BC Travel Tuesday: Week 9 Fairmont Empress Victoria


Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 — 4:22pm PDT
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While the rain has been leaving most locals feeling a bit glum, we can all rest easy knowing that we have such a fantastic backyard in which to play when the sun sticks around for a nice long haul this summer. Nine weeks into the getaway giveaway series for BC Travel Tuesdays and we’ve been thrilled with the response. We’ve had a few Vancouver Island giveaways already and this is one of the biggest to date.

backyardbc.com
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 BC Travel Tuesday: Week 8 Hotel Grand Pacific Victoria is Tamara (and she has been notified by email). This week’s property is also located in Victoria and is probably the most recognizable hotel in the city, if not all of British Columbia. It’s the prestigious, historic, regal, legendary, Fairmont Empress.

Fairmont Empress
Website, Twitter, backyardbc listing
Location: 721 Government Street, Victoria, BC
About: “Enjoyed by kings, queens and celebrities, cherished memories are created for guests of Afternoon Tea in the hotel’s historic Tea Lobby. A recent multi-million dollar renovation of each Fairmont Gold room and suite epitomize modern luxury accommodations in Victoria. A bounty of dining options with a farm to fork philosophy ensures the best of Vancouver Island is engaged in your dining experiences.”
Prize: Two nights in a Fairmont Gold room and their famous Afternoon Tea for two.
Value: $1500

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

I entered this week’s @backyardbc @miss604 #bctraveltuesday contest #tt http://bit.ly/bctraveltuesday9

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. Some restrictions apply, based on availability. Must be 19 years of age or older to enter and win.

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

Archives Photos of the Day: Hockey


Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 — 2:15pm PDT
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It’s no secret that hockey fever is alive and well in Vancouver… and it’s June. While it’s an unfamiliar feeling, it’s something this city’s been waiting for since Cyclone Taylor won the cup at the Denman Arena back in 1915. While browsing the Vancouver Archives’ blog, Authenticity, I noticed their latest post features hockey history in Vancouver. Fittingly, that will be the theme of today’s “Archives Photos of the Day” for June 8, 2011.

[Vancouver Ladies' hockey team]
Date: 1920
Subject: Vancouver Women’s Hockey Team
Archives Item#: CVA 99-58

Vancouver Ice Hockey Team (Lions)
Date: 1930
Subject: Vancouver Lions Hockey Team
Archives Item#: CVA 99-3829

Vancouver Ice Hockey Team (Lions)
Date: 1930
Subject: Vancouver Lions Hockey Team Members
Archives Item#: CVA 99-3839

All photos above were taken by Stuart Thomson and are available on Flickr or through the Vancouver Archives online.


Date: 1920s
Subject: Vancouver Hockey Player
VPL Accession Number: 17993, 17996
Photographer: Stuart Thomson


Date: 1948
Subject: Vancouver Canucks, PCHL Championship Team Member
VPL Accession Number: 84097I
Photographer: Ray Munro


Date: 1948
Subject: Old Timers Hockey Game at the Forum
VPL Accession Number: 84067B
Photographer, Studio: Artray


Date: 1948
Subject: Vancouver Canucks Player
VPL Accession Number: 40963
Photographer, Studio: Province Newspaper


Date: 1950s
Subject: Breaking Up a Hockey Fight
VPL Accession Number: 41827A


Date: 1948
Subject: Hockey Finals, Seattle vs Vancouver Canucks
VPL Accession Number: 84075C
Photographer: Stu Hertz

All photos in the section above are from the Vancouver Public Library’s online archive.

Cliffwalk at Capilano Suspension Bridge


Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 — 10:03am PDT
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Capilano Suspension Bridge, one of the region’s most popular tourist destinations, has just added a new attraction to compliment the treetop adventure and of course, the bridge.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Capilano Suspension Bridge

Jutting out from the granite hillside, Cliffwalk is high, narrow, and in some sections made of glass, in order to give visitors an unbelievably unique view of the forest and canyon below.

Capilano Suspension Bridge CLIFFWALK Preview
Photo credit: JeremyLim.ca on Flickr

If you think you have what it takes to head out on the Cliffwalk, I have a prize pack to give away that includes 4 passes to the park and a $50 gift certificate for lunch at the Bridge House (total value is over $180). You can enter to win by doing any or all of the following:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
  • I entered to win a @capsuspbridge #Cliffwalk prize from @miss604 http://ow.ly/5cexj

    I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Friday, June 10th, at 12:00pm.

    Update The winner is Natalie W (@shuttersclick)!

    Velopalooza & Wheels of Change Documentary


    Monday, June 6th, 2011 — 1:00pm PDT
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    June is bike month in Vancouver and as a result the Velopalooza festival is hosting weeks of events and themed bike rides around the city. Cadbury’s Bicycle Factory campaign and I will be hosting an event tomorrow night that will feature a screening of the documentary “Wheels of Change”.

    What A documentary about the difference a bicycle can make to communities in Ghana
    Where The Roundhouse Community Centre
    When June 7, 2011 at 8:30pm (the film is about 45 minutes long)
    Tickets Not required. Just show up to watch the film & have some snacks

    I’ll be saying a few words about my experience in Ghana and Cadbury will be providing refreshments including their products that you can use to help build and send bikes to school children in Africa. Please join us for this free event (ride your bike along the sea wall if you can) and check out everything else that’s happening with Velopalooza this month.

