3 Ways to Enjoy Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory


Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 — 11:46am PDT
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Paddling a river to a spectacular waterfall, cooking up foraged ingredients on a farm with locals, and putting our Gore-Tex to the test in a mountain rain forest in the Pacific Northwest at the base of a volcano. John and I spent the last shoulder season discovering three sides of Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory, where we got in touch our Pacific Northwest cores and explored Oregon in a new way.

Mt. Hood Territory, Oregon - October 2016

The itinerary set out for us by our friends at Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory tourism office was a dream for us, so much so that I want to mention every stop and every bite we took in a bullet point list – but that would hardly make for interesting reading. Instead, I’ll highlight the three main pillars of our schedule: On the Mountain, In the Country, Around the City.

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This trip was in partnership with Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory. Views are my own.

Win a Date Night at the Chan Centre with Anda Union & Dinner at Sage


Monday, March 20th, 2017 — 4:01pm PDT
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Renowned folk group Anda Union will captivate Canadian audiences for the first time at the Chan Centre on March 26th, with their stirring, mystical sounds from Inner Mongolia. Playing rare traditional instruments, including the horse head fiddle and the two-string lute, the nine-member group blends haunting throat singing and stunning harmonies to conjure visions of Inner Mongolia’s remote regions.

Anda Union at the Chan Centre

Where: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (at UBC, 6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver)
When: Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 8:00pm
Tickets: Available online now from $38, in person at the box office, or by calling (604) 822-2697.

Described by The Guardian as “stirring and sophisticated”, Anda Union are a band of artists brought together by a passion for preserving the forgotten sounds of their Mongolian heritage. The members, who consider themselves musical gatherers, come from different tribes united by the legendary Genghis Khan, and blend the styles and influences of their respective lineages. The result is a singular collective sound from the Mongol tradition.

Through a combination of ethereal melodies, soaring vocals, reverberating throat singing, and heart-pounding rhythms, Anda Union evoke the natural wonders of their rustic homeland.

Anda Union rose to international fame with the release of their first album, The Wind Horse (2011), and have since headlined world music and mainstream festivals. The momentum surrounding this exceptional group continues to build.

For their second album, Homeland, Anda Union worked with 14-time GRAMMY-winning producer Richard King, whose credits include Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road, The Goat Rodeo Sessions, and the film soundtrack Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Recently, Homeland was selected as one of the ‘Best Albums of 2016’ by Songlines Magazine.

As a special treat, the Chan Centre will host a free workshop with the group for all ages that includes a throat singing demonstration and lesson opportunity Sunday, March 26, 2017, 11:00am at MBA House, 3385 Wesbrook Mall, UBC. Follow the Chan Centre on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about performances this season.

Win Tickets & Dinner

The Chan Centre has offered up two tickets for a lucky Miss604 reader to see Anda Union, along with a set dinner menu for two at Sage Restaurant ahead of the show.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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You can view the set menu for the Anda Union pre-show dinner online now. Sage Restaurant is located at UBC (6331 Crescent Rd, Vancouver) across from the Chan Centre.

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Dinner prize must be redeemed on the same day as the show. A reservation will be made for the winner and their guest at 5:30pm on March 26, 2017.

Update The winner is Tanya H!

Vancouver Photos of the Week


Monday, March 20th, 2017 — 8:54am PDT
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Downpours to sparkling sunsets, sleet and rainbows, it’s been an interesting end to winter here in Vancouver. Thanks to those who held up their phones and cameras this week and shared their photos with the Miss604 Flickr Group and #Photos604 on Instagram.

Vancouver Photos of the Week

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Friday night Sunset on the Belcarra Pier, Belcarra, British Columbia

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Nighttime on the Viaduct

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Spring Break at VanDusen Botanical Garden


Friday, March 17th, 2017 — 12:15pm PDT
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Kids get free admission throughout the month of March! Take advantage of up to two free child admissions with the purchase of a regular price adult, senior, or youth admission at VanDusen Garden or Bloedel Conservatory.

Spring Break at VanDusen Botanical Garden

Laburnum Walk @ VanDusen Botanical Garden

Be inspired by VanDusen Botanical Garden’s 22 hectares of elegant landscapes with plant species representing ecosystems ranging from the Himalayas to the Mediterranean, from Louisiana swamps to the Pacific Northwest.

Waterfall

Find your way through a hedge maze, spot local wildlife, discover over 7,000 different plants from around the world and explore the garden on a scavenger hunt at VanDusen. Then, head over to the tropical Bloedel Conservatory and discover exotic birds and plants inside the lush dome located at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park.

Green Parrot

VanDusen Garden is located at 5251 Oak St and open daily. Bloedel Conservatory is located at the top of Queen Elizabeth Park at 4600 Cambie in Vancouver.

Queen Elizabeth Park

Follow VanDusen Botanical Garden on Facebook and Twitter for more information. Offers are exclusive to each facility and cannot be combined with other promotions or discounts.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend


Thursday, March 16th, 2017 — 12:22pm PDT
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Spring Break is here, with local attractions amping up their offerings and programming. Kids ride free at the Sea to Sky Gondola, kids get in free (with paying adult) at the Richmond Olympic Experience, and much more! Check out the full March event list and send in your event any time for a free listing.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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

Friday, March 17, 2017
Peppa Pig Meet & Greet at Capilano Mall
Vancouver Web Fest
CelticFest Vancouver at Robson Square
Vancouver TheatreSports Shamrocks & Shenanigans
Fun and Games at Lonsdale Quay Market
Maple Ridge Festival of BC Film
Theatre UBC Presents: Les Belles-soeurs
Ballet BC: Program 2
Surrey Museum Spring Break: Under Construction
Sonic Boom Festival
Spring Break at the Cannery
Vancouver International Dance Festival

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Tulip Festivals in the Fraser Valley: Abbotsford, Chilliwack


Thursday, March 16th, 2017 — 9:58am PDT
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There’s two times the tulip festival fun in the Fraser Valley this spring, with the return of the legendary Tulips of the Valley Festival and a well-deserved encore for the Abbotsford Tulip Festival.

Abbotsford Tulip Festival 2016

Tulips of the Valley Festival, Chilliwack

Tentative Opening Date: April 12 to April 30, 2017
Where: 41310 Yale Rd, Chilliwack
Tickets: Coming soon, buy online and save
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Previously held in Agassiz, and after a hiatus last year, Tulips of the Valley returns for 2017 to a new location in Chilliwack. Leasing the tulip fields from a farmer in Chilliwack, Onos Greenhouses Ltd will open over 20 acres of tulip fields to the public, making it the largest tulip festival in Western Canada. While on the fields you will also be able to enjoy fresh Dutch Stroopwafels and different food offerings from some local food trucks. Stop by the store to buy your fresh cut greenhouse tulips, potted tulips and photo cards.

Agassiz Tulip Festival

Bloom Tulip Festival, Abbotsford

Tentative Opening Date: April 10 to May 7, 2017
Where: 36737 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford
Tickets: Buy online, some days may sell out
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Peter Warmerdam and his family immigrated from the Netherlands and settled in the Fraser Valley in 1950. Peter proudly brought his Dutch heritage, horticultural knowledge and farming experience to the Bradner area – here he would grow a few acres of daffodil flowers. His granddaughter Alexis came up with the idea for the Bloom Tulip Festival, so locals and tourists alike could stroll through our tulip fields and enjoy the breathtaking display of colour, along with other eye-catching activities in the field. Food trucks will be on site along with a children’s play area and other activities to enjoy before or after your stroll through the rainbow fields.