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TransLink takes you to BC Uncorked

Metro Vancouver is over flowing with amazing places to go and things to see and do.

TransLink takes you to 9 (or more) epic hikes, to at least 7 drool worthy pie shops, to your favourite slop-side destinations and now BC Uncorked!

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Join us for TransLink’s first Open Board Meeting of the year – March 22, 2019

TransLink Open Board Meeting

TransLink’s quarterly board meetings are open to the public and you’re invited to attend the first meeting of the year taking place next week.

If you have an interest in getting to know the ins and outs of how TransLink works, this is the meeting for you! Get a behind-the-scenes look at TransLink’s mandate, responsibilities, budget and more! Read more »

Enter to win tickets to watch the HSBC Canada Sevens

Canada Sevens

HSBC Canada Sevens isn’t just a celebration of sport, it’s the ultimate costume party! Annually, fans don their ‘fanciest’ attire from chicken to egg and everything in between. Come for the costumes, stay for the game!

This year, we’ve teamed up with HSBC Canada Sevens to give away a pair of tickets to watch the the game along with two Compass Wristbands, each loaded with a DayPass to get you there!

How to enter for a chance to win:

  • Comment below telling us who you’d take with you to the watch the HSBC Canada Sevens and how you’d get there using transit (1 entry)
  • Follow @TransLink and @CanadaSevens on Instagram, like this post, and tag three friends who would love to win. Comment below letting us know you did. (1 entry)
  • Like TransLink on Facebook, and leave a comment below letting us know you did. (1 entry)
  • Follow @TransLink and @CanadaSevens on Twitter, and tweet the following: (1 entry) Enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to watch the #sofancy7s in #Vancouver, courtesy of @TransLink and @CanadaSevens https://buzzer.translink.ca/?p=55122

This means if you do all four actions, you’ll leave four comments below. Don’t forget to make sure your social media accounts are public so we can see your entry!

Grab the official contest terms and conditions here, and the quick lowdown here:

This contest is for two tickets to watch the HSBC Canada Sevens along with two Compass Wristbands, each loaded with a DayPass.

All entries must be received by 9 a.m. on Friday, March 8, 2019. Late entries will not be considered.
One entry per method, per person — that means you can enter up to four times in total for this giveaway.
Winner will be contacted via the email provided in the comments below.

Take transit to the HSBC Canada Sevens

HSBC Canada Sevens are played at Rogers Arena, conveniently located steps away from Stadium–Chinatown Station, a stop on SkyTrain’s Expo Line. Use our Trip Planner to find your transit route!

New to taking transit?

Watch the video below, or read our Rider Guide, and check out Transit 101!

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Best breakfast in Metro Vancouver near transit

breakfast spots in Metro Vancouver near transit

The Buzzer blog lists some spots that serve delicious and hearty breakfast

Warm buttery pancakes, steaming hot cups, a cheesy and creamy omelette – you get the gist! Today, on The Buzzer blog, we’re talking breakfast, baby!

And now that it’s a bit chilly, weekends (and even weekday mornings) are best spent eating a wholesome and healthy breakfast to your heart’s content!

Hungry yet? We are too, so let’s get this one rollin’, shall we?

Note: Restaurant timings, locations, and prices may be subject to change. Check each restaurant’s website for exact details. 

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Enter to win tickets to watch the bronze or gold medal game at the 2019 World Juniors!

 

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“You miss 100 per cent of the shots you don’t take.” —Wayne Gretzky

Take your shot — enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to either the bronze or gold medal game at the 2019 World Juniors in Vancouver on January 5! Games will be randomly awarded. Read more »

We’ve teamed up with the IIHF World Junior Championship: win tickets!

Take Transit to the World Juniors

Canada’s set to defend their gold medal at this year’s IIHF World Junior Championship taking place in Vancouver (and Victoria) from December 26, 2018 – January 5, 2019. We’re thrilled to team up with the IIHF World Juniors Hockey Championship to help move volunteers, fans, and visitors during its week-and-a-half run.

