The Dragon Boat Festival is every June in Vancouver since 1986.
We celebrated Vancouver’s 100th anniversary in 1986, Expo 86, a world exposition. The Dragon Boat Festival has been held every year since then. The Dragon Boat races are held at False Creek and has grown in popularity. Thousands of spectators converge at False Creek to watch the teams compete. There is entertainment, food trucks and and special vendors selling their wares. A must see event. The Blue Horizon is only steps away from False Creek. Get a room and get to the action.
The Vancouver Marathon is held every year on the first Sunday in May. A running distance of 26 miles. The race started in 1972 when a small group of 46 runners ran five loops of Stanley Park completed the first Vancouver International Marathon (known as Lions Gate Road Runners International Marathon). The marathon grew over the next few years to 300 participants in 1977. However the event suffered a major setback in 1976 when a participant, Dr. Leslie Truelove, collapsed mid-race and died due to an aneurysm. In Truelove’s memory, the Dr. Leslie Truelove Memorial Trophy has been awarded ever since to the first male finisher in the 50+ age category. The 1983 race became known as the “Long Marathon” after runners were misdirected during its running — adding an extra 561 yards to the race.
The Vancouver Sun Run every April. A bit of History:
The Vancouver Sun Run has truly become one of Vancouver’s traditional rites of spring. The Sun run has been Canada’s largest 10K road race since its inception in 1985. Founded by former Canadian Olympians Dr. Doug and Diane Clement along with Dr. Jack Taunton, the run’s purpose was to promote the benefits of running to improve health and fitness as well as support elite amateur athletics. 3200 participants has grown to 45,000 in 2014. The Vancouver Sun Run is still Canada’s largest 10K road race and is now the 3rd largest timed 10K in the world.
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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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Here are some VCBF activities that are a short walk or an even quicker bike ride from the Blue Horizon:
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!
Chinese Spring Festival and Cultural Affair from February 1 to 2
New Year 's Parade Febuary 2
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.