SPE­CIAL EVENTS & FES­TI­VALS

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To Oct 13 van­cOu­ver in­Ter­na­TiOnal film fes­Ti­val The 36th an­nual fest fea­tures hun­dreds of films from around the world, in­clud­ing a huge se­lec­tion of doc­u­men­taries and Cana­dian films. Many screen­ings have di­rec­tors, writ­ers and ac­tors in at­ten­dance for provoca­tive post-screen­ing dis­cus­sions. Var­i­ous venues. 604-683FILM (3456). www.viff.org

Oct 5-7, 13-14 Har­vesT Haus This Ok­to­ber­fest-style fest com­bines mod­ern fare with Euro­pean har­vest tra­di­tions, re­sult­ing in a glut­tonous and grat­i­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Com­pete in stein pong, lip sync and axe throw­ing. Sole Food Street Farms, 88 Pa­cific Blvd. www.har­vesthaus.com Map 1: D7

Oct 12-15 WHisTler WriT­ers fes­Ti­val Hear talks and work­shops by au­thors and pub­lish­ers such as Doug Saun­ders, Frances Itani and Lee Mar­a­cle. Var­i­ous venues in Whistler. www. whistler­writ­ers­fest.com Map 2: A8

Oct 13-31 THe sTan­ley Park Hal­lOWeen GHOsT Train: alien in­va­siOn The train takes rid­ers on a jour­ney through a mys­ti­cal world, themed by Hal­loween and other creepy tales. $12, se­nior/13-18 $9, 3-12 $8, un­der 3 free. Minia­ture Rail­way in Stan­ley Park, off

Pipe­line Rd. Tick­ets 604-252-3700. www.ghost­train.ca X Map 5: C5

Oct 16-22 THe van­cOu­ver WriT­ers fesT Writ­ers from around the world min­gle with thou­sands of read­ers in in­ti­mate set­tings at dozens of events. This year’s au­thors in­clude Mar­garet At­wood, Ann Cleeves and Adam Gop­nik. Sev­eral events for chil­dren. Var­i­ous venues. 604-681-6330. www.writ­ers­fest.bc.ca

Oct 19-Dec 31 cirQue Du sOleil: kuriOs – cabi­neT Of cu­riOsi­Ties Au­di­ences are trans­ported to a fan­tasy world where ev­ery­thing is pos­si­ble. $49+. Un­der the blue-and-yel­low Big Top at Concord Pa­cific Place. Tick­ets 1-877-9CIRQUE (924-7783). www. cirque­du­soleil.com/kurios Map 1: D7

Oct 25-nov 5 HearT Of THe ciTy fes­Ti­val More than 100 events— in­clud­ing mu­sic, sto­ries, songs, po­etry, films, the­atre, dance, spo­ken word, work­shops, gallery ex­hibits, mixed me­dia, art talks, his­tory talks and his­tory walks—all fo­cus on the Down­town East­side’s rich and di­verse com­mu­ni­ties. 604-628-5672. www.heartofthecityfes­ti­val.com

Oct 26-29 van­cOu­ver fall HOme sHOW See the de­sign in­dus­try’s big­gest names and game-chang­ers—in­clud­ing Sarah Richardson, Kort­ney and Dave Wilson, and Tif­fany Pratt—and find the lat­est in in­no­va­tive prod­ucts and new ideas. Van­cou­ver Con­ven­tion Cen­tre West, 1055 Canada Place Way. 604-639-2288. www.van­cou­ver­fall home­show.com X Map 1: B6

Nov 22-Dec 24 VAN­COU­VER CHRIST­MAS MAR­KET Shop for hand­made crafts, ride the carousel, en­joy live en­ter­tain­ment, and sam­ple the schnitzel and beer at this Ger­man-style mar­ket. $10+, un­der 7 free. Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place Way. www.van­cou ver­christ­mas­mar­ket.com X Map 1: B6

