Fraser Valley Parks: Silver Lake in Hope

July 8th, 2010 @ 1:05pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Celebrating Parks Month I have a few entries in my Park Series that have been contributed by readers. The first is from Michelle Kent.

Silver Lake Provincial Park in Hope, BC

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Getting Here The park is 12 km southwest of Hope in Skagit Valley. From Highway 1 watch for Silver/Skagit Provincial Park. Follow the park signs, the first couple kilometers are on pavement, the rest is on gravel but 4 wheel drive is not needed. Watch for the park signs and turn right and go over the bridge. It is another kilometer to the park.


Some of the many waterfalls alongside the road on the way to Silver Lake:

DSCF6501 Silver Lake Hope B.C..

Features Camping is available from May 1 thru to October 12. Available activities include cycling, fishing, hiking, swimming, boating, picnicking, camping. Amenities include boat launch site, vehicle accessible campsites, campfire fire rings, fresh water hand pumps, picnic areas, pit toilets (wheelchair accessible). Pets must be leashed.


Michelle Kent, a mum to a busy 5 year old who enjoys baking and cooking who also runs a blog. Michelle and her family spend their weekends exploring local parks and beaches.

Where to Watch the World Cup Final in Vancouver

July 8th, 2010 @ 11:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Many have been looking for places to watch the World Cup in Vancouver but for this Sunday’s match it’s a whole other deal. The finale between Spain and Holland will be a big one this weekend so I turned to the biggest fan of Holland that I could find (Ariane Colenbrander) and have asked her to put together a list of where she recommends cheering on the Oranje.

Good times on The Drive
Photo credit: ariane on Flickr

The following was contributed by Ariane:

As difficult as it is to be so far away from the true action in The Netherlands (my husband’s country and mine through marriage), it’s also been fun to watch it with a mixed crowd of Dutch and worldwide fans here in Vancouver. Joe’s Café on Commercial Drive (and William) has been the mainstay for the past few games. The owners are very friendly and get into the action by cheering both sides on every so often.

As well, The Libra Room (at Commercial and Graveley) took the Brazilian quarter final loss against the Dutch in stride and is fully supporting the orange wave this Sunday.

A Facebook page was created earlier this month in order to bring Dutch soccer fans together to watch the games.

According to the Vancouver Sun, the 700 block of Granville Street hosted the Spain vs. Germany semifinal match and will probably repeat the party on Sunday.

Yelp’s website has a viewing party listing for Rogue’s Kitchen and Wet Bar at Waterfront Station (601 West Cordova).

My best bet is to watch it somewhere on Commercial Drive. The colourful vibe can’t be beat and fans of all nations have been gathering here for days to watch their various teams compete. If you want a seat, make sure you allow plenty of time to arrive before the 11:30 am start. We arrived just past 10:15 for the semifinal and grabbed the last few seats facing the main room’s screen.

You can follow @ariancdesign on Twitter for all of her updates throughout the rest of the World Cup.

Fans of Spain can feel free to list their favourite venue (if not already mentioned) in the comments or I would be happy to accept a guest post as well.

2010 Celebration of Light Fireworks in Vancouver

July 8th, 2010 @ 10:00am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt
  • View a full transit, traffic and viewing guide here
  • View a behind the scenes look at the fireworks barge here
  • The Celebration of Light fireworks return to Vancouver this summer as English Bay will be lit up for four explosive nights.

    Photo credit: rbostyle on Flickr

    July 21 USA (evening sponsored by The Keg)
    The award-winning team from the USA will try its hand dazzling the crowd on opening night.

    About their show: “…a tribute to the Big Band era and promises to be high energy, with a lot of hoppin’ swingin’ fun.”

    July 24 SPAIN (evening sponsored by London Drugs)
    Fresh off a World Cup run Spain will take to the beaches to launch an impressive performance.

    About their show: “…an exercise of imagination and force, the audience will enjoy with the recreation of the fight between the light and the darkness.”

    July 28 MEXICO (evening sponsored by HSBC)
    Mexico has been a part of the Celebration of Light for several years and they always have a strong showing with vibrant colours and accompanying music (if you have a radio near by).

