Spring Break at Britannia Mine Museum

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 — 9:14am PDT
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Families and kids of all ages can expect to experience fun and enlightening activities this Spring Break at the Britannia Mine Museum with three weeks of workshops, interpretive talks, science experiments and a geoscience dig day from Monday, March 13, 2017 to Friday, March 31, 2017.

Spring Break at Britannia Mine Museum

We love the museum because it has unique activities (like riding into the side of a mountain through an old mining tunnel), combined with lots of cool local history. Check out some of the Spring Break programming for event more fun for the whole family:

Life at Britannia: March 13, 15 & 17 @ 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Take a peek at a piece of Canadian history. Interpreters will illuminate about what life was like at Britannia Mine. Hear the stories behind some of the Museum’s historical archival photos and get hands on with real artifacts from a time when Britannia was a bustling mining town.

Tinker Labs: March 20, 22 & 24 @ 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Ever wonder what’s inside a favourite toy, how a phone or computer works? Tinker Labs gives kids and adults a chance to take apart everyday objects using real tools to investigate their inner workings. Interpreters will be on hand to help visitors explore and learn more about the devices we use in our daily lives.

DIG DAY – Delving into Geoscience: Saturday, March 25 @ 11:00am to 3:00pm
The Museum is partnering with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC and will feature entertaining and educational activities from geoscientists. Visitors can learn about volcanoes, fossils and minerals through engaging activity stations. Instantly grow crystals between microscope slides, learn about tectonic plates by building “Pangea” puzzles, or make a dinosaur diorama to take home.

The Art of Science: March 27, 29 & 31 @ 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Kids can bring their thirst for creativity, science and art for a week of art-themed science experiments. Create explosive art, make toys and bouncy balls using chemistry, learn about aerodynamics with paper airplanes, and dive into geometry.

Photo courtesy of Britannia Mine Museum

The Britannia Mine Museum provides unique and memorable experiences that engage visitors of all ages. Visitors can enjoy fun exhibits and crowd favourites like the underground mine train, the historic 20-storey concentrator mill and gold panning, and learn about Britannia’s history as one of the largest copper mines in the British Commonwealth in the 1930s.

The Britannia Mine Museum is open seven days a week all year round from 9:00am to 5:00pm with guided tours throughout the day (last tour at 3:00pm). Follow on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Spring Break at the Richmond Olympic Experience

Monday, March 13th, 2017 — 11:06am PDT
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This Spring Break at the Richmond Olympic Experience (The Rox), kids 6-12 get in FREE with the purchase of an adult ticket, between March 11 and March 26, 2017!

Spring Break at the Richmond Olympic Experience

Spring Break at the Richmond Olympic Experience

The Rox is the most interactive sports attraction in North America, hosting a highly interactive and dynamic visitor experience celebrating the Olympic Spirit, memories of the 2010 Games, Richmond’s role as an Olympic Venue City.

Check out the exhibits, and the many interactive challenges and sport simulators, from kayak and sit ski to hockey — even sports reporting.

Spring Break at the Richmond Olympic Experience

Participate in the ROX Spring Break Bobsleigh challenge during this time as well and you could win a ride with Canadian Bobsleigh Pilot Chris Spring in Whistler, Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Seattle Sounders tickets, and a Red Robin gift card, or $50 to shop at the Rox’s own gift shop.

The Richmond Olympic Oval is located at 6111 River Rd, Richmond, BC. Follow The ROX on Twitter and Facebook.

Herons of Stanley Park

Saturday, March 11th, 2017 — 9:00am PDT
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This post has been contributed by Greg Hart, Urban Wildlife Programs Coordinator with the Stanley Park Ecology Society.

Herons of Stanley Park

For almost 100 years, herons have called Stanley Park “home”. The earliest known record of these magnificent birds dates back to a 1921 photo by Leonard Frank of a colony near Brockton Point. Even back then, the great blue herons captivated onlookers and Park users.

Stanley Park heron colony, 1921
(Photo: Leonard Frank/City of Vancouver Archives)

Nobody knows exactly when the herons will return—or if this is the year the herons abandon the colony and change location. With an unseasonably cold winter filled with ice and snow, the Pacific great blue herons did not return to their nests at all in February. A few birds landed in the trees briefly last week. However, they quickly disappeared after a couple short hours. Those were the only glimpses of the birds we saw near their colony by the tennis courts in Stanley Park.

Finally, on March 9, several birds landed in the trees. A day later saw more than a dozen Pacific great blue herons claiming nests in the trees. This is an extremely promising sign that they will use this location to nest again this year, just as they have since 2001. There is even one pair of birds engaging in different courtship behaviours. You can watch a video clip of their “bill duel” shot from the Vancouver Park Board’s Heron Cam.

The camera, installed on the balcony of a nearby apartment building, provides a bird’s eye view of all the action of North America’s largest urban Pacific great blue heron colony.

