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Best Live Music Bars in Vancouver

Yale Hotel, Vancouver

At dozens of Vancouver music venues you can listen and dance to live tunes – be it experimental jazz, a touring rock band, or local country jam.

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Dine Around Town Victoria

Saturday February 22, 2014

Victoria Legislature

Dine Out Vancouver is the widely known Vancouver restaurant festival. But there's also a version in the BC capital, and it runs now until March 9. Dine Around Town Victoria follows a similar format to dining festivals throughout North America -- where restaurants offer fixed-price, three-course menus.

Victoria eateries have curated $20, $30, $40, and $50 menus for Dine Around Town. And there are also corresponding hotel deals starting at $69.

Visitors and locals will find some excellent options among the restaurants, including the Bengal Lounge at the Fairmont Empress, Zambri's in the Atrium Building, and Blue Crab Seafood House (which is serving up lobster and crab on its $50 menu).

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Top Weekend Getaways on Vancouver Island

Friday January 31, 2014

TofinoVancouver Island is a favorite road trip destination for many reasons. The scenery, the food, the fresh air all add to the appeal of an island getaway. But gas prices are usually cheaper on the island (often 10 cents/liter or more), which helps those traveling on a budget.

Uncrowded roads, rugged scenery, and plenty of wildlife all add in to the appeal of great Vancouver Island destinations like Sooke, Tofino, and Victoria. And for Vancouverites, the island is an easy distance to visit in a weekend.

Cox Bay, Tofino

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park or Garden?

Friday January 31, 2014

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park is a free public park next door to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, which charges an admission fee. Is this a spot to trim your travel budget? Or to skip the free attraction and pay the admission charge?Koi in Chinatown

I've written about both the garden (5 stars) and the park (3 stars). And while each person will have their own preference, I find that it's the guided tour that makes the Classical Chinese Garden worth the admission fee. Especially if you have even a moderate interest in gardens or architecture.

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Chinese New Year in Vancouver

Wednesday January 29, 2014

New Year Parade

If you want to get an idea of how big a deal Chinese New Year is in Vancouver, consider this: there are more public events to celebrate the Lunar New Year than the calendar new year (Jan. 1).

Community performances at shopping malls, flower shows, and lion dances are just some of those events. But my favorite is the noisy and colorful Chinese New Year Parade that takes place in Vancouver's historic Chinatown.

The parade is different every year because costumes reflect the current Chinese Zodiac. Expect to see ponies galore in 2014, as the lunar calendar moves into the Year of the Horse. The parade happens in Chinatown this Sunday, Feb 2, 2014, starting at 11 a.m.

Parade dancers

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