The 13th Annual Radium Hot Springs Art Glass Show and Sale

April 18th, 2014

2014, 13th Annual Radium Hot Springs Art Glass Show and SaleThe 2014, 13th annual Radium Hot Springs Art Glass Show is almost here and you do not want to miss it!

In the 13 years that this juried stained glass show has been produced, it has only grown in size. Each year has been larger than the last and has displayed greater, more diverse works. This year’s Radium Hot Springs Art Glass show has gained so much momentum that it should prove to be the biggest and best one yet!

The 13th Annual Radium Hot Springs Art Glass Show and Sale brings together artists from all over western Canada to display their visions in stained glass. True stained glass works of art take careful planning and skills in many fields to successfully produce, and the end results should work whether they are hung to transform light or simply to receive it. Read the rest of this entry »

Qualicum Beach Fire and Ice 2014

April 11th, 2014

Qualicum Beach Fire and Ice 2014After a year’s break, the ever-popular Qualicum Beach Fire and Ice street festival returns for its 22nd anniversary in 2014!

Fire – it’s the food! Join in on the traditional chili tasting cook-off along with other kinds of hot foods! Yum! Hot!

Ice – it’s the sculpture! Ice carving competitions will commence, along with other, additional icy activities such as ice cream making and other “cool” foods.

What else is hot and cool? Music! Live, foot-stomping, hip-shaking entertainment from favorite local performers and recording artists. Read the rest of this entry »

The Museum of Northern British Columbia

March 31st, 2014

Museum of Northern British ColumbiaHoused in a magnificent, Northwest Coast Longhouse overlooking Prince Rupert Harbor, the Museum of Northern British Columbia is internationally celebrated for the beauty of its collections and the vision of its mission.

The indigenous peoples of the Northern BC coastline – Haida, Gitksan, Nisga’a, Tlingit, Tsimshian – lived in sustainable communities for thousands of years prior to the influx of European settlers. During this time they developed rich oral and visual cultures, expressed in song, story, wood, bone, and fiber.

Exhibits under the massive cedar beams of the Museum of Northern British Columbia include both permanent and temporary displays of archeological artifacts, unique works of art by current artists, and thousands of years of Northwest Coast history and culture.

In the Main Gallery, you will learn of the economic, domestic, and ceremonial lives of Northwest Coast peoples, from ancient to modern times. The Monumental Gallery, with its all-encompassing and breathtaking view of Prince Rupert Harbour, home of the Tsimshian, displays both temporary exhibits and permanent collections of native art, past and present. The Hall of Nations illustrates the rich diversity of all of the Northwest Coast peoples through their unique art styles. Visit the Treasures Gallery to revel in the beautiful and intricate ceremonial regalia and objects of the chiefs and shamans.

The Museum of Northern British Columbia also includes a gift shop, carving shed, and the Ruth Harvey Art Gallery, created to display the work of local and regional artists, as well as occasionally serving as a temporary exhibit gallery for the museum.

Another building in Prince Rupert’s waterfront park complex includes the Kwinitsa Railway Station Museum, offering exhibits of the daily life of the station master and crew of Canada’s historic northern railway system. Be sure to stop by for another view into the area’s rich and ever-evolving history!

Museum of Northern British Columbia

100 First Avenue West
PO Box 669 Prince Rupert
British Columbia, Canada V8J 3S1

museumofnorthernbc.com

Tour Forbidden Vancouver!

March 17th, 2014

Tour Forbidden Vancouver!Every city has two histories: the one they print … and the one they don’t. Vancouver is no different – and now you can tour Forbidden Vancouver!

Forbidden Vancouver is a series of fascinating walking tours that explore the seamier, seedier – some would say the more interesting – side of Vancouver’s history.

The Lost Souls of Gastown
Stroll back to the 1800′s and the violent frontier town of Vancouver. Here you will learn of plague, fire, injustice, and murder; from former sailor, gold miner, and ferry captain Gassy Jack, who founded Vancouver with his saloon, to the ghost of John Bray, a Klondike prospector who took three bullets to the head but managed to live on for two more weeks – but who shot him?