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About the Guest Author:

SPESLogoFourLineAs a member of the Stanley Park Ecology Society ("SPES") for the last six years, I wanted to offer the team an opportunity to share their news, events, and work so I created the "SPES Series" where they contribute and share stories with my audience once a month.

This post has been contributed by Greg Hart, Urban Wildlife Programs Coordinator with SPES.

Win Tickets to Refuge at the Firehall Arts Centre

Friday, March 10th, 2017 — 12:41pm PDT
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The Firehall Arts Centre is proud to produce and present Mary Vingoe’s Refuge from March 18th to April 1st, 2017.

Refuge at the Firehall Arts Centre

  • Where: The Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova, Vancouver)
  • When: Opening Night: March 22 at 8:00pm
    Previews: March 18, 8:00pm, March 19, 3:00pm, March 21, 7:00pm, March 22, 1:00pm
    Performance Times: Tuesday 7:00pm, Wednesday to Friday 8:00pm, Saturday 4:00pm & 8:00pm, Sunday 3:00pm, Wednesday March 22 & 29th at 1:00pm
  • Tickets Available online or by calling (604) 689-0926

Based on the award-winning CBC Radio documentary “Habtom’s Path”, Refuge tells the emotionally riveting story of Eritrean army deserter Ayinom Zerisenai who has landed in Nova Scotia, where his mother already has refugee status. But even as Ayinom’s plight wins the support of immigration lawyer Saul Ackman, questions about his past actions – and his current enigmatic behaviour – begin to haunt Pamela who has taken him under her roof. Could she and her husband be harbouring a legitimate refugee – or a terrorist?

Written by Mary Vingoe and directed by The Firehall Arts Centre’s Donna Spencer, Refuge is a provocative story of the pitfalls of seeking sanctuary in today’s suspicious world.

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

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Follow The Firehall Arts Centre on Twitter, and Facebook to learn more about this production and more.

Update The winner is Suzanne!

#SkiNorthBC Shredding at Shames

Friday, March 10th, 2017 — 9:00am PDT
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This winter I partnered with SnowSeekers, with whom I have done a few fun assignments, to share their #SkiNorthBC stories from destinations in Northern BC.

The team visited Powder King, Terrace, Smithers, Quesnel, Troll Ski Resort, spent 72 Hours in Smithers, explored Hudson Bay Mountain, and visited Terrace. The FINAL story is from SnowSeekers #SkiNorthBC expedition member Matt “Powder Matt” Mosteller who met up Paralympic bronze medallist Caleb Brousseau at Shames Mountain.

Shredding at Shames

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Powder Matt’s visit to Shames starts out with “parking lot attendant greets you with big smiles and blaring classic rock tunes” and escalates to a point where his excitement beams from his report, as he uses terms with which even I am unfamiliar.

“Taking a look at the ski touring map, you can easily picture yourself enjoying a lifetime of options further afar. Or, you could be easily entertained with yo-yo laps for hours, right from the top of the lift. Sure, this place has a good offering of cruisers, in-bound glades, moguls, groomed runs, in addition some steeps and a terrain park.”

Above all else, Matt says that hands down, “the draw is one of North America’s best lift-accessed backcountry ski touring.”

Matt “Powder Matt” Photo

From there, Matt met up with Caleb Brousseau, who recently won bronze in Socchi.

You can’t miss the big smile and laughs, of Caleb Brousseau, who grew up in nearby Terrace, learned how to ski and ride on these family-friendly slopes. His laps were learned on the antique chairlift and t-bar, day in and day out, from sunrise, to sunset. No wonder this kid was hooked on this sport…

…“After all that training and commitment to my sport, it is so cool to be here. Shames is my hometown hill, it offers some of the deepest snow, I have ever seen, and it has hands down some of the best side country offering anywhere,” says Brousseau.

Shames Mountain is a 30-minute drive from Terrace, and it is operated as the first community co-operative ski area in Canada. Read the full story about Shames Mountain via SnowSeekers here »

Jim “Doc Pow” Barr Photo

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Read the full story about Shames Mountain via SnowSeekers here »

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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Thursday, March 9th, 2017 — 1:29pm PDT
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Spring Break is almost here and as such, local attractions are amping up their offerings and programming. This weekend is just the beginning! 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

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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

Friday, March 10, 2017
A Fundraiser for Gordon Neighbourhood House
musica intima: womenspiration
Winter Watershed Snowshoe Tours
Story Story Lie – Woman’s Fundraiser
Le Gala des Rendez-vous de la Francophonie
Tomboy Survival Guide
A Dram Come True
Vancouver Art Gallery: FUSE: ReFuse
Eastside Flea Spring Market
Vancouver International Dance Festival: Dairakudakan: Paradise
Opening of Amazonia: The Rights of Nature at the MOA
CelticFest Vancouver
Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival
Transit: An Original Play
The Wizard of Oz at the Michael J Fox Theatre
Théâtre la Seizième Present: Bonjour, là, bonjour
Vancouver International Women in Film Festival
Chutzpah! Festival
Vancouver International Dance Festival
OKUNI ~ Mother of Kabuki

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