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.”

December 8 – 14, 2018

Blogger and cookbook author Fanny Lam of Oh Sweet Day (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

1. On this week’s V.I.A. podcast, we spoke with Fanny Lam, the Metro Vancouver-based blogger behind the site Oh Sweet Day! Lam, who came to Vancouver from Hong Kong several years ago, got to know her new city through food and blogging. Now she has a brand new baking cookbook out that’s all about making the everyday awesome through delicious and easy-to-make treats.

2. This epic winter carnival is one of B.C.’s best kept secrets.

3. Peek inside Vancouver’s massive new Starbucks Reserve location.

4. This local artist paints Vancouver pets with fabulous Victorian attire.

5. Tsawwassen First Nation chief makes World’s 100 Most Influential Young People in Government list.

The group Apolitical, a global policy platform, has named Tsawwassen First Nation Chief Bryce Williams as one of the world’s most influential young people under 35 who are making an impact early in their government careers. Delta Optimist file photo.

6. This community north of Vancouver is the best place in B.C. to work.

7. This FREE Vancouver New Year’s Eve celebration features dazzling fireworks.

8. Sunny for Santa: Vancouver Christmas forecast calling for bright sunshine.

9. The top 10 most Instagrammable places in Vancouver this holiday season.

10. Canuck the Crow stars in new children’s book by Vancouver father-daughter duo.

Arran Yarmie and his daughter Haru, 9, spent a year and a half working on A Crow Called Canuck: A Children’s Activity Book. Photo Dan Toulgoet

11. This legendary Vancouver holiday sandwich is making a comeback for three days only.

12. FAN EXPO Vancouver returns for 3 days of cosplay glory featuring George Takei.

13. These are the best books of 2018 by Vancouver authors.

14. Vancouver vegan pizza mecca Virtuous Pie expanding to Victoria.

15. Vancouver transit-themed swag pop-up on again at Waterfront Station.

Photo via TransLink

16. This illuminated winter wonderland in Vancouver is pure holiday magic.

17. There’s a bar serving boozy bubble tea popping up for one night only.

18. This former homeless addict once thought she wouldn’t live to see 30.

19. This festive photo of Vancouver’s holiday lights.

20. These are the most dazzling places to see the Northern Lights in B.C.

northern lights
The ghostly colors of the aurora borealis captured above an unidentified person standing on a frozen lake in northern Canada / Shutterstock

21. Enter a gingerbread wonderland at this magical holiday display in Vancouver.

22. FREE Wi-Fi on public transit is coming to Metro Vancouver.

23. YVR Airport wins big award for their witty Twitter feed.

24. The top 10 indoor holiday activities to do on a rainy day in Vancouver.

25. Most Canadians feel merrier about their personal finances than they did last Christmas.

Christmas money/Shutterstock

26. Hallmark Christmas movies are a snowy windfall for Vancouver film industry.

27. This ‘extreme’ beer fest will celebrate the dark brews of winter.

28. First Tiki bar in the Pacific Northwest re-launches in Vancouver.

29. Recycled shoes get second run in Vancouver playgrounds.

30. A super blood wolf moon is set to illuminate Vancouver skies next month.

Super Blood Wolf Moon
Vancouver Night Full Moon from Stanley Park / Shutterstock

31. You could be the next Writer in Residence at the Vancouver Public Library.

32. This magical holiday event sparkles with thousands of twinkling lights.

33. Dance the night away at this incredible New Year’s Eve party at Science World.

34. This nice photo of Quarry Rock in the rain.

35. 6 cookbooks that will help you slay your holiday hosting.

Gathering at the holiday table (Shutterstock)
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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