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Celebrate the Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year, also called Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is considered the beginning of spring and is a celebration that begins on the new moon between January 28 and runs to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day, initiating a year of the rooster.

According to legend, New Year celebrations originated in ancient times, when a monster named “Nian” would terrorize villagers and destroy crops. The villagers discovered the monster could be scared off by loud noises and the colour red. They created a model of the monster from bamboo and paper, with two men inside to scare off “Nian.” On New Year’s Eve, the villagers set off firecrackers, beat drums and cymbals, and performed a dance with the model they created, successfully chasing away the monster.

This carried on annually, with a lion and/or dragon dance being performed on Chinese New Year, red lanterns and decorations filling the streets, and loud drum and cymbal performances. This holiday is an important time for families and friends to gather together and celebrate with large feasts.*

If you would like to learn more, or participate in celebrating the Year of the Rooster, head to one of the following events happening near you.

Vancouver: The annual parade through the streets of Chinatown is scheduled for Sunday, January 29 at 11 a.m. You can watch performers in traditional costumes, see lion dances and other cultural dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, and more. The parade starts at the Millenium Gate on Pender Street, and finishes at Keefer and Abbott. See the route map here.

Richmond: Celebrate at the Yaohan Centre mall January 9th. You’ll find a Flower Market and a Lucky Bag Redemption (spend a certain dollar amount at the mall, and receive a bag with surprise gifts).

Cultural performances, and a spectacular golden dragon and lion dance are scheduled for January 28th at the Aberdeen Centre.

The Richmond Public Library has a number of events scheduled from January 28 – February 11. Ring in the Year of the Rooster with Chinese couplets, lantern riddles, Chinese New Year celebrations, and themed book displays and decorations in-branch.

West Vancouver: You’re invited to West Vancouver’s Chinese New Year Celebration January 28th, to welcome the Year of the Rooster 2017. Enjoy classic lion and dragon performances by Kung Fu masters and participate in lantern riddles. Mayor Michael Smith will be present for opening remarks at 2 p.m. Chinese culture with festive fun, prizes and giveaways.

All You Need To Know About Vancouver

Information about Vancouver


There are many reasons to move to Vancouver and it’s many surrounding communities. For example, Vancouver has been consistently rated as one of the best cities in the world to live in and the region was also named one of the Top Destinations in Canada in 2014.

If you are new to the city then there still may be a lot of information about Vancouver that you should know!

Did you know that city of Vancouver has the 18th largest population in Canada? We have more than 600,000 people! Vancouver also has strong international relationships and has hosted events, such as the 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup!


Gaining information about Vancouver’s diverse population is important in understanding what makes this city so special. Vancouver is one of Canada’s most multicultural cities – close to 52 per cent of people speak a first language other than English.

Vancouver values its multicultural population and believes that “diversity is a source of creativity and strength”. The cultural diversity and inclusiveness that exists in Vancouver is one of the reasons why this is such a popular city.


Before moving to Vancouver, it’s a good idea to get the correct information about Vancouver’s weather.

Many know Vancouver as the ‘Rainy City’, but believe it or not, Vancouver and it’s surrounding communities rank 9th on the list of rainiest locations in Canada. You can expect far more rain in places like Prince Rupert, Port Alberni, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Campbell River, Halifax, Sydney, and St. John’s.

Unlike the majority of Canadian cities, you won’t be affected by the harsh winters here. Located between the Pacific Ocean and the Coastal Mountains, Vancouver’s climate is mild and moderate.

The driest months in Vancouver are July and August while the wettest months are November and December. However, the winter months never seem to disappoint in bringing excellent ski and snowboard conditions to the mountains.

Want more information about the weather in Vancouver? Click here!


If you are new to BC, then you need to get information about Vancouver’s famous attractions!

Want to take a one-of-a-kind walk in Vancouver? Take a walk around the Vancouver Sea Wall and experience breathtaking city, ocean and mountain views!

On a sunny day, take a trip out to Stanley Park! Here you can ride bikes, have a picnic, go to the beach and do many other things!

If you’re looking for a thrill, then visit the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver. This 140 meter long bridge is suspended seventy meters above the Capilano River. Although extremely safe and secure, this bridge is known for its wobbly movements when you walk across!

If you’re up for a challenge, then you must do the Grouse Grind. This is an intense hike up Grouse Mountain with stunning views once you’ve reached the top. Don’t think you can make it? That’s okay! There’s a gondola to take you up to explore the mountain.

Vancouver’s Chinatown is perfect for anyone looking to explore a new culture. Here you can visit historical buildings, shops, taste delicious food and much more!

As Canada’s fifth largest gallery, the Vancouver art gallery is also a popular attraction. Here, you can view amazing exhibits and outstanding work by both local and international artists.

Vancouver is also known for its outstanding restaurants. With so many options, you might need some help deciding where to dine! Check out the Tourism Vancouver website to help narrow down your search.

If you are interested in getting more information about attractions and things to do in Vancouver then check out the links below.