Five Reasons Why Even Locals Should Head to the Visitor Centre This Summer

If you’re a Vancouverite planning a day of sightseeing around your home town, you might think that a trip to Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre is about as useful to you as a chocolate teapot. You know where you’re going, and thanks to Google (and tourismvancouver.com), you can do all the research you need online, right? Not so fast!

Here are five great reasons to plan a trip to the Visitor Centre before you set out to see the sights.

1. It’s a Central, One-Stop Shop for Sightseeing Tickets and Tours

If you’re planning on hitting more than one of Vancouver’s top attractions this summer, you can save some time by purchasing all of your tickets in advance. Located right by Waterfront Station, close to SkyTrain, SeaBus and regular bus services, Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre sells advance tickets to attractions like Grouse Mountain, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver Art Gallery and more. But why stop there? You can also book floatplane “flightseeing” tours, whale watching excursions, and even kayaking trips from the Visitor Centre – a true “one stop shop” for planning your summer activities! So instead of waiting in line at each place in middle of the sweaty summer tourist season, you’ll have to pull out your wallet just once, and after waiting in the centre’s pleasant air-conditioned surroundings.

2. Skip the Line Up: Buying Tickets in Advance Comes With Perks!

Not only is it more convenient to buy all of your tickets at once, but you get some amazing perks like front-of-the-line access. Purchase admission to the Vancouver Aquarium or Capilano Suspension Bridge from the Visitor Centre, and when you arrive, you’ll saunter right past those crazy summer line-ups and head straight in. And since the Visitor Centre is located right across from the Canada Place stop for the free shuttle to Capilano Suspension Bridge, it’s easy to grab your admission tickets before you get on the bus.

3. Save Some Cash While You’re At It

As if saving time and jumping the line wasn’t enough, many attractions offer a discount on their regular admission price if you buy advance tickets at the Visitor Centre. Discounts range from 10 to 30% off, leaving you more money to spend on ice cream and souvenirs. Speaking of cash, the Visitor Centre accepts cash as well as debit and credit cards, for those who are still a little uneasy about paying for things online.

4. Your Visiting Friends and Family Need Some Guidance

You might know exactly where you’re going and what to see in Vancouver, but what about your guests? If you have friends or relatives visiting, they might need a little more help deciding what to do while they’re in town. Not only is the Visitor Centre the place to pick up Tourism Vancouver’s Official Visitor Guide, maps and other info, they also have a multilingual team that can offer ideas and suggestions depending on the interests of your guest. For the super-host, grab guides and maps ahead of time and present your guests with a welcome package!

5. It’s Not Just About Sightseeing; Catch a Show! 

Perhaps visiting the attractions is not your thing, but you’d like to grab a couple of tickets to a concert, or half-price tickets to a show. The Tickets Tonight booth inside the Visitor Centre is the only place in Vancouver to get day-of, half-price tickets to performances around town. You can check their website each day for the shows on offer, but you’ll need to purchase the tickets in person. Of course, Tickets Tonight also offers regular tickets for a wide range of shows, performances, tours and festivals.

Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre is located at 200 Burrard Street, right opposite Canada Place. During summer, it’s open from 9 am to 5 pm, seven days a week.

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Five Reasons Why Even Locals Should Head to the Visitor Centre This Summer

The Fair at the PNE Kicks Off this Saturday with BBQ Cricket Burgers, Free Concerts, and More!

pne vancouver 2017

Image by Caelie_Frampton | Flickr.com

You may soon notice a faint smell of mini donuts in the air… The Fair at the PNE is coming back to Vancouver this Saturday, August 19 and running until Monday, September 4 (Labour Day)!

Featuring rides, inventive food options, endless entertainment, and free concerts, the PNE is always a memorable occasion in Vancouver’s summer season. For 2017, the PNE is pulling out all the stops to keep you entertained with new attractions and shows here for this year only.

