Win an Olympic Dairy Yogurt Prize Pack

August 25th, 2015 @ 3:47pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s always good to know where your food comes from which is why Olympic Dairy, based in Delta, has been sharing its story — and delicious yogurts — with you since 1979. Producing healthy and nutritious yogurts from BC cows, Olympic Dairy offers up a line of over 150 organic and conventional yogurts in its Krema, Organic, Probiotic and Chia brands. It was also BC’s first organic certified yogurt maker.


Made with 100% natural ingredients, Olympic Dairy’s products are entirely free of gelatin, man-made preservatives, chemicals and fillings. The special way they craft their yogurt means they’re able to carry out a premium quality control. Each serving is individually incubated according to a process that consistently results in a creamy texture and exceptional flavour.

My breakfast of champions: Local berries, chia coconut granola, and Olympic Dairy yogurt

Win an Olympic Dairy Yogurt Prize Pack

Olympic Dairy wants to share its yogurt goodness with a lucky Miss604 reader with a generous prize pack that includes:

  • Organic, Plain Yogurt, 3.5%: This delicious yogurt contains probiotics that contribute to healthy intestinal flora.
  • Chia, Vanilla: This yogurt contains chia seeds, which are rich in dietary fibre, calcium and anti-oxidants, and are a source of omega-3 and protein.
  • Krema, Vanilla: A creamy smooth yogurt with a high protein content.
  • Krema, Honeylicious
  • Kefir, Strawberry: Kefir is a fermented probiotic milk product with a delicious, smooth texture.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, August 31, 2015. Find products, information, and recipe ideas online.

Etsy Made in Canada Marketplace at Robson Square

August 25th, 2015 @ 2:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Shop 78 Vancouver-based Etsy sellers at a pop-up marketplace at Robson Square this September. For the second year, UBC Robson Square welcomes the Etsy Made in Canada Marketplace as a part of Etsy’s 33 Canadian city market tour, bringing together local sellers and their communities in celebration of the country’s maker movement.


What: Etsy Made in Canada Marketplace
Where: UBC Robson Square (800 Robson St, Vancouver)
When: Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Admission/Details: Free entry

Visitors will be able to shop local favourites such as province-shaped cutting boards from Love my Local, artisanal coasters from JW Coasters, and bold infinity scarves from Veespoke. “We were thrilled by the success of Etsy: Made in Canada in 2014 and can’t wait to see the marketplaces across the country once again this fall,” says Erin Green, Managing Director, Etsy Canada.

Each market across Canada– from Salt Spring Island, to Hamilton to St. John’s– is powered by a dedicated Etsy Team and key partners like Moneris, Canada Post and Airbnb. Each Team’s Leader is committed to reflecting the individual culture of their community, while providing support and insight to members and newcomers looking to open an Etsy shop.

Etsy shoppers unable to make it to their local Made in Canada marketplace can shop participating vendors from across the country on and year round on

For more information about the Etsy Made in Canada Marketplace at Robson Square in Vancouver, visit the website or the event’s Facebook page and follow Etsy Canada on Twitter, Instagram, and using the tag #EtsyMadeinCanada.

Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala 2015

August 25th, 2015 @ 11:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Tickets are going fast for the 11th annual Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala happening Saturday, October 3rd at the Westin Bayshore.

Presented by The Ledcor Group of Companies, over 700 donors, partners, sponsors and supporters of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice will come together for this special event that features a three-course meal, live and silent auctions, entertainment, and Canuck Place family remarks. Global BC’s Sophie Lui will serve as emcee for the evening.

Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala 2013

Canuck Place Gift of Time Gala 2015

Where: Westin Bayshore (1601 Bayshore Dr, Vancouver)
When: Saturday, October 3, 2015
Tickets: Available online now as individual tickets or tables of eight. All funds raised at the Gift of Time Gala will support the delivery of specialized pediatric palliative care for over 560 children and families facing life-threatening illnesses across British Columbia.