Nov 25 CANDYTOWN Visit Santa, take a horse-drawn car­riage ride, find hol­i­day gifts and savour in­cred­i­ble food at this out­door Christ­mas event in Yale­town. Free, but do­na­tions are ac­cepted for lo­cal char­i­ties. Main­land St. www.yale­town­info.com Map 1: D5

Nov 25-30 JCC JEWISH BOOK FES­TI­VAL Read­ings, panel dis­cus­sions and chil­dren’s events fea­ture top Jewish writ­ers from Canada, the US and Is­rael. This year’s au­thors in­clude Nathan Eng­lan­der, Ruby Nam­dar, Rachel Kadish and Gavriel Savit. Var­i­ous venues. www.jew­ish­book­fes­ti­val.ca

com­edY & SPo­KeN WoRd

Oct 5 NICK OF­FER­MAN The hu­morist, writer and wood­worker is best known for his role on Parks and Recre­ation.9 pm. $39.50-$59.50. Or­pheum The­atre, 601 Smithe St. at Sey­mour. Tick­ets 1-855-985-5000. X Map 1: C5

Oct 14 BILL MA­HER Ex­pect un­flinch­ing hon­esty and big laughs from the host of HBO’s Real Time. 8 pm. $65.50$115.50. Queen El­iz­a­beth The­atre, 630 Hamil­ton St. Tick­ets 1-855-985-5000. X Map 1: C6

Oct 14 JUST FOR LAUgHS CANA­DIAN COM­EDY TOUR Hosted by Sugar Sammy, this hi­lar­ity-filled evening fea­tures Alonzo Bod­den and Gina Bril­lon. 7 pm. $45.50. The Chan Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 6265 Cres­cent Rd. Tick­ets 1-855-985-5000. www. ha­haha.com/com­e­dy­tour X Map 4: D1

Nov 9-10 JOHN MULANEY The Emmy Award–win­ning co­me­dian cre­ated char­ac­ters such as Ste­fon on Satur­day Night Live. Th 7 pm, F 7 and 9:30 pm. $39.50. Queen El­iz­a­beth The­atre, 630 Hamil­ton St. Tick­ets 1-855-985-5000. X Map 1: C6

Nov 17 AL­TER­NA­TIVE COM­EDY TOUR TJ Miller, star of Sil­i­con Val­ley, and guest Rhys Darby, of Flight of the Con­chords, team up for an evening of hi­lar­ity. 7:30 pm. $45.50. Vogue The­atre, 918 Granville St. Tick­ets 1-888-732-1682. www. ha­haha.com/al­ter­na­tive X Map 1: C5

Nov 22 PETER MANSBRIDgE For five decades, Mansbridge has guided Cana­di­ans through the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic and cul­tural events that shape our world. 8 pm. $39-$60. Queen El­iz­a­beth The­atre, 630 Hamil­ton St. Tick­ets 1-855-985-5000. X Map 1: C6

