Underneath Vancouver: Venturing into the Britannia Mine

Britannia Mine Museum | britanniaminemuseum.ca

Britannia Mine Museum | britanniaminemuseum.ca

More than a century ago, one of the largest copper mines on the planet opened just north of Vancouver. From 1904-1974, an estimated 60,000 workers labored inside the famous Britannia Mine, excavating a mammoth tunnel system more than 120 miles long.

Are you ready to take a peek inside?

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Underneath Vancouver: Venturing into the Britannia Mine

Celebrate Italian Heritage Month June 2012

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The Italian Cultural Centre (ICC) is excited to release the calendar of events for
June 2012 – proclaimed Italian Heritage Month by the City of Vancouver and the Province of BC. The month features fabulous entertainment, delicious food, children’s activities and “Festa Italiana” (a market festival) on June 24th. Get ready to enjoy all things Italian!

This year the Italian Cultural Centre proudly welcomes a hit on the Tonight Show, Mike Marino (from the “An Italian for President” YouTube sensation) for his first Vancouver performance.

The ICC is celebrating the best of Italian culture throughout the month with different types of events–there truly is something for everyone of all ages and appetites! Experience theatre, historical documentaries and debate, delicious food and wine, musical and dance performances, exhibits and a Festa Italiana with entertainment, activities and of course, more food!

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Celebrate Italian Heritage Month June 2012

The 66th Annual Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair Returns May 18-21, 2012 (Free Tickets!)

Photo: Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair

The Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair returns this May long weekend with jam-packed family-friendly entertainment and exciting new events, May 18-21, 2012. The 66th annual Cloverdale Rodeo and 124th Country Fair combines a unique blend of rodeo action, free-with-admission entertainment, live performances and fierce competition.

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The 66th Annual Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair Returns May 18-21, 2012 (Free Tickets!)

Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 16 & 17 (Stanley Park Flag Stops)

While admittedly it’s been a very slow start to summer here in Vancouver, there are plenty of rainy day activities to keep us going through the drizzle, and enough breaks in the clouds to get us out and enjoying the nature surrounding our city.

Last weekend I hopped off the Trolley at The Teahouse in Stanley Park and enjoyed the views from their spacious outdoor patio along with some delicious Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna followed by a BC Salmon Burger.  While the building itself is beautiful, the view looking over Ferguson Point and onto the ocean is pretty amazing, too. Continue reading:
Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 16 & 17 (Stanley Park Flag Stops)

Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 15 Prospect Point (Red 7)

If you’ve read the 30 Stops in 30 Weeks blog previously, it’s pretty apparent that I love Stanley Park. With 1000 acres to explore, many a wonderful afternoon can be spent exploring Vancouver’s #1 attraction. What you haven’t read yet, is my love for ice cream. You can imagine my excitement when I hopped off the Trolley at Prospect Point yesterday, home of the World Famous Ice Cream. Aside from their regular ice cream flavors, the Prospect Point Cafe offers something new to the market – matcha green tea soft-serve. This is a far stretch from the twist cones we remember from McDonald’s, yet the grown-up taste is a welcomed refreshment. I of course had to get a scoop of my favorite maple walnut ice cream, too. Continue reading:
Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 15 Prospect Point (Red 7)

Saengerfest2011 – Swiss Choral Festival

Photo by Claudia Laroye

Yodeling may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re up for appreciating some new auditory sensations, check out Saengerfest 2011 – the 27th Pacific Coast Swiss Singing & Yodeling Festival this weekend.

The Festival is taking place in Vancouver from June 23rd to 26th, at UBC’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. The Vancouver Swiss Choir and the Swiss Society of Vancouver are proudly hosting a wide variety of choral and yodeling performances from around North America and Switzerland throughout the Festival.

For performance details and ticketing information, check out the Festival blog.

Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 14 Totem Poles (Red 6)

The weather is finally turning here in Vancouver and as I hopped off the Trolley at the Totem Poles in Stanley Park, I was greeted by a refreshing ocean breeze that indicates summer is truly right around the corner.

According to the Vancouver Park Board, the Totem Poles are the most visited attraction in British Columbia and it’s no wonder why.  The Totem Poles beautifully showcase the region’s aboriginal history and have been found in this location since the early ’60s. Continue reading:
Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 14 Totem Poles (Red 6)