    June Events in Vancouver 2011


    Monday, June 6th, 2011 — 11:18am PDT
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    For the first time ever I am proud to say that June is all about the Canucks. Our beloved team has made it to the Stanley Cup Finals and although events around the region have been re-scheduled to make room for game nights, there’s still plenty going on in-between match up with the Bruins (and we’ll finish them off in less than 5 games anyway, right?)

    Girl In A Wetsuit
    Photo credit: PiscesDreamer on Flickr

    Monday June 6, 2011
    Canucks Game-Day Blood Drive
    Brain Injury Film Festival
    Watch the Canucks Outdoors at Vancouver Live Sites
    Tuesday June 7, 2011
    8th Annual Vancouver Nightlife Awards
    Wednesday June 8, 2011
    Canucks Game-Day Blood Drive
    Watch the Canucks Outdoors at Vancouver Live Sites
    Thursday June 9, 2011
    Sex Cures Cancer Fundraiser
    Lattimer Gallery 25th Anniversary Exhibit “Silver” (until June 30)
    Save Your Skin While Still Being Fashionable Fundraiser
    Friday June 10, 2011
    EAT Vancouver
    Canucks Game-Day Blood Drive
    Watch the Canucks Outdoors at Vancouver Live Sites
    Saturday June 11, 2011
    Play On! Burnaby
    EAT Vancouver
    Charity Frag-Fest and BBQ
    Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival
    Langley Arts and Crafts Sale
    Andrew Palooza, Helping a Man Walk Again
    Sunday June 12, 2011
    Play On! Burnaby
    Anniversary of Vancouver’s Great Fire in Gastown
    Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival
    Langley Arts and Crafts Sale
    Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada Fundraiser, Heel & Wheel-a-Thon

    2011 Stanley Cup Final R4G2 CANUCKS3-2OT CELEBRATION ON GRANVILLE-12.jpg
    Photo credit: kwazy on Flickr

    Monday June 13, 2011
    Brain Injury Film Festival
    Tuesday June 14, 2011
    Wednesday June 15, 2011
    Powell Street Festival Anniversary Celebration
    Thursday June 16, 2011
    Wine Down with Delta
    Caravan World Rhythms Ghanaian Drum Workshop
    Carnivale on False Creek (until June 19)
    MACHiNENOiSY Contemporary Dance (& June 23-25)
    Friday June 17, 2011
    Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre’s 12th Annual Comedy Night
    Saturday June 18, 2011
    Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre’s 12th Annual Comedy Night
    Music Licensing Industry Workshop
    Macula Weekend to End Women’s Cancers Fundraiser
    Surrey Fest Downtown
    Swap-o-rama-rama
    Sunday June 19, 2011
    Car Free Day Vancouver on Commercial, Main, Denman, and in Kits
    Mountain View Cemetery History Walking Tour
    Jericho Dad Walk

    Stanley Cup Playoffs
    Photo credit: PiscesDreamer on Flickr

    Monday June 20, 2011
    Brain Injury Film Festival
    Tuesday June 21, 2011
    Fête de la Musique
    Wednesday June 22, 2011
    Pamala Masik Art Exhibit ‘rev.e.la.tion’
    Thursday June 23, 2011
    Friday June 24, 2011
    Conceiving Family at the Cultch in East Vancouver
    Aliqua Anniversary Concert
    Saturday June 25, 2011
    World of Dance Festival
    The Cheaper Show
    The 6th Annual “Can’t Stop The Serenity” Fundraiser

    Sunday June 26, 2011
    Carnaval del Sol
    Greek Day in Kitsilano
    Monday June 27, 2011
    Brain Injury Film Festival
    Tuesday June 28, 2011
    Wednesday June 29, 2011
    LACE Campaign’s Underwear Affair Team Fundraiser Comedy Night
    Thursday June 30, 2011

    Should you have a fundraiser, festival, or community event you would like to promote for free, you can send me an email to get it listed on the monthly event roundup. Please provide the name of the event, the date, and a link.

    Power Smart BC 17 Hours of Kesler, Win a Signed Jersey


    Monday, June 6th, 2011 — 7:40am PDT
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    This morning the BC Hydro Power Smart team will begin their “17 Hours of Kesler” campaign. The Vancouver Canucks’ own Ryan Kesler has been a member of Team Power Smart for the last few years and for the next 17 hours, Kesler-filled facts will be sent out from the @PowerSmartBC Twitter account.

    Power Smart BC sets up their their Playoff Power Off at the CBC’s fan zone on Hamilton near Georgia for Canucks games and it begins at 2:30pm on game days. You can learn some valuable Power Smart tips, find out how power consumption drops on game days, or try your hand at powering a TV with a bicycle.

    Canucks & Sharks Game 2
    Photo credit: jmv on Flickr

    To promote the “17 Hours of Kesler” and the Playoff Power Off at the CBC fan zone, Power Smart BC is giving one of my readers a Vancouver Canucks jersey signed by Ryan Kesler.

    There are three ways that you can enter to win. Feel free to do one, or all three to better your chances:

    1) Watch @PowerSmartBC on Twitter during the “17 Hours of Kesler” today and paste the facts in the comments section on this blog post.

    2) If you’re on Twitter, you can also re-tweet one of @PowerSmartBC’s 17 tips and include @Miss604 to be entered in the draw. Re-tweet one or all of them, for up to 17 entries.


    Sample Twitter Entry

    3) Make your way to the CBC fan zone site this afternoon and take a photo, posting it to Twitter and including @PowerSmartBC & @Miss604.

    I will draw one winner tomorrow morning at 10:00am. Good luck and Go Canucks Go!

    Update The winner is Anne-Marie Tvete!