Vancouver Skyline Reflection Photos

March 2nd, 2015 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The peaks of the North Shore mountains are mirrored in the towering glass of Downtown Vancouver, and the whitecaps on the water recreate the snow-capped Lions a thousand times over. We’re so lucky to see our city skyline twice on a clear day, once above us and once below in the calm waters of False Creek or Coal Harbour. Here are a few of my favourite reflection photos of Vancouver:

Vancouver Skyline Reflection Photos

False Creek Reflections
Photo credit: Jaden Nyberg on Flickr

Vancouver Skyline (_K3_7452)
Photo credit: Ross G. Strachan on Flickr

Sunset Vista
Photo credit: Gemy on Flickr

City of dreams
Photo credit: Ruth Hartnup on Flickr

Photo credit: Ken Campbell on Flickr

False Creek Sunrise
Photo credit: Philip Tong on Flickr

Skyline reflections
Photo credit: Wayne Harrison on Flickr

Low Tide Reflection
Photo credit: James Wheeler on Flickr

City Of Glass
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Perflection ~ Vancouver, BC
Photo credit: SeaSide Signs ~ Vancouver, BC on Flickr

The Golden Hour
Photo credit: Gemy on Flickr

Science World Pano
Photo credit: Gemy on Flickr

Obsidian Cityscape Reflections Coal Harbour #1
Photo credit: Evan Leeson & Don Janus on Flickr

Vancouver reflections
Photo credit: Ann Badjura on Flickr

The Perfection Reflection
Photo credit: Difei Li on Flickr

Science World
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Vancouver sunrise Yaletown Reflections
Photo credit: Tim Shields & Dustin Quasar on Flickr

Vancouver Skyline
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Reflections of BC Place
JC Photography on Flickr

Rainbow BC Place at Starry Starry Night
Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO on Flickr

St Patrick’s Day Parade Vancouver

March 2nd, 2015 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The 11th St Patrick’s Day Parade in Vancouver will take place on Sunday, March 15th, 2015. As a part of CelticFest Vancouver, the parade is the festival’s largest and most popular free event.

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Photo credit: janheuninck on Flickr

St Patrick’s Day Parade Vancouver

Starting at 11:00am, the St Patrick’s Day Parade will follow its 2014 route, which begins on Howe and Davie, heads north on Howe to Georgia, and ends at Georgia at Granville Street.

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Photo credit: Michelle Lee & janheuninck on Flickr

Road Closures

Throughout the weekend, Granville Street between Robson and Nelson will be closed to vehicle traffic. On the day of the parade, Howe from Davie to the Granville Bridge will be closed from 8:00am to 2:00pm, all southbound traffic on the Granville Bridge and Granville Street (except buses) from Davie to West 4th will be closed, and Drake Street, one block east and one block west of Howe and Davie will be closed. From 10:00am to 2:00pm, Howe will be closed from Davie to Georgia; Georgia will be closed from Hornby to Seymour, and Granville will be closed from Georgia to Pender.

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Photo credit: Michelle Lee & Michelle Lee & Michelle Lee on Flickr

Organizers anticipate that crowds of 200,000 will come out to cheer on over 2,000 parade participants including award-winning pipe and drum bands, Celtic musicians, Scottish and Irish dancers, acrobats, stilt walkers, vintage cars, the Vancouver police motorcycle drill team and pipe band, fire and police dogs, mounted horse drill teams, multi-cultural organizations and performers, local businesses, distinguished guests and many more.

Throughout the weekend of March 14th and March 15th, you can stop by the Celtic Village and Street Market on Granville Street and at Robson Square for free entertainment. Follow CelticFest Vancouver on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Win Tickets to the Vancouver International Dance Festival

March 2nd, 2015 @ 8:55am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver International Dance Festival (“VIDF”) is set to present a dynamic showcase from local, Canadian, and international artists from March 8th to March 28th at venues across Vancouver. Curated by long-standing producers Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi, this year’s festival will engage, intrigue, and inspire audiences through diverse, thought-provoking works.


Vancouver International Dance Festival

Festival highlights include legendary Japanese butoh performance group Dairakudakan, Montréal’s experimental and in-demand contemporary dance company Par B.L.eux, and Hungarian dancer-choreographer Ferenc Fehér, among many others.

VIDF 2015 will also include a series of free-for-member performances (membership fee: $3) at the Roundhouse Exhibition Hall, in addition to free site-specific works from Kokoro Dance at the Woodwards Atrium. Information on these performances and all festival events can be found online. Tickets range from free to $50 for VIDF shows, and a festival pass is $98.

