Things to Do in Vancouver: Finding Fun Things to Do in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Special Events for July 2012
Dates may change, or events may be cancelled. Please confirm dates, times, and other particulars before attending by calling phone number and checking website listed.
 
Does your organization, club, or business have a family friendly event planned? For your free listing, send particulars to Kelmar.

 

July 1, 2012
Salmon Festival Craft Fair. Great shopping selection to choose from. 50 vendors offer a unique selection of items including, soaps, postcards, jewelry, garden art, wood-crafted items, baked goods, cooking salts and much more. Steveston Community Centre. For more information visit https://stevestonsalmonfest.ca

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July 1, 2012
North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations at Waterfront Park. he Rotary Club of Lions Gate presents the North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations at Waterfront Park from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 1st. This is a free, family event featuring live multicultural entertainment, balloon artists, free activities for the whole family, and free cupcakes (while supplies last). For more information, please visit www.nothvancanadaday.com

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July 1, 2012
8th Annual Canada Day Celebration. Join us Canada Day in Clark Park for the 8th Annual Canada Day Celebration! This event will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. between East 14th and 15th Avenues and Maddam Street in Clark Park. Attractions include: Game Booths, Prizes, Fire Truck Tour, PONY RIDES, Inflatables, Hot Dogs and Beverages. As in previous years, this is a family-friendly FREE day put on by Praise International Church for the neighborhood. Leave your wallets at home and join us for this volunteer-driven event! Please call us at 604-876-5141 for more information.

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July 1, 2012
Celebrate Canada Day in the heart of Vancouver!  On Sunday July 1, 2012 at 7:00pm, the 4th Annual Canada Day Parade in Downtown Vancouver will bring communities together to commemorate our nation’s birthday and to celebrate the greatest country in the world. The 4th Annual Canada Day Parade runs from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
The parade begins at Georgia & Broughton Streets. Heads east to Granville Street, proceeding north down Granville Street with dispersal at Hastings Street.
Canada Day at Canada Place:
10:00 AM to 6:00PM - Canada Day at Canada Place
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM- 4th Annual Canada Day Parade
10:30 PM - The Burrard Inlet Fireworks Show Presented by the Burrard Inlet Fireworks Society in partnership with Canada Place and with support from the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Celebrate Canada Committee for BC, this free community celebration will recognize diversity, multiculturalism, strength, freedom and the bonds that connect all Canadians.

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July 1, 2012
Canada Day - Fort Langley. Celebrate Canada Day at the very place our province was born. Get a piece of the action with barrel races, tug-of-war contest, and cake of course. Watch the Citizenship ceremony and wish Canada a Happy 145th Birthday with multicultural music, cake and family activities. Free admission. http://www.pc.gc.ca/fortlangley

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July 1, 2012
Canada Day At Granville Island. Get your flags ready! Canada Day is on its way again and as always we'll be throwing the best party in the city. With free jazz performances courtesy of Coastal Jazz & Blues Society, face painting, roving characters, tattoos, a parade and more, this is a birthday bash that everyone can enjoy. We'll be posting all the event details on the website soon, so stay tuned and make sure you save the date; July 1st on Granville Island is an event you don't want to miss! http://www.granvilleisland.com/event/canada-day-celebration

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July 1, 2012
Steveston Salmon Festival. The people of Steveston have come together every year since 1945 to celebrate Canada's birthday & the rich heritage of our community. The day begins with a parade through historic Steveston village. After the official opening, the stage bursts with great entertainment all afternoon. Festival highlights include attractions such as the Japanese Cultural Show, Craft Fair, Trade Show, an awesome Children's Festival, Funtastic Inflatables & Mini Midway, Martial Arts Demonstrations, Youth Rock Fest, Food Fair plus an Art Show & Exhibit. The main attraction is our famous salmon barbecue where over 1200 pounds of wild salmon fillets are grilled over open fire pits. http://www.stevestonsalmonfest.ca

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July 1, 2012
Coast Capital Savings and City of Surrey are proud to present Surrey Canada Day 2012. This event has grown to become the largest Canada Day celebration in Western Canada with attendance last year surpassing 100,000 people. The event features world class entertainment, great food and endless family fun (including games and amusement rides), all capped with a Spectacular fireworks finale. This year’s main stage presented by Chevron boasts another stellar line-up featuring headlining Canadian rock icon, Sam Roberts Band and Vancouver rising star, Hannah Georgas for an amazing evening of music. Sam Roberts is a six-time Juno award winner whose debut album became one of the best selling independent releases in Canadian music history. His impressive string of hits includes “Brother Down,” “Don’t Walk Away Eileen” and “Where Have All the Good People Gone.” Surrey Canada Day will take place Sunday July 1st at the Cloverdale Millennium Amphitheatre located 176th Street & 64th Avenue. The concert is free to the public and gates open at 10:00 am with the fireworks show slated for 10:15 pm.

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July 1, 2012
Celebrate Canada Day with a free, fun, family event at the Langley Centennial Museum in Fort Langley, 9135 King Street. Events and activities, including crafts, scavenger hunts, colouring contests, face painting, a balloon artist, and old fashioned games and races, run Sunday, July 1 from 11am – 3pm, and will include performances and workshops. New this year is the One Can Arts Festival, which is an exhibition and sale of local visual arts and crafts. The event will also have photo booth that will capture, and instantly print, your 2012 Canada Day memories. 604.532.3536.

