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Where to Go Vancouver

25 Things We Love About Summertime in Vancouver

As the temperature rises, so does our passion for this sun-kissed city

By SHERI RADFORD

A stroll through downtown’s magnificent Stanley Park. (Photo: KK Law)

A stroll through downtown’s magnificent Stanley Park. (Photo: KK Law)

1. Long evenings that end in glorious sunsets.

2. Kayaking, canoeing, dragon boating, stand-up paddle boarding and any other water-based activity.

3. Spending a leisurely morning at a farmers’ market.

4. The abundance of outdoor festivals.

5. Seeing orcas in the wild on a whale-watching adventure. (more…)

Vancouver’s Craft Beer Circuit

With 23 craft breweries in the city limits—and more brewing all the time—a hoppy haven is always just a hop, sip and jump away. Ready to raise your glass to the wealth of choice? Here are a few ways to dive into the city’s craft beer circuit.

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Tote your brews in a custom-designed growler by Sigil & Growler. (Photo: KK Law)

A custom-designed growler from Sigil & Growler shows off Vancouver’s beloved landmarks. (Photo: KK Law)

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Brewery Creek, once the turn-of-the-century hub of the local brewing scene, is enjoying a renaissance that has put the historic area back on the map. Anchored by hip-and-happening Main Street, a cluster of breweries offer sippers ranging from easy drinking to experimental. It’s the perfect jumping-off point for exploring craft beer by the flight or pint, and easily accessed on foot or—to really blend in with the locals—by bicycle. (more…)

Cheers to Local Beers!

With 23 craft breweries in the city limits—and more brewing all the time—a hoppy haven is always just a hop, sip and jump away. Ready to raise your glass to the wealth of choice? Here are a few ways to dive into the city’s craft beer circuit.

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Tote your brews in a custom-designed growler by Sigil & Growler. (Photo: KK Law)

A custom-designed growler from Sigil & Growler shows off Vancouver’s beloved landmarks. (Photo: KK Law)

Tapped In
Brewery Creek, once the turn-of-the-century hub of the local brewing scene, is enjoying a renaissance that has put the historic area back on the map. Anchored by hip-and-happening Main Street, a cluster of breweries offer sippers ranging from easy drinking to experimental. It’s the perfect jumping-off point for exploring craft beer by the flight or pint, and easily accessed on foot or—to really blend in with the locals—by bicycle. (more…)

Craft Beer Circuit

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

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Vancouver’s craft beer scene is hopping.

Want a craft beer experience that goes well beyond popping the top on a bottle of suds? Then imbibe in Vancouver Brewery Tours. Beer-loving raconteurs tour hop-heads around three local craft breweries, offering history and a behind-the-scenes look into what happens beyond the tasting room walls. The faithful steed—a big white van—whisks groups between breweries, and has room to take a few souvenir suds along for the ride. Sample a bevy of brews at destinations like Main Street Brewing, Brassneck and Big Rock Urban. We’ll raise a glass to that.

Pure Gold: The Who

By SHERI RADFORD

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The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend

Not many rock bands make it to the half-century mark, but The Who isn’t just any group. Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and their backing musicians have sold more than 100 million records and racked up countless hits, including “Substitute,” “Magic Bus,” “The Kids Are Alright,” “I Can See For Miles,” “Who Are You,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” “You Better You Bet,” “Baba O’Riley,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and “Pinball Wizard.” Catch the band’s golden-anniversary tour—dubbed The Who Hits 50!—at Rogers Arena on May 13. And rock on.

Long Live the King

By SHERI RADFORD

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Return to Grace pays tribute to the king of rock ‘n’ roll. (Photo: RTG Productions)

Pull on your bobby socks, slide on your saddle shoes, and get ready to relive the glory days of rock ’n’ roll. When you see the Man from Memphis’s unmistakeable swivel and swagger in Return to Grace (Mar. 22-27), you’ll forget it isn’t Elvis Presley himself on stage performing all his greatest hits, from “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Suspicious Minds” to “Love Me Tender” and “You Ain’t Nothing But a Hound Dog.”

