August Events in Metro Vancouver

July 31st, 2014 @ 4:42pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

There is no slowing down this month as August is packed with events, from the Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival to the Harmony Arts Festival, the Honda Celebration of Light, Pride Festivals (in New Westminster and Vancouver) and Vancouver TheatreSports League: TripImproviser if you’re looking for something indoors. This event list is updated frequently so be sure to check back often and feel free to send in your own listings via my contact form.

West Coast Robinson
Photo credit: Gordana Adamovic-Mladenovic on Flickr

August Events in Metro Vancouver

Jump to: Friday, August 1st to Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
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Multi-Day Events

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


Friday, August 1, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival
Symphony at Jack Poole Plaza
Free CBC Musical Nooners Concert
Nettle’s Tale Launch Party
Chicks Ahoy! Women’s Pride Cruise #flygirlpride2014
Surrey Night Market
Take Off Fridays at YVR
Feel Good Fridays at Lougheed
Richmond Night Market
Evolution of Gaming Exhibit
Harmony Arts Festival
Abbotsford Agrifair and Mighty Fraser Rodeo
The Cinematheque’s Annual Film Noir Summer Season of Films
Fort Langley Brigade Days
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park

Saturday, August 2, 2014
Sponsored by Miss604: Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival
Honda Celebration of Light: Japan
Ru Paul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons at The Commodore
38th Annual Powell Street Festival
Free Outdoor Movie in Holland Park, Surrey
Trout Lake Farmers Market
West End Farmers Market
Kerrisdale Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
Surrey Night Market
Fort Langley Brigade Days
Harmony Arts Festival
Abbotsford Agrifair and Mighty Fraser Rodeo
Evolution of Gaming Exhibit
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park
The Cinematheque’s Annual Film Noir Summer Season of Films

Sunday, August 3, 2014
Pride Parade and Festival
Vancouver Men’s Chorus: Big Gay Sing
Chicas-Post Parade Outdoor Party @Sheraton Gardens #flygirlpride2014
Pride Hershe Bar-Where The Girls Are! #flygirlpride2014
Graze Garden Series: Rocky Horror Picture Show
Vancouver Food Cart Festival
Steveston Farmers Market
Kitsilano Farmers Market
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
White Rock Farmers Market
Coquitlam Farmers Market
Richmond Night Market
Fort Langley Brigade Days
Harmony Arts Festival
Abbotsford Agrifair and Mighty Fraser Rodeo
Evolution of Gaming Exhibit
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park
The Cinematheque’s Annual Film Noir Summer Season of Films


Monday, August 4, 2014
Old Money: a West of Denman Historical Walking Tour
Araxi Longtable Dinner at Bard on the Beach
Come Home to Squamish: 50th Anniversary Community Picnic
Free Dancing in Stanley Park: Royal Scottish Country Dance
BC Day Caribbean Festival & Concert
Fort Langley Brigade Days
Harmony Arts Festival
Abbotsford Agrifair and Mighty Fraser Rodeo
Evolution of Gaming Exhibit
Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park
Klahowya Village & Spirit Catcher Train in Stanley Park
The Cinematheque’s Annual Film Noir Summer Season of Films

August in Vancouver History

July 31st, 2014 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver was incorporated in April of 1886 and the months that followed were full of growth, development, and unfortunately a giant setback in the form of the Great Vancouver Fire. By the time August rolled around, the city was rebuilding and as Chuck Davis notes in his History of Metropolitan Vancouver, it was usually a time when new technologies were introduced to the city. Here are just a few advancements that happened in Vancouver, in August, over the last century:


1895: Old Market Hall on Main Street. Archives# City P6.

August 2, 1897
Movies arrived in Vancouver when an “Ethiopticon Kinetoscope” exhibition was held at Vancouver’s Market Hall.

August 3, 1939
Two-way radios were installed in Vancouver police cars.


1898: English Bay. Archives# Be P124.

August 6, 1898
Telephones were installed at English Bay, they cost 5 cents.

August 8, 1887
The first electric lights were turned on in Vancouver.

August 13, 1977
Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, left his footprints in fresh cement at the opening of the iconic Harbour Centre tower in Vancouver.

August 26, 1957
At midnight in downtown Vancouver, one-way streets were instituted.


1918: Final stages of station construction before the False Creek fill was complete. Archives# Bu N540.077

August 28, 1915 The first Canadian Northern (later Canadian National) train arrived in the city today at what is now called Pacific Central Station.

Downtown Squamish Getaway for Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival

July 31st, 2014 @ 9:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Squamish Days are here! July 31st through August 4th the community will celebrate 100 Years of Squamish and the 57th annual Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival. The weekend will be packed with fun for the whole family, from participation in a 10km run to sitting back and enjoying a wacky parade and live music, showcasing Squamish’s rich history and vibrant community spirit.

