Do the Urban Grind at Harbour Centre


Thursday, February 15th, 2018 — 10:32am PST
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This spring you can stay in shape, and get entry into one of the city’s top attractions, as you climb up 633 steps at the Urban Grind at Harbour Centre. The Urban Grind comes with great perks! Participants will be rewarded at the top with a stunning 360º aerial view at the Vancouver Lookout, a refreshing beer, and DJ entertainment.

Urban Grind at Harbour Centre

Where: Harbour Centre Lobby (555 W Hastings St)
When: Every Tuesday in March from 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Urban Grind at Harbour Centre$5 includes unlimited circuits between 4:30pm to 6:30pm, access to the Vancouver Lookout, one beer and DJ entertainment at the top. Climbers will also receive a $5 Harbour Centre Food Court voucher.

Climbers have the ability to customize their workout by completing the route as many times as they like during the allotted time. Additionally, every participant will receive a $5 Harbour Centre Food Court voucher to redeem at any of the Food Court vendors on site. Kick start your fitness routine (in from the rain and cold) and get ready for the upcoming hiking season.

Follow Harbour Centre on Twitter, and the Vancouver Lookout on Twitter, along with the tag #UrbanGrind for more information.

Q&A About the Stewart and the Kitimat-Stikine Region


Thursday, February 15th, 2018 — 9:37am PST
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In search of long line, fresh powder, friendly locals, and epic Instagram-worthy sights and scenes? Then you need to #SkiNorthBC!

Photographer and writer Abby Cooper (@AbbyDells) set out for Northern BC with SnowSeekers’ #SkiNorthBC expedition this winter. She hit 6 different destinations and chronicled her journey. I wanted to find out more about what she experienced, discovered, and what anyone looking for a Northern BC adventure simply cannot miss.

Q&A About the Stewart and the Kitimat-Stikine Region

Stewart and the Kitimat-Stikine Region
Photo by Abby Cooper

Read Abby’s full story about Stewart and the Kitimat-Stikine region »

Q1. What were your first impressions of Stewart?
ABBY: Stewart had me in awe before evening reaching the final destination. The whole Kitimat-Stikine region is breathtaking. Pristine spines, glimmering glaciers and the smell of ocean area all meet in Stewart and believe it or not it’s even more magical than it sounds.

Q2. Who was your best local resource for info?
ABBY: The Boardertown Snowbomber Snowmobile Club has the heartbeat on snow conditions, avalanche safety and love to point you in the right direction when it comes to having fun in the Stewart Backcountry. We can’t thank enough for an incredible time.

Stewart and the Kitimat-Stikine Region
Photo by Abby Cooper

Q3. What did you find most surprising/unexpected?
ABBY: I knew that there were glaciers galore here, but I didn’t realize 100m from the road you can touch the toe of an active glacier. The accessibility to ‘wild’ is everywhere.

Stewart and the Kitimat-Stikine Region
Photo by Abby Cooper

Q4. What is a can’t-miss in Stewart?
ABBY: Alaska is 6km away from Stewart, pack your passport to hop the border to experience Hyder Alaska!

Q5. What was the most Instagram-worthy moment or place?
ABBY: EVERYWHERE! But I must pick, it’s at the Salmon or Bear Glacier.

Stewart and the Kitimat-Stikine Region
Skeena Bakery in New Hazelton, at the start of your drive up north. Photo by Abby Cooper

Q6. What would make you go back again and again?
ABBY: I’ll never be done exploring Stewart. I cannot wait to go further and further into the backcountry here both for sledding, backcountry skiing and plain ole adventure!

Read Abby’s full story about Stewart and the Kitimat-Stikine region »

If you go

Start planning your trip with Northern BC Tourism and Destination BC.

SkiNorthBC and explore more. SnowSeekers has partnered with National Car rental to secure you a SnowSeekers’ preferred rate. Make a reservation online, or with an agent and in the Contract field enter XVC4SNO for a savings that could cover your ski pass cost every day.

For more on skiing in Northern BC, set a bookmark to check out the #SkiNorthBC expedition page on a regular basis. More stories and videos will be coming out all season long.

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What Makes Terrace a Winter Wonderland Q&A with Abby Cooper


Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 — 3:51pm PST
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In search of long line, fresh powder, friendly locals, and epic Instagram-worthy sights and scenes? Then you need to #SkiNorthBC!

Photographer and writer Abby Cooper (@AbbyDells) set out for Northern BC with SnowSeekers’ #SkiNorthBC expedition this winter. She hit 6 different destinations and chronicled her journey. I wanted to find out more about what she experienced, discovered, and what anyone looking for a Northern BC adventure simply cannot miss.

What Makes Terrace a Winter Wonderland Q&A

What Makes Terrace a Winter Wonderland Q&A
Photo credit Abby Cooper

Read Abby’s full story about spending 48 Hours in Terrace »

Q1. What were your first impressions of Terrace?
ABBY: A thrilling destination. Terrace is a mountainous adventure hub nestled next to the coast that makes me giddy every time I hear its name.

Q2. Who was your best local resource for info?
ABBY: Terrace power couple, Brad and Kim Zeerip own and operate Skeena Riverhouse’s B&B, but that’s certainly not all. Two of the most outdoor world connected folk in town Brad and Kim know where the snow stashes are and just about everything else in Terrace!