coN­ceRtS

Mul­ti­ple Dates VAN­COU­VER SYM­PHONY ORCHES­TRA Tea & Trum­pets se­ries: Lud­wig van Beethoven With Alexan­der Knopp, vi­olin; Wil­liam Row­son, con­duc­tor; and Christo­pher Gaze, host (Oct 5). 2 pm. VSO Pops se­ries: Terra and Be­yond With Wil­liam Row­son, con­duc­tor; Chris Had­field, vo­cals/guitar; and Danny Michel, vo­cals/guitar (Oct 6-7). 8 pm. Kids’ Kon­certs se­ries: With Wil­liam Row­son, con­duc­tor; and Fred Pen­ner, chil­dren’s en­ter­tainer (Oct 8). 2 pm. Mas­ter­works Di­a­mond se­ries: Glinka, Shostakovich and Si­belius, with Otto Tausk, con­duc­tor; and Vadim Gluz­man, vi­olin (Oct 14, 16). 8 pm. Mas­ter­works Gold se­ries: Jen­nifer Hig­don and Shostakovich, with Bramwell Tovey, con­duc­tor; and Dame Eve­lyn Glen­nie, per­cus­sion (Oct 28, 30). 8 pm. Sym­phony Sun­days se­ries: Jen­nifer Hig­don and Shostakovich, with Bramwell Tovey, con­duc­tor; and Dame Eve­lyn Glen­nie, per­cus­sion (Oct 29). 2 pm. Mas­ter­works Di­a­mond se­ries: El­gar, with Bramwell Tovey, con­duc­tor; Susan Platts, mezzo-so­prano; Anthony Dean Grif­fey, tenor; Nathan Berg, bari­tone; and UBC Uni­ver­sity Singers and Choral Union (Nov 4, 6). 8 pm. Mu­si­cally Speak­ing se­ries: Men­delssohn, Bruch and Beethoven, with Alexan­dre Bloch, con­duc­tor; and Blake Pouliot, vi­olin (Nov 11). 8 pm. VSO at the Movies: Juras­sic Park With Con­stan­tine Kit­sopou­los, con­duc­tor (Nov 18-19). Sa 7 pm, Su 2 pm. Mas­ter­works Gold se­ries: Rach­mani­noff and Prokofiev, with Lawrence Renes, con­duc­tor; and Barry Dou­glas, piano (Nov 25, 27). 8 pm. Sym­phony Sun­days se­ries: Rach­mani­noff and Prokofiev, with Lawrence Renes, con­duc­tor; and Barry Dou­glas, piano (Nov 26). 2 pm. Tea & Trum­pets se­ries: Coates, Rim­sky-Kor­sakov, Strauss, Brahms, Sousa, Wal­ton, Verdi, Ber­lioz and El­gar, with Wil­liam Row­son, con­duc­tor; Christo­pher Gaze, host; and

Ireh Kim, Marimba (Nov 30). 2 pm. Or­pheum The­atre, 601 Smithe St. Tick­ets 604-876-3434. www.van­cou­ver­sym phony.ca X Map 1: C5

Oct 5 THE WEEKND The Gram­my­win­ning singer-song­writer pro­motes his lat­est al­bum, Star­boy. Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way. Tick­ets 1-855-9855000. X Map 1: D6

Oct 8 IMAG­INE DRAG­ONS The alt rock­ers per­form hits such as “Ra­dioac­tive.” 7:30 pm. $29.50-$99.50. Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way. Tick­ets 1-855-985-5000. X Map 1: D6

Oct 11 KINGS OF LEON Ex­pect to hear hits such as “Sex on Fire” from the alt rock­ers. 7:30 pm. $35-$85. Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way. Tick­ets 1-855-985-5000. X Map 1: D6

Oct 13 JIMMY BUF­FETT & THE CORAL REEFER BAND Par­rot­heads won’t want to miss their chance to soak in the full Mar­gar­i­taville ex­pe­ri­ence. 8 pm. Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way. Tick­ets 1-855-985-5000. X Map 1: D6

Oct 24 DEADMAU5 From high atop a huge cube of LED pan­els, the famed elec­tronic mu­sic pro­ducer per­forms a range of new ma­te­rial. 9 pm. $45.85$80. Pa­cific Coli­seum, 100 N. Ren­frew St., PNE Grounds. Tick­ets 1-604-2523700. X Map 4: D5

Oct 28-29 ROGER WA­TERS The English singer-song­writer and co-founder of Pink Floyd is con­sid­ered rock roy­alty. 8 pm. Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way. Tick­ets 1-855-985-5000. X Map 1: D6

Oct 29 MON­TEVERDI’S ORFEO Early Mu­sic Van­cou­ver presents a con­cert ver­sion of Mon­teverdi’s mas­ter­piece. 3 pm. The Chan Cen­tre for the Per­form­ing Arts, 6265 Cres­cent Rd. Tick­ets 604-822-2697. www.ear­ly­mu­sic.bc.ca X Map 4: D1

