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Newcomer's Guide to Vancouver

FRESH from India: A Newcomer’s Guide to Vancouver

Work, love or a desire for good coffee and sushi, has landed you in Vancouver. You’ve decided to stay. How do you establish yourself permanently in this lush corner of the Pacific Northwest? In our latest series, “Fresh”, we ask newly minted Vancouverites about the trials and tribulations they encountered when moving here.  Today, in our last instalment, we feature Astha from India. Newcomer Profile Astha is a young software engineer who ...

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AirBnB Rules in Vancouver

Vancouver’s New Airbnb Rules

Vancouver’s New Airbnb Rules In April 2018, Vancouver City Hall began to regulate the popular home sharing platform, Airbnb, in response to disgruntled citizens wary of sharing their buildings with a revolving door of Airbnb guests and by others desperate for rental housing in a city where occupancy rates are nearing 100%.  In addition, many Vancouverites feel Airbnb is responsible for further inflating property prices and negatively impacting communities.  The data ...

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W1 Luxury Rental Suites Vancouver at Marine and Cambie

liv.rent & Prompton Partner to Launch W1 Luxury Rental Suites

liv.rent is excited to announce we will be working with Prompton Real Estate Services exclusively to release new, luxury rental suites at the W1 development, located at Marine and Cambie in Vancouver. As part of South Vancouver’s newest neighbourhood town centre, the W1 development has a large selection of unfurnished and furnished 1, 2, and 3-bedroom apartments with pet-friendly options.  The stylishly furnished, fully-equipped executive suites will be available for short ...

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Vancouver Lights Festivals

Switched On – Our Fave Festive Light Displays in Vancouver!

  Whether it be Christmas or Hanukkah, our long winter eves are lit up beautifully in December. All around town, there are magical light displays to behold making the festive season shine just a little more brightly. Make an effort this year to visit a new spectacle or even just tour an unfamiliar neighbourhood. You never know what illuminating magic might be revealed. Let us light the way...   Canyon Lights Nov 22, 2018 - ...

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Christmas Food Gift Guide

Food, Glorious Food… Christmas Food Gift Guide

Christmas is a time to set aside diets and reconsider them again come January. Food, special food, is everywhere this time of year and we think it is fabulous. We also think it is one of the most appreciated and practical gifts you can give. Rather than giving something that may or may not end up in a landfill, why not give something that will titillate the taste buds instead?  ...

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Grouse Mountain Snowshoe Grind

Hit the Snowshoe Trail…Best Winter Hikes near Vancouver

In the summer, we are spoiled by our selection of hiking trails and now that many are covered by snow, what is your average Vancouver outdoor enthusiast to do? Well, duh, strap on a pair of snowshoes and hit the mountains. For the uninitiated, let’s be clear, you too can snow shoe. All you need is a good pair of waterproof winter boots (rubber boots will even suffice in a pinch).  ...

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Paula from Brazil in Vancouver

FRESH from Brazil – A Newcomer’s Guide to Vancouver

Work, love or a desire for good coffee and sushi, has landed you in Vancouver. You’ve decided to stay. How do you establish yourself permanently in this lush corner of the Pacific Northwest? In our latest series, “Fresh”, we ask newly minted Vancouverites about the trials and tribulations they encountered when moving here.  Today, we feature Paula from Brazil. Newcomer Profile Paula is a student and professional who came to Vancouver to ...

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Empty Apartment Tax

Ins & Outs of BC’s Empty Home Taxes

As part of a 30-point plan to help alleviate the housing crisis, the Province of British Columbia has imposed a speculation and vacancy tax hoping to turn vacant, under-utilized properties into homes for people living and working in BC. For Vancouverites, this is in addition to the civic Empty Home Tax levied for the same reasons. Though the intent of these taxes is noble, the implementation has proven confusing and ...

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Commercial Drive Vancouver Illustrated Map

Neighbourhood Guide: Commercial Drive

FEATURE: ILLUSTRATION BY MARIANA YATSUDA IKUTA   LOWDOWN Historically Vancouver’s Little Italy, Commercial Drive has shifted shape many times since the '50s, layering textures and adding character along the way. Today, the most popular street in the Grandview-Woodlands area, forms the proud backbone of East Van.  Italian delis like Grotta Del Formaggio (translation: cheese cave) and Bosa sell the best Buratta in town, while old-timey cafes like Joe’s Café Bar (lively, no ...

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Vancouver Christmas Market

Christmas Markets in Vancouver

As tempting as it might be to do all your Christmas shopping on Amazon, try to resist and check out one the many markets happening in Vancouver in November and December. They will awaken the Christmas spirit in even the biggest Grinch and you'll feel good supporting local artists and artisans. Your friends and family will appreciate finding unique, artisanal gifts under the tree -  trust! CircleCraft Fair Nov 7-11, Vancouver Convention ...

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