Win tickets

Missed getting your tickets to this sold-out tournament or didn’t win any tickets the first time around? You’ve still got a chance to go! Thanks to our partnership with the World Juniors Hockey Championship, we have multiple pairs of tickets to take you to a relegation, quarterfinal or semifinal game! You read that right! Keep reading to find out how you can win! (Psst… you’ll want to stay tuned for chances to win tickets to the medal games for an EPIC night out.)

How to enter for a chance to win:

  • Comment below telling us who you’d take with you to the World Juniors and how you’d get there using transit (1 entry)
  • Follow @TransLinkBC on Instagram, like our post, and tag three friends who would love to win. Comment below letting us know you did. (1 entry)
  • Like TransLink on Facebook, and leave a comment below letting us know you did. (1 entry)
  • Follow @TransLink on Twitter, and tweet the following: (1 entry) Enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to watch the #WorldJuniors in #Vancouver, courtesy of @TransLink and @HockeyCanada https://buzzer.translink.ca/?p=55074

This means if you do all four actions, you’ll leave four comments below. Don’t forget to make sure your social media accounts are public so we can see your entry.

 

The rules:

Check out the official contest terms and conditions, but here’s the lowdown:

  • The contest for preliminary games will open on Saturday, December 22, 2018 and all entries must be received by 11:59 a.m. on Friday, December 28, 2018. Late entries will not be considered.
  • One entry per method, per person — that means you can enter up to four times in total for this giveaway.
  • We’ll announce the winners from a random draw on the blog and contact you via the email provided in the comments.

Take transit to the World Juniors

The Vancouver games are being played at Rogers Arena, conveniently located steps away from the Stadium–Chinatown Station, a stop on the SkyTrain’s Expo Line. Use our Trip Planner to find your transit route!

Watching games in Victoria? Take the SkyTrain’s Canada Line to Bridgeport Station and the 620 Tsawwassen Ferry bus will connect you to the terminal where you’ll catch the Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay ferry to Victoria. At Swartz Bay, you’ll want to take the 72 Downtown bus to Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Note: separate fares apply for the ferry and the 72 bus.

New to taking transit?

Watch the video below, or read our Rider Guide, and check out Transit 101!

 

Good Luck!

Author: Sarah Kertcher

Canada set to defend gold at 2019 World Juniors: win tickets and take transit

On December 26, Vancouver (and Victoria) will welcome the world – the World Juniors, that is! The 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship is in its 43rd year and will run until January 5, 2019. TransLink is proud to partner with the World Juniors Hockey Championship to help move volunteers, fans and visitors during its week-and-a-half run.

Win tickets

If you haven’t snagged your tickets to the sold-out tournament, here’s your chance! Thanks to World Juniors Hockey Championship, we have pairs of tickets to the preliminary games in Vancouver to give away to our customers. You read that right! (Psst… you’ll want to stay tuned for chances to win tickets to the elimination and medal games.)

How to enter for a chance to win:

  • Comment below telling us who you’d take with you to the World Juniors and how you’d get there using transit (1 entry)
  • Follow @TransLinkBC on Instagram, like this post, and tag three friends who would love to win. Comment below letting us know you did. (1 entry)
  • Like TransLink on Facebook, and leave a comment below letting us know you did. (1 entry)
  • Follow @TransLink on Twitter, and tweet the following: (1 entry) Enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to watch the #WorldJuniors in #Vancouver, courtesy of @TransLink and @HockeyCanada https://buzzer.translink.ca/?p=55011

This means if you do all four actions, you’ll leave four comments below. Don’t forget to make sure your social media accounts are public so we can see your entry.