Squamish Days

Participate in the following events around town:

LoggersSportsAd-JulyAdWhat: World Championship Chair Carve
When: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 3:00pm
Where: Squamish Station Mall

What: Squamish Days Bed Races
When: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 7:00pm
Where: Cleveland Ave, Downtown Squamish

What: Squamish Days Festival Parade
When: Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 11:00am
Where: Cleveland Ave, Downtown Squamish

What: Squamish Days 10km Run and Flashback Mile
When: Sunday, August 3, 2014
(Registration 6:30am-8:00am)
Where: Howe Sound Sec. School (Start & Finish)

Logger Sports Events

The following events and competitions will take place over at the Squamish Logger Sports Grounds (39555 Loggers Lane) from July 31st to August 4th: Tree Climbing; Tree Topping; Birling; Chokerman’s Race; Axe Throwing; Underhand Chop; Butcher Block Chop; Obstacle Pole Bucking; Springboard Chop; Hand Bucking; Speed Bucking; Standing Block Chop; Tree Falling; Ladies Triple; and the Team Relay

Novice & Intermediate Loggers Sports Show
Photo by Randy Roy

Downtown Squamish Getaway

As a proud partner of the festival, I have the opportunity to do a very quick giveaway today thanks to Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival and Squamish2014. Drop everything, change your plans, and head for Squamish this weekend as you might win this awesome getaway prize package:

Friday Night in downtown Squamish has a lot going on including the Bed Race, and Pajama Shop & Street Party. Then on Saturday the winner can mini golf in the morning before heading to the Loggers Sports Show at 1:30pm (walking distance from hotel). The Howe Sound Brew Pub is also right downtown close to where all the fun is happening Friday night.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming a Squamish Days event (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a @SquamishDays @Squamish2014 getaway from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/zNyqD

Follow Squamish Days on Facebook and Twitter for more information. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 10:00pm Thursday, July 31, 2014. The winner must be able to attend this weekend (Friday, August 1, 2014 – Saturday, August 2, 2014) as all prizes are only valid during Squamish Days 2014.

France Vancouver Fireworks Photos

July 31st, 2014 @ 8:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Honda Celebration of Light fireworks continued in Vancouver last night as hundreds of thousands people packed English Bay and the surrounding shores to watch France’s display.


Thanks to those who shared their photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool and #Photos604 on Instagram, I have another wonderful collection of images to share that give you just a sample of what summer fireworks nights are like in Vancouver:

France Vancouver Fireworks Photos

Celebration of Light 2014 - Team France
Photo credit: Thomas Bullock on Flickr

Fleur de Lumiere
Photo credit: SeaSide Signs ~ Vancouver, BC on Flickr

Celebration of lights Celebration of lights
Photo credit: Claude Martin & Claude Martin on Flickr

Celebration of Lights
Photo credit: Claude Martin on Flickr

Celebration Of Light
Photo credit: Philip on Flickr

Champagne Salut
Photo credit: SeaSide Signs ~ Vancouver, BC 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.

The final fireworks night this summer is Saturday, August 2nd as we see what Japan has to offer.

Win a Trip to France!

The Honda Celebration of Light is also hosting a photo contest with KLM, here are the details: Upload your best picture of the fireworks at the 2014 Honda Celebration of Light in the Entries section of this website. When voting opens, get your friends (and friends of friends) to vote for your picture. They can vote once a day for one week. Once voting has closed, a panel of industry experts will decide who gets to go on the trip.

Vancouver Sunset Sailboat Cruise with Simplicity Sailing Charters

July 30th, 2014 @ 9:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

We walked down to Coal Harbour from our place in the West End on a simmering, sunny afternoon and reached Harbour Green Park just as the Blue Heron pulled up to the dock. Cody from Simplicity Sailing Charters had reached out to me about coming for a sunset sail and I couldn’t possibly turn down the opportunity to get out on the water in Vancouver, especially on a spectacular summer evening in July.

Sunset Sailboat Cruise

Vancouver Sunset Sailboat Cruise

Owners Cody and Jared Doolan were our crew for the sail and after a brief safety message, we left the city behind and took the water as a light serenade from Jack Johnson wafted from the galley’s radio.

Sunset Sailboat Cruise

Sunset Sailboat Cruise

We soon learned that Cody and Jared — brothers from Bend, Oregon — aren’t your average crew or tour guides. Jared’s background is in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering, and Cody’s is in Chemical Oceanography and Ecology. They can tell you everything about the Aloha model boat you’re in to air foils, head sails, and the 150% genoa good for light winds, to why sails move the way they do.

