It may look like a daffodil pin but itâ€™s actually a badge of courage. The Canadian Cancer Society is distributing daffodil pins as well as live flowers in 2010 in association with the inaugural Daffodil Day.
The entire month of April in BC and Vancouver is Daffodil Month but on the 9th people are encouraged to wear daffodil pins to show their support. Pins can be purchased by donation at the following locations across the province:
Earth Hour is happening Saturday March 27, 2010 from 8:30pm until 9:30pm, whichever timezone you are in. During this time, individuals and businesses are encouraged to turn off all unnecessary items that are plugged in, starting with the lights. The difference made in this single hour, around the globe, is measurable and a sign that many do care about climate change.
How to Get There: About 150 km outside of Vancouver, the lake is about a 30 minute drive off the main road in Chilliwack, winding along the river. You’ll pass fisherman every few minutes parked or camped along the side of the road, fixing fishing line or cooking up a catch on an open campfire.
Features: The beach stretches out on the North end covered in fine white sand as an old-growth forest covers the mountains that flank the sides of the crystal-clear lake. The campground has a playground and several open spaces while the lake is fit for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, or boating.
Notes: The setting is absolutely gorgeous and although Cultus Lake has its merits as a summertime playground, this destination about 40km away is far more secluded and pristine.
Reservations for the season at BC Parks open up April 1st with most Provincial Parks beginning their camping season during the May long weekend.
Each year the festival includes movie screenings and special events such as Canadian and World Premiers, seminars, parties, and awards.
They also host a screenplay competition and will announce 12 finalists as well as the top three entries at the CIFF Awards Ceremony on March 21st.
You can view a full schedule of events and film screenings online and if you would like to check out the CIFF this weekend I have a pair of tickets to give away.
Here’s how to enter:
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Enter to win 2 tickets to the Canada International Film Festival this weekend via @Miss604 http://bit.ly/cQ6St3
The winner can choose the film they would like to see from the schedule on the CIFF website.
I’ll draw one person’s name by 8:00am Saturday March 20th so that they can get out and enjoy the film of their choice either tomorrow or Sunday. The winner’s tickets will be left at the ticket booth for whichever film they choose.
Update: I have drawn Jen as the winner, congratulations!
On this day in Metro Vancouver history the SkyBridge, connecting New Westminster and Surrey (Columbia and Scott Road SkyTrain stations), opened to the public.
The $28 million transit-only structure was built by Kerkhoff Bridge and Industrial Division Ltd., of Chilliwack, and Hyundai Engineering and Construction Division Co. Ltd. of Korea. Construction had started October 28, 1987.
The 616-metre- (2,020 feet) long structure was part of a $179 million, 3.1 kilometre SkyTrain extension. It is set aslant the Fraser River to ease the curve coming from New Westminster. The bridge, which carries trains 50 metres above the Fraser, is the world’s longest cable-stayed bridge designed solely for rapid transit. There are two tracks, enabling SkyTrains to pass on the bridge. The 104 deck sections were built in Richmond, barged up the Fraser and then lifted into place by heavy equipment. Thirty-five thousand cubic metres of concrete (4,000 truckloads), 13.5 kilometres of stay cables and 13 kilometres of steel pilings were used in the construction. The bridge’s two towers are each 123 metres (404 feet) high. [Source: VancouverHistory.ca]
When I was a little girl we would drive over the Pattullo Bridge every Sunday. Along the way I would spot the progress of the giant columns that would come to hold up the SkyBridge, bringing the SkyTrain out our way. Every weekend they grew taller and without knowing what the final span would look like, it was always a treat to see how far it had come along. All finished up on March 19th 1990, it is still the longest cable-supported transit-only bridge in the world today.
The SkyTrain has come a long way since Expo 86, with two more lines and millions of riders each year. It has hosted everything from Dance Parties and No Pants Flash Mobs, to car load of Canucks fans, and the SkyBridge has played an integral part of getting people from A to B.
Happy Birthday SkyBridge! Here’s to increases in transit ridership and hopefully one day, SkyTrain or light rail expansion further through Surrey and the Fraser Valley.