Views from Vancouver, Looking North 1890-1970

February 3rd, 2016 @ 9:04am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

In Downtown Vancouver, we spend a lot of time looking out at the North Shore. Rainbows cut across dark rain clouds, fresh powdery snow covers peaks, and on those really clear days I swear you can see every individual evergreen on the slopes that reach all the way down to Burrard Inlet. Going back 50 to 100 years these landscapes, without any towering obstructions, were much easier to take in all at once:

Views from Vancouver, Looking North 1890-1970

1889. Looking north from Westminster Ave (Main St). Trueman and Caple Photo. Archives# Str P125.

1890. From the Hotel Vancouver. Bailey Bros. Photography. Archives# CVA 371-2591.

1893. From the Hotel Vancouver. Bailey Bros. Photography. Archives# Van Sc P4.

1898. From Seymour St. Archives# Bo P129.2.

1902. From the residence of E.B. Herman at 1287 Robson St. Archives# Van Sc P123.1.

1902. From the residence of E.B. Herman at 1287 Robson St. Archives# Van Sc P123.2.

1902. From the residence of E.B. Herman at 1287 Robson St. Archives# Van Sc P123.3.

1909. View from the Winch Building (Sinclair Centre). Archives# CVA 371-3186.

1929. View with Marine Building under construction. Leonard Frank. Archives# Van Sc P63.2.

1929. View with Marine Building under construction. Archives# CVA 677-690.

1930. Across Burrard Inlet. James Crookall Photo. Archives# CVA 260-331.

1930. From the Hotel Vancouver. Archives# Van Sc P54.

1940s. From the Hotel Vancouver. Artray Photographers. Archives# Air P101.1

1936. From the Second Narrows Bridge. James Crookall Photo. Archives# CVA 260-381.

1940. From the Stanley Park Causeway. Don Coltman Photo and Steffens-Colmer Photo Company. Archives# CVA 586-331.

1953. From the Granville Bridge. Archives# CVA 228-334.

1970s. View of the Westin Bayshore & Stanley Park. Archives# CVA 1435-54.

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Red Mitten Weekend at the BC Sports Hall of Fame

February 3rd, 2016 @ 7:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The BC Sports Hall of Fame will celebrate Family Day with their annual Red Mitten Weekend happening February 6th to February 8th, 2016.

I believe the snow is glistening

Red Mitten Weekend at BC Sports Hall of Fame

Do you still have some red mittens that helped support Canadian athletes from coast to coast? Bring them to the BC Sports Hall of Fame for free admission (for kids 12 and under).

Where: Gate A at BC Place
When: Open daily 10:00am to 5:00pm
Details: Families will have the opportunity to learn about British Columbia’s history through artifacts and enjoy the benefits of physical activity through our interactive sports games and activities including:

  • Playing ping pong on the table from the Vancouver 2010 Athletes’ Village
  • Getting a photo holding a real 2010 Olympic torch, while standing on the 2010 Olympic podium from BC Place
  • Breaking a sweat in our Participation Zone where they can rock-climb, run, and try hockey shootout skills
  • Watching highlights of the 2010 Games on our big screen
  • Entering a draw for a free one-year Family Membership to the BC Sports Hall of Fame

The Hall’s permanent exhibits and activities will also be accessible throughout the weekend. Break a sweat in the Participation Zone where you can play ping pong on the table used in the 2010 Athletes’ Village, climb a rotating climbing wall, test your time on a 14 meter running track, kick a ball and slap a puck in our sports simulator, play bubble hockey, foosball, Monster Basketball and more.

Follow the BC Sports Hall of Fame on Facebook and Twitter for more special event and exhibit information.

Vancouver Wellness Show

February 2nd, 2016 @ 9:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Wellness Show returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre this month offering three full days of information and exhibits focusing on everything from fitness and pet health, to stress-reduction and cheese seminars. The theme for 2016 is Healthy Families so you’ll be able to gather practical tips on health and well-being for everyone in your family.


Vancouver Wellness Show

Friday, February 12, 2016 from 12:00pm to 7:00pm
Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 10:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday, February 14, 2016 from 10:00am to 6:00pm

Last year, more than 30,000 people sampled and chatted with 300 exhibitors, and attended over 100 informative and entertaining seminars, workshops, fitness and cooking demonstrations. Exhibitors focus on health and wellness, beauty, active living, leisure, healthy aging, kids health, mental well-being, pet health, and living green.

Highlights this year include the Organic Market presented by Nesters, the new Healthy Families Zone, the Kids Activity Area, Celebrity Cooking Stage, and the new Relax and Refresh Lounge. Attend a fitness demonstration and try a new way of working out, or get a massage, reflexology or a makeover using organic beauty products.

