The Entertainment Coupon Book is a membership program that features hundreds of 2-for-1 coupons at Vancouver stores, restaurants and tourist attractions.
Most of the coupons are of the buy-one-get-one-free kind, but many also offer percentage discounts and other types of deals.
Vancouver’s 2021 Entertainment Books
The Vancouver and Fraser Valley edition of the coupon books include valuable discount offers at hundreds of restaurants and places of interest across the Lower Mainland. Since 2019, the books now also include locations on Vancouver Island.
This article contains information about the following topics:
About the Book | How it Works | Terms & Conditions | Restaurant Coupons | Attraction Coupons | Kids Coupons | Recreation Coupons | Store Coupons | Car Rental Coupons | More About the Program | Where to Get the Book | Tips & Advice | Other Information
Click on any of the above links to jump to a specific subject, or continue reading to learn all about the Entertainment Books and their valuable coupons.
Note: For articles about specific coupon-related topics, check out any of the following:
- Vancouver Entertainment Book Restaurants
- Entertainment Book Coupons for Kids
- Entertainment Book Rainy Day Activities
- Entertainment Coupon Book App
About the 2021 Vancouver Entertainment Books
The Vancouver and Vancouver Island Area edition of both Entertainment Books are filled with coupons, including hundreds of 2-for-1 deals for restaurants and attractions in the Lower Mainland.
Since 2019, the books now also include dozens of coupons for places in Duncan, Nanaimo, Victoria and other parts of Vancouver Island too. (Previously, Vancouver Island had its own separate book. Now though you get coupons for both regions – the Island and Lower Mainland – for the price of one!)
The 2021 book’s full retail price online is about $50 (US). It can usually be purchased through a school or non-profit’s fundraising activities in the early fall for $50 or so (CAD), and online for a discount later in the following year.
To get an Entertainment Coupon Book, either purchase a copy from your favourite charity in late summer or the fall, or buy one online at shop.entertainment.com.
How Entertainment Book Coupons Work
When consumers purchase a book they become members in the Entertainment Book program. They can then use as many of the hundreds of coupons in their book(s) as they want. Members can also access additional online savings, plus download an app for their mobile phones.
Entertainment Book coupons are usually valid from August or September of one year until the end of the following year. The 2021 book, for example, was released in August of 2020 and its coupons are valid until December 30, 2021.
* As with everything on this website, the information provided is accurate to the best of our knowledge and ability. We do not accept liability for any errors, so be sure to check full details regarding all coupons in the Entertainment Books themselves.
Coupon Terms and Conditions
Entertainment Book coupons are both valuable and flexible. You can use them most days of the year and for a wide range of products at hundreds of venues. Some restrictions, however, do apply. Coupons aren’t valid on certain dates, for example, and items already on sale are usually excluded.
Entertainment Book coupons cannot be used on statutory holidays and other special occasions, like New Year’s Eve, which is why coupon expiry dates are December 30th and not the 31st.
Other typical days of the year when Entertainment Book coupons can’t be used include the following:
- New Year’s Day on January 1st
- Valentine’s Day and Family Day in February
- St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th
- Easter in March or April (depending on the specific year)
- Mother’s Day and Victoria Day in May
- Father’s Day on the third Sunday in June
- Canada Day on July 1st
- BC Day on the first Monday in August
- Labour Day on the first Monday in September
- Thanksgiving on the second weekend in October
- Remembrance Day on November 11th
- Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve in December
Other special occasions might also be excluded depending on the merchant. For example, a Mexican restaurant might exclude May 5th because it’s Cinco de Mayo, and other places might exclude an entire holiday weekend as opposed to just the one official statutory holiday.
Note: If restaurants always gave things away at half price on their busiest days of the year they wouldn’t stay in business for very long. The same applies to tourist attractions. The point of the coupons is to encourage people to visit on regular “non-special” days, which makes total sense.
Types of Entertainment Book Coupons
Discount offers with Entertainment Book Membership can be used at various kinds of places. There are coupons for restaurants, bars and coffee shops, as well as for tourist attractions, kid-focused activity centres, shows, recreation facilities, retails stores, hotels and even car rental agencies.
Below are examples of some of the different kinds of venues where you can use your 2021 Entertainment Book coupons.
Restaurants, Bars & Coffee Shops
The Entertainment Books are full of 2-for-1 coupons for restaurants including some of the region’s finest and most popular establishments.
Membership offers savings opportunities at popular local chains and fast food venues, like Freshslice Pizza. There are also dozens of discount offers for national and American brands too, like Dairy Queen, Marble Slab Creamery, TCBY, Quiznos, Cora’s and the Pantry.
A number of Lower Mainland bars also have coupons in the Entertainment Book including Johnnie Fox’s Irish Snug on Granville Street, Kelly’s Irish Pub in Surrey and Tidewaters Pub in Delta.
Numerous coffee shops also have coupons in the book including Delany’s on the North Shore as well as other locally-owned cafes and bakeries across the Lower Mainland.
For a list of some of our favourite places with coupon deals, click Entertainment Book Restaurants.
To purchase a copy of the book online, or to subscribe to an annual digital membership, visit shop.entertainment.com.
Tourist Attractions Coupons
Some of the Lower Mainland’s most popular tourist attractions are also featured in the 2021 Vancouver & Vancouver Island edition of the Entertainment Books. Examples include the following galleries, museums and gardens.
Galleries, Museums & Gardens
- BC Sports Hall of Fame – a sports museum located at BC Place Stadium.
