SD: Top Post-Secondary Schools in Vancouver

The diversity of post-secondary education is what keeps the kids coming back. From dentistry to law, bakers to basket weavers, doctors to digital imagery, the highly rated institutions below will be more than happy to welcome you and unburden your bank account of those pesky tuition fees.

University of British Columbia

Year after year, UBC is ranked one of Canada’s top universities with one of the most beautiful campuses where lush foliage coexists with historic buildings and modern architecture. UBC offers a wide range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees with tons of extra-curricular activities to keep everyone occupied. They also have great stadiums for music festivals and sports events.

Capilano University

Located about 20 minutes North of downtown Vancouver, Capilano is known for its Bachelor Degree programs in multiple fields such as business, education, and music. One of the first schools to bring in stress relieving dogs for students to chillaxe with.

Simon Fraser University


Spanning many disciplines in 8 faculties, SFU is a public research university that offers dual and double degrees and encourages international and domestic students to study at home and abroad. SFU has ranked for over 20 years as a leading provider of research intelligence and currently operates 3 campuses in Burnaby, Vancouver, and Surrey. They also have an award-winning pipe band.

Langara College

Langara provides University Studies, Career, and Continuing Studies to more than 20,000 students annually. The diversity of the programs and courses make Langara a favorite for students who want to focus on the arts, culture, humanities with some science and technology thrown in.


With 5 campuses in the greater Vancouver area – the main campus in Burnaby and the newest in the heart of downtown Vancouver – BCIT offers a range of full-time and part-time studies. This polytechnic academic institution even has aerospace and marine campuses and specializes in technology studies. Check out the ‘nap pods’ the library offers students for a brief respite from their studies.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Established in 1981 by the BC government, Kwantlen consists of four campuses in Surrey, Richmond, Langley and way out in Cloverdale. They offer bachelor’s and associate degrees and other paper for over 200 programs including journalism, interior design, psychology and a well respected Fashion Design program.

Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Internationally considered on the top art and design universities, ECUAD is growing and will soon move to Great Northern Way from their cool location on Granville Island which is in the middle of artist and yoga studios. With an average of 2,000 students per semester, ECUAD is more than art and digital studies, having formed partnerships with TED Talks, TRIUMF, and David Suzuki Foundation.

Vancouver Community College

Established in 1965 and known as VCC, this college has 3 locations, 1000+ teaching staff and offers over 140 career-oriented certificates and diploma programs. They take University Transfer and specializes in health, hospitality, and business courses.

While we know everyone thinks their school is the best at what it offers, this list may give you pause because what if what you are looking forward isn’t all about education? Post-graduation job placement and recruitment can be a powerful factor in the institution you chose to spend your best years at.

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SD: The Best Hot Dogs in Vancouver

We all grew up on hot dogs, graduated to burgers, then hit steak hard but in our hearts we still love the simplicity and ease of a hot dog. Whether made with beef, pork, bison or boar, you must admit that it is really all about the toppings! Some people are ketchup and mustard fans and others are craving the elegant edge that lobster and caviar toppings will give them. Where ever you sit on the hot dog toppings debate, chances are you will find your perfect dog on this list of the 7 best places in Vancouver.

The Black Lodge in a cabin in East Vancouver

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The Black Lodge is a Twin Peaks themed vegetarian restaurant that offers up a big dose of weirdness (check out their IG) and then get down to the business of feeding satisfying your gut. Start by ordering a chili cheese vegan hot dog smothered with all toppings with a side of chili cheese fries. There is nothing glamorous in this joint and beware the taxidermy giving you the eye as you scarf down this heart attack waiting to happen.


Big Dogs Street Hots – Food Truck

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Serving up organic hot dogs made with exotic meats – can you say ‘bison and boar smokie’ – tasty uniqueness is how this mobile cart keeps the dog lovers coming back.  Plus all hot dogs are nitrate free, low in calories due to lean meats, and offer gluten free buns!


The Naam in Kitsilano

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Not the most sophisticated of hot dogs but unique. You will find that building this baby is half the charm. The platter arrives with a steamed veggie dog in a grilled roti with melted cheese, a side of shredded carrots, beets and sprouts and a little scootch of mayonnaise. Pile it all in, roll and eat like a big wrap. Squishy deliciousness and low sodium to boot.


What’s Up Hot Dog in East Hastings-Sunrise

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If you are looking for a casual place to catch a game (they are all about baseball), to grab a brew or two, and indulge in some hot dog love, What’s Up is where you need to be heading.  The dogs come in traditional red plastic baskets with checkerboard wax paper. Try the Wrigley with fresh tomatoes, spicy mustard and lots of fries on the side.


