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Savour Hastings West

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 — 11:32am PDT
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Get to know Downtown Vancouver a little better this summer through its shopping, arts & culture events, food and entertainment! Yesterday you got the chance to win Brunch on Granville and today, for the second stop on this digital, virtual tour, we visit Hastings West.

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Views from the Vancouver Lookout. Photo credit: Kai Jacobson

Savour Hastings West

Hastings West is a distinctive sense of place and arrival. Its stimulating juxtaposition of the old and the new; the established and the unconventional. It’s home to stunning architecture, like the iconic Marine Building, and epic views, from the top of the Vancouver Lookout. It’s also a walkable and bikable corridor with connections and bike lanes.

Hastings West is home to the Downtown Vancouver BIA’s first Perch, Lot 19 which provides the many office workers along the street an opportunity for respite. Lot 19 is sandwiched by the Vancouver Club, Terminal City Club and Mink Chocolate and acts as a thoroughfare between Hastings and the Waterfront. You may even recognize it from many Vancouver-filmed TV shows and movies. It is activated with public seating, buskers, games, and a variety of special events.

Win a Hastings West Prize Pack

Thanks to the Downtown Vancouver BIA, a lucky Miss604 reader can spend the day wandering, exploring, and savouring the sights and good eats along Hastings West.

Hastings West Collage

Today’s prize pack includes:

Here’s how you can enter to win all of this!

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Follow Downtown Vancouver BIA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Keep your eyes on Miss604 and the Downtown Vancouver BIA for even more great contests this week.

I will draw one winner of the Savour West Hastings on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 12:00pm.

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Our Cityride Vancouver 2018

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 — 11:17am PDT
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Join Vancouver’s biggest mass-participation, non-competitive bike ride on August 18th. Our Cityride is for participants of all ages and abilities, and is focused around a fun and festive atmosphere.

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Our Cityride Vancouver

Where: David Lam Park, Yaletown (1300 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver)
When: August 18, 2018 festival 1:00pm to 8:00pm, ride 5:00pm
Register: Ride registration is $20 for those 18 and over, 18 and under are free.

Founded by five-time Olympian Charmaine Crooks and former elite cyclist Mark Ernsting, Our Cityride celebrates the spirit of local communities and aims to cater to people of all ages and abilities.

The Festival

The festival is open to all and it’s free to attend. There will be a Kid Zone, entertainment stage, beer garden, international expo and free bike valet service.

Registered riders will be entered to win some great prizes including a trip for 4 from Vancouver to Amsterdam courtesy of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

Charity partners are the Canucks Autism Network and Heart & Stroke.

Our CityRide Vancouver Map 2018

The Ride

The 17km ride through Yaletown, Chinatown, Gastown, Coal Harbour, Stanley Park and into the West End is expected to attract thousands of participants.

For the safety of those involved there will be strategic road closures and delays to traffic for a few hours during the event between 4:00pm to 7:30pm. All roads that affect residences and businesses will have a plan in place to help minimize all inconveniences.

Road Closures
Homer St (Pacific to Beach) to 9:00am to Midnight (Resident access maintained)
Drake St (Pacific to Marinaside) 9:00am to Midnight

Pacific Blvd (Homer to Drake) Noon to 9:00pm
Pacific Blvd (Hornby to Homer) 4:00pm to 7:30pm
Pacific Blvd (Drake to Davie) 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Davie Street (Pacific to Marinaside) 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Marinaside Cres (Davie to Nelson) 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Pacific Blvd (Nelson to Carrall) 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Keefer (Carrall to Quebec) 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Columbia (Keefer to Alexander) 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Water St (Alexander to W Cordova) 4:45pm to 6:45pm
W Cordova West Bound (Water to Thurlow) 4:45pm to 6:45pm
Thurlow (W Cordova to W Pender) 4:45pm to 6:45pm
W Pender West Bound (Thurlow to W Georgia) 4:45pm to 6:45pm
W Georgia Single Lane Closure (W Pender to Denman) 4:45pm to 6:45pm

Pipeline Rd West Bound 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Stanley Park Dr Single Lane Closure (Pipeline to Park Ln) 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Beach Ave (Park to Denman) 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Beach Ave East Bound Single Lane Closure (Denman to Broughton) 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Beach Ave (Broughton to Granville) 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Follow Our Cityride on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for more information.

