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British Columbia anime conventions for 2018

Even Fire Emblem’s Leo has a couple cons written down in Brynhildr.

Kick off 2018 with Japanese pop culture, comics, gaming and horror by attending a convention this year in British Columbia. While there’s plenty of events in and around Metro Vancouver, the rest of the province still has a few places for fans to band together for fun on the island and interior.

For more information, lists of guests and to register, visit the links below to use each event’s web site.

  • Tsukino-Con – February 10th – 12th, 2018 at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC
    Tsukino-Con celebrates everything anime and manga related for fans on Vancouver Island in a fun and friendly environment.
  • AniRevo Winter – February 11th – 12th, 2018 at the LaSalle College of Vancouver in Vancouver, BC
    AniRevo Winter is a two-day event to bridge the year-long wait until their summer convention, filled with guests, artists, vendors and more.
  • Harumatsuri – March 17th, 2018 at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre in Burnaby, BC
    Anime Evolution is holding a one-day event at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre in the format of a traditional Japanese festival, the matsuri.
  • Kelowna Fan Experience – March 23rd – 25th, 2018 at the Kelowna Community Theatre in Kelowna, BC
    There’s something for everyone at the Kelowna Fan Xpo who are into anime, manga, comics, sci-fi, movies, gaming and horror.
  • AniRevo Summer – August 3rd – 5th, 2018 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC
    AniRevo his quickly expanded to become Metro Vancouver’s largest Japanese pop culture festival with guests from North America and Asia, vendors, panels and more.
  • Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo – September 28th – 30th, 2018 at Robson Square in Vancouver, BC
    Don your favourite outfit and join the “world’s largest cosplay stage” as you parade through Vancouver’s downtown core! There’s more than just a parade with guests, panels, and musical performances.
  • Fan Expo Vancouver – October 12th – 14th, 2018 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC
    The west coast’s largest comics, pop culture and anime expo returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre with guests, panels, exhibitors and more!

Editor’s Note: Added in Fan Expo Vancouver as the dates were not available at time of original publishing.

Changes to BC Ferries polices regarding smoking, and staying inside vehicles

BC Ferries' vessel the Coastal Renaissance

BC Ferries’ vessel the Coastal Renaissance

Get ready for some big changes coming to BC Ferries if you like to stay in your car while sailing or go out for a smoke on the ships or at terminals.

Starting Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, passengers will be unable to stay in their vehicles on any enclosed decks on a ferry — this means the lower decks of the ships that are enclosed by the loading doors; upper vehicle decks are not affected by this directive. According to a release by BC Ferries, this is to be compliant with Transport Canada regulations for passenger safety, highlighted under section 152 of the Cargo, Fumigation and Tackle Regulations of the Canada Shipping Act. BC Ferries added that passengers can ask the upper vehicle deck on a vessel with an enclosed vehicle deck when they pay for their fare at the ticket booths; though this may not be fulfilled due to demand, vessel or other situations.

A list of routes affected include:

  • Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay
  • Tsawwassen – Duke Point
  • Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands
  • Horseshoe Bay – Departure Bay
  • Horseshoe Bay – Langdale
  • Powell River – Comox
  • Port Hardy – Prince Rupert
  • Port Hardy – Bella Coola
  • Prince Rupert – Haida Gwaii

For smokers, as of Monday, January 22nd, 2018, you won’t be able to light up, or use an e-cigarette on any vessel or at any terminal or facility, even inside your own vehicle. This is due to changes to British Columbia law in 2016 that increased smoke free zone to 6 meters (19.6 feet) from 3 meters (9.8 feet) near any door, window or air intake. Because of the limited space on the decks, the increased buffer makes it hard to comply with this updated regulation.

Sources: BC Ferries [1, 2]

Helping those affected by the BC wildfires

Our friends and family throughout British Columbia need your help to overcome the devastation caused by the wildfires that have displaced many communities.

Donations can be made online to the Canadian Red Cross through their web site. If you’re in an area affected by the fires, visit the Province of British Columbia web site for additional information.

British Columbia anime conventions for 2017

Even volleyball stars take a break for some photos at AniRevo Summer!