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July 1, 2012
Hand over the maple syrup, yoga pants, and your toque--let's laugh about being Canadian, eh? Join the Vancouver TheatreSports League’s Rookie Night – Canada Day edition, where young Canadian improvisers crack you up, Canadian style! Watch as hilarious situations unfold in the midst of the Rockies, about our favourite lumberjack, or even a scene on poutine. Bring your friends and laugh about all things Canada on Canada Day! Show is at 7:30 pm. Cost: $8. www.vtsl.com

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July 1 - 7, 2012
BC Bike Race. BC Bike Race is a seven day mountain bike adventure that takes 500+ international participants from Vancouver to Vancouver Island, down the Sunshine Coast & via Squamish to finish in Whistler. In its 6th year, the BC Bike Race has become a cultural phenomenon in the cycling world & is often referred to as 'The Best Week of My Life' by participants. Whether you are a world champion or an adventure enthusiast, this is far more than a race. It's a tour of BC's West Coast-the trails, the towns, the lifestyle. Largest multi-day mountain bike race in the western hemisphere; most mountain bike singletrack in the world. http://www.bcbikerace.com

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July 1 to September 1, 2012
Curious - Royal BC Musuem at Wing Sang in Vancouver. Royal BC Museum at Wing Sang displays world-class exhibitions transported to Vancouver from the museum in Victoria. Experience the Royal BC Museum in the heart of Chinatown and enjoy the rich human and natural history of BC, displayed for the first time in Vancouver’s historic Wing Sang building. The modern galleries of the Royal BC Museum at Wing Sang are the perfect setting for visitors to discover and share some of our most popular exhibitions. The exhibition “Curious” is made up of 4 parts: Intimate Glimpses, Artifact|Artifiction, Magic Lantern and Bottled Beauty. Each is built around unique items and stories from the 125-year-old provincial museum and archives, based in Victoria.

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July 1 - September 2, 2012
SUMMERFEST 2012 at Lonsdale Quay Market will run from Saturday June 30th, to Sunday September 2nd. Join us every weekend, as we celebrate local talent with some of BC’s hottest musicians and dancers. Dance demos and lessons, concerts featuring local artists, holiday weekend festivities, and children’s activities, make SummerFest an event you won’t want to miss! Lonsdale Quay Market’s SummerFest event has always been a supporter of local talent, and proud to showcase artists from within our community. This year we are very excited to partner with 100.5 The PEAK, to bring a lineup of musicians to the SummerFest stage that are all BC-bred alumni from The PEAK Performance Project!

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July 3 - 6, 2012
Mask Creation and Exploration Class: July 3-6, 9am-12pm. In this interdisciplinary course for youth ages 12 to 14, create your own character mask with plaster then bring it to life! Stretch your imagination to play and explore characters of your own creation. You will develop a stronger awareness of your own physicality and that of the characters you create. Call today to register. Teacher: Amy Feld. Place des Arts | www.placedesarts.ca  604.664.1636 Ext. 29 | klancaster@placedesarts.ca

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July 3 to August 23, 2012
Nature Day Camps. Come to Burnaby Lake this summer for wildlife theme camps on Tuesdays and Thursdays for children ages 6-12! We'll have games, activities, and a take-home craft that actually helps wildlife such as a bird box or mini habitat garden! Wildlife Rescue Association of BC, 604-526-2747, educate@wildliferescue.ca

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July 3 to August 24, 2012
Young Explorers Summer Camp. Send your child on an adventure exploring nature and biodiversity. Campers spend a week learning about the natural world through participating in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities and games with new friends. Children will explore our 44.5- hectare (110 acre) botanical garden and will also discover other amazing sites on the UBC campus including the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Nitobe Memorial Garden, UBC Farm and UBC Aquatic Centre. Young Explorers Summer Day Camp is for children aged 7-11. Older and younger children learn side by side in our age-integrated camp. Participants benefit from contributing and learning together though different activities and challenges that can be customized to individual campers needs. The camp accommodates a maximum of 30 children per week with a 1:10 staff-to-camper ratio. www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/summer-camps

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July 5 - 15, 2012
Indian Summer Festival.  Indian Summer Festival 2012 heats up Vancouver from July 5 to 15, 2012 at the Woodward's Complex, SFU. International performers share the stage with Canadian counterparts across music, dance, literature, film, yoga and cuisine, including a culinary tour of India with Vancouver's celebrity chef Vikram Vij. Tickets from $5 to $300. Plus FREE public events including cult classic film screenings and Bollywood & Bhangra dance classes. Info and tickets: www.indiansummerfestival.ca

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July 5 to September 16, 2012
Free watershed tours. Want to find out where our water comes from? Take a tour and see what makes our water mountain fresh and world class. Metro Vancouver manages three closed watersheds to provide 2.3 million residents with a clean, reliable supply of drinking water. Every summer, we open the Capilano and Coquitlam Watersheds to the public by hosting watershed bus and walking tours. Advanced registration required, call 604-432-6430 or email toursreg@metrovancouver.org. http://www.metrovancouver.org/CIO-Summer2012.pdf

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July 6 - 8, 2012
Tour de Delta. Tour de Delta July 6, 7, 8, 2012 3 days of Fast Free Family fun! July 6 MK Delta Criterium 6:30pm North Delta July 7 Brenco Criterium 5:15pm - Ladner Village July 8 White Spot Road Race 9am Tsawwassen Kids are invited to warm up the course for the Pros! July 6 5:45pm and July 7 4:30pm Pre-register for this free event at www.deltareg.ca www.tourdedelta.com - mark this weekend on your calendar!

