Army and Navy Shoe Sale 2015

April 27th, 2015 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The 66th annual Army and Navy Shoe Sale starts Wednesday, May 6th with famous designer shoe brands all on sale for under $50.

Army and Navy buyers have amassed a must-have collection for the legendary 66th annual shoe sale. From Betsey Johnson to Nine West and Calvin Klein, you will be able to choose from thousands of pairs of summer gladiators and workday stilettos, party pumps and boho booties. Check out the sneak peek online.

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On the morning of the Army and Navy Shoe Sale, doors will open at 8:00am at all locations including Vancouver (Gastown), New Westminster, Langley, Calgary, Edmonton Whyte Avenue and Edmonton Londonderry Mall. On average, 5,148 shoppers line up on the day of the Army and Navy Shoe Sale, which has sold 3.732 million total pairs of shoes to date.

Army & Navy is Canada’s Original Discount Department Store. It is a family company that is 100% Canadian owned and operated which has been proudly serving its communities for 96 years.

Army and Navy Shoe Sale 2014
1960s. Archives# CVA 780-768.

Army and Navy is Canada’s Original Discount Department Store. This family company is 100% Canadian owned and operated, with a strong legacy in Vancouver’s historic Gastown neighbourhood. Follow the store on Twitter and Facebook for more information. You can also enter to win VIP access for you and three friends plus a $250 gift card.

Surrey Food Truck Festival

April 27th, 2015 @ 9:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival is making its way to Surrey on May 2nd, with 20 food trucks, artisans, live music, a beer garden, and family activities.

Surrey Food Truck Festival

Stop by the Cloverdale Fairgrounds (6050 176th St, Surrey) between 11:00am and 5:00pm on Saturday, May 2, 2015 to get your fill of food truck fare. Admission is $2 for adults, and kids under 13 are free. Members of the Fraser Valley Food Truck Association include:

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Cheeses Crust
Guerilla Q
G’s Donairs
Wilkyz Grill
Slavic Rolls
Dougie Dog
Suburban Spoon
The Kaboom Box
The Reef Runner
Chariot of Fries
Reel Mac & Cheese
Stolovaya Catering
Cravings Kettle Corn
Mollies Mini Gourmet
Big Red’s Poutine
The Bannock Wagon
This Little Piggy
Rocky Point Ice Cream
Old Country Pierogi
Hot Grandma’s Kitchen
Poomba’s Smokehouse
Mama’s Fish & Chips
Lenny’s Lemonade
Cheese Street Grill
Tasty Torpedo Sandwich Co.
Taters – The Baked Potato Co.

The Fraser Valley Food Truck Association is organized by a group of regional mobile food vendors with the cooperative goal of providing resources and support to food truck vendors in the Fraser Valley Region, including the North-East sector of Metro Vancouver. Its mission is to promote its members by providing support and access to information. Mobile vending has experienced incredible growth in just a few short years and what was once a cottage industry has now become one of the fastest growing trends in food service.

Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards 2015

April 24th, 2015 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver Magazine hosted their annual Restaurant Awards earlier this week, recognizing top chefs and top eateries across the city and beyond. Now in its 26th year, the awards had 17 judges who ranked winners in 50 categories. The results are all posted online and here are just a few of the distinguished recipients:

Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards 2015

vanmagrestaurantawards2015RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Ask For Luigi (305 Alexander St, Vancouver)
CHEF OF THE YEAR
Vikram Vij
BARTENDER OF THE YEAR
Lauren Mote
PASTRY CHEF OF THE YEAR
Thomas Haas
SOMMELIER OF THE YEAR
Bryant Mao, at Hawksworth
GREEN AWARD
Ned Bell, Yew at Four Seasons
BEST PRODUCER
Vancouver Island Salt Co.
INGREDIENT OF THE YEAR
Octopus
UPSCALE DINING
Hawksworth (801 W Georgia St, Vancouver)
CASUAL DINING
Ask For Luigi (305 Alexander St, Vancouver)

BEST CHINESE UPSCALE
Dynasty Seafood (777 W Broadway #108, Vancouver)
BEST CHINESE CASUAL
Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie (163 Keefer St, Vancouver)

DIM SUM Chef Tony Seafood (101-4600 Number 3 Road, Richmond)
STEAK HOUSE Hy’s Encore (637 Hornby St, Vancouver)
PIZZERIA Nicli Antica Pizzeria (62 E Cordova St, Vancouver)
BEST OF THE AMERICAS Tacofino Commissary (2327 E Hastings St, Vancouver)

