Winter Watershed Snowshoe Tours

January 20th, 2015 @ 10:26am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The summertime watershed tours now have a winter counterpart, which involves snowshoeing, education about our local environment, and a cup of hot chocolate.

Snowy trees on Mount Seymour
Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Winter Watershed Snowshoe Tours

Enjoy a moderately strenuous snowshoe tour as you learn about the important role our snowcapped mountains play in the collection and storage of your drinking water. Learn about adaptations of the local plants and animals that call the Seymour Watershed home.

There is currently a waitlist for the January 25th and February 15th tours but February 19th, February 22nd, March 8th, March 12th, March 15th, and March 22nd are available to book today. The times are 9:30am to 1:00pm or 6:00pm to 9:30pm.

Find available dates and register online (click Available for Registration, then click Adult/Youth) or call 604-432-6359 to book. The fee is $18 per person, must be 18+ to participate.

Best Buy Fitness Giveaway

January 19th, 2015 @ 10:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Following through on your New Year’s resolutions has never been easier now that there is technology to help track, measure, boost, and even entertain while working out. Best Buy’s fitness solutions, both online and in-store, cover everything from wearable technology, health monitors, and training equipment to sports nutrition, vitamins and supplements, juicers and blenders.

Best Buy Fitness Giveaway

To motivate you to finish that lap of the Seawall or do that extra sweat-soaked set in the gym, I have a prize pack valued at $450 to help one Miss604 reader stay on top of their game:

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Kaizen Naturals Whey Isolate, Kaizen Naturals Vegan Protein Powder, Monster Adidas in-ear isolating Headphones, Misfit Shine Activity Tracker, and a Breville Juicer! Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming your favourite way to stay in/get in shape (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a @bestbuycanada fitness prize pack from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/HA2Nt

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Follow Best Buy Canada on Facebook and Twitter for more product information.

20 Stunning Photos of BC Place at Night

January 19th, 2015 @ 9:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

A few events occurred that have made False Creek a hot spot for nighttime photography in recent years. First, Science World updated its geodisic dome with LED lighting. Then we began populating the Olympic Village and South East False Creek developments. Finally, BC Place got a new roof with its Northern Lights display that can be customized to light up as a Union Jack, a poppy, or a bright rainbow for pride.

BC Place Stadium
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

The combination of water, mountain views, sunsets, and dazzling light displays with the city in the background lead to some spectacular nighttime photography. Here are just a few of my favourite photos of BC Place at night that have been shared with the Miss604 Flickr Pool:

Stunning Photos of BC Place at Night

BC Place
The old BC Place roof. Photo credit: colddayforpontooning on Flickr

New Year Skyline
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Reflections of BC Place
Photo credit: JC Photography on Flickr

Pilings and Stadium
Photo credit: Jaden Nyberg on Flickr

Night View from False Creek
Photo credit: GoToVan on Flickr

The Colors Of The Night
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

All The Colors Of Vancouver
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Creekside
Photo credit: Wayneson Chan on Flickr

Vancouver's Lights
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

Vancouver BC Place in Red at Night
Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO on Flickr

BC Place
Photo credit: Claude Martin on Flickr

Night Flight over Vancouver
Photo credit: Claude Schneider on Flickr

Bright Lights, Blue Skys
Photo credit: Wayneson Chan on Flickr

BC Place
Photo credit: Andrew P L Wong on Flickr

Rainbow BC Place at Starry Starry Night
Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO on Flickr

BC Place to Fly “Virtual” Union Jack This Week
Photo credit: Ann Hung on Flickr

Vancouver BC Place in Blue at Night
Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO on Flickr

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Photo credit: Keath Ling on Flickr

Cirque du Soleil Firework Display
Photo credit: Alexis Birkill on Flickr

Related: Public Tours of BC Place, Archive Photos of BC Place.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

January 15th, 2015 @ 9:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This weekend is the launch of several festivals in Vancouver, whether you love hot chocolate, gluten free foods, or dinning out in Vancouver.