Check out some of the highlights to look forward to at this year’s Fair at the PNE…

PNE Concert Series 2017

Image courtesy of PNE/Playland

Summer Night Concerts

The nightly concerts at the PNE are worth the price of admission alone! With a lineup that includes Mother Mother, ZZ Top, Chicago, The B-52s, The Pointer Sisters, and more surprises, the PNE has your concert wishes fulfilled. These concerts are FREE with admission but a limited number of reserved seats are available for purchase starting at just $ 20. Reserved seats can be purchased online or onsite during The Fair from the ticket booth located outside the venue entrance within the fairgrounds. (More Info)

Hockey Hall of Fame – Legends of Hockey Exhibit

New this year, the Hockey Hall of Fame has come all the way from Toronto with artifacts, artwork, photography, and video. This is a unique retrospective perfect for all fans of Canada’s most popular sport. Featuring content from some of the game’s greatest players to ever lace up the skates, the colourful array of artifacts and video reminiscing from their careers will be sure to provoke nostalgic feelings and inspire future generations of young athletes. The exhibit will be held in the Garden Auditorium and is open from 11am – 10pm. (More Info)

Craft Beer Festival

Over 30 craft breweries and local wineries will be participating in the annual Craft Beer Fest at the PNE. Open daily from 2pm – 8pm, this festival celebrates tasty, adult beverages. Admission to the Craft Beer Festival costs $ 7 at the gate (or $ 5 online), which includes a 4oz tasting cup. Tasting tickets cost an additional $ 2. The list of participants in the Craft Beer Fest is lengthy and the brewery participants will change regularly, so you’ll have a good excuse to go back to see them all! (More Info)

Toytopia

Kids of all ages are invited to explore and play with some of the world’s biggest and most beloved toys and retro video arcade games inside Toytopia. Featuring play zones, a larger than life Jack in the Box, Lego play areas, and a new Star Wars themed area. Toytopia is open daily from 11am – 11pm and will keep you entertained for hours! (More Info)

weird food at the PNE 2017

Image courtesy of PNE/Playland

The Food

Food remains at the forefront of the PNE and many people come to The Fair just to sample some of the unique… delicacies… found each year. The list of food vendors is expansive and this year, there will be some very interesting selections to choose from, including:

  • A BBQ Cricket Burger (!!!)
  • Crispy Chicken Feet
  • Double Bacon Mac N’ Cheese Super Footlong Hotdog
  • BBQ Cricket Fries with Gravy (oh awesome, more crickets!)
  • Oreo Rice Pudding
  • Deep fried Jello
  • And so much more…

Tickets to The Fair at the PNE cost $ 14 for entry ($ 6.50 for seniors, free for kids 13 & under) when you purchase tickets online. You can also add a fair ride pass for $ 40+. But, there are several promo days and way to save on tickets. Including free admission for all guests on August 22 & 29 from 11am – 1pm. Check out the PNE promo days for more ways to save money on admission.

The Fair at the PNE opens on Saturday, August 19, 2017 and runs until Monday, September 4, 2017 from 11am – Late every day (except Mondays).

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The Fair at the PNE Kicks Off this Saturday with BBQ Cricket Burgers, Free Concerts, and More!

Five Reasons Why Even Locals Should Head to the Visitor Centre This Summer

If you’re a Vancouverite planning a day of sightseeing around your home town, you might think that a trip to Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre is about as useful to you as a chocolate teapot. You know where you’re going, and thanks to Google (and tourismvancouver.com), you can do all the research you need online, right? Not so fast!

Here are five great reasons to plan a trip to the Visitor Centre before you set out to see the sights.

1. It’s a Central, One-Stop Shop for Sightseeing Tickets and Tours

If you’re planning on hitting more than one of Vancouver’s top attractions this summer, you can save some time by purchasing all of your tickets in advance. Located right by Waterfront Station, close to SkyTrain, SeaBus and regular bus services, Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre sells advance tickets to attractions like Grouse Mountain, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver Art Gallery and more. But why stop there? You can also book floatplane “flightseeing” tours, whale watching excursions, and even kayaking trips from the Visitor Centre – a true “one stop shop” for planning your summer activities! So instead of waiting in line at each place in middle of the sweaty summer tourist season, you’ll have to pull out your wallet just once, and after waiting in the centre’s pleasant air-conditioned surroundings.

2. Skip the Line Up: Buying Tickets in Advance Comes With Perks!

Not only is it more convenient to buy all of your tickets at once, but you get some amazing perks like front-of-the-line access. Purchase admission to the Vancouver Aquarium or Capilano Suspension Bridge from the Visitor Centre, and when you arrive, you’ll saunter right past those crazy summer line-ups and head straight in. And since the Visitor Centre is located right across from the Canada Place stop for the free shuttle to Capilano Suspension Bridge, it’s easy to grab your admission tickets before you get on the bus.

3. Save Some Cash While You’re At It

As if saving time and jumping the line wasn’t enough, many attractions offer a discount on their regular admission price if you buy advance tickets at the Visitor Centre. Discounts range from 10 to 30% off, leaving you more money to spend on ice cream and souvenirs. Speaking of cash, the Visitor Centre accepts cash as well as debit and credit cards, for those who are still a little uneasy about paying for things online.

