. Photo by VANOC, courtesy CNW Group

The unique design for the 2010 Winter Games medals includes waves, which represent the ocean, and a First Nations motif. Photo by VANOC, courtesy CNW Group

9 The stack of four fireplaces in the new Keg location in Yaletown.
10 Chinatown. It’s the largest one in Canada and the third largest in North America.
11 The decorated Christmas trees at The Bay and Sears.
12 Totem poles in and around the city.
13 Hot chocolate—or any chocolate—at Mink A Chocolate Cafe, downtown’s unique all-chocolate cafe, which sells everything from hand-made Belgian bars to specialty coffees. Try the Chocolatté bar.
14 Watching Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Vancouver Playhouse.
15 The sense of anticipation in the air as the city prepares for the 2010 Winter Games, coming here in just two months.

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