New flights and Transport in 2016:
WestJet to launch new route
Canadian low-cost airline, WestJet is launching brand new direct flights from London Gatwick to Vancouver starting on 6 May 2016, offering a six times a week service.
Double Daily flights from London Heathrow
Air Canada is doubling the service from London Heathrow to Vancouver this summer with twice daily flights, beginning 1 June 2016. The route will be operated by the new state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft which will feature the newly designed International Business Class product offering customers a choice of three cabins of service and industry-leading amenities.
Brand new Dublin to Vancouver flights
A brand new seasonal route from Dublin to Vancouver is also being launched by Air Canada on 10 June 2016, and will operate throughout the summer. The only non-stop flights from the Irish city to Vancouver will be operated three times weekly by Air Canada’s leisure airline, Air Canada rouge, with Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.
New Victoria to Vancouver luxury ferry service
A new private, luxury passenger ferry service between Vancouver and Victoria (Vancouver Island) will start operating in summer 2016. The operation is owned by Australian company, Riverside Marine, who run a similar service down under. The 300-person vessel will take approximately three and half hours as it takes tourists for a close up look at the west coast wildlife. Tickets will cost approximately $80 one way.
Parq – a new LEED Gold “urban resort” with two hotels and eight restaurants opening December 2016
Scheduled to open in December 2016 adjacent to BC Place (B.C.’s biggest sports stadium) is a new $600-million-dollar hotel complex called Parq, featuring a JW Marriott Hotel, a boutique hotel called The Douglas, six full-service restaurants and two lounges, a 30,000 square foot elevated park, gaming, and the largest hotel ballroom in Vancouver. The complex will have a total of 466 rooms and 51 suites (329 rooms at the JW Marriott and 188 rooms at The Douglas). Parq will be the only LEED Gold hotel complex in Vancouver.
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver has a $12 million make-over
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is located at the very heart of the city, steps from Robson Street shopping, the Art Gallery, incredible restaurants and attractions. A Vancouver landmark, this iconic hotel has hosted celebrities, royals and the city’s most prominent events. Enjoy complimentary access to the 24 hour Health Club with heated indoor pool, browse luxury boutiques on-property and meet the friendly hotel dogs. The hotel completed a $12 million restaurant, bar and lobby renovation in 2015, providing a sense of renewed luxury. Notch8 Restaurant & Bar welcomes a new era of glamour to the lobby of the hotel.
Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver debuts in autumn 2016
The new $360-million hotel is scheduled to open in Vancouver in autumn 2016 at a coveted location on Georgia Street in the heart of downtown. Designed by late Vancouver architect Arthur Erickson, the 63-story structure will be the second tallest in Vancouver, featuring 147 guestrooms. The hotel’s myriad of amenities include a 15,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space, a fine dining restaurant and swanky champagne lounge, and Mar-a-Lago Spa (Vancouver’s first pool-bar-nightclub).
Rugby Sevens comes to Vancouver
The World Rugby Sevens Series is coming to Vancouver, British Columbia in March 2016. Rugby Canada and the Canada Sevens Bid Committee announced today, the success of their bid to bring one of the world’s most thrilling sporting championships to Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium. The Canada Sevens will be a two-day indoor tournament hosted at the world-class BC Place Stadium, host venue to Canada’s most prestigious events, and will feature sixteen of the world’s top men’s rugby sevens teams. Sevens rugby, a fast-paced and shorter version of traditional rugby with only seven players per side, has built a huge international audience through the success of the World Rugby Sevens Series, which attracts large audiences in markets around the world.
New Winter Activities
Fat tire snow biking
Cool kids are cruising on fat bikes in British Columbia — the hottest new adventure to hit the snow this season. Whistler Olympic Park debuts the wide tires this winter along specially designated trails (adventurers who two-wheel it after 5 p.m. on Wednesdays can spin their wheels for just $5). In BC’s Okanagan, enthusiasts can hit more than 15 kilometres (nine miles) of fat bike trails at SilverStar Mountain Resort during regular cross-country ski hours; this is just one excursion available with the resort’s My1Pass, which features access to all-inclusive lift tickets for skiers and boarders, downhill rushes at the tube park, skating on the outdoor mountain pond and snowshoe and cross-country treks through forests of fir. Further east in BC’s Kootenay Rockies, Kimberley Alpine Resort and sister mountain Fernie Alpine Resort have both joined the fat tire fleet. At each, mammoth tires and low gearing equal pedals in the snow that are easy to master, for both first-timers and seasoned cyclists. Kimberley promises a whopping 50 kilometres (31 miles) of designated and groomed trails for bikers of all skill levels.
At Panorama Mountain Resort, further southeast near Invermere, keeners can gear up in the Lower Village’s Nordic Centre, where Panorama’s outdoor adventure crew will provide intel on where best to make tracks (the firmer the Nordic trails, the better). Finally, Whitewater Ski Resort near Nelson adds a twist to their fat bike fun with new multi-use trails that welcome two-wheelers alongside their furry four-legged friends.
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3 February 2016
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