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Sparkling Christmas Lights Across the City

Where to view dazzling Christmas lights across Vancouver? Christmas is around the corner and is considered the perfect time to view the most magical lights and beautiful decorations in and around the city. Here is a list of a few places in the lower mainland where you can witness the

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What Do You Need to Know about Cyber Monday?

Shop on the most awaited Monday of the year – Cyber Monday Cyber Monday is the Monday that comes following the U.S. Thanksgiving weekend. The term was created by Ellen Davis in 2005 to describe the Monday after Black Friday when people continued to shop online after going back to

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How to Watch a Hockey Game in Canada

The National Hockey League The National Hockey League, commonly known as NHL, is a professional ice hockey league in North America. Founded in 1917, it is considered to be one of the top-ranked professional hockey leagues in the world. It is also one of the four major professional sports leagues

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All You Need to Know About Black Friday Shopping around Vancouver

About Black Friday If you want a head start on your holiday shopping, you should consider doing all of it on Black Friday. If you aren’t familiar with the holiday, it’s a name originally used to describe the chaos of shoppers that occurred right after Thanksgiving in America. Specifically, the

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Emergency Alerts in British Columbia and Across Canada

Intro You’re sitting on the couch eating snacks and watching TV. All of a sudden, you begin to hear a loud notification. BEEP, BEEP, BEEP! The sound is coming from your phone, and you see a notification flash across the screen with a headline that says “Emergency Alert”.  This loud

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Why Canadians Celebrates Remembrance Day

About Remembrance Day Every year on November 11 at 11 a.m., a moment of silence is observed by Canadians. This minute-long silence is held to honour, remember and reflect on the more than 2,300,000 brave Canadian men and women who have served in wars, conflicts, and peace-making efforts, and continue

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Canadian Landmarks That Have Appeared on the Big Screen

Intro These days, Vancouver and Toronto are some of the hottest filming spots for American and international movies. The cities have even been given their name: Hollywood North; although this term mostly refers to the film industry in Vancouver rather than Toronto. Because of the cities’ diverse geographies, educational capacities,

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Get Set for the Winter Sports Adventure in Canada

Winter activities in Canada Canada is considered to be a snow heaven during the winters. Because of this, there are a lot of activities for snow and sports enthusiasts that you can enjoy here in this winter wonderland. Tourists from around the world come here during this season to enjoy

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Keep Your Phone Number When Switching Carriers

Intro Switching carriers can often be a hassle, as sifting through carrier options and plans require many people to burn their hours. But the good news is that once you’ve picked your new service provider, you can request them to transfer all of your existing services—including your phone number—without having

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Get Birthday Freebies in Vancouver and Toronto

Happy (early or belated) Birthday! Regardless of your age today, Vancouver and Toronto’s restaurants and stores have plenty of birthday freebies for people like you. And who doesn’t like freebies, especially on their birthday?  Birthday Freebies in Vancouver Birthday drink or food at Starbucks Starbucks Rewards members can roll up

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How to Celebrate Halloween This Year

Halloween is right around the corner, which means the pumpkins need to be carved, the spooky decorations need to be hung, the sweet treats need to be bought, and you need your costume ASAP! But the good times don’t have to stop at costumes and parties and haunted houses. Here

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The 5 Best Instant Noodles in Vancouver

Canada is a multicultural country, featuring cuisines from all over the world, and the instant noodle variety is not exempt. If you go to T&T Supermarket in the Metro Vancouver area, you might find that there is a whole wall of instant noodles and you don’t know where to start.

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Get Quick Access to Ontario’s Health Services

Intro Long-time resident or not, Ontario is one of the many provinces in Canada that offers free healthcare services to its people. With plenty of newcomers arriving in the country each year, the provincial government and the City of Toronto work hard to ensure that everyone has fair access to

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Guide to Reserving Spots at the YVR Airport’s Security

Introduction Are you travelling from YVR (Vancouver International Airport) to the states? Good news! Passengers can now reserve a spot in the line at the security screening. On October 5th, 2022, YVR announced its YVR Expression program, where travellers can reserve a spot in line before their flight for the

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4 Study Spots in Vancouver You Should Check Out

Revolver Coffee Are you tired of studying in your room all day? Want to meet with your friends so you can go over the test material? Meet them at Revolver Coffee, a detail-oriented store and one of the most popular coffee shops in Vancouver. There, you can chat over some

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The Best Places to See Fall Colours in Canada

Stanley Park in British Columbia What better place to be in Vancouver than by the trees and water – at the same time? Stanley Park in Vancouver is a world-renowned park and one of the most beautiful and popular in all of Canada. Attracting close to 8 million visitors every

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Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada

The leaves are slowly changing colours, it’s getting chillier by the day, and it’s almost October…which means the Thanksgiving holiday is right around the corner!  What is Thanksgiving, and how did it start?  Thanksgiving is a national annual holiday in Canada and falls on the second Monday in October. While

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Follow These Steps to Buying a Used Vehicle in BC

Intro Despite the rising costs of gas, many of us still need our cars to travel to work, run errands, and facilitate daily tasks. Some of us might even be looking to buy a new or second-hand car at this very moment. With so many things to consider, buying a

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5 Working Holiday Destinations in Canada to Consider

Montreal, Quebec What if you want to work someplace that doesn’t feel like Canada? Check out Montreal. This city is unique from any other Canadian city—especially with tourists claiming that they often feel like they’re in Europe when they visit. It is one of the oldest and largest cities in

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Canadian border restrictions on COVID-19 will be lifted on October 1

Since Covid-19 has influenced the world, Canada had some border restrictions to protect the health and safety of Canadians. However, today, the federal government of Canada officially has announced that starting October 1, 2022, all COVID-19 border requirements, including vaccination, mandatory use of ArriveCAN, and any testing and quarantine/isolation requirements

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Statutory Holidays in British Columbia and Canada

Intro Most people, if not all, love taking a day off from work, especially when it is due to a statutory holiday. During these holidays, people can relax at home, go on a day trip, or spend time with their family and friends. Having some free time during the week

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Popular Food Delivery Apps in Canada 2022

Intro We’ve all been through it – feeling lazy and not wanting to cook. Maybe you also wanted to cook but there are no ingredients at home, and we don’t have time to go grocery shopping because we have to hop on a Zoom call in thirty minutes. Well, the

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Canada Will Mark Queen’s Funeral with a Federal Holiday

Canada’s Federal Holiday Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has formally announced that Monday, September 19, 2022 will be a federal holiday to mourn Queen Elizabeth II’s death and burial. However, it will not be an annual holiday. On federal holidays, only federally regulated workers get the day off for the

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Enjoy Life and Studies in Fort St. John

Overview of the City Fort St. John is a small city located in northeastern British Columbia. It is the most populous municipality in the Peace River Regional District. It’s also home to approximately 21,500 people and spans just over 22.69 km2. Despite these small numbers, the city is often referred

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