VanDusen Glow in the Garden

Monday, October 16th, 2017 — 9:51am PDT
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Known for its beautiful flora, serene strolls through 55 acres of gardens, and dazzling Christmastime displays, VanDusen Botanical Garden is once again lighting up for Halloween during VanDusen Glow in the Garden.

VanDusen Glow in the Garden

VanDusen Glow

  • When: October 24 to October 31, 2017 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm daily.
  • Tickets: Adult (19-64) $10; Senior (65+) $8.10; Youth (13-18) $8.10; VanDusen members $8.10; Kids (3-12) $6.20; Kids 2 and under free. Prices do not include fees/taxes. Purchase online to skip the line. Tickets may also be available for purchase at the gate on event nights, space permitting.

Join this Halloween adventure through a whimsical garden. Discover curious twists and magical moments from the classic tale—Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Follow the white rabbit on a wondrous walk with zany lights and sounds, and illuminated pumpkin caricatures. Visitors of all ages will enjoy tasty treats, crafts and much more.

Come in costume and share your photos with #VanDusenGlow on Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win a grand prize, like Afternoon Tea for two at Truffles Café or a 1 year Family membership to VanDusen Botanical Garden!

Follow VanDusen Botanical Garden on Facebook and Twitter for more information.

David Foster Foundation 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala: Win Tickets

Sunday, October 15th, 2017 — 12:47pm PDT
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Imagine being at the same event as Oprah, Jay Leno, Steven Tyler, Dr. Phil, Goldie Hawn, and more – all for a great cause! These are just a few of the high profile guests that will be in Vancouver for the David Foster Foundation 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala on Saturday.

David Foster Foundation 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala

When: Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 9:00pm
Where: Rogers Arena
Tickets: Available online starting at $49.

The David Foster Foundation’s annual fundraising gala helps to raise money for families undergoing life-saving pediatric organ transplants. For the past 30 years, the Foundation has supported the non-medical expenses of more than 1,100 Canadian families. When on this journey, many families have to split their time between their home and a city that has one of Canada’s eight pediatric organ transplant centres. Under these circumstances, the medical system does not support these non-medical expenses such as food, mortgage or rent payments, car payments, and flights.

Performers and Guests

The 30th Anniversary Miracle Gala is presented by Parq Vancouver, the newest entertainment destination in the heart of downtown Vancouver, and hosted by mega-producer and 16-time Grammy Award-winner David Foster.

Oprah Winfrey
Steven Tyler
Goldie Hawn
Dr. Phil McGraw
Jay Leno
Bo Derek
Carly Rae Jepsen
The Tenors
Matteo Bocelli
Laura Bretan
Terry David Mulligan
Russ & Paris Courtnall
Geoff Courtnall
Michaela Pereira
Jim Treliving
Trevor Linden
Andre Agassi
Steffi Graf
Melissa Peterman
Rick Hansen
Erin Foster
Sara Foster
Tommy Haas
Ben Mulroney
Brian & Mila Mulroney
Ruben Studdard
Pia Toscano
Shelea Frazier
Caroline Campbell

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I have a pair of tickets to give away to this amazing event! Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, October19, 2017.

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Update The winner is Ron Kero!

Ceperley: From Meadow to Marsh in Stanley Park

Saturday, October 14th, 2017 — 12:06pm PDT
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This post has been contributed by Ben Hill, Communications Volunteer with the Stanley Park Ecology Society (“SPES”).

If you’ve walked from Lost Lagoon to Second Beach recently you might have wondered why the landscape at Ceperley Meadow has changed from mown grass to scrub and shrubs.

Ceperley Meadow in Stanley Park. Kathleen Stormont/SPES

This isn’t because the Park Board has forgotten to mow; it’s part of a plan to encourage the development of wetland habitat in the area. Before the development of the city, Lost Lagoon and the area nearby was a saltwater tidal lagoon.

In fact, the lake’s name comes from its habit of disappearing with the tide. But when Stanley Park causeway was built in 1916, tidal access to Coal Harbour was cut and Lost Lagoon and the artificial waterway of Ceperley Creek became entirely fresh water.

While the habitat may not be strictly natural, it is immensely valuable. Although it’s surrounded by well used pathways, this is actually one of Vancouver’s most desirable areas of real estate for wildlife: the corridor of wetland is a great site for nesting and migrating birds, mammals and native plants.

SPES and the Park Board were already working to restore the habitat along the creek, but the arrival of a family of beavers in the area has given the wetland an extra boost. Their dams keep a larger area permanently soggy and, as a result, wetland plants are beginning to come back across the meadow.

American bittern. Photo: Michael Schmidt

Plants like the salmonberry, paper birch and Pacific willow provide cover and food for small migratory birds like kinglets and thrushes, and the shallow secluded wetland is an ideal area for rarer water birds like the green heron and the American bittern.

