GO Fest Whistler Great Outdoors Festival

May 6th, 2015 @ 3:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Presented by: whistlerlogo

GO Fest is Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival, taking place Victoria Day Long Weekend it’s packed with four full day of events and activities that celebrate outdoor recreation. Launched last year, this multi-faceted festival offers a chance to stroll through the hustle and bustle of an action-packed Whistler weekend or join in the fun as an extreme kayaker, music fan, disc golf player or aspiring artist by participating in one of the many competitions, clinics and concerts taking place around town.

GO Fest Whistler Great Outdoors Festival

GO Fest Photos via Whistler by Clint Trahan

Featured GO Fest Arts & Culture Events
WFF Adventure Film Series: Featuring independent outdoor adventure films from extreme sport to activism through adventure, the WFF Adventure Film Series, produced by the Whistler Film Festival, includes a six film lineup from six countries.

Painting the Peaks Plein Air-Artist Viewings: White Dog Whistler Studio Gallery artists will take their brushes, canvases, sculpting tools and easels to some of the stunning vistas around Whistler area, sharing their passion as they take you along an interactive adventure through the process of art creation. There are 3 locations to view the art making process, all free!

Featured GO Fest Sport Events

  • GO Enduro
    The opening round of the North American Enduro Tour.
  • Jump Jam
    The only event on the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour with a women’s category.
  • The Great Snow-Earth-Water Race
    A multi-sport team relay from mountain top to valley bottom.
  • GO Fest Tennis Tournament
    Compete in one of the few multi-level tournaments in BC.
  • DiscGO Golf Tournament
    Three rounds of 18 holes and going fast, Disc Golf is filling quickly.
  • GO Sail Regatta
    Compete on a lake known for its great wind and mountains vistas.
  • The Great Slush Cup
    Board or ski to the great slush pit and surf the icy waters.
  • The Great Cheakamus River Extreme Kayak Race
    Class 4+ rapids and a great spectator location.
  • GO Volleyfest
    A four-on-four tournament and King or Queen of the beach competition.

GO Fest’s Go Green Speaker Series
A Series of Outdoor Environmental Adventures: Expert adventure leaders will infuse information with inspiration, sparking conversations about local and global environmental issues and solutions.

Keynote Speaker Event: Partnering with those affected by global warming the most, Beyond Boarding has harnessed their digital power to bring the impact of global warming home on a human level. Hear Tamo Campos, and the Beyond Boarding collective, give voice to the stories we rarely hear with a collection of short films on their solidarity work with indigenous communities and environments at risk.

GO Fest Training & Demos
GO SUP at Nita Lake, GO Fish with fly casting instructor Aaron Goodis, participate in the TaG CYCLING Whistler Long Course Triathlon Training Camp, or Go Golf with a Nike Demo at Whistler Golf Club.

The Boom Booms performing in Whistler  Village Square
GoFest Photo via Whistler

Live Music
Check out the lineup at the Whistler Village Square Main Stage:

Friday, May 15th
7:30pm April Wine
Saturday, May 16th
7:00pm Awards
7:30pm Current Swell
Sunday, May 17th
7:00pm Awards
7:30pm Dustin Bentall & Kendel Carson
8:15pm Bentall, Byrnes and Mann
Monday, May 18th
2:00pm Will Ross Band
3:00pm Dakota Pearl
4:00pm Willa

Whatever your activity level, there’s something for everyone and GO Fest! It’s a great reason to head up to Whistler this summer.

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Come out and play May 15-18, 2015 at GO Fest, Whistler’s Great Outdoors Festival! GO Fest is a new festival with four days of events, concerts and activities to welcome the warmer months of summer. Join the fun as an extreme kayaker, music fan, disc golf player or aspiring artist and enjoy Whistler’s great outdoors. Visit whistler.com/gofest for details.

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This post is sponsored by GO Fest Whistler Great Outdoors Festival

Archive Photo of the Day: PNE Parade on Hastings

May 6th, 2015 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

PNE opening day parade along Hastings Street in 1947.


A highlight of the 1947 PNE was the first “Old Timers” hockey game ever staged in Canada. It took place at the PNE Forum and featured Fred “Cyclone” Taylor, one of hockey’s all time greats.

Source: City of Vancouver Archives #CVA 180-1328.

Five Hole for Food 2015 Dates

May 6th, 2015 @ 11:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Will play hockey for food! Five Hole for Food, the ultimate street hockey tournament in support of food banks across Canada, returns this summer with cities and event dates recently announced.