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July 6 - 8, 2012
Gold, Gemstones and Geology Weekend - Kumsheen Rafting Resort. Always changing, the Thompson River is the most exciting way to discover the geologic vagaries that have evolved since the last ice age. Punctuated by many landslides that blocked the river (one buried a village and its people alive), the river also exposed gemstones that are looking for attention. You'll enjoy this exceptional two-day voyage of discovery down the Thompson River, and you may even go home with some gemstones or flakes of gold. http://www.kumsheen.com/naturalist

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July 7, 2012
MEC Paddlefest Vancouver. MEC Paddlefest is an urban celebration of all things paddlesport related. Whether you're a beginner who's never been in a boat, or an expert paddler looking to fine-tune your skills, there are plenty of learning opportunities both on water & on land. Come make a splash with us on July 7, 2012 at the Jericho Sailing Centre. http://www.mec.ca

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July 7, 2012
Quattro Street Fair. Quattro Street Fair (formerly Q-Fest) is a free admission community event
with music, games, activities, food and craft vendors, North Surrey LionsBBQ and Cinemazoo. Everyone is welcome to attend! 11AM to 4PM, Where: 107A Ave and Whalley BLVD, Surrey.

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July 7 - 8, 2012
Exotic Reptile Show. Drop in to see this reptile show with snakes, lizards and geckos presented by the West Coast Society for the Protection and Conservation of Reptiles. This is a great opportunity to talk with the people who know reptiles best. Richmond Nature Park, Phone: 604-718-6188 or Visit http://www.richmondnatureparksociety.ca/

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July 8, 2012
Meet Andreas Bummel, Secretary-General, Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA). The UNPA campaign, headquartered in Germany, is a global network of parliamentarians and non-governmental organizations advocating direct representation of citizens at the United Nations. A consultative parliamentary assembly is envisaged as a practical first step towards establishing a directly-elected world parliament with co-decision powers over the UN system. This initiative has been endorsed by 826 members of national parliaments in 102 countries, including 74 MPs and Senators from Canada. A short presentation will be followed by discussion and refreshments. Hewett Centre, Unitarian Church, 949 W.49th Ave. at Oak St., Vancouver. All welcome. Free Parking. No charge. (604) 874-9982, lkazdan@shaw.ca

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July 8, 2012
The Beacon of Mind. Explore a greater holistic understanding of our scientific knowledge and our spiritual life. Pioneering speakers in music, IT, yoga, physics, ancient philosophy, & neuroscience. Open to the public. Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, http://beaconofmind.com/

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July 8 - 22, 2012
All Over the Map. All Over the Map is back for its 9th season, bringing you the best in free, outdoor cultural events in Vancouver. The series will offer six performances over three days at Ron Basford Park, on Sundays July 8, 15, and 22 with showtimes of 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Visit www.newworks.ca for more info.

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July 8 to August 18, 2012
Theatre Under the Stars 2012. Theatre Under the Stars presents its 66th season:  two award-winning family musicals, performed at Malkin Bowl in beautiful Stanley Park!  For full details visit http://www.tuts.ca/.

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July 9 -13, 2012
What is Japacamp?  Japacamp is a fun-filled, enriching week of authentic experiences in Japanese culture and Japanese Canadian heritage. The summer day camp program will run in English. Every day will feature Japanese hands-on activities such as martial arts, brush painting, Japanese games, as well as explorations of Japanese Canadian history. Japacamp is for nine- to twelve-year-olds (born 1999 to 2002) of all backgrounds. The program is limited to twelve children under the supervision of two staff and various numbers of volunteers. The summer day camp runs from 9:30 am to 4 pm, July 9th – 13th and Aug 13th – 17th. www.nikkeiplace.org/upcoming-events/japacamp-2012/

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July 9 - 13, 2012
This summer kids will take over Pacific Theatre! From July 9-13th, kids aged 9-12 are taking over Pacific Theatre in the first ever PT KIDS Summer Theatre School! Lead by professional actor Kaitlin Williams (Doubt), kids will learn a range of performance skills through improvisation, theatre games, music, dance, and storytelling. This is the perfect opportunity for parents who want a little vacation during their kids’ vacation and for kids who love to perform in a fun and supportive environment. For more information or to register visit www.pacifictheatre.org, or contact Kaitlin at 604.731.5483 or kaitlin@pacifictheatre.org.

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July 9 - August 31, 2012
The North Vancouver Community Arts Council is pleased to offer summer camps for kids age 6-10. Head to our website www.nvartscouncil.ca for full course descriptions and to register online, or contact the Programme Coordinator at 604 988 6844.

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July 11, 2012
Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix p/b Allstream. Canada`s greatest criterium. Watch North America's top men and women cyclists race wheel-to-wheel on Gastown's thrilling 1.2-km course with the hairpin corner. Women's race 30 laps. Men's race 50 laps. Action starts 5:45 pm. Part of BC Superweek. http://www.globalrelayggp.org/

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July 12, 2012
The Giro di Burnaby. Giro di Burnaby means 'Tour of Burnaby' in Italian. After a two year hiatus, this criterium race was back on the streets of North Burnaby in 2011. A criterium is a race of several laps on a short circuit with the city streets closed to traffic. The high-speed cornering and sprinting in this event make it a favourite for spectators and provide an opportunity to get close to the action as racers reach speeds of up to 60 km/hour. http://www.girodiburnaby.com

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July 13 - 15, 2012
35th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival. Musicians, dancers, poets and songwriters from around the world and across the street will gather July 13-15 2012 at beautiful Jericho Beach Park for Vancouver's 35th annual celebration of traditional and contemporary folk and roots music. A major event on the world folk and roots music circuit, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival challenges audiences to expand their understanding and appreciation of what 'folk' can mean in a global context. Bringing attention to exciting young artists who are pushing the boundaries and honouring the elders of the tradition, the Festival is an acknowledged leader in creating new ways of working with artists in developing forums and vehicles for experimentation, improvisation and education. For tickets, passes, and more information, please visit http://thefestival.bc.ca/.