Brunch on Granville Street

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 — 2:16pm PDT
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Get to know Downtown Vancouver a little better this summer through its shopping, arts & culture events, food and entertainment! The first stop on this digital, virtual tour, is Granville Street.

Granville Street Neon DTVBIA

Granville Street is downtown Vancouver’s premier entertainment district with an array of bars, clubs, restaurants and retail. Known for its eye-catching signage that nods back to the neon heyday when there were once 19,000 neon signs in Vancouver! Shop local boutiques, book stores, major retail meccas, hop a bus, catch a show, sip on a patio, and enjoy the lively atmosphere this street provides.

New retailers are coming on stream continuously making the street go from strength to strength. Take a stroll down Granville and stay a while, perhaps this giveaway will help!

Brunch on Granville Street

Thanks to the Downtown Vancouver BIA, you can win brunch for two at all of the following brunch destinations on Granville:

Brunch on Granville

The Templeton (1087 Granville)
“Nostalgic, organic and delicious food served up in the heart of Vancouver’s entertainment district”

Twisted Fork Bistro (1147 Granville)
“Slightly french dining made simple, all the flavours, all the tender care but with a little less fuss”

Festal Café (433 Granville)
“100% Paleo, organic, gluten free, low carb, sugar & GMO free; it consists of wholesome foods & anti-inflammatory, healthy quality fats, from the farm to The Festal Table.”

Smak (545 Granville)
“Delicious, healthy, affordable and 100% gluten free.”

Here’s how you can enter to win brunch at ALL 4 spots!

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Follow Downtown Vancouver BIA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Keep your eyes on Miss604 and the Downtown Vancouver BIA for even more great contests this week.

I will draw one winner of the Brunch on Granville Contest on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 12:00pm.

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5 Reasons to Attend The Kaleidoscope Arts Festival in Coquitlam

Monday, July 16th, 2018 — 10:19am PDT
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Kaleidoscope Arts Festival returns to Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park on August 11th to celebrate all things art at this free family-friendly event. This year, the City of Coquitlam is ​excited to have the Juno award-winning band, The Philosopher Kings, take to the TD Community Plaza stage as the headlining act.

Kaleidoscope Arts Festival in Coquitlam

Where: Town Centre Park next to Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station
When: Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 2:00pm to 10:00pm
Tickets: FREE! All ages.

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Kaleidoscope Arts Festival is Coquitlam’s free, full-day celebration of the arts with dynamic live performances across two stages, with Juno award-winning band, The Philosopher Kings, headlining the TD Community Plaza stage.

The schedule includes dancers, multicultural acts and interactive community art, and craft beer and food available for purchase. You won’t want to miss this event, here are 5 (of many) reasons why!

Featured performers on two stages include The Philosopher Kings, Mathew V, Dawn Pemberton, Kytami and The Kwerks. Plus, other unique and engaging artists throughout the festival site. What I loved about the concerts last year, on top of the great views of the stage from all over the amphitheatre, was how engaged everyone was. Young and old people were picnicking, dancing, and singing along.

Kaleidoscope Arts Coquitlam

2. The Spectacular Setting
Town Centre Park’s main feature is Lafarge Lake, but there’s also basketball courts, a spray park, gardens, and more. The festival site is situated on the edge of the lake with a panoramic backdrop that includes Burke and Eagle Mountains. In 2017 it was named, “Best Public Space” by the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Kaleidoscope Arts Festival 2017 - Coquitlam, B.C.

3. Brew Corner and Food Truck Alley
Your favourite food trucks all in one place along with cold craft beer and cider to enjoy throughout the festival site – there’s no beer garden fence! Grab some food truck fare, picnic by a stage, and enjoy your favourite craft beer or cider right there too.

Kaleidoscope Arts Festival 2017 - Coquitlam, B.C.

4. Spark Your Creativity
Hands-on activities, crafts, and interactive performances will keep you engaged with the arts aspect of the festival. Join artist TaraLee Houston at The Studio as builds her interactive textile art “Weave Community Circles.” Using a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors from recycled fabric and ribbon you can join in the creation of this giant art installation. Visit the Eco Art, Writers’ Corner, and Improv exhibits too!

