Vancouver Snow Day

We don’t get many snow days in Vancouver, but when we do the city explodes with photos of the wonderful white stuff.

This morning while walking Junior at the park, I took the following photo before all the snow was washed away in the later rain that is expected.

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So if you can, get out there and take your photos now before the regular Vancouver rain starts and washes all the loveliness away. And by all means, take it easy out there as the sidewalks and roads are slippery.


The Secret World of Sharks and Rays Arrives at the Vancouver Aquarium

Starting February 7th to April 30th the Vancouver Aquarium will dive into a new feature highlighting The Secret World of the Sharks and Rays. You’ll be introduced to some sharks that live in the BC coast as well as be introduced to some not so famous shark cousins including the Spotted Ratfish.

The feature will share with you what makes sharks such great hunters, why are they so fast, what conservation efforts are in place and introduce you to rays at live in fresh waters.

“Whether you’re curious about their hunting strategies or the human activities that put these creatures at peril, or if you’d simply like to be awed by their magnificence, The Secret World of Sharks and Rays has something for everyone,” says Clint Wright, senior vice-president and general manager of the Vancouver Aquarium.

During your visit you will discover the following sharks and rays:

  • Blacktip reef sharks
  • Whitespotted bambooshark
  • Southern Stingray
  • Whiprays
  • Zebra shark
  • Ocellated freshwater stingrays
  • Tiger stingrays
  • Xingu River rays
  • Blue-spotted fantail rays
  • Epaulette sharks
  • Tasseled wobbegong (strange lace faced beard)
  • Pacific spiny dogfish
  • Spotted ratfish

If you are lucky enough, make sure you watch the feeding of the Black Tip Reef, Zebra sharks and Whiprays in the Tropical Zone. The speed of these amazing creatures as they fed was amazing to watch. Their aquarium came to life!

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The more I visit the Vancouver Aquarium, the more I’m amazed at the creatures who call our oceans their home. From jelly fishes, star fishes, whales, dolphins and coral the aquarium highlights them wonderfully.

Thank you to the Vancouver Aquarium for inviting us on a tour and Alex for being an amazing tour guide who shared his amazing knowledge of these fascinating creatures that are on display.

I Just Won Lady Gaga Tickets

I’m super excited today!

After reading a tweet from my Twitter stream from @SamsungMobileCA this morning, which asked you to retweet for a chance to win tickets to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Ball in Vancouver.

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Since I wanted to see her in concert again, and never did get any tickets, I thought what the hell. I had nothing to loose and only good things to gain.

I was super excited when I got a response from them on Twitter letting me know I had won tickets to her show on Saturday. I can hardly wait to see her again in Vancouver. She puts on an amazing show and this monster is excited.

Thanks Samsung Mobile!

Hello Vancouver – Eleven Years Later

Downtown Vancouver

It’s hard to believe, but eleven years ago today, I packed up my computer (2 huge boxes that included my monitor and desktop) and a large luggage full of clothes in Toronto and moved to Vancouver.

An experiment of sorts, I wanted to give Vancouver a try; I wanted and needed a change; and things were just working out perfectly for me that it offered me the chance to move here. With a job working for Essence du Papier at the newly renovated Eaton store downtown and a place to stay with Russ I made the huge plunge.

Though still in the same country and 4 1/2 hour plane ride between us, it was hard leaving family behind. As you see we are close family and are always in touch with each other.

I’ve made some amazing friends here in Vancouver and I have made a life that I’m very proud of. With the help of Russ who has supported me through these amazing eleven years I’ve never been happier.

So thank you Vancouver for being here for me and thank you for allowing me to explore you when I can. You are an amazing city and I’m loving my stay here!

Happy Halloween

While the kids today get to dress up and go tricker treating, the adults seemed to have jumped the gun and celebrated their Halloween over the weekend.

Though I personally didn’t get dressed up (I haven’t in YEARS and I think it requires far too much effort), Russ and I did want to go out and see the costumes that people where wearing. Since we live downtown, the best place to go costume watching was along Granville Street in the heart of the Entertainment District.

We were not disappointed. Since it wasn’t raining we were treated to many great costumes. From Pirates, to mommies, vampires, cowboys, men in dresses, women in not so much clothing, Pandas, Sheeps, Romans, nuns and video game characters. Everyone was having such a great time and enjoying all the costumes.

Have a great Halloween everyone! Ghouls and all!

The Midway State Free Concert – Vancouver

This Tuesday The Midway State will perform a free concert at Robson Square at 5:15pm thanks to Samsung Mobile Canada. During the concert you are asked to help record a mashup video during their performance of Atlantic.