Live Auction Items

This year’s live auction will feature several exciting items exclusive to the Gift of Time:

  • Exclusive Meet and Greet with Pharrell Williams. An exclusive trip package to LA for you and three guests to attend a live taping of NBC’s The Voice followed by a meet and greet with Pharrell.
  • Mentorship Sessions with Ryan Holmes or Tara Poseley. An unprecedented two-hour lunch at an up-scale Vancouver restaurant with either HootSuite CEO, Ryan Holmes or Lululemon CPO, Tara Poseley. A unique opportunity for a rising superstar.
  • Original Art by Tiko Kerr. Renowned local artist, Tiko Kerr, has been an integral part of Canuck Place’s 20th Anniversary celebrations and continues to be so through this year’s Gift of Time gala. Gala guests will have the opportunity to bid on unique table centerpieces that Tiko has designed and arranged with Canuck Place families, as well as a Tiko Kerr original.

Follow Canuck Place on Facebook and Twitter for more information about the Gift of Time Gala. You can also donate to Canuck Place at any time to support their incredible work throughout BC.


About Canuck Place Children’s Hospice

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice (“CPCH”) opened its doors in 1995 and is British Columbia’s recognized pediatric palliative care provider, delivering care to over 600 newborns, teens and families across the province and through two locations: Vancouver and Abbotsford.

Care is provided in the areas of respite and family support, 24-hour province-wide phone consultation and in-house clinical care, pain and symptom management, grief and loss counselling, including music and play therapy, art, education, recreation therapy, and end-of-life care. Dedicated, professional staff and over 325 volunteers provide a vital lifeline for children and families in their greatest time of need. Canuck Place relies on the generosity of individuals, corporations, and various organizations to raise operating funds, with a portion funded by the Province of BC. is a proud Media Sponsor of the Gift of Time Gala

5 Things to do Before Summer Ends in Vancouver

August 25th, 2015 @ 8:53am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Back to school, cooler weather, and trading in your flip flops for some comfy flats (or even some gumboots). Most summer vacations are coming to an end in Vancouver and while the city always offers great attractions and activities, there are a few that will only be available for a limited time.

5 Things to do Before Summer Ends in Vancouver

Family Admission at Capilano Suspension Bridge

For the month of August, families of 4 or more receive 30% off admission after 4:00pm at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Experience the Cliffwalk, Treetop Adventure, and of course cross the world famous bridge.

Sea Monsters Revealed at the Vancouver Aquarium

Ending September 7th, check out Sea Monsters Revealed at the Vancouver Aquarium. This has been a wildly popular exhibition that takes a look inside sea creatures, from the everyday to the outrageous — like a two horned Narwhal!

Theatre Under the Stars

Last chance to watch Oliver! and Hairspray. These entertaining musicals will end their run at Malkin Bowl on August 29th as Theatre Under the Stars closes for the season.

Salsa Dancing at Robson Square

Free Sunday salsa dancing (with lessons) ends on Sunday, August 30th. Learn some moves and put them to use with some great music and atmosphere under the cover of Robson Square.

Salsa Dancing @ Robson Square, Aug. 7, 2011

Free/Outdoor Movies

Free outdoor movies, happening weekly in local parks from Tsawwassen to Stanley Park and everywhere in between, are coming to an end and only a few remain scheduled this week. Bring the family out to Big Hero 6 at Holland Park on August 29th, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire at Canada Place on August 27th, and Ice Age: Continental Drift on August 26th at Wesbrook Village.

cycling the jetty

Honourable Mentions: Of course I can’t talk about the end of summer without mentioning The Fair at the PNE and its concert series. There’s also the Queen Elizabeth Park zipline but it will be open through September. Finally, we’re lucky to have beautiful beaches at every time of year, spending the day on the sand with friends and family, playing in the crashing surf, but nothing beats a warm summer night and a fiery sunset from the shore. Check out my picks for the best sunset beaches in Metro Vancouver.

Surrey Youth Fest September 2015

August 24th, 2015 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The 11th annual Surrey Youth Fest, Surrey’s largest event for youth, returns on Saturday, September 19th at the Cloverdale Recreation Centre. Surrey Youth Fest features local youth bands and entertainment, breakdance battles, skateboard, BMX & scooter demos at the youth park, sumo wrestling, extreme sports, DJ, giveaways, youth focused resource tables and more!


