Happy New Year! As we begin 2015 it is time to work on creating those New Year’s resolutions. While you may dread this activity, making a to-do list for the year is not all bad as it often does inspire you to tackle that project or trip that you have not gotten around to doing. If one of your goals for the year is to get out and travel more, there is no better place to do so than Vancouver, BC and no time better than the present to get started. Throughout the month of January there are a variety of fun events that will allow you to explore either the culinary and artistic sides (or perhaps a mix of both) of Vancouver, as well as learn about the city’s history. Start 2015 off on the right track and begin exploring the city.
Kick Off 2015 with Food, Art, Adventure and Fun
Although the year has just begun, there are enough January 2015 things to do in Vancouver to please every type of enthusiast, from foodies to history buffs. If you are an adventurist who enjoys exploring our oceans locally or worldwide, you will enjoy the 16th annual Diver’s Weekend at the Vancouver Aquarium. This exhibit will feature diving demonstrations, displays created by diving clubs and organizations, talks and fun activities for kids. Of course, you don’t have to be a driver to appreciate this exhibit, it is great for people who are considering getting into diving or who are just interested in learning more about the topic.
Foodies will relish the variety of food and beverage options available to them during Dine Out Vancouver Festival. Dine Out Vancouver is the largest culinary festival in all of Canada, and provides a multitude of ways to enjoy the flavors of the city. Over 250 restaurants around town offer three (or more) course prix-fix meals at reduced rates, so you have the ability to check out some of the hottest new restaurants. However, the opportunities to tickle your taste buds do not end there. Over the course of the 17 day festival you can attend culinary and cocktail tours, cooking classes, dinner and film pairings, debates, guest lectures, BC wine and craft beer tastings, street food markets and more! While you are out exploring the local food scene, make sure to check out some of the other fantastic events in town. One great option is the PuSh International Performing Art Festival, which celebrates the performing arts. During the PuSh Festival you can watch acts of all kinds, including magic shows, dance, theater and even acrobatics. With these two festivals occurring nearly simultaneously, you couldn’t ask for a more perfect date night or girls or guys night out.
Discover the History of Vancouver
With all the culture-filled events taking place in Vancouver this month, it is a great time to take a moment to celebrate the people of the Musqueam First Nation, who have helped shape the City of Vancouver. Together, the Museum of Anthropology (MOA), the Museum Vancouver (MOV) and the Musqueam First Nation have collaborated to develop a series of three exhibits, called the “c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city”, which explores one of the largest ancient villages and burial sites, c̓əsnaʔəm (also known as the Marpole Midden), and how its ongoing significance to the Musqueam people has influenced Vancouver’s culture. These exhibits also provide a more in-depth look at the knowledge, culture and history of the Musqueam community that has often been overlooked in the past. The hope is that through this exhibit, locals and visitors alike will discover and reflect upon the history of Vancouver. As such, if you do not know the full the background of this wonderful city, the new year provides the perfect opportunity to learn.