Vancouver Time Lapse Videos Part Two

July 16th, 2010 @ 8:30am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Back in January I featured a series of time lapse videos from around Vancouver. Since that time a few more have been sent my way so I decided to round them up as well as search YouTube to see if I could find any new additions.

From the revolving restaurant on top of the Empire Landmark

Burrard Inlet, First Narrows, Lions Gate Bridge, Stanley Park

Granville Island, False Creek

Tilt-shift video making Vancouver look miniature

Granville Bridge in the rain

Foggy night scenes around the City

Gatorade Canada Ambush Tour with Chaz Ortiz

July 15th, 2010 @ 3:00pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Gatorade Canada Ambush Tour passed through Vancouver earlier this month featuring professional skateboarder Chaz Ortiz. In each city on the tour, professional skateboarders spend their day hanging out at skate parks with locals. 16 year old Ortiz spent some time at the Vancouver Skate Park at the beginning of the month where the Vancouver Observer caught up with him:

Photo by Jeff Vinnick for the Vancouver Observer

He may have several sponsorship deals and major contests under his belt, but Ortiz is really just another kid who loves to skate. Ortiz, who turned pro two weeks ago, caught the eye of the skateboarding world in 2008 when he entered and won the Free Flow Tour, a top amateur contest. Riding on his success, the prodigy was offered a wildcard entry to the PlayStation Pro preliminaries, where he placed sixth overall, outperforming top pros like Greg Lutzka.

Ortiz also spent time at Skate Parks in Abbotsford, Port Coquitlam, North Vancouver and Port Moody.

While the tour has moved on, you can still catch it in Calgary July 16th and 17th then it’s on to Montreal August 13th where Sean Malto will be out and about.

To commemorate the tour, Gatorade has come out with a limited edition skateboard deck. I happen to have the opportunity to give one away to a reader.

Limited Edition Gatorade Deck

To enter to win, please leave a comment on this post about skateboard culture in BC. This can be from your own experiences, how involved your kids might be, or perhaps a comment if you made it out to one of the Ambush Tour events. You can also enter by posting the following on Twitter:

Enter to win a limited edition Gatorade Ambush Tour skateboard deck from @Miss604

I will draw a winner this coming Tuesday, July 20th.

Update The winner of the deck is Pat, congratulations!

Granville Island Brewing Raspberry Wheat Ale

July 15th, 2010 @ 11:45am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Yesterday we attended the launch of Granville Island Brewing’s latest seasonal creation, Raspberry Wheat Ale.

GIB Raspberry Wheat Ale Launch

This pink summer beer combines water, malt, hops, yeast, and Fraser Valley raspberries. Pairings include a variety of fresh fruit dishes, fresh salads, chicken or light meat.

GIB Raspberry Wheat Ale Launch GIB Raspberry Wheat Ale Launch

I’ve tried fruity-flavoured wheat ales before and they usually just taste like beer with a bunch of fruit dumped in. This carefully crafted brew is smooth and not too sweet. It has a tartness that refreshes and makes it one of my top selections to enjoy on a patio this summer in Vancouver.

Even better yet, $0.50 from each sale will go towards the Weekend to End Womens’ Cancers.

Raspberry Wheat is available through August 2010 in select LDB stores and the GIB store on Granville Island.

Special Offer Today at 12:00pm there is a preview tasting at the Granville Island Brewery. They have 20 litres for the tasting so head down on your lunch break (which is probably right now) if you would like to sample the Raspberry Wheat Ale.

The West Vancouver Ferry: Vancouver History Readers’ Choice

July 15th, 2010 @ 11:11am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Yesterday I began a new Readers’ Choice series where I answer questions that my readers or Twitter contacts have about local history. Continuing on today I’ll tackle another question:

TylerIngram: @Miss604 What about the old ferry that used to go from vancouver to dunderave (West Van)?

1920s, West Vancouver Ferry crossing the Burrard Inlet, Archives Item#: SGN 1123

The West Vancouver Ferry began service in 1909 and ran across the Burrard Inlet from Vancouver to Dundarave.

From the West Vancouver Library: “The first ship was a 35-passenger boat called the West Vancouver, which ran between the 17th Street dock and Columbia Street in Vancouver. The ferry fleet was expanded in later years to run between the Vancouver Wharf, English Bay, Hollyburn, the Great Northern Cannery, and Caulfeild. These ferries were directly responsible for the growth in the Hollyburn and Dundarave areas and the development of businesses around the 14th, 17th, and 25th streets.”

1919, West Vancouver Ferry passing Prospect Point, Archives Item#: CVA 1123-7

By 1912 the ferry service had fallen on hard times. reports that it was then taken over by the municipality and would lose money for another 12 years. By the mid 1920s the ferry service was thriving once again as people along the West Coast were moving about (and the border crossing at the Peace Arch was constructed). The ferry service was eventually replaced entirely by the Lions Gate Bridge crossing, ending service in 1947.

1938, View of Lions Gate Bridge construction from the West Vancouver Ferry dock, Archives Item#: CVA 265-51

In 1988 the former ferry building at 101 14th Street in West Vancouver, built in 1913, was rehabilitated by Howard/Yano Architects to become an art gallery. The ferry terminal is now the Dundarave Pier.

Dundarave pier
Photo credit: jCarlitos on Flickr

I have a few more questions on deck to answer however if you would like to submit a topic or question for the Readers’ Choice history series, please feel free to leave a comment or contact me directly.

Possible Referendum on Whales in Captivity

July 15th, 2010 @ 9:12am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Vancouver Parks Board Commissioner Stuart Mackinnon has put forward a motion that could see the public voting on whether or not we should have whales in captivity in Vancouver [source]. The referendum would take place during the next municipal election in 2011.

Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium has been around since June of 1956 and in 1975 it was the first aquarium accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). In 1987 was designated Canada’s Pacific National Aquarium by the Canadian Federal Government [source].

When I was young they used to have Orcas in the main tank (Hyak, Finna and Bjossa), performing shows that would splash the crowd. The last Orca was removed from the Aquarium in 2001 as they sought to take on a more educational aspect of their marine life displays rather than entertainment-oriented spectacles.

Dolphin Presentation

They’ve have dolphins throughout the years (who are now in the old Orca tank) which are part of a smaller presentation about marine conservation and rescue. There are a few Belugas still at the Aquarium although there have been several baby Beluga deaths recently, which prompted the timely call for action from the Parks Board.

Qila and Calf @ The Vancouver Aquarium

The Aquarium released an official statement yesterday: “The Vancouver Aquarium strongly opposes the plebiscite motion on the July 19th Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation meeting agenda. The Aquarium believes the discussion of the motion should take place at the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation meeting, and will address the motion at that time.”

Update July 20, 2010 CTV Reports: “Vancouver’s park commissioners have rejected a motion urging a non-binding plebiscite on the issue in next year’s civic election.”

I Love Transit Week 2010

July 14th, 2010 @ 3:20pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Translink is celebrating its second annual I Love Transit Week with a meetup event tomorrow night for all transit enthusiasts.

Canada Line Preview Tour

It’s our yearly chance to celebrate transit—because while there are many things we don’t like about transit, there are still many things that we do like! So come out for some food, fun and games during I Love Transit Night, and look out for some lovely rider-submitted essays and photos in the blog next week and in the August Buzzer.

Where Heritage Grill, New Westminster [Google Map] When Games at 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm
Extras Food will be provided at this meetup

You can meet up with the Buzzer Blog crew at 5:30pm at Edmonds SkyTrain station bus loop (Bay 5) to ride a Nova Hybrid bus to the event.