Surrey Youth Fest

Date: Saturday, September 19th
Location: Cloverdale Recreation Centre (6188 – 176th Street, Surrey)
Event Times: 1:00pm – 7:00pm
Youth Dance: 8:00pm – 11:00pm (13-18 years, ID required)

To register call 604-501-5100 using code TTR#4425173. Free Youth Fest Shuttles will provide a safe ride to and from the event from Recreation Centres all over Surrey.

Mainstage Band Lineup

1:40pm – 2:00pm Curtis Heimburger
2:10pm – 2:30pm Occasionally Dropped
2:40pm – 3:00pm Switch to Black
3:10pm – 3:30pm The Known Radicals
3:40pm – 4:00pm Ministry of Misfits
4:10pm – 4:30pm She Dreams in Colour
4:40pm – 5:00pm Sierra Pilcher
5:10pm – 5:30pm Kandy Kings
5:40pm – 6:00pm New Spirit
6:10pm – 6:30pm Ava Carich
6:40pm – 7:00pm Josh Bogert

Musicians: Want to sharpen your skills before Youth Fest? Take part in a Band-Aid Workshop September 12, 2015 at the Surrey Arts Centre (13750 88 Ave). To find out about performing at Youth Fest next year or to sign up for Band-Aid contact or call 604-591-4793.

Activities Schedule

2:00pm – 5:00pm Henna Artist
2:00pm – 5:00pm Airbrush Tattoos
4:00pm – 7:00pm Caricature Artist
8:00pm – 11:00pm Youth Dance (13-18 years, ID required)

Other Activities include: Breakdance battle, Hip Hop Showcase, skateboard, BMX & scooter demos (Cloverdale Youth park), sumo wrestling, euro bungee, rock climbing wall, photobooth, DJ Deth Klown, giveaways, youth focused resource tables, and more.

Resources: Volunteering, Free Shuttle Schedule. Follow Surrey Youth Fest on Facebook and Twitter for more information. To register call 604-501-5100 using code TTR#4425173.

Miss604 is a proud Media Sponsor of Surrey Youth Fest

7 Local Waterfall Hikes Around Vancouver

August 21st, 2015 @ 2:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouverites love a good hike, whether it’s the Grouse Grind after work, Quarry Rock with friends on a sunny Friday afternoon, or a weekend trek up St Mark’s Summit. The views are often reward enough but there are some awe-inspiring waterfalls tucked away in the forests of our local hills that will also satisfy any hiker’s appetite for splendour.

7 Local Waterfall Hikes Around Vancouver

There are some great resources out there for hiking around Metro Vancouver, like Vancouver Tails and Outdoor Vancouver, from which I have sourced some of this information, and other links are provided below where applicable:

Norvan Falls, North Vancouver

Norvan Falls

About This Hike
Rating: Moderate
Distance: 14km
Time Needed: 5 Hours

Twin Falls, Lynn Canyon

Falling in Succession

About This Hike
Rating: Easy, just a short walk from the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge
Alternative: Baden Powell Trail from Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon
Rating: Intermediate
Distance: 12km (one-way)
Time Needed: 5 hours

Cypress Falls, West Vancouver


About This Hike
Rating: Easy
Distance: 3km (round-trip)
Time Needed: 1.5 hours

Cascade Falls, Mission

Cascade Falls - Mission, BC

About This Hike
Rating: Easy
Distance: 0.75km (round-trip)
Time Needed: 0.5 hours

Bridal Veil Falls, Chilliwack

2015-02-28 Chilliwack Bridal Veil Falls 1-1

About This Hike
Rating: Easy
Distance: 0.8km (round-trip)
Time Needed: 0.25 hours

Upper Shannon Falls, Squamish

Shannon Falls

About This Hike
Rating: Moderate
Distance: 7 km
Time Needed: 4 Hours

Brandywine Falls, Whistler

2015-08-16 Whistler Brandywine Falls-1

About This Hike
Rating: Easy
Distance: 1km (round-trip)
Time: 0.5 hours

For each of these hikes, click on the links provided to find more information about elevation gains and the best times of year to plan your visit. Always be prepared for the elements and let someone know where and when you are planning to do your hike. Stay safe out there and have fun!