Cactus Club Coal Harbour
Photo credit: globetrekimages on Flickr

BEST OF DOWNTOWN Cactus Club Cafe Coal Harbour (1085 Canada Place, Vancouver)
BEST OF THE WEST END Kingyo (871 Denman St, Vancouver)
BEST OF YALETOWN Homer St. Café and Bar (898 Homer St, Vancouver)
BEST OF GASTOWN &CHINATOWN Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie (163 Keefer St, Vancouver)

CASUAL CHAIN Cactus Club Cafe
FOOD CART Tacofino
SEAFOOD Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar (1095 Hamilton St, Vancouver)
COFFEEHOUSE Revolver Coffee (325 Cambie St, Vancouver)

Congratulations to all of the winners and honourable mentions! They are the reason that Vancouver has such a vibrant and diverse dining scene. View all of these results and many more online and follow Vancouver Magazine on Facebook for more information.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

April 23rd, 2015 @ 4:04pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Surrey’s Party for the Planet (sponsored by Miss604) is happening on Saturday, with concerts, activities, and free fun for the whole family. There will be 3 stages for live entertainment, food vendors, and much more right in the heart of Downtown Surrey. Stop by between 10:00am and 6:00pm to join in the fun for BC’s largest Earth Day celebration.

Surrey Party For The Planet 2014
Photo credit: John Bollwitt for Miss604

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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

Friday, April 24, 2015
Sponsored by Miss604: Friday Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre
FUSE at the Vancouver Art Gallery
Reinvention of Disco
Galley Gachet Opening: Un Quiet Bodies
Kyle Bottom’s Comedy Bucket
L’Arche Vancouver: The Art Together Project
5th Annual LitFest New West
Love, Lust & Lace-Remount
The Chan Centre: Masque: musica intima
The Lovers Cabaret Presents: Syn at Fox Cabaret
Just Between Friends Sale
Verses Festival: That One Thing You Said: An Exhibit of Visual Poetry
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Sponsored by Miss604: Surrey Party for the Planet
Crafty Affaire Spring Market in South Surrey
The Cinematheque’s 2015 Poster Sale
Blog Mastery Conference
Terminal City Rollergirls Roller Derby
Isabella Rossellini on Stage at the Vancouver Playhouse
5th Annual LitFest New West
Burnaby Golf Festival
Keep Vancouver Spectacular
Workout to Conquer Cancer
E-Waste Challenge at Willowbrook
Refresh Spring Market in Squamish
Rhodes to Wellness – Open House & Wellness Fair
Pop-Up City Hall at Earth Day Festival
Vancouver Opera Presents: Sweeney Todd
Neworld Theatre: Bite of the Underground Variety Show
Just Between Friends Sale
Verses Festival: That One Thing You Said: An Exhibit of Visual Poetry
Royal City Musical Theatre Presents: My Fair Lady
Firehall Arts Centre Presents: Proud

Sunday, April 26, 2015
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival: Picnics
Daffodil Dash – Run To Fight Cancer
Vancouver Opera Presents: Sweeney Todd
Baker’s Market at Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre
EAT Vancouver
Just Between Friends Sale
Verses Festival: That One Thing You Said: An Exhibit of Visual Poetry
Royal City Musical Theatre Presents: My Fair Lady

Check out the full April event listings here and 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.

10 BC Parks to Visit For Camping Season

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

10bcparkscampingCall it a wish list, bucket list, or a “I must camp there again” list but I’ve been eyeing the BC Provincial Parks website lately and my urge to unroll my sleeping bag and toast s’mores by a campfire has been rising. When I was young we used to go on a week-long camping trip every single summer and by the time I was 10 I could name more BC Parks campgrounds than I could streets in Downtown Vancouver.

With the reservation system up and running for the summer, and the evergreens calling, I have put together a list of 10 BC Parks to Visit For Camping Season:

1. Wells Grey

Helmcken Falls
Helmcken Falls at Wells Grey Provincial Park. Photo credit: et_al_ on Flickr

The farthest from Vancouver, I had to include Wells Grey even though I haven’t been there in 20 years. With 540,000 hectares in the Cariboo Mountains it has volcanoes, waterfalls, mineral springs and glaciers. It has something to offer every outdoor interest: lush alpine meadows, excellent birding and wildlife viewing opportunities; hiking for every ability, ranging from a few minutes on a level trail to many days with a map and compass; boating, canoeing and kayaking.

