Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge 2011

November 21st, 2011 @ 11:35am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Capilano Suspension Bridge is once again hosting Canyon Lights, a holiday winter wonderland nestled in a North Shore forest. Families can stroll past light displays, take a walk across the world-famous bridge, and check out treetop adventures that await in the snow.

Capilano Suspension Bridge with Christmas Lights
Photo courtesy Capilano Suspension Bridge

Over 250,000 Canyon Lights will be up from December 2, 2011 to Janury 1, 2012 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm daily. Enjoy the Christmas Band, the creations of glass blower Malcolm Macfadyen, and guests can try out the new Cliffwalk at night.

Park with snow
Photo courtesy Capilano Suspension Bridge

Adults are $25, and children $5. There is a special family admission rate of $50 for 2 adults and 2 children. Proceeds go to the BC Professional Fire Fighter’s Burn Fund.

Capilano Suspension Bridge has offered up a great prize pack for one of my readers that includes:

  • Family of 4 tickets to Canyon Lights
  • 2 glass icicle ornament workshops for the adults
  • Monkey toque and glove set for one child
  • Reindeer toque and glove set for one child

The total value of the prize pack is $220. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a #CanyonLights prize package from @CapSuspBridge & @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries next Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 10:00am.

Update The winner is Kate Wilson!

Adopt-a-School with Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund

November 21st, 2011 @ 9:57am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver Sun Kids Fund has launched a holiday Adopt-a-School program. Sponsors (those who donate) will be supporting school in the Lower Mainland through donations. Every dollar raised will be matched the the Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund.

As a sponsor, your donations will fund areas of need in each of the participating schools. You can fund a field trip for students at Lord Strathcona Elementary, provide nutritious snacks at Britannia Secondary, or fund the breakfast program at Edmunds Community School.

New items can also be donated to the sponsor’s school of choice such as coats, shoes, and gloves.

The Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund will donate $1 for every “Like” the on Facebook and Telus will match that donation, up to $5,000.

About the Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund: In the past three decades, readers have donated close to $11 million to the fund. We have $2.5 million in an untouchable endowment fund, and today use the balance and the interest generated by that nest egg to issue twice-yearly grants to more than 900 B.C. children’s charities, from summer camps for disabled kids and subsidies for children living in poverty to autism programs and therapeutic riding for disabled children.

Related Post: Adopt-a-Family with the Surrey Christmas Bureau.

Vancouver Election Results 2011

November 19th, 2011 @ 11:05pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The people of Vancouver have spoken (well the 34.6% of voters who turned out) and Vancouver’s Mayor is once again Gregor Robertson.

Here are the results as of 11:00pm, November 19, 2011 after all 135 polls have reported:


Gregor Robertson
(Vision Vancouver)

City Councillors

Raymond Louie (Vision Vancouver), Kerry Jang (Vision Vancouver), Heather Deal (Vision Vancouver), Andrea Reimer (Vision Vancouver), Tim Stevenson (Vision Vancouver), Geoff Meggs (Vision Vancouver), Tony Tang (Vision Vancouver), Elizabeth Ball (NPA), George Affleck (NPA), Adriane Carr (Green).

Parks Commissioners

Constance Barnes (Vision Vancouver, Sarah Blyth (Vision Vancouver), Jasper Aaron (Vision Vancouver), Niki Sharma (Vision Vancouver), Melissa De Genova (NPA), John Coupar (NPA), Trevor Loke (Vision Vancouver).

School Trustees

Patti Bacchus (Vision Vancouver), Mike Lombardi (Vision Vancouver), Ken Clement (Vision Vancouver), Cherie Payne (Vision Vancouver), Ken Denike (NPA), Allan Wong (COPE), Rob Wynen (Vision Vancouver), Sophia Woo (NPA), Fraser Ballantyne (NPA).

You can find a list of links to municipal election results on the News 1130 website including the results from Surrey where re-elected Mayor Dianne Watts received 81% of the vote.

Other incumbent Mayors include New Westminster’s Wayne Wright, Ernie Daykin in Maple Ridge, Peter Fassbender in the City of Langley, Derek Corrigan in Burnaby, North Vancouver’s Richard Walton, Malcolm Brodie in Richmond, Darrell Mussatto in North Vancouver, and Delta’s Lois Jackson [source: CBC].

The Resort Municipality of Whistler and Pitt Meadows also elected their first female mayors.

Burnaby Village Museum Heritage Christmas

November 18th, 2011 @ 10:47am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It was November 19, 1971 that the Burnaby Village Museum was opened by Governor General Roland Michener. The 1920’s village combines heritage and replica buildings in a typical “tram-stop community along the BC Electric Railway.” Costumed townfolk give demonstrations in homes, shops, and at the blacksmith’s, there’s a self-guided tour, and the restored 1912 C.W. Parker Carousel for all to enjoy.

