Sunday, December 20, 2015

US / Canada borders 1851

Historical trivia: Of course  Canada did not exist until 1867. But the Boundary Commission was determined to have the 49th parallel as the border.

Up until 1846, southern Vancouver Island was part of America (although Britain disputed that), Mexico extended into Oregon, and Seattle was called Fort Nisqually. San Juan Island was turned into a giant sheep farm by the Hudson's Bay Company Army (controlled by Britain). The Pig War of 1856 prompted more negotiations between Britain and USA to determine west coast boundaries, and splitting up the various gulf islands. Eventually Canada became an actual country in 1867.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig_War

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Ben Karlstrom
Ben K I like how all the BC cities were "Forts" back then. From now on, please address all my snail mail to "Fort Surrey, BC".
Gary James
Gary J The original Fort Vancouver, WA was the headquarters for the Hudson's Bay Company in the early 1800's. Vancouver BC was established 29 years after the "Couve"
Gary James

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Science World Vancouver BC, 1984

Science World under construction for Expo 86. scienceworld.ca ScienceWorld

tags: vancouver bc canada, science world, telus, tourism, real estate, false creek, british columbia

Friday, July 17, 2015

White Rock BC, 1972

Ah, the good old days. Myself in the yard in White Rock BC, 1972. We lived 1 block from the beach, on Victoria Avenue.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bus Service from Vancouver BC to Tulalip WA, Seattle, Bellingham Airport: Quick Shuttle

With the Canadian dollar close to par with the US buck now, Vancouver residents can save a bundle on designer clothes, shoes, housewares and more by making a short trip across the border to the Seattle Premium Outlets in Tulalip Washington (just north of Everett). You can minimize border waits by taking the Quick Shuttle Bus service for approx. $69 or less, return from Vancouver, Richmond or Surrey. Save time by booking online!

Quick Shuttle Bus info:
Daily scheduled service from downtown Vancouver, BC to Seattle Premium Outlets, Downtown Seattle, Bellingham Airport and SeaTac Airport. Reservations required, at least 24 hours in advance.

Quick Shuttle is a Seattle, Vancouver Transportation Service. Quick Shuttle provides bus transportation from Seatac Airport, Downtown Seattle, Tulalip (Seattle Premium Outlets), Bellingham Airport to Vancouver Airport, Downtown Vancouver and Cruise Ship Terminals.

Located next door to the Tulalip Casino, Seattle Premium Outlets has 100 outlet stores including Adidas, Aeropostale, Banana Republic, BCBG, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Coach, Eddie Bauer, Fossil, GAP Outlet, Guess Outlet, J. Crew, Jockey, Levi's / Dockers, L'eggs Hanes Bali Playtex, Lucky Brand, NIKE, PacSun, Ralph Lauren, Restoration Hardware and Tommy Hilfiger.

Canadian residents who have been out of Canada for 24-47 hours can claim $50 in purchases at Canada Customs without duty or taxes; more than 48 hours but less than 7 days, $400 ; and 7 days or more, $750 . If the value of the declaration exceeds the personal exemption, you must pay duty and HST on the remaining value.

If you're looking for a hotel in the area, you can book the Tulalip Resort Hotel using Expedia , or check out the deals in Everett, Lynnwood or Seattle or use Priceline.com to bid on a hotel room in the general area.

Seattle Premium Outlets is about 1.5 hours drive south of the border, just north of Marysville. If you're driving, take the 116th street exit from I5 and follow the signs...



If you prefer to avoid border lineups, online retailers that ship to Canada include JC Penney, Lands End, Altrec and Bare Necessities. You can access their websites from here.

tags: tulalip casino,outlet mall,bus trips,buy bus ticket,seattle,bellingham airport,online,black friday sale

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Bus service between Seattle, Tulalip, YVR, Vancouver

Heading to Seattle but don't like the border delays? You can minimize border waits by taking the  Quick Shuttle Bus service for $74 or less return from Vancouver, YVR, Richmond or Surrey.  

Save an extra 5% by booking online!

Quick Shuttle   Bus info:
Daily scheduled service from downtown Vancouver, BC to Seattle Premium Outlets, Downtown Seattle and SeaTac Airport (SEA). Reservations required, at least 24 hours in advance. 

Quick Shuttle   is a Seattle, Vancouver Transportation Service. Quick Shuttle provides bus transportation from Seatac Airport, Downtown Seattle, Tulalip (Seattle Premium Outlets), Bellingham Airport to Vancouver Airport (YVR), Downtown Vancouver and Cruise Ship Terminals.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bizarre accident at the Dollar Store in Delta BC

Our beloved Dollar Store, Dollarama at Scott Road and Nordel Way was rudely interrupted this afternoon when a "new" SUV driver decided to accelerate in a forward direction instead of a gentle reverse motion.



