40 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.”

July 7 – 13, 2018

1. On this week’s V.I.A. podcast, we talked about the local flying ant population that seems to be “getting it on” in the sky… It’s a real thing!

flying ants mating sky
Flying ants in the sky (Shutterstock)

2. This Tofino townhouse that will be sold to one lucky resident for $210,00.

3. Transit Police launched a campaign to prevent sexual assault.

4. Arts Umbrella is going to receive a $27 million renovation.

5. These GORGEOUS French-style macarons and pastries.

Ispahan (Photo courtesy Ladurée Vancouver)

6. These long lost BC Tel commercials that show “fashionable” phones from the 1960s.

7. The fact that this man survived a grizzly attack in Bella Coola, B.C.!

8. The tale of Peanut, the homeless Bowen Island recycle depot dog.

9. Starbucks announced they’d be ditching plastic straws from all locations.

10. We met the winners of the Corgi Beach Day costume contest and race.

Tako the corgi dressed as a piece of salmon sushi Credit Roberta Carubia on behalf of Earth Paws

11. The TransLink bus that was spotted on the road in America.

12. This Instagram account that highlights awful Vancouver rentals.

13. The fact that (almost) everyone is loving the new plant-based Beyond Meat burger at A&W.

14. The aerial ropes course that is coming to Grouse Mountain.

15. This 890 sq ft pirate ship is for sale for $549,000.

Photo supplied

16. This video of Indian Summer director Sirish Rao discussing human imagination.

17. The new shark stamps that Canada Post made with the Vancouver Aquarium.

18. This hidden gem bar is hosting super cool pop-up dinner events to mark a major milestone.

19. This Vancouver daycare centre received funding to stay open.

20. A flower that smells like rotting flesh is going bloom at the Bloedel Conservatory!

Photo Shutterstock

21. This injured fawn that survived an eagle attack and is now being nursed back to health.

22. A guide to U-Pick blueberries in Metro Vancouver.

23. This summery seafood ramen that you can only get for a limited time.

24. Half-priced tacos that are being served up at the new Chronic Tacos outpost.

25. EVEN MORE TACOS! Tacofino announced their fifth location and it’s in Mount Pleasant.

tacofino fish taco vancouver
Photo courtesy Tacofino

26. The super intense rules for this BC Ferries kids drawing contest.

27. Shaun White skateboarding at this free event in Vancouver this weekend.

28. B.C.’s first cannabis store will be in Kamloops.

29. Ferment Fest is returning for its second year in Vancouver!

30. We debunked the most common myths and misconceptions about beer.

Photo: Unsplash / Tim Bennett

31. This “halo” is helping blind dogs navigate their world.

32. You can now smash away your rage at Richmond’s “anger rooms”.

33. This SFU camp is encouraging women to pursue careers in computer science, AI.

34. Poke Five is feeding the senses at their new shop on Commercial Drive.

35. The young scallywags who stole taxi driver’s rum returned it, with interest.

Bowen Island’s only taxi owner, Mike Shannon, holds some of the bottles of rum — including the one that was stolen — that people gave him after reading of his travails on Facebook.

36. Vancouver’s resident ‘corpse flower’ was given a name fitting of its festering smell.

37. Parents can sign up for these $1,200 education grants.

38. This performance art exhibit explores Japanese and Indigenous connections to land.

39. This thoughtful B.C. teenager with leukaemia that could use our help.

40. This miraculous photo taken by erikandersen.

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Adam Nanji is the Content Manager at Vancouver Is Awesome. When he’s not scouring the city for awesome news, he performs as ¼ of local band, Belle Game. Adam grew up in Vancouver and earned a degree in Cultural Studies with a double minor in Communication and Gender Studies from McGill University. He’s passionate about Vancouver’s social issues and local art. You’ll typically find him standing on a corner, contemplating where to eat next. Tell him what you think is awesome: adam@vancouverisawesome.com