36 things that made Vancouver Awesome this week


Take a break from the news cycle and help us celebrate the things we covered this week that are making Vancouver Awesome with a capital “A.”

February 24-March 2, 2018

  1. This week, our guest on the V.I.A. podcast is CBC’s Geoff Turner, host and creator of the podcast On Drugs.
Geoff Turner of CBC’s On Drugs

2. Stop what you’re doing right now and watch this video of sea otters playing with snowballs. Just bookmark this page and come back to this roundup, promise?

3. VanDusen Botanical Garden has gone to the birds. In a good way!

4. During our recent snowstorms, intrepid Vancouverites took to skiing on the streets.

5. Remembering the Marpole Bridge, which joined Vancouver and Richmond.

The bridge on the left is the Marople Bridge, joining Marpole in Vancouver with Sea Island. The Eburne bridge at right joins Sea Island to Lulu Island, which is Richmond. You can see the Eburne Sawmill just to the left of the northern point of the Marpole Bridge. This photo is from 1954; by 1957 the Oak Street Bridge was opened and the Marpole Bridge dismantled. The Arthur Laing Bridge follows the same span currently. (City of Richmond Archives, Photograph #1984 17 21)

6. Happy 60th anniversary to the Woodward’s $1.49 Day jingle. (It’s an earworm, for sure.)

7. Ever had “cheese tea”? Here’s where to find this popular drink in Vancouver.

8. Or you can go for a “hug in a cup,” which is what the new Starbucks tea lattes are like.

9. Rethinking local history and cultural heritage in Stanley Park.

10. We’ve got 19 Vancouver food events to check out in March. We’ll add more as the month gets going, too.

Photo: Vancouver Heritage Foundation Facebook

11. History enthusiasts will love these 6 Vancouver walking tours.

12. Meet the “cheftestants” representing Vancouver on the new season of Top Chef Canada.

13. New carshare company launches unique, pedal-powered, covered tricycles.

14. Developer plans to revive Hollywood Theatre, add condos.

15. This charity is auctioning off the naming rights to EVERYTHING they own.

16. Tanya Tagaq brings Greenlandic Inuit collaboration to Vancouver for three nights.

17. Virtuous Pie’s new location has vegan soft serve, new pizzas, and more.

Tessa Virtue, front, and Scott Moir perform their free dance during the senior ice dance competition at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday January 13, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

18. Olympians and Canada’s sweethearts Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will headline an ice skating tour headed to Vancouver this year.

19. This rescue dog went from severely emaciated to adoption-ready.

20. You can get a ramen “flight” for $10 at this Vancouver noodle shop.

21. Non-conformist Vancouver kids are bucking one trend of Pink Shirt Day.

22. The Pie Shoppe plans re-opening after fire damages East Van store.

23. This unique event brings Salt Spring Island to Vancouver for one weekend.

Photo: Transformation: the making of Yaletown YouTube

24. Here are 5 things you didn’t know about Yaletown.

25. Vancouver’s housing crisis is helping stuck-in-time Merritt get a rainbow crosswalk.

26. Canucks sign a new player who has THE BEST HOCKEY DAD EVER.

27. This 76-year-old marathon runner lives in an old school bus in the forest.

28. Vancouver-filmed Ghost Wars is now on Netflix.

29. New transit system mugs quench our thirst for Vancouver merch.

translink skytrain mug
Photo courtesy TransLink

30. Moroccan restaurant Moltaqa opens in former Acme Cafe space.

31. This Instagram account shows people sleeping on Vancouver transit.

32. Everything you need to know about attending a wine tasting

33. A somewhat biased review of the greatest beer in the world.

34. Canucks to host 2019 NHL draft in Vancouver.

35. Film program has actually reduced LGBT2Q+ discrimination in B.C. schools.

36. New book to help Chinese newcomers build a life in Vancouver.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom