Invite The World to Vancouver (and win an Annual Family Pass to @VanLookout)

As you know, my Mom comes every year (usually every summer) to visit me, but so far, none of my friends (with the exception of CB, who used to live here) has ever come to visit me, and that’s kind of sad, as I would love to bring them here (or you know, my brother and his wife and his daughters, for example). So, when I found out about Invite The World (To Vancouver) I found it an amazing idea. I travel a lot OUTSIDE of Vancouver, so it’s kind of neat to have a contest where you invite the world to come to you.

These are a couple of points that the partners in this initiative shared with me:

  • We want people to invite their friends and family to come visit Vancouver
  • You can send free physical and digital postcards (we are paying the postage)
  • There are weekly prizes and a grand prize for sending postcards
  • The grand prize is a trip for 4 friends or family to come visit the winner (flights, accommodation, and spending money)


To celebrate the launch of Invite The World, the partners have given me an Annual Family Pass to the Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre (Value $89) to give away to one lucky reader. The Annual Family Pass allows unlimited access to the Vancouver Lookout for two adults and two children (ages 5 to 12), for one year from the date of purchase.

You may have checked out some of my photos when I first wrote about the Vancouver Lookout:


To enter my giveaway, all you need to tell me is what would be the very first thing you’d show your invited guests when they arrive to Vancouver. Without any doubt, the very first thing I’ve shown my guests right after I pick them up at the airport has been Gastown. I’m a shopaholic. Hey, at least I am honest about it! I love shopping in the Gastown district and it makes my heart melt when I find something hummingbird-themed (don’t ask how much money I have spent on hummingbird paraphernalia – trust me, you don’t want to know!)

I will count a comment as a first entry, and an additional entry if you post the following on Twitter:

Suggested a Vancouver attraction on @hummingbird604 to enter to win 1 Annual Pass @VanLookout via #InviteTheWorld

I think this idea of Invite The World is brilliant and I look forward to hearing what people think should be the first and foremost Vancouver attraction that folks from out of town should check out. Also, if you are interested in sharing more content on what your guests might enjoy on a trip from Vancouver to other destinations, check my Travel tag.

I will draw a winner on November 8th at 2pm.

Disclosure: This contest is brought to you by a team of engaged Vancouver community and tourism partners. I (Raul) have not received any monetary compensation to administer this contest, nor have I received a complimentary pass to the Vancouver Lookout either. As always, I retain full editorial control on anything posted on my site.

Related posts:

  1. Chosen Family Portrait Exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver (extended to Nov 6th)
  2. 14th Annual Fraser Valley Acoustic Guitar Festival
  3. Friends are the family you choose
  4. Reaffirming a family bond
  5. Friends are the family we choose

Comments (22)

trackeremNovember 1st, 2011 at 7:40 am

thanks! i’ve been once but want to come back!

AnabelleNovember 1st, 2011 at 8:30 am

(not participating in the giveaway) I love to show the view from Canada Place. However that might change since I saw the view from UBC yesterday.
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KimberlyNovember 1st, 2011 at 8:47 am

Granville Island! One of my favourite places in the city.

belindaNovember 1st, 2011 at 9:34 am

The very first thing that I would show my invited guests when they arrive to Vancouver is Canada place. It is iconic.

Lois PattersonNovember 1st, 2011 at 10:24 am

Mostly for logistical reasons, but also because it’s so unique, the first place I’d show my visitors would be Chinatown.

DanicaNovember 1st, 2011 at 1:46 pm

There are so many things to choose from… It depends on the guest! I’d probably show a guest Stanley Park, the Seawall, the beaches, and hopefully a taste of different funky neighbourhoods like Strathcona, Commercial Drive, or South Main. First would be the beaches/Seawall if they’ve never been to the West Coast before.

DilaraNovember 2nd, 2011 at 12:08 am

I’m not commenting to enter the contest – I just wanted to say how much I love Invite the World. I’ve already sent a few postcards to my friends and family around the world :)

SanazNovember 2nd, 2011 at 9:26 am

The view from the new convention centre are amazing, I take friends and family who are visiting Vancouver for the first time and all are always impressed by it

DeidreNovember 2nd, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I would show them Granville Island – so much to do and see in that small space -I love the stores!

Lori-Vancouver BC SuperhostNovember 3rd, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I like to show any part of our beautiful long seawall, i.e. Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, False Creek, Vanier Park, etc

JeremyNovember 3rd, 2011 at 4:32 pm

The first thing I would show them is Stanley Park. I think Stanley Park is very essential to Vancouver as Central Park is to NYC.

RebeccaNovember 4th, 2011 at 10:17 am

Granville Island really impressed my friends from Germany, so I would make that a must-see for future visitors. Also, Granville St. at night looks great with all the neon signs.

Lynn MontesNovember 4th, 2011 at 11:09 am

First thing I would do is drive them slowly down Robson Street and then down Denman into Stanley Park, stopping at all the viewpoints along the way! Best way to show off all that our city has to offer – the natural beauty as well as the commercial craziness! :)

JennyNovember 4th, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I’d probably show them Granville Island. There is so much to do there!

Larry N.November 4th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

I would show my invited guests the wonders of Downtown, the crazy shops and events that just sort of happen on the go, and after that, Granville Island for the artisan atmosphere.

Grace MNovember 4th, 2011 at 7:35 pm

The first thing I show them is Stanley Park!!! I think it’s absolutely beautiful!

KarenNovember 4th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

I would take them to the Vancouver Aquarium!

MeganNovember 4th, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Most likely hit up Gastown! plenty of awesome places to eat and drink, shop, great scenery- you can’t go wrong.

JaydeenNovember 6th, 2011 at 6:05 pm

My guests are always subject to the multiple dog-friendly places so the whole family can come along. Trout Lake, Spanish Banks and Kits dog beach, Queen E… love how our city has some gorgeous places open to pups too.

VinceNovember 7th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Granville Isaland and Gas Town – my visitors love seeing these places!

PattiNovember 9th, 2011 at 12:10 pm

The first place I take them is Stanley Park for a walk along the seawall, ending up at English Bay in time for sunset. It’s the view that stole my heart when I first visited Vancouver.

RaulNovember 10th, 2011 at 8:12 am

UPDATE – The winner of my contest is Grace (entry via Twitter). Congratulations! Could you please email me at Raul at Hummingbird604 dot com? Thanks!

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