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Where to Make Out in Canada's 'Most Romantic City' This Valentine's Day

Where: Victoria, BC, Canada
February 12, 2015 at 10:43 AM | by | ()

If you’re looking for a last-minute place to woo your Valentine, you may want to hightail it to Victoria, B.C. It was just named the “Most Romantic City” in Canada for the third year in a row by Amazon.ca.

As the romance capital of Canada, Victoria decided dress up accordingly, by wrapping its trees in pink and red fairy lights. Take a stroll down Government Street and check out the Fairmont Empress, Victoria’s most iconic hotel. The grand dame has outdone itself with twinkly pink and red lights.

If that doesn’t get you in the mood, the city has designated a few key "Kissing Spots" with pink and purple decals.

The four locations in the downtown area include near the Fairmont Empress, overlooking the Inner Harbour on Wharf Street, in Centennial Square overlooking the fountain and totem poles and behind the Empress at Humboldt St. It’s like a subtle cheat sheet for getting some Valentine’s Day A-C-T-I-O-N.

If you find yourself at any of these kissing spots (we know you’re going to look for them), snap a selfie (use a selfie stick) and share it with us on Twitter. Might as well let @VictoriaVisitor peek in on your kiss too.

For more romantic ideas and schmoopie things to do in Victoria, B.C., visit here.

[Photo: Tourism Victoria]

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Visit the Real Storybrooke for a 'Once Upon A Time' Special

October 6, 2014 at 3:29 PM | by | ()

The village of Steveston, BC is offering a special deal for Once Upon A Time fans who want to explore the the real-life town featured in their favorite show.

For the past three years the cast and crew of OUAT have regularly descended on the streets of Steveston which they transform into Storybrooke, ME for the ABC series. When the show is in town the Steveston Post Office becomes the Storybrooke Post Office, The Cannery Café changes into Granny's Diner, and the Steveston Coffee Company is known as The Storybrooke Coffee Co.

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How to Get Tickets to the Vancouver International Film Festival

September 9, 2014 at 3:44 PM | by | ()

Hollywood North's biggest cinematic event of the year - the Vancouver International Film Festival - kicks off later this month with the Wild by Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee.

The new movie starring Reese Witherspoon will be the festival's Opening Night Gala while the Sundance grand jury winner Whiplash, starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, will close things out.

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It'll Be Paper Airplanes in the Skies at Vancouver Airport

July 17, 2014 at 9:56 AM | by | ()

It’s a little late to enter this year’s contest, well that and the fact that it’s only open to the kiddos. However, we still think it’s worth mentioning, as it’s not everyday that they host a paper airplane contest at a major international airport.

Things are part of Vancouver International Airport’s YVR Take-Off Fridays, and this is the second annual occurrence of this little airplane contest and celebration.

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Where to Go with Your Tax Refund: Over the Border to Vancouver

May 1, 2014 at 2:07 PM | by | ()

Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" trip—a Tax Refund Vacation.

Skip out of Uncle Sam’s jurisdiction and head north of the border to celebrate tax refund season, as this time we’re suggesting a trip to Vancouver. The Pacific Northwest is one of America’s many gems, but Vancouver may just be one of its best assets—just don’t tell that to the folks who call Seattle and Portland home.

Those flying out of New York should be able to score flights somewhere in the $700 region (the nighttime nonstop on Cathay Pacific is our pick), as we tried a couple weekend dates later this month. Folks heading from the left side of the continent will do better, as options from Los Angeles can be had for around $350. If the middle of the country is more convenient, there’s always Chicago; flights out of O’Hare should run you around $500.

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Keep That Olympic Spirit with a National Hockey League Game in Canada

February 24, 2014 at 7:28 AM | by | ()

The Monday after the Olympics is kind of bummer, and that’s especially the case for those who have been hooked on the sporting events—even with the tape delay—for the last couple of weeks. Thankfully ice hockey has some neat stuff to look forward to, as the National Hockey League is continuing their series of interesting events through the upcoming weekend.

For those that want to continue the celebration of Team Canada and their gold medal win in men’s ice hockey—and women’s ice hockey for that matter—the fun takes place on Sunday, March 2 in Vancouver. This is when the 2014 NHL Heritage Classic does its thing at BC Place, as the Ottawa Senators take on the Vancouver Canucks. The game is played in Vancouver at the home of the area’s Canadian Football League team. Things might even be played outdoors like some of the other league events this year, as the hockey road trip has already included games at Dodger Stadium and Yankee Stadium.

