Climb the Coquitlam Crunch and Other Fun Ways to Get Fit Outdoors

Thursday, September 7th, 2017 — 5:28pm PDT
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Have you done the Crunch? No, not the ab exercise, but the fitness trail in Coquitlam that involves climbing 473 stairs followed by an uphill hike that gains 250 metres in 2.2 kilometres. It’s a physical challenge that you just might want to add to your September bucket list!

Climb the Coquitlam Crunch

Climb the Coquitlam Crunch

While the Coquitlam Crunch is sometimes referred to as a smaller, urban version of the Grouse Grind, this trail is not as long or as pain-inducing, unless you opt to do stair repeats (it’s a thing).

The route follows the power lines up the hill to Westwood Plateau, with the entire loop back down to the base taking 1-1.5 hours to complete. You’ll see everyone from gym buffs to preschoolers en route, with even some speedsters racing up the stairs. You’ll work up a sweat and be rewarded with pretty great views from the top.

Unlike the Grind’s forested setting, the Crunch cuts through largely open terrain that’s surrounded by residential homes. The trail is easily accessed by road (free parking on Lansdowne Drive) or transit (by bus from Coquitlam Central SkyTrain station).

This is just one of the many options to take your workout outdoors this month. From hiking challenges to a colour run, September is all about fun activities we can do in the fresh air. Here are a few to try:

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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Thursday, September 7th, 2017 — 12:00pm PDT
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The weekend is here and this Saturday is one of the busiest event days of the entire month in Metro Vancouver. The Vancouver Fringe Festival begins, as do fall markets and fairs, along with pop-ups and concerts. There are also ongoing attractions and events like corn mazes and family fun at local farms. All of these events and more are listed below:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Events that run for longer than three days in a row are highlighted in green.

Friday, September 8, 2017
Hopcott Farms Presents Harvest Longtable Dinner
Fused, Epic Improv Team-Up: The Radical x Hocus Focus
Say It Bigger – Stand For Love in Peace
Opening: 10th Annual Oppenheimer Park Community Art Show 

Vancouver Fringe Festival: Just Not That Woman
Illumination Summer Night Market, Richmond
Richmond Night Market
Shipyards Night Market North Vancouver
Queer as Funk and Body Party
Dish & DUER Warehouse Sale
Vancouver Fringe Festival: Naturally
Vancouver Fringe Festival: Figmentally
Vancouver Fringe Festival: Alternate Endings
Vancouver Fringe Festival: How I Lost One Pound, The Musical
Vancouver Facade Festival
The Arts Club Presents: Angels in America, Perestroika

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Art of the Cocktail in Victoria: Win a VIP Getaway

Thursday, September 7th, 2017 — 10:43am PDT
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Art of the Cocktail, the cocktail event of the year, returns to one of Canada’s mixology capitals for sampling and sipping, masterclasses, and one very grand tasting.

Art of the Cocktail

When: Saturday, October 14th 2017
Where: Crystal Garden (713 Douglas St, Victoria)
Tickets: Available online for individual events or VIP passes. Tickets this year include all food and drinks (no token purchase necessary)

Grand Tasting

Along with the big players, the Grand Tasting will also highlight artisan, small, and regional distillers. While on your cocktail journey, savour delicious complimentary appetizers from some of the most innovative chefs in Victoria. VIP access allows you to beat the crowds (and the lines) and enter the Grand Tasting an hour before the general public, giving you more one-on-one time with distillers and Brand Ambassadors.

Cocktails Up Close

Get up close & personal with cocktails and spirits, with guided tastings & Masterclasses by industry leaders as you enjoy various drinks and learn the tips and tricks of the trade.

Parties that Pack a Punch

Join highly decorated mixologist and Botanist Gin ambassador Gez McAlpine, as we explore the fundamentals of creating cocktails for large groups. From punches to Sangria, bottled cocktails and everything in between. Learn how serving quality drinks can be the easiest part of entertaining your guests.

Dress to impress in your fabulous after five attire, because this year the Best Dressed at the Grand Tasting will win 4 tickets to the 2018 Victoria Film Festival Opening Gala.

Win a VIP Getaway

The Art of the Cocktail wants to bring one lucky Miss604 reader and a guest to Victoria for this amazing weekend. This VIP prize package includes a round trip with Harbour Air to get to Victoria from Vancouver, a one night stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton, blow-outs from Copper & Ash Collective to get ready for the Grand Tasting, and of course VIP Grand Tasting tickets.

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Friday, September 15, 2017. Must be 19+. Please enjoy responsibly. Airfare and hotel stay prizes are only valid during this specific event and cannot be exchanged or redeemed for cash value.

Update The winner is Dara Fontein!

Harvest Feastival at UBC

Thursday, September 7th, 2017 — 9:50am PDT
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It’s a Harvest FESTival at UBC with cocktails, conversations, and a bounty to be enjoyed from the UBC Farm. Meet new friends and old for a night of food, art, and culture.

Harvest Feastival at UBC

Harvest Feastival at UBCWhere: University Commons (outside the Nest)
When: Thursday, September 28, 2017 4:00pm to 10:00pm
Tickets: Register online now. Ticket price includes a generous family-style dinner and all the after dinner festivities.

