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Granville Island Turkey Trot

October 3rd, 2015 @ 10:04am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Spend time with your family and friends on Thanksgiving weekend with good food, good fun, and a good workout! The 18th Granville Island Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day is a 10km run, walk, or stroll and this year they have added a Kids Fun Run the day before.

Granville Island Turkey Trot

  • When:
    Sunday, October 11, 2015
    Kids Fun Run (4:00pm) and Preschoolers Dash (3:30pm)
    Monday, October 12, 2015 Thanksgiving Monday
    Turkey Trot 10km race (8:30am)
  • Where: Granville Island in front of Performance Works at 1218 Cartwright St
  • Registration: Register for the Turkey Trot (on October 12th) for $49 until October 8th. Preschoolers and Kids can run for $5 and $10, respectively (on October 11th). Finisher’s ribbon and face painting included. On site registration will be available (from $10 to $55 depending on the event).
Photo courtesy of the Granville Island Turkey Trot

This race around one of Vancouver’s most beloved attractions and neighbourhoods is open to just 2,000 runners for the 10km circuit and 200 children for the Kids Run (ages 5-12) and the Preschoolers Dash (ages 4 and under). It’s a flat and friendly course that’s even stroller friendly for all 10km of the main event on Monday. Participants will be able to enjoy a free expo with food, drinks, yoga, music, awards and more on Granville Island where the run starts and finishes.

Other run perks include: For the adults, a complimentary Stanley Park Beer redeemable at any Mahony & Sons locations; a $20 gift card from Rackets & Runners redeemable on New Balance product; a $200 e-coupon from BikeHike Adventures included with your registration; a free drop-in yoga class at Ocean Breath Yoga on Granville Island; and the chance to win free flights for two from YVR to Tokyo courtesy of Japan Airlines.

Giving Back on Thanksgiving

The best part about the Granville Island Turkey Trot, aside from the amazingly good times for the family in the beautiful autumn air on a long weekend, is that it supports the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and Granville Island’s Arts Umbrella.

New Balance and Rackets & Runners will be donating a pound of food to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank for every participant in the Preschooler Dash, Kid’s Fun Run, and for each $20 Gift Card redeemed at the Expo or at Rackets & Runners until November 30th. This is all in the spirit of thanksgiving, showing gratitude for the sport, and a commitment to supporting others.

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank is a non-profit organization that provides assistance to over 28,000 people weekly through 14 food locations and close to 100 community agencies. Their partnership in the Granville Island Turkey Trot helps bring awareness to the importance of helping others while pro-actively working to help end hunger.

Arts Umbrella, a non-profit arts training centre, helps students ages 2-19 cultivate creativity through performing and visual arts. The community’s support will also help raise funds for Arts Umbrella so that more children can access free, high-quality arts programs.

Register today! For more information, follow the Granville Island Turkey Trot on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and follow the tag #runvan on social media.

The Granville Island Turkey Trot is organized by the Vancouver International Marathon Society, a local non-profit promoting healthy, active lifestyles.

Photo courtesy of the Granville Island Turkey Trot

Disclosure: Sponsored Post

This post is sponsored by the Granville Island Turkey Trot - Vancouver International Marathon Society

5 Adrenaline-Pumping Team Activities This Halloween

October 2nd, 2015 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Solve crime, survive zombies, complete an undercover mission in an asylum, and have a smashing good time with your friends this month! If you’re looking for all of the above, there are several places around the Lower Mainland where you can use your brains and brawn to get active and have some frightening fun as a group:

5 Adrenaline-Pumping Team Activities This Halloween

Solve a Mystery on the Streets of Vancouver

What: Crime in Downtown, Competition Nights
When: Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays until October 31st
Where: A top-secret location in downtown Vancouver, only a few minutes’ walk from Waterfront Station (you’ll be informed of the meeting location upon booking)
Details: “Terminal City Police Department is recruiting new detectives—you got what it takes? Solve a murder mystery with clues, puzzles, brain-teasers, twists and turns scattered across Vancouver’s historic Gastown. We’re putting you on one of Terminal City PD’s toughest cases—the murder of journalist Jimmy Capello. Work in squads of two to five people to crack the case and compete against other teams for the top score, bonus points with the police chief and, hopefully, a promotion to detective!”

Survive Zombies

What: Alien Contagion: Rise of the Zombie Syndrome
Where: Secret Rendezvous Revealed Day Before Mission
When: Tuesdays to Sundays, October 6th to November 1st, 2015
Details: In Alien Contagion: Rise of the Zombie Syndrome, audience members can look forward to a fresh storyline involving the addition of a brand new terrifying monster – Aliens, as well as surprising sites that are fun, dynamic, spooky and full of flesh-eating zombies. This highly-interactive theatrical scavenger-hunt also features elements requiring audiences to use smartphones to navigate through the show and crack clues in their epic quest.

Escape Rooms

What: Tixe, Freeing Canada, Time Escape or SmartyPantz
Where: Various locations (Richmond and Gastown)
Details: Bridging gaming and problem-solving adventure, these escape room locations all have unique mysteries, locations, and details in their various room options where you have to beat the clock and solve puzzles to earn your freedom.

