Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada 2012

Thursday, January 26th, 2012 — 10:31am PDT
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Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada will be live from Prince Edward Island on the CBC February 11, 2012. Starting at 11:00am, the Edmonton Oilers will face the Ottawa Senators, the Jets will play the Penguins, the Habs will fight the Leafs, and the Vancouver Canucks will face-off with the Calgary Flames at 7:00pm.

Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada
Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

Last year I sent John Biehler up to cover Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada in Whitehorse and between the banquet, concerts, alumni, and outdoor activities, I think he had a pretty great time. Aside from the Canadian match-ups, there will be satellite events across the country to celebrate hockey. These include festivities in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan; Windsor, Nova Scotia; Montreal, Quebec; Thunder Bay, Ontario; Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Richmond, BC. Each event is hosted by a CBC personality and will focus on community hockey, organizations, and initiatives.

Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada
Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

Around here, the Richmond Olympic Oval will be the place to be. They’ll have free admission, an NHL Hall of Fame exhibit, NHL trophies, games, live entertainment, and a chance to meet the Canucks’ mascot Fin along with Trevor Linden. There will also be giants screens to watch the CBC games, a day-long hockey jamboree on twin Olympic-sized ice sheets, a public road hockey tournament, hockey skills zone, and prize giveaways including a trip to Japan.

Mark this down in your calendar as a fun, free day in Richmond with the hockey lovers in your family. Catch all the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada action at the oval from 10:30am to 10:00pm on February 11th.

Update February 7, 2012: I have been offered 3 prize packs to give away to readers in honour of Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada. The prize packs include a Scotiabank Hockey Club bag, jersey, water bottle, puck, toque, scarf and mitts. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment naming your favourite Canadian hockey player of all time (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a #SHDiC prize pack from @ScotiaHockey & @Miss604

I will draw 3 winners tomorrow, Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 12:00pm so we can try to get the prize packs out before the weekend.

Update The winners are Val, Brandon, and @ksceviour!

Ms. Brown is the New M&Ms Spokescandy

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 — 3:35pm PDT
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Ms Brown M&MsMove over Red and Yellow, M&Ms have a new spokescandy. Ms. Brown, to be revealed to Canadians this month, is the “Chief Chocolate Officer” at Mars Inc. with a distinct personality and unmatched knowledge of milk chocolate.

Ms. Brown will make her first appearance, after working behind the scenes for the last seventy years, at The Grove in LA and M&M’s World in New York. The event will be broadcast live on Facebook Monday, January 30, at 12:00pm PT.

M&Ms have partnered with blogs across Canada to spread the word about Ms. Brown and I’m their exclusive Vancouver partner for the launch. As such, they have offered up an M&Ms prize pack valued at $90 for one lucky Miss604 reader. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
#BrownisComing! RT to enter to win an M&Ms prize pack from @Miss604

I will draw one winner at 1:00pm January 30, 2012. Follow M&Ms Canada on Facebook or Twitter for more information.

M&Ms Ms. BrownUpdate Ms. Brown is here! Check out her new look and stay tuned for the winner announcement for my contest.

Update The winner is Debra, congratulations!

City and Slope Vancouver 2012

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 — 10:28am PDT
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This winter the City and Slope festival will tie in adventures on our local mountains with interactive events downtown. From February 9 to 12, 2012, you can enjoy live concerts, attractions, and snow-filled action on the hills.


Illuminate Yaletown: Light displays, music, and more in this heritage district.

City and Slope Vancouver 2012Science World Light Show: Nightly on the dome.

Museum of Vancouver: Check out the Neon Vancouver / Ugly Vancouver exhibit.


Mount Seymour: Enjoy “80s Day” on Sunday, February 12th. Dress up and enter to win some great prizes.

Grouse Mountain: Enjoy 24 hours of winter at Grouse as it stays open February 11th straight through to February 12th. Sunset and sunrise snowshoe tours, live DJ’s, nighttime ziplining, and hitting the slopes at 3:00am, if you like.

Cypress Mountain: It was 2 years ago that Cypress welcomed the world and was home to Canada’s first Olympic gold medal. They’re bringing the excitement back in a Vancouver 2010 anniversary celebration Friday, February 10th.

Visitors can build a weekend package (hotel stay and activities) from $218. A full schedule is posted online including information about the Hey Ocean, Benny Benassi, Alesso, Ko, Kevin Scott, and Dave Aude performances.

To promote City and Slope, I’ve been offered 2 passes for Grouse Mountain to give away. The winner can use these anytime this season and even during City and Slope’s “24 Hours of Grouse”. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post naming a City and Slope event (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win @GrouseMountain passes from @CityandSlope & @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries next Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 11:00am. Follow City and Slope on Twitter and Facebook for more information and event listings.

Update The winner is @alicejhwong!