Win Tickets

I have the exclusive opportunity to give away a three-pack of tickets to three highly-anticipated VIDF shows:

VIDF-1 VIDF-Response

Mushi no Hoshi – Space Insect
Vancouver Playhouse: March 20th and March 21st at 8:00pm
With 22 surreal, shape-shifting dancers, other-worldly costumes and body-paint, and a spectacular set, Dairakudakan exemplifies the transformative power of butoh through its imaginative blend of theatre and dance.

The Response (Vancouver):
Orbits: a movement study
Roundhouse Exhibition Hall: March 26th to March 28th at 7:00pm
This instalment, a duet, finds two atomic beings moving through space in relentless unison with moments of irregularity and reaction, the bodies of the dancers striving to portray the sense of chemical reactions we find internally and externally in our universe.

Par B.L.eux:
Roundhouse Performance Centre: March 12th to March 14th at 8:00pm
This solo (actually a ‘fake’ solo, because he is accompanied on stage by dancer Daniele Albanese and musician / multi-instrumentalist Hahn Rowe), offers the choreographer the opportunity to point sharpen the strong lines of his work and reposition his approach in the present.

The winner will receive a pair of tickets to Par B.L.eux Snakeskins (March 12th at 8:00pm); Dairakudakan (March 20th at 8:00pm); and The Response (March 26th at 7:00pm). Here’s how you can enter to win:

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Follow the VIDF on Facebook and Twitter for more performance, artist and schedule information. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, March 6, 2015.

Urban Grind at Harbour Centre

February 28th, 2015 @ 9:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Are you missing the Grouse Grind at this time of year? Have you been sneaking around the gate to do the trail anyway although authorities urge against it? Do you simply need to spend an hour walking up something after work? Do you like to see an awesome view of the city after you workout and reach the summit of something 553 feet tall? Then you should consider the Urban Grind at Harbour Centre.

Harbour Centre in the Fog

Urban Grind at Harbour Centre

For a $5 admission you can climb the stairs at Harbour Centre and enjoy a beer, DJs, food court voucher, and more when you get to the Vancouver Lookout at the top.

The Urban Grind starts Tuesday, March 3, 2015 and will be open every Tuesday in March from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Participants can complete unlimited circuits during that time, if the 360 degree views of the city if the Lookout don’t distract you too much. The $5 admission is also at least $10 cheaper than the regular Lookout adult fee.

Vancouver City Skyline at Twilight
Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO

Harbour Centre and The Vancouver Lookout are located 555 West Hastings. Follow along on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

February 27th, 2015 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt
Early Cherry Blossoms Blooming in Vancouver BC Canada
Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO 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, February 27, 2015
Sponsored by Miss604: Late Night Movie at the Rio Theatre
Pet Lover Show, Abbotsford
Dodging for Dimes
Dance House Presents: Compagnie Marie Chouinard
Vancouverite: A Comedy Show
Studio 58/Langara College presents Oklahoma!
37th Vancouver International Wine Festival
Festival du Bois, Coquitlam
Axis Theatre: Stella – Queen of the Snow, Port Coquitlam
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
15th Annual Chutzpah! Festival
Talking Stick Festival
MPS: how to be Presented by Boca del Lupo

Saturday, February 28, 2015
UPS Anniversary Events at Robson Square Ice Rink, Free Rentals, Hot Chocolate, Toques
Pet Lover Show, Abbotsford
Monster Jam Vancouver
SFU Hockey Presents JDRF Night to Support Children with Type 1 Diabetes
CRAZY8s 2015 GALA Screening & AfterParty
Free ArtStarts Weekend
Contemporary Art Gallery Free Family Weekend
Hawkers Market
Vancouver Badass Short Film Festival
Continuity & Connection: Traditional and Innovative Japanese Noh Performance, Jazz Piano
Vancouver Shogi Club (Japanese Chess)
Highlands Preschool Children’s Sale
Workshop: Sing with Good Noise and Louise
Western Front’s Annual Gala Art Auction
Dance House Presents: Compagnie Marie Chouinard
Winter Farmers Market
37th Vancouver International Wine Festival
Studio 58/Langara College presents Oklahoma!
Festival du Bois, Coquitlam
Axis Theatre: Stella – Queen of the Snow, Port Coquitlam
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink
15th Annual Chutzpah! Festival
Talking Stick Festival
MPS: how to be Presented by Boca del Lupo