Fortunately I don't think that anyone was injured, although it could have been much worse.

Trying to think of some funny captions, like "It really is $1 Dollar Plus" or "The 30 minute parking limit doesn't apply if you park in-store".

Any ideas? Please leave a comment!


Friday, April 20, 2012

Vancouver BC Transit History - Streetcars, Trolley Buses, Electric Railway

Here's some fascinating video clips showing streetcars in operation in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster from 1907 to the 1950's:







Not exactly RAPID transit, but I think we could use them back again in many areas. Be sure to check out the restored streetcar operating in Vancouver starting in May 2012, from Olympic Village to Granville Island:


Also check out the amazing book by Chuck Davis, The History of Metropolitan Vancouver:

tags: vancouver streetcar videos,bc electric railway,bc transit history,historical vancouver videos

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Black Bear Captured on Garbage Truck in Downtown Vancouver, BC Canada

On December 12, a black bear was found on a garbage truck in downtown Vancouver, BC, Canada. The bear was tranquilized and helped off the garbage truck by a conservation officer and several Vancouver police officers. Apparently the young bear hitched a ride in North Vancouver before the truck proceeded to downtown Vancouver for another pickup.

Only in Canada! (Courtesy of CBC News Video)



tags: bear, vancouver, funny, police, black bears, video clip

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Canadian online shopping and travel website - discount deals

Visit this new website for online deals on Canadian shopping and travel, free shipping offers and more. Merchants include Amazon Canada, Sears.ca, Expedia, Travelocity and more:

http://www.canada-shopping.ca/

tags: books, dvd, music, clothing, electronics, computers, travel, cheap flights, vacation packages, hotels, vancouver, victoria, calgary, winnipeg, toronto, montreal, halifax canada

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Big fire on Nordel Way at Scott Road destroys apartment building

Here's some pics from the apartment fire Tuesday July 27, 2010 . 8 people were injured and the wood-frame building is basically destroyed. Delta Victim Services is helping out the affected residents. The fire is thought to have started with an electrical problem in a top floor suite...


Tuesday July 27 at 7:00 a.m.




Wednesday July 28 at 8:00 a.m.


Friday, July 23, 2010

Bus service to Tulalip Casino, Seattle Premium Outlets, Downtown Seattle, SeaTac Airport from Vancouver BC

With the Canadian dollar close to par with the US buck now, Vancouverites can save a bundle on designer clothes, shoes, housewares and more by making a short trip across the border to the Seattle Premium Outlets in Tulalip Washington (just north of Everett). You can minimize border waits by taking the Quick Shuttle Bus service for approx. $51 return from Vancouver, Richmond or Surrey. Save an extra 5% by booking online!

Quick Shuttle Bus info:
Daily scheduled service from downtown Vancouver, BC to Seattle Premium Outlets, Downtown Seattle and SeaTac Airport. Reservations required, at least 24 hours in advance.

Quick Shuttle is a Seattle, Vancouver Transportation Service. Quick Shuttle provides bus transportation from Seatac Airport, Downtown Seattle, Tulalip (Seattle Premium Outlets), Bellingham Airport to Vancouver Airport, Downtown Vancouver and Cruise Ship Terminals.

Located next door to the Tulalip Casino, Seattle Premium Outlets has 100 outlet stores including Adidas, Aeropostale, Banana Republic, BCBG, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Coach, Eddie Bauer, Fossil, GAP Outlet, Guess Outlet, J. Crew, Jockey, Levi's / Dockers, L'eggs Hanes Bali Playtex, Lucky Brand, NIKE, PacSun, Ralph Lauren, Restoration Hardware and Tommy Hilfiger.

Canadian residents who have been out of Canada for 24-47 hours can claim $50 in purchases at Canada Customs without duty or taxes; more than 48 hours but less than 7 days, $400 ; and 7 days or more, $750 . If the value of the declaration exceeds the personal exemption, you must pay duty and HST on the remaining value.

If you're looking for a hotel in the area, you can book the Tulalip Resort Hotel using Expedia , or check out the deals in Everett, Lynnwood or Seattle or use Priceline.com to bid on a hotel room in the general area. You can also find some great hotel deals in the area using the Entertainment 2010 Vancouver or Seattle Coupon Book.

Seattle Premium Outlets is about 1.5 hours drive south of the border, just north of Marysville. If you're driving, take the 116th street exit from I5 and follow the signs...



