Go World: Team VISA’s Richard Peter

Friday, August 10th, 2012 — 2:27pm PDT
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Visa is currently sponsoring a handful of Canadian Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls (and some who have become champions already) as they have done for the last 26 years. They have partnered with me to showcase members of their team like bronze medal-winners Brent Hayden of Mission and Emilie Heymans, and Paralympic swimmer Benoît Huot. Today’s featured Team VISA athlete is Vancouver’s own Richard Peter.

Peter became a staple of Team Canada since first making the senior national team in 1994. His athletic repertoire includes back-to-back Paralympic gold medals from 2000 and 2004, a Paralympic silver medal from 2008, and a world championship title from 2006. [Wheelchair Basketball Canada]

Richard received a Received National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 2012, was named to the 2004-2006, 2009, 2010 National Championships tournament all-star team, and was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.

Cheer on Richard and his team during the London 2012 Paralympics August 29th to September 9th, 2012.

VISA Canada has offered up a $250 pre-paid gift card to one lucky Miss604 reader to celebrate Canadians cheering for Canadians. Here’s how how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment with words of encouragement for our London 2012 Paralympians (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a $250 pre-paid #VISA #GoWorld gift card from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/cTpty

Continue to cheer on your Canadian athletes through Team VISA on Facebook and by using the tag #GoWorld on Twitter.

You can still enter to win on the Brent Hayden, Emilie Heymans, and Benoît Huot posts as well. I am publishing one final post tomorrow and one winner will drawn from all entries on all Team VISA posts on Saturday, August 11 2012 at 12:00pm. This contest is open to all Canadians residents.

Update The winner is Shannon Mac!

Vancouver Waterfight 2012

Friday, August 10th, 2012 — 9:28am PDT
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The 7th annual Vancouver Waterfight is happening tomorrow near Lumberman’s Arch in Stanley Park. This now-legendary soaking event is open to all who want to play along and is a “do over” since the original date in July was already too soggy, thanks to the weather.

waterfight 08 - stay tune for more pics
Photo credit: miss pupik on Flickr

The waterfight is more of a “friendly soaking” with rules to ensure that no one is hurt during this wet and playful game. Here are a few abbreviated rules as posted on the Facebook Event:

Vancouver Waterfight Code of Conduct

  1. Do not bring any other water “weapons” aside from water pistols. Water balloons are not allowed as they cause litter.
  2. Absolutely do not by any means bring a water pistol that resembles a real gun.
  3. Be sure to dress for the occasion and be prepared to get wet.
  4. Do not terrorize the public. They do not want to take part unless they are receptive to your invitation to join. Only target the other willing and enthusiastic participants.
  5. Do not bring cameras because you know they will get wet and/or damaged. Put your mobile phone in a plastic baggie if you must have it out.
  6. This is a laugh, don’t take it too seriously, and don’t beat each other up over it.
  7. Do not leave a mess behind (again, do not bring water balloons and avoid bringing bottles of water).
  8. No dyed water. Keep it good, clean, fun.
  9. … and more!

Meet up at 1:00pm on Saturday, August 11, 2012 near Lumberman’s Arch and the kid’s water park area. Silliness will ensue for at least 90 minutes and in previous years, it lasted for a good 3-4 hours. There are currently about 200 people who have RSVP’d for this event on Facebook, which is down about 1,200 from previous years, however organizers are expecting between 300 and 500 participants.

Vancouver Alley Photos

Thursday, August 9th, 2012 — 1:39pm PDT
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We get nostalgic about the strangest things in Vancouver, it’s probably one of our signature traits. This morning I read an article by Dan Mangan that reminisced about our old bus stop shelters and this week the WestEnder (WE Vancouver) published a cover story about Vancouver’s alleys. The story gathered opinions from public figures and historians about which lane was their favourite and why.

Our recognizable alleyways, filled with colourful artwork and odorous dumpsters, have often been featured in film and television as well. Spot the alley in the latest episode of Fringe or old Dark Angel re-runs or when Bastian is chased down Trounce in the NeverEnding Story. While Stanley Park and the Gastown steam clock are the most-photographed attractions in Vancouver, I’d have to say — as odd as it may sound — our alleys would at least fit on a Top 10 list.

