Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

July 25th, 2014 @ 8:39am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This weekend is all about the return of the sunshine, Pride Week Kicking off, and the Honda Celebration of Light fireworks. There are also some great festivals, markets, and outdoor movie opportunities. Here’s the full list and be sure to send me a note if there’s anything to add this weekend or the rest of the month.

Beach Ave + Fireworks
Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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

Friday, July 25, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Late Night Movie at the Rio Theatre
Potential Apparel Charity Hockey Game
Music at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery
The 21st Century Saxophone
Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw With Me
Free Admission: Teen Shakespeare Program’s Love’s Labour’s Lost
Take Off Fridays at YVR
Feel Good Fridays at Lougheed
Shipyards Tours in North Vancouver
Richmond Night Market
Surrey Night Market
Vancouver Early Music Festival
Circle Craft Summer Market at Jack Poole Plaza
Theatre Under the Stars: SHREK The Musical
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Stanley Park Noir, a Historical Walking Tour
Concord Pacific Seawall Challenge
Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks: USA
Free Festival at the Honeybee Centre in Cloverdale
ArtStarts presents Story Fabrics with Ewa Sniatycka
Mount Pleasant Family Festival
Vancouver Pride: Picnic in the Park
Relax in Style; Eileen Fisher Store Event
Artifact Vancouver: West End Art and Craft Fair
Slam For Hope
Caribbean Days Carnival Dance
Caribbean Days North Vancouver
Summertime Free Family Days at the Contemporary Art Gallery
Free Outdoor Movie in Surrey
Free Outdoor Movie in Tsawwassen
Trout Lake Farmers Market
West End Farmers Market
Kerrisdale Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
Surrey Night Market
Vancouver Canadians Fireworks Night
Orpheum Tours
Coquitlam Watershed Tours
Circle Craft Summer Market at Jack Poole Plaza
Theatre Under the Stars: Legally Blonde the Musical
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park

Sunday, July 27, 2014
Free Sunday Salsa at Robson Square
Free Swing Dancing on Granville
Jog for the Bog
Free Festival at the Honeybee Centre in Cloverdale
Portobello West: Viva! Granville Market
Concert Sundays at Lonsdale Quay
Shakespeare & The Rose Gardens Stanley Park Historical Walking Tour
Pride Night at the Whitecaps Match
Caribbean Days North Vancouver
Vancouver Early Music Festival
Vancouver Food Cart Festival
Steveston Farmers Market
Kitsilano Farmers Market
White Rock Farmers Market
Coquitlam Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
Capilano Watershed Tours
Circle Craft Summer Market at Jack Poole Plaza
Theatre Under the Stars: SHREK The Musical
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park

View the full monthly event list to plan ahead at any time. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook for frequent updates about local events and community happenings.

Related: 8 Vancouver Apps for Summer, Stanley Park Picnic Ideas, Where to Camp in Washington State, Where to Camp Around Metro Vancouver.

Oakridge Style: The Occasion

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

If your summer has been anything like mine, it’s been filled fun at weddings, festivals, barbecues, and dinner parties. Oakridge Centre has just unveiled a new online resource for these happenings called The Occasion, which is the good guest’s guide to attending any event in style.

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The Occasion provides ideas for different events including themed and cultural weddings, parties, and dinners. What to bring, what to do or expect, gift giving tips, what to wear, and more.

To celebrate the launch of this online, magazine-style guide, Oakridge Style is hosting a contest where you can enter to win a brilliant Birks freshwater pearl necklace valued at $750. To top that off, they are also offering a $100 Oakridge gift card to one lucky Miss604 reader. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming a tip you have for being a good guest at a summer event (1 entry)
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RT to enter to win a $100 @OakridgeStyle gift card from @Miss604 #OakridgeStyle http://ow.ly/zB69N

I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 12:00pm. Follow Oakridge on Twitter and Facebook for more information. Oakridge is located on the south west corner of the intersection at Cambie Street and 41st Avenue, 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver or Richmond. Get there by car or via the Oakridge Canada Line stop.

East Coast Good Times at Doolin’s

July 24th, 2014 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Back in 2009 I crossed something off my Truly Canadian Bucket ListI participated in a screech-in at Doolin’s for their first-ever East Coast Good Times dinner. This includes kissing a cod on the lips, a recitation, and a shot of screech. It’s as close to Newfoundland as I’ll ever get without leaving the 604 area code and Doolin’s is once again presenting their famous East Coast Good Times at Doolin’s dinner at the end of this month.

