We all love Vancouver and everything it has to offer, but when was the last time you played tourist in your own city or went night skiing on a local mountain? This month we set out to conquer both.
On a quiet Thursday afternoon in January, we invited our local hotel partners on a city tour of what’s new and great in and around our magnificent city. Our goal was to become reacquainted with and educate those who are unfamiliar with all that is great outside our doorstep. While we had some long-time Vancouver residents, we also had a guest who had just landed from Banff, and another from Egypt, and since we love showing off our city, this was a bonus for us!
On the Venue Educational Tour we saw some awesome venues (more details are below):
- Vancouver Art Gallery’s Rooftop Pavilion, created when it became BC House during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, perfect for groups of 40 – 100
- Awesome local yachts, perfect for 30 – 260 to get out on the water
- The crazy new “Cliffhanger” at Capilano Suspension Bridge and updated outdoor dining space for up to 140 here
- Grouse Mountain and all it offers beyond the views, with options from 25 to 600 guests
- Commodore Ballroom and its art deco feeling that always lends itself to a party, excellent for seated from 150 up to a reception and dancing for 900+
- Coast Restaurant, with spaces that can be private for 12, or up to 350 with the whole restaurant – a Vancouver hot-spot
We started the afternoon by viewing the Vancouver Art Gallery’s new Rooftop Pavilion. This unique space overlooking Robson Square, in the heart of the downtown core is a great new, much needed event space. With its modern indoor room and the tented patio; the pavilion is a great addition to the already fabulous Vancouver Art Gallery.
Our next stop led us to the harbour to view the newly refurbished Sunset Bay II, Magic Moment and Magic Charm yachts. These stylishly designed boats are a wonderful option for group receptions or dinners along the extensive Vancouver coastline. Every voyage is distinctive with spectacular 360 degree views, and superb cuisine.
Continuing on, the group journeyed to the North Shore. Our first stop was Capilano Suspension Bridge to view the NEW and ‘almost complete’ Cliffhanger. This heart stopping, thrilling attraction has guests traverse along a walkway anchored to the side of a cliff. This is a great addition to Vancouver, and we look forward to its opening in the spring of 2011. This will certainly augment nicely the TreeTops adventures, stunning bridge and the opportunity to dine in the midst of a true west coast rainforest.
Further up the mountain, we traveled in the Super Skyride gondola to the Peak of Vancouver, Grouse Mountain. With endless views and a many great activities, Grouse offers its guests a variety of adventures and stunning scenery, from a hike to a Feast House, or a reception in the Eye of the Wind, the windmill that provides power for parts of this mountain operation, to fun with an old-style logging show, or even seeing the rescued bears and wolves in their retreats.
Our second to last stop was at Vancouver’s most adored entertainment venue, the Commodore Ballroom. Following a quick site inspection and slide show of past events, the group was invited back the following night to enjoy a live rock show with the legendary Canadian Band, ‘Loverboy’.
For the grand finale, the group was treated to delicious food and drinks at the posh and sophisticated Coast restaurant, O Lounge, on Alberni Street. With drinks in hand and appetizers aplenty, the group reminisced about the day and marveled at “How Truly Spectacular Our Playground, Vancouver Is”.
And Yes. We also made it out for a night ski.