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Win a Salt Spring Coffee Prize Pack

April 18th, 2016 @ 5:30pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Salt Spring Coffee is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month, that’s two full decades of being a local, fair trade, organic, environmentally sustainable coffee company.

SaltSpringCoffeeThis organic macro roasting company was co-founded by Mickey McLeod and Robbyn Scott, and for 20 years they have been committed to being fair to farmer and environmentally sustainable.

Back when they first started out, Mickey and Robbyn roasted their beans with a modified popcorn popper from their home on Salt Spring Island. The company now supplies more than 1,200 cafes, restaurants, grocers, and independent food stores with its premium single origin, small lot and coffee blends in western Canada.

While the coffee company has moved to in Richmond, the couple still owns a farm on Salt Spring Island, where the operation began.

Starting this fall, consumers will be able to purchase Salt Spring Coffee in more grocery stores, restaurants and cafes across Canada. In addition to organic whole bean coffee, the company has a Cold Brew alternative. It will introduce two new Cold Brew coffee flavours this year to select grocery stores in B.C including all Choices Markets and Donald’s Markets. Cold Brew is the result of Salt Spring Coffee steeped in water at room temperature for 15 hours, and then bottled using a double filtration process to provide a smooth, clean result – best served cold.

Win a Salt Spring Coffee Prize Pack

To celebrate their milestone, Salt Spring Coffee is offering up a prize pack to one lucky Miss604 reader that includes: A Baratza Encore coffee grinder, 2 truly west coast mugs, plus a bag of Sumatra coffee beans — a $200+ value! Here’s how you can enter to win:

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RT to enter to win a @SS_Coffee #ssc20years prize pack from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/4mPVRP

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, April 25, 2016. Follow Salt Spring Coffee on Twitter and Facebook for more information.

Update The winner is Ai Paul!

3 More Stanley Park Trails to Explore

April 18th, 2016 @ 6:25am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

There are over 25km of trails inside Stanley Park, not including the Sea Wall, which is just one of the reasons our Crown Jewel has been called one of the Best Parks in the World. John and I try to walk these trails every weekend, and it’s rare that we pass many other people on some of beautiful these paths. I have previously featured a few of the forest trails, to get others out and about exploring:

« Cathedral, Lovers Walk, Beaver Lake, Avison, Merilees trails &
« Tatlow, Prospect Point, Brockton Oval, Prospect Point trails

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Here are a few more to add to the list, and to use to plot out your next venture into the park.

10. Bridle Trail

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The Bridle path starts out from Second Beach on the south end, and traverses up the park, all the way to the Prospect Point trail. It’s very wide, paved with gravel, and can lead you on a loop if you ride your bike up to Rawlings and loop back. It gains in elevation but has some great views along the way.

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11. Thompson Trail

Stanley Park Trails

Bridle connects to Thompson just north of the causeway overpass and the Lake Trail. Turning left onto Thompson, it is home to some of the tallest trees in the park, as it climbs up hill. You’ll pass groves of Western Red Cedars, where the fragrant wood stands tall above the fern-covered forest floor. The path is wide and covered in gravel, and while it’s not a designated bike path, there is evidence of mountain bikes carving their way over stumps and mulch along the side.

Stanley Park Trails

12. Meadow Trail

Stanley Park Trails

The Thompson Trail splits off to the right, north, and the Meadow Trail continues to the left. The Meadow Trail is deceiving at first, since it is also flanked by straight-as-a-arrow groves of hemlock, Douglas Fir, and Cedar. On a sunny Sunday afternoon, we were the only people on these trails. As the ferns multiply and the path opens up, you do arrive at the meadow that is adjacent to Hollow Tree. There is a parking lot, road access, and the north/south Rawlings Trail that can connect you to your next destination.

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If you were to do all three of these trails — from Second Beach, up Bridle, left on Thompson, left on Meadow — it would take about 30 minutes to reach Hollow Tree, and would be about 2.5 km one way.

You can download the trail map PDF or do a simple Google Maps search as all trails are also listed there. Bikes are allowed on several trails, such as Rawlings, Bridle (Prospect Point), Lovers, Beaver Lake, and Avison. Be sure to respect the environment and the sensitive ecosystem in the park by carting out what you bring in and NEVER smoke in Vancouver Parks.