Merry go round horses
Photo credit: Carol Browne on Flickr

To celebrate their 40th anniversary year, the Burnaby Village Museum has had free admission for residents and visitors since March, 2011.

The village is known for hosting seasonal activities in particular its winter programming. Starting November 26th you can stop by to enjoy their Heritage Christmas.

Where Burnaby Village Museum (6501 Deer Lake Ave)
Tickets Admission is free for their anniversary year but tickets are needed for activities like guided tours ($6) and carousel rides ($2.25).
When November 26, 2011 to January 1, 2012. Open 12:00pm to 4:30pm until December 14, then 12:00pm to 8:00pm December 15 to January 1. The village will be closed December 24th and 25th.

Walk through the decorated village, adorned with boughs and bows, listen to carollers and participate in making some crafts with the kids. Father Christmas will be on hand for visits among storybook scenes and a new Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer display. The Footlight Theatre will put on a children’s play and there will be scavenger hunt as well.

Transit Pet Peeves Contest

November 17th, 2011 @ 1:35pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

TransLink has launched a “Transit Pet Peeves” campaign with illustrations depicting some of our greatest annoyances when taking the bus or SkyTrain. They have pitted eight characters against each other in an ultimate pet peeve showdown on their Facebook page.

Disco Dog. Read the Buzzer Blog’s interview with illustrator Ed Spence

Many have a pet peeve when they take public transit. Using seats for bags instead of for people to sit, and eating on transit are just a couple. TransLink has put together eight of the most popular complaints people have posted and tweeted on TransLink’s social media channels, particularly Facebook. The Transit Pet Peeve Battle starts today and will match up characters or “petsonas” every weekday until November 28, 2011. When you vote, you are also entered to win some great prizes from Translink including an iPhone 4S, monthly fare cards and more.

To promote the Transit Pet Peeve Battle, TransLink has also exclusively offered two prizes to my readers. You can enter to win a 3-zone monthly fare card (for December, 2011 or January, 2012 – your choice) as well as a prize pack with a $40 Blenz card, travel mug, travel kit, umbrella, and bike light. Here’s how you can enter to win one my prizes:

  • Leave a comment here naming one of the 8 “petsonas” (full list here) – (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
I entered to win a #TransitPetPeeveBattle prize pack from @Translink & @Miss604

This is all in good fun and I know we all hope for a pleasant transit experience. I will draw two winners (one for the fare card, one for the prize pack) at 10:00am on November 28, 2011. The winner of the Transit Pet Peeve Battle will be announced by Translink at 3:00pm that same day.

Update The winners are @778Yvonne (fare card) and Farhan (prize pack).

Archives Photos of the Day: Mayors

November 17th, 2011 @ 10:51am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This week’s theme is a not-so-subtle reminder that there is a civic election happening this Saturday, November 19, 2011. The City of Vancouver has had 39 individual mayors in its 125 years, here are just a few of them in action over the last century.

1886 – VPL Accession Number: 508.
The first council meeting with Mayor M.A. McLean after the fire.

1907 – VPL Accession Number: 6765. Photographer: Philip Timms.
A baseball game at recreation park (Smithe & Homer) with Mayor Alexander Bethune about to pitch.

1919 – VPL Accession Number: 3897. Photographer: Leonard Frank.
The Prince of Wales with Mayor R.H. Gale (on the left, in the top hat).

1923 – VPL Accession Number: 21697. Photographer: Dominion Photo Co.
Mayor Owen broadcasting at CJCE, a radio station owned by the Vancouver Sun.

1929 or 1930 – VPL Accession Number: 30269. Photographer: Dominion Photo Co.
Mayor W.H. Malkin (on the right)

1928 – VPL Accession Number: 22738. Photographer: Dominion Photo Co.
Mayor L.D. Taylor and Captain of U.S. ship Pennsylvania

1936 – VPL Accession Number: 4691. Photographer: Leonard Frank.
Vancouver City Hall cornerstone laying ceremonies with Mayor G.G. McGeer officiating.

1950 – VPL Accession Number: 81429. Photographer: Artray.
Mayor Thompson turns first sod for Capilano Stadium on Little Mountain (which is now Nat Bailey).

1951 – VPL Accession Number: 42588. Photographer: Province Newspaper.
Mayor Fred Hume (on the right, with the pipe) with council members.

1951 – VPL Accession Number: 47940. Photographer: Province Newspaper.
Mayor Fred Hume (centre) with Brig Megill, R.C.A.F Gordon along Georgia Street.

1958 – VPL Accession Number: 42535. Photographer: Province Newspaper.
Mayor Tom Alsbury and his wife at election.

Please remember to get out and vote on Saturday if you haven’t done so already. You will be selecting one Mayor, 10 Councillors, 7 Park Commissioners and 9 School Trustees. Fill out your ballot and remember to flip it over as there are some questions on the other side of the form. Polls are open in your community from 8:00pm until 8:00pm.

NOTE: This post was published in 2011. Click here for 2014 information.