If you prefer to avoid border lineups, online retailers that ship to Canada include JC Penney, Lands End, Altrec and Bare Necessities. You can access their websites from here.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Vancouver 2010 "I Believe" Instrumental Olympic Fanfare


Awesome instrumental version of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games Olympic Fanfare. Here's the Nikki Yanofsky version with vocals:

Grouse Mountain Wind Turbine with cast of the NBC Today Show



Grouse Mountain's The Eye of the Wind is a large wind turbine – so large that you are able to ascend the 20-storey high tower via an elevator contained within its supporting shaft. You exit into a 36-person viewPod atop the tower, suspended directly below the hub of the massive 125-foot (38-metre) long blades. The viewPod is encased in glass, including a segment of the floor. The closest corresponding experience would be flying in the clear Plexiglas nose bubble of a jet helicopter – except this bubble is approximately 30 times larger.

The views from The Eye of the Wind are incredible. All of Vancouver and its busy harbor, the Coastal Mountains (including the twin peaks known as The Lions) and a vast, green wilderness spread out before you.

On a clear day you can see southeast to snow-capped Mount Baker and Mount Rainier and, to the north their sister mountain, Mount Garibaldi. All three are part of the still-volcanic Cascade Range. To the west and the southwest lie Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, the San Juan Islands and the Olympic Mountains.

The view – 360 degrees of it – is spectacular. From here, sunrises and sunsets are more spectacular, as are the mists that seasonally enshroud the city and the silver-gray storms that blow in off the Pacific.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Silver Star Vernon BC Ski Resort Proposed Golf Course and SEWAGE Lagoon



We take you on a tour of the long-awaited Silver Star Mountain Golf Course......a course like no other, sewage included.

Get more info about what's happening at Silver Star Park: http://www.savesilverstarpark.org/


tags: Silver Star Silver Star Provincial Park vernon bc sewage golf course ski Silver Star Silver Star Mountain Resort Sovereign Lake

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Bus service to Tulalip Casino and Seattle Premium Outlets from Vancouver BC

With the Canadian dollar close to par with the US buck now, Vancouverites can save a bundle on designer clothing, shoes, housewares and more by making a short trip across the border to the Seattle Premium Outlets in Tulalip Washington (just north of Everett). You can minimize border waits by taking the Quick Shuttle Bus service for approx. $51 return from Vancouver, Richmond or Surrey. Save an extra 5% by booking online!

Quick Shuttle Bus info:
Daily scheduled service from downtown Vancouver, BC to Seattle Premium Outlets. Reservations required, at least 24 hours in advance.

Quick Shuttle is a Seattle, Vancouver Transportation Service. Quick Shuttle provides bus transportation from Seatac Airport, Downtown Seattle, Tulalip (Seattle Premium Outlets), Bellingham Airport to Vancouver Airport, Downtown Vancouver and Cruise Ship Terminals.

Located next door to the Tulalip Casino, Seattle Premium Outlets has 100 outlet stores including Adidas, Aeropostale, Banana Republic, BCBG, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Coach, Eddie Bauer, Fossil, GAP Outlet, Guess Outlet, J. Crew, Jockey, Levi's / Dockers, L'eggs Hanes Bali Playtex, Lucky Brand, NIKE, PacSun, Ralph Lauren, Restoration Hardware and Tommy Hilfiger.

Canadian residents who have been out of Canada for 24-47 hours can claim $50 in purchases at Canada Customs without duty or taxes; more than 48 hours but less than 7 days, $400 ; and 7 days or more, $750 . If the value of the declaration exceeds the personal exemption, you must pay duty on the remaining value.

If you're looking for a hotel in the area, check out the deals in Everett, Lynnwood or Seattle or use Priceline.com to bid on a hotel room in the general area. You can also find some great hotel deals in the area using the new Entertainment 2010 Vancouver or Seattle Coupon Book.

Seattle Premium Outlets is about 1.5 hours drive south of the border, just north of Marysville. If you're driving, take the 116th street exit from I5 and follow the signs...



If you prefer to avoid border lineups, online retailers that ship to Canada include JC Penney, Lands End, Altrec and Bare Necessities. You can access their websites from here.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Microsoft's Free Antivirus Software - Download link for Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials is a free download from Microsoft that is simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. It’s easy to tell if your PC is secure — when you’re green, you’re good. It’s that simple.

Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want—without interruptions or long computer wait times. It also runs quietly in the background scheduling scans when the PC is most likely idle and interrupting the user only when there is an action required to keep their PC secure. It employs practices like active memory swapping and CPU throttling to limit the impact on your PC performance, even on older or less powerful PCs.