I unfortunately won’t be able to attend this concert, but from what I’ve read it looks like it will be a great concert. They have already performed in Toronto on August 4th and perform tonight in Calgary and ending it off in Montreal on August 11th.

You can also enter to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with your video or photo entry. Head over to Samsung Mobile Canada’s Facebook page for more details.

Here is their Atlantic video which I’ve recently discovered and really enjoying.

Vancouver Gay Pride 2011

The weather wasn’t looking the best for this past weekend’s Vancouver Gay Pride Parade, but the clouds broke early on the day to make it a wonderful and warm day to watch the parade.

As usual, the parade is long with over 130 floats going for over 2.5 hours from start to finish. Though the parade was long, it was very colourful and had a great time watching all the floats and characters go by.

Below are some of my favourite photos from the parade.

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You can view the rest of the photos on my Flickr Set.

Vancouver Snow Day

Snow Day in Vancouver

There is always something wonderful about waking up to a city that has just had a few centimeters of fresh snow. Fresh snow always seems to make people happier and the city always looks amazing.

Snow Day in VancouverWe here in Vancouver don’t get many of those days as the rest of Canada. For us, we have to usually travel up to the mountains if we want to get our taste of the “white stuff”. So when it snows in the city, people genuinely seem to be in better spirits. People seem to be friendlier and for me, the city starts to feel like a small town. I’m not sure if it is due to all of us, for this brief moment in time, share something in common. Granted I’m not so sure how the drivers are feeling right about now :).

It’s always fun seeing all the snowmen, and women, that start to appear throughout the city

Junior just loves to play in the snow. He would rather be out there hearing the crunching of the snow on my feet and waiting for me to toss a snowball than actually doing his “business”.

Sadly I know the snow will soon turn in to slush, but as long as it’s out there I’ll try to at least enjoy it.

Vancouver Christmas Market

For a full month, which began on November 24th, the Queen Elizabeth Plaza is being transformed to an authentic European Christmas Market. Dubbed the Vancouver Christmas Market, Vancouverites will feel that they are transported to a wonderful Christmas village filled with great food, music and Christmas gift ideas.

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I got a chance to finally visit the wonderful market and was thrilled to see everyone filled with great cheer and the holiday spirit as they explored the unique vendors from the city as well as vendors from Europe showing off their fantastic products. The weather held up today for us and I even got to try out a great German Smokie and pretzel. We explored the great Christmas Ornaments tent where Russ purchased his very own German Candle Pyramid. I recall having one made out of brass when I was younger, but never made out of wood like the one Russ purchased.

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All in all it was a very fun filled early afternoon for us and you can check out the Market until December 24th. The cost is $5 for adults to enter during the weekend and after 12pm on weekdays. The nice thing is that once you pay, you can come back to it at anytime throughout the day

Hopefully this will be a great tradition in the city and hopefully it will expand to a bigger venue next year where more vendors and Christmas shoppers can enjoy it more.

You can follow them on Twitter – @VanChristmas and on Facebook to get updates on bands that are playing and post your photos.

You can see more of my photos on my Flickr Set – Vancouver Christmas Market.

Social Good for $100 in 100 Minutes

Tomorrow, December 2nd, the organizers of Pepsi Refresh Project will conducting a little experiment in Vancouver to see how socially good we are. They are seeing how much good we can do by spending $100 in 100 minutes.

So how will it work, well participants are asked to bring $20 and they will be assigned to 3 other participants to form a 4 man/woman team with the Pepsi Refresh Project throwing in an additional $20. Then for 100 minutes the team is set free to spend that money on social good. Pay a cab ride for someone, buy an umbrella, if it’s raining for someone, buy someone a fare ride on Translink etc. The possibilities are as endless as the teams imagination.

After the 100 minutes the teams will regroup and tell their stories. Sounds like a great experiment and below are further details you will need to know!

WHO:  The Pepsi Refresh Project and the citizens of Vancouver
WHAT:  An experiment in social good:  4Funds Refresh Vancouver
WHERE:  Canvas Lounge, 99 Powell Street
WHEN: Registration at 5:45 pm; Hit the streets to do good at 6:15 pm;
Meet to share stories at 8:00 pm
WHY:  Because doing good matters.

For more details, or to confirm your participation, please contact:

Matt Juniper
905-949-8255 Ext 225

For more information about the Pepsi Refresh Project, please visit

I unfortunately won’t be able to attend, but looks like a great event being planned!