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It’s a bib-tying, finger-licking, codfish-kissing good time and tickets include a full lobster dinner, a pint of beer, and of course, a screech-in! The evening will also be hosted by the hilarious comedian Byron Bertram “Fan Page of Validaton“.

East Coast Good Times at Doolin’s

When: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 7:00pm
Where: Doolin’s, 654 Nelson St at Granville in downtown Vancouver
Tickets: Available online for $30. For more information email ‘info [at] doolins.ca’ or call (604) 605-4328.

I have a pair of tickets to give away for this event thanks to Doolin’s. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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RT to enter to win tickets to #EastCoastGoodTimes at @Doolins from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/zy3Mn

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, July 28, 2014. Must be 19+ to enter, win, and attend the event. Please enjoy responsibly and plan a safe trip home. Follow Doolin’s on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Vancouver Photos of the Week

July 24th, 2014 @ 9:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The inevitable rain returned this week but not before we had plenty of time to soak up sunshine around Metro Vancouver. It’s just here to wash away some dust and replenish our lush, green landscape before we return to our regularly scheduled sizzling summer. Thanks to readers who have contributed their images over the last few days, you can enjoy this week’s roundup of photos shared via #Photos604 on Instagram and the Miss604 Flickr Pool:

Vancouver Photos of the Week

Eagle Bluffs
Photo credit: Vick Sahota on Flickr

View from Mt. Thom - Cultus Lake - Chilliwack,BC
Photo credit: Patrick King on Flickr

Capilano Capilano
Photo credit: David Evanochko & David Evanochko on Flickr

DSCN1633
Photo credit: Patrick Hui on Flickr

Birks clock and Sinclair Centre
Photo credit: Eric Flexyourhead on Flickr

Tandem Strathcona hydrangea Galiano Island
Photo credit: & Eric Flexyourhead & Steve Jin on Flickr

QE Gardens
Photo credit: Jamjam on Flickr

Cooling off at Lynn Headwaters in North Vancouver, BC, Canada Calmness before the Rain
Photo credit: Ann Badjura & Bill Xu on Flickr

Dusk at White Rock Pier
Photo credit: Lisa Nixon on Flickr

Love is Golden
Photo credit: Patricia Meyer on Flickr

Girl, sun, sand and waves II
Photo credit: Gordana Adamovic-Mladenovic on Flickr

Vancouver at sunset, BC, Canada
Photo credit: Ann Badjura on Flickr

Sunset
Photo credit: David Evanochko on Flickr

Vancouver landmarks
Photo credit: Jamjam on Flickr

Vancouver Granville Island
Photo credit: flickr.xyz on Flickr

Vancouver from Stanley Park
Photo credit: Claude Martin 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.

A Day in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge

July 23rd, 2014 @ 11:11am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The 100 mile diet is a popular lifestyle choice for those who like to shop and eat local. Here in Vancouver, it’s actually fairly easy to adhere to a 25 mile diet as we have so many great producers right in our own backyard as you head up the Fraser River, starting with Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. Earlier this summer I was a guest on a media tour of this region, where agriculture meets adventure, and in one day we had some good eats and good fun at the following stops:

Golden Ears Cheesecrafters

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22270 128th Avenue, Maple Ridge

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This is truly a family operation as Golden Ears Cheesecrafters is owned and operated by Kerry and Lynn Davison, their daughter Jenna makes the cheese and their other daughter Emma works on the business and marketing side. On top of that, the milk comes from Davison Family Jersey cows on a farm about 300 meters away from the cheese shop and bistro. Their artisan cheese is available at local retailers and fine dining establishments around Vancouver, including several Fairmont properties, and at farmers markets around the region.

Our group enjoyed breakfast in the bistro and were assured by Kerry that “cheese is the epicentre of all activity” at Golden Ears. We sampled aged cheddar scones, local strawberries, and fresh-made butter – a byproduct of their cheese making – that is so pure and creamy that some patrons even put it in their coffee.

Hopcott Premium Meats

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18385 Old Dewdney Trunk Road, Pitt Meadows

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The Hopcott farms are owned and operated by the third generation of a proud farming family with 165 acres of fields and their convenient farm-gate meat and produce shop. They also manage cranberry bogs and run the very popular Meadows Maze. We got a tour behind the scenes of their meat shop where they use pretty much every part of every animal to make everything from pepperoni, bacon, and jerky to premium BC beef cut that have been dry-aged for 28 days. They serve up beef, poultry, pork, lamb, groceries, dog food, and deli counter treats. Stop by August 9th for the Meet the Ranchers event to celebrate Hopcott’s 8th anniversary.