4. Your Visiting Friends and Family Need Some Guidance

You might know exactly where you’re going and what to see in Vancouver, but what about your guests? If you have friends or relatives visiting, they might need a little more help deciding what to do while they’re in town. Not only is the Visitor Centre the place to pick up Tourism Vancouver’s Official Visitor Guide, maps and other info, they also have a multilingual team that can offer ideas and suggestions depending on the interests of your guest. For the super-host, grab guides and maps ahead of time and present your guests with a welcome package!

5. It’s Not Just About Sightseeing; Catch a Show! 

Perhaps visiting the attractions is not your thing, but you’d like to grab a couple of tickets to a concert, or half-price tickets to a show. The Tickets Tonight booth inside the Visitor Centre is the only place in Vancouver to get day-of, half-price tickets to performances around town. You can check their website each day for the shows on offer, but you’ll need to purchase the tickets in person. Of course, Tickets Tonight also offers regular tickets for a wide range of shows, performances, tours and festivals.

Tourism Vancouver’s Visitor Centre is located at 200 Burrard Street, right opposite Canada Place. During summer, it’s open from 9 am to 5 pm, seven days a week.

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Five Reasons Why Even Locals Should Head to the Visitor Centre This Summer

The Fair at the PNE Kicks Off this Saturday with BBQ Cricket Burgers, Free Concerts, and More!

pne vancouver 2017

Image by Caelie_Frampton | Flickr.com

You may soon notice a faint smell of mini donuts in the air… The Fair at the PNE is coming back to Vancouver this Saturday, August 19 and running until Monday, September 4 (Labour Day)!

Featuring rides, inventive food options, endless entertainment, and free concerts, the PNE is always a memorable occasion in Vancouver’s summer season. For 2017, the PNE is pulling out all the stops to keep you entertained with new attractions and shows here for this year only.

Check out some of the highlights to look forward to at this year’s Fair at the PNE…

PNE Concert Series 2017

Image courtesy of PNE/Playland

Summer Night Concerts

The nightly concerts at the PNE are worth the price of admission alone! With a lineup that includes Mother Mother, ZZ Top, Chicago, The B-52s, The Pointer Sisters, and more surprises, the PNE has your concert wishes fulfilled. These concerts are FREE with admission but a limited number of reserved seats are available for purchase starting at just $ 20. Reserved seats can be purchased online or onsite during The Fair from the ticket booth located outside the venue entrance within the fairgrounds. (More Info)

Hockey Hall of Fame – Legends of Hockey Exhibit

New this year, the Hockey Hall of Fame has come all the way from Toronto with artifacts, artwork, photography, and video. This is a unique retrospective perfect for all fans of Canada’s most popular sport. Featuring content from some of the game’s greatest players to ever lace up the skates, the colourful array of artifacts and video reminiscing from their careers will be sure to provoke nostalgic feelings and inspire future generations of young athletes. The exhibit will be held in the Garden Auditorium and is open from 11am – 10pm. (More Info)

Craft Beer Festival

Over 30 craft breweries and local wineries will be participating in the annual Craft Beer Fest at the PNE. Open daily from 2pm – 8pm, this festival celebrates tasty, adult beverages. Admission to the Craft Beer Festival costs $ 7 at the gate (or $ 5 online), which includes a 4oz tasting cup. Tasting tickets cost an additional $ 2. The list of participants in the Craft Beer Fest is lengthy and the brewery participants will change regularly, so you’ll have a good excuse to go back to see them all! (More Info)

Toytopia

Kids of all ages are invited to explore and play with some of the world’s biggest and most beloved toys and retro video arcade games inside Toytopia. Featuring play zones, a larger than life Jack in the Box, Lego play areas, and a new Star Wars themed area. Toytopia is open daily from 11am – 11pm and will keep you entertained for hours! (More Info)

weird food at the PNE 2017

Image courtesy of PNE/Playland

The Food

Food remains at the forefront of the PNE and many people come to The Fair just to sample some of the unique… delicacies… found each year. The list of food vendors is expansive and this year, there will be some very interesting selections to choose from, including:

  • A BBQ Cricket Burger (!!!)
  • Crispy Chicken Feet
  • Double Bacon Mac N’ Cheese Super Footlong Hotdog
  • BBQ Cricket Fries with Gravy (oh awesome, more crickets!)
  • Oreo Rice Pudding
  • Deep fried Jello
  • And so much more…

Tickets to The Fair at the PNE cost $ 14 for entry ($ 6.50 for seniors, free for kids 13 & under) when you purchase tickets online. You can also add a fair ride pass for $ 40+. But, there are several promo days and way to save on tickets. Including free admission for all guests on August 22 & 29 from 11am – 1pm. Check out the PNE promo days for more ways to save money on admission.

