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Vancouver Brewery Tours Holiday Gift Pack

November 24th, 2015 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

BeerTourGiftPackI am a huge fan of gifting experiences to loved ones for birthday and Christmas, giving them something that will create memories and entertain.

Local tours are a great gift, as not many people enjoy some of the wonderful benefits of being a tourist in their own home town. Better yet, for the craft beer lover in your life, a brewery tour lets them experience the latest and greatest creations brewed up right here in Vancouver – in their neighbourhood and beyond.

Vancouver Brewery Tours

Vancouver Brewery Tours is one of the top-ranked food/drink tours in Vancouver on Trip Advisor! It was the city’s first and only exclusive brewery tour company, and was launched by local craft beer enthusiast Ryan Mackey in 2013.

They bring friends, families and colleagues together with three-hour Public Tours ($75), four-hour Beer and Food Tours ($85) and completely customizable Private and Corporate Group Tours, allowing for truly out-of-the-box gifting and merry making.

Let them do the driving as you visit 3 breweries for behind the scenes, guided tours. Each brewery will show you something different and unique while you learn about the company’s history, operations and the people who started it all for them. On the road, guides will continue to point out interesting facts about the Vancouver craft been scene and the neighbourhoods you’ll visit.

The tour’s partner breweries include Storm Brewing, Brassneck Brewery, Bomber Brewing, Strange Fellows Brewing, Steamworks, Main Street Brewing, Bridge Brewing, Deep Cove Brewers, Big Rock Urban Brewery, Steel Toad Brewpub, R&B Brewing, Off the Rail Brewing, Doan’s Craft Brewing, and Postmark Brewing.

In the online shop you can purchase tour gift certificates, growlers, beer flight paddles, bottle savers, and t-shirts. You can also bundle up and purchase the Holiday Gift Pack.

Win a Holiday Gift Pack

The Vancouver Brewery Tours Holiday Gift Pack has it all: 2 tour passes, a 64oz growler and fill-up while on tour, and a pair of Vancouver Brewery Tours 16-oz beer glasses (value $169). Here’s how you can enter to win this Holiday Gift Pack for yourself, or the beer lover on your shopping list this season.

  • Leave a comment naming one of the tour’s partner breweries (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a @VanBreweryTours #HolidayGiftPack from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/V1Vja

I will draw one winner at random from all entries (must be 19+) at 12:00pm on Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Please enjoy responsibly. Follow Vancouver Brewery Tours on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

12 Days of Christmas in Port Coquitlam

November 24th, 2015 @ 8:59am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

You won’t always have to come to Downtown Vancouver in order to find holiday activities for the family this season. Leigh Square is hosting 12 Days of Christmas in Port Coquitlam, starting November 28th.


12 Days of Christmas in Port Coquitlam

Leigh Square Community Arts Village (2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam)celebrates the holiday season with a series of holiday inspired art workshops including wreath making, card making, handmade gifts, and holiday crafts for kids. Share in the festivities at Leigh Square with a Christmas concert, bring your family for a unique holiday movie experience and enjoy the holiday spirit in your community with a Lantern Festival. All of these events are free or of low cost.

Saturday, November 28, 2015
Christmas at Leigh Square 1:00pm to 5:00pm (Free)
Come celebrate the spirit of community and the start of the holidays with Leigh Square with the Annual Lighting ceremony. Enjoy holiday craft making, music and entertainment, storytelling, artists and artisan vendors, and get photos with Santa provided by PoCo Heritage.

Sunday, November 29, 2015
Winter Artisan Fair 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Leigh Square’s Annual Winter Artisans Fair returns to offer affordable, quality art and fine crafts and edibles.

Monday, November 30, 2015
Holiday Wreath Workshop 6:30pm to 8:30pm ($10, Register in Advance)
Get hands-on this holiday season and learn how to make your own wreath or swag. Bring your creativity, and they’ll provide the tree clippings, holly, pinecones, and decorative materials.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Holiday Pajama Party 6:00pm to 8:00pm (Free)
Play board games with friends and family, and don’t miss out on a photo booth with fun holiday props. Classic Christmas movies will be playing as we snack on popcorn and hot chocolate.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Arm Knitting Workshop (12+ yrs) 6:30pm to 8:30pm (Register in Advance)
Learn to knit a whole scarf with nothing but your arms! Come to this workshop and leave with a beautiful infinity scarf that will keep you warm all winter long for years to come.

Thursday, December 3, 2015
Handmade Cards and Gift Tags 6:30pm to 8:30pm ($10, Register in Advance)
Add a personal touch to your holiday givings with unique handmade cards and gift tags. Create texture in your cards with an embosser, and surprise everyone with your pop-up card designs.