Lomo LC-Wide
Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

Five Hole for Food 2015 Dates

St. John’s – George Street
July 1st, 2015, 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Halifax – Grand Parade
July 3rd, 2015, 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Charlottetown – Location coming soon
July 4th, 2015, 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Saint John – The East parking lot
Beside Harbour Station on Station Street
July 5th, 2015 – 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Montreal – Location coming soon
July 6th, 2015, 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Ottawa – Sparks Street
July 7th, 2015, 11:00am to 3:00pm

Toronto – YD Square
July 8th, 2015, 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Winnipeg – Location coming soon
July 11th, 2015, 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Regina – Scarth Street Mall
July 13th, 2015, 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Calgary – Eau Claire Market
July 14th, 2015, 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Edmonton – Location coming soon
July 15th, 2015, 12:00pm to 6:00pm

Victoria – Saanich Plaza
July 17th, 2015, 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Vancouver – Granville Street
July 18th, 2015, 12:00pm to 6:00pm

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All photos courtesy of Five Hole For Food on Flickr

Since 2010 the tour has managed to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds of food, plus monetary donations, for local food banks in the communities in which the games are played, from coast to coast.

The games are for all ages and skill levels — all you need is a hockey stick and a can of food to participate. In Vancouver, all funds and food raised will support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Local officials, media, sports figures, and celebrities occasionally make their way to Five Hole For Food games as well and it’s lots of fun to watch even if you don’t play. Follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

New Porch Seating at Nat Bailey Stadium

May 6th, 2015 @ 9:43am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The prettiest little ballpark in North America is adding to its fan experience as Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club and Northam Beverages bring baseball fans the newest seating area within Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium.

Sneak Preview of Nat Bailey Stadium for 2010
Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

The new covered seating area with counter tops in front of each fan is named “The hey y’all! Porch” presented by hey y’all! Southern Style Iced Teas. Located just beyond the left field fence, it provides local baseball fans with a fresh, new perspective on experiencing Canadians Baseball this coming summer.

Image courtesy of the Vancouver Canadians

Nat Bailey is known for its history, beautiful setting, and diverse menu options — in fact in 2008, it was named by PETA one of the top 10 vegetarian friendly ballparks in North America! The extensive ballpark menu will be complimented by Southern Style Hard Iced Teas and Whistler craft beers, setting up “The hey y’all! Porch” as a top afternoon destination in Vancouver this summer.

Groups of 30-160 can book a spot on “The hey y’all! Porch” by contacting the Vancouver Canadians at 604-872-5232, online, or by visiting the Nat Bailey Stadium Box Office at 4601 Ontario St, Vancouver. The Canadians have announced that over 50% of the available seating on “The hey y’all! Porch” has already been reserved so be sure to book ASAP.

The Vancouver Canadians open up the home portion of the 2015 Northwest League schedule on Friday, June 26th as they host the defending Champions from Hillsboro. Follow the team on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

10 Mother’s Day Events in Vancouver

May 5th, 2015 @ 6:30pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I never made my mother any macaroni art but I was a champion at adorning construction paper cards with stickers, and felt pen drawings that would bleed through the front cover and speckle the inside page. The delivery of said card was usually followed by coffee and toast in bed, and possibly a flower arrangement pieced together with blossoms from our front garden. Mother’s Day in our house was always about time spent, not items bought — unless you count cake, we always had cake. If you are looking to spend some quality time with the mom in your life this Sunday, here are a few special events and activities happening around Vancouver:

10 Mother’s Day Events in Vancouver

Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park
Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO on Flickr

Mother’s Day at the Bloedel Conservatory
Sunday, May 10, 2015 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
This exotic attraction at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park is offering up a Mother’s Day Package for $28 that includes one adult admission to the conservatory, an exclusive silver Umay pendant ($20 value) and special treats from Truffles Fine Foods, Daniel Chocolate, Barefoot Venus, and Evian. Advanced purchase only, purchase online here. Regular conservatory admission rates apply for additional guests.

Mother’s Day at The Glades Garden in Surrey
Sunday, May 10, 2015 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Celebrate Mother’s Day in a stunning woodland garden with live music from the Armadillo String Quartet among masses of rhododendrons in full bloom. Gourmet coffees, teas and hot chocolate available for purchase, as well as a spring plant sale. Cash sales only. Advance tickets $5 per person, $7 at the gate with kids 12 and under free. Rain or shine, no pets. Call 604-501-5100 or register online (course #4404222).

Mother’s Day Brunch at Dockside
Sunday, May 10, 2015 seatings at 10:00am and 1:00pm
Dockside Restaurant at the Granville Island Hotel celebrates Mother’s Day with the Marketplace Brunch Buffet, a spectacular Granville Island Public Market-themed feast. Reservations are required, call 604-685-7070 to book.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Hycroft
Sunday, May 10, 2015 from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Enjoy brunch in Vancouver’s most famous and elegant manor with a no-host cash bar featuring mimosas at 11:00am. Indulge in a sweet and savoury selection of gourmet menu items like smoked BC salmon, poached free range eggs with spinach and béchamel sauce, baked black forest ham and mushroom crêpes, and other delightful treats made by our very own Chef Walter Messiah. Registration deadline is Wednesday, May 6th.