This isn’t a security suite product that provides rich PC tuning capabilities or backs up your data. But if what you’re looking for is “install and forget” malware protection and solid quality Microsoft Security Essentials may be just what you’ve been waiting for.

Recent viruses, trojans and worms to be aware of include

* Trojan:Win32/Small.SD
* Trojan:Win32/Gruwt.A
* Worm:Win32/Pushbot.NN
* PWS:Win32/Yahoopass.H
* Spammer:Win32/Tedroo.AA
* TrojanDownloader:ASX/Wimad.CJ
* Worm:Win32/Nuqel.R
* PWS:Win32/OnLineGames.FY
* PWS:Win32/Yahoopass.A
* Worm:Win32/VB.BN

Download Microsoft's Security Essentials software here

Friday, August 28, 2009

Laptop batteries overheating: Find out recall info for HP, Compaq, Acer notebook and laptop models

An overheated laptop computer left on a couch caused a fire that killed a 56-year-old Vancouver man, the Coroners Service of BC has concluded.

The fire started after the laptop was left on a couch, plugged in and turned on. Because of the lack of ventilation under the laptop, less than an hour later the lithium-ion battery overheated and burst into flames, sparking the fire that eventually killed the man.

The coroner did not release the make of computer involved in the death, but did say several makes of laptops have been recalled in recent years due to problems with lithium-ion batteries overheating and bursting into flames.

Since 2004 in B.C., 4 other laptops have either overheated or short-circuited when left plugged in, causing fires. The death earlier this year, however, was the first in B.C. blamed on a laptop fire, the coroner said in statement.
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HP / Compaq has recalled lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are used with various HP and Compaq notebook computers. Models that can contain a recalled battery include:






HP PavilionCompaq PresarioHPHP Compaq



dv2000
dv2500
dv2700
dv6000
dv6500
dv6700
dv9000
dv9500
dv9700





A900
C700
F700
V3000
V3500
V3700
V6000
V6500
V6700


G6000
G7000
6720s


The notebook model is located at the top of the service label on the bottom of the notebook. Batteries that can be subject to the recall will have one of the following bar code labels (^ in the code can be any letter or number):


62940^^AXV^^^^65033^^B7U^^^^
65033^^B7V^^^^
65033^^BGU^^^^
65035^^B7U^^^^
65035^^B7V^^^^
65035^^BGU^^^^
65035^^BGV^^^^
67059^^V8U^^^^
67059^^V8V^^^^

Sold at: Computer and electronics stores nationwide, hp.com and hpshopping.com from August 2007 through March 2008 for between $500 and $3000. The battery packs were also sold separately for between $100 and $160.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the recalled battery from their notebook computer and contact HP to determine if their battery is included in the recall and to request a free replacement battery. After removing the recalled battery from their notebook computer, consumers may use the AC adapter to power the computer until a replacement battery arrives. Consumers should only use batteries obtained from HP or an authorized reseller.


For information on Acer's laptop battery overheating recall programs, visit here

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Fatal accident in North Delta today - Nordel Way at 116th

click on images for larger view...





Fatal accident this morning at Nordel and 116th involving 2 dump trucks and an SUV. One truck crossed the center line, jumped the sidewalk, crashed through the concrete fence and ended up in someone’s back yard…

One death, 3 serious injuries. . Nordel and 116th closed for at least 10 hours.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Acer Aspire locks up randomly - updating drivers may fix problem

I've been having problems with Windows Vista lately on my ACER Aspire desktop computer - random system lockup that requires a power down and reboot. After researching possible causes and using Microsoft's diagnostic memory test (Control Panel - Administrative Tools) I decided to make sure I had all the latest drivers. Acer's support website ( http://www.acer.ca/acer/service.do ) had updated drivers for the NVidia display adapter as well as new audio and LAN drivers. Installing these updates seems to have fixed the problem as well as sped up overall performance of my system.

I suspect the display driver was the cause of the lockups, but in any case it is worthwhile to check that you have the latest drivers if you're experiencing any mysterious crashes or slow performance. With all the Microsoft updates to Vista, a driver that was compatible a year ago may no longer work properly.

Also, for ACER notebook users, Acer America Corporation in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, is voluntarily offering free replacement of certain lithium-ion battery packs containing cells made by Sony Energy Devices Corporation and used in certain Acer notebook computers. As announced previously by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been 16 reports of notebook batteries overheating. These reports were associated with earlier recalls by other notebook computer manufacturers of batteries containing these Sony cells. These previous reports involved only minor property damage and two minor burns. None of these reports involved batteries in Acer notebook computers.

