5 Things You Need To Check Out At Yaletown’s CandyTown

Photo: Britney Gill

CandyTown at Yaletown is right around the corner! To prepare you for this year’s event, check out our round-up of things to do.

Photo: Britney Gill

1. Maples Sugar Shack

This is arguably the most classic Canadian sweet treat! Maples Sugar Shack is a Squamish-based company producing small batch artisan maple syrup products, including maple sugar, maple butter, and much more. Kids can watch as hot maple syrup is poured onto fresh clean snow and rolled up into a delicious flavourful snack on a stick.

Photo: Britney Gill

2. Live Ice Sculpture Carving

Live ice sculpture carving will take place during the day at CandyTown, this year with two stations! Follow the rumble of chainsaws and the tinkle of chipped ice to Helmcken Street and to Yaletown Park to check out three frozen life-sized hockey players, and to witness other mystery characters and objects emerge from solid blocksof ice!

Photo: Jade Stone Photography

3. All I Want For Christmas Market

Of course, Christmas isn’t complete without an artisan street market – after all, handcrafted goods make the best gifts. Visitors can stock up on clothing, décor, pet accessories, jewelry and flora at the “All I Want for Christmas” market, featuring local vendors like 3H Craftworks (handmade sock puppets, stockings and tea cozies), Standout Boutique (exquisite jewelry), Divine Vines (gorgeous flowers arrangements), Woo To See You boutique and others.

Photo: Jade Stone Photography

4. Horse Drawn Carriage Rides Through Yaletown

After the excitement of meeting their favourite Christmas characters, tired tots (and parents) can take a rest during a picturesque horse-drawn carriage ride. The carriage departs from Pacific Boulevard and trundle along Pacific, Hamilton and Davie streets for a relaxed cruise, with a suggested $ 2 donation to B.C. Children’s Hospital to help spur on the horses. 

Photo: Jade Stone Photography

5. Food, Glorious Food!

CandyTown’s tasty theme will pervade throughout the festival with interactive candy-making demonstrations and sweet treats available for purchase. Visit the Candy Hut for DIY candy kabobs, and take the adults only self-guided cocktail tour to sip special holiday cocktails from OPUS Bar, the New Oxford, WildTale, The Distillery and many more. Have a sweet tooth? You won’t want to miss the tantalizing array of goodies offered by such purveyors as Bluebird Cakery, The Good Chocolatier and Boulangerie La Parisienne. Heartier appetites can flock to food trucks REEL Mac and Cheese, Old Country Pierogi and Tacofino, as well as restaurant favourites offered by Earls Kitchen + Bar, Zend Conscious Lounge and more.

Tips for adults: while CandyTown is the perfect holiday festival for kids, parents and adults can enjoy some “naughty-list” activities and treats, such as warming up at the OPUS Bar with holiday themed martinis, hanging out with local firemen and donating to the B.C. Professional Firefighters Association Burn Fund (you’ll get a hot calendar to combat the winter chills), and popping into Yaletown’s unique boutiques for some indulgent holiday shopping.

Event Info:

When: Saturday, November 25, 2017
Where: Mainland Street (heart of Yaletown)
Time: 12:00pm until 7:00pm

Social: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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5 Things You Need To Check Out At Yaletown’s CandyTown

5 Things You Need To Check Out At Yaletown’s CandyTown

Photo: Britney Gill

CandyTown at Yaletown is right around the corner! To prepare you for this year’s event, check out our round-up of things to do.

Photo: Britney Gill

1. Maples Sugar Shack

This is arguably the most classic Canadian sweet treat! Maples Sugar Shack is a Squamish-based company producing small batch artisan maple syrup products, including maple sugar, maple butter, and much more. Kids can watch as hot maple syrup is poured onto fresh clean snow and rolled up into a delicious flavourful snack on a stick.

Photo: Britney Gill

2. Live Ice Sculpture Carving

Live ice sculpture carving will take place during the day at CandyTown, this year with two stations! Follow the rumble of chainsaws and the tinkle of chipped ice to Helmcken Street and to Yaletown Park to check out three frozen life-sized hockey players, and to witness other mystery characters and objects emerge from solid blocksof ice!

Photo: Jade Stone Photography

3. All I Want For Christmas Market

Of course, Christmas isn’t complete without an artisan street market – after all, handcrafted goods make the best gifts. Visitors can stock up on clothing, décor, pet accessories, jewelry and flora at the “All I Want for Christmas” market, featuring local vendors like 3H Craftworks (handmade sock puppets, stockings and tea cozies), Standout Boutique (exquisite jewelry), Divine Vines (gorgeous flowers arrangements), Woo To See You boutique and others.

