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.”

September 29 – October 5, 2018

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1. On this week’s V.I.A. podcast, we spoke with Love It or List It’s Todd Talbot about strategies for investing in real estate in B.C., his annual involvement in Covenant House’s Sleep Out initiative and more.

Todd Talbot. Photo Bob Kronbauer

2. You can ride through Stanley Park after dark on a haunted train this Halloween.

3. Then, enter an illuminated Halloween wonderland on this magical Vancouver walk.

4. AND THEN, you can watch a spooky symphony perform The Nightmare Before Christmas in Vancouver!

5. Finally, you can ride an epic 400 person haunted ghost ship this Halloween in Vancouver. Wow.

Halloween Boat Party
Photo: Clubzone

6. Here are 5 farmers markets you’ll find in Metro Vancouver this fall and winter.

7. BC Ferries has added a whopping 80 extra sailings over Thanksgiving long weekend.

8. You can ride the “Scream Train” through this haunted Metro Vancouver forest.

9. You’ll be able to buy booze at two Vancouver beaches next year.

10. The TELUS World of Science will host an epic Halloween ball this month.

Photo: Youth Are Awesome.

11. A dazzling meteor shower will illuminate Metro Vancouver skies this week.

12. That magical Harry Potter-themed Wizards Brunch is still happening in Vancouver.

13. Vancouver ranks third on Amazon’s Most Pampered Pets list.

14. A local family is inviting people to their “best little haunted house in Vancouver”.

15. This North Vancouver man grew a 1,000-pound pumpkin!

Queensbury resident Jeff Pelletier rests on Ella, his entry for this year’s Great Pumpkin Commonwealth competition. Pelletier estimates Ella weighs almost 1,000 pounds. photo Cindy Goodman, North Shore News

16. The Vancouver Aquarium is hosting an incredible After Hours Halloween party.

17. This 1954 film that explains how Vancouver’s current Granville Bridge was built.

18. There’s a new bike and scooter share program launching soon in Richmond.

19. Hawkers Market is returning to Vancouver after long pause.

20. Here are the 14 most anticipated new breweries in B.C.

Jon Healy photo

21. You can view incredible works by Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí for FREE in Vancouver.

22. Here’s what you can do in Vancouver for Thanksgiving if you don’t have family in town.

23. North Vancouver chipped in an extra $550,000 for this long-awaited museum.

24. BC Ferries is floating ideas for a major revamp of the Swartz Bay terminal.

25. Vancouver muralist Ola Volo gets “dream collaboration” gig with luxury brand.

Ola Volo was chosen to paint a set of three classic Louis Vuitton trunks as part of the brand’s celebration of its 35th year in Canada. Photograph By RIAZ OOZEER

26. You can now get a 75-cent veggie hot dog at IKEA in Canada!

27. Here’s a lesson in kindness from a friendship formed in a dollar store doorway.

28. A 301-metre-tall wooden tower is being proposed for Stanley Park.

29. Here are 20 amazing things to eat in Vancouver this October.

30. These are the 25 restaurants taking part in Taste of Yaletown 2018.

provence vancouver restaurant
Provence Vancouver/Facebook

31. An adorable kitty received life-saving oxygen from a Vancouver firefighter.

32. Here’s why this one-legged turkey named Gertie is the luckiest bird in B.C.

33. Whistler Blackcomb already looks like a winter wonderland.

34. You can sample over 60 varieties of delicious apples and more at the UBC Apple Festival.

35. Explore a colourful forest with ever-changing lights at this FREE Metro Vancouver festival.

Light Festival at Bear Creek Park
Photo: City of Surrey

36. You can now vote in the 2018 Growler B.C. Craft Beer Awards!

37. This crazy, curvy starchitect-designed building could supply low-cost energy to downtown Vancouver.

38. 5 magical last minute Thanksgiving long weekend getaways from Vancouver.

39. Enter an illuminated wonderland at this giant Metro Vancouver lantern festival.

40. These 5 cozy cabins in B.C. are everything you need for the perfect fall getaway.

Cabins in B.C.
Photo: cathedralmountainlodge / Instagram
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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