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July 13 - 15, 2012
Tour de White Rock. This historical cycling race takes place on the picturesque seaside hills of the city of White Rock. http://www.tourdewhiterock.ca

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July 14, 2012
Get Out of Town Bus Tour. This year we're off to Stave Lake Powerhouse! Built in 1909 and decommissioned in 2000, the powerhouse at Stave Lake became a National Historic Site in 2004. It makes for a fascinating visit not only to witness first hand our industrial heritage on a grand scale, but also to learn about how BC Electric and its newer incarnation BC Hydro began to build the province through power generation a century ago. Join tour guide John Atkin on an absorbing journey to the historic Stave Lake Powerhouse; including side trips and lunch. $100 + $12HST. 604-264-9642, mail@vancouverheritagefoundation.org

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July 14, 2012
Kilby Vintage & Collector Car Show. oin us as collector & vintage cars from all over the lower mainland roll onto our 1920s heritage site today. Our 1906 general store, museum & working heritage farm is the perfect setting for the show. Car judging is from 11:00 am-3:00 pm, with awards being presented at 3:30 pm. Vote for your favourite in the ever popular "People's Choice" award. In the Bull Pen, we will have a special exhibit of heritage motorcycles. We will have a hearty home-cooked feature in the restaurant. Register your car today. http://www.kilby.ca

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July 14 - 15, 2012
Halfmoon Bay Country Fair. The 46th Annual Halfmoon Bay Country Fair will be held July 14-15, 2012 at Coopers Green in Halfmoon Bay. There will be a Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday in the morning, a Family Dinner/Dance on Saturday evening, a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday morning & Craft Booths, Bingo & Beer Garden on Sunday.
country fair. Halfmoon Bay Country Fair

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July 14 - 15, 2012
Blim and Powell Street Festival Society are excited to announce that we have teamed up to present an exciting weekend of unique childrens' creative workshops. These are to take place on July 14-15, 2012 at Blim (115 East Pender Street). Workshops to be offered will include: stop motion video, button making, design your own tote bag or pillow case, tshirt printing, action shot photography, create and design your own plush toy, gocco card making and more! Each class will cost $25 and will include materials. For more info go to www.powellstreetfestival.com or www.blim.ca To register: 604-872-8180 or info@blim.ca

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July 14, 21, 2012
Introduction to Geocaching. Saturdays, 1 – 3 pm
July 14 Iona Beach Regional Park
July 21 Deas Is land Regional Park
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunt game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by all ages, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment. GPS equipment provided. All ages. $21.25/person. Registration required, call 604-432-6359.

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July 14, August 14, August 17, 2012
Nikkei National Museum presents Japan Town Walking tours. On this historical tour of Powell Street we will take you back in time to the pre-war, bustling community of Japanese Canadians who lived and worked in this area. The area grew and thrived over a fifty-year period from the 1890s to its abrupt end with the internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II in 1942. Tours are around 90 minutes. Reservations: 604.777.7000 ext.109 orjcnm@nikkeiplace.org. Meet in front of the Japanese Buddhist Temple, 220 Powell Street. www.nikkeiplace.org

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July 15, 2012
Annual Classic Car Show at Minter Gardens. The Fraser Valley British Motor Club and Minter Gardens invite classic car lovers to the annual Classic Car Show! More than one hundred mint condition, classic cars await visitors at beautiful Minter Gardens, just 15 minutes east of Chilliwack in the scenic Fraser Valley. Live musical entertainment will help get you into the spirit of things and the Chilliwack Spinners and Weaver's Guild will be there to spin a yarn or two as well! Be sure to stop by our sizzling outdoor BBQ for a summertime favourite or visit the Envision Garden Cafe for a light meal. http://www.mintergardens.com

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July 17, 2012
Tim Ward. Tim Ward reads from his illuminating personal story "Zombies on Kilimanjaro: A Father-Son Journey Above the Clouds." On a journey to the Roof of Africa, Tim and his 20-year-old son traverse the treacherous terrain of divorce, rebellion, dark secrets and old grudges, as they forge an authentic adult relationship. Trekking up the volcano, they explore how our stories about ourselves can imprison us in the past, and the necessity of letting go. The final all-night climb to the frozen summit becomes a rite of passage, as oxygen-deprivation turns them into shuffling, brain-dead zombies. The mountain too has a story to tell, a story about climate change and the future of humankind: a future clearly etched on Kilimanjaros retreating glaciers. (Admission is free. Seating is limited.) Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch 350 W. Georgia Street, 604-331-4044, www.vpl.ca

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July 19 - 22, 2012
Mission Folk Music Festival. Staged in one of BC's loveliest parks, overlooking the Fraser River, the Mission Folk Music Festival presents a festival renowned for its mix of accessibility and easy-going comfort, affordability and small-town friendliness, shaded day stages and some of the finest folk, world, roots, blues and brilliantly 'un-categorizable' music from across Canada and around the world. http://www.missionfolkmusicfestival.ca