World Juniors Hockey

The rules:

Check out the official contest terms and conditions, but here’s the lowdown:

  • The contest for preliminary games will open on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 and all entries must be received by 11:59 a.m. on Friday, December 21, 2018. Late entries will not be considered.
  • One entry per method, per person — that means you can enter up to four times in total for this giveaway.
  • We’ll announce the winners from a random draw on the blog and contact you via the email provided in the comments.

At last year’s tournament in Buffalo, New York, Canada defeated Sweden 3-1 to win their first gold medal since 2015. Now they’re back to defend the gold on home soil.

For Vancouver Canucks fans, there will be a familiar name in net for Canada as Canucks prospect Michael DiPietro is the projected number one. Other Canucks suiting up in the tournament will be defenceman Quinn Hughes — the team’s 7th overall pick in 2018 — who will represent the United States, and Toni Utunen, another 2018 pick, will play for Finland.

Take transit to the World Juniors

The Vancouver games are being played at Rogers Arena, conveniently located steps away from Stadium–Chinatown Station, a stop on SkyTrain’s Expo Line. Use our Trip Planner to find your transit route!

Watching games in Victoria? Take the SkyTrain’s Canada Line to Bridgeport Station and the 620 Tsawwassen Ferry bus will connect you to the terminal where you’ll catch the Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay ferry to Victoria. At Swartz Bay, you’ll want to take the 72 Downtown bus to Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. Note: separate fares apply for the ferry and the 72 bus.

New to taking transit?

Watch the video below, or read our Rider Guide, and check out Transit 101!


Author: Allen Tung

Choo-choo-choose the West Coast Express Santa train this holiday season!

West Coast Express Santa Train

The Santa Train departs Mission City at 10 a.m.

The West Coast Express Santa Train is back on track again, benefiting community toy bureaus! It’s a great kick-off to the holiday season and such a worthy cause.

Please bring your entire family and invite all your friends on Saturday, Dec. 8 and 15, and help make Christmas brighter for kids in your community! Read more »

Join us for TransLink’s last Open Board Meeting of the year – December 6, 2018

TransLink Open Board Meeting

TransLink’s quarterly board meetings are open to the public and you’re invited to attend the last meeting of the year taking place next week.

If you have an interest in getting to know the ins and outs of how TransLink works, this is the meeting for you! Get a behind-the-scenes look at TransLink’s mandate, responsibilities, budget and more! Read more »

Transit-friendly Christmas activities in Metro Vancouver this weekend

A round of Santa-plause because The Buzzer blog is back with some cool things to do this weekend – all of which are transit-friendly! We take you from Vancouver to Surrey, from New West to Langley – because, Xmas has us feeling extra santa-mental!

Read on, you snow the drill!

Note: Event timings, locations, and prices may be subject to change. Check each event’s website for exact details. 

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Donate a blanket! Drive on the Line is back and needs YOUR help

Gregory Ould heads BlanketBC and his kids volunteer to help collect blankets for those in need

When Gregory Ould offered a blanket to a homeless man back in 2005, he didn’t realize he was about to change his life’s focus.

Ould is the co-founder, along with his son Ben, of BlanketBC Society, an organization based in Mission that collects and distributes blankets to those in need.

Ould is a Canada Line Attendant and his organization has collected over 400,000 blankets to date!

This year, BlanketBC’s ‘Drive on the Line’ celebrates 10 years of changing lives and bringing warmth to people blanket by blanket.

North America’s largest blanket drive, this two-day donation initiative involves over 175 blanketeers ranging from individuals to families to corporate and sporting teams.

These volunteers collect blankets from our customers and the public at eight stations from downtown Vancouver to Richmond.

If you’d like to donate, you can head to:

  • Waterfront Station
  • Yaletown/Roundhouse
  • Vancouver City
  • Broadway/City Hall
  • Oakridge/41st
  • Marine Drive
  • Bridgeport, and
  • Lansdowne

Donations accepted are: socks, scarves, mittens, toques, and of course – blankets. All donated items are divided up and distributed to over 100 shelter programs and organizations that work directly with society’s most impoverished individuals and families throughout Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island.

