The Britannia Mine Museum Re-Opens June 1, 2020

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The Britannia Mine Museum will once again be welcoming visitors to its historic educational tourist destination as it reopens to members and local Squamish residents on the weekend of May 30-31, and to the general public on Monday, June 1, 2020.

The Britannia Mine Museum Re-Opens

It’s one of my favourite local attractions because it is FULL of history (and there was a time when my whole family took a zodiac up Howe Sound to get there). The Britannia Mine Museum was established in 1974 as a non-profit organization to celebrate the contributions of mining and minerals to society, the history of the storied Britannia Beach community and the ideas and practices of environmental renewal and sustainability.

Boom Britannia Mine

Operating hours will be 9:00am to 5:00pm with limited guided tours and BOOM! showings in order to maintain proper physical distancing. There will be new COVID-19 safety measures and procedures in place, including enhanced staff training, opening with limited attendance and tour sizes, advanced ticketing and reservation required, accommodating appropriate physical distancing, and implementing site sanitation protocols.

The Museum is multi-award winning and highly regarded, consistently receiving 4.5 stars (out of a possible 5) on TripAdvisor. It provides visitors with a unique blend of experiences, serving as a tourist destination, an adventure attraction and an education venue that allows guests to leave with a better understanding of mining in BC: its past, present and future.

Britannia Mine Media Day Tour

Visitors can enjoy fun, educational exhibits, attractions and crowd favourites, like:

  • BOOM! Mill Show: A live-action, multi-sensory special effects experience that brings the historic 20-storey Mill building back to life, transporting visitors back in time to the 1920s when the Mine was booming as the largest copper producer in the British Commonwealth.
  • Historic Mill Building: A National Historic Site and one of the last remaining gravity-fed concentrator mills in North America, the 20-storey Mill building has been the symbol of Britannia throughout the years. Restored in 2007, each of the 14,416 panes of glass was hand-puttied into the frames to maintain its heritage and the building can be seen from miles away on the Sea-to-Sky highway.
  • Underground Mine & Train Ride: A memorable underground train that takes visitors deep inside a mining tunnel where they will experience what life was like for miners in the 70 years Britannia existed as a mine.
  • Beaty-Lundin Visitor Centre: The central exhibit hall that houses several mining displays, a mineral gallery, theatre space, and gift shop.
  • Machine Shop – The 1908 Machine Shop is home to a number of historic machines and equipment donated by mining companies from across the country.
  • The Britannia Story Building – A fully restored heritage building that features the stories of the Britannia Beach community ranging from love letters and antiques to historic photos and videos of former Copper Queens, showcasing what life was like in the old mining town. 
  • Gold Panning Area – A scenic boardwalk and cedar-post covered area where people can spend hours panning for gems and real gold.

Follow the Britannia Mine Museum on Facebook and Twitter for updates. The Museum is located right off the Sea to Sky Highway at 1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach.

Vancouver Face Masks for a Cause

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“It is something that we should get used to,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry on Thursday. BC’s provincial health officer has joined her federal counterparts in officially recommending the use of non-medical masks in certain situations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thanks to the efforts of local businesses, and many volunteers, there’s no shortage of options for your non-medical mask needs. I found a few ways you can protect your community while looking stylish and supporting a local cause. These non-medical coverings are a win-win-win! Here are just a few Vancouver face masks for a cause that you can order up today:

Vancouver Face Masks for a Cause

Vancouver Face Masks

From: Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Supporting: Vancouver Aquarium
Mask Details: $17.99 – $19.99 + shipping. Available in three adult sizes and a kid size, featuring both logos, jellyfish, or kids design with Spike mascot.
Campaign Details: Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Vancouver Aquarium have joined forces to sell high-performance athletic face masks, with all net proceeds to benefit the aquarium during this critical period. Ocean Wise Conservation Association, which operates the Vancouver Aquarium, issued a call for urgent support as the educational, environmental, and conservation institution is in danger of permanent closure after closing their doors to the public.

From: Grouse Mountain
Supporting: Pacific Parklands
Mask Details: $19.95 + shipping. Non-medical face masks include designs featuring the Grouse Mountain Skyride, the Grouse Grind®, Grizzly Bears: Grinder & Coola and the Grouse Mountain Logo
Campaign Details: Pacific Parklands Foundation raises funds to protect and enhance Metro Vancouver regional parks for present and future generations and is the official non-profit partner of Metro Vancouver Regional Parks. Included in Metro Vancouver’s regional parks is Grouse Mountain Regional Park which encompasses one of the area’s most popular trail networks including the Grouse Grind and BCMC Trail.

From: NHL / Vancouver Canucks
Supporting: Food Banks Canada
Mask Details: $34.99 + shipping for a three-pack of face coverings featuring the Canucks logo.
Campaign Details: The NHL will donate its royalties from the purchase by the vendor to Feeding America™ (for US sales) and Food Banks Canada (for Canadian sales). Food Banks Canada is a national charitable organization dedicated to helping Canadians living with food insecurity. They support a network of Provincial Associations, affiliate food banks, and food agencies that work at the community level to relieve hunger.

