Mini Golf Fundraiser in Vancouver

May 12th, 2016 @ 7:07pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Enjoy mini golf for a cause, combined with beloved children’s literature themes at the Hastings Hole-in-One weekend fundraiser for The Writers’ Exchange.

mini golf for a cause

Mini Golf Fundraiser in Vancouver

Here There is joining forces with The Writers’ Exchange to pull stories from the pages of your favourite kid’s books and put them onto the green for Hastings Hole-in-One, a wacky, storybook themed, pop-up mini-golf fundraiser.

Pagemasters Championship May 27th, 2016 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Putt-Putt for All May 28th, 2016 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Friends and Families May 28th & May 29th, 2016 10:00am to 5:00pm
The evening events starting at 6:00pm on Friday, May 27th and Saturday, May 28th are 19+.

Where: 881 East Hastings, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online now

Play holes inspired by your most cherished classics like the Paper Bag Princess, Where the Wild Things Are, Harry Potter, and the Very Hungry Caterpillar.

On the evening of May 27th, rally friends and workmates for The Pagemasters Championship mini-golf tournament for a chance to win big bragging rights and the coveted Pagemasters Trophy. For those not feeling competitive, Putt-Putt For All on May 28th gives mini-golfers a chance for casual play with music, drinks and prizes – all while supporting The Writers’ Exchange. Looking for something all-ages? There will be a Families and Friends daytime drop-in on May 28th and 29th.

The Writers’ Exchange is a program dedicated to getting inner-city kids excited about reading and writing. Here There is a studio dedicated to crafting experiences to activate brands, ideas and objects in pursuit of good times.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

May 12th, 2016 @ 11:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s going to be another warm weekend in Vancouver as we gear up for summer. Have a picnic in Stanley Park, check out some local lakes, and enjoy a hike or two along with the following events and activities:

Things to do in Vancouver

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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

Friday, May 13, 2016
Royal City Craft Beer Revolution
A Dram Come True at Hycroft
FACTS Vancouver Biodiversity and Innovation Conference
Graham Clark Presents InstaGRAHAM
Country Night in Surrey
The Indestructibles Live in Vancouver
Shipyards Night Market, North Vancouver
Environmental Extravaganza, Surrey
Circus West Presents: Dream Factory
Ballet BC’s Program 3
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Revolver Festival
Metro Theatre Presents: Towards Zero by Agatha Christie
CANstruction Vancouver

Saturday, May 14, 2016
Family Fun Day at Britannia Mine Museum
The Dunbar Chronicles, A Walk Through Dunbar History
Sea to Sky Gondola 2nd Birthday Celebration
Super Saturday, Jayne Blumenthal
People Like Us: Broadway Revue for Charity
Social Fabric Celebration
Bear Creek Wildlife Park
Vancouver Arts Lip Sync Battle II
Point Grey Village Music & Food Fest
Cambie Spring Swap Meet, Richmond
Rhodes to Mental Health
CEFA Open House, New Westminster
Leigh Square Sound Lounge
Sheep to Shawl at the Surrey Museum
Trout Lake Farmers Market
Circus West Presents: Dream Factory
Ballet BC’s Program 3
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Revolver Festival
Metro Theatre Presents: Towards Zero by Agatha Christie

Sunday, May 15, 2016
Kellie Haines CD Launch Celebration & Free Musical Performance
13th Annual JCC Festival Ha’Rikud
Sunday Paella Series at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
Vancouverite: A Comedy Show
Second Sunday Concert Series
Gayblevision: Our Vision / Our Archive
40th Anniversary Celebration Concert
MEC Vancouver Century Ride
Scotiabank MS Walk
Bright Futures Walk-a-Thon
Vancouver Academy of Music: Gorgeous Gershwin
Master Class in Food Photography
Rhythm of My World by Jacintha Krish
Woman 2 Warrior
PoMo Talks- World Café
Kitsilano Farmers Market
Circus West Presents: Dream Factory
DOXA Documentary Film Festival
Revolver Festival
Metro Theatre Presents: Towards Zero by Agatha Christie

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Vancouver Mini Maker Faire

May 12th, 2016 @ 7:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Walking through the PNE Forum last year, John and I were in awe of call the cool gadgets, roaming exhibits, and fascinating creations that were a part of Vancouver Mini Maker Faire. Robots were rolling around, inventions and crafts were being shown off, and the soldering station was full of dads and daughters working together. It was such a fun and creative atmosphere, and it’s coming back to the PNE Forum this summer.


Vancouver Mini Maker Faire

What do liquid nitrogen desserts, stained glass video game characters, and interactive art installations have in common? They’re just some of the fascinating Maker projects exhibiting at the 5th annual Vancouver Mini Maker Faire!

When: June 11-12, 2016 from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Where: PNE Forum (Renfrew & Hastings)
Tickets: On sale online now

This year is shaping up to be the biggest and best year yet featuring a curated selection of workshops and presentations, and more than 120 exhibits for attendees to discover what Vancouver Makers have been creating behind closed doors.

VancouverMiniMakerFaireCollageWhat once may have been a solo project by a garage tinkerer or a side diversion by a hobby club is now celebrated at this yearly show-&-tell. Since the first event in Vancouver in 2011, VMMF has showcased the do-it-yourself ethos that has inspired not only a global movement of Makers, but the cooperative and creative community that has sprouted in Vancouver in recent years.

It’s the only event where you’ll see this city’s tech enthusiasts, crafters, librarians, science clubs, hobbyists, artists, and imaginative kids congregated under one roof in a two-day celebration of learning, inventing and making. Complete with interactive displays, hands-on workshops, roaming exhibitions, boisterous performers and lively project demonstrations, the event is perfect for the creative or the curious of all ages. We’ve also got food trucks to keep you going as you explore the grounds.

