Metro Vancouver Parks iPhone App

October 2nd, 2010 @ 3:28pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Metro Vancouver recently released an iPhone application to feature its 22 regional parks. Since I have been profiling Metro Vancouver Parks for a few years now (city, regional, or provincially-run) I thought it would be worth checking out.

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Parks managed by the region range from Bowen Island and Lynn Headwaters to Aldergrove Lake and the Matsqui Trail.

The application can pinpoint your current location and provide directions via a Google Map. It also shows which activities and facilities are available at each location and provides alerts with information about wildlife, traffic, or construction.

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It’s a great start but I would like to see a search by activities or facilities function like they have on the main website. Also, there are no events yet in the listings but once they’re filled in it should add a lot to the app.

You can try the free iParks Explorer application for yourself from the iTunes app store.

Taste of Yaletown 2010

October 1st, 2010 @ 2:21pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Reservations are now open for the Taste of Yaletown happening October 13th until the 31st. During these few weeks locals and visitors alike are encouraged to enjoy the Yaletown culinary community with special prix-fixe menu offerings from dozens of restaurants.

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Each Taste of Yaletown menu is 3 courses and depending on the location, meals are $25, $35, or $45. Participating Restaurants are listed below:

Bistro Sakana
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Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar
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Cactus Club Café
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Capones Restaurant & Live Jazz Club
$35 Menu, $45 Menu, Reserve
Charm Modern Thai
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George Ultra Lounge
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Glowbal Grill & Satay Bar
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Goldfish Pacific Kitchen
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Hamilton Street Grill
$25 Menu, $35 Menu, Reserve
Hapa Izakaya Yaletown
$25 Menu, $35 Menu, Contact
Hub Restaurant & Lounge
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Hurricane Grill
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One Hundred Days
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Provence Marinaside
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Rodney’s Oyster House
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Simply Thai
Tradtional Menu, West Coast Menu, Reserve
Society Dining Lounge
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Sweeney’s of Yaletown
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The Keg Yaletown
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Urban Thai Bistro
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Yaletown Brewing Co.
Menu, Reserve is pleased to be a media sponsor for this event and I’ll have a preview of some of the delicious menus available next week. A portion of the proceeds raised throughout the Taste of Yaletown will be donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

Update October 6, 2010 At the media preview event it was announced that Taste of Yaletown is supplying merchants with $10,000 worth of $10 taxi vouchers. Ask for one after your Taste of Yaletown meal especially if you enjoy any of the wine pairings. At participating restaurants only, when you order off the TOY menu.

Happy Birthday Alexander Keith

October 1st, 2010 @ 12:12pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Next week the beer-drinking nation in Canada will be celebrating the 215th birthday of Alexander Keith. The original Keith’s brewery was established in 1820 and is still producing beer from lovely Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Alexander Keith's prize packTo mark the occasion, there is a celebration tour around Vancouver October 5th that will start at 5:00pm at the Atlantic Trap & Gill. Participants are asked to come decked out in traditional Celtic gear and they’ll be joined by the Keith’s Girls, bag pipers, and plenty of samples.

The tour will move on to Ceili’s as well as the Lamplighter in Gastown and at each location there is a chance to win a trip for two to Halifax for Alexander Keith’s Birthday in 2011. Registration for the tour is on-site on October 5th starting at 5:00pm so you’ll want to arrive early to take part.

I have a quick giveaway that includes four t-shirts, custom Keith’s mugs, an ice bucket, foam antler and a kilt to help you pay tribute to Alexander Keith. My winner will also get two tickets for the celebration tour.

If you would like to enter to win this prize pack, please leave a comment on this post answering any one of the following questions:

  • In what year was Alexander Keith Born?
  • How many different kinds of Alexander Keith’s Beer are there currently?
  • Who is Alexander Keith’s current Brew Master Emeritus?
  • What is the meaning of Veritas Vincit, the motto of the Keith Clan of Scotland?
  • In what year did Alexander Keith take ownership of the Nova Scotia Brewery?
  • You must be 19 years of age or older to enter and I will draw one winner at 12:00pm Monday October 4th.

    Update The winner is Tina — have fun on the tour!
    Transportation for the tour is provided. Please plan a safe ride home from the event and enjoy responsibly.

    Beautiful Videos of Surrey

    October 1st, 2010 @ 9:48am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    The other day Justin Carlson (who was kind enough to film a few of my events over the last year or so) tweeted about a time lapse video that he was working on. Shot in South Surrey, the finished product is below:

    a good morning from Carlson Media on Vimeo.

    Of course after viewing this video I peeked around Carlson Media a bit more and found another video of Surrey and the Fraser Valley. I’ve probably featured at least two dozen Vancouver tribute or time lapse videos before and it was just so nice to find these gems from East of the Fraser.

    Crescent Beach from Carlson Media on Vimeo.

    One quick check on Vimeo and YouTube and I discovered a few more clips by others from my hometown.

    Twilight Time ~暮れなずむひと時~ from Shohei Katsuki on Vimeo.

    With or without music or a time lapse, should you have a video of a community in the Fraser Valley, please feel free to leave a link in the comments.

    BCAA Booster Search & Win Opening Night Canucks Tickets

    September 30th, 2010 @ 11:04am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    BCAA is conducting a search for the ultimate Canucks fan who can lead crowds in roaring chants and waves even at the darkest of hours. You can apply to be the official BCAA Booster guy or gal as the winner of this title, you will get a free ticket to every Canucks home game starting Nov 20, 2010, appearances on the score clock and “semi-fame”.

    To apply for the BCAA Booster Search:
    1. Create a 60 second video
    2. Upload it to YouTube
    3. Email the link to your video to

    You have until October 27th to get your video in and the top six finalists (as decided by a panel of judges from BCAA) will be announced November 1st. You may view the official BCAA Booster Search terms and conditions online. Fans who also “LIKE” the Facebook page will be entered to win 2 lower bowl tickets to a Canucks game with a new winner drawn for every home game.

    To promote this ultimate Booster Search, BCAA has offered up a pair of lower bowl tickets to the Canucks home opener (and first game of their 40th season) to give away on my site. Here’s how you can enter to win tickets to the game October 9th versus the LA Kings:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
  • RT to enter to win opening night #Canucks tickets from @BCAABooster & @Miss604

    I will draw one winner at random from all entries next Thursday, October 7th at 12:00pm. Then, be sure to get your Booster Search video in before October 27th in order to qualify to be the official BCAA Booster Guy or Gal and attend home games for the rest of the season.

    Update The winner is Richard W – congratulations! If you’re too shy to be Booster Guy/Gal you can enter to win single game tix simply by “LIKING” the BCAA fan page. They will have a new winner drawn each game.

    Fine print: Tickets to the home opener October 9th will be in the lower bowl, and in the family zone at Rogers Arena.

    Canucks Day in Vancouver

    September 30th, 2010 @ 10:35am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Just ahead of the launch of their 40th season, Mayor Gregor Robertson will proclaim October 4th “Canucks Day in Vancouver”.

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    Head over to City Hall on Monday October 4th at 12:00pm to join the Mayor, Council, Canucks Sports & Entertainment owner Francesco Aquilini, President and General Manager Mike Gillis and Chief Operating Officer Victor de Bonis as well as Canucks mascot Fin. The Mayor will make the proclamation as the Canucks flag is raised.

    The last “Canucks Day in Vancouver” was celebrated April 27th, 2010 after the Canucks made it to the second round of the NHL playoffs last season.