Gaoler's Mews 000 Night alley
Photo credit: AntonTeterine & AntonTeterine on Flickr

Photo credit: Questa_Durran on Flickr

Vancouver's Valiant Vanguard

The Beauty in the Alley
Photo credit: BillXu Photos on Flickr

Railspur Alley Aging Siding
Photo credit: stv. & stv. on Flickr

Walking the Dog

Photo credit: awaber on Flickr

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Photo credit: dahliaphoto & dahliaphoto on Flickr

Photo credit: dahliaphoto on Flickr

If you want to learn more about alley history, check out the Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tour or a walking tour with historian John Atkin. Heritage Vancouver and the Vancouver Heritage Foundation have more information as well.

All of the photos in this post were submitted to the Miss604 Flickr Pool. Please click through on each image to see more from the photographers.

Movie Night at the Nat: Field of Dreams

Thursday, August 9th, 2012 — 12:23pm PDT
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Free outdoor movie nights have become a Vancouver summertime staple in recent years. Dirty Dancing in Yaletown, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in Stanley Park, but none is more fitting than Field of Dreams at Nat Bailey Stadium.

What: Movie Night at the Nat outdoor movie night presented by the Vancouver Canadians
Where: Nat Bailey Stadium (sit up the in stands at the ballpark)
When: Friday, August 10, 2012 at 7:00pm
Tickets: Free admission, free parking

Nat Bailey Stadium

Go World: Team VISA’s Benoît Huot

Thursday, August 9th, 2012 — 10:39am PDT
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Visa is currently sponsoring a handful of Canadian Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls (and some who have become champions already) as they have done for the last 26 years. They have partnered with me to showcase members of their team like bronze medal-winners Brent Hayden of Mission and Emilie Heymans, and today’s feature moves on to the Paralympics with swimmer Benoît Huot.

Vancouver History: Stanley Park Reservoir

Thursday, August 9th, 2012 — 9:39am PDT
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The other day I was looking at an old map of Stanley Park from 1907, something I might usually come across in my weekly history research, and I spotted two watering holes on the peninsula. The first being the recognizable Beaver Lake but the other, further northwest and just south of Prospect Point, was unfamiliar.

I like to think I know the trails and pathways of Vancouver’s Crown Jewel fairly well but I should have always wondered why a “Reservoir” Trail existed. This body of water puzzled me so I searched the Vancouver Archives for additional material and found this map of Stanley Park from 1935:

1935 – Map of Stanley Park. Archives item# MAP 777.

Many of the same trail names exist today and the Reservoir Trail is still around but it’s much shorter. It ends here on the map in the square area marked “RESERV”:

Stanley Park Reservoir
Cropped and zoomed in. Archives item# MAP 777.

Another quick search of Chuck Davis’ Vancouver History and I had my answer:

1889: “…The triumphant Vancouver Waterworks began to shape its plans. They intended to lay two mains across the Inlet in case one was damaged, and to build two reservoirs, one in the heavily forested government reserve that was soon to become Stanley Park, and the other “on the high ground south of False Creek.” The Stanley Park reservoir is remembered today only by a trail named for it. It was demolished in the early 1950s to install a picnic ground. The “high ground” location later became Queen Elizabeth Park. (The old reservoir VWW built there, which was paved over for a parking lot, would be demolished, and a new, larger and earthquake-resistant one installed in 200_.)”

(Left) 1900 – Archives item# CVA 137-73. Photographer S.J. Thompson.
(Right) 1896 – Archives item# S-5-9. Photographer: William Stark.

Comparing a Google satellite map view of Stanley Park today with the old aerial image, one can see the baseball fields and picnic area are indeed in the same spot as the old reservoir.


Vancouver has been built up quite a bit over the last 126 years and it’s interesting to uncover one of its long-gone feats of engineering in such a familiar place.