Photo: Jade Stone Photography

4. Horse Drawn Carriage Rides Through Yaletown

After the excitement of meeting their favourite Christmas characters, tired tots (and parents) can take a rest during a picturesque horse-drawn carriage ride. The carriage departs from Pacific Boulevard and trundle along Pacific, Hamilton and Davie streets for a relaxed cruise, with a suggested $ 2 donation to B.C. Children’s Hospital to help spur on the horses. 

Photo: Jade Stone Photography

5. Food, Glorious Food!

CandyTown’s tasty theme will pervade throughout the festival with interactive candy-making demonstrations and sweet treats available for purchase. Visit the Candy Hut for DIY candy kabobs, and take the adults only self-guided cocktail tour to sip special holiday cocktails from OPUS Bar, the New Oxford, WildTale, The Distillery and many more. Have a sweet tooth? You won’t want to miss the tantalizing array of goodies offered by such purveyors as Bluebird Cakery, The Good Chocolatier and Boulangerie La Parisienne. Heartier appetites can flock to food trucks REEL Mac and Cheese, Old Country Pierogi and Tacofino, as well as restaurant favourites offered by Earls Kitchen + Bar, Zend Conscious Lounge and more.

Tips for adults: while CandyTown is the perfect holiday festival for kids, parents and adults can enjoy some “naughty-list” activities and treats, such as warming up at the OPUS Bar with holiday themed martinis, hanging out with local firemen and donating to the B.C. Professional Firefighters Association Burn Fund (you’ll get a hot calendar to combat the winter chills), and popping into Yaletown’s unique boutiques for some indulgent holiday shopping.

Event Info:

When: Saturday, November 25, 2017
Where: Mainland Street (heart of Yaletown)
Time: 12:00pm until 7:00pm

Social: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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5 Things You Need To Check Out At Yaletown’s CandyTown

Special Offer: Be First in Line and Save on the 2018 #BCTECH Summit!

The 3rd annual #BCTECH Summit will take place May 14-16, 2018. Mark your calendars for the largest technology conference in British Columbia!

BCIC is excited to once again partner with the Government of British Columbia do deliver the highly anticipated 3rd annual #BCTECH Summit! Join us for exploration and deep dives into how technology is driving cross-industry growth and innovation, and discover what companies need to do to emerge as global leaders.

The Summit will showcase B.C.’s vibrant technology industry, build cross-sector opportunities for businesses and explore the ways technology is fueling growth and innovation across all industries at an unprecedented rate.

Connect with customers, investors, partners and talent who can accelerate the growth of your business. Whether you’re a large corporation seeking innovative solutions; a small company or startup looking to access new markets and capital; or a job-seeker or recruiter searching for the next big opportunity – the #BCTECH Summit will deliver meaningful connections at every stage.

Don’t miss out on the most exciting technology event of the year!

Event Information:

When: May 14 – 16, 2017
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC
Tickets: Purchase online
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Vancouver Christmas Market Boasts over 75 Vendors for this Year’s Festivities

Vancouver Christmas Market 2017

The Vancouver Christmas Market transforms Jack Poole Plaza into a holiday wonderland.

There are just 40 days left until Christmas! If you’re already feeling the holiday spirit and can’t wait to start decorating your tree, you’ll be excited to know that the Vancouver Christmas Market is setting up shop again from November 22 to December 24, 2017.

Based on the centuries-old tradition of Christkindlmarkts in Germany, the Vancouver Christmas Market brings a European-inspired Christmas village to Jack Poole Plaza for the holiday season. For 2017, the festive, family-favourite is back with one of its largest celebrations to date, boasting more than 75 huts full of sweets, treats, and treasures to enjoy – all with a glass of Glühwein (mulled wine) in hand!

Vancouver Christmas Market 2017

Image courtesy of Vancouver Christmas Market | Facebook.com

Starting on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, you can wander the market’s winding alleys and discover authentic German delicacies including sausages, pork shank, waffles, German beer, and many more options. There are also many shops to explore, whether you’re looking for a new Christmas tree ornament or some new sweet-smelling handmade soap.

It’s not just about the shopping, you can also take a spin on the one and only Christmas Carousel in Downtown Vancouver. Or, experience a 30-foot tall walk-in Christmas tree, decked out with 36,000 twinkling lights. Don’t forget to visit the North Pole photo hut for some great photos to share on social media!