BlanketBC requests that you ensure the items you donate are clean.

Last year’s blanket drive successfully collected over 6200 blankets, 1200 articles of clothing and over $7600! Every year, the goal is to collect over 10,000 blankets.

For more information, or to volunteer, please visit the BlanketBC website, or contact Gregory Ould.

Author: Tanushree Pillai

Transit-friendly fantastic Phở and more places in Metro Vancouver

Did you know there are two styles of Phở?

A piping hot bowl of Phở sounds quintessential of rainy Vancouver evenings, or rather late nights. This simple beef noodle soup – traditionally, but you can also get different kinds of stock – from Vietnam has come to be its most-prized culinary assets.

In fact, this humble dish even had Vietnamese poet Tu Mo wax eloquent about it in his poem, ‘An Ode to Phở’. This flavoursome mix of beef bones, charred onion and ginger, spices that include star anise, cinnamon, cloves, black cardamom and coriander – all used to make the slow-cooked broth that defines Phở – is the epitome of egalitarianism. The Phở brings the rich and poor together. Period.

Did you know there are two styles of Phở?  Phở bac, which is Phở from the northern regions of Vietnam, is made quite differently from how Phở is prepared in southern Vietnam (Phở Sài Gòn). The northern-style broth is traditional and simple with wider noodles, while the one from the south is somewhat sweeter, with lots of herbs, and even hoisin and chilli sauce. An important takeaway – not all Vietnamese-noodle-in-hot-broth-in-a-bowl dishes are Phở!

And since Metro Vancouver has so many fantastic Phở and more places, we thought we’d list some of those that are easily accessible by transit. Why? Because, we love all things transit, and we sure love us some Phở – Phở-real!

Let us know in the comments below which one is your favourite Vietnamese restaurant!

Note: Restaurant timings, locations, and prices may be subject to change. Check each restaurant’s website for exact details. 

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Transit-friendly weekend Halloween jaunts that’ll haunt!

Happy Haunting, ghoulfriends!

Costume parties, haunted houses, jack-o’-lanterns – you get the gist! Halloween is next week, and you are probably out hunting for that spooktacular costume.

If you’re wondering what Halloween-related events to go to this weekend, you came to the right place. The Buzzer blog is pumped to bring you this list of action-packed events, haunted houses, and all other spooky things in between!

Eat, drink, and be scary!

Note: Event timings, locations, and prices may be subject to change. Check each event’s website for exact details. 

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Transit-friendly things to do in Metro Vancouver this weekend

This weekend’s guide is for activities across Metro Vancouver

The best day of the week is here, and The Buzzer blog is back with its guide for things you can do this weekend in Metro Vancouver!

Don’t have plans and want so? The Buzzer has your back!

Read on to find out what exciting things you can do this weekend that are accessible by transit. The best part? We tell you how to get there!

Note: Event timings, locations, and prices may be subject to change. Check each event’s website for exact details. 

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South of the Fraser: transit-friendly things to do this Thanksgiving weekend

This week, go to the South of the Fraser for events on the Thanksgiving weekend

Pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and gravy – ‘tis the season to be stuffed! Thanksgiving is this weekend, and we thought we’d help you decide what to do and where to go. A lot of the feedback you give is about things to do outside of Vancouver – Surrey, Delta, Langley, and Richmond.

So, this time, The Buzzer blog is pumped to help you carve out some fun South of the Fraser this weekend! Orange you pumped?!

Note: Event timings, locations, and prices may be subject to change. Check each event’s website for exact details. 

Monday, Oct 8 is Thanksgiving Day! Bus, SkyTrain & SeaBus services will operate on a Sunday/holiday schedule. Holiday fares will be in effect, you only need a one-zone fare to travel across all zones! West Coast Express will not operate. http://ow.ly/BPrj30lAPOO

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