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June 2018

 

June 1-14 – Van Isle 360 International Yacht Race is now in its eleventh running and has grown into one of the most respected and exciting yacht races on the entire west coast, with international media coverage, heart-stopping drama and superb racing action. 

June 8 – World Ocean’s Day - On World Oceans Day, people around our blue planet celebrate and honor the ocean, which connects us all. Get together with your family, friends, community, and the planet to start creating a better future. Working together, we can and will protect our shared ocean. Join this growing global celebration on 8 June!

June 8-17 – BC Seafood Festival – Featuring a star studded selection of chefs and venues around the Comox Valley.  Now in its 11th year, order online as tickets sell out fast.

June 10 – Burrard Yacht Club Classic Boat & Car Show features a great collection of classic cars and wooden boats.  Free Sailing for the kids and a dinner/dance on the breakwater.  This is an annual fundraiser for the Disabled Sailing Association. I have attended with my classic car and it is a fun event.

June 10 – Boat for Hope Vancouver takes place around English Bay, False Creek and Hastings Mill Park and brings together the local boating and business community to create an unforgettable experience for kids who may otherwise never be able to enjoy such an adventure.

June 15-17 – Gibson’s Landing Jazz Festival now in its 23rd year and featuring too many performers to list and a street festival followed by a dance at the Gibsons Royal Canadian Legion.

June 17 – Father’s Day – Don’t forget dear old dad!

June 22-24 - Annual Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival is 3 days of exciting racing and onshore events.  A big draw is the Survivor Showdown, Abreast In A Boat vs. Butts In A Boat – is a challenge between prostate and breast cancer survivors to help build awareness.

 

May 2018

 

May 12thThe 12th Annual Spot Prawn Festival - This year, the food scene has changed at the Festival!  Enjoy a bowl of delicious gluten free and lactose free Spot Prawn Chowder made from fresh-off-the-boat BC spot prawns served with bread from Terra Bread.  Or join us for an exciting Brunch featuring a tasting menu with 6 spot prawn dishes created by some of Vancouver's best chefs,  freshly baked bread from Terra Breads, and wine sample pours from our sponsors, Evolve Cellars,  as well as beer from Moody Ales and a coffee from Mogiana Coffee along with a sweet treat from La Glace.

May 14 – 19th – BC Boating Week - Just in time for the long weekend and the kick off to the recreational boating season!  Watch for local business offering great boating promotions and events.

May 17th – We love Joe Stanton, live at The Old Boot Eatery in Sechelt, no cover, fantastic music, good food and cold drinks.

May 20th – Saltspring Island's giant communal garage sale and everything is sold out of the back of a vehicle.  Held at the Rainbow Road Aquatic Centre parking lot from 9 .am. to 1:00 p.m.  Admission is free, $10 to sell from your car. 

May 26thLadysmith Community Marina Heritage Boat Festival - The annual Heritage Boat Festival at the Ladysmith Community Marina is on Saturday, May 26th from 10 am – 4 pm, and will feature over 2o heritage vessels from all over the west coast. This event is open to the public and includes free Harbour tours on Maritimer, and many new exhibits of maritime art. Meet members of the local Coast Guard and take a ride on one of their newest hovercrafts.

 

 

April 2018

 

April 12thThe 15th Annual Massive Marine Garage Sale – Ogden Point, Victoria.  Looking for a good deal on something for your boat?  This sale has everything!

April 12 – 15th - The 4th Annual Nanaimo Boat Show will continue to grow from the success of previous years and promote the expansion of the boating industry on Vancouver Island. At last year’s show, they welcomed over 3,000 visitors and showcased millions of dollars worth of products and services. 

April 14thWine For Waves at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver.  Be the first to sip and savour Naramata Bench’s Spring Wine Releases. On April 13, this delicious evening of wining and dining will bring together B.C.’s best wineries and sustainable seafood restaurants. Taste Ocean Wise offerings, meet top B.C. winemakers, and bid on silent auction items including exclusive Naramata wines and wine experience packages. All proceeds will benefit the Ocean Wise sustainable seafood program. This is a 19+ event. 

April 21 – Bluewater Cruising presents “Women and the Realities of Voyaging”.  This full day seminar features Lisa Copeland and Agathe Gaulin who will discuss what it’s really like to be at sea and how to plan and be prepared.

