Winter Fun at Harper Mountain Near Kamloops

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Imagine you had a winter bucket list, filled with activities, adventures, and delicious eats, along with a budget that won’t break the bank. What if I told you I can serve that up to you right now thanks to my first-hand experience while on assignment with SnowSeekers last winter? It’s as easy as following these simple steps and planning your visit to Harper Mountain, located just 30 minutes from Kamloops.

Harper Mountain

Fuel Up in Kamloops

Arrive in Kamloops by plane or car, and fuel your body up for a day of Harper Mountain adventures at Hello Toast (428 Victoria St, Kamloops). Omelettes, scrambles, bennies, French toast, hot cereals and more. Kamloops is a great basecamp for winter fun in BC, with awesome eats, craft beer, and so many opportunities to explore the outdoors.

Harper Mountain

Harper Mountain, A Family Hill

Harper Mountain is owned and operated by the same family since 1973, and chances are you’ll meet many of them during your visit – in the rental shop, on the slopes, or having lunch in the lodge. Speaking of family, half day lift passes for a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 juniors) is less than $130!

Downhill, Snowshoe, Tubing

There’s 400 acres of terrain and a 1,400 vertical feet in elevation to explore and savour some epic views of the region below. You can start with a lesson (that includes your lift ticket and rentals for the day) or head right up in the lift or handle tow to ski or snowboard. There are 16 named runs, consisting of 25% beginner, 50% intermediate, and 25% advanced. Even on a blue sky day in January, I never once waiting in line at the lift.

Harper Mountain

The lift-assisted tube park is an experience of its own! Slide all day or get a night tubing pass this season. Grab and go lunch at the lodge and warm up by the fire pit between slides.

The snowshoe trails range from a 870m loop to 3km. I took the Powder Highway trail from near the tubing park up to Chase On to get some photos at sunset from about 1,300m. The cross country trail (on my list for next time) is a 3km loop through a forested area as well, without the 100m-200m elevation gain.

Harper Mountain

Après in the Lodge

Warm up by the fire, perhaps with a cup of cider or mulled wine. If you need a snack, I recommend the poutine (the large is LARGE) or the chicken caesar salad. Up for night skiing? Head out under the lights on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.

Harper Mountain

When You Go

Visiting before Christmas? Catch the CP Holiday Train as it rolls into Kamloops on December 15, 2019. It’s a dazzling light display like no other – on a train that’s been traveling across the continent – paired with a FREE concert with Terri Clark, all in support of local food banks. This event and more can be found on the Kamloops event calendar.

The Vancouver Plan: Have Your Say

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My Facebook memories are telling me that ten years ago, I was traveling to Switzerland ahead of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. I visit the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, which featured a totem pole, branded banners, and a preview of what would become #Van2010. Just a few months later, the City welcomed the world and really, I had the time of my life (especially writing 120 blog posts in 2 weeks, which forever changed my career).

A decade later, while I’m not sitting on a train through the Swiss Alps to get a preview of what my city will be doing in the coming months. I have the chance to perhaps be more engaged than ever in Vancouver’s future — and, so do you.

On November 14th the City launched the process of Planning Vancouver Together. If you live, work, or play in Vancouver, the City is asking you to share your voice to help develop a new Vancouver Plan.

Planning Vancouver

The Vancouver Plan: Have Your Say

Share your Vancouver story through a 3-5 minute online survey. This is your chance to be heard, and to help shape the city’s future. This will be an engaging process with Vancouverites to develop a long-term, strategic vision and actionable Vancouver Plan.

  • What inspires you or brings you joy in Vancouver?
  • What keeps you up at night?
  • What should the City think about as they begin this process?

The goal over the next 2.5 years will be to create a shared roadmap. This roadmap will identify priorities, key strategies related to climate change, growth, transportation, the economy, social and cultural systems along with funding and partnership strategies, where the City needs to build infrastructure, and what needs to change to get us all there.

Everyone is invited to complete this survey, so please share it far and wide with all fellow Vancouverites. I don’t know what #Van2020 and beyond will look like, but it begins by us all having the opportunity to have our voices heard.

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend Nov 29-Dec 1, 2019

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Get those advent calendars ready because this weekend we flip over to December and into the thick of holiday season. Miss604 is proud to be a media partner of Lights at Lafarge which kicks off on Saturday, as well as Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum, which is hosting a special Bright in Burnaby event on Saturday as well. Find these events and more things to do in Vancouver this weekend below:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Friday, November 29, 2019
Sponsored by Miss604: Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum
Disney on Ice Presents: Mickey’s Search Party
Delta Youth Theatre Presents: Frozen Jr.
Vancouver Irish Film Festival
The Condor & The Eagle – Premiere Screening and Discussion
Ship’s Company Exhibition Opening
Aurora Winter Festival
Cultus Lake Christmas
TOQUE Craft Fair
East Van Panto Pinocchio
GLOW Christmas Vancouver
Vancouver Christmas Market
Studio58 Presents: ANON(YMOUS)
The Arts Club Presents: The Sound of Music
Vancouver TheatreSports: Merry Kissmas
East Van Panto: Pinocchio
The Cultch Presents: The Father
Firehall Arts Centre: Fado

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Sparkling Holiday Gift Guide with Michael Hill

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Whether it’s a small token of appreciation, or a grand golden gesture, you give a gift that’s unique and elegant, one tells a story, or one that will be cherished forever. For all price points, and all sentiments, I have put together this sparkling holiday gift guide with Michael Hill.

Sparkling Holiday Gift Guide with Michael Hill

One of my favourite pieces of jewelry is a birthstone ring. Now, I’ve had a few birthstone rings throughout my life but this one is very special: It was given to me by my mother-in-law, who shares my birth month. I don’t get to see her often since she lives in the Midwest, but when she first gave me that ring a decade ago, I felt like I was truly a part of the family. It truly is the thought that counts.

