When I was younger we would tote our camping chairs out to New Westminster on a foggy morning once a year to watch the Hyack Parade, after which we’d all have a nice play in Queen’s Park.
With school field trips we’d chase bunnies in the playground, hang out with the goats at the petting zoo and spend hours in the network of jungle gyms and tire swings the park had to offer.
It’s also home to the Arenex: “Built in 1938, the 10,000 square foot Arenex is located in beautiful Queen’s Park and is a Lower Mainland destination for gymnastics and trampoline during the past 36 years. This sports facility offers a wide range of opportunities that include: gymnastics, floor hockey, volleyball, basketball, indoor soccer and badminton.”
As well as the Arena: “The historical Queen’s Park Arena building was constructed and officially opened on September 19, 1930 for sporting activities such as badminton, basketball and even horse shows.
In 1938 the building was enlarged to add more seating, and ice machinery was added to create our present day arena.”
The park is great for day outings with the family and is often the centre of many city-sponsored activities and festivals.
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A bunch of Blogathoners have already completed their shifts while some of us soldier on into the wee hours of Sunday morning.
One of which is Duane, who shared a common cause with me – the Union Gospel Mission.
I’d love to keep going however being through a lot already this week and now taking this on is quite the ordeal… I’ll keep going – I don’t want to let anyone down – and if you’d like to support me, please considered pledging or donating. As a warning, I will probably look like Duane in this photo come Monday.
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Getting to the bottom of some historical names in the area, it’s time to explore “P” for Pender. From what I can find, Pender Street in Vancouver is named after the same Pender as Pender Harbour and Pender Island, BC.
Pender Harbour was named by Captain Henry Richard in honour of his Staff Commander (later Captain) Daniel Pender. From 1857 to 1870, Pender surveyed the BC Coast with remarkable zeal and thoroughness on the famous ships Plumper, Hecate, and Beaver. The British Navy and BC Governor James Douglas jointly funded Daniel Penderâ€™s invaluable survey on the â€˜HMS Beaverâ€™. Captain Richard and Penderâ€™s mandate was to resolve the unsafe discrepancies in longitude between the survey maps of Captain Cook and Captain Vancouver. [Source]
I admit when I first read somewhere else that “Pender was the Master of the Plumper” I was somewhat confused, although with this nautical explanation everything now makes sense.
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With 29 posts down and after blogging from two time zones during this effort, I am hitting a little bit of a wall and am daydreaming about fun getaways during the summer months. One of which is to one of our favourite destinations, Osoyoos, BC.
Osoyoos is home to Canada’s only pocket desert, rolling landscape, countless wineries, orchards, and breathtaking mountain views looking down on the lake.
It’s a short drive from Vancouver – meaning it will take you under half a day to get there along the Crowsnest Highway (#3) through Manning Park and there are several spots to camp along the way as well as a post just outside of town.
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Every year hundreds of social media enthusiasts and those curious about all things web convene for Northern Voice.
although it is a weblog conference, the range of topics may involve anything that webloggers are interested in… that is, just about anything. Previous years have had plenty of geekery mixed with panels on how blogging interacts with family life, education, travel, photography, community building and establishing professional profiles. Speakers range from the big names at the top of the Technorati rankings to first-time presenters with a passion to share. [NorthernVoice]
This past year it officially reached “society” status in BC, and celebrated its largest attendance.
It’s also the source of all those Bloggable t-shirts.
A mini and solely unconference version, BarCamp Vancouver, will be taking place this September – just in case you need your social media meeting fix a few months in advance.
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When recently re-theming my site I created a Media Kit and within it I made sure to credit some people who have inspired and contributed to my blogging over the years, one of whom is Matthew Good.
In August of 2006 I was invited to do my first live blog and it just happened to be in Matthew Good’s living room.
Over the years he’s welcomed us into his home, his studio, and circle of friends. He’s not only a stand up guy (with two adorable handsome pups) but he’s a prized Canadian singer, songwriter and musician that is truly dedicated to his fans – and friends.
Throughout Blogathon 2008 if you pledge $10 or over for Duane’s effort, Matt has offered up a signed CD to be given away.
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Sitting with Duane, John, and Raul I’ve been calling out every now and then… “L” is for… and awaiting answers from the room. Raul was the first to pipe up with the “Lonsdale Quay” in North Vancouver which is the perfect “L” for this post.
Photo credit: PatZ
I first visited the Quay over ten years ago to get a pain au chocolat with my Dad and sister, and shortly after that to feast at the Cheshire Cheese.
Not only does the Quay have unique booths and vendors alongside fresh seafood and fruit stalls, it also one of the best views of our fair city from across the Burrard Inlet.
Photo credit: PatZ
Take the frugal-friendly Seabus over for a quick ride and experience all the Quay has to offer.
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I had the chance to meet Keira two years ago this summer – outside of the blogosphere. It was several months before I saw her again but since that second time (when I tasted her chocolate torte with raspberry coulis) we’ve been great friends.
Keira will be participating in the BCSPCA Paws for a Cause this September 14, 2008 at Vanier Park in Kitsilano.
Photo credit: Keira
If you would like to pledge her effort please visit her blog for more info or check out her personal donation page.
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