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SS Sicamous in Penticton

October 19th, 2014 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The mission of my trip to the Okanagan in early October was to taste, sip, and experience a bounty from the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society and its members but along the way I discovered a few more points of interest worth exploring the next time you’re in the area. One of said attractions is the SS Sicamous, parked at 1099 Lakeshore Drive West in Penticton, which is the largest surviving stern wheeler in British Columbia:

S.S. Sicamous

SS Sicamous in Penticton

100 years ago, before there were any highways in the region, the SS Sicamous transported passengers and cargo to remote communities along Okanagan Lake. It was originally assembled in Vernon after arriving on the Canadian Pacific Railway on 18 separate rail cars and it first set sail in 1914.

1932: SS Sicamous at the dock. Archives# CVA 447-2686. Photo by Walter E. Frost

The luxurious vessel would depart from Penticton before the crack of dawn, sailing the length of the lake and making 14 regular stops before reaching its northern terminus at Okanagan Landing (Vernon). Stops were also made if signal fires were lit along the lake and the boat could pull up almost anywhere nose-first, then back out with the power of its paddlewheel.

After 22 years in service it was retired and tied up to rest at Okanagan Landing Ship Yards. In the 1950s it was home to the Penticton Museum and throughout the decades it fell in and out of condition, underwent renovations, repairs, and modifications.

S.S. Sicamous S.S. Sicamous

S.S. Sicamous

S.S. Sicamous S.S. Sicamous

S.S. Sicamous

Today the ship is operated by the SS Sicamous Marine Heritage Society, with help from the City of Penticton, and it is one of the last surviving vessels from its era of travel throughout the distant corners of the British Empire.

S.S. Sicamous

S.S. Sicamous

On board you’ll find displays, a miniature Kettle Valley railway, and event rental space throughout. In fact they already have 14 weddings booked for 2015. The museum is filled stories about travel through the inland waterways of BC and the rooms are beautifully restored. Not only that but the outer decks provide lovely views of the lake and the Penticton waterfront.

S.S. Sicamous

S.S. Sicamous

The SS Sicamous is open Thursdays through to Sundays, from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and closes occasionally for private events and weddings. Family admission is $18, and children 6 and under are free. Check the website for accurate/applicable rates and hours, and follow along on Facebook and Twitter for the latest visitor info.

Looking Down: Manhole Cover Art in Vancouver

October 17th, 2014 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Last week I was on a trip to the Okanagan where I snapped colourful landscape photos of views and vineyards as far as the eye could see. To my surprise, none has garnered as much attention as a photo of a manhole cover I took upon my return to Vancouver. Locals, as I have come to learn over the years, appreciate three things that made this photo a success: Coast Salish art, autumn in Vancouver, and finding art in unexpected places.

There are thousands of these creatively designed cast-iron covers all across the city and thanks to the Ironclad Art project, new contributions are added to the mix.

The particular cover that I captured was designed by master carver Susan Point, who has created a variety of public and fine art works including several at Vancouver International Airport such as Cedar Connection and the Salish Welcome posts in the international arrivals area.

This photo was taken in Coal Harbour but there is another manhole cover at First and Commercial designed by Susan Point and her daughter Kelly Cannell, and another similar cover in the Olympic Village. You can view a full gallery of these designs and others submitted to the Ironclad Art project online.

Sometimes we’re so busy looking up in Vancouver, at the mountains, rain clouds, and construction cranes building up our City of Glass that we tend to miss some of the beauty that’s right under our feet.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

October 16th, 2014 @ 6:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

In between Thanksgiving and Halloween, Vancouver has plenty of activities for young and old, both indoors and out. There are free movies to enjoy, the last taste of Oktoberfest at the Vancouver Alpen Club, tours, fundraisers, films, and the Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo along with everything else listed below:

Autumn Colours
Photo credit: Carol Nixon 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, October 17, 2014
Diwali Fest Vancouver
Contrasting Landscapes: Artists’ Reception at East Van Studios
Oktoberfest at the Vancouver Alpen Club
Slide Rule to Sci-Fi Exhibit
Suor Angelica by Giacomo Puccini
Vancouver Aquarium Toast to the Coast
Science World’s Geodesic Ball
Kyle Bottom’s Comedy Bucket
Krav Maga Force: Weekend Seminar
Sunshine Coast Art Crawl
Bear Creek Haunted Forest Scream Train
Fort Langley: Grave Tales
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours
Vancouver Home + Design Show
Global Dance Connections: Compagnie Gilles Jobin (Switzerland)
Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train
Fright Nights at Playland
Pacific Theatre Presents: The Rainmaker
Our Town