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July 21 - 22, 2012
Surrey Fusion Festival. Surrey Fusion Festival is Surrey's multicultural celebration with plenty of international pavilions celebrating music, food and culture. Last year's incredibly successful event was attended by over 90,000 people and was truly a highlight of the summer. Join the festivities for two full days of amazing music including music by international British pop and R&B superstar Jay Sean and the JUNO Award winning group, Bedouin Soundclash. Holland Park, King George Hwy & Old Yale Rd; http://www.surrey.ca/fusionfestival/7597.aspx

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July 21, 2012
Neil Diamond. Rock and Pop Icon Neil Diamond, a 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and 2011 Kennedy Center Honoree, will take his greatest hits on the road on a much-anticipated North American tour. http://www.rogersarena.ca/coming-attractions/event-calendar

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July 22, 2012
The Sylvan FamilyFondo, a three-kilometre cycling event through Fort Langley, will be held Sunday, July 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. as part of the Prospera Valley GranFondo. Entry fee is $10 per family and includes kid-friendly games, lunch and entry to the Fort Historic Site. Details  at www.sylvanfamilyfondo.com.

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July 23, 2012
Park Play Palooza.  Come join us for some fun and help us kick start our summer of Park Play.  Try your skills at climbing a rock wall, dance with Shehoops, visit a bouncy castle and get your face painted.  Be sure to come by and say hi to Park Play staff who will be providing free activities and crafts in 40 different park locations this summer.  Visit www.surrey.ca/partnersinparks for a list of our park locations.

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July 27, 2012
Critical Mass in Vancouver; Critical Mass is a grassroots reclamation of public space -- a bike ride and skate -- held the last Friday of every month. You are invited to enjoy the safety and comfort in the car-free space that we create by simply riding together! Bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates, self propelled couches, and any other form of human powered locomotion are all welcomed! We ride around the city wherever people want to go - this is decided collectively - the length of the ride depends on enthusiasm and is also collectively decided. No one who comes is forced to or needs to break the law in order to participate.  Meet 5 to 5:30 at the Vancouver Art Gallery, leave at 6pm; Critical Mass in Vancouver (http://www.bikesexual.org/cm/)

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July 28, 2012
International Autonomous Robot Racing Competition & Exhibition 2012. The organizing committee, a collaborative effort between the UBC faculties of Commerce and Engineering, invites the community to come watch the races and explore the world of robotics on Saturday July 28th at UBC. We look forward to celebrating innovation in the autonomous robotics field with a fun and exciting day of robot racing. With lots of interactive displays, games and prizes, this event is a wonderful opportunity to learn all about autonomous robotics and its current and future applications. The robot drag race, the ultimate test of speed, is from 1pm to 2:30pm, and the circuit race, where autonomous robots must navigate a complex obstacle course, begins at 3pm. Come one and come all, this is an event not to be missed!!! For more information, please visit www.robotracing2012.com.

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July 28 - 29, 2012
Axe Capoeiras 30 Year Anniversary Event. Axe Capoeiras 30 Year Anniversary Event. Axe Capoeira will be hosting an Afro-Brazilian Block Party on Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29, 2012 on Granville Street. This year will mark the 30th anniversary of our group and will also showcase a Capoeira competition and a Batizado ceremony. The event is expected to draw thousands of people for a full day of performances including traditional dance, music and Capoeira culminating in a huge Brazilian street party not to be missed! Date: Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29, 2012 Time: 11:00am to 7:00pm Location: Granville Street Mark Your Calendars and Join The Party!

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July 28 - 29, 2012
Caribbean Days Festival. Each July, the Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of BC presents the Caribbean Days Festival. This event draws a crowd of exuberant fun-lovers to North Vancouver's Waterfront Park for a weekend of parading, dining and dancing in the sunshine. This is a weekend of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival and culture as only the Caribbean can offer. Over the years, the Festival has grown into the largest Caribbean event on the local calendar -- and with tens of thousands of attendees, possibly the largest cultural event of its type in BC. http://www.caribbeandays.ca

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July 28, August 1, August 4, 2012
Thanks to the ongoing support of our sponsors and the City of Vancouver the Vancouver Fireworks Festival Society is pleased to announce the Celebration of Light will be back in 2012 on the following nights:
Saturday July 28th
Vietnam
Wednesday August 1st
Brazil
Saturday August 4th
Italy
http://www.vancouverfireworks.ca/

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July 29, 2012
Jog for the Bog. What? Run through super natural Burns Bog. For all ages and abilities. Why? Have fun and support the Burns Bog Conservation Society’s education programs, maintenance of the Delta Nature Reserve boardwalks and outreach campaign. Where? Starts at 10388 Nordel Court. Lots of free parking available. Run through trails of the Nature Reserve. For more information please visit http://www.burnsbog.org/events/jogforthebog.

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August 3 - 12 , 2012
The 22nd annual Harmony Arts Festival, presented by Odlum Brown Limited, turns the West Vancouver waterfront into an open-air celebration of the arts. Visitors can enjoy the expanded Art Market, sponsored by Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism, which takes place both weekends of the Festival; art exhibitions in the park; artist talks and demonstrations; movies under the stars with Cinema in the Park sponsored by West Vancouver Optometry and over 70 bands and performers bringing music to the waterfront.
Salsa by the Sea and dynamic dance showcases also light up the waterfront festivities. The very popular Best of the West, sponsored by Park Royal Shopping Centre, returns for a second season of unique wine and culinary tasting on the Ferry Building Landing Pier on August 8, 2012.  This year’s Wine Garden, sponsored by Grosvenor Americas, is open every day of the Festival.  Sip beverages and dine in this intimate venue, while grooving to some of BC’s local gems. www.harmonyarts.ca

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August 19, 2012
Yaletown is running its 5th annual Outdoor Movie Night. This event happens once the sun sets on David Lam park (1300 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver, BC). A family-friendly classic movie is then projected onto a huge 40 by 20 foot outdoor screen. Last year, this movie brought out 4,000 people to the park, so it’s a good idea to arrive early. David Lam Park (1300 Pacific Blvd) @ Drake St. http://yaletowninfo.com/yaletown-outdoor-movie-night/

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September 15 - 23, 2012
The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is one of Canada’s largest direct action conservation efforts. Last year, the campaign removed more than 140,000 kg of shoreline litter from 3,144  km of shorelines, and we’d like to remove even more debris this year. More info at www.ShorelineCleanup.ca.