City of lights - Vancouver
Photo credit: Jamjam 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, January 16, 2015
Sponsored by Miss604: Friday Late Night Movies at the Rio Theatre
Raincity Chronicles
Vancouver Sketch Comedy Festival
Dine Out Vancouver: Festival Events and Dining Specials
Pacific Theatre Presents: Underneath the Lintel
The Vancouver KnowShow
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink

Saturday, January 17, 2015
Winter Farmers Market at Nat Bailey
SpongeBob Squarepants at the Vancouver Maritime Museum
The Core of Yoga: Essential Plank Training. Supporting Variety: The Children’s Charity
ROAM Dinner Party Series
VSO New Music Festival
Vancouver Gluten Free Expo
Dine Out: Vancouver Foodster Presents Gastown Brunch Crawl
Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival: Various Locations
Pacific Theatre Presents: Underneath the Lintel
Vancouver Sketch Comedy Festival
Dine Out Vancouver: Festival Events and Dining Specials
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink

Sunday, January 18, 2015
Cannery Farmers Market, Steveston
The Ovation Awards
The Cinematheque: Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival: Conversation with Sandra Oh
ZHOOSH Sunday Series – Fitness & Health Seminars
Dine Out: Vancouver Foodster Presents Kitsilano Brunch Crawl
Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen: The Tempest
Painting pARTy at NY Grill and Bistro in Langley
Vancouver Gluten Free Expo
Vancouver Sketch Comedy Festival
Dine Out Vancouver: Festival Events and Dining Specials
Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival: Various Locations
Free Skating at Robson Square Ice Rink

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.

Win Tickets to PuSh Festival Shows

January 15th, 2015 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The 2015 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival runs January 20th to February 8th, presenting groundbreaking work in the live performing arts. Last year, the festival had over 150 performances and events in 15 performance venues over 20 days. Attendance was almost 24,000 with 37 sellouts! PuSH has become a signature Vancouver event since it began in 2003, showcasing adventurous contemporary works in a spirit of innovation and dialogue.

Win Tickets to PuSh Festival Shows

I have tickets to give away to two PuSh Festival shows:

So Blue

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So Blue by Louise Lecavalier (Canada). Presented by PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, DanceHouse & 149 Arts Society. Running January 20th and January 21st at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

Louise Lecavalier is a force to be reckoned with. She pushes against the limits of human movement. With the daring of an acrobat, the discipline of an ascetic and the ferocity of a wild animal, she gives a performance that explodes in energy. Along with partner Frédéric Tavernini, she leaps, spins and shakes onstage; as time goes on you may find yourself wondering how much further she can go. It’s a liberated expression of the body, and with her shape-shifting, androgynous stage persona she comes close to representing a wholeness that our gendered world divides. So Blue has a certain strangeness to it, like that of a ritual with its own secret rules, but Lecavalier never loses rapport with the audience. She’s an athlete, an artist and a spectacular entertainer, and her work is a triumph.

Enter to win a pair of tickets to the 8:00pm performance of So Blue on January 20, 2015.

  • Leave a comment on this post with the name of this show (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win @PuShFestival tickets from @Miss604 #SoBlue http://ow.ly/HofbQ

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Sunday, January 18, 2015.

The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik

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The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik by Tim Watts (Australia). Presented by PuSh International Performing Arts Festival & Vancouver International Children’s Festival. Running January 21st to January 24th at The Waterfront Theatre

The oceans have risen, the land has been swamped, and the survivors look down at the water from the tops of skyscrapers and mountains. In this dazzling multimedia show, we follow the adventures of a man who braves the oceans. As human life lies on the brink of extinction, Alvin Sputnik will embark on a mission into the deep, to save the world and find the soul of his dead wife. Tim Watts is a puppeteer and animator at the top of his powers. Through this work, as performed by St John Cowcher, Watts evokes the enchantment of childhood wonder and the power of age-old storytelling, creating a world of beauty and wonder. Children and adults alike will be transfixed; this is an award-winning work of art that crosses boundaries of age. It’s a revelation, and a delight.

