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HMCS Winnipeg in Vancouver Harbour and Cactus Club Patio Party

July 1 and July 5, 2008

By Catherine "Cat" Barr

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Rear-Admiral T.H.W. Pile, Commander of the Maritime Forces Pacific, really knows how to celebrate Canada Day. And he should, given that he and his crew have the best party location in town aboard the prestigious HMCS Winnipeg. Anchoring just off the pier at Canada Place, the ship sailed into town for the holiday celebrations. Invited VIPs were treated to first class food and libations before watching the Canada Day fireworks from one of the best viewpoints in town. A big salute to everyone aboard for making it a very special night to remember. Also, summer patio celebrations got underway all across town. The gang at Cactus Club Cafe in Yaletown got things rolling with a patio party that featured items from Chef Rob Feenie's menu, and live DJ music that lasted well into the night.

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cactus_club_patio-5447 DJs Sherry Friesen and Ryan Hoyle spin the tunes on the patio at Cactus Club.
cactus_club_patio-5448 Cactus Club managers Dan Wensveen, left, and Casey Mackay cuddle up to server Heather Scott at the patio party.
cactus_club_patio-5450 New parents Heidi and Larry Rahn enjoy a night out on the patio at Cactus Club's summer soiree.
cactus_club_patio-5451 Gal pals Lillian Gagnon, left, and Isabella Morrell sip wine and dine on appetizers at Cactus Club's patio party.
hmcs_winnipeg-5438 Scott O'Brien and Karen Sawarna make the A-list guest list aboard the HMCS Winnipeg.
hmcs_winnipeg-5439 Lieutenant-Commander Kris Phillips, who works at the Canadian National Defence Public Affairs Office, and wife Cynthia Larue enjoy Canada Day aboard the HMCS Winnipeg.
hmcs_winnipeg-5442 Pilot Mark Zwanski celebrates the sunset aboard the HMCS Winnipeg with invited guests Johneen McElroy, left, and Shawnnova Funk.
hmcs_winnipeg-5443 Vancouver actress Catherine Lough Haggquist finds herself in an enviable position between Petty Officer Doug Cahoon, left, and First Corporal Kevin Wallace on board the HMCS Winnipeg.
hmcs_winnipeg-5444 Holt Renfrew senior manager Carla Stef and husband Ken have front row seats aboard the HMCS Winnipeg for the fireworks.
hmcs_winnipeg-5446  There's just something about a man in uniform - wink. A big thanks to all the officers and gentlemen aboard the HMCS Winnipeg who helped put on a Canada Day celebration like no other.



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