Nov 4 VAN­COU­VER CHAM­BER CHOIR New Vistas: The Lat­est in Choral Mu­sic. 3 and 7:30 pm. $35. Christ Church Cathe­dral, 690 Bur­rard St. 604-7386822. Tick­ets 1-855-985-2787. www. van­cou­ver­cham­ber­choir.com Map 1: C5

Nov 11 HALSEY The elec­tropop singer­song­writer pro­motes her lat­est al­bum, hope­less foun­tain king­dom. 7:30 pm. $29.50-$79.50. Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way. Tick­ets 1-855-9855000. X Map 1: D6

Nov 24 THE TENORS Ex­pect sea­sonal favourites such as “I’ll Be Home for Christ­mas” from the vo­cal su­per­group. 8 pm. $36-$120. Queen El­iz­a­beth The­atre, 630 Hamil­ton St. Tick­ets 1-855-985-5000. X Map 1: C6

dance

Oct 12-14 COMPAñíA SHARON FRID­MAN Two ex­cit­ing works by the sen­sa­tional Is­raeli chore­og­ra­pher. 8 pm. $32, s/s $24. Sco­tia­bank Dance Cen­tre, 677 Davie St. Tick­ets 604-684-2787. www.thedance­cen­tre.ca Map 1: D5

Oct 27-28 TERO SAARINEN COM­PANY West­ern Canada pre­miere of Mor­phed, the in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed work by Fin­nish chore­og­ra­pher Saarinen. Van­cou­ver Play­house, Hamil­ton St. at Dun­smuir. Tick­ets 604-801-6225. www.dance­house.ca X Map 1: C6

Nov 2-4 PRO­GRAM I In­cludes a new work by Cayetano Soto and a piece by

Jo­han Inger. 8 pm. $30-$100. Queen El­iz­a­beth The­atre, 630 Hamil­ton St. Tick­ets 1-855-985-2787. www.bal­let bc.com X Map 1: C6

Nov 22-25 DANCE IN VAN­COU­VER Show­cases BC’s con­tem­po­rary dance scene. $32, s/s $24. Sco­tia­bank Dance Cen­tre, 677 Davie St. Tick­ets 604684-2787. www.thedance­cen­tre.ca Map 1: D5

SPec­Ta­TOR SPORTS

Mul­ti­ple Dates BC LIONS FOOT­BALL The CFL team roars into ac­tion vs Ot­tawa Red­blacks (Oct 7). 4 pm. Ed­mon­ton Es­ki­mos (Oct 21). 7 pm. Toronto Arg­onauts (Nov 4). 7 pm. BC Place, 777 Pa­cific Blvd. Tick­ets 604-5897627. www.bclions.com X Map 1: D6

Mul­ti­ple Dates VAN­COU­VER CANUCKS HOCKEY Van­cou­ver’s NHL team skates into ac­tion vs Ed­mon­ton Oilers (Oct 7). 7 pm. Ot­tawa Se­na­tors (Oct 10). 7 pm. Win­nipeg Jets (Oct 12). 7 pm. Cal­gary Flames (Oct 14). 7 pm. Wash­ing­ton Capitals (Oct 26). 7 pm. Dal­las Stars (Oct 30). 7 pm. New Jer­sey Devils (Nov 1). 7 pm. Pitts­burgh Pen­guins (Nov 4). 7 pm. Detroit Red Wings (Nov 6). 7 pm. Ve­gas Golden Knights (Nov 16). 7 pm. St. Louis Blues (Nov 18). 7 pm. Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way. Tick­ets 1-855-9855000. canucks.nhl.com X Map 1: D6

THe­aTRe & OPeRa

To Oct 7 THE CHRIS­TIANS A pas­tor over­turns one of the most sa­cred tenets of his con­gre­ga­tion’s be­liefs. $20-$36.50. Pa­cific The­atre, 1440 W. 12th Ave. Tick­ets 604-731-5518. www.paci­ficthe­atre.org X Map 4: D3

