Friday, January 25, 2013

We're in Vancouver + Whistler this Weekend!

The view from the Sky Train in Vancouver today
A sponsored hip + urban girl post.

We are in Vancouver! Oh yes, that’s right. We found a way to escape the grueling cold in Toronto for a little getaway out west as Amex Ambassadors. It’s all part of the AmexEffect Experience - the neat things that Cardmembers get to experience and have access to. 

The trip kicked off last night with an easy breezy check-in through security in a dedicated priority lane for Amex Platinum Cardmembers. I went from curb to lounge in under five minutes! This is the kind of line bypass I can get used to. 

Once I was through security, I settled in nicely at the Plaza Premium Lounge – available to Amex Platinum Cardmembers. I actually didn’t mind waiting for my flight with all the free chocolate chip cookies, veggie trays, beverages, newspapers, computers and Wi-Fi to keep me busy.

So what's our mission in Vancouver?

#1 - Attend a Secret Supper Soiree! -  We are hitting up this unique culinary experience tonight as part of the 11th Annual Dine Out Vancouver, presented by American Express Canada. It’s a 1930s-themed speakeasy food crawl on a double-decker bus! The culinary festival runs from January 8th – February 3rd, 2013 in Vancouver and features a wide variety of prix-fixe menus at top restaurants across the city.
#2 Hit the slopes in Whistler Blackcomb! – Having just learned to ski this past December, I am extra eager to get back on the slopes and finally graduate from beginner ski school! We’ll also be spending some time at an outdoor Scandinavian Spa and trying out all the amazing restaurants in Whistler Village. American Express is the official card of Whistler Blackcomb and offers unique discounts and purchase offers to its Cardmembers at this massive ski resort.

Hashtag That! Follow the #DineWithAmex and #DOVF hashtags on twitter and share your photos from Dine Out Vancouver and Winterlicious Toronto. We’ll also be sharing lots of foodie photos from our trip out west.

Follow along on our adventure in Vancouver + Whistler - @hipurbangirl, #AmexEffect and #AmexAmbassador

Win Something! – Going to Dine Out Vancouver? American Express Canada is giving you a chance to win 1 of 10 $100 Amex Gift Cards. Take a photo of your meal, upload it to Instagram and add the hashtag #DineWithAmex. You can also visit and share your URL for your photo from Instagram. Enter up to three times until the contest closes on February 3rd. Toronto foodies can also enter to win 1 of 10 $100 Amex Gift Cards during Winterlicious from January 25 – February 7th.


  1. That's a pic of the actual hotel we are staying in :) The Fairmont Chateau Whistler!

  2. Wow, your view in Whistler looks like out of a fairy tale! If you have more time in Vancouver, hit the nearby slopes of Cypress Hill. Last week I went it looked like from another planet, plus you get great skiing conditions and no big crowds!