We encourage you to check to see if your Acer notebook may have one of these battery packs and, if it does, Acer will replace your battery pack for a new one at no cost to you.

The following Acer notebook computer models sold in the United States and Canada may have battery packs affected by this replacement program:

TravelMate™ Series Beginning with: 242x, 320x, 321x, 330x, 422x, 467x, 561x, C20x.

Aspire™ Series Beginning with: 556x, 560x, 567x, 930x, 941x, and 980x.

The battery packs included in this program were sold in the United States and Canada through authorized distributors as part of the identified TravelMate™ and Aspire™ notebook computers. In addition, these battery packs may have also been provided in response to service calls. The affected battery packs were shipped to distributors beginning in May 2004 and may have been sold at retail through November 2006.

tags: acer aspire t180 desktop, locks up, random crashes, drivers, download , battery overheating, free replacement, warranty

Canada Line Vancouver starts today - Free rides on RAV line


Get a free ride on the new RAV Canada Line from Richmond to Vancouver from 1 pm to 9 pm today. 100,000 riders are expected to take advantage of this Translink offer today. Bikes are not permitted on the trains today, but cyclists can leave their bikes with a valet service at Broadway-City Hall, Oakridge-41st Street and Marine Drive .

For more info on Canada Line stations and revised bus connections, visit Translink's website
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Bus connection changes:

South of Fraser Services : Richmond, Delta, Surrey, White Rock

* 311, 351, 352, 354, 601, 602, 603, 604 buses will run more frequently and connect to Canada Line at Bridgeport Station in Richmond instead of travelling to Vancouver.


Vancouver Services

* 3, 10, 15, 17, N15 services will be extended to Marine Drive Station for all trips except the 3, which will serve the station for all trips during weekday peak periods and for every second trip during all other periods.
* 10 service will run more frequently to benefit customers along the Granville corridor.
* 15 will run less often as customers can travel on the Canada Line along the Cambie corridor.
* 17 will no longer serve Marpole Loop.
* 98 B-Line service will be discontinued. Use Canada Line for fastest north-south travel or 10 for local service along Granville.


Airport/Sea Island Services

* Airport Station bus loop will be closed.
* 424 service will be discontinued; use Canada Line to travel to/from the airport.
* N10 NightBus will continue to serve the airport during overnight hours when Canada Line is not operating.
* 100 service will travel west only as far as Marpole Loop. Customers can transfer to Canada Line at Marine Drive Station to travel to the airport.
* 620, C92, C90 services will travel to Bridgeport Station instead of Airport Station.


keywords: vancouver bc, richmond, surrey, delta, white rock, canada line, rav, stations, bikes, stations, bus connections, 301

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Milestones Restaurant Nutrition Information - high sodium, fat, carbs

Looking for a heart attack or stroke in a meal?

Went to Milestones Restaurant for lunch in Burnaby today with the family, and realized later that we each consumed about 5000 mg in sodium (more than double the recommended daily MAXIMUM!). However, the food was very tasty and the service was good.

If you like Milestones, avoid this meal (and a few others):

Shanghai Noodle Vegetable Stirfry. Sounds fairly healthy, but,

Sodium content: 4380 mg

Carbs: 183 gm

Calories: 1160


Good thing it was so hot today we could sweat out some of the sodium.

http://www.milestonesrestaurants.com/assets/files/pdf/nutrition-table.pdf

Funny how they hide that link on their website.

To be fair, most other restaurants are similarly bad nutritionally. It seems that the only option for healthy eating is to make your own meals, or at least order just a salad with a light dressing.

Just wait til the extra 7% BC restaurant tax comes in next year with the "harmonized sales tax".

More incentive to be creative with your home cooking...

The minimum recommended sodium requirement is about 1,500 milligrams (mg) of sodium each day. This is less than 1 teaspoon of table salt. The maximum recommended level of sodium intake is 2,300 mg per day. On average, men consume between 3,100 and 4,700 mg of sodium per day, while women consume between 2,300 and 3,100 mg (due to their lower calorie intake, not because of restricting sodium).

tags: milestones restaurant, coupon, coupons, nutrition, info, sodium, locations, vancouver, burnaby, surrey, nutritional information, discounts, hst bc, harmonized sales tax, ripoff

Friday, June 26, 2009

New Central Valley Greenway bike path: Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster

A new 24-kilometre walking-cycling path opens today (shared with cars for some of the way) . It links Vancouver, Burnaby and New Westminster. That means if you're up for a long ride it is a new way of rolling into town.

