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Children are the future – that’s an undeniable fact. The question is whether or not our future will be informed by children with vibrant, healthy imaginations or not. Events like the Vancouver Children’s Festival go a long way to addressing this question, providing a safe place for kids to explore, play, and discover new possibilities!

The Vancouver Children’s Festival takes place on Granville Island and features a metric tonne of fun, games, and upbeat performances that will make your spirit soar.

Baking Time: A delightful fairy tale romp through the world of baking, join Bun and Bap as they traipse through an enchanted forest of baked goods! Even better, as you watch this show the delicious smells of baking will fill the room because the show ends with the unveiling of delicious bread! Yum!

Les Parfait Inconnus: These six clowns from Quebec put on a high energy, combination rock show/circus performance with incredible musical performances and death-defying stunts!

I.aM.mE Dance Crew: The reigning champions of MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, these break-dancers combine incredible athleticism with a positive message that your whole family can get into.

The Path of Dreams: A spellbinding tale told with bewitching puppets, The Path of Dreams tells the story of a young Innu boy in the North of Japan who plunges into the dream-world in search of his grandmother’s lost necklace and his lost culture. Absolutely captivating.

Full schedule and details for the Vancouver International Children’s Festival can be found here!

Visiting Vancouver? Stay in the heart of the city at the Best Western Plus Uptown Hotel, located in Vancouver’s gorgeous and hip Mount Pleasant neighbourhood! Enjoy our fitness solarium, lush green courtyard, and more! Book your room today and we’ll take care of the rest.
posted by: Best Western Plus Uptown Hotel on: January 24, 2018
The best place to stay in Mount Pleasant Vancouver BC!

We all know downtown Vancouver is beautiful, but you might not know that downtown Vancouver isn’t the cool part of town. No, if you want to go where the city’s hipsterati reside, you need to visit Mount Pleasant. It’s the perfect place for cocktails at the Cascade Room, followed by a hangover brunch (with mimosas, of course!) at Slickety Jim’s Chat & Chew, or any other fun adventures.

No place in Mount Pleasant captures the spirit of the place quite like the Fox Cabaret. A decade ago, The Fox was actually an adult theatre, a piece of local colour that made the area feel exciting but which you would NOT want to enter. Today, it’s been reclaimed as one of the city’s premier venues for dancing, musical acts, and more, turning that seedy past into something sexy cool. Here are some of the upcoming events you might want to check out!


Indie rockers YACHT do things their own way. Core members Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans create challenging, provocative pop music that will still make you DANCE. Touring in support of their new EP, “Strawberry Moon,” they’re coming to the Fox Cabaret on February 5. Get tickets here!


The Fox is also great for dance parties, and this February they are celebrating with not one, but TWO themed Valentine’s parties.

First up is the 80s vs 90s Valentine’s Prom on February 11. Dress up in your era of choice and dance like an awkward teen again! The DJ will spin the hits of both eras, which will make for a truly inhibition-free night of dancing.

Then, on February 14, there will be An Affair to Remember – a swanky cocktail party with swinging hits from the time of the Rat Pack, Dinner Clubs, and vintage Hollywood Glamour.


Want to laugh? Every Wednesday, the top floor of the Fox (it’s called “The Projector Room, in honour of the bar’s history) hosts Vancouver’s funniest comedians for a low, low price. Not only that, it’s an inclusive, safe room that celebrates diversity while making you gasp for air. You must check it out when you’re in town.

Visiting Mount Pleasant? Book a stay at the Best Western Plus Uptown Hotel for convenience, comfort, and savings. 

Vancouver is known for its temperate winters with plenty to do all over town. Come visit this November and December to participate in these local traditions!


Everyone loves the Vancouver Christmas Market. It’s a fairy tale winter wonderland that opens up every year in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Opening November 22 and ending Dec. 24 on Christmas Eve, this tiny little fair will make your heart swell. Food vendors offer traditional winter foods and drinks designed to warm your belly while you tour a charming tiny village modeled after Bavarian mountain towns. Photo opportunities, a Christmas carousel and even a walk-in Christmas tree will light up your night and fill you with the holiday spirit. If you’re of legal drinking age, be sure to sample the glüwein (mulled wine) to REALLY get into the spirit!
Fun for the whole family. Details here.


Starting December and lasting until January 7, the Van Dusen Festival of Lights is an enchanted trip that’s like walking through a dream. The Van Dusen Botanical Gardens are gorgeous all year round, but for one month of the year it’s transformed by artists who string a variety of lights throughout the park. We make a point of going every year! Don’t miss out.  


A classic Vancouver experience, free ice skating starts in historic Robson Square in the beginning of December! Bring your own skates if you have them, or rent skates for a very reasonable price and relive all of your fantasies of falling in love on the ice in an urban paradise! Located just across the street from the world famous Vancouver Art Gallery, you can complement your skate with a piping hot chocolate on their fantastic patio facing the square.

Coming to Vancouver this winter? Save by staying in Mt. Pleasant, a historic, hip, and colourful neighbourhood just minutes away from downtown. Book a room at the Best Western Plus Uptown Hotel today!