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After the tour, we took a tractor ride through the cranberry bogs and over to the Meadows Maze location (13672 Reichenbach Road, Pitt Meadows) for a cookout at lunchtime where we roasted Hopcott weiners on an open fire. The corn was barely knee-high but by the time the maze opens, August 9th to October 19th, it will be tall enough to challenge your navigational skills. Activities include the corn maze with a smaller maze just for kids, a fun farm, and private event rentals with your own tent and fire pit for groups. There’s so much to do at the Meadows Maze that I will dedicate an entire post to it closer to its opening date.

Wild Play Element Park

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23485 Fern Crescent, Maple Ridge

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When you get a chance to really play outdoors you realize how much you miss the concept of ‘play’ as an adult. Sure, our tastes in what constitutes ‘fun’ changes as we grow but it’s so important to reconnect with your sense of play and a great place to do that is at Wild Play Element Park. I really had no idea what to expect from a series of cables, ropes, ladders, and ziplines but after clipping myself in to the Monkido Aerial Adventure circuit I knew I was in for some real (challenging) fun.

A Day in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge

Once you have your harness and a safety demonstration, you can go through the circuit at your own pace, taking on however many legs and stages as you like. The level of difficulty increases as you go but you can always opt-out at the end of a leg and take a zipline back down to the ground.

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Features of Wild Play include a barbecue zone, free parking, picnic tables, event space, walking trails, and lockers as you probably don’t want to take your phone with you on the course. My sunglasses also fell off my head but were rescued by Wendy Mein of Wild Play who was watching us as a guide the whole time for safety. As a bonus while we were at Wild Play, Cowboy from Leghorn Ranch gave us quick trail rides with two horses he brought with him. Leghorn (20254 Old Dewdney Trunk Road) offers horseback tours and trail rides for all skill levels.

Big Feast Bistro

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Our final stop of the day was at Big Feast Bistro in Downtown Maple Ridge where we were greeted by owner Mike Mulcahy. Mike’s bistro, featuring locally sourced and sustainable food, was recently featured on Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here!” and he’s one of many passionate business owners in the community. Big Feast is known for their bison burger, chicken chow mein, banana split, their sandwiches, and gluten free options. During our visit they were also canning their cherry chutney to be used on next year’s pork loin. It was encouraging to hear Mike talk about picking up some of his ingredients at places we’d visited earlier that day, like Golden Ears Cheeseworks and Hopcott.

While we sipped lemonade and sampled fresh-baked cookies, Ineke Boekhurst from Downtown Maple Ridge BIA told us about some of the local shops and events that we could look forward to during a visit including the Lunchtime Concert Series, Music on the Wharf, the True North Bluegrass Festival, and more.

The tour I was on was not a Circle Farm Tour but many of the stops are included if you would like to use the Maple Ridge Circle Farm Tour as a guide for your next visit.

Disclosure: cmp.ly/1

This is not a paid post. Views are my own. Activities were compliments of Vancouver Coast and Mountains Tourism.

Scout Magazine’s Vancouver Lexicon

July 23rd, 2014 @ 8:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Scout Magazine‘s co-founder Andrew Morrison and writer Sean Orr have completed the mighty task of putting together a Vancouver Lexicon, within which you will find local inside jokes, definitions, historical tidbits, hockey player nicknames, and of course no list of Vancouverisms would be complete without Leaky Condos.

Ovaltine Cafe
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Scout released the first part of the Vancouver Lexicon in April and the final letters of the alphabet have been added this week.

A-F
Sample listing: Adbusters
Usage: “Did you ever read that article in Adbusters about hipsters?”

G-L
Sample listing: Gung Haggis Fat Choy
Usage | “At the Gung Haggis Fat Choy supper last night, after several drams of whiskey, I gained the courage to eat one animal’s stomach inside a different one’s stomach with my own stomach, plus a couple of wontons…”

Sample listing: Lotusland
Usage: “Welcome to Lotusland, where everyone is drunk on the scenery…”

M-S
Under “M” you will indeed find Miss604 as well:
Miss 604 | Person | Incredibly prolific and well intentioned blogger (aka Rebecca Bollwitt) who champions Vancouver life.
Usage | “Miss 604 is Vancouver’s least offensive blogger..."

T-Z
Sample listing: Vangroovy
Usage: “Never use the word Vangroovy. Thanks!”

According to Bob from Vancouver is Awesome (listed in the Vancouver Lexicon as a “friendly person”) Scout began working on the project this past winter.