TransLink says the Central Valley Greenway intersects about 20 bike routes and connects with 13 SkyTrain stations (indirectly for some of those stations!).

The total price tag is around $25 million. The grand opening of the Central Valley Greenway is Saturday at noon at the Winston Overpass in Burnaby.
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I checked it out today walking from Willingdon to Holdom Skytrain station and was not at all impressed! From behind the Burnaby Costco on Willingdon the path (still under construction) quickly turns into a "bike lane" on Still Creek Ave, followed by confusing signage at Douglas Road. To get to the Holdom Skytrain station from there involves walking along the road, crossing railway tracks, walking on Goring Street (no sidewalks) with lots of trucks. There's an impressive pedestrian overpass at Sperling station, but apparently cyclists/pedestrians still have to share the road along parts of the Still Creek/Burnaby Lake route...

Nice start but could be a heck of a lot better!

tags: bike trails, cycling routes, coquitlam, burnaby, vancouver, bicycle trails, walking paths, cheap commuting

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort Hotel Review and Deals

Just stayed at the luxurious Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort Hotel and Spa in Victoria BC. I've stayed at a number of hotels in Victoria over the years but this is by far the best location and value in my opinion for a luxury hotel in the harbour area.

The views are incredible, there is a seawall right in front of the hotel that goes for miles, and the rooms are very quiet, away from the highway. Spinnaker's Brewpub and Downtown Victoria are an easy walk, or you can hop on one of the mini ferries at the hotel that will get you there even faster.

If you click on the picture below you can see the BC Legislature building, The ivy-covered Fairmont Empress to the left, Undersea Gardens, the Royal BC Museum, the Wax Museum, the COHO ferry that goes 3 times a day to Port Angeles, WA and the local harbor ferries that shuttle passengers around Victoria Harbour.

Click for a larger image:
View from our Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort Hotel Room

The Victoria harbour is constantly a beehive of activity that's always entertaining to watch. Seaplanes come and go regularly in front of the Empress, the Coho ferry and Victoria Clipper make regular trips in and out of the harbour, kayakers are everywhere and the mini ferries that cross the harbour to various destinations make it easy to get around without using a car.

I recommend selecting a Signature Club full-harbour view room at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort Hotel , which also gives you a deluxe continental breakfast in the Signature Lounge and free appies from 5 to 7 in the evening. The 5-star LURE Restaurant in the hotel also gives you an option for fine dining with an incredible view.

Check room rates at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort Hotel

You can get some great hotel rates right now for Victoria so book online here:
Victoria Hotel Deals at Hotels.com

Fairmont Empress Hotel Victoria

Friday, May 29, 2009

BC Ferries Coast Saver Fares to Victoria, Nanaimo - Hotel deals



Cross border shopping: Vancouver, Bellingham , Seattle outlets; Bus service

As of June 1, 2009 Canadians will need a passport, nexus card or enhanced driver's licence plus birth certificate to cross the border into the U.S.

Vancouver area shoppers can save big on certain items by shopping at Bellis Fair in Bellingham or the Seattle Premium Outlets in Tulalip. Outlet stores in Tulalip (just north of Everett, WA) include Adidas, Aeropostale, Banana Republic, BCBG, Calvin Klein, Eddie Bauer, Fossil, GAP, Guess, Jockey, Lucky Brand, NIKE, PacSun, Ralph Lauren, Restoration Hardware and Tommy Hilfiger.


To book your stay online at the luxurious Tulalip Resort Casino Hotel, use the Expedia link on the right for the best rates.

You can minimize border waits by taking the Quick Shuttle Bus service for approx. $51 return from Vancouver, Richmond or Surrey. Save an extra 5% by booking online!

Quick Shuttle Bus info:
Daily scheduled service from downtown Vancouver, BC to Seattle Premium Outlets. Reservations required, at least 24 hours in advance.

Quick Shuttle is a Seattle, Vancouver Transportation Service. Quick Shuttle provides bus transportation from Seatac Airport, Downtown Seattle, Tulalip (Seattle Premium Outlets), Bellingham Airport to Vancouver Airport, Downtown Vancouver and Cruise Ship Terminals.


Canadian residents who have been out of Canada for 24-47 hours can claim $50 in purchases at Canada Customs without duty or taxes; more than 48 hours but less than 7 days, $400 ; and 7 days or more, $750 . If the value of the declaration exceeds the personal exemption, you must pay duty on the remaining value.

