Deep Cove Kayaking

June 17th, 2009 @ 7:46am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I was recently able to spend a morning out in a kayak in Deep Cove and was reminded how special the North Shore truly is. From sea to sky there are natural wonders, tasty treats, and great communities to explore.


Deep Cove Outdoors

I was with a group and the first stop of the day was at Deep Cove Outdoors where we were treated to some legendary Rolly Polly doughnuts and coffee from Honey’s (just down the street).

Rolly Polly Doughnuts from Honey's

Deep Cove

Deep Cove Outdoors

General Manager Bob Putnam told us a bit about the services, products and special deals this summer from Deep Cove Outdoors:

Women on Water
Every Thursday evening at 6:00pm women are invited to come out for a paddle and to socialize with Women on Water.

Cheap Date Night
Every Friday evening is Cheap Date Night at the Cove where you can rent a single kayak (2 hour rental) for $20 and a double kayak for $30.

Explorer series: Full Moon
“We venture out on the night of the full moon with hopes of seeing it rise over the eastern mountains and flood Indian Arm with its silvery light.” Guides will take you over towards Belcarra where you will be able to float and watch this spectacle while learning about the moon and its effects on the tides.

You can rent a kayak for an afternoon, sign up for a guided tour, or take on one of the Deep Cove Outdoors multi-day adventures.

Deep Cove

Deep Cove Kayaking

Deep Cove Kayaking

Even if you’re an experienced kayaker, if it’s your first time out in Deep Cove I would recommend having a guide as I learned a lot about local history, the dynamics of Deep Cove’s protected land and waters, and the Spanish explorers. While out on the water we were also told a story about how Belcarra came to be and that it’s a Celtic word meaning, “the fair land on which the sun shines”.

Deep Cove Kayaking

Deep Cove Kayaking

School group out for a morning hike

Deep Cove Kayaking

Getting out to Deep Cove you can take a transit bus, or choose between the scenic Dollarton Highway and Mount Seymour Parkway. Once you’re in the Cove, there are resturants, shops, an active community centre, beaches, Cates Park, Panorama Park and Deep Cove Park. You can also take walking tours to explore landmarks and the Cove’s history.

Deep Cove

SUP Boards

Deep Cove

Before yesterday I hadn’t been out in a kayak in about 12 years and I realized I really missed the activity combined with being out on the ocean like that. I’m fortunate to have two more opportunities to kayak this summer and if I play my cards right, I just might get a special man in my life to treat me to an upcoming Cheap Date Night in Deep Cove.

Vancouver Canadians Girls of Summer

June 16th, 2009 @ 10:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver Canadians are hoping to increase engagement with the ladies at the baseball diamond with their Girls of Summer campaign.

“This year, we have developed an entire marketing strategy that speaks to women who are looking for fun, safe and affordable entertainment experience”, says Andy Dunn, President, Vancouver Canadians.

“Whether they are coming to the Nat Bailey Stadium with friends, family or significant others, there is a great experience waiting for them on and off the field.”

“We want the female fan experience to be controlled by our female fans, so, we are creating a Girls of Summer ‘member-only’ webpage that is their community and will be managed by them – truly “a club of their own”.

girlsofsummerGirls of Summer Fan Club
Women can sign up to this exclusive Girls of Summer fan club to receive special offers and tickets for Canadians games. This is the first-ever “female only” baseball fan club in the country. Members will receive….

  • One women’s cut Vancouver Canadians t-shirt
  • A free Grandstand ticket to four select game dates: Tuesday, July 14th, Tuesdays, August 4th, Tuesday, August 11th, & Tuesday, August 18th
  • Invitation to end-of-season party hosted at the Nat
  • Access to Vancouver Canadians Girls of Summer members-only social media forum w/member emails
  • 50% off guest pass with paid registration to the 2009 Ladies Day at the Diamond Baseball Clinic
  • Ladies Day on the Diamond
    The Ladies Day on the Diamond is a full-day workshop and Baseball 101 session on July 25th at the Nat.

    Mommy & Me Hit The Tee
    Just missed this event that took place June 10th but it appears to have been a success. Watch for more opportunities like this is the future.

    Baseball was never a sport that I could get behind until I experienced living within the Red Sox nation in Boston, combined with having the chance to catch games at Nat Bailey stadium back home. Since that time I’ve also married into a Cubs family and the fact that the Boise Hawks (the Chicago Cubs farm team) often play the Canadians is enough to get us both out to the ballpark.

    The Vancouver Canadians have often been gracious enough to provide me with tickets for contest giveaways on my site so I’m happy to support them. It’s always a treat to catch a game at The Nat and I think it’s something that every Vancouverite should experience. Speaking of which, you can still enter to win my Father’s Day prize pack (including 4 Canadians tickets for this Sunday’s game) until the end of today.