Prohibition City
Take a visit to the early 1900′s and walk the streets of prohibition-era Vancouver. Learn what it was like to live under the rule of prohibition: blind pigs, corruption, secret clubs, bootlegging, and the open secret of “medicinal” liquor. Hear the tales of LD Taylor, Vancouver’s infamous prohibition mayor; Joe Celona, the crime boss and bootlegger who ruled East Vancouver into the 1930’s; Chinese entrepreneur Sam Kee, one of Vancouver’s richest businessmen who fought discrimination with lawyers, fists … and guns.

Forbidden Vancouver provides a variety of tours throughout the year – some long running, others “one-off” tours with limited engagements. One-off tours often feature guest guides and locations, such as the “Secrets of The Penthouse.”

Secrets of The Penthouse, scheduled for April 3rd, 2014, is a behind-the-scenes, historical tour of Vancouver’s most notorious nightclub, The Penthouse, with owner Danny Filippone, historian and author Aaron Chapman, and retired VPD cop Grant McDonald, as your guides. What an opportunity!

Forbidden Vancouver’s walking tours take you to the city’s earliest history and darkest corners as no other tours dare. The storytellers at Forbidden Vancouver are like no other tour guides, combining acting, history, and improv-comedy to bring the history of the city they love to life.

Forbidden Vancouver

Forbidden Vancouver also offers private tours for group sizes of 2 to 80 guests. For more information, dates, and contact information, please visit: forbiddenvancouver.ca

Join In the 2014 Brant Wildlife Festival

March 8th, 2014

2014 Brant Wildlife FestivalWhat is a Brant Wildlife Festival?

The Brant Wildlife Festival is a celebration of nature, specifically Black Brant geese and those like them, that congregate on the Parksville and Qualicum beaches of Vancouver Island to feast on the spring spawning of Pacific herring.

Every spring, as the waters warm, the herring work their way up the coast of North America – and they are not alone. Black Brant geese make their own, remarkable, migratory journey from California and Mexico to their breeding grounds in the north at this same time. Along the way, they rely on coastal estuaries, bays, spits, and beaches like those found along the shores of Vancouver Island to feed and rest. Read the rest of this entry »

Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay

February 24th, 2014

Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay LlnagaayThe Haida people are indigenous to the Pacific Northwest of North America and the Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay is dedicated to preserving and sharing this culture in and with the world.

The Haida Gwaii Museum, opened in 1976, is an amazing, chronological collection of Haida historical treasures and contemporary art. Pre-contact, post-contact, and contemporary galleries illustrating the stages of Haida historic and modern life, display a range of beautiful artifacts such as button blankets, tools, carvings, and totem poles.

The museum’s focus doesn’t just stop at the people. The Haida see the land and other animals on it as part of who they are and this is reflected in galleries exploring the rich natural history of the Islands. Read the rest of this entry »

Step Back In Time – Barkerville Historic Town

February 17th, 2014

Barkerville Historic TownIn 1862, a miner by the name of Billy Barker struck it rich during the gold rush in the foothills of the Cariboo mountains of what is now British Columbia. The town that sprang up around his strike was named after him and can be visited today, looking much as it did, then: Barkerville Historic Town.

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Don’t Just Visit – FlyOver Canada!

February 10th, 2014

FlyOver Canada

There are so many great things to do in British Columbia – skiing, surfing, shopping, biking, eating – now you can even fly over the entire nation without leaving Vancouver. How?

FlyOver Canada!

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Dining in Prince Rupert

January 28th, 2014

Dining in Prince RupertWith its remote location and small size, you’d think dining in Prince Rupert would be a pretty limited affair – boy, are you in for a surprise!

A small city on Northwest BC’s Pacific Coast, Prince Rupert is surrounded by incredible and vast stretches of seemingly limitless wilderness and wildlife. A popular stop for various Alaskan cruises and the end terminal for the Inside Passage BC Ferries route, Prince Rupert has over 50 restaurants, many of them locally owned!
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Take a Helicopter Wine Tour of BC!

January 22nd, 2014

Helicopter Wine Tour of BCCombine the thrill of a helicopter ride with the normally sedate experience of wine tasting by taking a Helicopter Wine Tour of BC!

If this sounds like just the combination for you, Valhalla Helicopters in West Kelowna, BC has two tour options and over 30 participating wineries from around the region to choose from!
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