This type of wetland is increasingly rare in the city, so we’re very happy to accept the beavers’ help in restoring this habitat. One other advantage of not mowing the area is that it supports pollinators like bees and butterflies. They, in turn, help native plants establish and spread.

The bicycle routes and footpaths only a few meters away from the meadow are used by thousands of people every day and it’s heartening to think that such a diverse natural community can flourish so close to humans. It’s part of what makes Stanley Park unique, and balancing Park recreation with conservation is a SPES priority.

SPESLogoFourLineAs a member of the Stanley Park Ecology Society (“SPES”), I wanted to offer the organization an opportunity to share their news, events, and work so I created the “SPES Series” years ago. This is where SPES can contribute and share stories with my audience once a month. Follow SPES on Facebook for more information.

Get Your Canucks Fix and View Wild Salmon in Coquitlam

Friday, October 13th, 2017 — 3:43pm PDT
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Hockey and wild salmon are about as Canadian as toques and maple syrup. You’ll find the first two in Coquitlam these next few weeks, not to mention some pretty tasty craft beer and wine to wash it all down.

Stanley Cup in Coquitlam

Photo courtesy of the NHL

Canucks fans will be streaming in by SkyTrain in the hopes of viewing the Stanley Cup and their hockey heroes at the NHL Centennial celebration from October 21-22. Coquitlam will be its only BC stop, with buzzing crowds filling the parking lot at Coquitlam Centre (at Lincoln SkyTrain station).

Not only can you view the holy grail of hockey, but you can walk through an extensive collection of hockey memorabilia and play interactive games. Plus, Canucks alumni will be in attendance (names yet to be announced). There will even be a temporary rink on site for street hockey.

After getting your Canucks fix, you might be wondering where you can go close by to grab a bite to eat or a cold drink. Read on for more entertainment ideas, including an upcoming craft beer festival, and a food and wine festival.

See Salmon in the Wild

Within walking distance from the mall, one of nature’s greatest spectacles will be on display in the coming months. The salmon run is on, and if you want a close-up view of jumping fish, one great spot to try is Coquitlam’s Hoy Creek.

After spending much of their adult lives at sea, salmon begin their epic journey to return to the creek where they were born. Some will swim thousands of kilometres, battling many obstacles and even leaping upstream through rushing water, in order to return home for the last time.

Whether you’re a young child, an international visitor seeing spawning salmon for the first time or a seasoned wildlife spotter, this scene never fails to impress. Watch for chum from early to mid-October to early November and coho from late October to late December.

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Halloween Walking Tours in Vancouver

Friday, October 13th, 2017 — 11:20am PDT
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One of the best ways to get to know Vancouver, as a visitor or a local, is to take an informative walking tour. At this time of year however, one of the best ways to get to know the darker side of the city’s history, is by signing up for one of these spooky Halloween walking tours:

Ghostly Walking Tours

What: Ghostly Vancouver Walking Tours
Where & When:

  • Ghostly Downtown Tour: October 13, 17, 20, 27.
    Meet outside Christchurch Cathedral.
  • Ghostly Gastown Tour: October 14, 18, 21, 25, 26, 28-31.
    Meet at the Angel of Victory statue outside Waterfront station.
  • Ghostly New Westminster Tour: October 13, 14, 20, 28, 31.
    Meet at Hyack Square (800 Columbia)

Tickets: Available online

Details: Join weekly haunted history walking tours through Greater Vancouver’s most infamous neighbourhoods. Learn about the history of many of Greater Vancouver’s landmarks and notable people and hear about the many hauntings along the way. The tour’s ghost stories come from local lore, first hand accounts and local paranormal investigations. These tours will appeal to history buffs, paranormal buffs, and anyone who is looking for something a little bit different.

Forbidden Vancouver Tours

What: Lost Souls of Gastown
When: Tours every night during Halloween season October 12-31, at 8:00pm
Where: Cathedral Square, Dunsmuir & Richards streets.
Tickets: Available online

Details: Venture into Vancouver’s earliest and most gruesome history this Halloween season on the Lost Souls a Gastown. A time when Vancouver was the Granville Townsite – wild frontier town that suffered a devastating fire, smallpox outbreaks, and unsolved murders. Designed for adult audiences, the Lost Souls of Gastown is both a walking tour and a theatre piece. Created by Forbidden Vancouver’s Chief Storyteller Will Woods – and based on documented Vancouver history – the plot weaves through back streets and alleyways to a dramatic finale in the heart of Gastown’s Maple Tree Square.

Stanley Park

What: Creatures of the Night with Stanley Park Ecology Society
When: During the Stanley Park Ghost Train, October 13-31.
Where: Meet at the Stanley Park Ghost Train plaza.

Running in October in conjunction with the Stanley Park Ghost Train, Creatures of the Night is a free, family-friendly, theatrical experience staffed by friendly volunteers ready to teach you about Stanley Park’s nocturnal creatures. Explore the “Alien Invasion” themed exhibit and learn about the real aliens of Stanley Park.