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Tourism & Culture

Jan 16, 2017
Whistler's new owners
Andrew Findlay

In early August when news broke that Whistler Blackcomb, ranked North America’s number one resort by U.S.-based Ski Magazine, had been sold to Vail Resorts Inc. for $1.4 billion, there were mixed reactions—from concern over what merging two blockbuster brands...

Dec 5, 2016
Tidal Shift: Vancouver Aquarium goes global
Marcie Good

One morning in September 2015, Dolf DeJong stopped at a popular tourist beach in the Alicante region of Spain. He saw hundreds and hundreds of people in street clothes and bathing suits milling about, television reporters roving the sand with...

Nov 7, 2016
Is the possibility of a Trump presidency sending Americans north?
Melissa Edwards

167% That’s the average weekly increase in Google searches for “move to Canada” since last February, when Donald Trump became the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination. Similar (if shorter) spikes were seen after every U.S. election since 2004, but...

Aug 29, 2016
Numerology: Sustaining our fisheries
Melissa Edwards

70%That’s the share of products carried by Richmond’s Albion Fisheries that are certified sustainable–up from 26 per cent in 2010. Albion was the first major supplier to sign up to the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise sustainability assessment program, which has grown from 16 partners when it launched 11 years ago...

Aug 11, 2016
The Vancouver Art Gallery courts Chinese donors
J Parry

When Amelia Gao set out to plan a splashy $8,000-a-table fundraiser for the gallery’s Institute of Asian Art, launched in the fall of 2014, she wasn’t sure there would be much interest among her target audience of new Canadians of Chinese descent. “We weren’t very confident that people would be interested...

Jun 23, 2016
Tourists visit B.C. in record numbers
Felicity Stone

In the first part of 2016, international overnight visitors and total U.S. visitors each topped the one-million mark, according to the latest statistics from Destination B.C. Overnight international visitors totalled 1,172,637, an 18.2 per cent increase over the same period in 2015. U.S. visitors were a combination of 789,622 who...

Jun 15, 2016
Vancouver to get a tourism boost in 2016: Conference Board
J Parry

Vancouver’s tourism sector is poised for a strong summer, and may have the Trump Tower to thank. According to a report released Wednesday by the Conference Board of Canada, overnight visits are poised to grow by 4.1 per cent in 2016, thanks to the strength of both the domestic and...

Jun 14, 2016
No change to trophy hunting of B.C. grizzlies, says B.C. government
Felicity Stone

Wildlife activists are disappointed that B.C.’s latest hunting and trapping regulations did not eliminate trophy hunting of grizzly bears in the Peace region but grateful the number of permits has not increased. “Your letters made the difference between life and death for grizzlies in the Peace Region,” reads an announcement...

Jun 10, 2016
Portland's unlikely rise as a postmodern manufacturing hub
Matt O'Grady

It’s 2 p.m. on a typically wet winter afternoon, and the 14,000-square-foot hub of Portland’s maker movement is buzzing, quite literally, with activity. The sound of saws, grinders and welders echoes through ADX Portland’s facility on the Central Eastside as dozens of small businesses owners, artists and hobbyists beaver away...

Jun 3, 2016
The battle between artists and fraudsters in today's digital age
Marcie Good

In January 2012, artist James Nizam set up a wall in his Vancouver studio and started drilling constellations of holes within a circle. He made larger ones in the centre and dispersed smaller ones toward the edges. When he backlit the wall and photographed it in the darkness, there appeared...

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