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The Lady in Our Elevators

When you arrive, you'll be greeted by Marilyn in one of our 3 elevators staging see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil.

Iconic to our first hotel guest, Marilyn’s fun-loving demeanor represents many years of joyful stays our guests have had at the Blue Horizon. When the Hotel opened, it was a moment of innovation as Vancouver’s first high-rise hotel opened its doors. Since then, our guests have evolved with us, remaining modern and never losing sight of the most important part of travel: having a good time.

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Speak no evil… 

 

What’s “Lost” about Stanley Park’s Lost Lagoon?

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Above: Lost Lagoon
Photo Credit: stay.com

The Lost Lagoon is a landmark oasis in Stanley Park and home to an ecosystem of birds, plants, fish and a variety of other wildlife. This is a popular destination where locals and visitors escape the rush of the city – and to be honest, it is quite easy to find. Located at the West Georgia Street entrance of Stanley Park, one of Vancouver’s busiest routes, one may wonder: “What about this Lagoon is ‘lost?’”

The Lost Lagoon was named after a beautifully haunting poem written in the 20th century by Emily Pauline Johnson, a talented Canadian artist and the daughter of an English woman and a Mohawk chief.

Pauline’s poem reads:

It is dusk on the Lost Lagoon,
And we two dreaming the dusk away,
Beneath the drift of a twilight grey,
Beneath the drowse of an ending day,
And the curve of a golden moon.

It is dark in the Lost Lagoon,
And gone are the depths of haunting blue,
The grouping gulls, and the old canoe,
The singing firs, and the dusk and—you,
And gone is the golden moon.

O! lure of the Lost Lagoon,—
I dream to-night that my paddle blurs
The purple shade where the seaweed stirs,
I hear the call of the singing firs
In the hush of the golden moon.

Born into two worlds in 1861, Pauline learned to appreciate both the Victorian English society’s elegance and the Mohawk Nation’s connection to nature. She shared the complexity of her two identities through poems, stories and theatre performances. To captivate her audiences’ curiosity of her mixed backgrounds, Pauline would wear traditional Mohawk clothing and halfway through, she would change to a Victorian-style evening gown.

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Above: Emily Pauline Johnson
Photo Credit: Beautiful Earth

Pauline was also a canoeist, which leads to her adoration of the Lost Lagoon. When she moved to Vancouver in 1909, Coal Harbour waters extended into Stanley Park. Pauline would paddle through the harbour and noticed that the tide pool in Stanley Park would often dry up, hence the name “Lost Lagoon.”

The tide pool was dammed in 1912 and is now a large freshwater lake with a majestic backdrop of downtown Vancouver. Today you won't lose the Lost Lagoon, but the next time you visit, remember that the same lagoon was an oasis for both Pauline then and you now.

Downtown Farmers Markets

We’re thrilled that May has arrived because that means nearby farmers are gathering their crops and setting up booths in farmers markets around town. These vibrant foodie havens are an exciting reminder of Vancouver’s eclectic seasonal and artisan products.  

The West End and Yaletown Farmers Markets are a short stroll from the Blue Horizon. Wander through either market and meet friendly vendors while savouring Vancouver’s fresh and local flavours. Not hungry? You can always check out the crafts, get a massage or enjoy other services!  

The West End Farmers Market has been an integral part of our community since 1998. Some members of our Blue Horizon team have even been known to pick up entire groceries lists here! These teammates keep going back for fresh asparagus, celery, apples, carrots, green beans and onions.  They also look for sweets including local honey and home-made blueberry jam.

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Above: West End Farmers Market
Photo Credit: RTW Girl

Last year the Yaletown Farmers Market brought fresh, local goodies to our neighbouring downtown district for the first time. With sustainable living becoming an attractive lifestyle for condo-dwellers and visitors alike, the market was a huge success – attracting up to 4000 people a day!  

Stay tuned on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest pages for additional inside recommendations of foods and services our staff personally recommend at these downtown markets. 

Join us and relish in the delightfulness of ripe fruits, sprouting veggies, fragrant herbs and more. When you visit these urban gems, share your pictures and comments in the comment box below or on our social media sites – we’d love to hear about your favourite flavours, knick-knacks and other findings!

Yaletown Farmers Market
When: Every Thursday, 2pm – 6pm, May 1 – October 2, 2014
Where: Mainland Street between Davie and Helmcken at the Yaletown-Roundhouse Canada Line Stop.
Bike there in 7 minutes or walk there in 22 minutes from the Blue Horizon!

West End Farmers Market
When: Every Saturday, 9am – 2pm, May 31 – October 18, 2014
Where: 1100 Block of Comox Street across from Nelson Park at Mole Hill
Bike there in 2 minutes or walk there in 9 minutes from the Blue Horizon!