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September 16, 2012
Are you interested in studying, working, volunteering or living overseas? Check out opportunities in more than 100 countries at the 2012 Go Global Expo (www.letsgoglobal.ca). Taking place September 22 – 23 at the Vancouver Olympic Village Creekside Community Recreation Centre, this FREE event will showcase: Exhibitors offering opportunities in more than 100 countries.

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Ongoing to July 9, 2012
Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship - Surrey. The 2012 Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship will be held in Surrey, British Columbia and promotes the development of the sport of fastpitch by helping young female athletes reach for their personal best. This year will be exceptionally promising, as we have extended invitations to national and elite club teams. Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch welcomes hundreds of college and university scouts to the Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship. This tournament provides players with an excellent opportunity to be considered for scholarships to some of the top schools in North America. Various Locations Surrey.

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Ongoing to July 22, 2012
Feast. Predator-prey relationships in the natural world. To eat or be eaten? Through stunning photographs, internationally acclaimed nature photographer Brad Hill presents an intimate look at animals feasting in the wild. Whether in the air, on land, or in water, Brad addresses the challenge of photographing wild and unpredictable animals at one of their most fundamental behaviours. A photography exhibit by Brad Hill. Beaty Biodiversity Museum (2212 Main Mall, Vancouver).www.naturalart.ca

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Ongoing to July 29, 2012
Art Show: ReVision@Creekhouse 2012 presented by ReVision – the Art of Recycling Society
Location: Creekhouse complex - Granville Island, 1551 Johnston Street, Vancouver, B.C.
ReVision – the Art of Recycling presents a public art show featuring juried exhibits and special festival
events showcasing art made from recycled, salvaged, scrounged or repurposed materials. Owing to the success of
last year’s show, we are excited to be returning to the Creekhouse complex on Granville Island for two months this
summer. All events are free. www.ReVision-theArtofRecycling.com

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Ongoing to August 14, 2012
Baby & Me Hiking Club on North Shore. Tuesdays, June 12 to August 14 OR Thursdays, June 14 to August 16. 10:30 am – 12 Noon. Capilano River & Lynn Headwaters Regional Parks. http://www.metrovancouver.org/CIO-Summer2012.pdf

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Ongoing to August 21, 2012
Silver Sneakers Hiking Club – Level 1. 9:30 – 11:30 am. Capilano River Regional Park. Explore Capilano Canyon with like minded people during easy two-hour guided hikes that run rain or shine. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Ages 50+ $20/person/series. http://www.metrovancouver.org/CIO-Summer2012.pdf

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Ongoing to August 24, 2012
Animal Adventure Safari Day Camp. Animal Adventure Day Camps for kids ages 6 to 12 years old. Learn about Bugs, Birds, Amphibians, Reptiles, and Mammals. Build bug catchers, have a tortoise race with real tortoises, do spider art, carve soap stone, bird watching, feed lizards and frogs and much more in these action packed week long day camps. 604 299-6963, www.cinemazoo.com
4 week long camp dates to choose from:
July 9 to 13 - for 6 to 8 yr. olds
July 23 to 27 - for 9 to 12 yr. olds
Aug. 6 to 10 - for 6 to 8 yr. olds
Aug. 20 to 24 - for 9 to 12 yr. olds

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Ongoing to September 9, 2012
That which makes us Haida: the Haida language. This exhibition documents the last remaining fluent speakers of the Haida language and explores the three remaining dialects found in Alaska, Old Massett and Skidegate through portraits taken by Vancouver-based photographer Farah Nosh over the last eight years and interviews with the last fluent speakers in these communities.These men and women (the youngest is now 65 years old) who grew up with active, fluent speakers in their homes, are dedicating their time to save this linguistic isolate from extinction by teaching in schools, creating a written orthography and orally documenting all the vocabulary they know. They speak of how the language has influenced their relationship to the land and the sea, and shaped their ability to feel and understand their relationship to the earth and all beings through respect for all things. A full-colour catalogue, with a foreward by renowned anthropologist Wade Davis, and a CD accompanies the exhibition (Haida Gwaii Museum Press). Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art

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Ongoing to September 9, 2012
The 17th Vancouver Chinatown Night Market. The Vancouver Chinatown Night Market is a shopping extravaganza including Asian traditional handicrafts, fashionable gifts & tasty ethnic snacks. A shopping experience like never before. Open every Friday, Saturday & Sunday, starting May 18 to September 9, 2012. Takes place in Vancouver's Chinatown, 100 & 200 block of Keefer Street (between Gore, Main & Columbia Street). 604-682-8998, http://www.vcma.shawbiz.ca

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Ongoing to September 9, 2012
Ladner Village Market - Delta. Located in historic Ladner Village, this 3 block long, open-air market runs rain or shine and has over 140 vendors from all over the southern province. As the vendors vary each Sunday the market is never the same twice! Shop 'til you drop as you peruse the fresh produce, plants and garden accessories, hand-made jewellery, soaps, crafts, and so many more original creations. 48th Ave Between Delta & Elliot St.

