If you're booking a room at the Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre, you no longer have to use your credit card.

The Vancouver-based Sandman Hotel Group, which has 44 hotels in Canada and the U.K., is now accepting Bitcoin for room reservations.

That makes it the first Canadian hospitality company to take the digital currency, according to a news release issued today (July 16).

While Surrey may have refused to fly a Pride flag at its city hall during its Pride celebrations, the West End is becoming even more rainbow friendly, believe it or not.

Last year, rainbow crosswalks were painted at the Davie and Bute intersection, mere steps away from Qmunity, B.C.'s queer resource centre. There are also a collection of picnic tables, each painted in a colour of the rainbow flag, in a cordoned off street area next to the intersection.

All India Bakchod bills itself as "India's edgiest comedy collective".

It's relentlessly politically incorrect and can compete with the best in offending people's sensibilities.

In its latest video, Honest Indian Flight, the troupe pokes some lowbrow fun at Indian air travel by showing what passengers and crew really think during a flight.

As this was being posted, Honest Indian Flight is approaching 1.3 million page views on YouTube.

The Amazing Race Canada has announced its final teams for Season 2, and there are some big names in the final lineup.

Rex Harrington and Bob Hope. Well, not that Bob Hope, but Harrington's fiancé.

The 51-year-old Harrington, named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000, made his mark as the National Ballet of Canada's former principal dancer, and is currently the National Ballet's artist-in-residence. TV viewers may recognize him as a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance Canada.

The 47-year-old Hope is a dental consultant originally from Winnipeg.

The Asburn, Ontario, couple has been together for 10 years.

Would you believe that the best park in the world is in your own backyard?

It's true, according to TripAdvisor. The travel website announced the winners of their Travel Choice awards for attractions on June 17.

Winners were chosen according to algorithm that evaluated the quantity and quality of reviews over one year.

Stanley Park, which was created in 1888, tops the website's list of best parks in the world, and was the only Canadian park to make the top 10. Central Park in New York City came third.

As one of Vancouver's major tourist attractions, the 1001-acre park, surrounded by 8.8 kilometre paved Seawall and lined with several beaches, is located on a peninsula adjacent to downtown Vancouver and attracts about eight million visitors every year.

Once upon a time, the Upper Shannon Falls Trail was a overlooked gem in Stawamus Chief Provincial Park. Those days are gone.

The Amazing Race Canada just got a whole lot funnier. And a little bit queer.

Vancouverites might recognize two familiar faces and names in season 2 of the Canadian reality TV competition.

Coworkers Ryan Steele and Rob Goddard are "wisecracking" (is that a euphemism for smartass?) bartender friends from the West End.

The 36-year-old Steele, originally from Langley, is a sketch comic who is known for his online videos from the Ryan Steele Show and his live act with Amy Goodmurphy, The Ryan and Amy Show.

For years, the Netherlands and Denmark have become a mecca for cycling tourists.

But now these European stalwarts face some new competition from Taiwan (Republic of China), an East Asian nation slightly larger than Vancouver Island.

On Thursday (June 5) at Robson Square, the deputy director general of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, Wayne Liu, made the case that Taiwan just might be the greatest cycling destination in the world.

"In the past 10 years, the Taiwanese government has invested more than (US)$1 billion in strengthening the bicycle-routes infrastructure in Taiwan," Liu said.

He noted that there are more than 80 dedicated bike routes around Taiwan that cover more than 3,000 kilometres.

Did you know you can climb Rio de Janerio's Cristo Redentor statue?

Well, you can't. But the gents over at the Flash Pack, a U.K. adventure travel site, did just that recently.

After successfully negotiating with the Brazilian tourism board, Lee Thompson and Oliver Harvey climbed 12 flights of stairs inside the 38-metre statue to captured the gut-churning selfie above.

As Thompson detailed on his blog:

If putting away your smartphone for even a few moments is a hardship for you, breath a sigh of relief. On your next flight, you'll probably be able to use your precious phone from start to finish.

Transport Canada announced today (May 26) that airplane passengers will soon be permitted to "use portable electronic devices such as cameras, electronic games, tablets and computers during all phases of flight". This includes "while an aircraft takes off, climbs, descends and lands, provided the device is in non-transmitting, or flight mode".

Until now, passengers had to put down their smartphones and tablets during takeoff and landing, even if the devices were in airplane mode.

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