August 7, 2020

Technology reshaping the field of sports fandom

Twitter Canada reports uptick in activity as pro sports resume play in North America

With live game attendance yet to resume, tech firms are helping reshape the fan experience through online platforms | Rob Kruyt

Turn the TV volume high enough and perhaps even the faint echoes of the puck dropping at Rogers Place in Edmonton will be heard by Vancouver fans left with no option but to watch from home.

With the Canucks battling against the Minnesota Wild in the National Hockey League (NHL) playoffs qualifying round in early August, the fan presence in the arena was as lacking as Vancouver’s offence in Game 1.

But with COVID-19 restrictions leaving the stands empty, expect the role of social media to reshape fandom this season.

“We’ve always looked at sports on Twitter [Inc. (NYSE:TWTR)] as an opportunity for sports fans to engage as if it were a virtual sports bar,” said Conor Clarance, head of sports at Twitter Canada. “It’s where you can go to find that niche conversation. You can find your Canucks fans, you can find your BC Lions or your Whitecaps fans outside of the stadium.

“What we’ve seen now is that conversation has only grown as there’s this potential for no fans in stadiums and how long is that going to last, etc., etc. So there’s a ton of excitement around being a sports fan and having that ability to have that conversation and cheer on your team on Twitter. And that seems to only be growing as sports kind of comes back now in their new forms.”

Hockey conversation on Twitter grew 114% upon the resumption of the NHL season during the first weekend of August compared with the last weekend before the pause to the season in March, according to data provided to BIV.

Clarance said it also helped that six out of seven Canadian NHL teams played over that August weekend.

Clarance, who works with leagues, broadcasters and publishers to help them connect with fans over Twitter, said the long absence of pro sports leagues in North American sports leagues has created pent-up demand for their return.

Major League Soccer (MLS) was first out of the gate last month, followed by Major League Baseball (MLB) – the latter of which has seen COVID-19 outbreaks ravage teams as they travel rather than play in hubs like NHL and National Basketball Association (NBA) teams.

Twitter Canada observed a 58% year-over-year spike in baseball conversations the weekend games resumed in late July.

“When you think about a Canadian audience that is predominantly fans of the lone Canadian baseball team [Toronto Blue Jays], that’s a pretty sizable jump,” he said.

“What you’re going to see is likely the largest month of sports conversation ever this September when you look at this sort of perfect storm we have of six major leagues – NFL, NBA, MLS, NHL, PGA Tour [and MLB] – all happening at the same time within the month.”

Clarance anticipates the roar of the stadium crowds will ultimately transition to conversations over Twitter for now.

“The communal aspects of sports are missing when you can’t attend games,” Andrew Selepak, a professor specializing in social media at the University of Florida, said in an email to BIV.

“This is where the social media marketing for teams is essential,” Selepak said. “Social media accounts for professional sports teams need to provide not only the content that fans want, but the communal experience that fans crave.”

He said it will be up to teams to encourage their fans to engage in second-screen experiences, with their TVs tuned to the game while they have their smartphones in their hand as they tweet, post to Facebook (Nasdaq:FB) or follow along with specific hashtags.

“Teams could set up live feeds from the bench or get exclusive in-game interviews, hold online contests, post polls, request user generated content and so much more,” he said. “Social media is already about engagement, but with in-person engagement limited during the pandemic, this is when a team’s social media has the opportunity to expand their role and get fans interested.”

Meanwhile, made-in-B.C. technology has already been capitalizing on this transition.

Victoria-based SendtoNews Video Inc. is best known for its video distribution platform for sports highlights that are showcased within online stories for publications such as the Los Angeles Times or the Chicago Tribune.

Last month SendtoNews touted new Comscore Inc. (Nasdaq:SCOR) rankings that show the company attracted more than 47 million unique viewers responsible for more than one billion video views in May.

“Three years ago that’s what we did in a year and now we do it in a month, and we see that trend continuing,” CEO Matthew Watson told BIV in July. •


City’s blank-cheque COVID recovery plan in serious need of reality check

The City of Vancouver has a strategy for the community’s COVID-19 recovery. Good news: Ottawa and Victoria can take care of us, we will keep on keeping on.

The city’s Report of the Council COVID Recovery Committee is one part magical thinking, one part mirage, one part miasma and one part myth. It might even be one part mushrooms.

Its conceit is that imminently we will discover money trees in the forest, money plants in our fields, money currents in the streams and money clouds in the skies. The report from the committee of the whole is a blank cheque for pursuing ecstasy instead of a reality-check for emerging from agony.