Dougie Dog – Food Truck

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Founder Dougie (yes, he goes by one name) introduced the world to the most expensive hot dog in the world a few years ago. The Dragon Dog is made by combining Kobe beef, lobster, Cognac, truffle oil and secret spices. That may make it expensive and damn fine tasting dog but not so visually appealing! Check out these bad boys but make sure you check your food truck app for availability.


The Dog House at UBC

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This dog house is on wheels and rolling around the UBC Campus. Hot dogs run the gamut from vegan to super beefy and the toppings are west coast inspired with shredded veg, spicy peppers, cheese and squirty sauces to make them extra luscious. Grab extra napkins.


Japadog with 7 locations in Vancouver & Suburbs

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This hotdog phenomenon has taken the whole Lower Mainland by storm and has now expanded into the US. The Kurobuta Terimayo is the most popular hotdog and starts with a soft but chewy white bun, a kurobuta sausage, some terimayo sauce and poof suddenly you have a Japanese hotdog that people stand in line for daily. If one is not enough, Japadog has also created a ‘dessert dog’ of a bun with 3 scoops of ice cream inside. Talk about simple pleasures.


Hot dogs aren’t a dying breed in Vancouver but they are a little harder to find than other traditional comfort foods that are surging on menus citywide. Don’t despair, though, on the weekend, Granville Street is a hot spot for ‘street meat’ that will do the trick quite nicely after too much Petron shooters.


SD: The Top 7 Wedding Venues in Vancouver

Choosing between wedding venues is a really big deal, and after the ‘I do’, one of the biggest decisions you’ll be faced with. In Vancouver, couples can marry in a park, on a boat, your family’s backyard, in a cozy restaurant, or go traditional in a church… but what happens afterwards will make or break your big day. We have compiled what are known as the ultimate venues for weddings and receptions in Vancouver.

Fairmont Waterfront

With sweeping ocean views and the majestic Coastal Mountains as a stunning backdrop, the Fairmont Waterfront hotel is an amazing location for your perfect wedding. With multiple location choices that range from an intimate garden terrace ceremony to a grand ballroom gala, you will end the night knowing that your whole family retired safely to their suites.

UBC Boathouse

Located close to the airport, the UBC Boathouse is an intimate space with the capacity for 20 to 150 persons with a 44’ x 10’ balcony overlooking the Fraser River – Refreshing and remote at the same time. This open space is a modern metal and wooden construct for the couple that are looking for a fresh outdoorsy feel, that can be customized with enough glamour to satisfy even the most urban tastes.

Cecil Green Park House at UBC

The Cecil Green is renowned for their wedding celebrations and allow you to feel like the owners of a beautiful mansion for the day. The soon to be betrothed have the option of indoor, outdoor, in private garden or under the covered terrace for their vows. Wedding rehearsals are free and included is the sound-system, pre and post cleaning. Quite the package.

Hycroft Mansion on South Granville

Tucked away on a hill where South Granville shopping melds into Shaughnessy grandeur, the Hycroft is operated by The University Women’s Club of Vancouver and was built in 1909 with renovations along the decades. If your dream wedding is Gatsby themed or hopelessly romantic in nature, then this location will tickle your fancy. Such exclusive elegance and drama is hard to come by in a city that loves its towers.

The Vancouver Club in Downtown

A preferred location for bridal brands to hold photo shoots of their latest collections, this historical building is the epitome of elegance and urban heritage. Famous for their Grand Ballroom and impeccable service, Katie Ley (in-house wedding specialist) has planned some of the greatest weddings the city has seen.

Pinnacle at the Pier Hotel in North Vancouver

A unique seaside wedding venue that is perfect for a small intimate wedding to an over-the-top grand reception celebration for 500 persons. The Pinnacle offers a personal wedding coordinator, 16’ high ceilings and views of the downtown skyline. This is the largest event venue available in North Vancouver at 10,000 square feet!

Terminal City Club in Downtown

With two beautiful ballrooms, garden patios, to-die-for views of the city and the harbour, in-house acclaimed chef, award-winning pastry chef (who creates exquisite wedding cakes), and a team of professional wedding planners, there is absolutely no way that the wedding and reception of your dreams (and beyond your dreams) will not happen at the Terminal City Club.

With so many things that could go wrong on the big day, make sure that your choice of venue is one that will handle all the little things. Keep as much of the worry off your shoulders so you can let your hair down and dance!

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