There are 5 stages featuring Fitness Demonstrations (Ballet Fit, Yoga for Managing Anxiety, Gymnaestrada), Women and Wellness Presentations (Natural Ways to Deal With Life’s Changes, Skin: Glow From the Inside Out, and a Power Panel featuring Lorna Vanderhaeghe, Keri Adams, and Karlene Karst), Living Well Seminars (Stress‹The Hormone Connection, Mindful Relationships, The Overloaded Executive), and the incredibly popular Celebrity Chef Stage, presented by Alligga (featuring Chopped Champion Alana Peckham, Curtis Luk, Dana Hauser, Tobias Grignon, Jesse Jobin, Sarah Stewart, and everyone’s favourite; Tojo). Attend a Cheese Seminar presented by The Dairy Farmers of Canada. Sample and learn about the cheese’s origins and potential pairings.

Tickets are $14.50 (general admission); $12.50 (seniors 65+ & students with valid ID); $6.00 (children); 5 and under are free. New this year, family passes are available at the door for $25 (admission for 2 adults, 2 children). 3 day passes are $30.

Win a Wellness Show Prize Pack

I have a family pack of passes to give away to the Wellness Show along with a gift basket loaded with goodies from Nesters valued at $150.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment with a quick everyday wellness tip (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
  • RT to enter to win a prize pack from @thewellnessshow + @Miss604

    Follow the Wellness Show on Twitter and Facebook for more information. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, February 9, 2015.

    Update The winner is Brenda!

RunGo Dash for Dogs 2016

February 2nd, 2016 @ 9:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The RunGo app, a running app with turn-by-turn instructions for popular running routes in cities like Vancouver, London, New York, and Seattle, is hosting the Dash for Dogs this month. This is a guided 10km, 5km or 2km run or walk through Stanley Park with proceeds going to BC & Alberta Guide Dogs.

Photo via the BC & Alberta Guide Dogs on Facebook

RunGo Dash for Dogs

Where Stanley Park trails, starting and ending at Brockton Point
When Saturday, February 20, 2016
Registration Register online for the 2km Walk ($15 by Feb 17); 5km Run ($30 by Feb 17); or 10km Run ($35 by Feb 17).

This is a fun, non-competitive race with start times between 9:00am and 9:30am. There will be no route markers as participants will be encouraged to use the RunGo app to make their way around the course.

After the run there will be a social event with pancakes, prizes, and good tunes. Guide dogs and good dogs are welcome, dogs must be on leash and under control at all times for the safety of the working guide dogs.

Download the RunGo app for Android or Apple devices.

BC & Alberta Guide Dogs makes a profound difference to blind/ visually impaired people by partnering them with a certified guide dog at no cost. These guide dogs provide tangible and immediate help; making a significant difference in their partner’s safety, independence, sense of well being and belonging.

Megaphone Magazine’s Big Sell

February 1st, 2016 @ 3:05pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Megaphone Magazine’s local vendors will be showing some local celebrities, politicians, and business leaders the ropes this Thursday as they pair up for the Big Sell.


Megaphone Magazine’s Big Sell

The Big Sell is a way to raise the profile of homelessness in our communities, and to highlight Megaphone’s social enterprise model as a means for low-income people earning an income through meaningful work.

Megaphone is a magazine sold on the streets of Vancouver and Victoria by homeless and low-income vendors. Vendors buy the paper for 75 cents and sell the magazine for $2.

I’ll be one of the guests standing alongside one of Megaphone’s vendors at the Big Sell from 10:30am to 11:30am on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Granville and Georgia. I’ll be paired up with a Megaphone vendor who will show me how they work.

Megaphone Big Sell Guest Vendors
Ishkandar Ahmed (CEO, Choices Markets)
Cory Ashworth (Broadcaster, Roundhouse Radio)
The Belle Game
Rebecca Bollwitt (Miss604)
Vancouver Canadians Mascot Chef Wasabi
Councillor Adriane Carr (Green Party)
Paul Faoro (CUPE BC)
Gregory Henriquez (Henriquez & Partners Architects)
Trish Garner (BC Poverty Reduction Coalition)
Catherine Ludgate and Linda Morris (Vancity)
Dan Mangan
Councillor Geoff Meggs (Vision Vancouver)
Katrina Pacey (Pivot Legal Society)
Sussane Skidmore (BCGEU)

The Big Sell is part of #VendorWeek, a celebration of street paper vendors around the world. Last year street paper vendors earned $47 million, selling street papers in 35 countries & 24 languages. In Vancouver and Victoria, Megaphone Magazine employed 164 vendors.

Buy a Megaphone from us on Thursday to support people experiencing poverty and homelessness in our city. Megaphone vendors work hard every day to create positive change in their own lives, and in the communities we share. Follow the conversation online @MegaphoneMag.