Sun Life Financial Skate with the Canucks

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 — 10:29am PDT
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Sun Life Financial is giving lucky fans the chance to skate with the Canucks at Rogers Arena on Monday, February 11, 2013 (which is also BC’s first Family Day holiday) and the Canucks are currently hosting a contest so that you can win your way in and participate in this unique on-ice experience.


The Canucks’ big contest ends tomorrow but I also have 2 tickets to give away exclusively to a Miss604 reader and their guest. If you’re up for hitting the ice with members of the Vancouver Canucks, here’s how you can enter to win my tickets:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win your way into #SkateWithCanucks from @VanCanucks & @Miss604

The winner will need to be able to attend on Monday (between 6:00pm and 6:55pm) and have their own skates and helmet. All participants will need to sign an on-ice waiver prior to entry as well. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Sunday, February 10, 2013.

Update: The winner is Michele!

This is an official contest in partnership with the Vancouver Canucks.

Heritage Week in BC 2013 with Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 — 9:39am PDT
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The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is celebrating Heritage Week in BC (February 18th to 24th) by hosting a series of events that shine a spotlight on our local history.

Walking Tour of Gastown & Chinatown

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Chinatown: Why is it a National Historic Site?
Historian John Atkin and Planner Jeannette Hlavach lead this lecture about Chinatown and the process and significance of becoming a National Historic landmark. Tickets are $12 and the event will be held at the University Women’s Club at Hycroft, McRae Avenue from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. Tickets are available online in advance.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Philosopher’s Café – Why Do We Worry About Heritage?
Co-presenting with Jewish Museum & Archives of BC
John Atkin offers his own interesting and offbeat insight into Vancouver’s architecture, history and neighbourhoods through his astute insight of urban planning and development, a love of architecture, and a fascination for the curious. This runs from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at 6184 Ash Street and there is a suggested donation of $5 at the door. Light refreshments will be served.

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Historic Jewish Walking tour of Strathcona & Gastown
With Jewish Museum & Archives of BC
Discover the fascinating tales of early Jewish life in the heart of Strathcona and Gastown. This guided walking tour starts in Strathcona, and covers approximately 2 km to visit the landmarks, architecture, and events that shaped the evolution of historic Vancouver. Participants should meet at 700 East Pender (at Heatley, First Shara Tzedek Synagogue) for the walk that will take place from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. Registration online in advance is required.

Friday, February 22, 2013
Historic West Hastings Map Guide Launch
Join the inaugural walking tour to launch the new map guide and be one of the first people to receive a copy of the guide researched and written by Michael Kluckner. Meet at Bute and Hastings to join the walk at 12:00pm. Tickets are $12 and registration online in advance is required.

Saturday, February 23, 2013
Japantown Walking Tour
Join civic historian, John Atkin, on an walking tour of Japantown and the oldest residential district in Vancouver. You’ll look at the extraordinary history of this neighbourhood before returning to the 1928 Japanese Language School for a tour of the recent green renovation and restoration of this important community building. Tour starts at 475 Alexander St. Tickets are $12 and registration online in advance is required.

Saturday, February 23, 2013
Old School Workshop – Lath & Plaster Repair
Simple repairs for restoring and maintaining lath and plaster. Don’t swap out the patina of your lath and plaster for drywall! Workshop with Master Plasterer of 40 years’, Lloyd Cutting and Carpenter, John Anderson. The event runs from 10:00am to 12:00pm and tickets are $30 (plus tax).

Sunday, February 24, 2013
Places That Matter plaque presentation – Hogan’s Alley
Celebrate Black History month with a very special presentation. 2:00pm at the Hogan’s Alley Cafe, at Gore and Union. Speeches, poetry, music and history will be presented, followed by a procession to unveil the plaque nearby. Tickets are not required for this event.

More events and walks are posted on the Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s website along with maps for other self-guided walking tours. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook to find out more about special events and heritage news.

Vancouver Aquarium After Hours

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 — 2:34pm PDT
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When the crowds leave and the doors are shut, the Vancouver Aquarium teems with nightlife in the habitats. You can catch a glimpse of the nocturnal side of the sea at the aquarium’s After Hours event this month:

Vancouver Aquarium After Hours
Whipray. Photo credit: Vancouver Aquarium

After Hours gives our grown-up guests a chance to enjoy the peace and tranquility of our galleries without children underfoot. On this special evening, you can enjoy a glass of wine or beer while exploring our new feature, The Secret World of Sharks and Rays, in an adults-only environment. Discover the amazing lifestyles of the not-so-famous sharks and their cousins – the skates, rays and ratfishes. Don’t miss the beautiful zebra shark or the elegant whiprays!

In addition to new exhibits, animals and interactive displays, the February After Hours event will feature shark dives, shark and ray feature talks and a special guest speaker on these fascinating fishes.

Tickets for After Hours are $13.25 for Vancouver Aquarium members and $21 for the general public. Enjoy this unique experience on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. Must be 19+ to attend.

I have two tickets up for grabs for After Hours that you can enter to win by doing one or both of the following:

Answer the skill testing question in the box below:

You can also enter by posting the following on Twitter:

RT to enter to win tickets to @VancouverAqua #AfterHours from @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all (correct) entries at 12:00pm on Monday, February 11, 2013.

Note: 19+ event. Photo ID required for entry. No tickets available for purchase at the door. Tickets are non-refundable/non-transferable. Alcohol available only with the purchase of food. Membership cards will be required for member priced ticket holders.

