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Friday, November 24th, 2017 — 10:42am PDT
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When I crossed paths with prominent travel writer John Lee a few weeks ago at Robson Square he told me that his cat was writing reviews for his new website. I stopped in my tracks (although I was already standing still) and I knew I had to find out more about his project.

“Max is a massive Christmas fan, so I gave him the job of writing gift reviews for the site,” says Lee. His business card for the new website features a photo of his cat, Max, and the tag line Feeling Curious. “He’s covered beer, soap and books but he’s hoping to review cat treats as well.”

John Lee is a multi-award winning travel writer, known for his Lonely Planet guidebooks (over 25 of them), and for recently proclaiming Vancouver as the Craft Beer Capital of Canada in the LA Times. Max is an SPCA adoptee from Vancouver’s Catfe who writes his Christmas reviews using mouse ratings.

“I’ve always been a huge Christmas fan and every year I try to hit as many festive happenings around here as I can. But I always seem to miss a few. So I created this online guide to find all the Christmas attractions, shows and events that I want to go to – and to help locals and visitors plan their own festive days out.” lists up-to-the-minute information on more than 75 seasonal events, attractions and shows running throughout the area – giving locals and visitors a one-stop resource for planning their 2017 holiday activities.

Max reviews Christmas tea

“From markets to musicals and from light displays to parades, we’ve created a dedicated page for every event, making it really easy to browse your options and plan some cool Christmas fun,” adds Lee, whose love for the holidays stems from growing up with magical Christmases provided by his hard-working parents.

The site also features prize giveaways for visitors plus Yuletide stories for those craving seasonal light reading – topics include strange festive traditions; the world’s best Christmas songs and movies; and the superiority of non-chocolate advent calendars.

I love that John has taken the initiative, and we’ve partnered to offer up a fun giveaway thanks to FlyOver Canada.

Christmas at FlyOver Canada

When: November 23, 2017 to January 7, 2018 from 10:00am to 9:00pm daily
Where: 201 – 999 Canada Place, Vancouver

Ho, ho, hold on tight! This Christmas season, come down to FlyOver Canada to fly with Santa and his elves on a magical flight across Canada and on to the North Pole. After meeting some of Santa’s elves, Chestnut and Pinecone, you’ll join them as they take flight in search of the rest of the missing elves. You may even get a sneak peek of Santa’s Workshop as you soar over the North Pole. Also part of the Christmas magic is the festive outdoor sightseeing deck. You can to enjoy holiday performances, Christmas lights, hot drinks and seasonal snacks.

Here’s how you can enter to win a pair of tickets:

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We will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, November 30, 2017.

Update The winner is Holly!

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  1. Sonja says:

    Nice prize.

  2. Andrea says:

    I have always wanted to go to Fly Over Canada!

  3. Sean says:

    Always wanted to try that!

  4. Sandra says:

    a great prize for the holidays

  5. Heather says:

    I LOVE Fky Over Canada and Christmas! I’m such a wimp about rides, but this one is my all time fav for sure!! ☺️

  6. David Magallon says:

    Awesome site!

  7. Ted says:

    Would be fabulous to see. I have never seen it.

  8. Stacey says:

    have always wanted to check this out!

  9. Eileen says:

    I’d love to go!

  10. Amy says:

    This sounds super cool!

  11. Holly says:

    This is a great site! Thanks Rebecca for telling us about it and John for building it.

  12. Linda says:

    Would love to go

  13. Christina says:

    Would love to go. Never been. Looks like a lot of fun.

  14. Lor says:

    fun stuff!

  15. Jamilla says:

    That would be fun!

  16. Vera Gibson says:

    Would love to win this (sounds like a perfect Oma/granddaughter date), and will definitely check out John’s site!!

  17. Marissa Preston says:

    Sounds like fun 🙂

  18. Darlene Padlesky says:

    Would be so much fun!

  19. Deanna Lee says:

    I would love to go!

  20. Usha Tkachyk says:

    I would love to go to this, sounds like a great Christmas experience!

  21. mary-anne says:

    I would love to win and fly over canada

  22. Kam says:

    Love that the Max the cat does the reviews!

  23. Bev says:

    This sounds like a fun date night with my hubby! Thanks for this chance!

  24. Chantal says:

    This will be our first year going (free tix or not!)

  25. Mike Gismondi says:

    My kids love flyover canada, so I’m sure they would like this too

  26. Angela Griffin says:

    Me please!

  27. Tracy Chamberland says:

    Something fun to add to the Christmas Holidays ❄️🎄

  28. Sunshine H says:

    Would love to take DD to this one day!

  29. Rachel says:

    This sounds so cool! I’ve always wanted to try Flyover Canada!!

  30. Samantha says:

    Christmas reviews bu cats, you have me sold.

  31. LM says:

    Sounds like a fun time. Thanks for the opportunity.

  32. Lindsey McDowell says:

    Never been! I’d love to check it out.

  33. Shelley says:

    Christmas is my favorite holiday! This would be magical! 🎄

  34. Steph ☺️ says:

    That would be fun!

