Crave Burnaby Heights Neighbourhood Dining Showcase


Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 — 8:03pm PDT
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The Heights Merchants Association in Burnaby is launching its new neighbourhood dining showcase, Crave, from August 16 to 30. Experience the true flavours of the Heights with everything from casual to fine dining, and Thai to Continental, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Crave Burnaby Heights

Neighbours, visitors, and foodies alike can join the celebration and enjoy full set menus, special appetizer deals, Happy Hour features, and after-dinner dessert selections at dozens of participating restaurants.

Crave Burnaby Heights Neighbourhood Dining Showcase

During Crave, diners can experience live music and street buskers on select evenings on Hastings Street for lively summer nights on the Heights. This two-week dining showcase is best paired with good company, so be sure to bring your loved ones, family, friends, and colleagues for a special evening of socializing on the Heights.

Crave Contest

Diners will be entered to win a raffle prize, valued at more than $500, just for attending a participating restaurant from August 16 to 30, 2017! You can also use #CraveTheHeights in your Instagram posts to automatically be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to the Heights restaurant of your choice.

The Heights Merchants Association consists of more than 350 merchants and over 150 property owners along Hastings between Boundary and Gamma. Follow Burnaby Heights on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more information about Crave.

Miss604 is a proud sponsor of Crave

New Water Bike Rentals in Vancouver


Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 — 11:16am PDT
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There are many ways to paddle around Vancouver and now there’s a new way to pedal! BC Water Bikes is now renting Hydrobike Explorers from Vanier Park, with hourly rentals or guided tour packages.

Water Bike Rentals in Vancouver

Water Bike Rentals in Vancouver
Photo Credit: Sombilon Studios

Nightly Sunset Tours are available now for $65 for 90 to 120 minutes and feature a guided and narrated tour of False Creek, English Bay, and Kitsilano. Want to head out on your own? Rent by the hour for $35 or $60 for two hours and explore Vancouver’s coast on your own.

All rentals include fitted life jacket, use of waterproof/floating lanyard for your phone, storage compartment for your valuables, 2 drink holders, and pre-departure instructions. You’ll also get a map of the area including points of interest, located on the console.

For more information, follow BC Water Bikes on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Visit BC Water Bikes in Vanier Park, left of the boat launch near the Kitsilano Coast Guard.

Shark Week at the Vancouver Aquarium


Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 — 8:42am PDT
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Saluting Shark Week, the Vancouver Aquarium is inviting visitors to get up close with these fierce yet fascinating animals with a Shark Week Giveaway from Saturday, July 22 to Sunday, July 30 and a chance to experience an exclusive feeding with sharks or stingrays (‘flattened’ shark cousins).

Perfect for those intrigued by sharks and stingrays, the lucky visitors will be randomly chosen upon arrival to enjoy behind-the-scenes access and dedicated time with an expert while helping feed these animals.

With replenishable teeth, six senses, and unparalleled survival skills, sharks are the ultimate aquatic predator.

Terrifying stories have given sharks a bad rap but, believe it or not, these animals have an even more frightening predator – humans. Most shark species have never been known to attack humans, with an average of only four to 12 shark-related deaths reported each year.

On the flip side, more than 100 million sharks are killed annually due to humans overfishing; now that’s scary stuff. Stingrays are not immune to this problem either. A quarter of the world’s sharks and stingrays are now threatened with extinction according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

During Shark Week, Aquarium visitors can dive into the world of sharks and stingrays, learn about their unique characteristics, gain a better understanding of the challenges they face in the wild, as well as how to help through these fin-tastic programs and activities:

  • Learn about Shark Senses, Secret Lives of Sharks, and more though talks in the Tropic Zone at 11:00am & 4:00pm daily.
  • Hear stories about the sharks living off the B.C. coast during the Cold Blood in Cold Waters program in Pacific Canada Pavilion at 12:00pm & 3:00pm daily.
  • Get hands on with stingrays in the Discover Rays gallery from 10:15 to 11:15am, 12:00pm to 1:15pm, 2:00pm to 3:45pm, and 4:15pm to 5:30pm daily.
  • Catch a screening of the thrilling 4-D experience, Coastal Predators, following the greatest gathering of ocean predators on the planet.