Oct 3-7, 10-14 THE GOBLIN MAR­KET Christina Ros­setti’s poem of dan­ger­ous and de­li­cious temp­ta­tion comes to life through dar­ing cir­cus acts. 8 pm. $22+. For ages 16+. York The­atre, 639 Com­mer­cial Dr. Tick­ets 604-251-1363. www.thecultch.com Map 4: D4

Oct 4-14 HYPERLINK Delves into life on­line and the lim­its of dig­i­tal em­pa­thy. $25+. Fire­hall Arts Cen­tre, 280 E. Cor­dova St. 604-689-0926. www. fire­hal­larts­cen­tre.ca X Map 1: C8

Oct 5-Nov 4 THANKS FOR GIV­ING This new play ex­am­ines the theme of legacy as it re­lates to colo­nial his­tory and fam­ily. $29+. Granville Is­land Stage, 1585 Johnston St. 604-687-1644. www.artsclub.com X Map 6: B3

Oct 17-22 EN­COUNTER Us­ing ac­ro­bat­ics and orig­i­nal mu­sic, this provoca­tive piece tells the story of an indige­nous woman and her de­fi­ance against in­jus­tice. $22+. York The­atre, 639 Com­mer­cial Dr. Tick­ets 604-251-1363. www.thecultch.com Map 4: D4

Oct 20-29 HAPPY PLACE Seven women in an in-pa­tient care fa­cil­ity live to­gether in the most ex­tra­or­di­nary cir­cum­stances. $20-$33. Fire­hall Arts Cen­tre, 280 E. Cor­dova St. 604-6890926. www.fire­hal­larts­cen­tre.ca X Map 1: C8

Oct 20-Nov 11 THE LONE­SOME WEST A bit­terly funny por­trait of two feud­ing broth­ers. W-Sa 8 pm. Mati­nees Sa 2 pm. $20-$36.50. Pa­cific The­atre, 1440

W. 12th Ave. Tick­ets 604-731-5518. www.paci­ficthe­atre.org X Map 4: D3

OCT 26-28 KAYOI KOMACHI/KOMACHI Vis­ited This new cham­ber opera blends Ja­panese noh the­atre and west­ern clas­si­cal mu­sic, telling a clas­sic tale of un­re­quited love. 8 pm. $35.25$55.25. The His­toric The­atre at The Cultch, 1895 Ven­ables St. Tick­ets 604-251-1363. www.thecultch.com X Map 4: D4

NOV 11-DEC 2 ONLY DRUNKS AND CHIL­DREN tell the truth The story of the im­pact on one fam­ily of the ‘60s scoop-up of na­tive chil­dren. Fire­hall Arts Cen­tre, 280 E. Cor­dova St. 604689-0926. www.fire­hal­larts­cen­tre.ca X Map 1: C8

NOV 14-19 JER­SEY BOYS The Tony Award–win­ning mu­si­cal tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Sea­sons. For ages 12+. Tu-Sa 8 pm, Su 7:30 pm. Mati­nees Sa-Su 2 pm. $30.50+. Queen El­iz­a­beth The­atre, 630 Hamil­ton St. Tick­ets 1-855-985-5000. www.broad way­across­canada.ca X Map 1: C6

AT­TRAC­TIONS

CAPI­LANO SUS­PEN­SION BRIDGE Van­cou­ver’s old­est at­trac­tion has thrilled vis­i­tors since 1889. Cross the sway­ing planks of the bridge sus­pended above the Capi­lano River and wan­der among ev­er­greens. Get a squir­rel’s-eye view at Tree­tops Ad­ven­ture: seven sus­pen­sion bridges in the trees take you high above the for­est floor (year-round). Free shut­tle from down­town Van­cou­ver. Open daily. 3735 Capi­lano Rd., North Van­cou­ver. 604-985-7474. www. cap­bridge.com Map 4: B4

FLY­OVER CANADA Get im­mersed in Canada’s beauty with this vir­tual flight ex­pe­ri­ence. Strap into a seat in front of the spher­i­cal screen and let the sights, sounds and scents of the coun­try sur­round you (year-round). Open daily. 999 Canada Place Way. 604-620-8455. www.fly­over­canada.com X Map 1: B6