  35. Selina says:

    Met my husband in Christmas. Would be great to Flyover Canada to celebrate our anniversary ^_^

  36. Jeff Grierson says:

    Super Neato!!

  37. Shalane says:

    Wow! That would be awesome!

  38. Cheyenne says:

    What a great website -thanks for all the tips!

  39. Jeannie Lam says:

    How fun that would be!

  40. Jessica R. says:

    This would be amazing to go to! Thank you

  41. Michelle Dunn says:

    This would be such a fun family activity!

  42. Peggy Loevenmark says:

    What a fabulous way to see Canada!

  43. Peggy Loevenmark says:

    I would appreciate winning this contest!

  44. Tanya says:

    Love Max the Cat – what a great idea for a website!

  45. Janice M says:

    What a great prize!

  46. jan says:

    wonderful – haven’t been here yet

  47. Marie says:

    Thanks for sharing MyVancouverchristmas website. We’ll be sure to follow Max during the Holidays!
    Keep up the good work Miss604!

  48. Melissa Hoffmann says:

    I’d love to do this with my parents during the holidays!

  49. Don says:

    A great Christmas attraction

  50. Kerry Hill says:

    Thanks for all the great contests you post. Have never been but sounds like fun

  51. Jazzy says:

    I haven’t been to FlyOver Canada in a long time!

  52. Rob says:

    Great Xmas prize.

  53. Rick says:

    I enjoyed Fly Over Canada with my wife a couple of years ago. Would be a great reason to visit the city again.

  54. Iris N says:

    I have always wanted to go to Fly Over Canada.

  55. wen says:

    Haha it was really interesting to hear that John’s cat is writing reviews.

  56. Gord says:

    I would love to go! 🙂

  57. K says:

    Definitely need to get out to this one. I’ve heard so much about Fly Over Canada – why not in a sleigh! And at a cat’s suggestion no less! Thanks again for another great idea for the holidays!

  58. Grace Lau says:

    Would love to go!

  59. Suzanne says:

    Fly over Canada is on my list of Christmas events to try and visit this year!

  60. Faye says:

    Fun way to kick off the season! would love this!

  61. Karm Dial says:

    Would love to go

  62. David says:

    Kidlet would love this.

  63. Greg L. says:


  64. Sara says:

    Sounds like fun! Would love to go! 🙂

  65. Candace says:

    Chestnut & Pinecone! How cute are those elven names.

  66. maria says:

    This sounds like a lot of fun!

  67. Lorena says:

    Flyover Canada is already really enchanting…and Xmas theme would be even more enchanting!

  68. Glenda says:

    the ideal mini getaway!

  69. Maryanne says:

    Love this!

  70. Amy Garland says:

    Fly over Canada looks so fun!

  71. Whitney says:

    I haven’t been to flyover yet but would love to.

  72. Josh Liu says:


  73. ariel c says:

    sounds like fun!

  74. adam says:

    yes please

  75. Kirsten says:

    Someone who loves Christmas in Vancouver as much as I do, what fun!

  76. Kate says:

    Good luck to all participants 🙂

  77. Jason B says:

    Festive prize

  78. OJ says:

    It’s been on my list of things to do for a while!

  79. Alex says:

    Cool prize

  80. Carl Dillon says:

    Sure know how I would use this prize

  81. Christian says:

    Ho, Ho, Ho. Merry Christmas.

  82. Alice says:

    I have seen other FlyOver Canada presentations and would love to see Christmas at FlyOver Canada!

  83. Jessica Prasad says:

    I would love 💓 to get into the Christmas 🎄🎄🎄 spirit with Fly Over Canada 🇨🇦

  84. Cheuk Lau says:

    Love to see this

  85. Gurp says:

    I love Flyover Canada. It’s the one place I take all my out of town visitors to!

  86. Lael says:

    I’ve never been to Fly Over Canada but I’ve heard it’s really good. I’d love to go with my family.

  87. tracey jac obs says:

    love to take my family

  88. Nick Moudakis says:

    My daughter would love this first time experience to Canada place and fly over Canada! !

  89. Greg says:

    Sounds like a great time!

  90. Cheryl Green says:

    Wow…this is great. My daughter is nearing the age of not believing…maybe this will let us hang on a little longer! Thank you!

  91. Ming says:

    It’d be so magical to win this

  92. Sandra says:

    A lovely way to celebrate during the holidays

  93. Rino says:

    I’d love to go

  94. Tania says:

    Fly over Canada looks so fun!

  95. Monique says:

    so much fun!

  96. Jen says:

    going to go one way or another! great prize

  97. Sav says:

    Girls want to have fun!

  98. Deb P says:

    I would love to share this experience with my son as I know he would really love it. Happy Holidays.

  99. Deborah says:

    so much fun at Fly Over Canada

  100. Arlene says:

    Would love to see and get in the Christmas Sprit. Thank you

  101. leanne says:

    It would be fun to take my kids to this.

  102. Shawn says:

    Love this combo of Christmas & Fly Over Canada!

  103. Kat says:

    Ho. Ho. Ho. This will be a very merry flyover!

  104. Jennifer Smidt says:

    Would love this!

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