    Skateboard Week in Vancouver

    June 15th, 2009 @ 6:11pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Photo credit: uncleweed on Flickr

    It is officially “Skateboard Week in Vancouver” according to a proclamation made by the Vancouver Park Board on behalf of the City. I remember the days when Vancouver outdoor staircases, plazas, fountains, and buildings were being retrofitted with skateboard-proof knobs and bumps. My, how we’ve come a long way.

    “Skateboarding has come so far. Only ten years ago it was illegal to skateboard in the streets. Boarders were being ticketed and skateboards were being confiscated. Skateboarders were buying boards with no place to use them,” said Park Commissioner Sarah Blyth. “Now it’s a whole new scenario.” These days, the city is working closely with the Vancouver Skateboarder Coalition (VSBC).

    Blyth says the city and VSBC is working on a skateboard strategy to improve their skateboarders’ situation. So far there has been a great deal of progress. Over the past ten years six new parks have been created. The relaxation on the ban on skateboarding in the streets has turned the city into a Mecca for skateboarders. [VSBC]

    It’s a little-known fact that I grew up reading Transworld Skateboarding and could routinely be seen clipping and pasting Thrasher articles to the corkboard in my teenage bedroom. I’ve always loved the skateboard culture (from kickflippers to those leisurely longboarders) so this is great news for the local community. I spent many summer days at local skate parks, albeit perfecting my BMX skills, and have seen my fair share of amateur videos from packs of skaters showing off their skills outside the Toys R Us on Whalley Ring Road.

    It’s also been great to see the evolution of the Vancouver Skateboard Coalition and the way its interacted with the community. To finish off Skateboard Week with a bang, they’ll celebrate National Go Skateboarding Day this Sunday by hosting Wild in the Streets and a few other special events.

    The Jessies

    June 15th, 2009 @ 11:37am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Each year the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Society honors the best of Vancouver’s theatre community and tonight they’ll be announcing this season’s winners.

    I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to become more involved with the arts community over the last year so it’s exciting to see people I have watched & enjoyed being honored in such a way. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to check out the bulk of these productions due to scheduling conflicts but I’m hoping that having a guest theatre blogger on will help with coverage going forward.

    Bard on the Beach

    Here are a few of the Jessies nominees (of the 130 individuals nominated in more than 25 categories) that are highlights in my books:

  • When it comes to sound, costumes, lighting and design, Bard on the Beach has an impressive nine nominations for various shows from the 2008 season and The Drowsy Chaperone leads overall nominations.
  • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role, Large Theatre nominee Bernard Cuffling was excellent in Arts Club production of The History Boys.
  • Outstanding Production, Large Theatre nominees include: The Drowsy Chaperone (Playhouse Theatre Company), The History Boys (Arts Club Theatre Company), The Tempest (Bard on the Beach), Titus Andronicus (Bard on the Beach), Where the Blood Mixes (Playhouse Theatre Company & The Savage Society).
  • The nominees for small theatre productions include teams from the Pi Theatre, Touchstone Theatre, Ruby Slippers Theatre, Electric Company Theatre & The Virtual Stage, Blackbird Theatre and more.
  • Shout out to Jeremy Crittenden (who totally embarrassed me during an Altar Boyz performance) as his ensemble from The World Goes Round is nominated for Significant Artistic Achievement, Small Theatre.
  • The 27th annual Jessies awards ceremony takes place tonight at the Commodore Ballroom.

    Quick contest The theatre community has been really great with supporting my work (and offering up contest prizes). As such, if you’d like two tickets for opening night of A New Brain by William Finn on Granville Island tomorrow, I’ll give them to the first interested party that leaves a comment on this post.

    New Westminster 150 Heritage Trolley Tour

    June 15th, 2009 @ 10:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    It’s New Westminster’s 150th anniversary so they’re celebrating with events and activities throughout the year. Yesterday while out and about for my third annual Sapperton Days adventure I found out about a heritage trolley tour taking place next weekend.

    Sapperton Days

    Six trolleys will be running around town on Saturday, June 20th and you can hop on/hop off at any of the designated stops from 11:00am until 4:00pm. You’ll be able to explore various places of significance in Western Canada’s oldest city and the first capital of BC. Here’s what you can look forward to at each stop, as outlined in The Record.

    Hyack Square (Columbia and Eighth streets)
    The Downtown New Westminster Business Improvement Society is holding its Royal Tea, and city official say this will be the hub of activity throughout the day. Quick tidbit, the word hyack means hurry or ‘quickly, quickly‘ in the Chinook trade language.

    Uptown (Sixth and Sixth)
    Family fair with games, food, and entertainment outside Royal City Centre shopping mall.

    12th Street (at Seventh Avenue)
    A costumed conductor will welcome people to 12th Street, where they can enjoy cancan dancers, clowns, face painting and live music.

