A Family-Friendly BC Day

  • We can thank our neighbours to the East for this extra holiday, coming up Monday, August 1st. The first Monday in August was designated a holiday in celebration of Alberta’s diverse cultural heritage, and it spread across the country in honour of each province. We love the excuse to round up the family, get outdoors, and explore everything our beautiful home has to offer.

    Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market

    The Ninth Annual market is on 10:00am til 3:00pm, rain or shine, Sunday, July 31st. Held in the Steveston Community Centre parking lot of Moncton Street, expect a mix of local vendors with food and handcrafted products. Come for the market, but stay for a full day of delicious food like fresh fish at Pajos and handmade mini donuts at the Outpost, or the best latte in the lower mainland at the Steveston Coffee Co. There’s even an old-fashioned candy shop for the kids, young and young at heart.

    Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

    Get your Saturday or Monday night tickets for this enchanting musical here. Presented by Vancouver’s not-for-profit Theater Under The Stars at the historic Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park, Beauty and the Beast is a magical experience, famed for being Disney’s first film to take to the stage. Get lost in the Academy Award-winning music of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, in one of Vancouver’s most beautiful, natural settings.

    Spanish Banks

    Pack up the whole family, dog included for a day –or two– at the Spanish Banks. This expanse of beach along Northwest Marine Dr is composed of three sections featuring eight volleyball courts, concessions, a designated dog beach, picnic tables, green space, and of course, some of Vancouver’s best beaches that are lifeguard-monitored and BBQ friendly. At low tide, the water is 1km off shore, perfect for beachcombing and sand castles. The free parking doesn’t hurt!

    Hop On, Hop Off

    See Vancouver, San Fran-style with Vancouver Trolley Company’s sightseeing tour. The live commentary gives you a history of our fair city, with 33 stops to choose from and a free walking tour of Granville Island to learn about its industrial past. Combo with evening tours to see the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain.

    Maplewood Farms

    Since 1975, this North Shore institution has welcomed families to its five acres of farmland. With over 200 domestic and friendly farm animals and birds, Maplewood offers a variety of experiences from milking demonstrations to feeding possibilities for chickens, ducks, and bunnies. There are numerous picnic tables on the grounds, so feel free to bring along a picnic and make a day of it!

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