Robbie Burns Marathon Reading at SFU

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 — 8:00am PDT
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Today is Robbie Burns Day, celebrating the life and poetry of Robert Burns. Burns Suppers are usually held January 25th (the anniversary of the Scot’s birthday) and involve whisky, haggis, and reading of Burns’ poetry.

Photo credit: rfduck on Flickr

This year Simon Fraser University is taking the notion of the Burns Supper one step further by attempting to set a world record for the logest recitation of Robert Burns’ poetry and songs.

What SFU Marathon Burns Reading.
When January 25, 2012 8:00 am to 12:30 pm
Where SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W Hastings St
Notes This is a free event but you are to “bring your own Burns” for reading.

It’s probably too late to RSVP online and book a 5-minute time slot for your reading but the public is welcome to attend. There will be refreshments and entertainment all morning.

Update They did it! According to News1130, SFU set a new world record with their Robbie Burns Day readings. Over 100 people spent 4 hours, 9 minutes, and 24 seconds reciting the poet’s words.

Illuminate Yaletown 2012

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 — 11:03am PDT
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Illuminate Yaletown returns next month as the historic streets of Yaletown host a winter festival complete with dazzling installations. Light art exhibits will be glowing between Drake and Nelson, on Mainland and Hamilton Streets once the sun sets on February 10th and 11th.

Today in Vancouver: Miles Thorogood controls "Kinetic Floating Pixels" at Illuminate Yaletown
Photo credit: [travelfox] on Flickr – Submitted to the Miss604 Flickr Pool

Illuminate Yaletown utilizes advanced video and lighting technology that is both cutting edge and power smart. Showcasing the latest technological and environmental advancements in the lighting and power generation, this light show has the ability to awe the audience with its brilliance. Illuminate Yaletown is an event that can speak to the use of renewable power sources, cleaner generation technologies as well as more efficient light technologies.

Light Coccoons
Photo credit: Matzuda on Flickr – Submitted to the Miss604 Flickr Pool

090221.009 Illuminate Yaletown Exhibit
Photo credit: Adam Nowek & mountainhiker on Flickr – Submitted to the Miss604 Flickr Pool

The event is free to attend and explore and will host a photo competition on Flickr. Add your photos to the Illuminate Yaletown group and tag them with “Vancouver” and “Yaletown”.

Illuminate Yaletown is a part of City and Slope that will take place around Vancouver February 9 to 11, 2012, tying in events on the local mountains with festivities in town.

BC Travel Tuesday: Evolution Whistler Creekside

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012 — 10:02am PDT
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BC Travel Tuesday, with a Whistler spin, continues this week as I partner with to help British Columbians get out and explore their home province.
backyardbc is a new travel website designed specifically for residents of British Columbia. Essentially a “be a tourist in your own backyard” program, participating hotels & resorts offer residents of BC exclusive rates and specials, designed to motivate BCers to travel more within the Province. Each offer has its own unique reservation code, and all bookings are done directly with our hotel and resort partners. Visit backyardbc online, on Twitter, or Facebook and see more of BC!

The winner of last week’s getaway to the Coast Whistler is Natalie (Comment January 17 at 11:09pm). We have 3 weeks left of Whistler accommodation giveaways and today’s prize is located in Creekside. Close to restaurants, the slopes, and the famous Southside Diner, there’s no shortage of things to do. Staying in and enjoying the snow-flanked hot tubs at your hotel is also a fine way to spend a chilly evening.

Evolution Winter Exterior Evolution Pool Area

Evolution 1 BR Living Area Evolution Bedroom
Photo credit: LodgingOvations on Flickr

Evolution Whistler Creekside
Website, Twitter, Facebook, backyardbc listing
Location: 2020 London Lane, Whistler, BC
About: “Just a 2 minute walk from the Whistler Creekside Gondola, this modern mountain lodge offers trendy suites with chic design, as well as a full kitchen with high end appliances, dining area, living area with a cozy fireplace, private balconies and an in suite washer and dryer. The amenities are endless with an outdoor heated pool, two hot tubs, a sauna, eucalyptus steam room, fitness centre, a games room and a media room.”

Prize: 2 Nights accommodation in a 1 bedroom suite.
Value: $600

To enter to win, leave a comment on this post (1 entry) and/or post the following on Twitter (1 entry):

I entered this week’s @backyardbc @miss604 #bctraveltuesday contest #tt

Gift certificates for hotel and resort stays will be sent directly to each weekly winner so they can arrange their visit personally with the property. Based on availability. Blackout dates for Evolution are February 17 to 25, March 9 to 17, May 18 to 20, December 21 to January 1, and all stat holiday weekends. Must be 19 years of age or older to enter and win. This week’s winner will be announced next Tuesday.

View all posts in the series by following or subscribing to my BCTravelTuesday tag. Open to residents of BC.