Posted by: cherylyoung | October 4, 2013

VANCOUVER LIKE A LOCAL

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In This Issue


SEE IT ALL IN VANCOUVER THIS FALL – AND SAVE!

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It’s a classic Vancouver traveler’s dilemma:

You’ve just got to experience the iconic Capilano

Suspension Bridge, 460 feet of knee-quaking adventure.

And you’ve just got to see

Stanley Park, the 1,000-acre oceanside forest in the heart of the city.

And you’ve just got to check out the inspired Emily Carr canvasses inside the

Vancouver  Art Gallery.

And that doesn’t even put a dent in your Vancouver bucket list.
Fortunately, doing it all just got a little easier. Travelers to Vancouver who

make a hotel reservation before December 31 (for a stay anytime before the

end of the year) get deep discounts on the city’s top attractions.
Book this special offer, available only on tourismvancouver.com,

and receive 10 percent off of a choice of one of 10 attractions, 15 percent

off of two attractionsand 20 percent off of three attractions.
Options include some of Vancouver’s signature experiences:


FEATURED PACKAGE OF THE MONTH

Flyover Halloween FinalHalloween at FlyOver Canada Halloween is quickly approaching,

and what better way to enjoy it

than with a unique,

Canadian experience from

Vancouver’s newest attraction,

FlyOver Canada!

See Canada like never before at

Vancouver’s new must-see attraction!


At its core, FlyOver Canada is a breathtaking, all-ages, flight simulation ride

like no other!

You will take off into a huge dome screen with the latest in projection and ride

technology creating a true flying experience (complete with wind, scents,

and mist!).

Stop by between October 17 and November 2, between 4:30 p.m.

and 9:00 p.m for the Halloween experience, complete with spine-tingling

entertainment for the whole family!


Package includes accommodation and tickets to Halloween at

FlyOver Canada.
*Book between October 1 and November 2 for a visit between

October 17 and November 2.
*Tickets are non-refundable.
> Book your Halloween at FlyOver Canada package now!


CAN’T – MISS HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS IN VANCOUVER

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Ghosts and ghouls and goblins, oh my! ‘Tis the season for Halloween fun in Vancouver. From an interactive zombie adventure to a spine-chilling amusement park,

there’s a Halloween horror for everyone. Read on if you dare.


Zombie Syndrome Interactive Theatre October 1 to November 3

The Virtual Stage presents an interactive roving theatre adventure that takes

participants on a high-stakes mission throughout downtown Vancouver

to save the world from a deadly zombie invasion.

This theatrical scavenger hunt requires each audience group to use their

smartphones to navigate through the show, finding clues to uncover the cure t

o a pandemic that threatens the entire human race. Warning: zombie hunters

will witness frightening scenes, confined

spaces and explicit language. Must be 12 or older to participate.

Tickets are $25 (plus tax).

Five shows daily beginning in a secret location in downtown Vancouver.


Stanley Park Ghost Train October 11 to November 2 A Vancouver

tradition, thousands flock to Stanley Park for the annual

Halloween Ghost Train.

This year, travel through the silver screen into the world of classic

horror movies with ppearances by Dracula, Wolfman and the

Phantom of the Opera.

Riders can also enjoy face painting, wander the pumpkin patch and

embark on a guided lantern-lit wildlife walk (at an additional fee).

Featuring just the right mix of fear and fun,

this must-do event is suitable for kids of all ages.

The Stanley Park Ghost Train runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily, with

additional afternoon rides on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Tickets for the train are $11 for adults, $7 for children and seniors, and free

for kids three and under. For more information, call 604.257.8531.

  Fright Nights at the PNE October 11 to November 2

A favourite among locals,

Fright Nights at the PNE transforms Vancouver’s Playland into a haunted

amusement park complete with six haunted houses, 13 rides, a rickety

wooden roller-coaster,roaming bands of scarers and terrifying show

. Beware: this event is for big kids only.


Fort Langley’s Grave Tales October 12 to 30 Those looking for real

scares can join a

 90-minute guided walk through Fort Langley, a National Historic Site of Canada,

as a costumed storyteller shares spine-chilling tales of the mysterious

burials and old-school amputations that once took place in the Hudson’s Bay

Company trading post and neighbouring cemeteries. Tickets are $15.50; must be

17 or older to participate.

New for this year, a family-friendly Grave Tales kicks off for youth and teens;

adult supervision is required for participants 15 and under (tickets are $11.70).


Haunted Halloween Vancouver Trolley Tour October 18 to 31

Tour Vancouver’s eeriest

haunts with the Vancouver Police Museum and

Vancouver Trolley Company’s Haunted Halloween Vancouver Trolley Tour.

The annual offering dares brave visitors to board a frightful trolley bus and

travel throughthe city listening to storytellers spin tales of murder,

treachery and intrigue.

With a walk through Mountain View Cemetery and a chilling visit to Vancouver’s

original city morgue, this jaunt is not for the faint of heart.

The 2.5-hour tour runs select nights,October 18 to

31, and departs from Canada Place at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

and 9:30 p.m. Reservations are required; individual bookings and

private charters are also available.

Tickets are $40 (must be 13 or older to participate).

Reserve early: tickets are limited and sell fast.


Haunted Village at Burnaby Village Museum October 25 to 27

Ghoulish residents will soon take over the Burnaby Village Museum.

Kids of all ages are invited to come

in costume and wander the haunted village (circa 1925).