Sunday, March 1, 2015
7th Annual Richmond Wedding Show
Viewing Party of Spurs vs Chelsea at Bimini’s
Hallelujah Praise: Motown Meets Gospel
Blackbird Academy Open House
The Little Prince with Monster Theatre at New Westminster River Market
Carousel Theatre for Young People Presents: Shakespearean Rhapsody
VSO: A Japanese Celebration
Kids 12 and Under Free Admission at VanDusen Garden in March
37th Vancouver International Wine Festival
Studio 58/Langara College presents Oklahoma!
Emily Dickinson Play at Roedde House
Festival du Bois, Coquitlam
Pet Lover Show, Abbotsford
15th Annual Chutzpah! Festival
Talking Stick Festival

Stay tuned for the March event listings, which will be posted within the next few days. If you have an event to include, please send it in by email for a free listing. Follow Miss604 on Twitter for more daily updates.

March Events in Metro Vancouver

February 27th, 2015 @ 7:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

As the cherry blossoms fill our streets, parks, and yards with pink confetti, March arrives with free admission for kids at VanDusen Garden, Spring Break, dance celebrations, fashion, festivals and CelticFest fun. As always this list is updated several times a week so if you have an event to add, simply send it in for a free listing.

Cherry Blossoms, Arbutus Ridge/Kerrisdale/Mackenzie Heights Vancouver
Photo credit: Jonathan Pope on Flickr

March Events in Metro Vancouver

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Pay it Forward with Sumac Ridge

February 26th, 2015 @ 3:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Sumac Ridge is kicking off a yearlong do-good campaign and they invited me to help them Pay it Forward this month. The Summerland, BC winery offered up $500 so that I could help out a local charity, and after touring the Dress for Success Vancouver offices last fall, they immediately came to mind.


Dress for Success Vancouver is a community empowering women into the workforce by providing them with professional attire, career services, and skills development programs. Their purpose is to offer long-lasting solutions that enable women to break the cycle of poverty. Dress for Success is part of a global movement for change, empowering women to obtain safer and better futures.

They provide each client with professional attire to secure employment, but are about much more than simply a new outfit. Besides physically equipping the client with apparel and accessories, their programs furnish her with a confidence that she carries forever and the knowledge that she can actively define her life, the direction she takes and what success means to her.

To Pay it Forward, I met with Christina Florencio from Dress for Success last week, along with Kate Colley on behalf of Sumac Ridge, and together we spent $500 on much-needed interview and office attire for clients. We then delivered our haul to volunteers in the Dress for Success sorting room, and from there the contributions will be picked up by clients.

If you think a shopping spree for yourself feels good, let me tell you that there’s no rush like a shopping spree for someone else – many others – who are all very much in need of what you’re buying!

Pay it Forward with Sumac Ridge

Throughout 2015, Sumac Ridge want to continue to Pay it Forward, and that’s where everyone else comes in. The idea is as simple as doing something nice for someone who has made you feel special. Starting in March, Sumac Ridge will share a special treat with one of their loyal supporters and from there, it will be a chain reaction. The March recipient will select April’s, the April recipient will select May’s and so on. The campaign, and those being celebrated will be shared on Sumac’s social media channels using hashtag #SUMACPIF.

Sumac Ridge will also recognize those doing good in the community by celebrating individuals nominated throughout the year on their Facebook page. British Columbians will be asked to tell the winery who deserves a “random act of kindness” and why. The winery will select 12 additional individuals to receive a “People’s Choice” giveaway in the third week of each month from March 2015 through February 2016.

For more information, and to join the conversation, find Sumac Ridge on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Free Kids Admission at VanDusen Garden in March

February 26th, 2015 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Kids get free admission at VanDusen Garden Botanical Garden from March 1st to March 31st, 2015! Bring the family to explore the 55 acres of the gardens with pink cherry blossoms, sculptures, a hedge maze, local wildlife, and over 7,000 different plants from around the world.

Photo credit: May L on Flickr

Free Kids Admission at VanDusen Garden in March

Get up to two free child admissions (for kids 12 and under) when you purchase a regular priced adult, senior, or youth admission. VanDusen is open every day in March, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Full details about this offer are available online.

According to the garden’s bloom calendar you can expect to see early Rhododendrons, Helleborus, Winter Aconite (Eranthus hyemalis), Crocus, and Cornelian Cherry blossoms.

Hellebore Baby Muscari
Photo credit: May L & May L on Flickr

Bring a picnic to enjoy in the garden or grab lunch at Truffles Cafe and browse the gift shop. Follow VanDusen on Facebook for more information and programming updates.