Even volleyball stars take a break for some photos at AniRevo Summer!

It’s a new year and fans of Japanese culture in British Columbia have a choice of conventions to choose for 2017. While there’s plenty of events in and around Metro Vancouver, the rest of the province still has a few places for fans to band together for fun on the island and interior.

For more information, lists of guests and to register, visit the links below to use each event’s web site.

  • AniRevo Winter February 12th – 13th, 2017 at the Art Institute of Vancouver in Vancouver, BC
    A two-day event of anime, manga, cosplay and panels, with plans to expand in the future to a full three-day convention
  • Tsukino-Con February 17th – 19th, 2017 at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC
    Tsukino-Con celebrates everything anime and manga related for fans on Vancouver Island in a fun and friendly environment.
  • Harumatsuri March 18th, 2017 at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre, Burnaby, BC
    Anime Evolution is holding a one-day event at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre in the format of a traditional Japanese festival, the matsuri.
  • Kelowna Fan Xpo March 24th – 25th, 2017 at the Kelowna Community Theatre in Kelowna, BC
    There’s something for everyone at the Kelowna Fan Xpo who are into anime, manga, comics, sci-fi, movies, gaming and horror.
  • AniRevo Summer August 4th – 6th, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC
    AniRevo his quickly expanded to become Metro Vancouver’s largest Japanese pop culture festival with guests from North America and Asia, vendors, panels and more.
  • Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo October 12th – 15th, 2017 at UBC Robson Square in Vancouver, BC
    Don your favourite outfit and join the “world’s largest cosplay stage” as you parade through Vancouver’s downtown core! There’s more than just a parade with guests, panels, and musical performances.
  • Fan Expo Vancouver November 10th – 12th, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC
    Fan Expo Vancouver is a massive gathering that combines everything to do with comics, anime, gaming, movie and pop culture into one action-packed long weekend.

Bonaparte’s Gull

Bonaparte's Gull

A Bonaparte’s Gull glides effortlessly over the calm waters of Qualicum Beach on a warm spring morning. The beach is always a busy place with gulls and the occasional eagle looking for a snack.

Fraser Valley Food Show returns to Abbotsford April 2016

Bring your appetite to the eighth annual Fraser Valley Food Show this April for three days full of cuisine, demonstrations and shopping at the Tradex in Abbotsford!

Through April 1st and 3rd, 2016, local vendors will have their best out for sample and sale. Everything from meats and dairy products, to vegetables, sweets, baked goods and seasonings. The Great Canadian Sausage Making Competition is an excellent way to become acquainted with the varieties and styles of preserving and curing meats. Adults can even partake in craft beers, regional wines and spirits in the Grapes and Hops pavilion. The Bite of The Valley pavilion brings a selection of Fraser Valley restaurants all under one big roof.

The Celebrity Stage will host a number of demonstrations throughout the festival to beef up your knowledge in the kitchen. This year’s special guest is the Food Network’s Bob Blumer.

In addition to all things edible, the festival is expanding to include spaces inside and outside the home with the Living Garden and the Spring Craft Market.

Admission tickets are available in advance online through the Fraser Valley Food Show web site or in person at the door.

British Columbia anime conventions for 2016

Don't let the titans stop you from cosplaying this year!

Don’t let the titans stop you from cosplaying this year!

It’s 2016 and that means a new year full of events to strut your cosplay, discuss your favourite anime and pick up the latest manga or figures. While there’s plenty of conventions in Metro Vancouver, the rest of the province still has a few places for fans to band together for fun on the island and interior.

For more information, lists of guests and to register, visit the links below to use each event’s web site.

