Daffodil Day in BC

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The Province of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver have declared April 9th as Daffodil Day, in support of the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS).

The Vancouver Team wearing their pins – photo: Canadian Cancer Society on Flickr

It may look like a daffodil pin but it’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:

ABC Restaurants, Blockbuster, Buy Low Foods/Nesters Markets, Chevron Town Pantry/Van Houtte Coffee, Flight Center, Java Hut, Johnston Meier Insurance, Kirmac, Life Labs, Liquidation World, Macs Convenience Stores, Prospera Credit Union, Wireless Wave.

Events across BC and the Yukon can be found listed online. You can follow @DaffodilDayCCS on Twitter or Facebook for news and updates leading up to April 9th, 2010.

Earth Hour Vancouver

Comments 37 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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.

In support of spreading awareness about climate change, many communities get together to host Earth Hour events and you can share your support using their social media toolkit. Even the NBA’s Steve Nash is getting in on the action on BC Hydro’s Earth Hour site.

Earth Hour Events in BC

  • City of Surrey – Live entertainment at Central City plaza
  • Victoria – Earth Hour bike ride
  • Whistler – Village-wide Earth Hour power down
  • Sechelt – Meet at Seaside Centre and celebrate on Civic Square
  • Restaurants in Vancouver will have special Earth Hour deals or events such as Miku and Elixir
  • Follow Earth Hour Canada (a WWF initiative) on Twitter or Facebook for updates. You can also tag your tweets #EarthHour leading up to the event.

    Canadian Tire, who sponsored a contest with me during the Olympics, approached me to give away two Earth Hour power-saving kits to my readers.

    The prize pack includes:

  • Blue Planet Energy Meter
  • Indoor Timer
  • Eco-Bright Metal LED Garden Lights (6 pack)
  • Programmable Outdoor Timer
  • Programmable Power Bar
  • 8 outlet space save saver plug
  • Safety Eco CFL bulb
  • Approximate value $175.00
  • To enter to win this prize pack (I have two to give away), please leave a comment noting how you’ll participate in Earth Hour this year.

    You may also re-tweet to enter to win by copying & pasting the following text:

  • Enter to win an #EarthHour prize pack from Canadian Tire & @Miss604 http://bit.ly/bZQk8q
  • I’ll draw the winner Wednesday so that Canadian Tire can ship out the prizes in time for Earth Hour on Saturday.

    Update March 24, 2010 I have just drawn the winners and they are Jeremy (comment entry) and @maracreighton (Twitter entry). Congratulations!

    Fraser Valley Parks: Chilliwack Lake

    Comments 5 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    Although Chilliwack Lake is in the “604” area code, it isn’t in Metro Vancouver. As such, it is the first entry for my Fraser Valley parks profile series.

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    Metrics: Park size is a whopping 9,258 hectares with 146 campsites and 40kms of trails including a leg of the Trans Canada Trail.

    Photo credit: John Bollwitt on Flickr

    Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park

    Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park

    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.

    Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park

    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.

    Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park

    Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park

    Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park

    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.

    Photo credit: Duane Storey on Flickr

    You may view all of my photos from today’s walk around Chilliwack Lake in this set on Flickr.

    Canada International Film Festival Contest

    Comments 10 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    The Canada International Film Festival is in town this weekend, March 19th until the 21st.

    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:
    Leave a comment on this post
    Re-tweet this post on Twitter, you may copy & paste the following as reference:

  • 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!

    Metro Vancouver History: SkyBridge

    Comments 2 by Rebecca Bollwitt

    On this day in Metro Vancouver history the SkyBridge, connecting New Westminster and Surrey (Columbia and Scott Road SkyTrain stations), opened to the public.

    Mr Pattullo

    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]

    New Day New Age New West

    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.

    postcard framing

    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.