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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.

 

August 2017

August 11 - 13 – Sechelt Coasters Car Club 22nd Annual Sleepy Hollow Car Show, also known as the Festival of the Rolling Arts.  The Friday night, 30 km cruise goes from Sechelt to Halfmoon Bay and includes over 450 classic cars.  Show n’ Shine, Elvis impersonator and free corn!!

August 12 – Nanaimo Symphony by the Sea – A free outdoor summer concert performed by the Vancouver Island Symphony conducted by Calvin Dyck.  Special appearance by a Cirque Performer.  Bring a blanket, lawn chair and a picnic basket.

August 19 - 20 – Hackett Park Arts & Crafts Fair – The fair is set amongst the trees of Hackett Park in Sechelt, and features local musicians such as The Gibson Girls acapella trio.

August 19 - 20 – Chemainus Jazz Festival – Held at Waterwheel Park, this year features modern jazz on Saturday and traditional jazz on Sunday.  Be sure to get your “Mardi Gras Bling” included with your admission, $20 per day or $30 for both days.

August 24–27 – Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival – This annual family friendly festival is celebrating its 30 year anniversary.  Held at Granville Island, admission is free and includes a boat building challenge, children’s festival and knot tying

 

July 2017

July 1 – Join in to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday with too many events to list! 

July 1 - Sept 2 - Butchart Gardens Fireworks (Saturday Evenings) feature a jaw-dropping, dazzling firework show with both aerial and ground displays choreographed to music.  Take it from my Mom, she goes ever year!

July 1 - Davis Bay Sandcastle Competition- registration starts at 9:45 am, building the sandcastles is from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, and winners will be announced at 1:45 pm.  Lions will be selling t-shirts and running a concession at the beach. Jim Taylor will bring lively music to the beach area. Be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat. Bring your pails and shovels, have fun and make great memories!       

July 7 – 9 - Nanaimo Dragonboat Festival is now in its 15th year at Maffeo Sutton Park.  Dragon boat racing is one of the most amazing sports you will ever get to witness so take the time to come down and cheer on the 70+ racing teams. Then stay for the Shriners pancake breakfast, food trucks, candle and carnation ceremonies, Longwood Brewery beer gardens, and more.  

July 14 - 16 - The Vancouver Island MusicFest held at the Comox Valley Fairgrounds and features artists such as Emmylou Harris, Bruce Cockburn and the Barenaked Ladies.  This year they even have their own music festival app.

July 16 - The 28th Annual Nanaimo Silly Boat Regatta will be celebrating its 50th anniversary while Canada celebrates its 150th.  The team themes will revolve around a birthday, Canadian history celebration feel.

July 16 - Texada Island Fly-In held at the Gillies Bay Airfield aka the friendliest rural fly-in with a real asphalt runway.

July 21 – 23 - Nanaimo Marine Festival & Bathtub Race which runs all week but the world championship bathtub race runs on July 23rd at 11:00 a.m.  Lots of vendors, a street fair, kids zone and two nights of concerts.

July 22 - Bowen Island Classic Car Show features unique vehicles, art installations and music

July 23 - Powell River Sea Fair Festival is now in its 53rd year and features a parade and vintage cars.              

July 29   Vancouver Honda Celebration of Lights Fireworks – Japan – Great fireworks and great food trucks.  If you would rather beat the crowd, you can buy tickets ahead of time for the Keg Lounge located on the bathhouse roof with snacks, cocktails and a VIP bathroom!

July 29 – 30 - Texada Island Blues and Roots Festival celebrates the music and artists within 100km of Gillies Bay.  There will be a farmers market, food and craft vendors, a kids’ zone for the young ones to play, and a place to quench the adults’ thirst.  Texada is home to Heicholt Lake, named one of the ten best lakes to swim in Canada.

July 29 – 30 - Sea Cavalcade in Gibsons has one of the best logos ever!  Now in its 49th year, this fun filled weekend has something for everyone.  The Tin Man Challenge, Keats to Armours swim, pancake breakfast, beer garden, classic cars, salmon BBQ and a parade.

 

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