Shark Week at the Vancouver Aquarium

Where: Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park, 845 Avison Way
When: Saturday, July 22 to Sunday, July 30 from 9:30am to 6:00pm

The Shark Week Giveaway is included with membership or admission. Giveaway winners will be randomly chosen by Admissions staff upon arrival. Admission tickets can be purchased onsite or online.

Follow the Vancouver Aquarium on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Sea to Sky Tour with Landsea Tours


Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 — 12:10pm PDT
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My full time job is to research, explore, publish, and promote our beautiful city and while I’ve honed my craft over the last 13 years, I still get stumped from time to time when it comes to planning our own local adventures. With 7 family members visiting us this month from all over the US Midwest, I knew I wanted to show off at least two things: The ocean and the mountains aka the Sea to Sky. Thankfully, the folks at Landsea Tours have the perfect tour for just such a request, the Sea to Sky Tour!

Sea to Sky Tour

Sea to Sky Tour with Landsea Tours

I booked a tour in advance and on the morning of our experience, all 9 of us Bollwitts met our guide Meghan for the day and piled into a comfy sprinter van that was parked outside our guests’ hotel. The first stop was just 20 minutes away at Sewell’s Marine at Horseshoe Bay where we got suited up for a zodiac deep fjord tour across Howe Sound.

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Views are my own. Our tour was compliments of Landsea Tours.

25 Ways to Heritage with Vancouver Heritage Foundation


Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 — 8:51am PDT
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The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary with 25 Ways to Heritage, a list of 25 ways the public can engage with heritage.

25 Ways to Heritage

From taking a moment to appreciate the details and craftsmanship of Vancouver’s historic buildings, to learning more about the diverse history of our city, planning a special visit, or even rolling up your sleeves and getting hands-on, there are lots of ways to take part and help us celebrate 25 years.

25 Ways to Heritage with Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Examples — just 2 of 25!

  • Join John Atkin for a free walking tour of the West Hastings Street corridor on July 28th. See how this important historic street has evolved from fashion centre to business district, and learn about some of its impressive buildings.
  • Look up from your daily commute at the incredible ceiling of Waterfront Station. Completed in 1916 by Adelaide Langford, the paintings depict the Rocky Mountains from Calgary to Vancouver.
  • Read the full list of 25 Ways to Heritage »

Go on a heritage adventure in your own town by visiting a heritage site or doing a heritage task. Then post a selfie or photo of your group to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram of your heritage adventure using #25waystoheritage to be entered for a chance to win a VHF prize pack valued at $70.

Help VHF ensure a positive future for historic places and all the benefits they bring to our city, and make heritage part of your summer!

Follow the Vancouver Heritage Foundation on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

FestivalSeekers BC Summer Festival Roundup


Monday, July 17th, 2017 — 11:25am PDT
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My friends at FestivalSeekers have put together this roundup and they also have the chance for you to win a trip to Nanaimo! Explore BC this summer and make these festivals your destination for fun, whether you’re into riding through the Rockies, attending a play held in a harbour and a gathering where the entire family can have fun from sun up to sun down.

Win a trip to Nanaimo

Choose between two festivals and then explore the town and the activities that will give you a great taste of how to #ExploreNanaimo. Dining, trekking to waterfalls and go caving before settling down at the Long Woodstock or Summertime Blues Festival. Enter the contest here »

Win a trip to Nanaimo

Ride the Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo

September 9, 2017
New and experienced road cyclists love the Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo and it all comes down to the scenery and the hospitality. The group ride (it’s not classified a race) rolls through scenic valleys, along quiet trails and along wide shouldered highways. Find out why the coveted event fills up fast via this story from @PowderMatt.

Kootenay Rockies Gran Fondo

Hone Your Photo Skills at Nomadic Tempest in Gibsons

July 26, 2017 to July 29, 2017

Water is everywhere in Gibsons Landing and it can either make or ruin a photo. I spent a day learning tips for capturing waterfront activity in perfect light. Test your newfound skills during Nomadic Tempest, when a tall ship turns into a stage right in the harbour.

Photographer Mark Benson, Gibsons

Dance, Dance, Dance at Atmosphere Gathering

August 18, 2017 to August 20, 2017

The little town of Cumberland invites you to come to the big Atmosphere Gathering and explore new ideas in dance, music, yoga and new age activities – all in a beautiful valley with a mesmerizing circus-style tent. It’s a magical three-day event that the whole family can enjoy.

For more festival listings and summer fun throughout BC and Alberta, follow FestivalSeekers on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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