If you're looking for a hotel in the area, check out the deals in Everett, Lynnwood or Seattle or use Priceline.com to bid on a hotel room in the general area. You can also find some great hotel deals in the area using the now discounted Entertainment 2010 Vancouver or Seattle Coupon Book. Get more info at Seattle-Deals.blogspot.com

If you prefer to avoid border lineups, online stores that ship to Canada include JC Penney, Lands End, Altrec and Bare Necessities. You can access their websites from here or here.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Vancouver Hotel Deals: Cheap 4 star or 5 star rooms, discounts with Hotwire, Priceline

If you're looking for the best deal on a 4 or 5 star hotel in Vancouver, or anywhere in Canada or the US, visit Hotels-vancouver.blogspot.com. You can name your own price using Priceline, or specify a neighborhood and star rating with Hotwire to get greatly discounted prices and deals on last minute room purchases. Travelocity and Expedia also have some great hotel and flight specials that you can access from there.

tags: fairmont hotel vancouver, waterfront, hyatt regency, sutton place, deals, cheap, 4-star, 5-star, discount, coupon code, travelosity, travellocity, expedia.ca, holiday inn, westin bayshore, pan pacific

Friday, April 24, 2009

JCPenney free US shipping offer and sale

Check out http://free-shipping-deals.blogspot.com/ or http://christmas-store.blogspot.com/ for a current JCPenney free US shipping offer.

If you have a US shipping address (Blaine, Point Roberts, etc.) you can get free shipping on your order. JC Penney has a great sale on bedding, housewares, Levi jeans, Dockers pants, jewelry and watches and lots more, including online outlet items...

JCPenney also ships to Canada for a reasonable price. Find out more at http://northdelta.net/canadaspecials.htm

tags: kitchenaid mixers, relic watches, seiko, levis jeans, docker pants, sale, free shipping, jc penney, canada, canadian, arizona jeans, cuisinart, jackets, shorts, swimwear, lingerie, flexees, shapewear, bali bras, plus size

Friday, April 17, 2009

Unwigged and Unplugged Concert in Vancouver tonight


Harry Shearer, Michael McKean and Christopher Guest talk about their Unwigged and Unplugged Tour, appearing tonight in Vancouver...

Friday, March 27, 2009

How to fix "Invalid Engine Code" error on Lexmark Optra Printers

An Invalid Engine Code error message may mean that your Lexmark printer has lost the stored operating code for the engine board.

What to do

1. If you have not yet done so, try turning the printer off and then back on. Simply resetting the printer may restore it to a working condition.

2. If this does not clear the error, the code on the printer's engine board will need to be rewritten. You can obtain the engine code file from our website and send the file to the printer without having the printer serviced. Before sending the engine code file to the printer, it is helpful to put the printer into "Flash Engine" mode. Do the following:

1. Turn the printer off.
2. Press and hold the Menu, Select, and Return buttons.
3. While holding these buttons down, turn the printer on.
4. When Performing Self Test appears on the printer, release the buttons. The printer screen should now say Invalid Engine Code.

3.

With the printer in "Flash Engine" mode, you can now copy the engine code file to the printer. The method to use depends on how your computer is connected to the printer. A direct parallel connection to the printer from a computer with DOS on it works best. However, you can also send the files to the printer through a direct USB connection or via an FTP connection across a network. Refer to the appropriate link below for instructions.

How to copy engine code via parallel cable
How to copy engine code via a USB connection
How to copy engine code via an FTP session

If copying the engine code to the printer does not clear the error message, the engine/system board will need to be replaced. This will require service to the printer...

Optra firmware engine code authorization:
# Optra S (4059) series: 4059engn
# Optra T610, Optra T612, Optra T614, Optra T616: optrateng
# Lexmark T520, Lexmark T522, Lexmark T620, and Lexmark T622: lextengn
# Lexmark T630, Lexmark T632, Lexmark T634: e551416
# Lexmark W812: eng204

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Allegiant Airlines flights for Canadians: Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Reno, Phoenix, Los Angeles from Bellingham WA

Allegiant Airlines, a no- frills carrier, flies out of Bellingham, Washington to destinations like Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Oakland, Phoenix, Reno, San Diego and San Francisco.

Allegiant recently announced non-stop jet service to Los Angeles (LAX) from Bellingham International Airport beginning May 2/09. Allegiant is celebrating the new service by offering fares as low as $78* one-way to LAX.

One advantage for Vancouver BC area residents is the much lower taxes involved in flying out of Bellingham. Customers can typically save hundreds of dollars and enjoy non-stop direct flights to warm U.S. destinations all year round.