Sunset Sailboat Cruise

Sunset Sailboat Cruise Sunset Sailboat Cruise

On the tour, your involvement with the sailing is entirely up to you. You can learn to sail or refresh your skills, or simply sit back and relax. Since we were with John’s two nephews who are visiting us from Iowa this week, we did a bit of both (well, the boys did). John was, for lack of a better term, geeking out because in that short time he learned so much about the mechanics of sailing.

Sunset Sailboat Cruise

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Sunset Sailboat Cruise

Sunset Sailboat Cruise

We all sat in the calm waters off English Bay as the motor was cut and our movements were left up to the wind. It was peaceful, even as we looped between anchored tanker ships which were fun to look up on Google to see what they were carrying.

Sunset Sailboat Cruise

Cody brought up a nautical map from the galley to show us the shipping lines and I learned quite a few new things, including that the thoroughfare between Bowen Island and West Vancouver is the Queen Charlotte Channel.

Sunset Sailboat Cruise

A sunset sailboat cruise sounds romantic, and it is perfect for such occasions — gliding over waves, watching the sun slip behind the mountains — but what made me swoon was seeing our city and our gorgeous region from another perspective.

Sunset Sailboat Cruise

Sunset Sailboat Cruise

Sunset Sailboat Cruise

As the sky turned orange and the Third Beach drum circle began to pipe up, echoing from the shore, we made our way back around the Sea Wall, under Lions Gate Bridge, around Brockton Point, and into Coal Harbour. The salty sea air that was tickling my nose was suddenly pierced with the warm and familiar scent of Douglas Firs and Cedars, emanating from the green slopes of Stanley Park. I said aloud, “I love this city.” My nephew from Iowa replied, “I love this city, and I’ve only been here for 6 hours.”

Sunset Sailboat Cruise

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Sunset Sailboat Cruise

Packages, for groups up to 6 people, start at $450 and they are all 3 hours or more. Enjoy a late morning sail, afternoon sail, sunset sail (like we did), a sail to Granville Island, a sail to Bowen Island, or a fireworks sail during the Honda Celebration of Light. We’re already planning our next trip out, which will most likely be to Bowen Island to find some great cafes Cody told us about.

Non-alcohol beverages are provided, you can bring your own food and beverages, and when you book the boat it’s entirely yours during your time slot. If you’re ready to go, you can book online and prepare for your lovely experience of Vancouver from the sea. Following Simplicity Sailing on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Disclosure: cmp.ly/1

This is not a paid post. Views are my own. Our cruise was compliments of Simplicity Sailing Charters.

Archive Photos of the Day: Cordova Street

July 29th, 2014 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Cordova Street, which runs through the most history-laden part of Vancouver, was once called Willow Street and Oppenheimer Street, before eventually being named after Don Antonio Maria Villaces y Cordova, Spanish Viceroy of Mexico thanks to L.A. Hamilton.


1886: View of Granville [Townsite] looking west from Westminster Ave (Main Street) and Oppenheimer (Cordova) Street. Archives# Dist P8.3.

Lauchlan Alexander Hamilton was a CPR land commissioner and surveyor that arrived in Vancouver in 1883 where he surveyed and named streets from English Bay to Hastings and as a city councilor he proposed Stanley Park and laid out its perimeter. Lisa Smedman of the Vancouver Courier writes:

A map of the township published in August 1885 shows only four streets, each little more than a block long. The mapmakers gave these streets arbitrary names: Front (now Water Street), Willow (now Cordova Street), Water (now Carrall Street), Wood (now Abbott Street). The map shows three hotels-Sunnyside Hotel, Granville Hotel, and “Gassy Jack’s” Deighton Hotel-as well as a dozen smaller buildings including shops, a meat packing plant, boarding houses, cow barn, real estate office and Chinese wash house.

Cordova Street

Hamilton helped shape and name the streets of Vancouver as we know most of them today. As for Cordova, it starts in Coal Harbour, splits past Gastown’s Water Street, runs past longstanding shops like Woodward’s and Army & Navy, borders the south of Oppenheimer Park, and leads into Powell to the east. As far as the archives go, it’s one of the most photographed streets in Vancouver history.

Taking a closer look at Cordova, it’s the theme for today’s collection of photos from the City of Vancouver Archives:


1886: June right after the The Great Vancouver Fire. H.T. Devine. Archives# LGN 455.


1886: Cordova, 5 weeks after The Great Vancouver Fire. Archives# Str P7.1.


1887: Inauguration of Vancouver, upon occasion of the terminus of the CP Railway being completed and arrival of first train from Montreal. Archives# CVA 677-25.