A generous reading of the 18 pages is that council is content with the direction it has mapped for the city and wishes only to add cherries atop the whipped cream once COVID-19 is so yesterday.

But there are troublesome deficiencies in any vision that believes the pandemic is an opportunity to accelerate solutions to chronic conditions. The economic hole created in the past few months won’t suddenly refill and spill over. We will need to deal with idling before achieving the idyllic. Sooner, not later, the firehose of funds will become a trickle, then become a vacuum. This trifling matter didn’t appear to be a committee concern.

Before a city can walk, business must be on its feet. Before a city administration can attack our ailments, its citizens must be working and consuming in safe, fair, prosperous conditions to generate the funds to pay for it. Somehow these trifling matters, too, eluded consideration.

Instead, the result of six meetings in June and July produced a framework that will satisfy a small clutch of industries – stationery suppliers, ink-cartridge manufacturers, perhaps Canada Post – as the city writes letters to plead with senior levels of government to finance the vision. The committee made 41 “top-priority recommendations,” 23 of them “near-consensus,” which is the first glimpse of how many kitchen sinks were thrown in. But there need not be worry, because Justin Trudeau and John Horgan are supposedly at the ready.

Of the top five of the top 41, all are jobs further on up the road, to broaden the national housing funds, enact a national “housing first” strategy, revive a co-op housing program, acquire low-cost funds for non-market housing and push for a split-class commercial tax assessment.

Of the next 18, it is true that 14 are within city purview, but they include “valuing diversity,” a “safe supply of drugs,” “climate adaptation and mitigation,” “mutual respect” of Indigenous people and recognizing how “women are an important component of recovery.” These are important values-driven matters, but they are at a remove from direct economic activity and impact, which is where the committee’s work most missed.

The committee heard in presentations that “supporting small business is key to economic recovery in Vancouver,” but that didn’t translate into anything tangible amid the pet-project retention. Thus, no inkling of incentives to draw business investment or location, no loosening of the permit regime, no tax relief, no review of municipal expenditures and no plan to eliminate the cost-laden Development Cost Levies and Community Amenity Contributions that inflate building expense. It is as if business were not, indeed, key to the recovery.

Irony aficionados would have noticed the report surfaced as the city’s latest homelessness count was released. The two documents could not be more worlds apart – one of a stark, chronic nightmare, another of a stark, chronic delusion.

There was also a Statistics Canada report that found more than 15,000 businesses in the broader Metro Vancouver closed in March and April, double last year’s total in those months and just the start of the pandemic’s rage.

Fear not. The report is into the hands of city staff. We’ll have its analysis by the end of January. Breathe easy. •

Kirk LaPointe is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Business in Vancouver and the vice-president, editorial, of Glacier Media. 



17 awesome Vancouver food events happening in August

Mouth-watering and COVID-safe food features worth checking out this month across Metro Vancouver

Photo courtesy Grounds For Coffee

How is it August already?

Here in B.C. we are in Phase 3 of the province's "Restart" plan, which means many of us are venturing out more. Of course, large gatherings are still not on the menu, so when we say "food events" right now, they aren't all in the traditional sense. These are not big get-togethers that will find you in crowds and bumping elbows with strangers, or mingling with a few dozen folks. We're talking organized, physically-distanced, COVID-conscious revamped events, as well as food specials and promos going down across the city this month. 

If you like to make food and drink the focal point of fun, we’ve got 17 (and counting!) delicious food events happening in and around Vancouver this July.

Check back during the month to see what events we’ve added to the delicious line-up.

A Taste of the PNE - Best of BC Celebration


You can get your hands on vendor Steve-O's deep fried Kit Kat fries during A Taste of the PNE - Best of BC Celebration. Photo by Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome

The PNE is putting on a Best of BC Celebration, featuring outdoor dining paired with live entertainment. The physically-distanced celebration is capped at 45 people, and is being offered in time slots spread out across the afternoon and into the evening on each day of the three-day BC Day long weekend. Tickets($49.50) for the dine-in Best of BC event include live entertainment, a guided tour of the PNE Prize Home, a full meal, $10 discount on admission to Playland for upcoming August weekends, and two free tickets to Opening Day 2021 at the PNE Fair. However, should you prefer, they will still be offering a drive-thru version of the experience. If you go that route, you will pre-purchase your food items and choose a time slot for your drive-thru pick-up. You'll also still get two free tickets to next year's opening day of the Fair. To attend either version of A Taste of the PNE - Best of BC Celebration, guests must pre-purchase tickets online for a specific time slot.