- Museum of Anthropology – a museum about civilizations on the University of British Columbia campus.
- Vancouver Police Museum – a museum about crime, criminals and the city’s policing history. (Note: the discount here is just 20% off, as opposed to the more common 2-for-1 deal offered by most places.)
- Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden – an Oriental garden in Vancouver`s Chinatown.
For a list of even more great museums, click Entertainment Book Rainy Day Places.
The Entertainment Coupon Book contains discount offers at dozens of the Lower Mainland’s most popular venues for children. Examples in the 2021 edition of the book include the following:
- Castle Fun Park – a games centre with mini-golf, go-karts and an arcade in Abbotsford.
- Chuck E. Cheese – a kids’ arcade and restaurant in Langley.
- Greater Vancouver Zoo – a large outdoor zoo in the Fraser Valley.
- Maplewood Farm – a popular hobby farm in North Vancouver.
For a list of over 30 other child-friendly venues offering 2-for-1 discounts, click Vancouver Coupons for Kids.
Recreation Facility Coupons
Numerous recreation-related coupons can be found in the Entertainment Book including ones for bowling alleys, golf courses and community rec centres. Here are just a few examples in the 2021 books:
- Grandview Lanes – an indoor bowling facility on Commercial Drive in Vancouver.
- Westwood Plateau – an executive 12-hole golf course in Coquitlam.
Retail & Store Coupons
The Entertainment Coupon Book has an entire section devoted to discount offers at retail stores. In 2021 Pharmasave offers one free Pharmasave brand product when a second of equal or greater value is purchased.
There are also Entertainment Book coupons for dry cleaning, oil changes, car washes, paint products and a wide range of other items and services that people need every day.
Car Rental Agency Coupons
A number of automobile rental agencies offer a variety of discount choices. Car rental coupons range from extra free days to complimentary upgrades to dollar-amount discounts off the total price.
Car companies with coupons in the Entertainment Book most years include Avis, Budget and Payless, and most are valid throughout both Canada and the United States.
More About the Program
Entertainment Books are coupon books with editions in dozens of North American locations including the Lower Mainland and six other Canadian regions.
Store coupons feature special offers of various forms, whereas restaurant and attraction coupons are usually (but not always) of the 2-for-1 kind.
The membership program saves consumers money while helping businesses introduce themselves to new customers. Selling Entertainment Coupon Books is also a popular way for schools and non-profit organizations to raise money. It’s a win-win for everybody!
Thousands of Lower Mainland residents are members of the program and save money when they shop, eat out and explore the region. People from out of town also sometimes buy the coupon books, usually online, and in advance of their trips.
Using the coupons, locals and tourists alike can do more for less!
Where to Get the Coupon Book
If a child you know hasn’t already sold you a copy as part of a fundraiser, then you can probably buy a book from some other charity, or purchase one online at shop.entertainment.com.
Coupon Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your Vancouver Entertainment Coupon Book. We include suggestions on how to buy the books, tips on how to use the coupons, and advice about other related topics.
Tips on Buying the Books
TIP #1: New editions of the coupon books come out in the late summer and early fall. Buy your book at the start of the season from your favourite charity so you can support a great cause and start saving right away!
TIP #2: Online prices are in US currency. With purchases through a local charity, however, the regular retail price is about the same, but in Canadian dollars, so you’ll save!
TIP #3: Non-profits do their fundraising sales of the coupon books in the early fall. Later in the year, however, books go on sale for a discount online. By spring time, when the coupons are halfway through their periods of validity, books can be as much as half price, or even more (although in US dollars). That makes it a perfect time to buy a second book!
TIP #4: Don’t wait until the spring to buy your coupon book just because it’s half price. Buy at least your first book early in the season to get use of the coupons for as long as possible! In many cases you only need to use two or three coupons to pay for the entire book (so don’t miss out on saving money just so you can save a few dollars on your initial purchase)!
TIP #5: If you do wait for the Entertainment Book to go on sale at a reduced price, and you buy it online instead of through a school or non-profit organization, consider donating what you save to your favourite charity. You’ll save money, support a worthwhile cause and get a tax receipt!
Tips on Using the Coupons
TIP #6: To make sure a specific coupon is valid on a given day and for what you want, ask before placing your order in each situation. And if it’s not valid on a given date, don’t fret! Be gracious and come back on a different day or go somewhere else.
TIP #7: When you plan to be in a different part of town for something, look through your coupon book to see what restaurants and attractions are in the area. And if you use the mobile app or keep a copy of the book in your car, you’ll rarely be without your coupons!
Other Useful Advice and Info
TIP #8: If you are from out of town but plan to spend time in the Vancouver region, consider buying a coupon book online in advance of your trip. If you eat out and visit area attractions, you can save a ton of money on your vacation!
TIP #9: Other Canadian cities with books include Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa.
TIP #10: If you purchase a hard copy of the coupon book you also get free access to the online/app version (which has similar coupons, but not exactly the same). What’s especially great about the online coupons is that they are good at thousands of places across both Canada and the United States (so not just in Vancouver)! Be sure to download the App, especially if you plan to travel!
TIP #11: We at Vancouver’s Best Places believe strongly that local residents should get out and explore the amazing region in which we live! Eating out and going to places of interest can be expensive though. So buy a coupon book, explore more and save money!
To purchase an Entertainment Coupon Book online, click shop.entertainment.com.
For information about advertising or fundraising opportunities, check out entertainment.com.
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