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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Win Tickets to the Next Vancouver Aquarium After Hours


Monday, July 17th, 2017 — 11:00am PDT
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Vancouver Aquarium After Hours invites guests to enjoy food, wine, beer, and a specialty cocktail while exploring their galleries and making new connections. Spend quality time with your date, bestie, or pals and 50,000+ aquatic creatures during the adults-only event.

Vancouver Aquarium After Hours - Sea Lion

Vancouver Aquarium After Hours

Where: Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park (845 Avison Way)
When: Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 6:30pm to 10:00pm
Tickets: On sale now for $23 (members), $31 (non-members)

Steller’s Bay Sea Lions

Just opened on Canada Day this year, Steller’s Bay is a new exhibit that spotlights majestic and mysterious creatures — Steller sea lions. Transported to a fishing village on Canada’s west coast, visitors delight as they experience sea lions basking brilliantly in the sun and hear them roaring in spectacular chorus. Below the surface stands huge underwater viewing windows where visitors will be immersed in a sea lion’s world, getting up close as the dynamic animals glide through the water with incredible power and agility.

The spectacular new exhibit prominently features an active research station, bringing behind-the-scenes research to the forefront and allowing visitors to deep dive into the critical role these animals play in conserving their counterparts in the wild.

Other Activities

In addition to the ever-changing scenery, there’s lots of fin-tastic things to see and do:

  • Touch a stingray as they glide through the water in the Discover Rays touch pool.
  • See birds of a feather as African penguins waddle about inside the Aquarium.
  • Discover the secret lives of sharks as things heat up in the Tropic Zone.
  • Catch a screening of the thrilling 4-D film, Coastal Predators.

Experience hands-on learning with marine invertebrates like sea stars, sea anemones, and more in the Wet Lab and Discover Rays. Food, cocktails, wine, and beer will be available for purchase. Tickets are only available online. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets early as they often sell out!

Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise initiative, is one of the world’s leading accredited aquariums, dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life.

Enter to Win

I have a pair of tickets to give away to After Hours, here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Click below to post an entry on Twitter
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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 10:00am on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Must be 19+. Please enjoy responsibly.

Follow the Vancouver Aquarium on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more info.

Update The winner is Ali!

Ride the Stanley Park Urban Forest Train This Summer


Monday, July 17th, 2017 — 8:34am PDT
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There’s fun beyond the beaches and picnic areas in Stanley Park this summer as the Stanley Park Urban Forest Train rides the miniature railway until September 4th. The Urban Forest Train is a 12 minute narrated journey that introduces visitors to the history, flora, and fauna of the park.

Stanley Park Urban Forest Train

Stanley Park Urban Forest Train

When: Until September 4, 2017. Monday to Sunday, 10:00am to 5:00pm.
Where: Stanley Park Miniature Railway
Tickets: Adults $6.80, youth $4.86, children $3.40, family $13.60, children 2 and under free. There is also a multi-ride pass program. Inquire at the Stanley Park miniature railway ticket office on site. Every second Sunday beginning July 16, your family dog can ride with you at no charge! See website for full details »

Once summer wraps up and the leaves start to fall, the Stanley Park Ghost Train will return October 8 to 31, then the popular Bright Night Christmas Train will roll through November 28 to January 1, 2018. Follow the Vancouver Park Board on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Livin La Vida Local Contest from We Heart Local


Friday, July 14th, 2017 — 11:10am PDT
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We Heart Local, a year-round initiative that encourages consumers to sample, identify, enjoy and celebrate local BC food and agricultural products, is hosting the Livin La Vida Local contest!

They want to see how you are Livin La Vida Local and are offering the chance to win a $250 prize package which includes gift cards for Save-On-Foods, BC Liquor Stores, CookCulture.com and BC Ferries plus a basket of local goodies.

Livin La Vida Local Contest

To enter, simply follow one of these steps:

  1. Snap a photo of one of your fave local, all year round foods, and then share with a comment about why you love it with @weheartlocalbc on Instagram. Be sure to mention @weheartlocalbc and tag #LivinLaVidaLocalBC.
  2. Not on Instagram? Never fear: you can also upload your photo with a caption on the Facebook Page app or via the We Heart Local contest page.

You can enter once per day (new photos only please) from July 12 – August 7, 2017. Bonus: 8 weekly random prize draw winners will each win a $50 gift card to one of the following: Save-On-Foods, CookCulture.com, BC Liquor Stores or BC Ferries! All entries are eligible for the grand prize.

Prizing schedule:
WEEK 1: $50 BC Ferries gift cards
WEEK 2: $50 Save-On-Foods gift cards
WEEK 3: $50 CookCulture gift cards
WEEK 4: $50 BC Liquor Stores gift cards

Buy Local. Eat Natural!

Enter to Win From Miss604

To promote Livin La Vida Local, I have a prize package to give away just to a lucky Miss604 reader! You can enter to win:

1 $50 BC Ferries gift card
1 $50 Save-On-Foods gift card
1 $50 CookCulture.com gift card
1 $50 BC Liquor Stores gift card

Here’s how:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Share this post on Facebook tagging @WeHeartLocalBC & @Miss604 (1 entry)
  • Click below to post an entry on Twitter
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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Saturday, July 22, 2017. You can still enter to win the Livin La Vida Local until August 7, 2017.

Follow the We Heart Local on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for more info.

Update The winner is Cheryl Green!

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Arts on the Fly Benefit Concert


Friday, July 14th, 2017 — 10:59am PDT
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Last month I toured around the Cariboo and visited communities to learn about their upcoming festivals. I met creative, talented, and passionate people who, unfortunately, are in the middle of the BC wildfire devastation right now. One of the events I was set to promote was Arts on the Fly in Horsefly, BC. With a heavy heart, organizers announced that they had to cancel the event:

“Although Horsefly has power again, evacuation orders in the Cariboo are still increasing, and highways throughout the region are still closed. Our hearts go out to our friends and family affected by the wildfires, and to the firefighters working around the clock. Stay tuned for instructions to receive a refund for your ticket. We thank you for your ongoing support.”

That’s when many of the Vancouver artists who were set to perform setup a benefit concert, which will take place Saturday, July 15th at Wise Hall.

Arts on the Fly Fundraiser
Where: Wise Hall (1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver)
When: Saturday, July 15, 2017. Doors 6:30pm, music at 7:00pm
Admission: Suggested donation of $15-$20 at the door

The show will feature the following acts: Colin Easthope Music, Leathan Milne Band, Sarah Jane Scouten, Jasper Sloan Yip, The Cole Patenaude Band, Lydia Hol, Khari Wendell McClelland, Wooden Horsemen, Kitty & The Rooster, Real Ponchos, and more.

Arts on the Fly Benefit ConcertAll proceeds will support those who have been affected by the wildfires, via Red Cross Canada.

Everyone is encouraged to wear their festival attire – create a mini Arts on the Fly right in Vancouver to show your support. Blankets, tents, snacks, good people and good vibes.

While there is devastation of unimaginable measure in the Cariboo right now, the artists, performers and festival-goers that were ready to get together for Arts on the Fly are just as ready to get together to support a community in need. Bring your dancing shoes, bring your smiles, and bring your support for Arts on the Fly on Saturday.

If you cannot attend, you can still support those affected by the wildfires by donating to the Canadian Red Cross’ appeal here.