1890: George. T. Wadds. Archives# CVA 677-777.


1890s: Looking east on Cordova from Cambie. Canadian Pacific Scenery R.H. Trueman and Company. Archives# Str P89.


1890: Bailey Bros. Photo. Archives# CVA 1376-91.


1901: Arch on Cordova, between Cambie and Abbott, erected for visit of Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York. Archives# SGN 928.


1902: Looking east on Cordova. Trueman Photo. Archives# CVA 2 – 143.


1960: Cordova at Carrall. Archives# CVA 780-768.


1914: Construction of the 3rd CPR building (at Seymour). Price Family. Archives# CVA 152-1.100.


1981: Cordova at Seymour. Archives# CVA 779-E04.03.

Public Tours of BC Place

July 29th, 2014 @ 9:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

BC Place is one of the easiest landmarks to spot on a map of Vancouver aside from Stanley Park. It’s an icon of our fair city, opening in June of 1983 and again in 2011 following $150 million in major renovations, it has hosted everything from the CFL, MLS, and the NHL Heritage Classic to Madonna, U2, and the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Now thanks to the BC Sports Hall of Fame, you can go behind the scenes to get unique views of this legendary venue.

Skyline Sunset
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Eskimos vs Lions | edngphotography.com Elevate
Photo credit: Ed Ng & Stephen Chung on Flickr

The history of BC Place, and overall sport in BC, can be found at the BC Sports Hall of Fame, right inside the stadium doors at Gate A. This important attraction is full of history, interactive displays, games, the hall of inductees, and galleries including tributes to some extraordinary Canadian heroes like Terry Fox and Rick Hansen.

BC Sports Hall

BC Sports Hall BC Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012

BC Sports Hall BC Sports Hall

BC Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2012

Public Tours of BC Place

This summer, the BC Sports Hall of Fame is hosting a new All Access Experience providing an enhanced visit and behind the scenes tour of BC Place. You’ll visit the media lounge, premium suite areas, team locker rooms, and have field access.

I tagged along for a tour earlier this month, joining visitors from Mexico and The Netherlands. It was interesting to see their reactions to facts and information, and to see how incredibly impressed they were with the BC Lions’ locker room.

BC Place Tour BC Place Tour

BC Place Tour BC Place Tour

On the tour you’ll learn things like why the seats have a colour pattern, how long it takes the roof to open and close, what is the pitch made of, player history, and other tidbits of information about BC Place as a building and venue.

BC Place Tour

BC Place Tour BC Place Tour

BC Place Tour BC Place Tour

Each tour has room for 20 guests and the cost is $20 per person. A group rate, for 10 or more, is available for $13.50. Current available tour dates are Tuesday, August 5, 2014; Wednesday, August 6, 2014; Tuesday, August 26, 2014; and Wednesday, August 27, 2014. Time slots are 10:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Call the BC Sports Hall of Fame at 604-687-5520 to secure your time today.

BC Sports Hall BC Place Tour

The BC Sports Hall of Fame is open daily at Gate A of BC Place from 10:00am-5:00pm. Follow along on Facebook and Twitter for more special event and exhibit information.

Celebrate Your Birthday with Capilano Suspension Bridge

July 28th, 2014 @ 2:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Capilano Suspension Bridge, almost as old as the City of Vancouver itself, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, and spread the joy, everyone with a birthday between August 1st and November 29th is invited up to Capilano Suspension Bridge to enjoy free admission on their own birthday. Just show your government-issued ID when you visit.


1900s: Archives# CVA 371-460.

Capilano Suspension Bridge
1906: Archives# CVA 677-891 and 2011: Photo by Bryan Garnett-Law on Flickr

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, including the Treetops Adventure and Cliffwalk, is currently open 8:30am until 8:00pm for the summer. BC Residents get special perks and deals on admission and you can enter to win a $20,000 dream wedding at the park as well. Share your Capilano Suspension Bridge memories and stories by following and contributing to the tag #CapBridge125 on Facebook and Twitter.

Visit Capilano Suspension Bridge This Summer

It’s not often enough that we get to be tourists in our own hometown but the Capilano Suspension Bridge wants to change that. They are offering an awesome summer staycation package to one lucky Miss604 reader and their family. The prize includes: 4 tickets to the bridge, 1 pound of homemade birthday fudge, 2 baseball hats and two stuffed animals (valued at $225). Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment sharing your best birthday memory (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a #CapBridge125 prize pack from @CapSuspBridge + @Miss604 http://ow.ly/zFRoV

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. Contest is open to all, not just those with a birthday between August 1st and November 29th (they just get the free admission on their special day).