When: Aug. 1-3, 2020. Time slots available from 1-8 p.m. 

Where: PNE Grounds - 2901 East Hastings St, Vancouver

Cost: $49.50 for dine-in, cost of food for drive-thru. Tickets MUST be pre-purchased online

Dr. Peter Pride fundraiser at Grounds For Coffee

Suns out, buns out. Cinnamon buns, we mean! In celebration of Pride Grounds for Coffee will be donating $1 from every bun sold between July 31 and Aug. 3. All donations will go to the @drpetercentre, a leader in the care of people living with HIV. Available at both Grounds locations.

When: July 31-Aug. 3

Where: Grounds For Coffee - 2565 Alma St and 2088 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

Chatime Oat Milk Launch - Buy 2 Get 1 Free Deal

To kick off the launch of the bubble tea chain adding oat milk, Chatime will be offering an in-store only promotion from August 1-3, 2020 where guests can buy any 2 large Non-Dairy Milk Teas and get 1 free regular sized Non-Dairy Grass Jelly Roasted Milk Tea at select Chatime British Columbia stores. All of Chatime's oat milk bubble teas are crafted from locally-sourced, Earth’s Own Barista Line Oat Milk, a plant-based milk made in Vancouver.

When: Aug. 1-3, 2020

Where: Participating B.C. Chatime locations

Paella Guys x Como Taperia


Get an individual portion of paella from Vancouver's The Paella Guys at this fun summertime pop-up on the Como Taperia patio. Photo courtesy Paella Guys/Como Taperia

How's this for a perfect pairing? The Paella Guys are teaming up with the crew at Mount Pleasant's award-winning Como Taperia for a fun summer patio 'party' series. This authentic paella experience will serve as a bold and fun addition to the deliciousness already on offer at Como's cheery sidewalk patio. Guests can tuck into personal-sized plates of real-deal Spanish paella made by the Pallea Guys ($15), as well as order up dishes off the Como Chico menu (the abbreviated menu presented by Como as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic). Reservations can be made online via Resy, with seatings at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. You can also email the restaurant directly at Walk-ins welcome. 

When: Sunday Aug. 9 & 23; seatings at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Where: Como Taperia - 201 East 7th Ave, Vancouver

Schoolyard Harvest Dinner At-Home Edition

The Schoolyard Harvest Dinner, a summer event that benefits Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society, is revamping their fundraiser. This year, Fresh Roots will hold their dinner as an "At-Home Edition" where diners can enjoy a small gathering with big, fresh flavours at home, and can connect with other supporters online - instead of on the lawn at David Thompson Secondary as usual. Ticket holders can purchase summer harvest boxes curated by Fresh Roots that will be filled with everything you’ll need to create a beautiful meal at home to share with friends or family. There will even be wine and flowers, to accent your at-home experience. Order online and pick up on your chosen day. Harvest boxes are available for two, four, or six guests.

When: Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 6 p.m.

Where: At the location of your choosing/online

Cost: $150-450. Order online 

Dine OutSide Vancouver

Organized by Tourism Vancouver, Dine Out is making an unexpected return this summer, with an al fresco twist. Called Dine OutSide, this new seasonal fest will make the most of the warm weather and the city's many regular and temporary patios. Dine OutSide will find Vancouver restaurants offering up prix fixe menus at $15, $25, $35 or $45 price points, or special promotional offers for diners to enjoy on-site. Don't want to dine in? No problem. Dine OutSide will also feature special take-outside and picnic packs for you to grab and go and enjoy in a park, at the beach, in one of the city's many pop-up plazas, or at home.

When: Aug. 21-Sept. 21, 2020

Where: Participating restaurants

Seafood Boils at Boulevard


Photo courtesy Boulevard

Featuring generous piles of fresh Dungeness crab, lobster, prawns, mussels and clams alongside an array of sides including corn, potatoes and the infamous Boulevard Corn Bread this is a fun-filled experience not to miss. ⁠To start the evening guests will be treated to a welcome glass of bubbles on the patio. Freshly made beignets, for dessert complete this must-try Southern-inspired experience.⁠ Tickets will be available for socially-distanced tables of 2, 4, and 6, they can be purchased via An at-home version of the boil is also available through BLVD Provisions for those who prefer to enjoy the experience at home.