 

Vancouver’s Pink Lining

We always know spring is in full swing when the side streets of Robson Street become lightly dusted in pink. That’s right, Vancouver has 40 000 ornamental cherry trees. Their petals are the “pink” lining of Vancouver's wonderfully diverse seasons.

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) has arranged a variety of activities highlighting Vancouver’s cherry blossoms’ history and beauty. Don’t have time to catch the festival? That’s ok, take a stroll along Haro Street (see photo below,) just one block over from Robson to see what all our excitement is about! While you’re there, you might also enjoy the gardens in the roundabouts that are maintained by local residents.

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Here are some VCBF activities that are a short walk or an even quicker bike ride from the Blue Horizon:

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Stroll through the Blue Horizon’s neighbourhood with an informative Tree Talks & Walks in our neighbouring West End, Stanley Park and Oppenheimer Park.   

April 4th, 2014 from 7:30pm –9:00pm
Watch the cherry blossoms glow at Granville Island, Sutcliffe Park behind False Creek Community Centre at the Sakura Illumination tour.  

April 7th, 2014 from 2:00pm-4:00pm
Learn how Vancouver balances and plans urban lifestyles with nature at the World Green City Lecture in Robson Square.  

April 12th, 2014 from 1:00pm-2:30pm
Get ready to boogie with SHIAMAK dancers at the Bollywood Blossom performance hosted by the Vancouver Art Gallery!

“Take it to the Roeddes!”

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                                        Above: Roedde House Museum
                                        Photo credit: Inside Vancouver

We enjoy the best of both worlds being between Vancouver’s vibrant downtown and the charming tree-lined West End neighbourhood. The best of West Coast urban lifestyle is at our doorstep on Robson Street, a people-watching, coffee drinking and shopping hub. If you are more of a nature lover, we are a short bike ride or walk to the beauty of Stanley Park and English Bay.

Great experiences abound along the way – one little known delight is a mere four blocks away: the Roedde House Museum. Nestled within the Barclay Heritage Square at 1415 Barclay Street, the Roedde House Museum was named after Gustav and Matilda Roedde (pronounced Row-dee,) a couple who settled in Vancouver from Germany at the turn of the 20th century. As Vancouver’s first bookbinder, Gustav Roedde became iconic in Vancouver’s community at the time. Locals developed the saying “Take it to the Roeddes!” for whenever there was a need for printing or binding services.

Today the Roeddes’ Victorian-style house and garden has been repaired and restored, filled with antiques, including letters written by the family. Special activities at the Museum include a British-style afternoon Tea and Tour and Jazz Nights in an intimate parlour. Visiting the Museum is a blast from the past, experiencing the day-to-day life of the Roeddes.

We would love to hear from you about your experience at the Roedde House Museum; Leave a reply in the comment box below. Stay tuned for more insights on the Blue Horizon’s neighbourhood!

February is here

Chinese New Year has happened.

Chinese Spring Festival and Cultural Affair from February 1 to 2 

New Year 's Parade Febuary 2

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Chinese New Year—-the Lunar New Year- Isn't just a traditional festival for the Chinese; It's also the traditional New Year mark for Korean, Vietnamese and many other East Asian cultures. Which means that, multicultural Vancouver, Chinese New Year/the Lunar New Year is a huge celebration.

Every year, Vancouver's Chinese New Year events culminate in a full day of New Year's celebrations in the historic Chinatown, starting with the annual Vancouver Chinese New Year parade. Organized by the Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver since 1979, the parade has grown into a must-see event in Vancouver, attracting over 50,000 spectators and 3,000 performers, including the largest assembly of lion dance teams in  Canada.

 

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Come celebrate with that romantic dinner

in our

ABODE Restaurant

 

Happy New Years

Happy New Year fromthe Blue Horizon Team

 

It was a great 2013 and now we look forward to an awsome 2014.

Whats happening in January!

You like horses?  Cavalia is in town. The Great tents are at False Creek

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General Motors Place has TWO awesome concerts.

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 Keith Urban                 January 15

Justin Timberlake       January 16

 

Do you like boats!

The Vancouver Boat show is at BC Place January 22-26

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DINE OUT VANCOUVER 2014           January 17 – February 2

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Fantastic restaurants featuring their best cusine for an awesome price!

Check out our restaurant at

www.ABODERestaurant.ca    Incredible food at a $28..00 price for 3 course meal

 

 

 

Tis the season to be jolly

 

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Santa Claus Parade was Awesome.

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The Christmas train is running now in Stanley Park

 

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 Great Family Event at Canada Place

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Shop Till You Drop on Robson Street!

 

October

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Fall colors are here now.
October was a great month. We had some great concerts at Rogers Arena; Bon Jovi, Pink, Sarah Brightman, Dixie Chicks and Kanye West.
The Vancouver Film festival gave Vancouverites a great oportunity to see all kinds of films.
Halloween was a spooky night throughout Vancouver and the kids were out in their amazing costumes.