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 eevnethas 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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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!
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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!
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.
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.