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Canada Day Fireworks Vancouver, New Westminster, Surrey, White Rock

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

Fireworks displays are always popular in the summer and when you have a dazzling show in the sky, following a full day of Canada Day activities, it makes a night out that much more magical.

Canada Day 2010 Fireworks Above Canada Place
Photo credit: Rikki / Julius Reque on Flickr

Canada Day Fireworks Surrey

The City of Surrey’s Canada Day in Cloverdale always culminates with a fireworks show once the main stage headliners play their last encore. This free spectacle at 10:15pm follows a full day of family fun at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre (176 Street & 64th Ave).

Canada Day Fireworks White Rock

Visit Canada Day by the Bay in White Rock with fireworks at West Beach starting at 10:15pm.

Canada Day Fireworks Vancouver

Hudson’s Bay is sponsoring Vancouver’s fireworks viewing zone at Canada Place on July 1st. Catch the Burrard Inlet fireworks from the shoreline or purchase VIP viewing tickets that include entertainment starting at 8:30pm, and the fireworks at 10:30pm. Purchase through TicketsTonight online.

Canada Day Fireworks in West Vancouver

Simultaneously run with the Canada Place fireworks, Dundarave in West Vancouver will have its own fireworks barge. Viewing areas include the north side of the Stanley Park sea wall and Ambleside beach.

Canada Day Fireworks New Westminster

New Westminster’s Canada Day festivities take place in Queen’s Park but the nighttime fireworks will happen along the Fraser River. Purchase a dinner + fireworks package from Wild Rice in the River Market to enjoy VIP seating on the patio between 8:30pm and 10:00pm.

Staying Connected with Roam Mobility in the USA

June 24th, 2015 @ 1:44pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vacations are for relaxing and engaging with a new place or a favourite, familiar destination. We try to disconnect from work by leaving daily duties behind as wheels start to turn on the highway or wheels go up on the landing gear. However, staying connected actually really helps us enjoy our time away. John and I recently traveled to New York and Boston, revisiting two cities that have very special places in our hearts. Thanks to Roam Mobility, we were able to navigate these cities and enjoy the perfect holiday, without paying a fortune and without hunting down Wi-Fi hotspots.

Staying Connected with Roam Mobility in the USA

Mobile Apps for Flights and Trains

Download your airline’s app to check-in, store your e-boarding pass, and get the latest flight information. I used the Cathay Pacific app to track out flight since it was delayed out of Vancouver and New York.

AmtrakNYBos

We also took the train from Penn Station in New York up to South Station in Boston and I stored our boarding passes on the Amtrak App, got station information, and travel tips.

Eating, Drinking, Reservations

Reviews and Nearby Eating: If we didn’t already know where we wanted to have breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the Yelp app came in handy. We could see what was in the vicinity, the latest reviews, photos of dishes, and more.

You’re going to need a reservation for dinner, especially in New York, so the Open Table app saved us on a few occasions. In fact after striking out at one establishment in the East Village our friends used the Open Table app to book us a table in the Lower East Side via the Open Table app and by the time we walked over we were seated.

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City and Transit Navigation

We used transit a lot in Boston and New York, two of the best (and most affordable) systems in the world. The Transit App was handy for subway times and stop information, and the MBTA Apps were useful for when we left Boston and took the commuter rail out of the city. Of course there’s also Google Maps for walking directions as we were on foot most of the time.

Boston-Train-Concord

Instagram to Share the Fun

Sharing photos with folks back from and online was made easy with Instagram, my photo app of choice.

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These are just a few of the apps I connected with, using Roam Mobility, while walking through the Harpoon Brewery on a tour at Boston’s seaport, waiting for a commuter rail train in Concord, or during the 7th inning stretch at Fenway Park. Even while eating some cookies from the East Village’s Fresco Gelateria while resting on a park bench in New York.

About Roam Mobility

Roam Mobility offers affordable roaming plans for Canadians travelling to the USA with rates as low as $1.95 per day. Their unlimited plans are available with nationwide talk and global text messaging, free calling back to Canada, plus high-speed 4G LTE data and more. With Roam Mobility, there are no contracts or commitments. You can even purchase plans for daily use. You just use the service whenever you travel to the USA and keep the SIM card for future trips. They even have plans for Mexico now!

You can stay connected with Roam Mobility by picking up a SIM card your travels south of the border. With a wide range of coverage, and very affordable rate plans, you can top-up on the go to stay in touch.

Win a Roam Mobility Prize Pack

To get ready for travel season, Roam Mobility has offered up a prize pack to one lucky Miss604 reader that includes:

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming your favourite travel app (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a @roammobility USA travel prize w/ #Android phone, unlimited roaming plan via @miss604 http://ow.ly/OKKIq

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Follow Roam Mobility on Twitter and Facebook for more information about their products and services.