Friday, December 4, 2015
Arthur Christmas Movie Night 6:45pm to 8:45pm (Free) + Skating (Regular Admission)
Lace up your skates and celebrate with a movie and skate at the Recreation Centre here in Port Coquitlam.

Saturday, December 5, 2015
Lantern Festival 3:00pm to 4:45pm ($10, Workshop) 5:00pm to 6:00pm (Free, Parade)
Headed by The Carnival Band, there’s bound to be lots of music and fun times for all. Bring your own lantern for the parade or attend the workshop at Michael Wright Art Gallery beforehand.

Sunday, December 6, 2015
Little Elves Workshop (5 year+) 10:00am to 12:30pm ($5, Register in Advance)
Kids can enjoy their Sunday morning as one of Santa’s elves. Little ones will keep busy in this workshop, making Christmas toys and décor like with Olaf sock snowmen, minion ornaments, and decorative Christmas paintings. Parent volunteers are welcome.

Monday, December 7, 2015
DIY Gifts and Décor 6:30pm to 8:30pm ($10, Register in Advance)
In this family workshop, learn the tips and tricks to creating festive decorations for the whole home, with the help of art instructors.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Christmas Concert 6:30pm to 8:30pm ($5 Admission)
Felice Choir led by music director and conductor Mr. Andrea Kim, the swinging classics and fun retro arrangements of The Beauty Shop Dolls, and a sing-along opportunity with The Port Coquitlam Stroke Association.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Snowman Family Portraits and HUMANbeing Theatre Show
5:30 to 7:30pm ($10, Workshop) 7:45pm to 8:10pm ($4, Performance)
Get artistic with your whole family in this collaborative painting workshop. Once complete, head over and enjoy an all ages friendly theatre show that was featured at the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Join Little Canary Theatre for HUMANbeing, the story of a little spirit that lives in space and decides to come to Earth to experience what it is like to be a human.

For registration, find the listing online and sign up or call (604) 927-8400. Follow Leigh Square on Facebook for more information.

Our Morning Helicopter Tour in Canmore

November 23rd, 2015 @ 3:26pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This has been my summer of helicopters and each time the door is shut, headsets are adorned, and the rotor blade spins, my heart races and prepares for not only the amazing scenery I am about to witness, but for the thrill of the ride.

Alpine Helicopter - Canmore, Alberta - October, 2015

While on our Alberta road trip in October, John and I stayed a night in Canmore which introduced us to some great food (at Murrieta’s), great beer (at Grizzly Paw Brewing), and the first of many Rocky Mountain adventures we would experience together on this trip.

Our Morning Helicopter Tour in Canmore

We walked over to Alpine Helicopters from our hotel (Solara Resort & Spa) where we walked into a warm and welcoming visitor centre with souvenirs, maps, charts, and freshly-brewed coffee. After checking in, we watched a safety and instructional video in an adjoining room. This outlined the procedures at Alpine Helicopter, what to do when we walk out to the aircraft, and other helpful bits of information for our flight.

Alpine Helicopter - Canmore, Alberta - October, 2015

Once the video was over, we were escorted out to the landing pads and hopped into a 6-seater. The sun was just making its way over the mountains to the east of us, painting the Three Sister of Canmore (Faith, Hope, Charity) in the warm orange glow of the morning. We then lifted off and climbed to 9,000ft, circling between Alberta and BC.

Alpine Helicopter - Canmore, Alberta - October, 2015

Helicopter Tour in Canmore

We spotted Mount Assiniboine (known as the Matterhorn of the Rockies), Brewster Mountain, glaciers, a reservoir, early season backcountry skiers, radio towers, patches of controlled forest burns, Spray Lake, Owl Lake, and other landmarks that revealed themselves as the sun painted the peaks and valleys with morning light.

Alpine Helicopter - Canmore, Alberta - October, 2015

Alpine Helicopter - Canmore, Alberta - October, 2015

Alpine Helicopter - Canmore, Alberta - October, 2015

Alpine Helicopter - Canmore, Alberta - October, 2015

Alpine Helicopter - Canmore, Alberta - October, 2015

Helicopter Tour in Canmore

Alpine Helicopter - Canmore, Alberta - October, 2015

Helicopter Tour in Canmore

Alpine Helicopter - Canmore, Alberta - October, 2015

The experience was very professionally-run and our pilot came on the radio often to tell us about points of interest. I liked that the bubbled windows allowed for some great photo-ops that included the helicopter itself as we flew. My window also had a small hole that was unplugged where I could pop my camera lens and get clear shots of the mountain ranges. John did not have the same advantage but I still love his photos from the other side of the craft as we circled around.