Enter to win a pair of tickets to the 8:00pm performance of The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik on January 23, 2015.

  • Leave a comment on this post with the name of this show (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win @PuShFestival tickets from @Miss604 #TheAdventuresOfAlvinSputnik http://ow.ly/HofbQ

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

Purchase PuSh Passes and PuSh Tickets to attend the 2015 PuSh Festival. View the full lineup online and follow along on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Update The winner is Annie!

Vancouver Icons: Vancouver Maritime Museum

January 15th, 2015 @ 10:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver Maritime Museum was built around the RCMP vessel the St. Roch, a National Historic Site in Canada, in 1959. The building’s shape, reflecting the boats that surround it in the nearby marina and waters of the Salish Sea, tell of what treasures can be found within and make it a fitting subject for today’s Vancouver Icons photo feature:

Vancouver Maritime Museum
Photo credit: Zorro1968 on Flickr

Along with the the St. Roch, an historic arctic exploration vessel used by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the museum also has extensive galleries of model ships, including a particularly fine bone model of the French warship Vengeur du Peuple which was built around 1800 by French prisoners of war, a Children’s Maritime Discovery Centre, a recreation of the fo’c’sle (forecastle) of Vancouver’s ship Discovery, an extensive collection of maritime art, and a large library and archives.

Outdoor displays include the NASA undersea research vessel Ben Franklin and the boiler of the SS Beaver – the first steamship in the Pacific Northwest; the museum also has a small heritage harbour.

Crow's Nest, St. Roch
Photo credit: SCC somecanuckchick dot com on Flickr

Vancouver Maritime Museum Ceiling
Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Winter Wander @ Vanier Park
Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

Winter Wander @ Vanier Park Winter Wander @ Vanier Park
Photo credit: John Biehler & John Biehler on Flickr

Maritime Museum
Photo credit: flightlog on Flickr

A great little “tourist in your hometown” trip is taking a False Creek Ferry to the Vancouver Maritime Museum stop, exploring the attraction, then hopping back on the ferry and heading over to Granville Island or one of its other False Creek stops for more adventures.

Riding the False Creek Ferries
Photo credit: The West End on Flickr

Maritime Museum of Vancouver Maritime Museum
Photo credit: sipierdi & Henry Merino on Flickr

Vancouver Maritime Museum
Photo credit: David Drucker on Flickr

Two Museum Pieces
Photo credit: AJ on Flickr

Maritime Museum Marina
Photo credit: Duncan Rawlinson on Flickr

Vancouver Maritime Museum
Photo credit: colink. on Flickr

Follow the Vancouver Maritime Museum on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Previous Vancouver Icons posts: Flack Block, The Drop, Prospect Point Lighthouse, Engagement, Ovaltine Cafe, The English Bay Slide, Freezing Water #7, Cleveland Dam, Heritage Hall, School of Theology Building at UBC, Gate to the Northwest Passage, St Paul’s Hospital, Capilano Lake, Stawamus Chief, Nine O’Clock Gun, Malkin Bowl, Search, Vancouver Rowing Club, Echoes, Point Atkinson Lighthouse, English Bay Inukshuk, Hollow Tree, Hotel Europe, Lions Gate Bridge Lions, LightShed, Granville Bridge, 217.5 Arc x 13′, Canoe Bridge, Vancouver Block, Bloedel Conservatory, Centennial Rocket, Canada Place, Old Courthouse/Vancouver Art Gallery, Dominion Building, Science World, Gastown Steam Clock, SFU Burnaby, Commodore Lanes, Siwash Rock, Kitsilano Pool, White Rock Pier, Main Post Office, Planetarium Building, Lord Stanley Statue, Vancouver Library Central Branch, Victory Square, Digital Orca, The Crab Sculpture, Girl in Wetsuit, The Sun Tower, The Hotel Vancouver, The Gassy Jack Statue, The Marine Building, and The Angel of Victory. Should you have a suggestion for the Vancouver Icons series please feel free to leave a note in the comments. It should be a thing, statue, or place that is very visible and recognizable to the public.