Update The winner is Stephanie!

Disclosure: Sponsored Post

This post is sponsored by Roam Mobility. Views are my own as I have used the service since 2012 and am familiar with the plans and offerings.

Photos of Northern Lights in Metro Vancouver

June 24th, 2015 @ 11:15am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

These crisp, clear nights with perfect conditions across the entire hemisphere have seen the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis, dancing in the skies above locations in Quebec, Ohio, Wisconsin, and in BC. Rarely dipping as far south as Vancouver, this stunning celestial display has been captured by local photographers over the last week.

Photos of Northern Lights in Metro Vancouver

Dancing in the Dark ~ Porteau Cove, BC
Porteau Cove. Photo credit: SeaSide Signs ~ Vancouver, BC on Flickr

Aurora Borealis and Milky Way
Photo credit: Jason Do Carmo on Flickr

Magnetic Magic ~ Vancouver, BC
West Vancouver. Photo credit: SeaSide Signs ~ Vancouver, BC on Flickr

Aurora Borealis
Port Coquitlam. Photo credit: Gemy on Flickr

Northern Lights in Vancouver
Porteau Cove. Photo credit: Alyssa Schroeder on Flickr

Aurora Borealis
Rainbow Park, Whistler. Photo credit: Patrick Hui on Flickr

Vancouver Northern Lights at Porteau Cove
Porteau Cove. Photo credit: Alyssa Schroeder on Flickr

Follow AuroraMAX on Twitter for the latest information about where you can view the Northern Lights across North America.

Win Tickets to Theatre Under the Stars

June 23rd, 2015 @ 3:07pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Theatre Under the Stars (“TUTS”) is ramping up for another season of entertainment at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park. Tickets are now on sale for this summer’s shows: Oliver! The Musical and Hairspray – The Broadway Musical running on alternating evenings, July 10 to August 22, 2015.

TUTS 2015 Season

TUTS VancouverCelebrating 75 years of song-and-dance filled productions, TUTS shines the spotlight on two of Broadway’s adored underdogs – one, a loveable orphan, the other an unexpected teenage heroine with big heart and big dreams.

Transporting audiences to Baltimore circa 1962, Hairspray joins the always-optimistic Tracy Turnblad in her dreams of starring on local TV program, The Corny Collins Show. From Director Sarah Rodgers, this colourful cast features Erin E. Walker (Tracy Turnblad), Andy Toth (Edna Turnblad), Chris D. King (Corny Collins), and Dustin Freeland (Link Larkin), among many more.

From Director Shel Piercy, Oliver! – based on Dickens’ iconic novel – follows a young orphan on a harrowing adventure through the streets of Victorian London, starring Stephen Aberle (Fagin/Mr. Brownlow), Damon Calderwood (Bill Sykes/Mr. Bumble), E. Marie West (Nancy), and Carly Ronning in her TUTS debut as Oliver. As a thrilling addition prior to performances, the Malkin Bowl will be fully transformed into an 1840s Village Country Fair, treating audiences to authentic food stalls, foot races, sing-a-longs, and more.

Enjoy an evening in Stanley Park, Vancouver’s crown jewel, grab a grilled salmon dinner at Malkin Bowl’s Garden Cafe, and be entertained in the open air on a warm summer night.

Theatre Under the Stars has been a mainstay of Vancouver summertime entertainment since 1940 when it was the premiere event at the Malkin Bowl when it first opened up. In the early 1960s production shut down but the TUTS company was revived by enthusiasts in 1969. Things came to a halt once again in 1982 when the Malkin Bowl was ravaged by fire but TUTS soldiered on.

Win Tickets to Theatre Under the Stars

If you would like to attend one of this season’s exciting shows at Theatre Under the Stars, I have a Family Four Pack of tickets to give away. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment here naming which show you would like to see: Oliver or Hairspray (1 entry)
  • Post one of the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win tickets to @TUTSVancouver #TUTSOliver from @Miss604 http://bit.ly/TUTSmiss604

OR

RT to enter to win tickets to @TUTSVancouver #TUTSHairspray from @Miss604 http://bit.ly/TUTSmiss604

I will draw one winner who will be able to select their performance date of choice this season. Contest closes at 12:00pm on Thursday, July 2, 2015.

Connect with TUTS Vancouver on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news, ticket offers, and special event information.

Archive Photo of the Day: Bayshore Pool

June 23rd, 2015 @ 10:38am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Bayshore Pool, 1960s.

BayShorePool

Known today as the Westin Bayshore
Vancouver Archives# CVA 1435-580