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Free Movie Day at Cineplex (Select Films)
Oktoberfest at the Vancouver Alpen Club
In Person: Veronica Roth & Tahereh Mafi at Chapters Metrotown
Search & Rescue Denim Co. Fall/Winter Release Party
Queen’s Park Pumpkin Patch in New Westminster
Pokémon Autumn Regional Championship
Home Movie Day Vancouver
Seniors Festival in New Westminster
Suor Angelica by Giacomo Puccini
Tri-City Women’s Heart and Soul Conference
Vancouver Aquatics Centre’s 40th Birthday Celebration
Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo
Boban and Marko Markovic Orkestra
Trout Lake Farmers Market
West End Farmers Market
Vancouver Winter Extreme Ski & Board Swap
UBC Apple Festival
Fort Langley: Grave Tales
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours
Sunshine Coast Art Crawl
Krav Maga Force: Weekend Seminar
Vancouver Home + Design Show
Global Dance Connections: Compagnie Gilles Jobin (Switzerland)
Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train
Bear Creek Haunted Forest Scream Train
Fright Nights at Playland
Pacific Theatre Presents: The Rainmaker
Our Town

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo
Coquitlam: Salmon Come Home
Cinema Sunday Presents My Fair Lady at The Cinematheque
SFU: Young Innovators Crawl
The Walking Dead Pinball Launch Party
RIPE 2014: Vancouver Farmers Markets’ Dinner Celebration
Port Moody Arts Family Friendly Opening Reception
Vancouver Academy of Music: VAMSO Concerto Extravaganza
Cannery Farmers Market
Kitsilano Farmers Market
Vancouver Winter Extreme Ski & Board Swap
UBC Apple Festival
Fort Langley: Grave Tales
Sunshine Coast Art Crawl
Krav Maga Force: Weekend Seminar
Vancouver Home + Design Show
Stanley Park Halloween Ghost Train
Bear Creek Haunted Forest Scream Train
Fright Nights at Playland
Pacific Theatre Presents: The Rainmaker

View the full monthly event list to plan ahead at any time. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook for frequent updates about local events and community happenings.

Triple O’s and KidSport Team Up for BC Kids

October 16th, 2014 @ 2:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This fall you can support KidSport, getting children active in organized sports, when you visit participating Triple O’s locations. Until October 24th, donations made at any of the 32 participating Triple O’s locations will support registration fees for children in BC.

KidSport BC is Triple O’s charity of choice and over the past four years they’ve helped raise nearly $93,000, so all kids can play! Funds raised October 6th to October 24th will help kids with financial barriers experience the benefits of sport participation by covering the registration fees for a sport season of their choice.

  • KidSport believes that ALL children should be given the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of organized sport.
  • Since 1993 KidSport Canada has given half a million kids the chance to play sports through KidSport grants.
  • Last year in BC, 6700 kids played a season of sport thanks to KidSport assistance.
  • For approximately every $200 raised, one child in a local BC community gets a chance to play sports for the year.
  • Each KidSport chapter across the Province gives back to kids in their local communities.
  • All of the money raised at our participating Triple O’s restaurants will go back to KidSport BC and kids in their local communities!

On the very last day of the campaign, Friday, October 24, 2014, Triple O’s will celebrate “KidSport Day” by donating $1 from every combo sold back to KidSport. You can also donate online anytime.

To promote this partnership and support KidSport, Triple O’s has also offered up a $50 gift card for a lucky Miss604 reader. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment with a sport or playtime activity that you loved as a child (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a $50 @tripleos gift card from @miss604 http://ow.ly/CT5Fn + support @KidSportBC #SoAllKidsCanPlay

Follow Triple O’s on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information about this campaign. I will draw one gift card winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, October 24, 2014.

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This contest is sponsored by Triple O's to promote the KidSport campaign.

Vancouver Photos of the Week

October 16th, 2014 @ 11:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Trading off the bright summer sunshine for a multicoloured display of fallen autumn leaves, local photographers of all kinds have captured the vibrancy of the season through their images. Here is this week’s selection of photos from the Miss604 Flickr Pool and #Photos604 on Instagram. Enjoy!