Update The winner is Milla!

Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver: Not Just for the Boys

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 — 11:43am PDT
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Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver has launched their “Not Just for the Boys” campaign this month to highlight volunteer opportunities for women. They’re specifically looking for 28 women for the In-School Mentoring Program:


You’re a working woman with a busy schedule and you’re trying to juggle a million things at once. But you want to volunteer and you love kids. And you’re responsible and caring. Does this describe you? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

The In-School Mentoring Program is a flexible volunteer opportunity for men and women who don’t have much time to spare, but want to do something meaningful and fun with that extra time. (It’s also for people who have lots of extra time, by the way).

Volunteers spend one hour a week playing games and sports, doing arts and crafts, baking, talking or hanging out on the playground with a boy or girl at a nearby elementary school. In just one hour a week you can make a difference in a child’s life.

The children (Little Buddies) are in grades 1 through 6, and are approximately 6 to 12 years old. They have been identified by their teacher as children who could benefit from the friendship and extra attention from a caring, stable adult. This program is friendship-based and non-academic, which means there’s no tutoring involved.

The commitment involves weekly visits which take place on school grounds during school hours, normally between the hours of 8:30am and 3:00pm from Monday to Friday.

If you or a woman you know would like to get involved, there is an online application form to get the process started. Any female that completes the application form before March 1, 2013 is also eligible to win a gift certificate for VIDA Spa.

Follow Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about the organization, their work in the community, special events, and volunteer opportunities like this. is a proud sponsor of the Not Just For The Boys Program.

Vancouver Icons: Chinatown

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 — 10:02am PDT
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The Vancouver Icons series focuses on statues, bridges, sculptures, buildings, and other public landmarks that are frequently photographed and shared online. Founded in 1880, Chinatown is one of Vancouver’s most distinct neighbourhoods and is perfect for this showcase. It’s full of culture, unique architecture, character, and it’s also a National Historic Site of Canada. What better place to feature so close to the Chinese New Year:

Walking Tour of Gastown & Chinatown

chinatown Chinatown Millenium Gate
Photo credit: jtandbibiana & PiscesDreamer on Flickr

Millenium Gate | Chinatown Vancouver, BC
Photo credit: on Flickr

The Millenium Gate (above) was constructed in 2002 to represent Chinatown’s journey through time, past and present. Its combination of Western and Eastern symbols demonstrates and celebrates a sense of community and unity.

East Meets West Sam Kee Building - World's Narrowest Building - Vancouver, BC
Photo credit: Clayton Perry Photoworks & [travelfox] on Flickr

Chinese New Year 2011 Chinese New Year 2011
Photo credit: PiscesDreamer & PiscesDreamer on Flickr

Obligatory Chinatown market shot...
Photo credit: Eric Flexyourhead on Flickr

IMG_2938 Chinese New Year 2011
Photo credit: dahliaphoto & PiscesDreamer on Flickr

Dynasty Bell - Allan Yap Circle - Chinatown, Vancouver Chinatown Memorial Statue
Photo credit: [travelfox] & bkang83 on Flickr

The Dynasty Bell (above, left) was a gift from Vancouver’s sister city, Guangzhou, China, this distinctive bell was given to Vancouver in 1983 to honour the fifteenth anniversary of the twining of the two cities.

The Canadian Chinese Monument (above, right) is a remembrance to the struggles of the ancestors of many who still live in the area and a celebration of multiculturalism. The invaluable efforts by new immigrants into the area is recognized in the two statues on this monument. First, a Railway worker, recognizing the thousands of Chinese Canadians who lived and died building the Trans-Canadian railway system, a dangerous and thankless job. The second figure is a World War II era solider for the six hundred odd Chinese Canadians who volunteered in the War efforts, proving their patriotism which also later earned them the right to vote. [Source: VentureVancouver]

Walking Tour of Gastown & Chinatown Walking Tour of Gastown & Chinatown

Walking Tour of Gastown & Chinatown

Chinese New Year 2011 Red Lantern
Photo credit: PiscesDreamer & {e u g e n e} on Flickr

Constant guard
Photo credit: kennymatic on Flickr

If you haven’t been to Chinatown lately the 40th annual Chinese New Year parade is the perfect opportunity. It’s taking place on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 11:00am and will start out from the Millenium Gate on Pender between Shanghai Alley and Taylor Street. Follow the Chinatown Business Improvement Area Society on Facebook and Twitter to find out more about events, shopping, tours, and more in Chinatown.

Tonight in Vancouver: The 17th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Photo credit: [travelfox] on Flickr

Other Vancouver Icons posts include: Lions Gate Lions, LightShed, Granville Bridge, 217.5 Arc x 13′, Canoe Bridge, Vancouver Block, Bloedel Conservatory, Centennial Rocket, Canada Place, Old Courthouse/Vancouver Art Gallery, Dominion Building, Science World, Gastown Steam Clock, SFU Burnaby, Commodore Lanes, Siwash Rock, Kitsilano Pool, White Rock Pier, Main Post Office, Planetarium Building, Lord Stanley Statue, Vancouver Library Central Branch, Victory Square, Digital Orca, The Crab Sculpture, Girl in Wetsuit, The Sun Tower, The Hotel Vancouver, The Gassy Jack Statue, The Marine Building, and The Angel of Victory. Should you have a suggestion for the Vancouver Icons series please feel free to leave a note in the comments. It should be a thing, statue, or place that is very visible and recognizable to the public.