Helicopter Tour in Canmore

Helicopter Tour in Canmore

Following our flight we received a certificate and a laminated map so that we could identify some of the locations we flew above. We were up for about 30 minutes (the Royal Canadian Tour, and Alpine Heli also offer 12 minute and 25 minute tours from Canmore.

Helicopter Tour in Canmore

They have one of the largest Bell helicopter fleets in Canada and run private charters, tours, and heli-skiing/heli-hiking throughout the year. Learn more by following Alpine Helicopter on Facebook and Twitter. John’s photos are all available on Flickr here, and mine are on Instagram and Flickr as well.

Disclosure: Sponsored Post
Our experience was courtesy of Travel Alberta. Views and opinions are my own.

Education & Career Fairs: Abbotsford and Vancouver

November 23rd, 2015 @ 2:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The 19th annual Education & Career Fairs take place in 5 BC cities this fall and winter, with 2 right here in the Lower Mainland. The fairs connect visitors, young and old, with work and study opportunities, providing them with a chance to examine different career paths and to obtain labour market information.


Education & Career Fairs

The Education & Career Fairs are made easily accessible, by offering free admission to schools as well as clients of community organizations, such as WorkBC Employment Centres. The general public can take advantage of free admission between 12:00pm to 3:00pm at each of the Fairs.

Each fair is unique to the community it visits, featuring local and abroad:

  • Employers & Associations
  • Trades & Technology
  • Career Training Institutes
  • Colleges
  • Universities
  • and THINK!nternational, where attendees can explore study, work, volunteer options from around the world.


Free Seminars

The fairs offer a wide range of free seminars such as: “Trades: What is is like to be an apprentice?”; “Careers in Film, TV, Animation & Video Games”; “Business of Fashion”; “Being a Commercial Pilot: Steps and Tips”; “Careers and Lifestyle in the Tourism and Resort Industry”; and more.



Education & Career Fair exhibitors span a wide range of industries, from employers and associations to trades & technology, career training institutes, universities, and THINK!nternational. You can connect with Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Tel Aviv University, Okanagan College, Canadian Tourism College, Vancouver Film School, Canadian Red Cross, AngusOne Professional Recruitment, The New York Times, Whistler Adventure School, just to name a few!


Education & Career Fair Abbotsford

Date: Monday, November 30, 2015
Hours: 9:00am to 3:00pm
Where: TRADEX in Abbotsford (1190 Cornell St)

Education & Career Fair Vancouver

Date: Friday, December 11, 2015
Hours: 9:00am to 3:00pm
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre EAST (Canada Place)
Tickets: Available online now

At the Vancouver event attendees can enter to win one of 5 Cypress Mountain gift packages. Enter by taking a photo at the event (selfie or otherwise) and posting it on social media with the tags @ECFairs #dayatcypress.

There will also be Education & Career Fairs in Nanaimo (at Vancouver Island Conference Centre on December 2nd); Kelowna (Prospera Place on December 7th); and in Kamloops (at Sandman Centre December 9th).

Follow Education & Career Fairs on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Miss604 is a proud Media Partner of the Education & Career Fair in Vancouver

Win Tickets to The Daisy Theatre

November 23rd, 2015 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Returning after two sold out runs, The Cultch is pleased to once again present Ronnie Burkett’s The Daisy Theatre from Tuesday, December 1st to Sunday, December 20th at the Historic Theatre. Each performance will be different, daring, ridiculous, and on the edge of the hands of renowned puppeteer provacateur Ronnie Burkett and his resident company of over 40 marionettes. No two performances will be the same, making this a production to see more than once.

Photo courtesy of The Cultch

The Daisy Theatre is created and performed by Ronnie Burkett and is the 13th production from Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes, following the international successes Penny Plain, Billy Twinkle, 10 Days on Earth, Provenance and the “Memory Dress Trilogy” of Tinka’s New Dress, Street of Blood, and Happy.

Dates: Preview December 1st, 8:00pm; Opening December 2nd, 8:00pm
Times: December 3-6, 8-13, & 15-20, 8:00pm
Where: Historic Theatre (at The Cultch, 1895 Venables St, Vancouver)
Tickets: Tickets from $20. On sale now at The Cultch’s Box Office, by phone at (604) 251-1363, or online. There will be a lively post-show Q&A on December 3rd, 8th, and 15th.

Win Tickets to The Daisy Theatre

The Province says: “It’s some of the funniest, most brilliant theatre you’ll ever be lucky enough to see.” Now you can win tickets to opening night of The Daisy Theatre! Here’s how:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win tickets to #TheDaisyTheatre at @TheCultch from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/UZvzw

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Saturday, November 28, 2015. Follow The Cultch on Twitter and Facebook for the latest performance information.