Vancouver Photos of the Week

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Photo credit: Doug Farmer on Flickr

3 Places to Watch Halloween Movies in Vancouver

October 16th, 2014 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Dust dances in the beam of light streaming from the projector. Your hand trembles as it reaches for another piece of popcorn that may or may not make it to your mouth as you pause with fear. You start whispering to the characters on screen, warning them of the danger they are about to put themselves in. The music picks up, goes silent, and here come the screams! The thrill of a scary movie is most welcome at this time of year and if you’re looking for a hair-raising good time, check out these 3 places to watch Halloween movies in Vancouver:

Photo credit: Marta Wlusek on Flickr

Rio Theatre

Location: Rio Theatre at 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Online: Twitter / Facebook

Rocky Horror Picture Show on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11:30pm. All ages welcome in the balcony. Tickets $8 in advance or in costume, or $10 at the door. Bar service for those 19+. Audience participation is highly encouraged. $2 prop bags will be sold in the lobby prior to the show.

Night of the Living Dead on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 6:30pm. Presented by The Gentlemen Hecklers. Tickets $6 in advance or $9 at the door. 19+ only with bar service. Join the Gentlemen Hecklers for a special Halloween edition of the show, when they are going to take you through one of cinema’s greatest, goretastic, zombies-want-to-eat-you classics. with their live, hilarious commentary.

Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 11:00pm. All ages. Tickets $6 advance or in costume, or $8 at the door. Bar service for those 19+. All ages welcome in the balcony. Costumes highly encouraged.

The Cinematheque

Location: The Cinematheque at 1131 Howe St, Vancouver
Online: Twitter / Facebook

The Wicker Man on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 6:30pm; Friday, October 31, 2014 at 8:30pm; Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 10:15pm. Also part of the Halloween Triple Bill ($21) on October 31st and November 1st.

Nosferatu the Vampyre on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 8:20pm; Friday, October 31, 2014 at 6:30pm; Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 6:30pm; Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 4:15pm; Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 8:20pm. Also part of the Halloween Triple Bill ($21) on October 31st and November 1st.

Eraserhead on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 10:15pm; Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 8:30pm; Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 6:30pm. Also part of the Halloween Triple Bill ($21) on October 31st and November 1st.

Vancity Theatre

Location: Vancity Theatre at 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver
Online: Twitter / Facebook

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014 catch Faith Healer + clip talk: The Canadian Horror Picture Show at 6:30pm; Canadian Horror Show clip talk with Ernest Mathijs at 7:20pm; and Ginger Snaps II: Unleashed at 9:00pm.

On Thursday, October 30, 2014 get your tickets for Nightbreed – The Director’s Cut at 6:30pm; Prom Night (1980) at 9:15pm; and Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II at 10:50pm.

5 Haunted Houses To Visit This Halloween

October 15th, 2014 @ 3:54pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver is not immune to haunted houses and ghostly tales, and at this time of year eerie amusements and attractions with the sole purpose of scaring your proverbial pants off pop up all around town. I found five that will get your blood pumping this season:

Haunted Mansion at the PNE. Photo by Phillip P on Flickr

North Vancouver

What: Belmont Haunted House
Where: 1006 Belmont Ave, North Vancouver (Edgemont Village)
When: October 15th to October 31st from 2:00pm to 9:00pm daily
About: Promising to be the region’s largest and spookiest independent haunted house. The elaborate mix of special effects and live actors is guaranteed to make you scream. Admission is by donation to Ronald McDonald House BC.


What: Potter’s House of Horrors
Where: 12530 72nd Ave, Surrey
When: October 10th to October 31st from 5:00pm to 10:00pm
About: The House of Horrors is a professional presentation in a labyrinth like walk through of approximately 9,000 square feet. It consists of several rooms and displays connected together by dark twisty hallways. New for 2014, Potter’s has added a second haunted house. 5:00pm to 6:30pm every night is “Family Hour” when lights are brighter, sounds are lower, and there are no actors. After that, it all gets amped up and is not recommended for children from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Tickets can be purchased online in advance for $10 (plus taxes/fees).

What: Historic Stewart Farm
Where: 13723 Crescent Road, Surrey
When: October 25th 3:00pm to 4:30pm (5-7 years); 6:30pm to 8:00pm (7-11 years)
About: This one’s for the kids! Stop by the farmhouse in your costume and discover that it has been taken over by ghosts. Admission is $15. Pre-register by calling 604-592-6956.


What: Judge Dee’s Chinatown Haunted House
Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden at 578 Carrall St, Vancouver
When: October 21st to October 31st from 7:00pm to 10:00pm (closed October 27th)
About: Not suitable for children at any time. The Classical Chinese Garden transforms into a terrifying Haunted House featuring over a dozen actors, dancers and musicians. This one-of-a-kind experience is inspired by the gruesome stories of Judge Dee: China’s Sherlock Holmes. Tickets available online in advance for $12, $10 for students or on site.