 April 22 - Think globally while acting locally through Stanley Park Ecology Earth Day celebration at Stanley Park! Join in for a day of hands-on ecology through restoration activities, conservation action, crafts and booths for the whole family, and a tour to visit our local heron colony. Learn about the various conservation initiatives of the Stanley Park Ecology Society and how our work is supporting wildlife.  Free Admission!

 

 

March 2018

March 2 – 4 – BC’s largest boating, fishing, hunting and sportsmen’s show at the Tradex Complex in Abbotsford. Everything you need for your upcoming outdoor adventures.

March 1 – 25 - The Vancouver Maritime Museum proudly announces Cory Trépanier’s Into The Arctic Exhibition.This exhibit encompasses over 50 Arctic oil paintings and 3 films from Trepanier’s 4 Arctic expeditions to the furthest reaches of the Canadian North. Its wilderness is so remote and untouched that many of its landscapes have never been documented before. 

March 6 and 8 – Parks Canada Gwaii Haanas - Orientations are required before you can visit Gwaii Haanas. Normally presented in Skidegate on central Haida Gwaii, this opportunity will allow you to enter the area by boat directly from the mainland coast after you have made your reservations. Even if you are just thinking about a trip to Gwaii Haanas, this orientation will be a great way to learn more about this incredible place. 

March 20 – The Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere will be at 9:15 a.m. on March 20th.  During the equinoxes the Sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal – but not quite.  The March equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from south to north and vice versa in September. 

March 10 – 25 - Celebrating the 32nd Annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival in Tofino! Be a part of the inspiration, education, and entertainment by celebrating coastal traditions in a unique environment, welcoming the spring return of the grey whale. 

 

February 2018

 

February - Prepare for an incredible journey through the curious collections of Mr. Ripley at Science World, the explorer extraordinaire who traveled the world collecting artifacts and stories from the remarkable people and places he encountered.

 Feb 1 – 14 – The Hot Chocolate Festival returns for its 8th year, bigger and better than ever, with Vancouver’s best chocolatiers, pastry shops, bakeries, cafes, gelato and ice cream makers coming together to make the humble hot chocolate hotter than it has ever been before.

February 9 – 10 - Love and Romance are front and centre in the beautiful Orpheum theatre, as conductor William Rowson and the VSO perform music that will get you in the mood for Valentine’s. Joined by pianist Jon Nakamatsu, soprano Robyn Driedger-Klassen, and tenor Frédérik Robert, the orchestra dials up some of the most sensual and romantic music ever written.

February 14 – Valentine’s Day – How about ice skating at Robson Square, the People’s Prom, after hours cocktails and “sex talk” (about coral) at the Vancouver Aquarium, Chinese New Year or a five-course dinner at Grouse Mountain

February 24 – March 4 – 40th Annual Vancouver International Wine Festival  is Canada’s premier wine show and widely considered to be the best wine event in North America. With ~25,000 admissions, it is one of the biggest and oldest wine events in the world.  Tickets sell out fast.

 

January 2018

 

January 17 – 21 – The Vancouver Boat Show’s two great locations – an indoor venue at BC Place and Floating Show at Granville Island – offer show-goers of all ages and expertise an unparalleled experience.  Get your season started with family-friendly activities and incredible deals on all the latest marine products!

January 21 – On-line registration is open for Women’s Day at the 2018 Vancouver Boat Show.  Join us on Sunday, January 21, 2018 for a full day of boating seminars and guest speakers designed to educate and inspire.  Pre-registration is required.

January 26 – February 3 – Seattle Boat Show has lots of free boating and fishing seminars, scope out the latest watercraft and accessories from hundreds of exhibitors, and be entertained with fun events, food and drinks, and family-friendly activities. From stand-up paddleboards to superyachts, the Seattle Boat Show is bringing even more this year.

 

December 2017

 

December 1 -  On-line registration is open for Women’s Day at the 2018 Vancouver Boat Show.  Join us on Sunday, January 21, 2018 for a full day of boating seminars and guest speakers designed to educate and inspire.  Tickets are limited and are selling fast.

December 1 – December 31 – CBC News Top 21 – Things to do over the holidays in Vancouver including Canyon Lights, Peak of Grouse, Vancouver Christmas Market, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Christmas Train, VanDusen, the Nutcracker and O Christmas Tea.

