Vancouver Then and Now Projects: Langara and Scout

August 21st, 2014 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver is an ever-changing city, with new construction cranes popping every day, scaffolding being dismantled, new pits being excavated, and demolitions scheduled. Our young city’s skyline, downtown streets and landscape seems to change dramatically every few years, which is why I believe we’re all pretty obsessed with “Then and Now” images. There are many resources for these “Before and After” images, like the wonderfully in-depth Changing Vancouver, and other blog features like I have done since 2009. Now there are two recent project that have been kicking it up a notch, providing a fascinating batch of comparisons.

Langara Students Merging Time

According to the Langara College program: “The Merging Time assignment is one of the cornerstones of the PHOT 1248 course in the first year of Professional Photo-Imaging. Having chosen a historical image from the City of Vancouver Archives collection, the Professional Photo-Imaging students returned to the original location to capture a new image in our current time.” Langara then posts the results on their Flickr account:

Granville Street, looking north from Robson Street - 190?
Student: Michelle Macdonald. Photographer: Major James Skitt Matthews CVA# Str P32.

Vancouver Rowing Club and the Denman Arena
100 year panorama. Student: Darren Bernaerdt. Original photographer: W.J. Moore PAN NXVII.

Sam Kee Building, Pender Street at Carrall
Student: Angel Wong. Photographer: W.J.Moore AM54-S4: Bu N90

View albums from Langara’s 2013 and 2014 photography classes on Flickr.

Scout Magazine Does Fred Herzog

Fred Herzog is a legendary photographer who mastered street photography and gave us an archive of colourful images that give us a glimpse of everyday Vancouver. Scout Magazine‘s Andrew Morrison decided to walk around with his copy of Fred Herzog Photographs (Douglas & McIntyre, 2011) and along with his son, he tried to shoot the exact locations depicted in Herzog’s work from the 1950s and 1960s.

The southeast corner of Hastings & Columbia
Scout Magazine on Flickr

1037 Robson Street. Wow!
Scout Magazine on Flickr

Corner of Robson and Granville, looking south
Scout Magazine on Flickr

Morrison writes: “Because of our familiarity with the territory, most of the locations have been easy to pick out. Others are proving far more difficult because much of what was once there is no more. Truly, working on this has really brought home how dramatic the changes to this city have been over the last 50-60 years. And yet, in some places, it’s uncanny how it has remained largely the same.”

View the rest of Scout’s images on their blog post and on Flickr.

Vancouver Photos of the Week

August 21st, 2014 @ 9:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver is such a photogenic city. Shimmering glass towers, unique architectural elements, sandy beaches, rocky shores, mountains covered in blankets of evergreen. Over the years there have been over 38,000 photos shared with the Miss604 Flickr Pool and I have to admit, my favourite day of the week is when I get to prepare these photo roundups. Now including Instagram photos tagged #Photos604, I rarely see exactly the same angle, the same light, and the same perspective. Enjoy this week’s collection:

Photo credit: Philip on Flickr

Sky Scraping ~ Vancouver, BC
Photo credit: SeaSide Signs ~ Vancouver, BC on Flickr

Summer sunflower on Union Street The earth is watching
Photo credit: Eric Flexyourhead & Lawrence on Flickr

Back hoe and brush cutter With Love From Strathcona.
Photo credit: Stephen Rees & Nattawot Juttiwattananon on Flickr

Photo credit: Gemy & m3th0s on Flickr

With Love From Chinatown. Vancouver Hendrix Shrine‎.
Photo credit: Nattawot Juttiwattananon & Nattawot Juttiwattananon on Flickr

Photo credit: Nattawot Juttiwattananon & m3th0s on Flickr

Overpass at Metropolis BANKING ON IT
Photo credit: Steve Jin & m3th0s on Flickr

Look who's looking
Photo credit: on Flickr

Summertime... and the Livin' is Easy ~ Vancouver, BC
Photo credit: SeaSide Signs ~ Vancouver, BC on Flickr

Port Lions
Photo credit: Philip on Flickr

Sunset in False Creek
Photo credit: DTBの写真撮影 (Too Busy) on Flickr

Richmond's "Main" Street
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

purple velvet
Photo credit: Sherry on Flickr

Coal Harbour after Sunset
Photo credit: Alan W on Flickr

As always, please click through on these images to view more work from the photographers and feel free to share your own photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool or with the tag #Photos604 on Instagram. View all photo collections here.

Free Outdoor Movies in Vancouver Robin Williams Tribute

August 21st, 2014 @ 8:15am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Fresh Air Cinema has announced that two free outdoor movies in Vancouver this weekend will be tributes to the late Robin Williams.

