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Rewilding Vancouver

New exhibition rewilds Vancouver BBC.com When European settlers arrived in the densely forested western Canada region that eventually became Vancouver, they were continually glancing over their shoulders for the hungry bears and wolves that already called the area home. But as the city grew to become British Columbia’s largest metropolis, these once-dominant local critters took […]

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Vancouver’s revitalized Chinatown Night Market

Roll up for Vancouver’s revamped night market BBC.com Obscure action figures and blingtastic cell phone covers have been staples of Vancouver’s Chinatown Night Market (http://vancouverchinatownnightmarket.com) for 17 years. But while the cheap and cheerful trinkets are back for 2013’s May 17 to September 8 season – alongside a full menu of steaming food stands – […]

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Vancouver’s risque new tour

Risqué tour reveals yesteryear Vancouver BBC.com Increasingly forested by glass towers and modern developments, Vancouver isn’t good at hanging on to its history. But one racy new tour aims to shine a light on the not-too-distant past – by taking visitors behind the curtain at downtown’s infamous Penthouse strip club (http://www.penthousenightclub.com). Opened in 1947, stars […]

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Vancouver’s old Gastown rises again

BBC.com When Rainier Provisions (http://rainierprovisions.com) deli and restaurant opens in Vancouver’s historic Gastown area on February 12, a once-crumbling old hotel building will spring back to life. It’s the latest in a rash of recent launches in the wider Downtown Eastside, a district with a Skid Row reputation that was once labeled Canada’s poorest postal […]

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Vancouver’s small-batch beer revolution

BBC.com When Vancouver’s newest brewery opened its tiny, art-lined storefront location in December, a giggle of local beer nuts rushed in, thirsty for a taste of Dive Bomb Porter, Hopdenonium IPA and Old Jalopy Pale Ale. But while the jam-packed launch day at Powell Street Craft Brewery (http://www.powellbeer.com) kept beermaker David Bowkett busy, it was […]

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