“It was inspired by a satirical 19th century work [Morrison] read in the 1990′s called A Dictionary of Received Ideas by Gustave Flaubert. This dictionary was designed to lampoon the clichés and characters of the Second French Empire using humorous cynicism and the dissent of ridicule and wit… …You’re guaranteed a few laughs along with the lessons contained in the Lexicon.”

Read it often, bookmark it, reference it. From A&B Sound and City of Glass to the Ovaltine Cafe and the RAV Line. Thanks to Andrew, Sean, and the team at Scout for creating this exceptionally amusing fun resource.

Circle Craft Summer Market at Jack Poole Plaza

July 22nd, 2014 @ 2:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Everyone loves Circle Craft! This is what I have learned over the years hosting event listings and contests for this anticipated local craft fair and market. Circle Craft and the Craft Council of BC are holding their second annual Summer Market this week at Jack Poole Plaza (next to the Olympic Cauldron) and it’s bound to be a popular one.

The Craft Council of British Columbia and Circle Craft Cooperative Summer Market

Summer Market
Photo by Tim Matheson for Circle Craft Co-operative on Flickr

This FREE outdoor market will have over 80 vendors showcasing their handmade work ranging from wood, glass, jewellery, leather, fine art, and ceramics. You will also find home décor and clever functional items you will not be able to live without. It will be a great market for gifts or to treat yourself.

Market hours: Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 11:00am to 7:00pm; Friday, July 25, 2014 from 9:00am to 7:00pm; Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 9:00am to 7:00pm; Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Summer Market
Photo by Tim Matheson for Circle Craft Co-operative on Flickr

To make sure you go home with some of the very best finds, I am giving away 100 Summer Craft Show Dollars to spend at the market. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win 100 @CircleCraft Summer Market dollars from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/zt18Z

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Follow Circle Craft on Twitter and Facebook to learn more about the co-op, their space on Granville Island, the summer and Christmas markets.

Update The winner is Tamara!

Coquitlam, Capilano, Lower Seymour Watershed Tours

July 22nd, 2014 @ 12:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s no secret that we have the very best tap water around, fed from pristine sources and delivered to our homes straight from reservoirs nestled within our scenic mountains. To showcase these resources, Metro Vancouver is offering a range of watershed tours this summer. Coquitlam tours run Thursdays and Saturdays while Capilano tours run Fridays and Sundays, starting at 9:00am or 1:00pm.

Metro Vancouver manages three protected watersheds to provide 2.3 million residents with a clean, reliable and affordable supply of drinking water. Every summer, we open the Capilano and Coquitlam Watersheds to the public by hosting guided tours.

Providing safe, high-quality drinking water is a core Metro Vancouver service. Ongoing projects on the sources and distribution system will maintain the quality of the region’s drinking water and meet the needs of an increasing population.

Capilano Lake
Photo credit: Bill Xu on Flickr

Capilano Watershed Tour

Length: 4 hours
Register: Online in advance (go to browse programs > watershed tours)
About: Discover the Capilano Valley and how it was shaped first by the glaciers, then by the pioneers of our province. Take in the spectacular views of the Coast Mountains, Capilano River and alpine storage lakes. Tour includes multiple points of interest, 3 of which require participants to get off the bus for a short walk (~100m). Adults only (must be 15+).

Coquitlam Watershed Tour

Length: 3 hours
Register: Online in advance (go to browse programs > watershed tours)
About: This tour showcase everything from drinking water infrastructure to giant old-growth Western redcedar and Douglas-fir. Catch a glimpse of the past as you visit the 1913 water intake tower. Enjoy panoramic views of the watershed, Coquitlam Island and Coquitlam Lake. Participants should be capable of getting off the bus 4-5 times and walking for approx. 100m on rough,unsurfaced trail at one of the stops. Adults only (must be 15+).

Bonus: Lower Seymour Valley

Length: 4 hours
Register: Online in advance (go to browse programs > watershed tours)
About: Families only. Take a ride on a magic school bus to the Seymour Falls Dam. Discover the salmon hatchery, explore the old growth forest along the Seymour River. Learn about where your water comes through games and inter-activities that are fun for the whole family. This tour includes a 1 to 2 km walk on a rough, flat, unsurfaced trail. Suitable for ages 5+. No strollers please.

If you’re interested in one of these unique tours, start planning now for August. Tickets are free but registration online in advance is required, at least one month in advance. More tour details are available in this PDF or by calling 604-432-6430 and emailing toursreg[at]metrovancouver[dot]org.