Summer EcoCamps in Stanley Park

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Registration is open for summer EcoCamps in Stanley Park, hosted by the Stanley Park Ecology Society (“SPES”). There is still space available in weeks 1,2,7 and 8 right now, with waitlist spots available for the others. Here’s the full rundown of each camp week, and scroll down for info about the online (at home) Critter Club!

SPES day camper investigates sap sucker holes. Photo by Don Enright.
SPES day camper investigates sap sucker holes. Photo by Don Enright.

Summer EcoCamps in Stanley Park

Camps for kids ages 7 to 11 run weekly, rain or shine, through July & August, 9:00am to 4:00pm. SPES will strictly adhere to social distancing in all activities while still delivering a fun and educational camp for your child. See more on COVID-19 guidelines here.

Weekly Themes

July 5 – July 9: Flying Wonders: Is your child curious about the animals that fly overhead? Do they wonder about bird calls, bat wings and what makes a flying squirrel fly? If so, the Flying Wonders camp is for them! This week, our campers will learn about the amazing ducks, hawks, owls, and other flying creatures that call Stanley Park home, and will have a hoot doing it.

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BC Restart Plan for Summer 2021 – Step 1

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Update: June 14, 2021 – Step 2 will begin June 15, 2021.

The Government of BC held a press conference today to announce the end of the temporary Circuit Breaker (put in place at the end of March) and introduce a new four-step plan to bring the province back together. The BC Restart Plan, starting May 25, 2021, means British Columbians can gradually begin to restart  important social connections, businesses and activities.

The government emphasizes that getting vaccinated is the most important tool supporting our restart. The criteria for Step 1 is at least 60% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with stable case counts and COVID-19 hospitalizations. 

BC Restart Plan for Summer 2021 – Step 1

ActivitiesNew things you can do
Personal gatheringsOutdoor personal gatherings up to 10 people
Indoor personal gatherings up to 5 people or 1 other household
Examples of a personal gathering include having friends over to your house or meeting up with friends at a park. 
Organized gatheringsOutdoor seated organized gatherings up to 50 people with a COVID-19 Safety Plan
Indoor seated organized gatherings up to 10 people with a COVID-19 Safety Plan
Work with faith-based leaders to bring back in-person worship servicesExamples of an organized gathering include wedding ceremonies or funerals.
TravelRecreational travel within your travel region allowed
Non-essential travel between travel regions continues to be restricted
BusinessesIndoor and outdoor dining for groups up to 6 people (not restricted to your household or bubble)
Liquor served until 10 pm
Offices and workplacesStart a gradual return to workplaces
Employers must continue to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan and daily health check in place
Sports and exerciseIndoor low intensity group exercise allowed with limited capacity
Outdoor games and practices for both adults and youth group/team sports allowed
No spectators at any indoor or outdoor sport activities

The criteria for moving to Step 2 is at least 65% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with declining case counts and COVID-19 hospitalizations.  The earliest date we move to Step 2 is June 15. 

The criteria for moving to Step 3 is at least 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with low case counts and declining COVID-19 hospitalizations.  The earliest date we move to Step 3 is July 1.

The criteria for moving to Step 4 is more than 70% of the 18+ population vaccinated with dose 1, along with low case counts and low COVID-19 hospitalizations. The earliest date we move to Step 4 is September 7.

View the full BC Restart Plan online for details and Provincial Health Office guidance.

Stanley Park Train Reopening 2021

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The Stanley Park Train will be reopening! Starting Saturday, May 22nd, the train will be open on weekends, including statutory holiday Mondays, with COVID protocols in place.

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Stanley Park Train Reopening

When: Weekends from 11:00am to 4:00pm, including statutory holiday Mondays
Tickets: Purchased onsite at the ticket booth, debit/credit only

The Stanley Park Railway has always been popular with locals and tourists alike. The 20 gauge, 2km track winds through the forest over ground cleared by Typhoon Freda, the most devastating storm in Vancouver history which blew through in 1962. The railway’s collection of old locomotives is a locally-built replica of Canadian Pacific Railway Engine #374, famous for pulling Canada’s first transcontinental passenger train into Vancouver in the late 1880s.  

Passengers can get a close-up look at a vintage engine and a quick photo before boarding for the 15-minute ride. 

Masks are required for all passengers 3 & up to board the train and must be worn for the duration of the ride. There are plexiglas dividers between the benches and they are sanitizing the trains before and after daily operations. The standard physical distancing protocols are in place for all visitors while on site.

On June 30th, summer operations will come into effect, with the train running Wednesdays to Sundays until Labour Day.

Related: Stanley Park Christmas Train, Stanley Park Easter Train

Trivia Night Supports Youth Education Program

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The second (and final) Aunt Leah’s Virtual Trivia Extravaganza is happening May 29th and you can win your way in! Register and encourage your friends, family, coworkers, and social groups to play and donate to a great cause.

Aunt Leahs Trivia May 2021

Aunt Leah’s Virtual Trivia Extravaganza

When: May 29, 2021
Where: Online
Tickets: Register here for $20

Can’t make on the 29th? You can host your own trivia event to support Aunt Leah’s. If your calendar is packed and can’t accommodate a trivia event, you can still be a superstar and support foster youth by participating in the online auction or donating.

Trivia Nights Support SEFFY Program

The trivia nights benefit the Supporting Education for Foster Youth (“SEFFY”) program. SEFFY supports long-term education planning for foster youth and former foster youth in care. The emphasis is on highlighting strengths, identifying needs and advocating for resources that lead to success for youth. Each youth is connected with an educational specialist and receives help applying for bursaries and training opportunities, from a variety of schools and programs.

Scotiabank has generously offered to match every donation dollar for dollar up to $25,000 in support of the SEFFY program. Aunt Leah’s Place helps prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless and mothers in need from losing custody of their children. To support them on their journey to self-sufficiency, they provide supported housing, job training, and coaching on essential life skills.

Giveaway

I have two tickets to give away to the May 29th trivia extravaganza! That way you can sign up and also have a friend or family member join the fun from their screen at home. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 9:00am on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

Miss604 is the proud Media Sponsor of the Virtual Trivia Extravaganza

Things to do in Vancouver May Long Weekend 2021

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With non-essential travel not allowed between BC’s 3 travel zones, stay close to home and enjoy some local restaurants (for patio, takeout or delivery), our beautiful outdoors spaces, featured attractions, and more right in our own backyard. Miss604 is a proud sponsor of Summer at Burnaby Village Museum and you can find this and many more things to do in (Greater) Vancouver May Long Weekend right here:

Things to do in Vancouver May Long Weekend

Friday, May 21, 2021
Sponsored by Miss604: Burnaby Village Museum
Wilderness and Awareness Workshop
Upintheair Theatre Presents 2021 rEvolver Festival
Nicholas Krgovish & Veda Hille – This Spring Record Release
Krystle Dos Santos and Friends: BLAK | Canadian Women in Music & Arts
Jaylene Tyme, Allan Morgan & Friends: Reflections
Vancouver Startup Week
The May Long Festival fromt the Anvil Centre Theatre
Rumpus Room – A Jenn Brisson Experience
BIKEnnale/WALKennale
yellow objects – an exhibition by Derek Chan at Firehall Arts Centre
ParkerArtSalon Online Auction and New Exhibitions
Crafted Vancouver

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