The Best Old PNE Photos 1914-1980

January 15th, 2015 @ 9:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The City of Vancouver Archives has digitized over 8,000 images from the Pacific National Exhibition (“PNE”) thanks to funding from the British Columbia History Digitization Program. These images are easy to view, re-use, and share. Additionally, they have digitized another 874 images under copyright which can be viewed via the Archives.

Women on Sky Glider chair lift
1971: Women on the Sky Glider chair lift. Archives# AM281-S8-: CVA 180-6891.

The Best Old PNE Photos 1914-1980

PNE photos are very popular as they capture summers of years past in Vancouver, family time, and childhood memories. The sights, the rides, the smells (either good from the concession or less than savoury from the barns), the shopping, the shows and many good times.

Here is just a sampling of the City of Vancouver Archives‘ efforts and hard work they put into sharing these images with us:

Loopo plane ride in midway carnival
1940: Loopo plane ride in midway carnival. Archives# AM281-S8-: CVA 180-0798.

Children on rollercoaster in P.N.E. Gayway
1952: Children on the coaster. Archives# AM281-S8-: CVA 180-1794.


1936: Salt and Pepper ride. Archives# AM640-S1-: CVA 260-506.

Amusement park rides on P.N.E. Gayway grounds
1948: Amusement rides. Archives #AM281-S8-: CVA 180-1517.


1955: Ferris wheels. Archives# CVA 180-3880.

Women in bathing suits posing with a prize bull
1927: Women in bathing suits posing with a prize bull. Archives# AM281-S8-: CVA 180-0296.

B.C. Telephone Co. exhibit on how to use the dial telephone
1940: B.C. Telephone Co. exhibit on how to use the dial telephone. Archives #AM281-S8-: CVA 180-0876.

Acrobatic performance in midway carnival sideshow Clown posing with ducks
(Left) 1940: Acrobatic performance in midway carnival sideshow. Archives# AM281-S8-: CVA 180-0794. (Right) 1952: Clown with ducks. Archives# AM281-S8-: CVA 180-1776.

Miss P.N.E., Lynn Adcock, posing with clown at main gates to Exhibition Park
1959: Miss PNE and a clown. Archives# AM281-S8-: CVA 180-2026.


1960s: Archives# AM1435-: CVA 1435-217.

Illuminated amusement rides in P.N.E. Playland at night
1961: PNE rides at night. Archives# AM281-S8-: CVA 180-3874.

Oddball oasis : [camel with lion-shaped fiberglass water fountain on P.N.E. grounds]
1965: Oddball oasis : Camel with lion-shaped fiberglass water fountain on P.N.E. grounds. Archives# AM281-S8-: CVA 180-6041.


1963: PNE crowds near the BC Building. Archives# AM281-S8-: CVA 180-6629.

Crowd outside of 1964 P.N.E. program grand prize house
1964: PNE Prize Home. Archives# AM281-S8-: CVA 180-3945.

Phyllis Diller with mannequin wearing Edwin Buzz Aldrin's Apollo 11 spacesuit in Pacific Coliseum display
1969: Phyllis Diller with Buzz Aldrin mannequin. Archives# AM281-S8-: CVA 180-4190.

B. Baddeley and J. Terry married by United Church Minister Rev. L. Dixon on P.N.E. Happyland Ferris wheel
1965. Married on the Happyland ferris wheel. Archives# AM281-S8-: CVA 180-3876.2.


1969: Archives# AM1551-S2-: 2010-006.180.