Parking at Bellingham airport is $9 US per day, and is located right next to the terminal.

Allegiant has a few unexpected fees, like a $14 "segment fee", $18 "PFC fee", $10 "security fee", $10 Priority boarding fee, $11 seat selection fee, $27 "convenience fee", and baggage fees ($30 first bag). There's no free food or beverages on board, but snacks and drinks can be purchased from the flight attendants...

Overall the service is cheap, reliable, convenient, and unlike many US flights out of Vancouver, is non-stop to the sunny tourist destinations: Bellingham to Las Vegas, Phoenix or Palm Springs takes about 2.5 hours.

For more info on deals to Las Vegas and Palm Springs through Travelocity, Expedia, Priceline and Hotwire, visit Vegas-bargains.blogspot.com .

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tulalip Outlet Mall, Casino Hotel - Seattle Shopping and Hotel Deals, Bus service from Vancouver BC

British Columbia residents can save a bundle on designer clothing, shoes, housewares and more by making a short trip across the border to the Seattle Premium Outlets in Tulalip Washington (just north of Everett).

You can minimize border waits by taking the Quick Shuttle Bus service for approx. $51 return from Vancouver, Richmond or Surrey. Save an extra 5% by booking online!

Quick Shuttle Bus info:
Daily scheduled service from downtown Vancouver, BC to Seattle Premium Outlets. Reservations required, at least 24 hours in advance.

Quick Shuttle is a Seattle, Vancouver Transportation Service. Quick Shuttle provides bus transportation from Seatac Airport, Downtown Seattle, Tulalip (Seattle Premium Outlets), Bellingham Airport to Vancouver Airport, Downtown Vancouver and Cruise Ship Terminals.

Located next door to the Tulalip Casino, Seattle Premium Outlets has 100 outlet stores including Adidas, Aeropostale, Banana Republic, BCBG, Calvin Klein, Eddie Bauer, Fossil, GAP, Guess, Lucky Brand, NIKE, Pac Sun, Ralph Lauren, Restoration Hardware and Tommy Hilfiger.


To book your stay online at the luxurious Tulalip Resort Casino Hotel, use the Expedia link on the right for the best rates.

Canadian residents who have been out of Canada for 24-47 hours can claim $50 in purchases at Canada Customs without duty or taxes; more than 48 hours but less than 7 days, $400 ; and 7 days or more, $750 . If the value of the declaration exceeds the personal exemption, you must pay duty on the remaining value.

If you're looking for a hotel in the area, check out the deals in Everett, Lynnwood or Seattle or use Priceline.com to bid on a hotel room in the general area. You can also find some great hotel deals in the area using the now discounted Entertainment 2010 Vancouver or Seattle Coupon Book. Get more info at Seattle-Deals.blogspot.com

If you prefer to avoid border lineups, online stores that ship to Canada include JC Penney, Lands End, Altrec and Bare Necessities. You can access their websites from here or here.

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Monday, February 02, 2009

388 Translink new bus service from Walnut Grove, Langley, Surrey, North Delta, 22nd Street Skytrain

There's a great new bus route from Translink / Coast Mountain Bus Service that runs from Walnut Grove in Langley along 88th avenue through Surrey, Nordel Way through North Delta, over the Alex Fraser and Queensborough bridges to 22nd Street Skytrain station. It runs every half hour in both directions in the morning and afternoon rush hours, Monday to Friday.

Very few riders have tried the 388 route so far, but it can actually be faster than driving your car, thanks to the special bus lanes that allow it to bypass long bridge lineups. On most days the trip from Scott Road and Nordel to 22nd street station takes only about 15 minutes!

Check out the 388 bus schedule at Translink's website .

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Pattullo Bridge Fire Damage Sunday January 18: Bridge Closed

YouTube videos of Pattullo Bridge fire January 18:




A fire on the Pattullo Bridge early today will have it shut down in both directions for at least 4 weeks.

The blaze began around 3am.

The wooden beams under the bridge deck caught on fire and then spread to the actual bridge itself.

Inspector Derren Lench with Surrey RCMP says there were cars on the bridge when the fire broke out.

"Upon arrival they found flames that were coming up onto the south end of the Pattullo Bridge from both sides of the bridge deck. There was traffic found on the bridge, I think there was a bus actually stopped right in the location of the fire and some other vehicles."

Ken Hardie with TransLink says the span will remain closed until structural engineers can do a thorough assessment.

" We have damage assessments such that they don't feel safe letting the bridge open. We're going to take a look at those timbers to see what are our options are."

What started the fire has not yet been determined, however investigators are treating the fire as suspicious.

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