    About their show: “…A wide variety of rythms were selected for this Journey, we play with Rock “en español”, pop, Mexican contemporary, and blends of popular (Banda) music with electronic elements.”

    July 31 CHINA (evening sponsored by Concord Pacific)
    Often a winner of the Celebration of Light competition, China’s performance usually blows away hundreds of thousands of spectators who look on in awe.

    About their show: Coming from a wonderful Chinese history tale, the public will travel through a world full of sound and visual and they will enjoy exotic choregraphies of fireworks which will take on a whole new dimension.

    I ran a poll last year asking if people would miss the fireworks if they were gone/canceled for the summer and over 60% said yes (the rest said “good riddance” or left other comments). Regardless, they’re back again for their 20th year in 2010.

    You can watch the fireworks from front and centre in English Bay, across the way in Kitsilano, or on the water (from a safe distance) by boat cruise or kayak. Shore 104.3FM will also be presenting the ShoreFest concert series on the beach before the fireworks begin.

    Follow the Celebration of Light on Twitter for updates and information.

    Vancouver Summer Sunsets

    July 7th, 2010 @ 8:06pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Tornado warnings for various counties scroll along the TV screen while we watch local news coverage of flash floods here in Iowa. This isn’t exactly the sunny July summer I was expecting in Iowa although I’m happy to hear that back home in Vancouver you are not suffering the same fate. The heat is intense, the humidity is sticky on one’s skin, and for brief moments the clouds part enough to catch a glimpse of a spectacular sunset.

    The sun is setting in Eastern Iowa...

    I just know that by Friday when it clears up (as the forecasts are predicting) it will be absolutely breathtaking to watch the sun roll along the backs of the green corn-covered hills. In the meantime, I’m dreaming of home so here is a quick compilation of sunset photos from the Miss604 Flickr Group.

    Vanier Park at Sunset
    Photo credit: Popejon2 on Flickr
    Scotch Pond Sunset Serving the sun Sunset & Luna
    Photos: Clayton Perry Photoworks & Here in Vancouver
    Casting About
    Photo credit: Tom Wiebe on Flickr

    If you would like to brighten my evening please feel free to add your sunset (or I’ll even take sunrise) photos to the Miss604 Flickr Group or @Miss604 on Twitter with a twitpic. For now, I’m keeping a close eye on the KatKam too.

    Update Thank you for the submissions I’ve already received tonight:

    Photo credit: Nicholas.Blah on Flickr
    ships, night, passing and all that...
    Photo credit: ecstaticist on Flickr

    Photo credit: eph_photography on Flickr

    Archives Photo of the Day: July 7, 2010

    July 7th, 2010 @ 1:00pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Today’s Archives Photo of the Day features two streetcars (the number 6 and number 3) destined for Davie Street passing by what appears to be the Hudson’s Bay Company downtown.

    Description: Streetcars downtown, 1944
    Photographer: Don Coltman, Steffens Colmer
    Archives item#: CVA 586-1873

    The Avett Brothers at Vancouver Folk Music Festival

    July 7th, 2010 @ 10:30am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

    The Vancouver Folk Music Festival returns for its 33rd year July 16 – 18th at Jericho Beach Park and all the way from Concord, North Carolina The Avett Brothers will be taking to the main stage Friday night.

    Known for the rousing intensity of their live shows, Scott and Seth Avett’s music combines bluegrass, country, punk, pop/rock, folk and even ragtime and honky-tonk.

    I have two tickets to give away to The Avett Brothers performance as well as a copy of their album, I And Love And You.

    Here’s how to enter to win tickets to see The Avett Brothers at the 2010 Vancouver Folk Music Festival:

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  • Win tickets to see The Avett Brothers @VanFolkFest from @Miss604

    You can find The Avett Brothers on Twitter @TheAvettBros and the Vancouver Folk Music Festival @VanFolkFest.

    Festival tickets are available at local independent record stores, farmers’ markets and the official box office on Pender.

    Update The winner is Shane (and no, you don’t have to give me your car). Congratulations and have fun at the Folk Fest!