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Canada: Vancouver offers gift card for city attractions to honor its 125th year

April 28, 2011|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • A jogger in Stanley Park dashes past the cityscape of Vancouver, Canada, which turns 125 this year.
A jogger in Stanley Park dashes past the cityscape of Vancouver, Canada,… (Mark Boster / Los Angeles…)

In 1886, Vancouver was considered a rather remote outpost with just a few hundred people. Now the Canadian city in British Columbia has grown to more than half a millionĀ  And it's celebrating its 125th year with a gift card for visitors who stay at selected hotels for two nights.

The deal: About 30 hotels offer Tourism Vancouver's $125 gift card (worth about $131 U.S.) with a required two-night stay. Here's how it works: Take the card to Tourism Vancouver's visitor center at 200 Burrard St. to cash it in. You can buy theater tickets, tickets to sporting events such as a Whitecaps soccer game, transit passes and more. Only one card is awarded per booking.

When: The cards are offered for stays through Sept. 30, based on availability.

Tested: You have to make your hotel reservations through Tourism Vancouver's website and select the "Vancouver 125" rate to get the gift card. For example, I found theĀ  offer available with rooms at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver ($372 plus tax a night) and Best Western Plus Hotel Downtown Vancouver ($183 plus tax a night) from June 10 to 12.

Note: When choosing a hotel for this deal, remember that prices shown on the tourism website are in Canadian dollars, which have recently been worth about $1.05 U.S. I used the U.S. dollar prices for hotel rates in this post.

Contact: Tourism Vancouver, (877) 826-1717

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