The Fair at the PNE opens on Saturday, August 19, 2017 and runs until Monday, September 4, 2017 from 11am – Late every day (except Mondays).

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The Fair at the PNE Kicks Off this Saturday with BBQ Cricket Burgers, Free Concerts, and More!

The Fair at the PNE Kicks Off this Saturday with BBQ Cricket Burgers, Free Concerts, and More!

pne vancouver 2017

Image by Caelie_Frampton | Flickr.com

You may soon notice a faint smell of mini donuts in the air… The Fair at the PNE is coming back to Vancouver this Saturday, August 19 and running until Monday, September 4 (Labour Day)!

Featuring rides, inventive food options, endless entertainment, and free concerts, the PNE is always a memorable occasion in Vancouver’s summer season. For 2017, the PNE is pulling out all the stops to keep you entertained with new attractions and shows here for this year only.

Check out some of the highlights to look forward to at this year’s Fair at the PNE…

PNE Concert Series 2017

Image courtesy of PNE/Playland

Summer Night Concerts

The nightly concerts at the PNE are worth the price of admission alone! With a lineup that includes Mother Mother, ZZ Top, Chicago, The B-52s, The Pointer Sisters, and more surprises, the PNE has your concert wishes fulfilled. These concerts are FREE with admission but a limited number of reserved seats are available for purchase starting at just $ 20. Reserved seats can be purchased online or onsite during The Fair from the ticket booth located outside the venue entrance within the fairgrounds. (More Info)

Hockey Hall of Fame – Legends of Hockey Exhibit

New this year, the Hockey Hall of Fame has come all the way from Toronto with artifacts, artwork, photography, and video. This is a unique retrospective perfect for all fans of Canada’s most popular sport. Featuring content from some of the game’s greatest players to ever lace up the skates, the colourful array of artifacts and video reminiscing from their careers will be sure to provoke nostalgic feelings and inspire future generations of young athletes. The exhibit will be held in the Garden Auditorium and is open from 11am – 10pm. (More Info)

Craft Beer Festival

Over 30 craft breweries and local wineries will be participating in the annual Craft Beer Fest at the PNE. Open daily from 2pm – 8pm, this festival celebrates tasty, adult beverages. Admission to the Craft Beer Festival costs $ 7 at the gate (or $ 5 online), which includes a 4oz tasting cup. Tasting tickets cost an additional $ 2. The list of participants in the Craft Beer Fest is lengthy and the brewery participants will change regularly, so you’ll have a good excuse to go back to see them all! (More Info)

Toytopia

Kids of all ages are invited to explore and play with some of the world’s biggest and most beloved toys and retro video arcade games inside Toytopia. Featuring play zones, a larger than life Jack in the Box, Lego play areas, and a new Star Wars themed area. Toytopia is open daily from 11am – 11pm and will keep you entertained for hours! (More Info)

weird food at the PNE 2017

Image courtesy of PNE/Playland

The Food

Food remains at the forefront of the PNE and many people come to The Fair just to sample some of the unique… delicacies… found each year. The list of food vendors is expansive and this year, there will be some very interesting selections to choose from, including:

  • A BBQ Cricket Burger (!!!)
  • Crispy Chicken Feet
  • Double Bacon Mac N’ Cheese Super Footlong Hotdog
  • BBQ Cricket Fries with Gravy (oh awesome, more crickets!)
  • Oreo Rice Pudding
  • Deep fried Jello
  • And so much more…

Tickets to The Fair at the PNE cost $ 14 for entry ($ 6.50 for seniors, free for kids 13 & under) when you purchase tickets online. You can also add a fair ride pass for $ 40+. But, there are several promo days and way to save on tickets. Including free admission for all guests on August 22 & 29 from 11am – 1pm. Check out the PNE promo days for more ways to save money on admission.

The Fair at the PNE opens on Saturday, August 19, 2017 and runs until Monday, September 4, 2017 from 11am – Late every day (except Mondays).

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The Fair at the PNE Kicks Off this Saturday with BBQ Cricket Burgers, Free Concerts, and More!