Navigate a Maze at Night

What: Chainsaw Massacre Corn Maze
Where: Maan Farms (790 McKenzie Road, Abbotsford)
When: October 1st-3rd, October 8th–31st, 2015
Details: It’s not the hay ride or the flashlight nighttime corn maze, this is Maan Farms’ Chainsaw Massacre Corn Maze! Leatherface and his 2 accomplices are making a stand defending the last remaining piece of their territory. Try to survive this terrifying cannibal infested corn maze, taking along your weaker friends to sacrifice if the going gets tough. Be warned! Nothing is what it seems when your heart is racing and are running away from hungry zombies!

Survive the Fearmongers Haunted House

What: Fearmongers Haunted House: Myths and Monsters
Where: 14211 Burrows Road, Richmond
When: October 23rd to November 22nd, 2015
Details: Vancouver’s first fully immersive haunted house will take you through the horrors of Greek Mythology. The ancient gods are finished with mankind so you must travel through fourteen mythology themed rooms with traps, monsters, obstacles and more than an hour of haunting in order to evade their wrath. This interactive haunt will test your every limit by uncovering your most visceral fears. There’s even a VIP lounge sponsored by Granville Island Brewing. So for those guests looking for a little extra bit of scare, this is for you.

Click on the links above for the most accurate times and admission prices for each attraction and activity. Many of these are not suitable for families with young children, check ahead before booking your activity.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

October 1st, 2015 @ 4:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This weekend Miss604 is proud to be the social media sponsor of the Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala, for which a few tickets are still available. If you’re looking for an elegant evening out with the chance to win some amazing prizes all while supporting a great cause, I highly recommend you attend — it’s one of the highlights of my year!


The Vancouver International Film Festival also continues this weekend along with Fashion Week, farmers markets, and some great events for kids.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green below.

Friday, October 2, 2015
Knit City
Paintings by Numbers
Harlequin Hypnosis Show
Hot Art, Wet City – The 3rd Annual: Boobies & Wieners: Ménage à trois
Theatre Under the Stars Annual Fall Gala
Vancouver Heritage Foundation: City Drinks
Sanjh An Evening of Indian Classical Music, Surrey
Northern Swell: The Cold Water Surf Exhibition Vancouver Opening & Pop-Up
Visit Nardwuar’s Video Vault at CiTR
Mrs Singh & Me at the Newton Cultural Centre
EXCELerate Conference
Vancouver Police Museum: Sins of the City Tour
Vancouver Fashion Week
Harvest Haus
JOE INK Presents 4OUR
Firehall Arts Centre Presents: Love Bomb
Studio 58/Langara College presents Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet
Vancouver International Film Festival

Saturday, October 3, 2015
Sponsored by Miss604: Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala
Doors Open Vancouver
BC Hop Fest, Abbotsford
Jellybean Park Pumpkin Patch and Farmer’s Market
Surrey Skill Share Fair
David Thompson Secondary Harvest Festival
Blaauw Eco Forest Celebration
Breastfeeding Challenge – Vancouver Coastal Health
Breastfeeding Challenge – Chilliwack
Deja Vu Vintage Market
Family’s Pasta & Italian Cooking Classes
Book Launch – David E Burnell, New Westminster
Kids Can Paint
MSA Museum Presents: The Chilliwack Line
Purolator Tackle Hunger at the BC Lions Game
Other Desert Cities, New Westminster
Burnaby Farmers Market
Trout Lake Farmers Market
West End Farmers Market
Kerrisdale Farmers Market
Vancouver International Photography Festival
Vancouver Police Museum: Sins of the City Tour
Vancouver Opera Presents: Rigoletto
Knit City
Mrs Singh & Me at the Newton Cultural Centre
Vancouver Fashion Week
Harvest Haus
JOE INK Presents 4OUR
Firehall Arts Centre Presents: Love Bomb
Studio 58/Langara College presents Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet
Vancouver International Film Festival

Sunday, October 4, 2015
AIDS Vancouver Celebrity Dim Sum
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market Fall Fair
Cannery Farmers Market
Sunday Pig Roast at Boulevard
Spirit of the Shore Half Marathon
Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Legacy Project
UBC Opera Tea in the Garden
Ambleside Farmers Market
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
Vancouver International Photography Festival
Vancouver Opera Presents: Rigoletto
Knit City
Mrs Singh & Me at the Newton Cultural Centre
Vancouver Fashion Week
Harvest Haus
Firehall Arts Centre Presents: Love Bomb
Studio 58/Langara College presents Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet
Other Desert Cities, New Westminster
Vancouver International Film Festival

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Win an Art of the Cocktail Getaway in Victoria

October 1st, 2015 @ 1:27pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Arguably the cocktail capital of Canada, and home to some of the top ten best hotel bars in the world, Victoria is known and celebrated for its spirited drinks and the mixologists who make them. This is why the annual Art of the Cocktail event explores all areas of cocktails with two full days of tastings and seminars, from sampling and sipping, to learning the distilling process, pairings and watching the professionals compete behind the bar.


