Army & Navy is Hosting a Liquidation Sale

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At the beginning of May, it was announced that stores would be closing permanently and now with merchandise that’s ready to move one last time, Army & Navy is hosting a liquidation sale.

Army & Navy is Hosting a Liquidation Sale

1942 Army and Navy Annex. Archives #CVA 1184-330
1942 Army and Navy Annex. Archives #CVA 1184-330

Army & Navy will be opening its doors one last time for a multimillion-dollar liquidation sale in New Westminster (Army & Navy – 502 Columbia Street) and Calgary, beginning Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 10:00am local time.

Founder Sam Cohen’s philosophy of “Buy cheap, sell cheap. Pass the deal onto the customer” will be on full display with the entire store inventory of fresh goods, in all departments, on sale. For ladies’ spring-summer apparel and shoes, that means 40% off, with all other inventory, including men’s apparel, workwear, fishing and outdoor supplies, plus groceries at a 25% discount.

The 80,000 square foot New Westminster store will host the sale, adhering to all government guidelines on safety and cleaning.


  • In New Westminster, 4000+ pairs of women’s shoes, originally priced at $49.99 for the annual shoe sale will be an additional 40% off. Brand names include Nine West, Naturalizer, BCBG, Anne Klein, Sam Edelman, Hush Puppy and Bandolino.
  • Fishing gear that includes the industry’s top brands, among them, Shimano, Daiwa. Gibbs, Fenwick, Scotty and more will be offered at a 25% discount
  • Outdoor gear featuring Coleman, Kuma, Yanes, Coghlans and World Famous will also be discounted at 25%
  • Men’s work boots and workwear with names that include Dickies, Caterpillar, Reebok, and Viking will see an additional 25% savings
  • Bedding, bath & housewares, along with luggage and groceries — 25% off

The conclusion of the sale is TBD.

Parks Canada Sites Re-Open June 1, 2020

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From the sandy beaches and coastal forests of Tofino to the cascade at Takakkaw Falls, UNESCO World Heritage Sites to centuries-old fortifications and lighthouses, some Parks Canada Sites are set to re-open in June.

Emerald Lake Mis604
Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park

Parks Canada Sites Re-Open June 1, 2020

Starting June 1, 2020, some operations will gradually resume at certain Parks Canada places. You will soon be able to enjoy some trails, day use areas, green spaces, and some access for recreational boating.

All camping facilities remain closed until at least June 21st, while Parks Canada assesses whether and how these services might resume.

Opening dates, visitor access and services will vary across the country depending on the measures in place in each province and territory.

In Metro Vancouver

Starting June 8, 2020, Fort Langley National Historic Site will offer limited visitor access and basic services. Visitors will be able to access the following services and facilities:

  • Grounds of Fort Langley National Historic Site including inside the palisade walls, the orchard, and riverfront trails;
  • Public toilets located behind the café;
  • Parking lot and picnic tables.

Until June 8, these facilities remain closed and they ask that visitors respect these closures in order to allow staff to do the necessary work to prepare for opening.

Visiting Fort Langley National Historic Site will be different than it has been in the past. All historic buildings will be closed. There will be no costumed interpreters, group activities, public events or oTENTik stays at this time.

Fort Langley

The current of suspension of visitor services at Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site as well as the temporary closure of visitor facilities, will remain in place until further notice. Interpretive programming, group programs and events at Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site are suspended until at least June 30, 2020.

Check the following listings for updates on a National Park or National Historic Site in your region:

National Parks in BC

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

National Heritage Sites in BC

Follow Parks Canada on Facebook for more info.

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

I have a $75 credit I’d love to send over to a Miss604 reader/follower. Here’s how you can 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.