UBC’s world-class Arts and Culture District will host a series of after-dinner events, including performances from UBC’s Symphony Orchestra, and Vancouver TheatreSports League.

Dinner Menu

Autumn Harvest Salad, Caramelized Local Pear & Gorgonzola Flatbread, Cranberry Balsamic Roasted Fraser Valley Free Range Chicken, Roasted Butternut Squash & Wild Mushroom Rigatoni, Cinnamon Roasted Honeycrisp Apple, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Torte.

After-Dinner Entertainment

  • Still Here Exhibition 7:30 to 10:00pm at Hatch Gallery at the AMS Nest
  • The Beautiful Brain & Curiosity Collider 8:00pm to 9:00pm at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
  • UBC Symphony Orchestra – Up-close & Personal 8:00pm to 9:00pm at The Chan Centre, Chan Shun Concert Hall
  • Harvest Improv 8:00pm to 9:00pm at the Royal Bank Cinema in the Chan Centre
  • Soul Night Live DJ Dance Party 8:00pm to 10:00pm at the Museum of Anthropology Great Hall

For more information about the menu (including ingredients & dietary restrictions) along with entertainment and ticket info, visit UBC Planning online.

Whitecaps FC Legends & Stars Charity Match

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 — 11:54am PDT
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Captain Hook and Captain Jay DeMerit will face off for fun on Saturday, September 16th in Vancouver as Whitecaps FC alumni take on a star-studded celebrity team with proceeds from tickets supporting BC Children’s Hospital.

Whitecaps FC Legends & Stars Charity Match

Fan favourites Davide Chiumiento, Jay DeMerit, Young Pyo-Lee, Ivor Evans, Steve Macdonald, and Alfredo Valente headline the list of players who will take part in Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s third annual charity alumni match. As part of this year’s Legends & Stars theme, alumni from all eras of the club’s 40+ year history will be joined by a number of special celebrity guests, including Colin O’Donoghue (Captain Hook/Once Upon A Time), Robert Carlyle (Rumpelstiltskin/Once Upon a Time, Begbie/Trainspotting, Gaz/The Full Monty), and KJ Apa (Archie Andrews/Riverdale).

The alumni match will take place from 1:45pm to 2:45pm ahead of Vancouver’s Major League Soccer match against Columbus Crew SC, which kicks off at 4:00pm. Fans can enter BC Place through Gate A beginning at 1:15pm.

To attend the alumni match, fans must also have a ticket for Whitecaps FC’s MLS match vs Columbus Crew SC later that same day. No in-and-outs will be permitted between matches. Tickets for the alumni match are on sale for $5, with all proceeds donated to BC Children’s Hospital. Only 1,000 tickets are available – fans are encouraged to act quickly to avoid disappointment.

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  • Player Roster

    Carlos Batista, Cam Bowman, Steven Brown, Stephen Burns, John Catliff, Gordon Chin, Davide Chiumiento, Carlo Corazzin, Chris Craveiro, Craig Dalrymple, Nick Dasovic, Jay DeMerit, Srdjan Djekanovic, Michael Dodd, Paul Dolan, Robert Earnshaw, Ivor Evans, Nick Gilbert, Kevin Harmse, Oliver Heald, Lindsay Henderson, Keith Izatt, Jay Johnstone, Jason Jordan, Diaz Kambere, Tiarnan King, Garret Kusch, Young-Pyo Lee, Stefan Leslie, Steve Macdonald, Scott Macey, Steve McCauley, Erin McNulty, Rob Merkl, Steve Millar, Dave Morris, Doug Muirhead, Shaun Pejic, Kurt Powell, Didar Sandhu, Joe Scigliano, Sipho Sibiya, Jeff Skinner, Justin Thompson, Guido Titotto, Paulo Valdez, Alfredo Valente, Neil Wilkinson

    Celebrity Roster

    Celebrities: KJ Apa (Archie/Once Upon a Time), Jean-Luc Bilodeau (Ben/Baby Daddy), Robert Carlyle (Rumpelstiltskin/Once Upon a Time, Begbie/Trainspotting, Gaz/The Full Monty), Michael Coleman (Happy/Once Upon a Time), Casey Cott (Kyle/Riverdale), Henry Cusick (Marcus/The 100, Desmond/Lost), Colin O’Donoghue (Captain Hook/Once Upon A Time), Colin Ferguson (William/Haven, Tripp/The Vampire Diaries, Jack/Eureka), Chris Gauthier (Smee/Once Upon a Time, Phil/A Series of Unfortunate Events, Toyman/Smallville), Georgina Haig (Elsa/Once Upon A Time, Piper/Limitless), Richard Harmon (John/The 100), Tyler Johnston (Stewart/Letterkenny, Samandriel/Supernatural), Sean Maguire (Robin Hood/Once Upon a Time), Charles Melton (Reggie Mantle/Riverdale), Sibongile Mlambo (Tamora Monroe/Teen Wolf), Bob Morley (Bellamy Blake/The 100), Tasya Teles (Echo/The 100), Andrew West (Henry Mills/Once Upon a Time, Gareth/The Walking Dead), Ray Winstone (Cam Rose/Ice)

    Coaches will be Alan Errington and Gerry Heaney, with host Carl Valentine. Follow Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Twitter and Facebook for more information.