Savour tasty toes at the Butcher’s Block Café, make a withdrawal

at the Blood Bank,

dance along Main Street at The Bone Shaker Ball and enjoy unlimited

carousel rides

and trick-or-treating.

Admission is $14 for adults, youth and seniors, and $9 for children

(ages 2 to 12). The Haunted Village is open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


VANCOUVER WRITERS FEST CELEBRATES ITS

BIGGEST YEAR YET,

OCT. 22 – 27

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The Vancouver Writers Fest is one of North America’s top literary happenings,

attracting some of the world’s best writers

– and this year is no exception with star

headliners like Margaret Atwood,

Douglas Coupland, Joseph Boyden

and Anne Carson. T

aking place on Granville Island,

October 22 to 27, this year’s festival

is the biggest ever with more than 8

0 events, including panel discussions, on-stage interviews and

musical collaborations.

A number of kid-friendly events are also on offer (available in both

French and English), drawing more than 5,000 young readers annually.

Whether you attend an author reading,

poetry bash or passionate debate, you can count on two things:

stimulation and inspiration.


To view the full lineup and purchase tickets, click here.


THE FLATS: VANCOUVER’S NEWEST ARTS DISTRICT

Initially a network of creeks and marshland, The Flats was once a vital industrial

centre for the city of Vancouver.

Located between Main Street and Clark Drive (just minutes

from downtown Vancouver),

The Flats has quickly become Vancouver’s hottest arts

district and is now home to more than 15 of the city’s most prestigious,

experimental and critically acclaimed galleries, as well as various artist-run centres.

Adding to the appeal: internationally recognized Emily Carr University of Art + Design

announced earlier this year a brand-new campus will be built in the neighborhood,

relocating from their former home on Granville Island to The Flats

(slated to open in 2016).

For a self-guided tour, start at Winsor Gallery and continue in order:


Winsor Gallery (258 E 1st Ave.). Established locally as a premier source for

contemporary art, Winsor Gallery primarily exhibits sculpture, photography, painting

and multimedia work. The gallery’s artists regularly hold and exhibit work in local,

national and international collections and institutions, including the Tate Gallery,

Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and the National Gallery of Canada.

Open Tuesdays through

Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Catriona Jeffries (274 East 1ST Ave.).

Undoubtedly one of Vancouver’s most nternationally recognized art dealers,

Catriona Jeffries represents some of the

biggest local names at galleries and art fairs across the globe.

Her 6,500-square-foot eponymous gallery showcases post-conceptual art practices

that emerged from Vancouver, and the critical relationships between these practices

and international artists. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Monte Clark Gallery (525 Great Northern Way). The 4,800-square-foot Monte Clark

Gallery features contemporary photography, painting, video and sculpture.

The gallery’s artists hold and exhibit work in collections such as the Museum of

Modern Art, Art Gallery of Ontario and National Gallery of Canada, and have also

represented Canada at the Venice Biennale. Open Tuesdays through

Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Equinox Gallery (525 Great Northern Way). In celebration of its 40th anniversary

in 2012, the Equinox Gallery moved to a former industrial building in The Flats

consisting of 12,000 square feet of space and 25-foot ceilings. Showcasing

contemporary Canadian and international artists, the space allows for larger

exhibits and pieces as well as group exhibitions.

Open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Feeling inspired? Mark your calendars for the Eastside Culture Crawl,

November 15 to 17. Located in East Vancouver (the area bounded by Main Street

and Victoria Drive north of First Avenue), the free visual arts festival encourages

the curious to poke their noses into 300-plus studios in some 75 buildings while

visiting with the city’s widespread community of artists. This year’s event is expected

to draw more than 10,000 attendees, resulting in 500,000 studio visits with artists

that include local painters, jewelers, sculptors, photographers, musicians and more.


DON’T MISS A BEAT: UPCOMING VANCOUVER EVENTS

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Vancouver International Film Festival September 26 to October 11

One of the largest film festivals in

North America, the Vancouver International

Film Festival (VIFF) features more

than 380 films from 75 countries, including

picks from the world’s top film festivals

alongside as-yet-undiscovered gems.


Fort Langley Cranberry Festival October 12

Fort Langley’s annual Cranberry Festival

features cranberry vendors, live music, prizes, food vendors, a market, Kid Zone

(complete with games and face painting), pancake breakfast and canoe regatta.

The free community event draws more than 50,000 visitors each year.
Eco Fashion Week October 6 to 10 Returning for its seventh edition,

Vancouver’s Eco 

Fashion Week celebrates fashionable designs that are environmentally friendly

 and sustainable

. During the event, designers present their newest collections while adhering

to guidelines that stay true to Eco Fashion Week’s “green” credo.

This season’s event will once again

take place at Robson Square and includes outdoor runway shows as well as

seminars and events.


UBC Apple Festival October 19 and 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of British Columbia’s favourite fruits and is

held at the university’s Botanical Garden each October. Festival-goers can taste up

to 70 varieties of apples, including

heritage, new and tried-and-true varieties

. There are also grafting and cider-pressing

demonstrations, a children’s area

(complete with crafts, face painting and storytelling)

and the chance to enjoy apple pie, cider and other apple treats

. Afterward, explore the

stunning grounds of the Botanical Garden or walk along the treetop

Greenheart Canopy Walkway.

Admission is $4 (children 12 and under are free).


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