Mother’s Day High Tea at Secret Garden
Saturday, May 9th and Sunday, May 10th, 2015 at 12:00pm, 2:15pm and 4:30pm
A special Mother’s Day High Tea menu includes Secret Garden egg pinwheels, prawn cake sliders, roast beef tenderloin and rosemary pesto on petit pretzel buns, chai latte mini cake with malted white chocolate ganache, scone with raspberry jam and devonshire cream, tangy mini lemon tart, rhubarb and raspberry chevre cheesecake, milk chocolate-gianduja mousse teapot, and a special take-home treat. Vegetarian and gluten free options available. Space is limited, call 604-261-3070 to reserve.

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at Urban Tea Merchant
Friday, May 8th; Saturday, May 9th; Sunday, May 10th, 2015
Mother’s Day Brunch Service features a three-tier platter filled with savouries such as scrambled egg with Northern Divine Caviar and creme fraiche and sweets such as “Lemon Bush Tea” Panna Cotta. Sitting times are 9:30am and, 11:30am. Mother’s Day Tea Service features a selection of handcrafted tea-infused tea sandwiches, petite savories, and delightful sweets. Sitting Times: 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm. Reservations are required, call 604-692-0071.

Hard Rock Casino: Mother’s Day Brunch
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Mother’s Day Brunch seatings at 10:30am, 11:00am, and 1:00pm featuring a buffet lunch with live action stations, non-alcoholic beverages, $5 mimosas, and live entertainment from the legendary Dal Richards and his orchestra. All ages welcome, kids 5 and under free. For reservations call 604-516-7147.

Township 7

Township 7 Winery: Mother’s Day Lunch & Spring Release Celebration
Sunday, May 10, 2015 from 11:30am to 4:00pm
Indulge in an epicurean afternoon with a scrumptious French inspired brunch in the vineyard. Township 7 is celebrating at their south
Langley winery with a delicious three course alfresco meal (a fresh salad,design your own crêpe station, and a homemade dessert) by Chef John Walls of the Culinary House of Magic, paired with a glass of your choice of wine. Be entertained with the acoustic tunes of Paul Tobin and moms get a free gift. Purchase tickets online in advance.

Roedde House Museum Second Sunday Concert Series
Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 3:00pm
Roedde House Museum present their Second Sunday Concert Series – Sounds of Spring on Mother’s Day in the parlour with Jeff Pelletier (flute), Julie Begg (clarinet), and Karen Lee-Morlang (piano). These three high energy players present a seasonal program featuring works by Honegger, Dorff, and Horovitz. A late Victorian home in the heart of Vancouver’s West End, Roedde House was built for Gustav and Mathilda Roedde in 1893. It’s worth a visit on its own and the spring concert series is an extra special treat. Purchase tickets online in advance.

Bloom Market, Fort Langley
Saturday, May 9th and Sunday, May 10th from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Browse the Bloom Market in the historic Fort Langley Community Hall. It offers home décor, hand crafted jewelry and paintings from over 30 artisans from across British Columbia. A perfect spot to grab that last minute Mother’s Day Gift or take your mom on a shopping spree. Admission is $2 and all the proceeds go to the Langley Food Bank.

For more event and activity ideas, click here for the big May event list and follow @Miss604 on Twitter for updates.

604 Corners: 12 Photos of New Westminster

May 5th, 2015 @ 2:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Founded as the capital of the Colony of British Columbia in 1858, New Westminster is rich in history and with many new developments, it has a very bright future. Located on the banks of the Mighty Fraser River, the Royal City is steeped in culture and industry. Most photos feature the SkyBridge, the historic downtown, and the riverfront but Queen’s Park, Sapperton, Uptown, and Queensborough are also worth exploring. New Westminster is today’s 604 Corners photo feature:

12 Photos of New Westminster

To Infinity and Beyond ~ New Westminster, BC
Photo credit: SeaSide Signs ~ Vancouver, BC on Flickr

Quay Cacophony
Photo credit: Dennis S Hurd on Flickr

Pier Park - Sep 11, 2014
Photo credit: Dennis S Hurd on Flickr

4th and Columbia New West
Photo credit: Patricia Meyer on Flickr

Anvil Centre and Office Tower
Photo credit: Zorro1968 on Flickr

Photo credit: Robert W. White on Flickr

snow on the ski hills
Photo credit: danna (curious tangles) on Flickr

Photo credit: Dennis S Hurd on Flickr

Wooden bridge at sunrise
Photo credit: james c. (vancouver bc) on Flickr

Fire in the sky
Photo credit: james c. (vancouver bc) on Flickr

Dreamy Evening Glory
Photo credit: james c. (vancouver bc) on Flickr

Bridges And A Beach
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

604Corners604 Corners Series:
12 Photos of Delta
12 Photos of Steveston
12 Photos of Port Moody
12 Photos of Maple Ridge
12 Photos of Squamish

Cheer on Team Canada with the Pride and Joy App

May 5th, 2015 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

“It is a once in a lifetime opportunity we are so excited,” says Emily Zurrer, Canadian Women’s National Team member who will play in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup hosted by Canada this summer.