December 1 – 24 – Arts Club Presents The Day Before Christmas - Alex is a perfectionist who is desperately holding fast to her Christmas traditions. While juggling family and work—and a movie star—she loses control of her holiday plans, and her home becomes a disaster zone. Can she save the turkey from the dog and salvage a broken-down tree? Find out in this infectious comedy that is sure to make the holidays bright.

December 1 – January 7 – Arctic Oasis at the Bloedel Conservatory - The city's only holiday Ferris wheel is rolling at Queen Elizabeth Park with festive lights, music and a holiday scavenger hunt. Warm up inside the tropical dome while enjoying the exotic birds, lush gardens and holiday light display produced by MK Illumination. Find all the hidden penguins in the arctic oasis, holiday-themed scavenger hunt. Enjoy the evening city views and lit fountains at Queen Elizabeth Park. Lots of things to see and do at a family-friendly price! Free parking

 

November 2017

 

November 1 -  On-line registration opens for Women’s Day at the 2018 Vancouver Boat Show.  Join us on Sunday, January 21, 2018 for a full day of boating seminars and guest speakers designed to educate and inspire.  Tickets are limited and will sell out fast, add November 1st to your calendar.

November 2 – Yaletown Brewing Co’s Martini Madness - Three guest bartenders will slamdown with their martini creations, the winner to be determined by your vote. There will also be a live DJ on site and a 50/50 cash prize. All proceeds to benefit Kids Help Phone. Drink Tickets are $10 at the door CASH ONLY, which includes 3 martinis (yes, you read that right!)  

November 16 – 18 – Clayoquot Oyster Festival – The format for the 21st annual event has changed a bit this year, the anchor events will be held at  some of Tofino’s best restaurants. Events include the Beautiful Mask and Oysters, Best Oyster Dish competition, Chef-Farmer Shuck N’ Slurp Relay, Tofino Costume Party and the 1909 Champagne and Pearls dinner.

November 21 – 22 – Boating BC Conference - Each November the recreational boating industry in British Columbia steps away from their busy lives to attend the annual Boating BC Conference. It’s an inspiring two days where people come to learn, connect and share ideas.

 

October 2017

 

September 29 to October 8 – The Cowichan Valley is known for warm weather, natural beauty, and friendly people.  “Savour Cowichan” celebrates all of that.  For 10 days, artisanal food and beverage producers host more than 40 events throughout the Valley, including the Barge On In event hosted on a floating barge in Mill Bay.

October 6 – 8 – Embrace your inner crab at the 16th Annual CrabFest in Port Angeles, Washington.  The event celebrates the world-famous Dungeness Crab, named after the nearby village of Dungeness, and the bounty of the sea.  Featuring 14 restaurants, cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs, Chowder Cook-Off, the Grab-A-Crab Derby, local wine and beer, craft and merchant vendors, live music,and many more events. Rain or shine, this is the “party” of the season and, admission, as always, is FREE!

October 7 – 9 – Gabriola Thanksgiving Studio Tour – The 21st annual tour with 84 artists, 65 studios and 16 new artists.

October 20 – 22 – Artists love the beauty and endless inspiration BC’s Sunshine Coast provides.  The Sunshine Coast Art Crawl is an ideal way to discover a wide range of artisan treasures, as you visit galleries, home studios, artisans’ shops and even an art farm.

November 1st -  On-line registration opens for Women’s Day at the 2018 Vancouver Boat Show.  Join us on Sunday, January 21, 2018 for a full day of boating seminars and guest speakers designed to educate and inspire.  Tickets are limited and will sell out fast, add November 1st to your calendar.

 

September 2017

September 7 – 10th – Carving on the Edge Festival is a celebration of the West Coast carver, showcasing traditional and contemporary wood carving with a full calendar of exhibits, storytelling, family programs and demonstrations.

September 10th  – Vancouver Street Food Festival  is the best of the best in one place, 88 Pacific Boulevard in Vancouver, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

September 13th - PYS was incorporated on this day in 2010 and we are celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary!!  Read Jeff's letter here. 

September 15 – 17 – Jazz Around the Harbour – Events are held at the Pender Harbour Community Hall, the Pender Harbour School of Music with a special “Rock the Dock” at John Henry’s Resort and Marina in Garden Bay.  Check the website for times.

September 30 – Oysters, Authors and Ale – This event raises awareness about literacy and generates funds for future community literacy initiatives.  This event gathers residents and guests to enjoy a showcase of novice and professional writers, live music, a silent auction along with a sampling of west-coast oysters and ales.

 

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