Vancouver Christmas Market 2017

Vancouver Christmas Market

New this year, the Vancouver Christmas Market will also be hosting a Trivia Night on November 28 at 7pm to test your Christmas wits with a fun and fast-paced evening of holiday trivia. Think you can name all seven of Santa’s reindeer? Hosted by The Vancouver Quizmasters, teams of up to six are invited to enjoy frothy German beer and delicious mulled wine, as they play and compete for festive prizes.

The Vancouver Christmas Market is a great experience for those wishing to get into the holiday spirit. Tickets cost $ 10 for adult $ 9 for Seniors $ 5 for Youth and Children Age 0-6, are free. Bonus: If you purchase online, you’ll receive a complimentary Season Pass!

Vancouver Christmas Market Details

Dates:  Wednesday, November 22, 2017 – Sunday, December 24, 2017

Times: Nov. 22 to Dec. 23 – Open daily from 11am to 9pm, Dec 24 – Open 11am to 6pm

Location: Jack Poole Plaza – 1055 Canada Place (site of the Olympic Cauldron)

Website: http://ift.tt/1uTSdWK

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Vancouver Christmas Market Boasts over 75 Vendors for this Year’s Festivities

Special Offer: Be First in Line and Save on the 2018 #BCTECH Summit!

The 3rd annual #BCTECH Summit will take place May 14-16, 2018. Mark your calendars for the largest technology conference in British Columbia!

BCIC is excited to once again partner with the Government of British Columbia do deliver the highly anticipated 3rd annual #BCTECH Summit! Join us for exploration and deep dives into how technology is driving cross-industry growth and innovation, and discover what companies need to do to emerge as global leaders.

The Summit will showcase B.C.’s vibrant technology industry, build cross-sector opportunities for businesses and explore the ways technology is fueling growth and innovation across all industries at an unprecedented rate.

Connect with customers, investors, partners and talent who can accelerate the growth of your business. Whether you’re a large corporation seeking innovative solutions; a small company or startup looking to access new markets and capital; or a job-seeker or recruiter searching for the next big opportunity – the #BCTECH Summit will deliver meaningful connections at every stage.

Don’t miss out on the most exciting technology event of the year!

Event Information:

When: May 14 – 16, 2017
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre – 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC
Tickets: Purchase online
Social: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Special Offer: Be First in Line and Save on the 2018 #BCTECH Summit!

Vancouver Christmas Market Boasts over 75 Vendors for this Year’s Festivities

Vancouver Christmas Market 2017

The Vancouver Christmas Market transforms Jack Poole Plaza into a holiday wonderland.

There are just 40 days left until Christmas! If you’re already feeling the holiday spirit and can’t wait to start decorating your tree, you’ll be excited to know that the Vancouver Christmas Market is setting up shop again from November 22 to December 24, 2017.

Based on the centuries-old tradition of Christkindlmarkts in Germany, the Vancouver Christmas Market brings a European-inspired Christmas village to Jack Poole Plaza for the holiday season. For 2017, the festive, family-favourite is back with one of its largest celebrations to date, boasting more than 75 huts full of sweets, treats, and treasures to enjoy – all with a glass of Glühwein (mulled wine) in hand!

Vancouver Christmas Market 2017

Image courtesy of Vancouver Christmas Market | Facebook.com

Starting on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, you can wander the market’s winding alleys and discover authentic German delicacies including sausages, pork shank, waffles, German beer, and many more options. There are also many shops to explore, whether you’re looking for a new Christmas tree ornament or some new sweet-smelling handmade soap.

It’s not just about the shopping, you can also take a spin on the one and only Christmas Carousel in Downtown Vancouver. Or, experience a 30-foot tall walk-in Christmas tree, decked out with 36,000 twinkling lights. Don’t forget to visit the North Pole photo hut for some great photos to share on social media!

Vancouver Christmas Market 2017

Vancouver Christmas Market

New this year, the Vancouver Christmas Market will also be hosting a Trivia Night on November 28 at 7pm to test your Christmas wits with a fun and fast-paced evening of holiday trivia. Think you can name all seven of Santa’s reindeer? Hosted by The Vancouver Quizmasters, teams of up to six are invited to enjoy frothy German beer and delicious mulled wine, as they play and compete for festive prizes.

The Vancouver Christmas Market is a great experience for those wishing to get into the holiday spirit. Tickets cost $ 10 for adult $ 9 for Seniors $ 5 for Youth and Children Age 0-6, are free. Bonus: If you purchase online, you’ll receive a complimentary Season Pass!