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Ongoing to September 16, 2012
The Summer Night Market. Summer Night Market features more than 200 vendors. The venue includes unique merchandise from around the world and delicious foods and drinks. Plus entertainment, street performers, exhibitions, eating contest, dog show, baby crawling contest, Play Zone for kids and multicultural performances. Each night, more then 20,000 people visit The Summer Night Market. Admission is free, so come out and enjoy your summer at The Summer Night Market. 12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond; http://www.summernightmarket.com

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Ongoing to September 16, 2012
Klahowya Village back for 2012. Enjoy the warmth of our Aboriginal Summer Village and join the excitement in 2012. Klahowya Village in Vancouver's Stanley Park is an authentic Aboriginal tourism experience like no other you've seen. We welcome you to visit, celebrate and experience our vibrant culture through song, dance, art and cuisine!  More information will be available soon at http://www.aboriginalbc.com/klahowya-village/

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Ongoing to September 27, 2012
Port Coquitlam Farmers' Market - Port Coquitlam. A busy and colourful downtown Farmers' Market with fresh produce picked that morning, fruits when in season, seafood, sausage, pickles, jams, jellies, conserves, eggs, fresh baked bread and cookies, fair trade coffee, fine art, fibre art, woodworking and so much more. A children's craft and lively entertainment will encourage you to stay and relax awhile. Thursday, 2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam;

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Ongoing to September 29, 2012
Mission City Farmers' Market - Mission. Mission City Farmers' Market has been in existence since 1996. For our outdoor markets, we provide a small town ambiance in the midst of shade-offering trees and the calming flow of Lane Creek. We offer a variety of in season products as well as some talented local artisans and entertainers. Mission City Farmers Market has an atmosphere that will make you smile and take you back to a quieter time. Come visit us and see for yourself. We look forward to welcoming you!  Saturdays, Lane Creek Park, Mission

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Ongoing to September 30, 2012
Playland Amusement Park. Get ready for another season full of fun as Playland opens for the 2012 season! This year you'll get a full season of ATMOSFEAR as well as all your favourite rides like the classic wooden roller coaster, the Corkscrew, Revelation, Hellevator and Drop Zone. And don't miss all the midway games and your favourite foods like cotton candy and mini-donuts. If you don't have your season pass yet, visit www.pne.ca now! Located just 10 minutes from downtown Vancouver on Hastings St at Cassiar.

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Ongoing to September 30, 2012
Agassiz – Harrison Mills Circle Farm Tour. This is where it all began! Agassiz – Harrison Mills started the Mighty Fraser Country Circle Farm Tour in 2003. This tour is packed with history, fabulous gourmet food products, and lots of interesting venues for the kids to explore. http://www.circlefarmtour.ca

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Ongoing to September 30, 2012
Chilliwack Circle Farm Tour. From an award winning storybook farm to pro rodeo, there a lot of “buzz” about this tour! Learn all about bees, shop for many different honey products, fill up on artisan bread and fresh cheese, pick your own apples, visit a potter’s studio, and see spectacular show gardens! In late summer, early fall, the corn is a-maze-ing! http://www.circlefarmtour.ca

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Ongoing to September 30, 2012
Langley Circle Farm Tour. Come visit some of what Langley’s farm community has to offer you … Take an interactive tour on a dairy farm; sample award-winning wines; eat at a bistro; taste home-grown exotic herbs and tomatoes; see rare alcapas; choose from the largest selection of plant specimens and rare trees in the area; visit the largest equestrian centre on the West Coast; sample luscious berries; buy your free-range turkey for that special occasion.  http://www.circlefarmtour.ca

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Ongoing to September 30, 2012
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Circle Farm Tour. This is an adventure packed tour that includes sky diving, horseback riding and canoeing. You can also learn all about bees and how they make honey, wind your way through a corn maze, and of course, find some wonderful fresh eats!  http://www.circlefarmtour.ca

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Ongoing to September 30, 2012
Mission Circle Farm Tour.  Celebrate the legacy of our fore fathers on the Mission tour as you explore a 100 year old working heritage farm, nose around Canada’s largest dahlia nursery founded in 1920, and catch a Rainbow at the oldest and largest trout farm in BC. Pick up some of grandma’s favourite elixir, Apple Cider Vinegar, and sample succulent Heirloom apples. Enjoy the drive through a majestic forest of West Coast Cedar to find exotic cattle, llamas, and alpacas. Get free landscaping ideas from a tree and shrub expert, and shop for fresh produce, preserves, baked goodies, crafts and local art at the farmers’ market. http://www.circlefarmtour.ca

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Ongoing to September 30, 2012
Steveston Farmers' & Artisans' Market - Steveston. The Steveston Farmers' and Artisans' Market will open May 20 and operate every Sunday bi-weekly until September 30 (Except July 1). This popular market, now in its 5th year, includes fresh local produce, organic sausages, beef, turkey and chicken, artisan breads and baked goods, cheese, honey, jams and jellies, artisan salts, plants, natural soaps, body cream, unique art and so much more. Come for the day and enjoy the music, children's activities and delicious food like organic beef burgers, sausages, chili, waffles, fresh juices and much more and the Chef in the Market demos too. Rain or shine. 3rd Ave & Moncton St