©CanadaSoccer / by Jeff Vinnick
Photo via Canada Soccer on Flickr

Emily has enjoyed a stellar soccer career around the world and is once again representing Canada as a part of the 23 person national team roster.

This morning she was out with the Killarney Youth Soccer Association, one of the local community soccer clubs that has qualified for a donation of up to $5,000 as part of the Mondelez Pride and Joy campaign. I caught up with her on the phone afterwards.

“The sport is growing and women’s soccer is growing in general, and to be able to be a young player and to see your national team and your idols play is pivotal. I certainly remember being that age and looking up to the national team players when I was young so to be able to do it actually physically in Canada and to give them the opportunity to see us first hand I think is an amazing opportunity for soccer and for Canadian soccer especially.”

Youth soccer was important to Emily her development as a player and as a person. “We were all one of those players, we are those players at one point in our careers and being able to see that it’s possible to play for your country and to represent Canada on a world stage is incredible.” She adds that being able to interact with youth players first hand, as a national team member, shows the promising young athletes that they can also rise to that level in their soccer careers.

“We have been playing together for a very long time, some of us 10 years, some of us even longer than that. We’re pretty much like family now. We are family. I think that connection is one of our strongest assets heading into this tournament.”

Emily has played for teams in Sweden, Germany, and the USA, but she’s a born and raised BC girl at heart — her food truck Sweet Ride Froyo n’ Waffles even won “Best New Food Product” at the PNE last year. She and teammate/co-owner Selenia Iacchelli won’t be serving up cups of froyo this summer though, their eyes are on another type of cup, made of gold.

“Every year each of us will go and play for our respective professional team and clubs, then we meet back for camps and games throughout the year. But for major tournaments, before London we did this as well, we usually go into residency so we’ve been in Vancouver for the past 7 months just living together and training on a daily basis in Vancouver.”

While Emily and her teammates are the current stars of soccer in this country, there are many future players who will be inspired by this summer’s tournament.

Soccer is the #1 participatory sport in Canada and is considered the fastest growing sport in the country with 44% of Canadian youth participate in the sport of soccer. These numbers are from Canada Soccer in 2011 and after 2012, Emily says the numbers skyrocketed when she and the Women’s National Team won the bronze medal. “I think after this summer there will be the same increase. Just being able to see players like us on TV and playing in front of crowds, and representing the maple leaf I think will inspire a lot of young players to want to do the same one day.”

There are 850,000 registered soccer players in Canada (2011) and over 40% of them are female. From empowering youth and building an even higher profile for women in sport, the FIFA Women’s World Cup is set to inspire our entire nation, even more. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to play in a World Cup but to do it at home, not very many athletes get to do that so we could not be more exited to have it here and host in Canada.”

Pride and Joy App

Starting this month, Canadian soccer fans can download the Pride and Joy Cheer App and cheer on Canada’s Women’s National Team to help raise up-to $100,000 for select Canadian youth soccer clubs. Emily says: “It’s a really cool way to follow the team, cheer for us, and be interactive while supporting clubs across the country.”


Simply by shaking the Pride and Joy Cheer App when Canada’s Women’s National Team play, funds will be raised for selected clubs across Canada. The more you cheer, the more funds are raised, up-to $5,000 per club.


Team Canada in Vancouver

In the group round, the Canadian team starts off at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, the home of the opening ceremonies. Round of 16 matches will be played at BC Place in Vancouver on June 21st and June 23rd, quarterfinals on June 27th, and the final will be at BC Place on July 5th.

FIFA Women’s World Cup Canadian Women’s National Team

9 F Josée Bélanger
3 D Kadeisha Buchanan
15 D Allysha Chapman
16 F Jonelle Filigno
17 M Jessie Fleming
5 D Robyn Gayle
18 M Selenia Iacchelli
6 M Kaylyn Kyle
21 GK Stephanie Labbé
22 M Ashley Lawrence
23 GK Karina LeBlanc
19 F Adriana Leon
8 M Diana Matheson
1 GK Erin McLeod
4 D Carmelina Moscato
20 D Marie-Eve Nault
13 M Sophie Schmidt
11 M Desiree Scot
10 D Lauren Sesselmann
12 F Christine Sinclair
14 F Melissa Tancredi
7 D Rhian Wilkinson
2 D Emily Zurrer

Follow FIFA Women’s World Cup on Facebook and Twitter and follow Canada Women’s National Team soccer updates on Facebook and Twitter with tag #CANWNT.