    Arts Council of New Westminster (in Queen’s Park)
    At the Arts Council enjoy entertainment and an art exhibit about the city’s art history. People are also invited to take a short guided walking tour of some of the heritage homes of the Queen’s Park neighbourhood (the first of three tours starts at noon).

    Quayside (Inn at the Quay or Reliance Court on Quayside Drive)
    Celebrate National Aboriginal Day (June 21) at the centre and listen to Musqueam First Nation storyteller Larry Grant. There is no admission charge to the centre for trolley tour participants.

    Sapperton Plaza (East Columbia and Knox streets)
    Entertainment and an open house at Knox Presbyterian Church.

    Queensborough (Port Royal Community Garden)
    Enjoy a garden party at the Port Royal Community Garden. People can enjoy cold beverages and “delicious savouries” and hear about the benefits of gardening in a community setting and pick up some helpful gardening tips.

    New Westminster Museum and Archives (302 Royal Ave)
    Enjoy the museum’s current exhibition, The Birth of the Royal City, which explores the first decade of New Westminster’s life as the first city west of the Great Lakes.

    Irving House
    Storytelling and music will take place from 11:00am – 3:00pm at historic (and rumoured to be haunted) Irving House off Royal Avenue.

    There will be about 30 minutes to explore each stop before moving on to the next. Only about 1,000 tickets are available from New Westminster Scotiabank locations or the Parks and Recreation Administration Office. They’re $10 for a family of four or $5 (per adult) / $2 (seniors and youth) and also include a 15-minute boat ride by Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours, from the Quay to Queensborough.

    Sailboating up Indian Arm with Bluewater Adventures

    June 15th, 2009 @ 7:46am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    A few months ago Bluewater Adventures came on my radar and I’ve been curious about their eco-tours and Island adventures ever since.

    Sailboat Trip up Indian Arm

    Last Friday a small group was put together and we set sail from Deep Cove, to the very tip of Indian Arm in order to get a sense of the Bluewater Adventures experience. It was but a 3-hour tour however I never tire of exploring our region and watching the waves roll by past the tree-covered shores of mountains.

    Enterprising Mom's Network Conference Slideshow

    June 13th, 2009 @ 3:59pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    I was asked to speak at the Enterprising Mom’s Network conference today and my focus was social media for business, in particular Twitter.

    I recently re-vamped my Twitter for Business talk to be a bit more in-depth and to go from the very basics, to cool tips for power users. As promised at the end of my talk at the conference, the slideshow is now available below (slides only, no sound):

    You can view all of my tweets from today under the Twitter tag #EMN09 and we’ll be adding photos to the new sixty4media group on Flickr.

    Friday Link Fest: What's Going On

    June 12th, 2009 @ 8:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    I have some really fun activities coming up that I’ll be covering on my site, from more boating adventures to dinosaurs and mountain tops. On top of that I’ll do my best to share even just a small representation of all the neat things you can get up to over the next little while in this week’s link fest.

    Photo credit: tripleman on Flickr / From the Miss604 group pool
  • On the North Shore this Saturday at noon there will be a summer block party in Lower Lonsdale benefiting the Boys and Girls Club. Follow @RDSSkateSupply or @VerveHair for details and information about the event.
  • Megaphone Magazine’s anniversary party is tonight.
  • Billabong has a store opening tonight and to celebrate they’re throwing a VIP bash benefiting Surfrider Foundation.
  • The annual garage sale for Vila Isabel is happening Saturday June 13th until 3:00pm.
  • Quick reminder that the Golden Ears Bridge Run along with the public block party (mid-span) is happening this Sunday, June 14th.
  • There’s an open house at the Burnaby Still Creek Recycling Depot on Saturday June 13th.
  • It’s the Play On! 4 on 4 street hockey tournament this weekend near GM Place so watch for road closures including, Keefer St., Quebec St., Abbott St., Union St. and Pacific Blvd. All closures will be in effect until 10:00 p.m. Sunday. [News1130]
  • The summer Meetup of Meetups is happening June 23rd, combining over half a dozen meetup groups in Vancouver from Sales to Bloggers and the Third Tuesday groups.
  • Point Youth Media and Leave Out Violence BC are organizing an Open Mic Night Friday June 26th at Rhizome Cafe on East Broadway.
  • I recently announced that I will be partnering once again with the City of Surrey for Canada Day however if you’d like to stay downtown you can check out the events happening at Canada Place on July 1st. They’ll have a parade as well as evening fireworks.
  • It’s Car Free Day this Sunday. This means that Denman Street, Commercial Drive, Main Street and various blocks in Kitsilano will be shut off to vehicle traffic. There will be vendors, activities, and hopefully some jump rope or dare I say, hoola hooping. This also coincides with the opening of the Main Street Summer Market that will be on Main and 17th from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. Check out the Farmers Market in your area, including one in Burnaby that is starting its season this weekend.