25 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.”

January 5 – 11, 2019

The iconic wooden roller coaster at Playland at the PNE turns 60 this year. Photo Dan Toulgoet

1. Playland’s iconic wooden roller coaster named one of the best in the world.

2. This open bar event features cocktails mixed with awe-inspiring science.

3. Science World smashes record attendance with over one million visitors in 2018.

4. Vancouver ranks as one of the world’s most popular destinations for Canadians.

5. Downtown Vancouver turns into Street Food City for annual wintertime food truck fest.

More than 20 food trucks will take part in the seventh annual Street Food City festival at the Vancouver Art Gallery beginning Jan. 22. (Photo: Street Food City)

6. There’s a popular breakfast spot moving into New West’s River Market.

7. Here are all 74 drinks you can try at this year’s Hot Chocolate Festival.

8. This huge Vancouver festival pairs craft beer with coffee.

9. There’s a brand new plant-based bakery in downtown Vancouver.

10. Whistler Pride and Ski Festival returns to the slopes with a week of epic events.

Whistler Pride and Ski Festival
Whistler Pride and Ski Festival / Facebook

11. This jaw-dropping display of over 10,000 live tulips takes over Metrotown this month.

12. Vancouver’s acclaimed Cinara restaurant turning into sibling spot Autostrada.

13. Vancouver peewee hockey team makes a video to find their coach a kidney.

14. This FREE app allows you to check a nearby restaurant’s health inspections.

15. Burnaby’s Deer Lake has been overrun with people looking for the Mandarin duck.

The Mandarin duck in Deer Lake. Photo by John Preissl.

16. Participate in a delicious week of treats to help support animals in B.C.

17. You can take an exhilarating snow limo tour at this scenic B.C. ski resort.

18. This rental service is described as the ‘Airbnb of boats’ in Vancouver.

19. Seth Rogen hits up Lee’s Donuts and Vancouver Aquarium on current visit.

20. This B.C. telescope detected a repeating fast radio burst from outside our galaxy.

repeating fast radio burst
University of British Columbia / Facebook

21. Forty Under 40 gala honours Vancouver’s most outstanding young professionals.

22. You can fly round-trip, direct Vancouver to Toronto for only $115 CAD with this hack.

23. The top 10 cheapest places to travel from Vancouver this winter.

24. These 5 dog sledding experiences in B.C. will take your breath away.

25. All 305 Dine Out Vancouver 2019 restaurants have been revealed!

BREWHALL (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)
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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