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Ongoing until September 30, 2012
Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour. Take a drive in the beautiful countryside, experience something new and connect with our friendly people and their agricultural roots on the Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour. The Abbotsford Circle Farm Tour has something that will appeal to everyone...young and old. Maybe you will enjoy sampling some of the best ice cream you will ever taste, or how about learning the inner secrets of growing award winning perrenials. For the more action oriented you can pick the best halloween jack-o-lantern out of a real pumpkin patch and best of all you can end your tour with some fine cold climate wines and dinner made from products grown on local farms. http://www.circlefarmtour.ca

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Ongoing to October 3, 2012
Langley Community Farmers' Market - Langley. The Langley Community Farmers' Market invites residents of the Langleys to come discover a traditional "make it, bake it, grow it" market where the people selling their products have had a direct hand in growing and producing them. Join over 30 vendors offering an amazing array of in-season produce and fruit, processed foods and quality arts and crafts. 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley

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Ongoing to October 3, 2012
Main Street Station Farmers' Market - Vancouver. Located at the bustling commuter intersection at Main and Terminal. Access by bus and SkyTrain is exceptional at this central location. The market vendors will line up on the east side of Thornton Park on the sidewalk along Station Street. There is ample room for pedestrians to walk along the sidewalk or detour into the park if they wish. Expect to find a great selection of vendors at this market - everything from produce, meat and cheese, baking and more!  Every Wednesday.

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Ongoing to October 8, 2012
The Richmond Night Market. The Richmond Night Market 2012 event is located at No. 3 Road & River Road, Richmond, just one block from Bridgeport SkyTrain Station. It runs from May 18 to Oct 08 on every weekend starting at 7:00 pm. This outdoor event offers 88 food booths (the largest international food court ever), over 200 merchants & corporate sponsor booths, more than 1,700 on-site parking stalls, free admission, free live entertainment nightly on a top-notch performing stage, games, contests and hundreds of give-away prizes. Come and spend your summer in this fun-filled shopping and eating paradise with us! http://www.richmondnightmarket.com

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Ongoing to October 13, 2012
Abbotsford Farm & Country Market. The Market remains a premier shopping experience offering an array of fresh produce, processed foods, garden plants, arts & crafts. The selection changes from week to week as fresh produce, fruit, plants & other agricultural products come into season. Montrose Ave & North Of George Ferguson Way, 604-996-1542,
http://www.abbotsfordfarmandcountrymarket.com

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Ongoing to October 27, 2012
Burnaby Farmers' Market - Burnaby. Every Saturday from May through October, Burnaby Farmers' Market has a large variety of farmers selling organic & non-organic produce, fruits, berries, plants, fish, cheese & meats, as well as prepared food vendors selling breads, honey, jams, sauces, pickles, pastas, pita bread, dips, salsas, ethnic foods, baking & pet treats. Our crafters sell jewelry, pottery, furniture, iron work, natural cosmetics, photography, baby wear, herbal skin care, knitting & much, much more. Burnaby Village Museum

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Ongoing to October 27, 2012
Lonsdale Quay Farmers' Market - North Vancouver. Every Saturday from May through October, Artisan Farmer's Market is in a wonderful location right by the water, shaded by trees on the East Plaza at North Vancouver's Lonsdale Quay Market & Shops. We have a great selection of organic & conventional produce, fruits & berries. Our prepared food vendors sell baking, jams, honey, preserves, salsas, sauces, pickles & pastas to name a few. Our crafters have jewelry, pottery, photography, clothing, soaps, botanical prints, herbal skincare & much more. The Farmers' Market also features a book swap, kids play area & featured entertainment.

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Ongoing to October 28, 2012
Ambleside Farmers' Market - West Vancouver. Every Sunday, 10:00 am-3:00 pm May through October, Ambleside Farmers' Market has a great location by the water at the entrance to Ambleside Park. We have a good selection of organic & conventional farmers selling produce, fruits & berries, plus prepared food vendors with breads, fish, jams, beef, honey, vinegars, pickles, salsas, pastas & baking, as well as a great variety of crafters selling jewelry, pottery, artwork, skin care & much more.

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Ongoing to October 28, 2012
Coquitlam Farmers' Market - Coquitlam. The Coquitlam Farmers' began in 1997 as a small summer market with a few vendors, and has grown to boast a weekly Sunday market from Mother's Day to Halloween; and a twice a month Winter market from November to March. Each week you will find a diverse mix of vendors, kids crafts, local entertainment, and strong involvement by community groups who provide education to the public on local programs and services. A variety of events, such as our Salmon BBQ, are held monthly, focusing on eating and supporting local! Dogwood Pavilion Parking Lot. Coquitlam;

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Ongoing until November 12, 2012
Exhibit Opening “Chinese Legacies: Building the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia”  The Port Moody Station Museum is proud to present the exhibit Chinese Legacies: Building the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia from May 14th to November 16th, 2012.  This traveling display was created by the Revelstoke Museum & Archive in partnership with the Revelstoke Railway Museum and portrays the history of the Chinese labourers who contributed to the building of the CPR between Port Moody and Craigellachie, BC.  In order to celebrate the arrival of this exhibit, the Museum will be hosting weekly family days every Sunday in July and August starting Canada Day weekend. The exhibit recounts the difficulties that faced the some 15,000 Chinese workers between 1880 and 1885 and includes a diorama of a typical Chinese worker’s campsite, artefacts such as opium pipes, coins, incense burners, as well as a slide show of historical photos.  It is estimated that between 600 and 2,200 workers lost their lives due to malnutrition, dangerous working conditions, and disease during this time. Discrimination was a daily reality for these workers, who would be paid half the salary of the white workers and were forced to do the most dangerous work in the camps. Port Moody Station Museum, www.portmoodymuseum.org









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