5 Cool Vancouver Maps

November 27th, 2014 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

There are many creative crafters, designers, and artists out there and when their inspiration comes from the city we love, the work they produce becomes that much more special. Vancouver is Awesome recently featured a minimalist map by Archie Archambault of Portland so I thought I would look up a few more unique maps that any Vancouverite would be proud to display in their home or office.

5 Cool Vancouver Maps


Map Description: Nautical map of Burrard Inlet published in 1893 (archives item# Map 50). This photo of the map is in the public domain via the City of Vancouver Archives so you could get it printed, as I outline in this handy guide to creating prints from archive holdings.

Art Prints


Map Description: By Jazzberry Blue on Etsy. Gallery quality Giclée print using a heavyweight, lightly textured, cotton rag paper and Epson K3 archival inks for over 200 years of vibrancy. $33.57 and up.


Map Description: By Annalena Davis of SaltyLyon. This print is created using the artist’s original hand-drawn map of the city’s blocks. All sizes are printed on 100% cotton rag, acid-free, fine art paper. Choose from 24 different colours. $23.15 and up.


Map Description: Designed by Raymond Biesinger, based on the layout of Vancouver on the September 3, 1962 when the Trans Canada Highway officially opened and featuring prominent local buildings. Screenprinted in an edition of 106 copies by Séripop at 24″ square, two colours on white 10 pt Domtar Byronic smooth cover paper. Signed and editioned. $50.


Map Description: Neighbourhoods of Vancouver by Ork Posters. Black and white, green and tan, yellow and white, navy and off-white available. 22” x 22”, black soy-based ink, white, matte 100% recycled paper. $22.

All prices posted are prices at time of publishing.

Related Post: 10 Cool Vancouver Gift Items on Etsy.

Grey Cup Festival Parade

November 27th, 2014 @ 8:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The 102nd Grey Cup Festival has arrived in Vancouver bringing with it four full days of free activities, live entertainment, and of course the championship game on Sunday. One can’t-miss tradition is the Grey Cup Festival Parade, which will take place on Saturday, November 29th.

Grey Cup Festival Parade


Presented by Save-On-Foods, the Grey Cup Festival Parade starts out from Smithe and Hornby streets in Downtown Vancouver at 10:00am and will finish at Dunsmuir and Granville streets by 12:00pm.

The parade will head up Smithe to Burrard, turning right and following Burrard until Dunsmuir where it will turn right again until Dunsmuir meets Granville.

The fun won’t stop there as there is a full lineup of festivities on Saturday. Walk over to Canada Place Way for the TELUS Street Festival (free), the PlayNow.com Main Stage (free), the Nissan Family Fun Zone at Jack Poole Plaza (free), the Cheerleader Extravaganza (free) at the Vancouver Convention Centre, the Red Truck Tailgate Concert Series (ticketed), and Team Parties (ticketed).

Follow the 102nd Grey Cup Festival on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information and coverage.

Related Post: Check out photos from previous Grey Cup Festivals in Vancouver over the few decades.

Vancouver Photos of the Week

November 26th, 2014 @ 3:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Even through the wind and rain that is shaking the last rust-coloured leaves from the trees, Vancouver’s beauty is hard to ignore. Along puddle-soaked paths and umbrella-covered sidewalks, local photographers with everything from smartphones to professional cameras have shared their images with the Miss604 Flickr Pool and #Photos604 on Instagram over the last week. Here are just a few of my favourites:

Vancouver Photos of the Week

When people run in circles
Photo credit: Jianwei Yang on Flickr

The Arts Club Presents Mary Poppins

November 26th, 2014 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The holidays are about spending time with family and friends, and what better way to enjoy a night out in the city than to catch a show at the Stanley Theatre? The Arts Club presents Mary Poppins from December 5th until January 4th bringing P.L. Travers’ writings and the popular Disney movie to life on stage.

2013 cast of Mary Poppins. Photo by David Cooper, courtesy of The Arts Club

The Arts Club Presents Mary Poppins

Practically perfect in every way, the tale of everyone’s favourite magical nanny will sweep you off your feet.

Watch Mary Poppins (Sara-Jeanne Hosie) fly over the rooftops of London once again this holiday season and feel like a kid again. Remember, anything can happen if you let it. This family musical based on the writings of P.L. Travers and the popular Disney film features the unforgettable songs “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” plus some catchy new ones. Practically perfect in every way, the tale of everyone’s favourite magical nanny will sweep you off your feet. Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Book by Julian Fellowes. New songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Co-created by Sir Cameron Mackintosh.