When: Thursdays, Aug. 6-27 from 6-8:30 p.m.

Where: Boulevard - 845 Burrard St, Vancouver. Also available to-go

The Arbor Summer BBQ

One of Vancouver's favourite vegetarian restaurants is not just blowin' smoke - they're launching a Sunday BBQ series, and it gets going with an all-day, all-veg physically distanced cookout. The Arbor will have two chefs, one grill, and a "$#!+ load of veg" on hand at their Mount Pleasant restaurant - which also happens to boast a killer hidden back patio - for a full-on feast. The restaurant will be focused on this special one-day menu (so The Arbor's regular menu will not be available) but you can expect to find things like grilled zucchini, kohlrabi, and stuffed jalapeños, sourced from B.C. growers like Klippers Organics, as well as cornbread, and more. 

When: Sun. Aug. 2 from noon-10 p.m.

Where: The Arbor - 3941 Main St, Vancouver

Cost: $25; purchase tickets at door. Seating first-come first serve indoors and on patio, to-go is available as well

Stanley Park Brewing's 1-Year Anniversary

To celebrate their 1 year anniversary of brewing in the park, Stanley Park Brewing is hosting a stellar lineup of events carrying over into August. Backyard BBQ & Brews - an exclusive backyard bbq & beer garden on the West side of the Restaurant & Brewpub, where you can order your beers and bites right to your table. Check out the BBQ & Brews menu here (Saturday, Aug 1 & Sunday, Aug 2, noon to 10 p.m.). Drag Brunch - Celebrate Pride Day with Drag Queens Gloria Hole & Mina Mercury! These fabulous ladies are hosting a one-of-a-kind drag brunch in support of the Vancouver Pride Society. Your ticket includes brunch, beer cocktail, and a chance to win prizes. Tickets: $35.00/person (including tax & gratuity) To book your spot click HERE (Sunday, Aug 2; showtimes at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m.).

When: Through Aug. 2, 2020

Where: Stanley Park Brewing - 8901 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver

Black + Blue Prime Rib Sundays 


Photo courtesy Black + Blue

Starting Sunday, August 2, Black+Blue will be doing Prime Rib Sunday dinners every Sunday night starting at 5 p.m. Dinner includes Caesar Salad to start, Prime Rib with all the fixings, and cheesecake for dessert. All for $40. Not valid on The Roof. Reservations recommended.

When: Sundays starting Aug. 2 from 5 p.m.

Where: Black + Blue - 1032 Alberni St, Vancouver

Greek Food Festival 2020

Typically held in the spring, the event, which is hosted by the Hellenic Community of Vancouver, is a major draw each year, bringing in hundreds of people to enjoy the live music, entertainment, history, and, of course, loads of food. The festival will be a totally take-out model, though organizers say they may also have some delivery options available. Attendees can expect to find all sorts of traditional Greek fare, from souvlaki to spanikopita, gyros, loukoumades, and much, much more.

When: Aug. 15-16, 2020 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Where: Hellenic Community of Vancouver - 4500 Arbutus Street

Prime Rib Sundays at Seasons in the Park

End your week with a serious Prime Rib feast. The classic three course special is priced at $42.50 and is available from 5 p.m. (while quantities last). Appetizer choice of Manhattan Clam Chowder/Mushroom Soup or Caesar Salad, entrée: Slow Roasted Prime Rib & Yorkshore Pudding with mashed potatoes and broccolini, dessert choice of Chocolate Cake with chocolate truffle, raspberry coulis or Sunburnt Lemon Pie with two fruit coulis, or enjoy Prime Rib on its own for $35.00.

When: Sunday nights starting at 5 p.m. (while quantities last)

Where: Seasons in the Park - West 33rd Ave (Queen Elizabeth Park), Vancouver

Braid StrEAT Experience - Drive-thru food trucks

Featuring a rotating selection of regional food truck favourites, the event is a complete drive-thru experience in order to maintain physical distancing and other COVID-19 safety measures. That means there will be no walk-ups or bicycles permitted, and payments are credit and debit only - no cash accepted. The event is produced by West Coast Pop Ups, a collective of small businesses who have operated through the pandemic by either sharing their revenue with other struggling businesses or with charities like the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation.    