1969: Archives# AM1551-S2-: 2010-006.189.

1972: Main entrance gates. Archives# AM281-S8-: CVA 180-6902.

Billingsgate Seafood Bar concession
1971: Billingsgate Seafood Bar concession. Archives# AM281-S8-: CVA 180-6808

1970 P.N.E. Opening Day Parade
1970: Opening day parade. Archives# AM281-S8-: CVA 180-4294.12.


1970: Sky Glider chair lift on PNE grounds. Archives# CVA 180-4292.06.


1970s: View of the PNE. Archives# 2010-006.235.


1974: Archives# AM1551-S2-: 2010-006.237.


1975: PNE crowds, East Vancouver houses in the background. Archives# AM281-S8-: CVA 180-7106.


1977: The Dog’s Ear souvenirs. Archives# CVA 180-7417.


(Left) 1979: Archives# AM1551-S2-: 2010-006.125. (Right) Archives# AM1551-S2-: 2010-006.126.


1980: Archives# AM1551-S2-: 2010-006.133.


1971: Crowd watching All-Terrain Vehicles Show, with Sky Glider chair lift overhead. Archives# CVA 180-6879.

Follow the City of Vancouver Archives on Twitter and Facebook for more vintage photos and collections, news and events.

Related: History of the Wooden Coaster at the PNE, Challenger Relief Map of BC, Archive Photos of Amusement Park Rides.

Dine Out Vancouver 2015: Brunch Crawls

January 14th, 2015 @ 11:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Dine Out Vancouver returns January 16 to February 1, 2015 with more than 70 food-themed events, 25 hotels offering special room rates and packages, a record-setting 277 restaurants dishing up prix fixe menus at $18, $28 and $38 price points. A big part of Dine Out Vancouver over the years has been its events and nothing gets Vancouverites quite as excited as food trucks and unique street eats. Richard Wolak of Vancouver Foodster is famous for his neighbourhood dining events and he’s stepped up to present a multi-date series celebrating everyone’s favourite meal, brunch.

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Dine Out Vancouver Brunch Crawls

“Brunch is popular in our city because it gives people a chance to catchup with friends over food, which is a widely popular activity for most foodies,” Richard told me over email. “People lead busy working lives during the week, since most of the foodie oriented restaurants are often busy during the weeknights, the weekend has become the time people can make it an outing and be casual.”

Gastown Brunch Crawl
Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 10:00am to 2:00pm

Kitsilano Brunch Crawl
Sunday, January 18, 2015 from 10:00am to 2:00pm

Main Street Brunch Crawl
Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 10:00am to 2:00pm

Downtown Vancouver Brunch Crawl
Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 10:00am to 2:00pm

West End Brunch Crawl
Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 10:00am to 2:00pm

Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl
Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 10:00am to 2:00pm

Richard says each neighbourhood crawl will be different due to the makeup of each area. “For example in the Gastown Brunch Crawl on January 17th you’ll find a French and Spanish focus with menu items such as Croquetta de Bacalao (salt cod), burnt orange, sherry sauce, fennel salad at Salida 7 and Cassoulet at Jules Bistro.

On the Kitsilano Brunch Crawl January 18th you will find a Vietnamese and Italian focus with Novo Breakfast pizza – Fontina, fior di latte, Aleppo pepper, red onions, smoked pancetta, sous vide quail egg, Iberian salumi, chives at Novo Pizzeria and Peanut Macarons with Peanut butter cream, almond, toasted peanut at Linh Cafe — just to name a few.”

Tickets are available online through Dine Out Vancouver for $40* (general admission) and $60** (for Club Amuse-Bouche).

For the latest information follow Dine Out Vancouver on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, along with the tag #dovf.

* Tax, gratuities and ticketing fees not included. ** Club Amuse-bouche tickets include priority check-in at 9:45am and a VIP Gift Bag. Tax, gratuities and ticketing fees not included.