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This season you can shop rose gold, stacker rings, pendants, stud earrings, watches (analog watches are definitely making a comeback!) and more in store and online. Here are a few of my favourite items I found on the Michael Hill website, at various price points:

$10-$50

a) Bar Stud Earrings in Sterling Silver ($19)

b) 19cm (7.5″) Heart Disc Bracelet In Sterling Silver ($49)

$50-$99

c) Twist Cuff Bangle In Sterling Silver ($79)

d) Tree Of Life Pendant In 10kt Yellow, White & Rose Gold ($99)

$100-$249

e) Heart Stacker Ring With Diamonds In Sterling Silver ($139)

f) Ladies’ Watch In Rose Tone Stainless Steel & Brown Leather ($199)

Bar Necklace In 10kt Rose Gold for Layering or Engraving ($219)

Michael Hill serves thousand of customers every year by celebrating love in Australia, New Zealand, and in Canada where they opened their first store in Vancouver in 2002. There are now 19 Michael Hill locations across BC including Guildford Town Centre, Lougheed, Metropolis at Metrotown, and the McArthurGlen outlet.

For more information, follow Michael Hill on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Enter to Win

It was pretty fun to browse the website and pick out some of my favourite pieces. To share the warm fuzzies, I also have a gift to give away courtesy of Michael Hill!

Holiday Gift Guide Michael Hill

You can enter to win beautiful star stud earrings, featuring 0.16 Carat TW of diamonds set in 10kt white gold ($549). Here’s how:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Leave a comment on Facebook naming your favourite piece of jewelry (1 entry)
  • Click below to post an entry on Twitter
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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

UPDATE The winner is Denise Fortin!

December Events in Metro Vancouver 2019

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The holidays are here, the advent calendars can be popped open daily, and the city is coming alive with events and festivities! This month Miss604 is proud to be a media partner of the following FREE activities: Burnaby Village Museum’s Heritage Christmas (on until January 3, 2020), Lights at Lafarge in Coquitlam (on until January 19, 2020), and the Yule Duel carolling competition for a cause on December 5th. Find these events and many more December events in Metro Vancouver listed below:

December Events in Metro Vancouver

December Events in Metro Vancouver

Jump to: Sunday, December 1 to Sunday, December 8, 2019
Jump to: Monday, December 9 to Sunday, December 15, 2019
Jump to: Monday, December 16 to Sunday, December 22, 2019
Jump to: Monday, December 23 to Tuesday, December 31, 2019


This list is updated daily thanks to you! Please submit your events, for a free listing, through the Miss604 Contact Form here »

Sunday, December 1, 2019
Miss604 Media Partner: Lights at Lafarge in Coquitlam
Sponsored by Miss604: Burnaby Village Museum’s Heritage Christmas
TELUS Santa Claus Parade
Tree Festival Kick-Off at the Surrey Museum
Pet Photos with Santa
TOQUE Craft Fair
Cannery Farmers Market
Vagabond Players: Once Upon a Fairytale
Big Rigs for Kids and Surrey Santa Parade
Jazz Walk at the Shadbolt
The Polar Express Train Ride
VanDusen Festival of Lights
Christmas Tree Lighting – North Delta
Carousel Theatre – Peter Pan
Disney on Ice Presents: Mickey’s Search Party
Delta Youth Theatre Presents: Frozen Jr.
Breakfast with Santa at Grouse Mountain
Aurora Winter Festival
East Van Panto Pinocchio
Christmas in Williams Park Event
GLOW Christmas Vancouver
Kids Day at the Vancouver Christmas Market
Studio58 Presents: ANON(YMOUS)
The Arts Club Presents: The Sound of Music
It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle
East Van Panto: Pinocchio
Firehall Arts Centre: Fado
Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
Karaoke Christmas Lights Trolley Tour

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Education and Career Fairs Surrey

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Education and Career Fairs (“ECF”) invites you to their 23rd annual series of events across BC that can kick start your career this fall. The second in our region is in Surrey!

Whether you are looking to learn more about an industry, explore your options in career-specific education, or if you’re ready to look for employment, free Education and Career Fairs will be ready to help you take that next step in your career.

Education and Career Fairs

Education and Career Fairs Surrey

When: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 9:00am to 2:00pm
Where: Aria Banquet Hall (12350 Pattullo Pl, Surrey)
Registration: RSVP for free here »

Surrey Learning Lounge Programs

9:30am to 9:45am: How to Pay for Post-Secondary Education

10:00am to 10:15am: Positive Employment Outlook for Automotive Trades Industry

10:30am to 10:45am: A Day in the Life of a Horticulturist

11:00am to 11:15am: The Future of Education: Becoming a Teacher in BC

11:30am to 12:00pm: 21st Century Post-Secondary Planning with EducationPlannerBC / Find Your Path Through BC’s Post-Secondary Transfer System with BCTransferGuide.ca

12:15pm to 12:30pm: Passion vs. Paycheck

12:45pm to 1:00pm: A Day in the Life of an Animator or Game Designer

1:15pm to 1:30pm: Careers in Accounting: A Day in the Life of a CPA

About Education and Career Fairs

Over the past 22 years, ECF has travelled throughout the province with fairs in Lower Mainland, Okanagan, Vancouver Island, and into Alberta. Collaborating with school districts, employment centres, and local WorkBC centre’s each year ECF sees over 10,000 attendees across all fairs. This year, there will also be Education and Career Fairs in Nanaimo (November 28, 2019), Abbotsford (December 2, 2019), and Vancouver (December 6, 2019).

Follow Education and Career Fairs on Facebook and Twitter for more information. Miss604 is a proud Media Partner of the Education & Career Fairs.