Vancouver Christmas Market Details

Dates:  Wednesday, November 22, 2017 – Sunday, December 24, 2017

Times: Nov. 22 to Dec. 23 – Open daily from 11am to 9pm, Dec 24 – Open 11am to 6pm

Location: Jack Poole Plaza – 1055 Canada Place (site of the Olympic Cauldron)

Website: http://ift.tt/1uTSdWK

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Vancouver Christmas Market Boasts over 75 Vendors for this Year’s Festivities

An Insider’s Guide to Yaletown

Yaletown’s beauty is more than skin deep.

Vancouver’s neighbourhoods are like a tight group of friends – they each have distinctive personalities, yet a cohesive vibe ties them all together. Gastown is hip and trendy with an old soul; Kitsilano active, bubbly and health-conscious; East Vancouver artsy, rowdy and never afraid to shake things up. And Yaletown would be stylish, serene and focused on living her best life. Of course, people are filled with hidden layers, and neighbourhods are, too. Let’s have a latte with Yaletown and get to know her better – you might be surprised.

Yaletown is deeply historic. The neighbourhood was the western terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1886 – the endpoint for the first lines of steel linking Canada from coast to coast. Now, more than a century after completion, Engine 374 stands proud in its pavilion at the Roundhouse, Yaletown’s community arts and recreation centre. Pay a visit, browse the exhibits and soak in the history of one of the country’s biggest milestones.

Furry friends frolic freely in Yaletown.

Yaletown is one of the most pet-friendly districts in the city. You won’t stroll more than a half a block before bumping into a puppy boutique, bowls of water inviting furry friends to quench their thirst, or sprawling dog-friendly parks (not to mention teensier puppies hiding in pedestrians’ purses).

Find your zen at a yoga class in Yaletown.

Yaletown is filled with health and wellness possibilities. This is the neighbourhood to visit when you’re in need of rejuvenation or holistic nourishment. Start with a stroll or bike ride along the marina-hugging seawall where the waters of False Creek lap gently against the docks. You can hop aboard a mini-ferry and cruise around the creek – and stop for a spell at Granville Island, Olympic Village, Vanier Park or other creekside points that catch your fancy – or head away from the water and into the lush greenery of Yaletown’s many parks. Try an antioxidant-packed green smoothie from one of several juice and healthy eating stores, enjoy a decadent yet wholesome (and vegan!) lunch at Zend Conscious Lounge, then try a yoga or spin class.

Yaletown is the place to splurge on a shopping spree. Whether it’s exquisite yet playful homeware at The Cross Décor and Design or fashionable hats for every age and taste at Goorin Bros. Hat Shop, Yaletown is filled with covetable treasures. For women’s fashion and accoutrements, browse Fine Finds; men will gravitate to Revolucion to stock up on must-have accessories.

Delicious dining abounds here.

Yaletown is all about refined dining and game-night rowdiness alike. The area’s restaurants and bars run the range of upscale seafood to happy-hour pizza and beer, and everything in between. Try Blue Water Café for just-from-the-water sushi and other nautical delights, along with excellent cocktails; Minami for a zen-like tasting experience of perfectly plated Japanese fare; Yaletown Brewing Company for pizza, beer and a fun vibe; and Homer Street Café, which dishes up comfort food, wine and cocktails in a cheeky space adorned by reclaimed factory windows, antique tiling and lots of rooster pictures.

Yaletown is home to the city’s first lifestyle Leisure Center. Opened in October 2017, Leisure Center (950 Homer Street) offers a fashionable space that invites visitors to leave digital distraction behind and instead plunge into meaningful downtime with art, music, books, beauty, culinary pursuits and wellness. The aesthetic space, situated in a 1930s heritage building, offers a labyrinth of non-digital delights that promote “leisure time” (think organic beauty products, global clothing brands and contemporary art), as well as a photography studio, theatre room, seminar rooms and a strictly-for-kids “office”.

Cocktails are the perfect way to end your day in Yaletown.

Yaletown is perfect for post-dinner sips. Nightlife in this ‘hood is alive and thriving. Enter an unmarked door and wander down a hidden staircase to Hello Goodbye, a buzzing cocktail club with an underground vibe intended to promote late-night revelry. OPUS Bar, located in Yaletown’s only hotel (and the only boutique hotel in Vancouver carrying the coveted Forbes’ four-star rating) pairs its diverse wine and cocktail list with live entertainment, DJs and a colourful happy hour. Banter Room is the place to mix and mingle in a comfy, living room-like space whose year-round patio is covered and heated during the cooler months.

We hope you enjoyed getting to know Yaletown. Now get out there and explore it for yourself!

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An Insider’s Guide to Yaletown