Win a BC SPCA Shop Gift Card

April 15th, 2016 @ 5:06pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

“It would have been perfect, but I would have to give up Buttons,” my mother has said to me several times over the last year. She’s been looking to move back into Downtown Vancouver but since adopting her kitten, the search has been a struggle since many properties do not allow pets in some capacity.

Pet-friendly rental accommodations has been a hot topic in Vancouver, as more than 60% of Vancouver residents have a dog or cat. According to the BC SPCA, 20 per cent of the animals dropped off at their shelter is by owners facing housing related issues1. However, landlords say renting to pet owners isn’t an easy decision.

“I agree that everyone has a right to a home. I’m not sure that right extends to including pets,” said David Hutniak, Landlord BC’s CEO. He said they love animals too, but regardless of how well-behaved a pet is, units have to be maintained – and that often means replacing flooring once the animal moves out.2

The City of Vancouver is pushing for the province to revitalize legislation on pet ownership to accommodate our furry family, but that’s not to say there are a few options out there already. Bosa and BlueSky Properties offers pet-friendly rentals in three Vancouver communities including Downtown, Chinatown and False Creek, with buildings offering pet-friendly amenities like “laundro-mutt” pet wash stations at LIDO at False Creek.

Win a BC SPCA Shop Gift Card

To keep the conversation going, Bosa and BlueSky Properties have offered up a $100 gift card to the BC SPCA’s online store that I can give away to a Miss604 reader.

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The shop has plush toy animals, leashes and harnesses, t-shirts, hoodies, and many more items for the pet lover in your life. You can also donate to the care of a wild animal, or purchase educational resources.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
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RT to enter to win a $100 BC SPCA shop gift card from @blueskybosa & @Miss604 http://ow.ly/4mKHne

I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 12:00pm. Follow Bosa and BlueSky Properties on Twitter and Facebook for more information about their pet-friendly properties and amenities.

1, 2Source: Global BC

Update The winner is Andrea!

Abbotsford Tulip Festival Photos

April 15th, 2016 @ 11:14am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Abbotsford Tulip Festival is in full bloom, an hour east of Vancouver along Highway 1. I had the opportunity to visit yesterday, and the spectacularly colourful array of 2.5 million petals is definitely worth witnessing.

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Abbotsford Tulip Festival Photos

Just off the main parking lot you’ll find a picnic area and family games, along with a tulip stand where you can purchase some bunches. Walk a mulch path out to the 10 acre fields, where there are plenty of photo ops along the way.

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

The main field is for visiting and photo-taking, the smaller one on the right, closer to the highway, is the U-Pick patch. These fields are clearly marked. Young and old pose for photos on benches or in front of the rows that boast tulips with names like Sweetheart, Snowboard, Burgundy Lace, Margarita, Gander’s Rhapsody, and Conqueror.

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

On a clear day, you can get some amazing photos with a snow-capped Mount Baker in the background, but be sure to visit soon though, since these ephemeral beauties will only be around until May 1st, or until the last petal hits the dirt.

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Visiting the Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Take the Whatcom Road exit in Abbotsford, off of Highway 1, which is at Castle Fun Park if you’re coming from the west. The Abbotsford Tulip Festival has ample parking for over 1000 vehicles.

  • Dates: March 25 – May 1, 2016 from 9:00am to 6:00pm, seven days a week
  • Location: 36737 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford
  • Admission: $5.00 per person and complimentary parking Monday to Friday. Tour buses are welcome. Tickets can be purchased online.

The festival offers a covered picnic area, children’s play area, photo cut-out boards, fun food trucks (on weekends) and sections for friends and family to wander through the fields. Guests can pick their own flowers in the U- Pick field, purchase fresh cut tulips and order bulbs for planting in the fall.

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Abbotsford Tulip Festival

To learn more, visit the Abbotsford Tulip Festival website, call (604) 751-6389 or follow the festival on Facebook and Instagram or Twitter using the tag #abbytulips.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

April 14th, 2016 @ 12:14pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s going to be a great weekend, even if it’s grey out, because there’s so much to do around town. Markets, shows, festivals and film!