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Take a Nap in a Snap with Vancouver Airport's New Pay Lounge

February 20, 2014 at 11:03 AM | by | ()

We are suckers for a good airline lounge, as after all nothing is more enjoyable than a few free drinks, a bite to eat, and somewhere decent to sit before our flight. Okay—there are probably better ways to spend our time than at an airline lounge, but we still do get a kick when we have the chance to check them out.

As you probably know access to these lairs of airport solitude are often limited to frequent flyers or those in the upper class cabins, so it’s hardly a warm welcome to one and all. Thankfully the latest lounge over in Vancouver is a little bit different, as the Plaza Premium Lounge at the Vancouver International Airport is open to one and all. However, that assumes that you’re willing to pay for the pleasure to visit.

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Tickets Still Available for Next Month's Whistler Film Festival

Where: Whistler, BC, Canada
November 25, 2013 at 1:57 PM | by | ()

Once again this year more than 10,000 film fans are expected to brave the cold for the Whistler Film Festival.

From Dec. 4 - 8, the fest will screen 84 films from 14 countries including River Phoenix’s final film, Dark Blood, Cas & Dylan, starring Richard Dreyfuss and directed by Jason Priestley, Quebec’s highest grossing film Louis Cyr, and The Crash Reel, a documentary about snowboarder Kevin Pearl.

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The Real Winner of Royal Baby Mania is a Town in British Columbia

July 25, 2013 at 11:23 AM | by | ()

This week has been one long stretch of royal baby fever, but now that Kate & Wills and the little bundle have left the hospital for home, perhaps it's time for a breather. OR NOT, if you're the tourism board of Prince George, British Columbia.

After yesterday's announcement of the newborn boy's name—His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge—the city of Prince George has been freaking out and even WestJet is getting in on the action.

If you're game to travel to or from Prince George to destinations in the US or Canada on WestJet before October 31, enter promo code WJC70 and coupon code QREPVGT while booking flights to score an extra 10% off. [all the details]

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Airport Party! Vancouver Throws 'Take-Off Fridays' on the Tarmac

August 3, 2012 at 10:11 AM | by | ()

When it comes to throwing an airport party, Vancouver International Airport has the right idea. For the last few years they’ve been running something they’re calling “Take-off Fridays,” which to us, kind of just sounds like an awesome airport version of Happy Hour.

For those who haven’t flown through YVR this summer—no problem—as the on-the-ground fun continues through the remainder of the August. On Fridays the airport becomes a little less stuffy and a little more fun, as DJs do their thing along side other live entertainment options. There’s free samples and snacks, balloon artists, face painting, and even chances to win a prize or too. Even the food court restaurants are getting in on the fun with $10 lunch specials fill you up for the long flight home.

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Squeamish in Squamish: The 'Twilight' Wedding Scene Calls for Crazy Canadian Security

Where: Squamish, BC, Canada
April 11, 2011 at 1:21 PM | by | ()

The Royal Wedding won't be the only high profile nuptials taking place this month, but it will be the only ceremony fans will get a glimpse of, at least for now. The highly anticipated Breaking Dawn wedding scene, in which Edward (played by Robert Pattinson) and Bella (played by Kristen Stewart) finally tie the knot, is being shot right now in Squamish, B.C. and they are keeping it tightly under wraps.

The already secluded set "is surrounded by off-duty police officers and that Canadian staple - the Mounties" and tarps have been erected over the site to avoid any potential aerial spoilers. They've even gone as far as to hold umbrellas over the cast and crew as they move from highly guarded vans to the set.

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Vancouver Still Carries a Torch for the 2010 Olympics, Will Re-Light It This Weekend

February 11, 2011 at 2:49 PM | by | ()

Are you in Vancouver? Did you enjoy last year's Olympics? Does the idea of starting a huge, awesome fire appeal to you? Well, then tomorrow's your lucky day, as it's the one-year anniversary of the Vancouver Olympics Opening Day, and the slew of activities includes re-lighting the Olympic cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza.

Our Vancouver embed Tuija Seipell of The Cool Hunter was and still is on the scene in the city, reporting all through last year's events and now sharing that this weekend will be a huge party in town, with the cauldron lighting just one of the many events. Vancouver also happens to be celebrating the Lunar Fest, Arts and Winter Festivals as well, so despite the cold, right now is the time to head up to Van. But first, be sure to check out the full calendar of events here and relive the electric excitement of last year's Games with our excellent archive:

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