What: Haunted Village
Where: Burnaby Village Museum, 6501 Deer Lake Ave, Burnaby
When: October 23rd to October 26th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
About: More than a house, the entire Burnaby Village Museum has been converted into a Haunted Village filled with Halloween haunts for young and old. The Village, the Farmhouse and the carousel will all be adorned in a ghoulish, spooky yet fanciful fashion. This year the decorations play with the theme of crows and Victorian steam punk. Admission is $14 for adults, youth and seniors and $9 for children 2-12 years old. Entrance includes trick-or-treating for the children, entertainment and carousel rides for all. Taxes included. Tickets available at the door; Members free. The Ice Cream Parlour will be open for ghoulish snacks and light meals.

UPDATE: Maple Ridge

What: Glenhurst Manor Haunted House
Where:11661 Glenhurst St, Maple Ridge
When: October 25th, 26th and 30th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm; October 31st from 5:00pm to 10:00pm.
About: Admission is by donation of cash or non-perishable food items for the Friends In Need Food Bank. 10 live actors bring the house to life. Guests will enter the haunted house through the hotel lobby, then walk along corridors from room to room. There will be a room decorated in red velveteen with flickering lights and candles and a children’s room with a brass day bed and fleur de lis decor. Upon exiting the hotel, guests will walk into an area filled with 30 jack-o-lanterns and where they will find a cemetery and mausoleum. On Halloween night from 5:00pm to 6:00pm there will be no actors in the house so that families with young children can visit.

Win Tickets to Evil Dead The Musical

October 15th, 2014 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s not every day that a friend and I leave a musical, covered in stage blood, and singing along to an upbeat tune about a cabin in the woods. This jolly good time, complete with guts, gore, and entertaining musical numbers, was Evil Dead The Musical and it’s coming back to Vancouver this Halloween.


Evil Dead The Musical

Evil Dead The Musical is based on the Sam Raimi 80s cult classic which tells the age old tale: 5 college kids travel to an abandoned cabin in the woods, boy meets girl, boy expects to get lucky, boy unleashes evil spirit, girl meets the big bad and boy meets chainsaw instead. Friends into lovers, lovers into friends, and friends into Candarian Demons. Mayhem ensues, and don’t forget the spectacular singing and dancing. Evil Dead includes hilarious numbers like, “All the Men in my Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons,” “Look Who’s Evil Now” and “Do the Necronomicon.”

What is the splatter zone, you ask? It is exactly what it sounds like! The front row of the theatre is designated “The Splatter Zone.” Those who buy tickets for the front row understand they will come away splattered with blood and that is all a part of the fun.

Evil Dead: The Musical boasts an impressive cast of local professional talent that is led by Scott Walters in the iconic role of Ash. He is joined by his returning cast mates Meghan Anderssen, Mat Baker, Eric Gow, Ian Rozylo, Matthew Graham, and Jennie Neumann, and introducing the newest addition Andrea Bailey. The award winning design team includes: Set Design by John Bessette, Lighting Design by Darren Hales, Make-up Design by Richard Elsom, Costume Design by Oriana Camporese, Stage Management by Robin Richardson and it is co-produced by Allyson McGrane of Left Right Minds. The production will also feature music from a live local band.

What: Evil Dead The Musical
Where: The Norman Rothstein Theatre, 950 West 41st Ave at Oak
When: October 22nd to November 1st, with 2 shows on Halloween
Tickets: Preview (Oct 22): $20; General (Oct 23-Nov 1): $30; Splatter Zone: $40

Previews start October 22nd at 8:00pm and the show officially opens October 23rd with an 8:00pm performance. October 24th and October 25th there are shows at 7:00pm and 10:30pm, October 29th and October 30th shows are at 8:00pm, Halloween night you can catch Evil Dead at 7:00pm and 10:30pm, and the show closes November 1st with performances at 7:00p and 10:30pm. Costumes are welcome.

If you would like to check out Evil Dead The Musical in Vancouver, I have a pair of tickets to give away for the performance on October 23rd thanks to Down Stage Right Productions. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
#Contest RT to enter to win tickets to @EvilDeadYVR from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/COHCE

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 5:00pm on Sunday, October 19, 2014. Follow the production on Facebook and Twitter for more information. *The show is intended for an adult audience and contains quite a helping of coarse language, violence, suggestive scenes, actors showing some skin, and spraying blood and guts.*

Update The winner is @Chloe_lala!