From: NHL / Vancouver Canucks
Supporting: National Hockey League Foundation
Mask Details: $19.99 + shipping for a three-pack of washable spandex face coverings.

For a more extensive list, my friend Marc has a great resources with dozens of Canadian-made mask options here.

Win Team Bonnie Merch

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Standing together while apart, Patterson Brands launched the Team Bonnie Merch store a few months ago in honour of BC’s favourite Provincial Health Officer, Dr Bonnie Henry.

Team Bonnie Merch

Team Bonnie Shirts
Beautiful, soft, easy fitting M&O Knits crewneck tee in solid navy with full-colour “Bonnie” artwork printed front. 7.4 oz., 100% ringspun cotton, fine knit jersey, 30 singles; Reactive-dyed; Ribbed crew taped neck and shoulders; Double-needle sleeves and bottom hem. Three styles: Men’s/Unisex; Ladies; Youth.

Shop a selection of items including mugs, hashtag hats, t-shirts and pins.

“She is a symbol for calm and unity.  Now, you can show unity  too and have some fun with this Canadian designed, sourced and printed merch.”  A portion of all revenues (approximately 25%) are going to worthy community organizations including Atira Women’s Resource Society and Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation. Earlier this month they already sent over a $500 donation to Atira!

Patterson Brands is known for “Elevating brands thru beautifully designed custom merch for agencies, event profs and Hollywood North.” Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more of their designs and products.

Enter to Win

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Shipping possible all across Canada in a 100% all-compostable mailer!

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, June 1, 2020. UPDATE The winner is Cathy!

Related: Fluevog Creates Dr Bonnie Henry Shoe for Food Banks BC

Fighting COVID Together Online Gala Auction Raises $60,000 for BC Charities

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On Saturday, May 23rd over 600 bidders registered for the Fighting COVID Together online charity auction, raising $60,000 for six of British Columbia’s most well-respected philanthropic organizations.

Fighting COVID Together Online Gala Auction Raises $60,000 for BC Charities

“We are over the moon with these results and the profile this event gave to these most worthy organizations,” says co-organizer Tracey Wade.

Participating charities that had items up for bids, along with “Fund-a-Need” options were:

After their gala events were cancelled this spring due to COVID-19, these charities came together in this exciting, fun, and unprecedented live online charity auction event hosted by

Co-organizer Howard Blank praised Jeremy Dodd and the wonderful team at Able Auctions for their assistance in making this event possible. “100% of all proceeds went directly back to the charitable organizations as Able Auctions donated everything for this event!”

The concept for Fighting COVID Together came about when Howard
, known for mixing his love for philanthropy and his skill for hosting and auctioneering, wanted to do something to help all the charities he cares so much about. He turned to his friends at Able Auctions and event expert Tracey Wade, Laura Ballance, and Miss604’s Rebecca Bollwitt — and Fighting COVID Together was created.

Alone Together for One Girl Can

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Vancouver-based non-profit One Girl Can invites people around the world to unite at their first ever virtual IWANTtoBE event: Alone Together: A No Gala, Gala presented by Beedie Foundation.

Alone Together for One Girl Can

One Girl Can 2020

When: Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 6:00pm
Where: Online!
Tickets: Register for Alone, Together online through Handbid. Registration fee is by donation; anyone who donates $99 or above will receive an AG Hair gift box valued at $95. Attendees will require a computer or the Handbid app to access the event.

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, countries like Kenya have experienced unprecedented school closures. Many girls and women may be overburdened by being a caregiver for their families and facing growing domestic violence. The limited gains made in past decades toward gender equality are at risk of being rolled back.

This is why One Girl Can is all the more focused on their commitment to breaking the cycle of poverty and impacting gender equality through education and mentorship. With this in mind, the organization has adapted their original IWANTtoBE fundraiser – initially scheduled to take place in April at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom – to a global virtual event, where anyone in the world can join.

One Girl Can Lotte

One Girl Can’s fundraiser will be hosted by Mackenzie Davis, Canadian actress and One Girl Can ambassador. Alone, Together will feature inspirational speakers broadcasting live from Kenya, silent and live auctions, and a special live musical performance by Los Angeles-based
musician Rainsford.

Event Schedule on June 4th

  • 6:00pm Welcome remarks from Lotte and Mackenzie Davis
  • 6:15pm Mackenzie Davis interview with Royashley Mbuthi and Millicent Mutheu, students
  • of One Girl Can
  • 6:25pm Live auction
  • 6:40pm Online silent auction closes
  • 6:45pm Special performance by Rainsford

“The global pandemic has affected societies and economies around the world – but cultural gains are being impacted too, with economists
predicting women to be hit harder than men and existing inequalities to worsen,” says Lotte Davis, CEO and Founder of One Girl Can.

“The future of the 500 girls we sponsor, mentor, and build schools for depends entirely on our generosity. We can’t stop our fundraising efforts
now as Kenya faces one of its biggest challenges.”

100% of all donations will go directly to funding scholarships for girls living in extreme poverty in Kenya. For updates, including information on the silent and live auctions as well as exclusive pre-event content, follow One Girl Can’s social media accounts.

Follow One Girl Can on Instagram and Facebook for more info.