The Must List

Your must-do activities and must-see attractions for March and April 2016

By SHERI RADFORD

Cherry blossoms turning the city pink. (Photo: Coast Mountain Photography/Tourism Vancouver)

Cherry blossoms turning the city pink. (Photo: Coast Mountain Photography/Tourism Vancouver)

Visit the belugas, dolphins, penguins and turtles at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Lace up your shoes and join 50,000 other walkers, joggers, runners and wheelchair racers for the Vancouver Sun Run (Apr. 17), Canada’s largest 10K road race—or just cheer from the sidelines.

Eat sushi.

Dress in green for St. Patrick’s Day (Mar. 17), and join in all the CelticFest activities (Mar. 10 to 17).

Take a yoga class.

Travel by mini ferry to Granville Island, then browse for fresh produce and artisan crafts in the Granville Island Public Market.

Buy an umbrella, because you’re bound to need one at this rainy time of year.

Fill your camera with images of local landmarks such as the Gastown Steam Clock, Canada Place, Olympic Cauldron, Digital Orca, Inukshuk and A-maze-ing Laughter.

Explore a whole menagerie of plastinated creatures at Body Worlds: Animal Inside Out, running to Mar. 28 at Science World.

Clip-clop around Vancouver’s favourite green space with Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours, and make sure to snap a photo of the totem poles.

Go skiing on one of the local mountains or at nearby Whistler.

Enjoy a coffee while visiting all the friendly felines at Catfé, Vancouver’s first cat cafe.

Cross the swaying Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Attend a performance of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Go for a stroll—or, if you’re feeling energetic, a run or a bike ride—along the seawall.

Spend some quality time in an off-leash dog park, watching all the joyful canine antics.

Take the kids for a ride on the Easter Train in Stanley Park.

Bounce on the famous sprung dance floor of the Commodore Ballroom.

Snap a selfie with cherry blossoms in the background.

Cheer on the Vancouver Canucks or the Vancouver Whitecaps at a home game.

A Toast to Juniper

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

The Catalan gin and tonic with thyme, grapefruit and Mediterranean tonic

Head to Juniper for the Catalan gin and tonic with thyme, grapefruit and Mediterranean tonic

Newly launched Juniper is shaking up Chinatown with a potent mix of charisma, cocktail creativity and Cascadia-inspired, down-home dishes. The spirited space features Pacific Northwest flavours that range from Fraser Valley pork to juniper-cured salmon, and lively libations such as no-nonsense negronis—on tap, no less—regional wines, and over 30 gins for matching with an array of aromatic tonics. We’ll raise a glass to that (mostly so we can order another).

Shark Club’s Winning Strategy

By SHERI RAFORD

Shark Club’s new cocktail list includes this Cascade Sour created by Joel Virginillo

Shark Club’s new cocktail list includes this Cascade Sour created by Joel Virginillo

Left sitting on the bench? Not this sports bar. Shark Club is back in the game and better than ever after a year and a half of extensive renovations, including a new look, revamped menu, expanded selection of beers, and creative cocktails dreamed up by some of Vancouver’s top mixologists—plus 59 televisions and two huge media walls. Game on!

A Peach of a Show

By SHERI RADFORD

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James and the Giant Peach returns to the Waterfront Theatre December 6th

Did you ever wonder what it might be like to inhabit a magical piece of fruit alongside fantastical creatures? No? Well, children’s author Roald Dahl did. His charmingly quirky book James and the Giant Peach is brought to life in a musical for young audiences. Back by popular demand, it returns to the Waterfront Theatre and runs to Jan. 3.

Theatre: (Not your) Family Feud

By CRAIG SCHARIEN

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War for the Holidays opens December 12th

This immersive theatre performance will change the way you look at family gatherings—it’s also your best chance to live though a Christmas dinner circa 1915. Set at the Roedde House Museum, War for the Holidays (Dec. 12 to 19) examines wartime tensions on the home front and includes a cocktail and plum pudding dessert, served by the cast, who you interact with throughout the show. There’s drama aplenty during this holiday get-together, but for once this is a good thing: you get to leave this family behind after.

Get Snow Globed!

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

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Hop in a snow globe and snap a few pictures for charity at Harbour Centre

Even if flakes aren’t falling on temperate Vancouver, it’s possible to step into a winter wonderland. Just head to Harbour Centre to Get Snow Globed (to Dec. 24). The set-up is perfect for shaking up traditional holiday snaps—sitting on Saint Nick’s knee not required. Plus, all proceeds go to the Kettle Society, a program that provides support to those living with mental illness. Cool keepsake, warm heart.