Nanaimo Marine Festival & World Championship Bathtub Race

June 20th, 2016 @ 11:21am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s a Nanaimo thing. World Championship Bathtub Racing is a high-thrills, adrenaline pumping sport that’s been a tradition on Vancouver Island since 1967. I had the chance to go out on the water with a bathtub racer earlier this spring to learn more about the sport, its history, and the community festival that has been built up around it. Read my full story for FestivalSeekers online and check out some photos from my day out at Departure Bay:

World Championship Bathtub Race

After getting tossed out of a bathtub on the waters off Nanaimo’s Departure Bay, all Jamie Garcia could say, with a giant smile splashed across his face, was, “Does that thing ever rip!”

“It’s all part of the race,” Marion Steward added as she turned our support boat around to go and pick him up. Stewart has been racing in the Nanaimo Marine Festival’s World Championship Bathtub Race for the past 12 years, which is where she met fellow competitor Garcia.

I got to tag along one morning as Garcia was testing out a new motor on his custom-built tub. It was an impressive 40 pounds of fibreglass, decorated chromed parts and sponsor logos – and it was now upside-down in the water.
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World Championship Bathtub Racing

World Championship Bathtub Racing

World Championship Bathtub Racing

World Championship Bathtub Racing

World Championship Bathtub Racing

World Championship Bathtub Racing

Find out more about the Nanaimo Marine Festival & World Championship Bathtub Race happening Thursday, July 21 to Sunday, July 24, 2016 where you’ll find plenty of live entertainment, food, family fun, and more all surrounding the bathtub race.

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SHOREFEST Free Concerts on Fireworks Nights in Vancouver

June 20th, 2016 @ 10:50am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

What makes the world’s longest-running offshore international fireworks competition such a success each year, aside from its gorgeous setting in Vancouver’s English Bay, is the festivities that surround it. Food trucks, picnics, family fun, and the free SHOREFEST concerts all along the waterfront.

Wil at ShoreFest

SHOREFEST Free Concerts on Fireworks Nights

English Bay and Sunset Beach will host stages featuring a diverse lineup of cross-genre Canadian talent showcased on July 23, July 27, and July 30 at LG 104.3’s SHOREFEST this year.

LG 104.3’s SHOREFEST showcases great local and national talent within the LG 104.3 Stage at the Keg Lounge in English Bay and the Sunset Beach Stage at beautiful Sunset Beach. This year’s headliner is multi-platinum and 80’s iconic Canadian rock band, Loverboy. In addition, LG 104.3’s SHOREFEST features Jim Byrnes & Friends, The Matinee, and JUNO Award® winner Trooper to get the crowd amped for the Honda Celebration of Light Fireworks competition.

Saturday, July 23, 2016
LG 104.3 Stage
The Matinee

Sunset Beach Stage
Jim Byrnes & Friends
Dustin Bentall
Khari McClelland
The Lion, The Bear, The Fox

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
LG 104.3 Stage
Gay Nineties

Sunset Beach Stage
The Boom Booms
Twin Bandit
Oliver Swain
Lydia Hol

Saturday, July 30, 2016
LG 104.3 Stage

Sunset Beach Stage
Dutch Robinson
Reid Jamieson
Krystle Dos Santos
Good For Grapes
The River and the Road

Fireworks Schedule

July 23, 2016 Royal Fireworks, representing Netherlands
July 27, 2016 Howard’s Fireworks, representing Australia
July 30, 2016 Walt Disney Entertainment, representing United States

Follow the Honda Celebration of Light on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information.

Kitsilano Showboat Schedule for Summer 2016

June 20th, 2016 @ 8:51am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Kitsilano Showboat has begins its 81st season of free entertainment in Vancouver, running every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from June 20th until August 20th. Since 1935 this summer staple has featured musical acts, plays, and dancers all near the pool at Kitsilano Beach.

Kitsilano Showboat

Kitsilano Showboat
Photo credit: kpwerker on Flickr

From the Burnaby International Folk Dancers to Bella Domingo Polynesian Dancers, the live entertainment is diverse and vibrant. Enjoy a summer sunset at the beach and cherish this Vancouver tradition of outdoor music and dance. Tango, country dance, performing arts, orchestra, chorus, violin, brass, and much more. All programs start at 7:00pm and the Kitsilano Showboat is free to enjoy but donations are very welcome.