Art of the Cocktail

When: Saturday, October 24th and Sunday October 25th, 2015
Where: Crystal Garden, Parkside Hotel & Spa, The Vic Theatre (Victoria, BC)
Tickets: Available online for the Grand Tasting, seminars, and Best of the Northwest competition. Purchasing a Spirited Pass will get you into all of the events.

Art of the Cocktail consists of three main events:
Seminars include Cheese Please! and Meet Your Island Makers. Best of the Pacific Northwest is a competition open to northwest bartenders and mixologists. The Grand Tasting is the cocktail event of the year, featuring BC distilleries, as well as some of the names you know and love.

Win an Art of the Cocktail Getaway in Victoria

The Art of the Cocktail wants to bring one luck Miss604 reader and a guest to Victoria for this amazing weekend. This prize package includes 2 VIP Grand Tasting tickets, a night at the iconic downtown Fairmont Empress, and flights from Downtown Vancouver to Downtown Victoria with Harbour Air.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow the Art of the Cocktail on Facebook and Twitter for more information. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, October 9, 2015.

Contest Rules: Must be 19+. Please enjoy responsibly. Airfare and hotel stay prizes are only valid during this specific event, October 24-25, 2015 and cannot be exchanged or redeemed for cash value. Prize includes admission to the Grand Tasting, tokens can then be purchased for $1/token.

Queen Elizabeth Secondary’s 75th Anniversary

October 1st, 2015 @ 11:43am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Queen Elizabeth Secondary (“QE”) in Surrey is celebrating its 75th anniversary this month and if you attended, between 1940 and 2015, you’re invited to the party!

Photo courtesy of Donald Cosens

Queen Elizabeth Secondary’s 75th Anniversary

  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Secondary (9457 King George Blvd. in Surrey)
  • When: Thursday, October 15, 2015
    4:00pm to 6:00pm – Activities/Performances/Showcases of current QE Students
    3:30pm to 6:00pm – Meeting and Photos with people from your decade
    6:30pm to 8:00pm – Official Ceremony
    8:30pm to 11:30pm – After-event party at Central City Brew Pub and Restaurant
  • Tickets: Available online for $8, and will be available at the door for $10.

School History

QE opened as a full secondary school in 1940 and was named after the Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, who accompanied King George VI on his royal visit to Canada in 1939.

1960s – View of the school from King George Hwy. Image courtesy of the City of Surrey Archives. Reference code: F44-0-10-0-0-0-0-56.

In the 1950s it became a senior high school (grades 11-12) and in 1967 it suffered a fire, losing records and graduation photos in the process.

1967 – School fire. Image courtesy of the City of Surrey Archives. Reference code: F44-0-10-0-0-0-0-65.

The school was rebuilt in 1969 and my mother, whose family moved to Canada from Germany, attended during that time. In 1999, the year after I graduated from QE, it amalgamated with William Beagle Junior Secondary to become a grade 8-12 school.

About the Anniversary

All of this history and more will be celebrated at the anniversary event. Donald Cosens, Chair of the Celebration Committee says that they are expecting about 500 attendees and have pre-sold over 200 tickets already. To prepare for the event, and promoting it through a Facebook page, he has been sourcing old yearbooks and any other ephemeral pieces of nostalgia since much of the school’s archive was lost in the fire in 1967.

Cosens says that there will be a lot of current student involvement including the Royal Players (drama), a poetry showcase, a dance team performance, a 3-point competition, Rock Band, Decades Art, Social Studies projects, and more. “This is more of a celebration of the school. It’s more ceremonial in nature [than a reunion].” There will be dignitaries in attendance as well and you can hopefully expect to see others from your grad class at the event.

What Makes QE Special

Up until the late 1990s it was also a magical place where junior high kids from LA Matheson, West Whalley, and William Beagle all came together and got along for their last two years of school.

For me, QE will always be special as it’s where I graduated high school — and how my rugby team went to the provincial championships, twice!

I’m really not attached to the building per se, as during my time there it was a portable city, with classrooms all held within a network of temporary buildings with the exception of one wing of the school and one gymnasium. It was the people, the classes, and the teachers that made it special to me.

“I have learned a lot as a teacher here both professionally and personally. I think the fact that so many people care for each other and for the students makes it special,” Cosens told me. “I have been a teacher here for 8 years. It holds a special place for me already.”


If you know of any current or former Royals who are not involved, be sure to spread the word and get your tickets today. Join the event on Facebook for more information. As the event is at the school, no alcohol will be served but feel free to attend the after party at Central City from 8:30pm onward.

Then and Now From Vancouver City Hall

October 1st, 2015 @ 10:07am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The view from Vancouver’s City Hall is one of the best around because it captures not only our ever-growing downtown core, but our beautiful mountain and ocean borders. This week’s “Then and Now” collage includes photos that have all been taken from City Hall, in the 1940s, 1960s, and 2015. Thanks to Jenn Chan Photography​ for the use of her image as well as the City of Vancouver Archives.

During this weekend’s Doors Open Vancouver event, you can tour public buildings like City Hall and learn more about their architecture and history. Follow the City of Vancouver on Facebook for more information.