MU­SEUM OF VAN­COU­VER Vis­it­ing ex­hi­bi­tions and dis­plays high­light lo­cal her­itage (year-round). Ex­hi­bi­tion: City on Edge: A Cen­tury of Van­cou­ver Ac­tivism This photo-based ex­hi­bi­tion de­picts mo­ments when Van­cou­verites ral­lied for change (to Feb 18). Open Tu-Su. 1100 Chest­nut St. in Vanier Park. Park­ing. 604-736-4431. www. mu­se­u­mof­van­cou­ver.ca X Map 1: D2 STAN­LEY PARK Van­cou­ver’s 400-ha (1,000-acre) park was named for Lord Stan­ley in 1888. Lo­cals and vis­i­tors walk, bike or blade the 8.8-km (5.5mi) sea­wall, tak­ing in the scenery. At­trac­tions in­clude the aquar­ium, totem poles, Lost La­goon and Si­wash Rock (year-round). Horse-drawn tours 604-681-5115 (to Nov 12). En­ter park via west end of Beach Ave., Nel­son St. or Ge­or­gia St. In Van­cou­ver 311, out­side Van­cou­ver 604-873-7000. www.van­cou­ver.ca Par­tial X Map 5

VAN­COU­VER AQUAR­IUM Home to more than 50,000 strange and won­der­ful crea­tures from the Arc­tic, Ama­zon, Trop­ics and Canada’s wild West Coast. Watch shark dives and sea ot­ter feeds. Sign up for An­i­mal En­coun­ters to get up close to dol­phins, ot­ters, pen­guins, sea lions and sea turtles (year-round). Open daily. Lo­cated in Stan­ley Park. 845 Avi­son Way. 604-659-3474. www.vanaqua.org X Map 5: B5

VAN­COU­VER LOOK­OUT AT HAR­BOUR CEN­TRE Sight­see­ing atop a 169-m (553-ft) tower on the edge of Gas­town. Reached via glass el­e­va­tors, the ob­ser­va­tion deck of­fers spec­tac­u­lar 360-de­gree views of the city, har­bour and moun­tains. Ad­mis­sion tick­ets are valid all day and evening, al­low­ing same-date re­turn vis­its (year-round). Open daily. 555 W. Hast­ings St. 604689-0421. www.van­cou­ver­look­out.com X Map 1: C6

TOURS & LEISURE AC­TIV­I­TIES

MOUN­TAINS GROUSE MOUN­TAIN Panoramic views un­fold as the Skyride aerial tram whisks vis­i­tors 1,130 m (3,700 ft) above the city to the mountaintop chalet. The Refuge for En­dan­gered Wildlife shel­ters two or­phaned griz­zly bears, rap­tors and hum­ming­birds. Sum­mer ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude zi­plin­ing and hik­ing. In win­ter, Grouse is pop­u­lar for ski­ing and snow­board­ing. Skyride de­parts ev­ery 15 min­utes (year-round). Top of Capi­lano Rd., North Van­cou­ver. 604-980-9311. www.grouse­moun­tain.com Map 4: A4

Sight­see­ing Tours

FOR­BID­DEN VAN­COU­VER In­ter­ac­tive tours re­veal the seedy un­der­belly of Pro­hi­bi­tion- and Vic­to­rian-era Van­cou­ver, from the great fire to boot­leg­ging and speakeasies to the se­crets of Stan­ley Park. Age 16+ (to Nov). Tours de­part from Dun­smuir at Richards

St. 604-839-3126. www.for­bid­den van­cou­ver.ca X Map 1: C6

GHOSTLY VAN­COU­VER TOURS Spooky sto­ries based on hair-rais­ing his­tory, first-hand ac­counts and lo­cal leg­ends bring ghosts to life on th­ese 90-minute walk­ing tours (year­round). $20. For ages 13+. www. ghost­ly­van­cou­ver­tours.com