Kitsilano Showboat
Photo credit: Mark Faviell Photos on Flickr

Find the Kitsilano Showboat at 2300 Cornwall (at Kitsilano Beach) in Vancouver, and online on Facebook and Twitter.

Win Tickets to a Summer Salsa Cruise in Vancouver

June 17th, 2016 @ 11:08am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

There’s nothing quite like being out on the water in Vancouver, and when you mix in tropical Latin rhythms, it just makes the experience that much more magical. It’s a good thing Summer Salsa Cruises are back again this season! Hop aboard and enjoy complimentary dance lesson, sit back and watch the sultry dance show or view the stunning scenery around you, either way this will be a night to remember.

Summer Salsa Cruise in Vancouver

SummerSalsaCruiseThe MV Britannia has three levels of DJs pumping a variety of music for testing your most sultry Latin moves and heart-pumping salsa lessons by some of Vancouver’s best instructors.

The 2016 Summer Salsa Cruise series runs Saturday June 25th, July 9th, August 6th, 13th, 20th, closing the season September 10th. Book a private event or join one of the incredibly fun summertime salsa cruises. Tickets are $29 in advance, or $34 at the door. Group rates are available.

Nights out on a salsa cruise have food available on board and a bar on each level to quench your thirst all night.

Win Tickets

SalsaCruises.com is offering 2 lucky Miss604 readers a pair of tickets to their upcoming Summer Salsa Cruise on June 25th. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw two winners at 12:00pm on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 who will each receive two tickets. Follow SalsaCruises.com on Facebook and Twitter for more information about their events this summer. Must be 19 and over with 2 pieces of ID. Please enjoy responsibly.

Update The winner is Hayley!

Visit the Honeybee Centre During Surrey Doors Open

June 17th, 2016 @ 8:48am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

On Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 10:00am to 3:00pm, discover activities for all ages, scout out local food trucks, enjoy live entertainment and take a photo to remember your day at a selfie station. One of this year’s venues participating in Surrey Doors Open is the Honeybee Centre.


Honeybee Centre

Where: Fry’s Corner, 7480 176 St (Fraser Hwy at 176th)
When: Visit for free during Surrey Doors Open, June 18 from 10am-3pm

The Honeybee Centre will be offering live beekeeping demonstrations from their expert beekepers to show you how to take care of bees and extract honey. Kids can learn the A, Bee, C’s of the honeybee’s world and make a Bee headband.

Take a free sample of local honey and see a real beehive up close. Watch a show, sit down for some lunch at the Fry’s Corner Beestro, and don’t forget to check out 15 different varieties of local and exotic honeys before you leave.

Check out the full list of Doors Open Sites, the Doors Open Site Map, and find out how you can get to Doors Open locations on June 18th with a free trolley.

Join a free celebration of your community at Surrey Doors Open! This is the 5th annual, self-guided tour that takes you to unique places and spaces found throughout Cloverdale, Grandview Heights, Newton and City Centre. Follow the City of Surrey on Twitter and Facebook using the tag #SurreyDoorsOpen.

5 Things to do on Father’s Day in Metro Vancouver

June 17th, 2016 @ 6:29am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s time to celebrate dad this weekend by spending some quality time with family and friends. Around town, there’s plenty to do, but here are my top 5 picks:


5 Things to do on Father’s Day in Metro Vancouver

5. Car Free Day in Vancouver: Check out free community celebrations, some 10-20 blocks long, in neighbourhoods around the city. Featuring live music, food, family fun, and more.

4. Dads get in free to the Whitecaps FC 2 match (with purchase of a regular ticket) on Sunday at Thunderbird Stadium vs Portland Timbers FC 2.

3. Cheer on teams at the annual Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival in False Creek.

2. Does dad like wine and slow-roasted meats enjoyed at picnic tables? Book a ticket to the Fathers Day Wine and Swine event at Township 7 Vineyeards & Winery in Langley.

1. Play catch at the home of the Vancouver Canadians. Bring your own glove and ball, and play catch at Nat Bailey on Sunday from 1:00pm-3:00pm.

More Activities

There’s also the Lafarge Lake Annual Free Fishing Day, Fathers Day at the Market (Lonsdale), the Kitsilano Farmers Market, White Rock Farmers Market, International Summer Night Market, and the Richmond Night Market. Read the full weekend event list for more inspiration.

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