2. Birkenhead Lake

Birkenhead Lake and surrounding mountains from the Goat Lookout Trail in Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park near Pemberton, BC
Photo credit: Ryan Van Veen on Flickr

The park was expanded by 684 hectares in 2008 to include more of the alpine headwaters of the western side of the Sockeye Creek watershed. The park protects important habitat for a variety of wildlife, including spotted owls, mountain goats, black bears and grizzly bears. Old growth forests, subalpine and alpine environments, large and small lakes all contribute to the park’s diversity.

3. Alice Lake

Alice Lake Reflection
Photo credit: James Wheeler on Flickr

A favourite family park along the Sea to Sky, Alice Lake is surrounded by towering mountains, dense forests and grassy areas. There are four fresh water lakes that dominate the landscape and make swimming and fishing very enjoyable pastimes. The trail around Alice Lake is a popular one for an evening stroll and for the more adventurous there is the Four Lakes Trail.

4. Moyie Lake Provincial Park

Moyie Lake
Photo credit: Calypso Orchid on Flickr

Located 20 kilometres south of Cranbrook off Highway 3/95, Moyie Lake Park day-use area, boat launch and 111 site campground provides the only public access to the deep blue mountain waters of Moyie Lake. This vacation friendly park features 1300 metres of developed sandy beach backed by a large grassy area. Swimming, wind surfing, sailing, boating, wildlife and bird viewing along with an adventure playground and hot showers are on site.

5. Miracle Beach Provincial Park

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Photo credit: kleinmantara on Flickr

Located on the waterfront midway between Courtenay and Campbell River, a broad sandy beach on the ocean is the main attraction at Miracle Beach, which also features spacious private campsites, group camping facilities, a playground for the kids, hot showers, a large picnic area overlooking the water and a series of lovely trails winding through lush forest. At low tide, the beach features rich tide pools, perfect for observing a variety of marine life.

6. China Beach/Juan de Fuca

China Beach-Juan de Fuca Trail
Photo credit: lux_288 on Flickr

China Beach Campground is a part of Juan de Fuca Provincial Park and the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, which follows 47 kilometres of wilderness stretching along the western shoreline of the southern Island. The China Beach campground is just off Highway 14 and features amazing beaches and day use areas a short 1km hike away.

7. Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park

Rathtrevor Beach Sunrise
Photo credit: Glendon Rolston on Flickr

We talk a lot about sunsets on the west coast but in Parksville on Vancouver Island, particularly at Rathtrevor Beach, you’ll wake up to spectacular sunrises. The park features majestic old growth trees and an inviting, wide sandy beach with campsites nestled amongst mature Douglas fir trees. At low tide the ocean recedes almost a kilometre, providing an ideal place for visitors of all ages to play in the sand and explore the shoreline. When the tide rolls in over the sun-baked sand, the warmed water is unbeatable for swimming and salt water fun.

8. Porpoise Bay

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Photo credit: Ken McMillan on Flickr

Porpoise Bay Provincial Park on the Sunshine Coast offers many opportunities for coastal fun and is a favourite family park. This park is characterized by second-growth forest, open grassy areas and sandy beaches, and is an excellent base camp for paddlers exploring the Sechelt Inlet.

9. Shuswap Lake Provincial Park

2012-07-25 Scouts Ruckell Point Shuswap Summer Camp 116
Photo credit: Chris Hutchcroft on Flickr

A very popular destination, the park operates at capacity from early July to Labour Day (early September). Situated on the old delta of Scotch Creek, it has one kilometre of sandy, pebble beach, and includes the whole of Copper Island. The park also offers a large grassy play area, an adventure playground, a large boat launch, and a self-guiding nature trail. Supplies, groceries, and many recreational opportunities including bumper boats, mini-golf driving range, go-carts, para-sailing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, boat and jet-ski rentals are offered by near-by businesses.

10. Saltery Bay

Riding out of Saltery Bay Provincial Park
Photo credit: Milestone Rides on Flickr

Lush forests with large, old trees create a quiet setting for the campground at Mermaid Cove. At low tide, the rocky shoreline often has tidal pools with starfish, sea urchins, small fish and crabs. Scuba diving provides a close-up look at the abundant marine life and a 3-metre bronze mermaid statue. From the shore, orcas and sea lions can sometimes be seen.

If you’re looking to stay close to home, here are the closest BC Parks available for camping, within a 90 minute drive of Vancouver: Sasquatch Park; Golden Ears; Cultus Lake; Rolley Lake; Porteau Cove; Alice Lake.

You can read about more camping locations (from all parks services) in this post, and click here to find out about camping in north west Washington State.