David Lam to the Future 360
Photo credit: Robert W. White on Flickr

Free Outdoor Movies in Vancouver Robin Williams Tribute

Coal Harbour
When: Friday, August 22, 2014 at 8:15pm
Where: Harbour Green Park (1199 West Cordova at Bute)
What: West End Community Centre screening of Jumanji

When: Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 8:45pm
Where: David Lam Park (1300 Pacific Blvd)
What: Yaletown BIA hosts an afternoon Picnic in the Park (4:00pm) followed by the screening of Hook

These two family-friendly events are free to enjoy. Just bring blankets or lawn chairs and laugh along under the stars. Follow Fresh Air Cinema on Facebook to find more outdoor movie events this season, all across BC.

Surrey Youth Fest 2014: Fall Outdoor Festival in Cloverdale

August 20th, 2014 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The second Surrey Youth Fest of the year is coming up September 20th at the Cloverdale Recreation Centre. Surrey’s largest celebration for youth will have a breakdance battle, BMX demos at the new undercover skate park, live bands, and much more.


What: Surrey Youth Fest 2014: Fall Outdoor Festival in Cloverdale
Where: Cloverdale Recreation Centre, 6188 176th St, Surrey
When: Saturday September 20, 2014 doors open at 2:00pm

Breakdance Battle

SYB Vol. Two – 2 on 2 Bboy Battle, Footwork Battle & Top Rock Battle. 18 and under, free to enter, sign up here.

New Skatepark

Watch sponsored skateboard and BMX demos, compete in mini jams – like the longest manual and highest ollie – or play basketball in the outdoor court. All wheels are welcome!

Live Bands

Mainstage featuring local youth bands and entertainment: Line-up coming soon! Look for participants of the Band-Aid youth musician development Workshop. Band-Aid is a way to start an ongoing creative and supportive culture among Surrey’s young bands and musicians. The City of Surrey, through Youth Services and the Surrey Arts Centre, will provide Band-Aid participants with performance opportunities at Surrey Youth Fest.

Enjoy all of the above along with sumo wrestling, water walking, a photobooth, food trucks, DJ Deth Klown, an adrenaline obstacle course, and giveaways.

Free Shuttle

The free shuttle will doing pick ups and drop offs at community centres around Surrey all night long. A full schedule is available online and stops include South Surrey Rec Centre, Newton Rec Centre, Clayton Heights Secondary, Don Christian Rec Centre, Bridgeview Community Centre, Chuck Bailey Rec Centre, North Surrey Rec Centre, Guildford Rec Centre, Fraser Heights Rec Centre, and Fleetwood Community Centre.

Follow Surrey Youth Fest on Facebook for event information. Miss604 is a proud media partner of Surrey Youth Fest.

Summer PlayDays: Movie Night and Concert

August 20th, 2014 @ 9:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

All season long, the waterfront plaza at the Richmond Olympic Oval has been the site of free family fun, hosting Summer PlayDays with outdoor games, fitness classes, live music, boot camps and BBQs. The culmination of this fun activity series will be on August 31st with more live music, great food, a free screening of Disney’s latest animated classic, Frozen, and a free concert with Jordan Klassen and Kytami.


What: Summer PlayDays: Movie Night and Concert
Where: Richmond Olympic Oval Plaza, 6111 River Road
When: Sunday, August 31, 2014 from 4:00pm to 10:00pm

Ample free parking will be available at the City of Richmond’s Works Yard (5599 Lynas Lane). Bus shuttles will be running from 3:30pm until 10:30pm between the Works Yard and the Richmond Olympic Oval. Additional parking can be found at the WorkSafe BC parking lot.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the shows and space is limited so be sure to get there early. The Richmond Food Bank Society will be on site and the first 200 people to visit their booth will receive a coupon for a free bag of popcorn. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or make a cash donation.

Throughout the evening, performers include jugglers Mike Battie and Yuki Ueda and there will be plenty of fun for the kids including bouncy castles, the Richmond Art Truck, Tumble Bus, Cartwheels Inc. gymnastics zone, ping pong and more.

Delicious food will be available including BBQ hamburgers and hotdogs, Asian cuisine from All About the Grill, Cravings Kettle Corn, Tin Lizzy Donuts and Rocky Point Ice Cream.

“Violinistextremist” Kytami will perform at 5:45pm and Jordan Klassen will go on at 7:00pm. The screening of Frozen will follow at dusk.

Summer PlayDays is presented by the City of Richmond and the Richmond Olympic Oval. It’s also part of Richmond Days of Summer, which is presented by Vancouver International Airport. Miss604 is a proud media partner of the Summer PlayDays: Movie and Concert on August 31st.

Win a VIP Experience

Summer PlayDays is offering up a VIP movie and concert night experience to one lucky Miss604 reader and their guest. They will enjoy two comfy seats in Adirondack chairs, two bags of kettle corn, and a $25 voucher for the food trucks. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Follow #SummerPlayDays on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more information.