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins will be on the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (2750 Granville St, Vancouver) from December 5th, 2014, to January 4th, 2015. Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:00pm, and Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00pm. Tickets start at $29, inclusive of taxes and fees. Call the Arts Club Box Office at (604) 687-1644 or book online.

Win Tickets

The Arts Club has offered up two pairs of tickets (value $144 each) to the December 10th performance at 7:00pm for me to give away. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming your favourite Mary Poppins song (1 entry)
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RT to enter to win tickets to @TheArtsClub’s Mary Poppins from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/EWP9I

Follow The Arts Club on Facebook and Twitter for more information about Mary Poppins on stage and other performances this season. I will draw two winners at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, December 3, 2014. Each winner will receive a pair of tickets to the December 10th performance exclusively.

Lights of Hope at St Paul’s Hospital

November 26th, 2014 @ 10:45am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

St Paul’s Hospital will shine bright again this season as Lights of Hope illuminates Burrard Street starting November 27th. With 10 kilometers of string lights and more than 100,000 bulbs, this display is to dazzle and also inspire passersby to donate to St Paul’s in recognition of their support for our community.

St Paul's Lights of Hope 2013
Photo credit: qasic on Flickr

Lights of Hope at St Paul’s Hospital

Lights of Hope has been going strong since 1998 and this year it will kick off with an outdoor celebration on Thursday, November 27th from 6:30pm until 8:30pm. The display will be lit between 6:30pm and 7:00pm and fireworks will help ring in the season with an extra burst of colour.

St Paul’s Hospital is located at 1081 Burrard in Vancouver and Lights of Hope will be shining everyday from dusk to dawn until January 12, 2015. To make a donation towards the campaign’s goal to raise $2.5-million visit the Lights of Hope website and follow St Paul’s on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Lougheed Town Centre Giveaway

November 25th, 2014 @ 2:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Lougheed Town Centre is gearing up for the holiday shopping season now that Santa arrived last Saturday. It all starts with Black Friday on November 28th when doors will open at 7:00am and the first 200 people to visit Guest Services will receive a gift card up to a $200 value. Throughout the month of December, there will be live entertainment and holiday promotions to keep your spirits high.

Photo courtesy of Lougheed Town Centre

Enjoy “Feel Good Friday” lunch deals and live music from 12:00pm to 2:00pm on Fridays, entertainment from DJs, a saxophone player, stilt walking violinist, and Christmas carollers on various days from December 5th until December 21st, and a “Guaranteed Snowfall” daily at 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, and 7:00pm.

On Mondays (until December 15th) get free digital photos with Santa and enjoy a “shop while you wait” system so you can avoid waiting in line. Santa’s hours and photo prices are available online.

Shop at Hudson’s Bay, London Drugs, Walmart Supercenter, Sport Chek, Footlocker, H&M, Body Shop, The Children’s Place, Aldo, and over 100 other shops and services.

At any time of year you can take advantage of Lougheed’s free gift wrapping service (for gifts purchased at Lougheed), stroller/wheelchair rental, electric vehicle charging station, bottle warming station and emergency infant supplies, the family lounge, a holiday wireless lounge, children’s play area, and more.

Lougheed Town Centre Giveaway

To make the very best of your holiday shopping experience, Lougheed Town Centre is offering up a $100 gift card (valid at all retailers in the shopping centre) and a Santa Photo Package (includes a photo spend up to $25) for one lucky Miss604 reader. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
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RT to enter to win a $100 @LTCshopping gift card + Santa photo package from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/ETe1D

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Sunday, November 30, 2014. Follow Lougheed Town Centre on Twitter and Facebook for more information about their holiday deals, hours, entertainment, and special offerings. Lougheed Town Centre is located at 9855 Austin Ave in Burnaby and is accessible from the SkyTrain Millennium Line’s Lougheed Town Centre Station.

Staying at the Westin Portland

November 25th, 2014 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Our first trip to the Rose City in September was successful, despite the outcome of the soccer match we were in town to support. We walked to Providence Park for the aforementioned game, took the Tri-Met Max streetcar to Washington City Park, the Japanese Gardens, and the International Rose Test Garden. Craft beer was enjoyed along with food truck fare, pub favourites, French bistro brunches, and tax-free shopping. Of course every successful trip needs a solid home base and ours was at the Westin Portland.