  • Tsukino-Con February 12th – 14th, 2016 at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC
    Tsukino-Con celebrates everything anime and manga related for fans on Vancouver Island in a fun and friendly environment.
  • Harumatsuri March 5th, 2016 at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre, Burnaby, BC
    Anime Evolution is holding a one-day event at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre in the format of a traditional Japanese festival, the matsuri.
  • Kelowna Fan Xpo March 18th – 19th, 2016 at the Kelowna Community Theatre in Kelowna, BC
    There’s something for everyone at the Kelowna Fan Xpo who are into anime, manga, comics, sci-fi, movies, gaming and horror.
  • Northwest Fan Fest July 8th – 10th, 2016 at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster, BC
    Northwest Fan Fest brings fans of pop culture together for three days of fun with guests, panels, performances and a street festival! It’s also free to attend for all three days!
  • AniRevo August 5th – 7th, 2016 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC
    AniRevo his quickly expanded to become Metro Vancouver’s largest Japanese pop culture festival with guests from North America and Asia, vendors, panels and more.
  • Anime Evolution August 19th – 21th, 2016 at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver, BC
    As Vancouver’s oldest anime convention, Anime Evolution is home to anime screenings, panels, vendors and activities.
  • Vancouver Halloween Parade & Expo October 13th – 16th, 2016 at UBC Robson Square in Vancouver, BC
    Don your favourite outfit and join the “world’s largest cosplay stage” as you parade through Vancouver’s downtown core! There’s more than just a parade with guests, panels, and musical performances.
  • Fan Expo Vancouver November 11th – 13th, 2016 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC
    Fan Expo Vancouver is a massive gathering that combines everything to do with comics, anime, gaming, movie and pop culture into one action-packed long weekend.

Dolphins greet a ferry in the Strait of Georgia

A pod of Pacific white sided dolphins!

A pod of Pacific white sided dolphins!

On a grey Tuesday, the otherwise boring ferry ride between Horseshoe Bay and Nanaimo was brightened up with a visit from the locals. A pod of Pacific white sided dolphins swam alongside the vessel, intermittently breaking through the surface before disappearing back under the waves. This continued for a few minutes before they were out of sight. A few stragglers continued to appear before they too vanished into the distance.

 

 

 

 

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BC Ferries to discount vehicle fares on select Nov/Dec sailings

BC Ferries vessel the Queen of Oak Bay arrives at the Horseshoe Bay terminal.

BC Ferries vessel the Queen of Oak Bay arrives at the Horseshoe Bay terminal.

BC Ferries has announced a new promotion that will cut 50% off the cost of standard vehicles travelling all routes on select off-peak sailings. Cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, campers and vans under 20 feet (6.09 meters) are eligible for the half-price fare.

For routes between Vancouver, Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and Gulf Islands, the discounted vehicle fare takes effect only on Monday to Thursday, and Saturdays from November 16th through December 19th, 2015. Northern routes including the Inside Passage, Haida Gwaii, Discovery Coast, and between Skidegate and Alliford Bay, the discounted fare will be available on all sailings November 15th through December 20th, 2015.

For a list of sailings that qualify, frequently asked questions and terms, visit the BC Ferries web site.

BC Ferries held a similar promotion for 50% off passenger fares on its routes. While the discount for major routes between Vancouver and islands ended on October 15th, 2015, travellers on the northern routes can still take advantage of the price reduction until October 31st, 2015.

Source: BC Ferries

British Columbia anime conventions for 2015

It’s time to dust your cosplay off, grab your friends and head on out to one of British Columbia’s conventions for 2015. If you love mecha, shoujo, lolita fashion, J-Pop, fan art or figures, you’re sure to find something at one of the events listed below.

  • Tsukino-Con – February 13th – 15th, 2015 at the University of Victoria in Victoria, BC
    Tsukino-Con celebrates everything anime and manga related for fans on Vancouver Island in a fun and friendly environment.
  • Fan Expo Vancouver – April 3rd – 5th, 2015 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC
    Fan Expo Vancouver is an expanding event that brings everything to do with comics, anime, gaming, movie and pop culture into one action-packed long weekend.
  • Northwest Fan Fest – May 29th – 31st, 2015 at the Anvil Centre, New Westminster, BC
    A newcomer to the Lower Mainland convention scene, NorthWest Fan Fest aims to bring fans of pop culture together for three days of fun.
  • Anime Evolution – July 17th – 19th, 2015 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.
    As Vancouver’s oldest anime convention, Anime Evolution is returning on its own this year.
  • AniRevo – August 14th – 16th, 2015 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC
    AniRevo his quickly expanded to become Metro Vancouver’s largest Japanese pop culture festival with guests from North America and Asia, vendors, panels and more.

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