When: Aug. 8, 9, 22, 23; and Sept. 5, 6, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: 97 Braid Street, New Westminster

Sunday Seafood Boil for Two at Sandbar

The Sandbar's signature Sunday Seafood Boil for Two features a mouth-watering melange of fresh shellfish that includes a full pound of mussels and clams, jumbo tiger prawns and two lobster tails all tossed in a savoury Old Bay broth with andouille sausage, potatoes and local corn on the cob topped with a citrus lemon butter. Available exclusively on Sundays throughout the summer months, the Seafood Boil feature dish is priced at $90 ($45 per person), with the option to enhance the meal with the addition of Dungeness crab and/or a whole lobster for an additional charge. Reservations are available. This is available every Sunday during dinner service. 

When: Sunday nights, dinner time

Where: Sandbar - 1535 Johnston Street, Creekhouse #102, Vancouver (Granville Island)

Marukatsu Pop-Up at Gyoza Bar


Dishes at Marukatsu. Photo by Mark Yuen/courtesy Aburi Restaurants

Vancouver is now home to an exciting new fusion venture that aligns the foods and flavours of Japan and Mexico. Called Marukatsu, the endeavour is from Aburi Restaurants (Miku, Minami, Gyoza Bar), and focuses on katsu-based dished made with Mexican ingredients. The limited-time pop-up takes place at Gyoza Bar restaurant, and was created by Aburi's founder and CEO along with the talents of head chef Woojin Kim. Marukatsu's menu is centred on the teishoku, or set menu, experience. The central component is the katsu, which here is made with high-quality proteins like pork tenderloin or fresh seafood, in a special nano-panko breading, deep fried to a glorious golden crisp on the inside, with a juicy interior. You can also get a burrito and bowl that pairs katsu with pops of flavour from things like pico de gallo and sour cream, along with some other globally-influenced dressings, sauces, and components. To check out Marukatsu at Gyoza Bar you can dine-in with reservations (recommended) or by walk-in. Take-out and delivery via UberEats are available.

When: Limited time only

Where: Gyoza Bar - 622 W Pender St, Vancouver

Brentwood Great Take-out Food Truck Festival

The Greater Vancouver Food Truck Festival has re-tooled their events to suit the current restrictions on gatherings and physical distancing. One of their refreshed events started in June in Burnaby, and will continue all summer on Saturdays. Structured as a "take-out" event, the fest takes place in Burnaby’s Brentwood area at 2150 Alpha Avenue. The event will has now been expanded to run weekly throughout the summer. 

When: Saturdays from June 20 to Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Where: 2150 Alpha Avenue, Burnaby

The Vegan Farmers' Market

Calling all plant-based food fans: Vancouver's first-ever all-vegan farmers' market is launching this summer, with a series of Saturday events. While of course, in its purest form, most farmers' markets do focus on naturally vegan products, like vegetables, fruits, and herbs, this all-vegan market will not have any meat, dairy, or other animal-sourced products for sale - it's totally plant-based vendors. 

When: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Aug. 1, 15, 29; Sept. 12, 26)

Where: Concord Community Park - 50 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver

Vancouver Is Awesome


Floating season: This breathtaking lazy river in B.C. is over four miles long

Photo: fayeweller / Instagram


Spanning an impressive four miles long, the Penticton River Channel offers one of the best floating experiences in British Columbia.

The man-made waterway cuts across the breathtaking Okanagan Valley and offers tubers a full three-to-four hours of relaxing fun with stunning vistas in every direction. Connecting Okanagan Lake to Skaha Lake, the pristine passageway is considered a bucket list item for the summer season.

The best time to visit the channel is typically between mid-May and September, and preferably on a warm, sunny day. Tubers begin the excursion at Okanagan Lake's launch site at 215 Riverside Drive.

However, the iconic float will offer an unconventional floating experience this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, tubers can still expect to have fun in the sun, but they'll have to keep a few things in mind to stay safe. 

For one, the opening later than usual, on June 27.  Coyote Cruises hours of operation are from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., with the last floaters in the water at 4 p.m. With this in mind, hours of operation are weather dependent. "If the sun is shining, the tubes are flying!"

The company will have the following protocol in place to offer a safe tubing experience: 

  • All staff will be wearing masks, gloves and when required face shields
  • Plexiglas separation installed at all customer contact points
  • Covid-19 safety signage installed at entry and both exit points
  • New online booking software allowing for guests to book in advance
  • Drybags (5L) and waterproof iphone/key bags will be available for purchase as lockers will not be available
  • Guest lines will adhere to social distancing
  • Following all health protocols based on public health guidelines

For transportation, the company says that buses will fill at two-thirds capacity and some seats will be removed to allow for appropriate distancing. Further, the bus driver will not be on the bus when guests are entering.

