Hockey Night in Coquitlam


    Newcomers get a taste of Canada’s favourite past-time thanks to ISSofBC.   What is an offside, a power play and the penalty box? These were some of the questions answered during a Hockey 101 class and multicultural hockey night hosted by ISSofBC in Coquitlam.   The class was part of the preparations for


War Canoe Racing on the North Shore


  A look inside the Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s annual paddle racing festival.   Photo by Carlos Tello     War canoe racing season begins in May and lasts until August. Each year the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (pronounced Tslay-wa-tooth) hosts a summer festival celebrating this traditional sport in the Burrard Inlet.     This year the Whey-ah-Wichen Canoe


Local indie games spotlighted at SIGGRAPH

Games showcase! See and learn about the programming, design and old fashioned magic that goes into video games.

    World’s best computer animation conference returns to Vancouver August 10 to 14.   By Sarah Berman   Back in April, Guidebook went inside Vancouver’s independent video game industry to ask how newcomers can break into the city’s competitive design and development scenes. We learned that much of Canada’s $2-billion gaming industry is based


After the Cup

The Vancouver Whitecaps play an exciting game, particularly when the Portland Timbers or Seattle Sounders come to town. Photo via wikipedia

  Three ways to ease your FIFA World Cup withdrawal.   By Ian Holliday   So the World Cup has ended. Germans everywhere are celebrating their first title since the reunification of their homeland, and the rest of us are suffering from pretty severe soccer withdrawal.   After weeks of being able to plan our


Canadians compete for the Cup (despite not qualifying)

Asmir Begovic / Photo by Ronnie Macdonald / wikipedia

    This country doesn’t have a team in Brazil’s tournament, but it’s still a great year for Canucks at the World Cup. A Canada Day special report.   By Ian Holliday   Canada’s best—and still, so far, only—performance at the FIFA World Cup came in 1986. The nation lost all three of its group


FIFA fans unite at Carnaval del Sol

Photo via Carnaval del sol press kit

    There is no better crowd than Latin American soccer fanatics. Celebration heats up July 5.   By Aurora Tejeida   Last Friday Facebook announced that a total of 141 million people had commented about, liked or shared posts about the World Cup. In comparison, the Super Bowl  got some 50 million people commenting


Where to Watch


    As an international student or newcomer to Canada, nobody will blame you for skipping the Stanley Cup hockey playoffs. However, finding a restaurant or sports bar that will show the sports you actually want to see can sometimes be a challenge.   If you’re as excited as we are, you’re already making plans


Seeking Sâo Paulo

Photo by Steven Sang Eun Lee

  A dispatch from the World Cup in Brazil.   We couldn’t resist. The draw of the FIFA World Cup was too great. Guidebook contributor Steven Sang Eun Lee traveled down to Brazil to get a taste of the action. We can confirm: it’s bananas down here. Body paint, firecrackers and raised voices are out


One more week to enter Guidebook’s reader contest!

A game ball from Brazil’s 1962 World Cup victory over Czechoslovakia. / Photo by Steven Sang Eun Lee

  Think you know who is going to take home the Cup? Guidebook readers are already sending in picks for our FIFA World Cup draw. The prize? A chance to win up to $200 in gift certificates. Plus bragging rights, of course.   All you have to do is send an email to with


How much is a World Cup team worth?

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    Think you know who is going to take home the Cup? Tell us what team you think will win the tournament before July 4 and you will automatically be entered into a draw for up to $200 in gift certificates.   Send an email to with the subject line “FIFA CONTEST” containing


A Team for Every Fan

    From the best nickname to the most harrowing backstory, Guidebook offers suggestions for which team to get behind.   By Ian Holliday   So, you’re super excited for the World Cup. You should be! It only happens once every four years, and when it does, the whole world drops what it’s doing to


Footie Films


  The season is upon us, and if you’re a hardcore football fan, chances are you’ve watched most of the films on this list. But on the offside chance that you haven’t, and are looking to watch movies that’ll put you in the right mood, Guidebook has you covered.   By Abeer Yusuf   Maradona,


2014 FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL: Players to Watch

FIFA World Cup 2014 Live

At the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Guidebook will be keeping our eyes on these guys. By Raian Farooq Lionel ‘’Leo’’ Messi (Argentina)   Some dub him ‘’La Pulga Atómica’’ (The Atomic Flea) while others affectionately call him ‘’Messidona’’ as a tribute to their favorite Argentinian maestro of yesteryears whom Messi takes after. All




    Brazil’s FIFA World Cup is less than a month away. Do you know where to watch?   As an international student or newcomer to Canada, nobody will blame you for skipping the Stanley Cup hockey playoffs. However, finding a restaurant or sports bar that will show the sports you actually want to see


Live the Olympic Experience


    With the 2014, Sochi Olympic Winter Games just days away, we on Canada’s west coast are reminded that just four short years ago, British Columbia welcomed the world to the 2010 Winter Games.   The spirit of 2010 lives on in Olympic venues that brought the games to life. The Whistler Sliding Centre’s


Venue Spotlight : Roger’s Arena

Katy Perry / Photo by Liam Mendes

    By Seo Yeon Bae (UBC Intern)   Lady Gaga, Michael Buble, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Pink, Cher, One Direction, Imagine Dragons, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z. Can you guess what they have in common? They all have held or will have their concerts at Rogers Arena.   Rogers Arena is the