Staying at the Westin Portland

We pulled up to the front on Southwest Alder Street, sent the car away with the friendly valet, and were greeted by the Westin’s sweet white tea aroma as we opened the double doors into the lobby. On the right, the contemporary Lobby Lounge’s tall windows illuminated the regal space filled with gold and blue furniture, wood-panelled walls and a corner I made note of for later where we would sip cocktails.

Westin Portland

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After checking in with the front desk, and hearing about their Green Choice option that lets you decline housekeeping for a day in exchange for points or vouchers for the hotel’s Daily Grill restaurant, we made our way up the elevator to our Studio Suite.

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The room was bright and spacious, with a decor that mixed textured fabrics, metals, and warm colours. On one side the fluffy and inviting Heavenly Bed, and on the other a sitting area where an orchid leaned gently over a thoughtful bottle of bubbly that had been delivered for John’s birthday — the real reason for the trip, the soccer match, and the experience of the new-to-us city.

Westin Portland

The bathroom was stocked with amenities, from cotton swabs and conditioner to a loofa by the bathtub, which was next to the rain shower stall. The desk in the room had every plug and hookup we could have asked for right on the table top so that we didn’t have to go digging around on the ground and behind furniture to find an outlet.

Westin Portland

The room looked out on one of Portland’s famous food cart pods located between SW Alder, SW Washington, 9th Ave and 10th Ave where dozens of food trucks served their street-side fare, giving us inspiration for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Being so comfortable, and with every amenity we required, we could have stayed in the room longer than we did each day, lounging in our robes in the morning while planning our next move in the city.

Westin Portland

While it was tempting to lay in the pillowy soft comfort of the signature Westin Heavenly Bed from sunrise until sunset, the Westin Portland’s location was ideal for starting out on foot to explore the city or to loop around the block and purchase a $5 streetcar day pass from a kiosk on the sidewalk that could take you all corners of the city.

This boutique Westin felt luxurious without being over the top to the point where amenities and technology seemed superfluous — it also reminded us of staying at the Magnolia Hotel in Victoria, which we adore.

Coming Up in Portland This Season

It’s safe to say that Portland is so hot right now. Everyone wants to experience its culinary culture, craft beer scene, arts, and much more so if you’re planning a trip to Portland this season, here are some upcoming holiday events:

The Westin Portland is also offering a holiday shopping package that includes a $50 Nordstrom gift card for each night you stay, with rates starting at $239/night and complimentary 4:00pm checkout. Visit their offers page online for details.

Westin Portland

Follow Travel Portland on Twitter and Facebook along with the Westin Portland on Twitter and Facebook for more information about visiting Portland this season.

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This is not a paid post. Views are my own. We paid for our room with a discounted media/review rate.

Holiday Open House at Township 7 Vineyards

November 25th, 2014 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Township 7, the local vineyard and winery known for its community events and of course its tasty wine selection, is hosting two open houses at its Langley and Naramata locations in December.

Holiday Open House at Township 7 Vineyards

Township 7


Where: Naramata Bench/Okanagan Valley Wine Shop 1450 McMillan Ave, Penticton
When: Saturday, December 6th, 2014 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Details: The Okanagan wine shop is surrounded by 7 acres of vines on the picturesque Naramata Bench with views of both Lake Okanagan and Skaha Lake.

Visit Township 7 and the other charming businesses and galleries in Penticton as they ferment a holiday tradition like no other. Enjoy a full day of fun at Township 7’s annual Christmas Open House celebration and enjoy festive goodies while they light up the vines. The holiday celebration will have wine tastings, treats from My Chocolate Crush, special holiday gift packages, and live Christmas music by Misty Knol. Pick up the perfect presents or gift cards stocking stuffers for your wine enthusiast friends and family, then head to Downtown Penticton for the 17th Annual Santa Claus Parade & Christmas Light Up.


Where: 21152 16th Ave (at 212th St) in Langley
When: Sunday, December 7th, 2014, 11:00am to 5:00pm
Details: Celebrate the holiday spirit in wine country — without leaving the city — at Township 7’s South Langley winery. There will be wine tastings in the cozy barrel cellar tasting room, handcrafted treats by White Rock Chocolates, special holiday gift packages, and live Christmas music.

This event is also a fundraiser in support of the Langley Christmas Bureau. Bring a new unwrapped gift for donation to the charity and receive a complimentary wine tasting.

Follow Township 7 on Facebook and Twitter for more information about self-guided tours, wine seminars, fundraisers, the community grape harvest/stomp, and winemaker dinners.