Wild Salmon Celebration in BC

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This year’s wild salmon celebration in BC is expanding this year, from a one day event to a weekend sustainable seafood feast across the province.

Wild Salmon Celebration

Wild Salmon Celebration in BC

When: Friday, August 21 to Sunday, August 23, 2020
Where: Various restaurants

Typically, the 200 in-person event takes place on one night in Vancouver but with COVID-19 event restrictions  the new format enables a multi-city celebration in support of sustainable fishing, local commercial fisher-people and a healthy, sustainable seafood choice.

The dishes, appetizer or entree, will only be available for the three-day long celebration with pricing set individually by each restaurant and have each individual chef adding their personal flair to their creations with wild salmon as the star. 

Some of the participating chefs and restaurants include: 

  • Angus An, Robert Belcham & Hamid Salimad, Popina Canteen (Vancouver)
  • Ned Bell & Stacy Johnston, Naramata Inn (Naramata) 
  • Bernard Casavant, O’Rourke Peak Cellars (Kelowna)
  • Welbert Choi, Forage (Vancouver)
  • Chris Klassen, The Courtney Room (Victoria)
  • Antonio Martin, Haven Ktichen & Bar (Langley)
  • Malindi Taylor, Fanny Boy Oysters (Vancouver)

Presented by Chefs’ Table Society of BC (“CTS”) and the BC Salmon Marketing Council (“BCSMC”). The salmon will be provided by Organic Ocean Seafood and Aero Trading Co. Ltd. and is being paid for by the BCSMC. 

6 Gardens to Visit in Vancouver This Summer

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Mix buds, blossoms, buzzy bees and fresh air with a helping of arts and culture and you’ve got a splendid roster of gardens in this city. Rain or shine, here are a handful of gardens to visit in Vancouver this summer:

6 Gardens to Visit in Vancouver This Summer

Nigella damascena. UBC Botanical Garden photo.
Nigella damascena. UBC Botanical Garden photo.

UBC Botanical Garden and Greenheart TreeWalk
Where: UBC Botanical Garden (6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver)
When: Wednesdays to Sundays 10:00am to 3:00pm
Admission: Book your time online in advance here
About: UBC Botanical Garden is Canada’s oldest university botanic garden, established in 1916. Over the past 100 years, the mission of UBC Botanical Garden has broadened to include research, conservation, teaching and public display of temperate plants from around the world.

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Visit Joey the Rescued Sea Otter Pup at the Vancouver Aquarium

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During these very stressful times I’ve sought out ways to relax and find happiness and no stream on the Internet has brought as many smiles as Joey the rescued sea otter pup.

Joey the Rescued Sea Otter. Marine Mammal Rescue Centre photo.
Joey at snack time. Marine Mammal Rescue Centre photo.

Joey the Rescued Sea Otter Pup

Joey was found orphaned at only a few days old near Kyuquot, BC. A concerned member of the public heard him vocalizing overnight on July 2nd and discovered a deceased adult sea otter in the area, presumed to be his mother, the next morning. He was rescued and brought to the Ocean Wise Marine Mammal Rescue Centre in Vancouver, where he received around-the-clock care. He was believed to be just 10 days old at time of rescue.

Having been deemed as non-releasable by Government officials, Joey will now get a second chance at life and has joined the 6 rescued otters at the Vancouver Aquarium

Joey the Rescued Sea Otter. Marine Mammal Rescue Centre photo.
Joey at play. Marine Mammal Rescue Centre photo.

For the very first time, visitors will be able to watch his rehabilitation journey in his newly-built nursery. Joey’s custom new digs will be visible to the public. You can visit Joey’s nursery, perhaps spot him at nap time or feeding time, bath time, towel time or swim time! I always seem to catch him at grooming time on the baby otter cam.

Visit him at the Vancouver Aquarium August 6 to September 30, open 8:30am to 5:00pm in Stanley Park (845 Avison Way). If you would like to support Joey from afar, you can symbolically adopt him with an online donation here.

The rescue program, an Ocean wise initiative, one of the largest rescue facilities in the world – rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing over 150 marine mammals each year.

A Restful Stay at the Magnolia Hotel in Victoria

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Disclosure: Review — Hotel stay courtesy of Tourism Victoria. Views and opinions are those of the author. Please review the Policy & Disclosure section for further information.

The following has been contributed by Steffani Cameron, who recently completed a 4-year worldwide adventure that she chronicled at FullNomad.com.

Magnolia Hotel Exterior. Dasha Armstrong photo.

A Restful Stay at the Magnolia Hotel in Victoria

Morning is a time of freshness and hope, but when it’s also check-out day at the Magnolia Hotel in Victoria, it’s a little wistful and sad too. There’s a reason – or dozens, really – why Magnolia gets voted in Canada’s top hotels year after year after year. It’s all about the service, the food, the generosity one gets when staying here.

Miss604 sent me as a roving reporter to experience the Magnolia and Victoria since I’ve just moved back to the Queen’s city. Who am I to reject the offer of glorious relaxation? I’ve been to the Magnolia before, but this time was a one-a-lifetime kinda crazy, because it coincided with me having to go meet my movers who had hauled everything I own from Ottawa to what will be a whole new life here in Victoria for me – a return to where I think of as home.

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Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend Aug 7-9, 2020

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Summer may look different when it comes to large events and festivals but in terms of activities, there are a lot of creative options popping up on the calendar. On Friday there’s another Coquitlam Summer Series concert, with Warren Dean Flandez, and there’s a list below of more things to do in Vancouver this weekend:

Vancouver This Weekend - Summer

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Friday, August 7, 2020
Sponsored by Miss604: Coquitlam Summer Concert Series at Home
Freedom: Stories of Black Liberation
Made in Vancouver Market at McArthurGlen
GOAT-erdays at Taves Farm
Vancouver Biennale Summer BIKEnnale/WALKennale
Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts
Summer at Nikkei Garden
Cultus Lake Food, Games and Fun

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