HAUNTED VAN­COU­VER TROL­LEY TOURS Lis­ten to tales of mur­der, treach­ery and in­trigue. Visit eerie lo­ca­tions such as Moun­tain View Ceme­tery and the Van­cou­ver Po­lice Mu­seum (Oct 6-31). $40. For ages 13+. 604-801-5515, ext. 100. www.van­cou­vertrol­ley.com

STAN­LEY PARK HORSE-DRAWN TOURS See the park the old-fash­ioned way. Fully nar­rated one-hour tours

de­part ev­ery 20-30 min­utes, rain or shine (to Nov 12). $42, s/s $40, 3-12 $20. Tours start from the kiosk be­side the info booth on Park Dr., just off the Ge­or­gia St. en­trance to Stan­ley Park. 604-681-5115. www.stan­ley­park.com Par­tial X Map 5: C6

WEST­COAST SIGHT­SEE­ING Tours of Capi­lano Sus­pen­sion Bridge, Grouse Moun­tain, Whistler, Vic­to­ria and the city of Van­cou­ver, in com­fort­able 20-30 seater buses with big win­dows for panoramic views. Hop-on, hop-off tours of Van­cou­ver and walk­ing tours, too (year-round). 7 am-10 pm. Com­pli­men­tary ho­tel pick-up. 604-451-1600. www.west­coast­sight­see­ing.com

Whale Watch­ing

PRINCE OF WHALES WHALE WATCH­ING Short on time? Try the Ocean Magic tour (to Oct) or Fly-Whale-Fly (year-round). De­parts from the dock near the Westin Bayshore Re­sort & Ma­rina. Toll-free 1-888-383-4884. www. prince­ofwhales.com Map 1: A4

WILD WHALES VAN­COU­VER Three- to seven-hour whale watch­ing ad­ven­tures de­part from Granville Is­land. See or­cas in their nat­u­ral habi­tat, as well as por­poises, seals, sea lions and birds. Guar­an­teed sight­ings: if you don’t see a whale, your next trip is free (to late Oct). 604-699-2011. www.whalesvan cou­ver.com Map 6: D3

Casi­nos & Gam­bling

PARQ VAN­COU­VER Decked out in re­flec­tive bronze glass, this mas­sive land­mark is home to two lux­ury ho­tels, eight restau­rants and lounges, and a sprawl­ing rooftop park. Party in the city’s largest ball­room, or try your luck at one of 600 slot ma­chines at the two-level casino. 39 Smithe St. 1-888281-8868. www.par­q­van­cou­ver.com X Map 1: D6

Com­edy Clubs

VAN­COU­VER THEATRESPORTS LEAGUE The best of stage and sports, de­liv­ered with comic vengeance (on­go­ing). W-Su. Prices vary. Fea­tured show: Im­prov Wars – The Laugh Jedi (Oct 5-Nov 18). The Im­prov Cen­tre, 1502 Du­ran­leau St. 604-738-7013. www.vtsl.com X Map 6: D3

Gen­tle­men’s Clubs

THE GRANVILLE STRIP This two-level venue fea­tures ex­otic dancers, an up­beat at­mos­phere and fine cham­pagnes. Dress code. Open daily. 1050 Granville St. 778-379-0555. www. the­granvillestrip.com Map 1: D5

Lounges

PRO­HI­BI­TION De­scend the stairs to this sub­ter­ranean speakeasy-in­spired lounge. Open Tu-Sa. 801 W. Ge­or­gia, en­trance off Howe St. 604-673-7089. www.pro­hi­bi­tion­rhg.com X Map 1: C5

UVA WINE & COCK­TAIL BAR Dur­ing the day it serves as an espresso bar and at night as a wine bar. Pair char­cu­terie and cheese with a glass of care­fully se­lected wine, im­ported beer or hand­crafted cock­tail. Open daily. Moda Ho­tel, 900 Sey­mour St. 604-632-9560. www.uvaw­inebar.ca X Map 1: C5

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