What Makes Terrace a Winter Wonderland Q&A
Photo credit Abby Cooper

Q3. What did you find most surprising/unexpected?
ABBY: Fishing in winter, who knew?! Our guide Rob Bryce lead us to the most serene fishing spot for a peaceful morning on the river. The crisp air and white snow was the perfect way to start the day.

Q4. What is a can’t-miss in Terrace?
ABBY: Shames Resort. Known as one of the snowiest places on earth you cannot do Terrace with out a visit to Shames!

What Makes Terrace a Winter Wonderland Q&A
Photo credit Abby Cooper

Q5. What was the most Instagram-worthy moment or place?
ABBY: Sunrise from the Skeena Riverhouse. Kim and Brad serve a hot breakfast as the sun lights up the valley and flowing Skeena river. Inside or out, you’ll be impressed with the show.

What Makes Terrace a Winter Wonderland Q&A
Photo credit Abby Cooper

Q6. What would make you go back again and again?
ABBY: SNOW. There’s just so much of it consistently that you’re guaranteed a good time on the slopes of Shames.

Read Abby’s full story about spending 48 Hours in Terrace »

If you go

The Northwest Regional Airport services Terrace and Shames Mountain via flights daily direct from YVR. Make a ski adventure this season that will leave you different, go discover somewhere new, #SkiNorthBC!


Photo credit: Dax Justin

For more on skiing in Northern BC, set a bookmark to check out the #SkiNorthBC expedition page on a regular basis. More stories and videos will be coming out all season long.

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Win Tickets to the Pet Lover Show


Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 — 3:44pm PST
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Western Canada’s largest pet show, the Pet Lover Show, returns to TRADEX in Abbotsford for the 6th year, February 24th and 25th. This event provides visitors with the latest and greatest for their favourite furry, feathered and scaly best friends. This year’s features promise to be interactive, exciting and educational for pet lovers from all over the Lower Mainland.

Pet Lover Show

Dates: February 24th and 25th, 2018
Times: 10:00am to 6:00pm Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm Sunday
Location: TRADEX (1190 Cornell St, Abbotsford)
Admission: Adult (16+ years) $14; Senior (65+) or Youth (6-15) $10; Child (5 years and under) Free; Family (2 youth, 2 adults) $34. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased in advance online at a discounted price.

With unique seminar speakers discussing everything from hiking, communication and CPR for your pet, to interactive courses and auditions, guests will be sure to leave with valuable information from top animal specialists and fun experiences for their canines
and felines. These engaging and interactive exhibits are fun for guests of all ages, including your well-behaved, furry four-legged friends who are welcome to enjoy the show.

Presidents Choice SuperDogs

Is your dog a SuperDog? Finalists of the Star Search will be able to audition once again at the Pet Lover Show for a chance to perform alongside the President’s Choice SuperDogs at the Fair at the PNE this summer! If you think your pet has what it takes,
submit a 15-second audition tape of your amazing pup to the Pet Lover Show Facebook page by February 23rd to be eligible to perform on stage as a Finalist at the Pet Lover Show. Finalists will be notified the week before the Show.

Animal Communicator

New to this year’s show is Animal Communicator Dale McCarthy, who will help owners connect with their pets on a new level, with her ability to communicate to animals by receiving their thoughts. She will be able to tell you what your pet is saying and thinking through telepathic energy based on deep intuition that will have owners laughing and crying during her amazing sessions.

This year’s show will also feature Paws On Activities, a Lure Course, and Pets Saving Pet Lives with blood donation services on site with the Animal Emergency Clinic of the Fraser Valley. You can also get a Pet Anthem for your pet from Canadian Idol finalist, and award-winning multi-instrumentalist, Andy Sloniowski, and the world-famous DockDogs are back again this year. With over 30 unique features and events, including all the above, “Ask the Trainer” seminars and grooming demonstrations and free photos for your pup, this year’s Pet Lover Show is sure to leave guests feeling like a pet expert!

Win Tickets

I have a 4-pack of tickets to give away to this event that’s all about pets. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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For more information, follow the Pet Lover Show on Facebook and on Twitter. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

Royal Lahaina Resort, Kaanapali, Maui


Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 — 12:17pm PST
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Our girls getaway was in full swing and the leis we received days before on our first night were still fragrant and supple. My sister and I spent the first half of our Maui getaway in the southernmost hotel of the Kaanapali Beach stretch and after a few days, for a change in scenery, we moved into the northernmost hotel property along the sandy coastline, the legendary Royal Lahaina Resort.

Royal Lahaina Resort

Once checked in in the tower lobby, we rode by golf cart, past groves of blossoming plumeria trees, to our cottage on the beach – and I mean it was on the beach. Right outside our back patio, framed by wind-swept palm trees and a protective knee-high hedge, was the golden sand of Kaanapali Beach. We hadn’t put our luggage away yet, but we sat at our patio table, poured ourselves some Mai Tais, and took in our new view.

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Our stay was compliments of the Kaanapali Beach Association and the Royal Lahaina Resort. Views and opinions are my own, all other expenses were my own.