In addition, bus seats and equipment will be sanitized after each use and all guests boarding will use hand sanitizer. They add that additional buses in service to account for less capacity.

Each tube will be sanitized before use (which has been their company policy since 2019), and staff will not be helping guests out of the water to adhere to social distancing.

Tubers may opt to bring their own floatie, or they may rent one from the launch site. Coyote Cruises operates daily from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. through the summertime and rents a number of floaties including: solo inner-tubes, double tubes, quad tubes, and ten person party floats.

Tubing can be extremely dangerous in places where the current is strong. Therefore, it is recommended that tubers only go to places that have been approved safe for public use. Further, visitors should never consume alcohol before going tubing.



Vancouver Is Awesome


TripAdvisor ranks these five B.C. hotels in Canada's top 10

There's never been a better time to consider staying closer to home on your next holiday

Magnolia Hotel and Spa | Photo: TripAdvisor

From soaring mountain ranges to rugged coastlines, lush green forests to golden wheat fields shimmering brilliantly in the prairie sun, Canada is home to some of the world's most breathtaking natural vistas.

And while camping under the stars is a great way to experience the great white north, there are numerous Canadian accommodations that offer a wide range of amenities in addition to warm, attentive hospitality. 

TripAdvisor has published its 2020 Travellers' Choice Awards, which celebrates travelers' favourite hotels, restaurants and airlines around the world. Winners are calculated based on the quality and quantity of the millions of reviews, opinions and ratings collected on Tripadvisor in 2019, prior to the pandemic.

"This has been a tough year for our industry, but the global desire to go and explore, whether the destination is an hour away or across the world, remains strong. We're passionate about guiding travelers to the good out there, especially the good found within these recognized hotels, restaurants and airlines that rise to the occasion in offering the best of the best," said Lindsay Nelson, chief experience and brand officer at Tripadvisor.

"The Travelers' Choice program is one way that travelers and diners can benefit from the real-life experiences of other people so they can plan their perfect trip that meets their needs, budget and style.

For Canadian hotels, the Magnolia Hotel And Spa in Victoria took the top spot, which was also awarded the 2017 Top City Hotel in Canada by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Located just two blocks from Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour, the accommodation provides easy access to the heart of the city’s best shopping, dining and entertainment. It is described as a "boutique luxury" hotel that offers personalized service and an authentic experience.

TripAdvisor ranks Vancouver's Loden Hotel second, which is described as, "The perfect city sanctuary for pleasure, business or the two in harmony together." In addition, it was ranked the #1 hotel in Vancouver by Conde Nast Traveler 2019.

L'Hermitage Hotel placed third, offering 60 luxurious boutique rooms in Vancouver financial district. L'Hermitage offers Studio-style rooms; One-bedroom Suites; Solarium-style rooms as well as One and Two-Bedroom 'homes' complete with a fully-equipped kitchen featuring Bosch and Sub-Zero appliances.

Two other B.C. hotels also ranked in the country's top ten accommodations: the Shangri-La Hotel in Vancouver places fifth, while the Wedgewood Hotel & Spa following took the number six spot. 

See the full list HERE.

Vancouver Is Awesome


What are we reading? August 6, 2020

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Each week, BIV staff will share with you some of the interesting stories we have found from around the web.


Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor:

Despite Canada’s relative success in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic, public health authorities are still fighting an uphill battle against conspiracy theories and social media misinformation about the virus. A new study reveals the depth of the problem. – CBC


Scientists and aircraft designers know how to work with lift – the principle that keeps planes and birds in the air – but they’re not sure why it works. There are two main competing theories but new explanations may finally lay the lift question to rest after more than a century of powered flight. – Scientific American


Emma Crawford Hampel, online editor:

This article argues that the term “Karen” has some social significance in that it supposedly calls out the attitudes of those with a sense of entitlement. However, while that may have been the original usage of the word, it seems to be used now just as a way to disagree with and mock women in general. – Discover


Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

Sen. Bernie Sanders leading the charge to force U.S. billionaires like Jeff Bezos, the Walton family and Mark Zuckerberg to contribute some of their millions to help out with COVID-19's skyrocketing economic and social costs, most of which are being shouldered now by people with next to no spare thousands, let alone millions of dollars


Which Canadians are suffering the worst financial caning in the new pandemic economy? This TransUnion report provides some interesting insights.


Shipping industry insights into the Beirut ammonium nitrate disaster. – TradeWinds