Leading up to the movie and concert night, everyone is invited to drop by the Games Zone on the waterfront plaza Wednesdays through Sundays in August (except for August 30) from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Free games and gear are available so you can play bocce, badminton, croquet, chess, checkers, ping pong, volleyball and more. Fitness buffs can get in an end-of-the-week workout by taking part in free Boot Camp classes on the plaza from 6:45pm to 7:45pm on Fridays through August 29.

Vancouver Icons: The English Bay Slide

August 19th, 2014 @ 4:10pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

If I had a band, I think the English Bay Slide would be a pretty fun name. It could refer to a new, funky dance move or it could reference a great source of summer fun in Vancouver. All kidding aside, the slide in English Bay, proudly waving the Canadian flag each summer season, is a mainstay at the city’s First Beach and it’s also today’s Vancouver Icons photo feature:

1946: English Bay. Archives# CVA 586-4569.

There has been a slide in some form another at English Bay since the time of the English Bay Pier, about 100 years ago. The pier was demolished in 1938 but photos of rafts with slides remain from the 1940s, through the 1960s (according to my dad who grew up in Vancouver), the 1980s, and today. When this structure is pulled out from its winter mooring near Granville Island, you know summer is on the way.

1930s – Archives item# Be P73.2.

The Vancouver Park Board informed me that the raft and slide are referred as The Queen Mary, and it is removed a day or two after Labour Day each summer, returning a week or so after the May long weekend.

English Bay, Vancouver
Photo credit: Blake Read on Flickr

Waiting for the Crowds
Photo credit: David J Greer on Flickr

Pontoon / slide at English Bay, Vancouver
Photo credit: threefishsleeping on Flickr

EnglishBeach-20110622 (8 of 16)
Photo credit: Ned Tobin on Flickr

English Bay Slide
Photo credit: Tyler Ingram on Flickr

Let's go on the waterslide
Photo credit: Percy on Flickr

Celebration of Light 2010: Spain
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

English Bay Slide
Photo credit: Tyler Ingram on Flickr

The Dog Days
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Previous Vancouver Icons posts: Freezing Water #7, Cleveland Dam, Heritage Hall, School of Theology Building at UBC, Gate to the Northwest Passage, St Paul’s Hospital, Capilano Lake, Stawamus Chief, Nine O’Clock Gun, Malkin Bowl, Search, Vancouver Rowing Club, Echoes, Point Atkinson Lighthouse, English Bay Inukshuk, Hollow Tree, Hotel Europe, Lions Gate Bridge Lions, LightShed, Granville Bridge, 217.5 Arc x 13′, Canoe Bridge, Vancouver Block, Bloedel Conservatory, Centennial Rocket, Canada Place, Old Courthouse/Vancouver Art Gallery, Dominion Building, Science World, Gastown Steam Clock, SFU Burnaby, Commodore Lanes, Siwash Rock, Kitsilano Pool, White Rock Pier, Main Post Office, Planetarium Building, Lord Stanley Statue, Vancouver Library Central Branch, Victory Square, Digital Orca, The Crab Sculpture, Girl in Wetsuit, The Sun Tower, The Hotel Vancouver, The Gassy Jack Statue, The Marine Building, and The Angel of Victory. Should you have a suggestion for the Vancouver Icons series please feel free to leave a note in the comments. It should be a thing, statue, or place that is very visible and recognizable to the public.

Southsiders 3 on 3 Outdoor Soccer Tournament

August 19th, 2014 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Doolin’s Irish Pub, on the bustling corner of Nelson and Granville is downtown Vancouver, will host the Southsiders 3 on 3 Outdoor Soccer Tournament on August 30th. This all day, all ages event will benefit Athletics for Kids and set you up for a full day of community soccer fun ahead of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Portland Timbers match at BC Place in the evening.


Southsiders 3 on 3 Outdoor Soccer Tournament

Where: Doolin’s Parking Lot (Nelson at Seymour, Downtown Vancouver)
When: Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 12:00pm to 7:00pm
What: Show up ready to play, enjoy the beer garden, and order from the specialty take-out menu from Doolin’s. Portland Timbers supporters have also been invited to participate. Families are welcome in the event area, but the beer garden is 19+. Matches will be played on blacktop and the entry fee is $20 per team. The round robin begins at 1:00pm and finals will be concluded by 5:00pm. Rain or shine, they will be accepting a maximum of 12 teams.

The Vancouver Southsiders is Canada’s oldest and largest supporters club. Founded in 1999, they are known for their awesome atmosphere at Whitecaps games but also for their charity and community outreach. John and I have also been proud members of the Southsiders for the last three years.

Athletics for Kids‘ overarching goal is to be there to assist any BC child in their dream of playing amateur sports. The organization continues to grow and thrive, and through its history has helped over 2500 BC kids get active in sporting activities. Athletics for Kids wants all kids to have the opportunity to play.

