35 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.”

September 8 – 14, 2018

1. On this week’s V.I.A. podcast, we interviewed Vancouver Courier’s retiring Editor-in-Chief, Martha Perkins.

Martha Perkins is retiring from the Vancouver Courier. Photo Bob Kronbauer

2. Meet Cedar, the newest bear cub at Critter Care Wildlife Society.

3. Marriage proposal written in the sand found by drone flying over White Rock.

4. A free food truck festival is pulling into Vancouver this weekend.

5. This guy that can sing the names of all 162 B.C. municipalities.

Screenshot/CBC Video

6. Nat Bailey Stadium was named one of the best minor league ballparks.

7. Vancouver was named the Best Beer Town in Canada.

8. The campfire ban has been completely lifted in the Coastal region!

9. Tojo’s marks 30 years in Vancouver with Anniversary Sushi.

10. Vancouver’s first-ever Ribfest is happening this month.

Vancouver Ribfest/Facebook

11. 8 great Oktoberfest events to check out this fall in Vancouver.

12. This Tinder-inspired quiz tool claims to find your dream Vancouver mayoral match.

13. This self-guided tour explores West End heritage.

14. Province promises more childcare spaces for B.C. families.

15. This ridiculous snow cat limo is for sale in North Vancouver for $6,000.

You need this in your life. Photo Craigslist

16. You can get lost in the scariest corn maze in Canada, and it’s just outside Vancouver.

17. Le Petit Belge waffle shop is adding a second Vancouver location.

18. There’s a beautiful new spot for afternoon tea in Richmond.

19. Now is the time to get $10 trees from the Vancouver Park Board.

20. This Vancouver non-profit offers haircuts and hope to residents of the Downtown Eastside.

Alysha Osborne and Mihailo Subotic host a launch party for their book, 2 Paycheques Away, Sept. 23 at the Penthouse. Photograph By Dan Toulgoet

21. The Bench Bakehouse is the new bakery that’s opening on Commercial Drive.

22. Go inside a secret underground artist space on this self-guided photo walk.

23. Watch a whale’s tail bump a small boat (VIDEO).

24. Architects step up to build better homes in Indigenous communities.

25. This Epic Dream Job will pay a skier to hit the slopes around the globe.


26. If the Vancouver election was tomorrow, 1.1% of voters say they’d vote for this baby.

27. Canada’s biggest makers’ pop-up sets up shop this month in Vancouver.

28. Vancouver Park Board considers motion to identify and recognize First Nation names.

29. Air Canada pilots are finally allowed to fly while bearded.

30. Busy mom Pretty Girl gets help in nursing 20 puppies.

Pretty Girl and puppies (Adrian Lam/Times Colonist)

31. Here’s why there will be over 4,000 rubber ducks on the Fraser River this weekend.

32. Terry Fox: Remembering PoCo’s hometown hero.

33. Vancouver’s Colony bar is opening Northwoods outpost in North Van.

34. Vancouver’s largest bike ride rolls through the streets Saturday night.

35. This perfect fall photo of the Lion Gate by zachcardoso.


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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