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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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

Friday, April 15, 2016
Science World After Dark
Musica Intima
Special Preview Screening: High-Rise
Ecco la Primavera! Dinner Show with Mark & Colleen Donnelly
Vancouverite: A Comedy Show
17th Annual North Shore Writer’s Festival
Brain Health Fair
Fashion Blooms for Pacific Autism
Canadian Film Week at Vancity VIFF Theatre
Royal City Musical Theatre Presents: Fiddler on the Roof
Vagabond Players Present: Tea and Sympathy
Abbotsford Tulip Festival
Pacific Theatre Presents: Gruesome Playground Injuries




Saturday, April 16, 2016
17th Annual North Shore Writer’s Festival
Teenage Dirtbag with Jacob Samuel
New West Craft at River Market
Wu School Art Association’s Third Annual Exhibition
Pipe Organ-Pan Flute Concert with Children’s Choir
View Finders Exhibition Opening Event
Lab Art Show III
Authors Among Us, Surrey Libraries
Eco Fashion at Surrey Museum
14th Annual Early Years Festival, Surrey
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival: Blossom Barge
Vocal Skills and the Author’s Panel
Vancouver Special House Tour
Vancouver Nighthawks Game
An Evening with Eckhart Tolle
45th Avenue Jazz Band: Northern Stars
Live Jazz at Brentwood
Nat Bailey Farmers Market
Royal City Musical Theatre Presents: Fiddler on the Roof
Vagabond Players Present: Tea and Sympathy
Canadian Film Week at Vancity VIFF Theatre
Abbotsford Tulip Festival
Pacific Theatre Presents: Gruesome Playground Injuries

Sunday, April 17, 2016
Sponsored by Miss604: Rain City 72 Hour Film Noir Challenge: Screening & Awards
Vancouver Sun Run
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
VanChan @ The RIO
Whitecaps FC 2 match vs OKC Energy FC
Patterson’s Wager at the VIFF Vancity Theatre
Design Sundays Workshop – Make It Rain
Beer Wars
Dance Allsorts: Raices y Alas Flamenco
Zealous Art, Wine Time
Stanley Park Businesses Historical Walking Tour
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival: Blossom Barge
Sunday Paella Series at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
Cannery Farmers Market
Hastings Park Farmers Market
Live Jazz at Brentwood
Royal City Musical Theatre Presents: Fiddler on the Roof
Vagabond Players Present: Tea and Sympathy
Canadian Film Week at Vancity VIFF Theatre
Abbotsford Tulip Festival

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CF Pacific Centre and Eco Fashion Week Celebrate Earth Month

April 14th, 2016 @ 9:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Going green has never looked so chic! April is Earth Month and to celebrate CF Pacific Centre has partnered with Vancouver’s annual sustainable fashion event, Eco Fashion Week, to raise awareness for environmental and economically sustainable consumption. From April 14 to 30, CF Pacific Centre will host and display high-fashion looks from eight local Eco Fashion Week (“EFW”) designers as part of EFW’s Chic Sheets Bed Linen Challenge.

CF Pacific Centre and Eco Fashion Week Celebrate Earth Month

Using inspiration from French fashion house Balmain, the eco-challenge tasked local designers to transform used bed linens, supplied by the Fairmont Waterfront, into beautiful recycled pieces of Balmain-inspired fashion.

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#ChicSheets on the Eco Fashion Week Runway. Photos by Peter Jensen

The final looks will be staged at CF Pacific Centre starting April 14th on a runway made entirely of re-purposed fluorescent tube lighting. The showcase will be located on Level M2, outside of H&M. Shoppers are encouraged to vote for their favourite looks online at ecofashion-week.com and share photos on social media using the hashtags #ChicSheets, #CFPC4Earth, and #EFW.

CF Pacific Centre‘s involvement with Eco Fashion Week is one component of its broader sustainability initiatives. Green at Work, Cadillac Fairview’s national sustainability operational program, is continuously growing its reputation as a sustainability leader.

In 2015, the Green at Work program helped CF Pacific Centre to:

  • Divert 91.2 percent, or 713 metric tons of waste from the landfill.
  • Recycle 0.74 metric tons in lights, which is enough tube lighting to line the Stanley Park seawall.
  • Reduce overall energy consumption by 3.9 percent year over year, exceeding its 2.5 per cent target reduction.

Eco Fashion Week is the world’s largest sustainable fashion event, celebrating its 10th edition in Vancouver this month. It features a collection of speaker seminars, industry panels, and, of course, fashion shows. Follow EFW on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

Follow CF Pacific Centre on Facebook and Twitter, and stop by to place your #ChicSheets vote by April 30, 2016.

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This post is sponsored by CF Pacific Centre.