5. FREE! And Easy to Get To
Town Centre Park is located right next to the Lafarge Lake-Douglas SkyTrain station. There’s also plenty of parking available throughout the entire park area.

Don’t miss out! RSVP to the Facebook event to get all the latest info about the Kaleidoscope Arts Festival in Coquitlam on August 11th.

Miss604 is the proud Social Media Sponsor of Kaleidoscope Arts Festival

Summer Camp in Stanley Park

Saturday, July 14th, 2018 — 9:23am PDT
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This post has been contributed by Michael Murray, Development Assistant with the Stanley Park Ecology Society (“SPES”).

Summer Camp in Stanley Park

SPES Sap Tree Camp
SPES day camper investigates sap sucker holes.
Photo by Don Enright.

Blue skies and soaring temperatures can mean only one thing: summer has returned to the Lower Mainland and parents everywhere are wrestling with the age-old question of what to do with their children for the summer holidays.

The Stanley Park Ecology Society may have the answer you’ve been looking for with the Stanley Park Eco Camps. “These camps are a great way to explore parts of the Park that very few people get to see,” says Dylan Rawlyk, SPES School Programs Manager.

Recent Studies have also shown the many benefits of connecting children to nature – from lowering stress levels to improving concentration and increasing physical fitness. If your child is in need of a nature fix, SPES is here to help.

SPES has a wide array of summer day camp programs sure to suit the interests of even the most discerning of nature lovers. Here’s a rundown of SPES’ weekly summer day camps for 7 to 11 year olds in July and August:

Let the forest be your muse with SEPS’ Art in Nature camp running July 16-20. Your child will channel their inner Monet as they paint the lily pads of Beaver Lake and make their very own paper maché nature mask to take home.

SPES Beach Camp
Exploring the beach at Lumberman’s Arch.
Photo by Brian Grover.

Water Wilderness July 23-27, explores Stanley Park’s beaches, creeks and wetlands and the various plants and animals that call these watery ecosystems home.

Another favourite is the Stanley Park Survivor camp teaching children how to camp responsibly, leaving a minimal footprint on the environment. This camp runs July 30 to August 3.

If you prefer to get your hands dirty, then the Stewards of Stanley Park is an excellent chance to explore some of the many varieties of flora found in the Park. Campers will conduct their own Citizen Science tests as they learn about the challenges facing urban parks. This camp is running August 7-10 and is filling up quickly.

SPES Birdwatch Camp
Campers birdwatch at Beaver Lake.
Photo by Anthony Ho.

The Feathered Friends camp is great for the budding ornithologist in your house, running from August 20-24, this camp is an excellent opportunity for children to learn more about the many varieties of birds that call Stanley Park home.

The Park is home to four nesting pairs of bald eagles and an expansive great blue heron colony; it is also a nursery for songbirds, owls, and many other bird species. Campers will learn how to identify eggs, build a nest box and properly use binoculars.

All camps run 8:30am to 4:30pm rain or shine, and after care is available for an additional $20 per week. For the complete list of all SPES day camps and to register, check out the SPES website and enjoy your summer in the Park!

About SPES Saturday

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.

Richmond World Festival 2018

Thursday, July 12th, 2018 — 10:47am PDT
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Canadian and international music icons Lights and Magic! will headline the 4th annual Richmond World Festival. Presented by Coast Capital Savings, the nationally award-winning festival will once again present a smorgasbord of music, arts, food and culture from around the globe on Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1 in Richmond’s Minoru Park.

Richmond World Festival 2018

  • When: Friday, August 31, 2018 4:00pm to 10:00pm
    Saturday September 1, 2018 11:00am to 11:00pm
  • Where:Minoru Park & Richmond Cultural Centre Plaza
    (7191 Granville Ave, Richmond)
  • Admission: FREE! RSVP to the Facebook events here »

Richmond World Festival

The festival will feature over 90 artists performing on 9 stages, serving up rich slices of African, Asian, North and South American, European, South Pacific and Caribbean cultures.

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