Whether you build, craft, teach, hack, invent, or just want to learn, Vancouver Mini Maker Faire encourages everyone to roll up their sleeves, cast off the fear of failure, and make!

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Follow Vancouver Mini Maker Faire on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Extra Giveaway!

Update The first winner is Steve V! I’m going to keep this going with ANOTHER family pack up for grabs until Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 12:00pm.

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Lynn Canyon Photowalk

May 11th, 2016 @ 5:11pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I’ve done the surprise party and the pub nights, I’ve hosted friends and family for dinner, and I’ve collected my free birthday beverages at local coffee shops but when 2016 rolled around I wanted to share what I love with some of the people I love the most in this world. For my birthday this year, I wanted to walk in the woods with my friends.

On a chilly but sunny January morning my husband walked to the Sea Bus terminal in Downtown Vancouver and hopped the commuter boat across Burrard Inlet to the Lonsdale Quay exchange in North Vancouver. We got on the 228 Upper Lynn Valley rode it all the way to the aptly-named End of the Line General Store. There, inside the cafe, were my friends and my sister, enjoying a pre-hike warm-up beverage.

Lynn Canyon Park opened in 1912 and has been a popular playground for locals ever since. Spanning 617 acres, it features hiking trails — from easy loops for the family to connections to the North Shore’s extensive Baden-Powell Trail — a cafe and ecology centre, the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, forest trails and waterfall views. For my birthday, I wanted walk in this west coast rain forest wilderness. And I did. And I took many photos:

Lynn Canyon Photowalk

Exploring Lynn Canyon

Exploring Lynn Canyon

Exploring Lynn Canyon

Exploring Lynn Canyon

Moss dripped from branches like melting snow and fellow hikers huddled for photo opportunities along the banks of the river. The air was crisp and clean, and our little group filed between colossal evergreens, in between our own stops to pose for Instagram-worthy pictures. Sunshine lit the canopy, turning bright greens into yellows, while arrow-straight firs lined every hillside like prison bars but they made you feel exceptionally free.

Exploring Lynn Canyon

Exploring Lynn Canyon

Exploring Lynn Canyon

Exploring Lynn Canyon

Exploring Lynn Canyon

Exploring Lynn Canyon

Exploring Lynn Canyon

Exploring Lynn Canyon

Exploring Lynn Canyon


View all of my Lynn Canyon photos in this album on Flickr.

New Dates for the PNE: Have Your Say

May 11th, 2016 @ 12:21pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Fair at the PNE is a 105 year old tradition in Vancouver but they are currently seeking public input to see if they should have new dates starting in 2018.

PNE 2015

“Each year, the Fair at the PNE runs the last 2 weeks of August, ending on Labour Day Monday. Weather plays a significant role in the success of the Fair, but 30 years of research shows that it continues to get colder and wetter during late August. The PNE is considering moving the Fair to the last 2 weeks of July ending on Monday of August BC Day long weekend. This change would begin in 2018 or later.”

Complete the survey to share your input about new dates for the PNE and as a token of appreciation, you will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 85 prizes. Follow the PNE on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Feastival Nanaimo Feed Your Body and Spirit

May 11th, 2016 @ 6:31am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Nanaimo’s annual festival of food, Feastival returns for the second year, June 17-18, 2016. It features a tradeshow event, family cooking classes, celebrity chefs, and Sips at Feastival, featuring local craft breweries, small-batch island wineries, local artisanal spirit producers. I recently wrote a story for FestivalSeekers about another major component of the festival: the third annual chowder competition.

While you’re in town for the savoury treats cooked up at Feastival, you can enjoy some sweets — and some sweet views — with these other activities to get the most out of your Nanaimo visit for Feastival:

Nanaimo Bar Trail

This classic Vancouver Island dessert has an entire self-guided walking tour in its honour, the Nanaimo Bar Trail. With over 30 suggested stops, you can devour classic squares or Nanaimo Bar truffles and cupcakes, deep fried Nanaimo Bars, and even a Nanaimo Bar Martini.

Feastival Nanaimo



Ammonite Falls Hike

Just a quick drive from town, you can hike into Ammonite Falls in Benson Creek Falls Regional Park. Wind up and down the hilly terrain on a well-marked path that leads you between evergreens and across a brief clearing until you reach the ravine carved out by the falls. At the top, you’ll find a steep pathway down to the base of the falls along with a rope to help you keep your balance, and steady your footing on the way back up.


Hike to Ammonite Falls

Hike to Ammonite Falls

Hike to Ammonite Falls

Pose for Instagram photos in the mist once the waterfalls are reached, cool down, then begin your return trip. It’s definitely a popular course, about 1 hour each way from the designated parking lot to the falls, and you’ll find other hikers and trail runners along the route.

Flightseeing Tour with Sunshine Coast Air

Want to get a unique view of the city of Nanaimo and its surrounding islands? Get above it all on a flightseeing tour with Sunshine Coast Air.

Flightseeing with Sunshine Coast Air

Departing right from the heart of the Nanaimo harbour, this scenic 40 minute float plane tour heads south Nanaimo through the Stuart Channel. Spot wildlife and take some photos of Gabriola Island, Cedar Island, DeCourcy Island, Ruxton Island, Valdes Island, and Thetis Island before you loop back towards Nanaimo harbour.


Flightseeing with Sunshine Coast Air

Flightseeing with Sunshine Coast Air


Feast in Nanaimo, and play in its backyard this summer! Read my full article about Feastival Nanaimo over on the FestivalSeekers website and check out Tourism Nanaimo‘s resources to plan your trip to this thriving Vancouver Island region.