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.


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

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

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.

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

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…”

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..."

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:

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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.

Win VIP Fireworks Lounge Tickets

July 21st, 2014 @ 5:23pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Honda Celebration of Light fireworks are always a highlight of summer in Vancouver, whether you’re watching from the shores of Kitsilano or a blanket on English Bay beach. To amp up your experience you can purchase tickets to The Keg Lounge, the YVR Observation Deck, or win your way into an exclusive viewing area.

Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Win VIP Fireworks Lounge Tickets

Thanks to ClearlyContacts.ca, a friend of the world’s largest offshore fireworks competition, I have a pair of VIP tickets to The Clearly Contacts Lounge for prime viewing of the fireworks. You won’t have to jockey for a spot on the beach or worry about dinner that night, Clearly Contacts will have you covered with their signature blue bean bag chairs and BBQ.

The Clearly Contacts Lounge is located at the foot of Jervis Street near all of the Sunset Beach festivities like The Family Zone, presented by Clearly Contacts, which will have bouncy castles, facepainters, roaming mascots and more. Community and cultural programming on the SHOREFEST Stage will delight audiences of all ages throughout the day.


I will draw one winner for each fireworks night: July 26th (USA), July 30th (France), or August 2nd (Japan). Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment with which night you would want to attend (1 entry)
  • Follow @ClearlyContacts and @Miss604 on Instagram and tag a summer pic #ClearlySummer (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win VIP @ClearlyContacts Lounge @CelebofLight fireworks tix from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/zqomG #ClearlySummer

Contest closes at 9:00pm on Thursday, July 24, 2014 and all three winners will be drawn at that time. The Clearly Contacts Lounge is open to all ages. Follow the ClearlyContacts.ca on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information.

Note: Contest previously incorrectly noted The Keg Lounge as the prize. The prize is for the Clearly Contacts Lounge at the foot of Jervis Street. It includes VIP seating and BBQ.

CBC Musical Nooners Summer 2014

July 21st, 2014 @ 3:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

CBC Musical Nooners are back for the 5th year, providing free lunchtime entertainment outside of the CBC Vancouver broadcast centre on Hamilton Street. Monday to Friday (until August 22nd) you can catch a great variety of some of the best local bands Vancouver has to offer between 12:00pm and 1:00pm.

The Boom Booms
Photo credit: Steve Chou on Flickr

CBC Musical Nooners Lineup

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
In partnership with the Mission Folk Music Festival

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
In partnership with the Mission Folk Music Festival
The Lion The Bear The Fox

Thursday, July 24, 2014
In partnership with the Mission Folk Music Festival
John Welsh Band

Friday, July 25, 2014
In partnership with the Mission Folk Music Festival
Hey Ocean!

Monday, July 28, 2014
The River and the Road

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Hayley Sales

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014
The Sojourners

Friday, August 1, 2014
Mad Pudding

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Babe Gurr

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Hilary Grist

Live at Squamish 2011: Hey Ocean
Hey Ocean! — Photo credit: John Bollwitt for Miss604
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Zakiya Hooker

Friday, August 8, 2014
Dawn Pemberton

Monday, August 11, 2014
The Fugitives

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Dominique Fricot

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Tonye Aganaba

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Colleen Rennison

Friday, August 15, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014
Roy Forbes

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Murray Porter

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Dan Moxon Trio

Friday, August 22, 2014
The Paperboys

For more information on the Musical Nooners series and CBC in British Columbia the tag #musicalnooners and CBC Vancouver on Twitter.