26 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.”

March 2 – 8, 2019

Leatherback sea turtle
Leatherback sea turtle / Shutterstock

1. You can spot one of these massive 1,000 pound turtles in B.C. waters.

2. You can now get poutine made with Kool-Aid in Metro Vancouver.

3. Mass-timber, modular laneway homes aim to fill a housing need.

4. This B.C. city looks like Germany and has the largest cuckoo clock in Canada.

5. A recent study shows that dogs love listening to Reggae Music.

Bob Marley performing live in the film “Heartland Reggae”

With that in mind, Big and Small Rescue Society is hosting a fabulous screening of the documentary, HEARTLAND REGGAE, March 14, 2019 at the Rio Theatre. This Indie Documentary Classic was Directed by Jim Lewis. It explores the heyday of Bob Marley and the many other reggae talent of his era. All proceeds will benefit Big and Small Rescue Society; an incredible organization that saves neglected and discarded dogs throughout Vancouver. You can purchase tickets HERE. #SPONSORED

6. Free homebuyer’s forum offers help navigating Vancouver’s real estate market.

7. You can sail on this posh cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver for only $317 CAD.

8. You can savour the best of B.C. whisky during a guided tasting this week.

9. Squamish Constellation Festival reveals inaugural music line-up.

10. Chocoholics will be climbing the walls at this immersive new afternoon tea in Vancouver.

Enjoy sweet treats at Notch8 Restaurant & Bar at the Chocolate Laboratory Dessert Lounge. Photo courtesy Fairmont Hotels

11. The world’s tallest gnome is in B.C., but he needs a new home ASAP.

12. You can play The Price is Right Live in Metro Vancouver this spring.

13. This nine-course fundraising feast will be hunted, harvested, and gathered in beautiful B.C.

14. Top Chef Canada is back, and four B.C. cheftestants could grab the glory.

15. This B.C. village looks like Switzerland and has the world’s oldest passenger sternwheeler.

maruskafilipu / Instagram

16. This Vancouver company has unleashed the most stylish furniture for cats.

17. Ryan Reynolds shares adorable throwback Vancouver boyhood photo with serious OMG factor.

18. You can snowshoe under the stars on this magical after dark adventure.

19. Vancouver awarded four-year hosting extension for HSBC Canada Sevens tournament.

20. 131-foot-tall wooden ‘skywalk’ proposed as new B.C. attraction.

Artist’s rendering of the proposed Malahat Skywalk lookout tower. Photograph By A. SPIRE BY NATURE

21. This massive new piece of public art in Richmond uses the silhouettes of 300 locals.

22. Two Vancouver beverage companies team up to make first coffee leaf tea beer.

23. There’s a new vegan burger shop pop-up kicking off in Vancouver.

24. You can hear tales about early B.C. at this upcoming presentation.

25. B.C. strengthens protections of heritage, archeological sites with updated law.

A totem pole in Victoria, B.C./Shutterstock

26. This B.C. cafe has goats on the roof and will make you smile until your face hurts.

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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