Follow the Southsiders on Twitter and Doolin’s on Twitter for more information and head down to Doolin’s on August 30th to join in the fun.

5 Stanley Park Trails You Should Explore

August 19th, 2014 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Seawall is one of Vancouver’s claims to fame. It provides a smooth path for walkers, joggers, strollers, rollerbladers, and cyclists to circumnavigate the city’s crown jewel, Stanley Park, while providing views from sunrise to sunset. However, there’s a whole lot to be explored and appreciated under the park’s 1,001 acre canopy so I’d love to introduce a few of our favourite trails which are a part of an elaborate, winding and scenic forest network.

5 Stanley Park Trails You Should Explore

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Getting Started

Every Stanley Park trail is on Google Maps including Google Street Views so you can check out the paths before you go. I have marked five trails on the map below and while there are many others that connect (I have marked some feeder trails in light blue) I decided to start with these five because they’re a good introduction to the variety of terrain in the park.

Recommended trails are marked. Other blue trails are optional feeder routes. All other trails in grey.

1. Cathedral Trail

Location and Trail Features: The Cathedral Trail is a good starting point from Second Beach and Lost Lagoon. You can walk or cycle in along Lost Lagoon, or park at Second Beach, and enter the woods along Cathedral’s new boardwalk. This elevated trail allows for streams to flow underneath instead of cutting it off with a muddy gravel trail. It’s a nice new addition and a good way to start your trek.

Along Cathedral you’ll find dozens of uprooted trees from the windstorm of 2006 (where gale-force winds reached 119km/h) and it’s fascinating to see how the forest has reclaimed them. There is a small pond with ducks, interpretive signs, and an alligator made of a fallen log that I believe has lost its shape in recent years (see photo below from 2011).

Cathedral leads you right to the spot of the Seven Sisters of Stanley Park before turning into the Bridle Path. You can turn around (making for a 10-15 minute round trip) or continue up Bridle which runs all the way up the park, parallel to the causeway, peaking at Prospect Point.

Stanley Park Photowalk

Stanley Park Photowalk

Stanley Park Photowalk

2. Lovers Walk

Location and Trail Features: Lovers isn’t a main trail that we take all the time but it’s a nice, wide connecting route with nurse logs, towering cedars, huckleberries, and no sound of traffic from the causeway piercing through like it does on some other forest trails. I also like lovers because of the two trees in the photo below, which look like they are embracing.

3. Beaver Lake

Location and Trail Features: You definitely have to use other trails to get to this one but Beaver Lake offers its own unique take on Stanley Park. Peel away from the evergreens, stumps, mulch, and ferns and enjoy this overgrown wetland with and ducks passing through. While lush and green in spring and summer, I love Beaver Lake in the fall when the foliage starts to change for the season and the brush parts to reveal the open water.

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Autumn in the Park

4. Avison Trail

Location and Features: Avison is a nice little diversion from the Seawall but be aware, it is almost all uphill as it leads you from sea level, under the Lions Gate Bridge, and all the way up to Prospect Point. It gives you some unique views, like that of the bridge’s underbelly, and if you’re in need of an emergency ice cream cone you’ll find it at the Prospect Point Cafe, a nice reward at the top of the trail.

Avison Trail Namesake: Henry Avison, Stanley Park Superintendent 1888-1895, the first employee of the Vancouver Park Board. He cut Stanley Park’s first trails and was its first zoo keeper, designed the park’s first gardens, and lived in a lodge by its entrance.

Stanley Park Photowalk

Stanley Park Photowalk

5. Merilees Trail

Location and Features: You can either enter the Merilees Trail from the bottom at Third Beach, or from two places up top along Stanley Park Drive just south of Prospect Point. The Merilees Trail is lined with lush leafy greenery, flowers, and berry bushes that have all found their way to the sunlight after the big wind storm of 2006 clearcut the area. Depending which way you enter the trail, you’ll have a steep climb or a steep decline on loose gravel so pay attention to your footing.

There are some picnic tables that get a lot of sunlight during the day and that lookout over the water, which make for a nice pit stop. Merilees also splits off into the Siwash Rock Trail, which is a worthy diversion thanks to the beautiful lookout on the cliff in front of the actual Siwash Rock. You’ll be high above the Seawall, looking out at West Vancouver, English Bay, Point Grey and Kitsilano.

Merilees Trail namesake: Harold Merilees. General Manager of Tourism Vancouver in the 1960s and was known as “Vancouver’s first great ad man”.

WestCoast Air Sea Plane Tour

Merilees Trail Stanley Park

Bonus! The Reservoir Trail doesn’t really lead anywhere but I love it for its history. There actually used to be a reservoir in Stanley Park, providing water to downtown Vancouver. Stay tuned for more Stanley Park trail tips and check out my series with the Stanley Park Ecology Society to learn more about their work in the park.