Total Eclipse of the Sun: Where to Watch the 2017 Solar Eclipse in Vancouver

solar eclipse viewing vancouver 2017

Image courtesy of Takeshi Kuboki | Flickr.com

One of the most exciting and anticipated astronomical events of the year will be happening with the solar eclipse scheduled for Monday, August 21. This is the first time in 99 years that North America will be treated with a total eclipse of the sun. Vancouver will be able to observe a whopping 86% totality of the event. So, if you don’t feel like driving down to Portland, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to observe this spectacular celestial event.

Don’t want to watch it alone? There are several science organizations around the city offering special programming and viewing parties to help you observe the eclipse.

solar eclipse viewing vancouver 2017

Image courtesy of National Park Service | Flickr.com

What is a solar eclipse? A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun. For this eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds.

The path of totality falls not too far south of Vancouver in Oregon and proceeds eastward to the east coast of South Carolina. Observers in Vancouver are outside of this path but will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers approximately 85% of the sun’s disk. (See also: “Is it dangerous to look at a solar eclipse?“)

If you want to see the celestial event of the century, there are plenty of places to watch the partial eclipse in Vancouver:

Science World will be making the most of this spectacular event with free outdoor programming from 9am to noon. There will be live eclipse-themed science activities and demonstrations, and eclipse viewers (while supplies last). There will also be viewing available of the total eclipse in the U.S. shown in the Science Theatre from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre will also be hosting a big community viewing party from 8:45am – noon with solar telescopes, live streams, sun projections, and solar eclipse glasses for safe viewing. During and after the viewing, the Space Centre will be open for special, eclipse-themed shows and activities.

The University of British Columbia’s physics and astronomy department will also be holding an event from 9:30am to 11:30am at the Point Grey campus. Similar to the previous events, UBC will feature eclipse viewers and telescopes, a live streaming of the total eclipse and presentations about how an eclipse occurs.

Timing of the Eclipse:

Set a reminder on your calendar! You can view the eclipse in the morning of Monday, August 21, 2017:

  • Start of eclipse: 9:10 am
  • Maximum: 10:21 am
  • End of eclipse: 11:37 am

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Total Eclipse of the Sun: Where to Watch the 2017 Solar Eclipse in Vancouver

Total Eclipse of the Sun: Where to Watch the 2017 Solar Eclipse in Vancouver

solar eclipse viewing vancouver 2017

Image courtesy of Takeshi Kuboki | Flickr.com

One of the most exciting and anticipated astronomical events of the year will be happening with the solar eclipse scheduled for Monday, August 21. This is the first time in 99 years that North America will be treated with a total eclipse of the sun. Vancouver will be able to observe a whopping 86% totality of the event. So, if you don’t feel like driving down to Portland, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to observe this spectacular celestial event.

Don’t want to watch it alone? There are several science organizations around the city offering special programming and viewing parties to help you observe the eclipse.

solar eclipse viewing vancouver 2017

Image courtesy of National Park Service | Flickr.com

What is a solar eclipse? A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun. For this eclipse, the longest period when the moon completely blocks the sun from any given location along the path will be about two minutes and 40 seconds.

The path of totality falls not too far south of Vancouver in Oregon and proceeds eastward to the east coast of South Carolina. Observers in Vancouver are outside of this path but will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers approximately 85% of the sun’s disk. (See also: “Is it dangerous to look at a solar eclipse?“)

If you want to see the celestial event of the century, there are plenty of places to watch the partial eclipse in Vancouver:

Science World will be making the most of this spectacular event with free outdoor programming from 9am to noon. There will be live eclipse-themed science activities and demonstrations, and eclipse viewers (while supplies last). There will also be viewing available of the total eclipse in the U.S. shown in the Science Theatre from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre will also be hosting a big community viewing party from 8:45am – noon with solar telescopes, live streams, sun projections, and solar eclipse glasses for safe viewing. During and after the viewing, the Space Centre will be open for special, eclipse-themed shows and activities.

The University of British Columbia’s physics and astronomy department will also be holding an event from 9:30am to 11:30am at the Point Grey campus. Similar to the previous events, UBC will feature eclipse viewers and telescopes, a live streaming of the total eclipse and presentations about how an eclipse occurs.

Timing of the Eclipse:

Set a reminder on your calendar! You can view the eclipse in the morning of Monday, August 21, 2017:

  • Start of eclipse: 9:10 am
  • Maximum: 10:21 am
  • End of eclipse: 11:37 am

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Total Eclipse of the Sun: Where to Watch the 2017 Solar Eclipse in Vancouver