Tourism & Culture

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 to 700 today, including restaurants, retail chains and distributors across...

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 in paying that much for a ticket,” says Gao, a...

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 stayed overnight and 530,001 who returned the same day. In the...

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 international market. Overall visitors numbers are expected to increase 5.6...

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 on the website of Pacific Wild, which had mobilized supporters...

Jun 10, 2016
Portland's unlikely rise as a postmodern manufacturing hub
M 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 on electric guitars, upholstered chairs, beer tap handles and clothing...

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 a dazzling sphere. Drill Holes Through Studio Wall was shown at...

Jun 3, 2016
B.C. tourism industry is cruising ahead
Marcie Good

As 1,350 travel agents and representatives from cruise lines around the world gather this week at the Vancouver Convention Centre, the message is clear skies ahead. A total of 23.2 million passengers around the world took ocean cruises in 2015, a four per cent increase over 2014. Those numbers were shared by Cruise Lines International Association president Cindy D’Aoust on Thursday...

Jun 3, 2016
Old ferries find a second life in the South Pacific
J Parry

Despite moving halfway around the world, the former Queen of Chilliwack is the same old boat, for the most part. Her hull has been painted black—better suited to the warm, corrosive waters of the South Pacific. The cafeteria has swapped the clam chowder for chicken curry. And a 30-foot-long awning now covers the outer decks from occasional tropical downpours. But the...

May 20, 2016
Growing international interest in Canadian art fuels sales records for Heffel
Marcie Good

Heffel Fine Art Auction House's 2015 fall auction in Toronto was the highest-grossing art auction ever held in the country, raking in $23.4 million in revenues. That was thanks to a growing international interest in Canadian art, says president David Heffel, and he has high expectations for next week's annual spring auction in the company's hometown of Vancouver. “It’s a...

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