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5 Winter Activities in the Fraser Valley

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Now that the excitement of Christmas has passed and we are experiencing random snowfalls in the Fraser Valley, it seems like the perfect time to focus on enjoying all that the winter season has to offer. We have put together a list of 5 great winter activities in the Fraser Valley, which will give you enough ideas to keep you busy for a while!

1.Go Ice Skating


With the number of ice skating rinks located throughout the Fraser Valley, you’re bound to be close to one, no matter where you are! Grab your skates, or a few dollars to rent a pair (don’t forget a clean pair of socks), pair of mittens and a hat, and you’re set for a wonderful winter-themed outing. A few local indoor skating rinks worth visiting before the end of winter: Twin Rinks & Prospera Center in Chilliwack, Matsqui Recreation Center & Centre Ice in Abbotsford, Twin Rinks & Sportsplex In Langley, or any of 5 public arenas throughout Surrey.

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The North Pole is in… Maple Ridge!

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

This might be the coolest thing to add to your holiday to-do list this year. The North Pole BC is in Maple Ridge from now until December 24th, before Santa sets out on his journeys.

Call ahead to book a time for you and your family to visit. Children’s names and information are registered ahead of time so that when the meet Santa, he’s in-the-know and ready to wow them! There are all kinds of activities for the kids to do during their visit, besides visiting with the big guy. They will build a toy in Santa’s workshop,

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5 Fraser Valley Bookstores Worth a Visit

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

There is just something about a rainy or snowy afternoon that makes us want to curl up with a good book. Lucky for us, there are enough fantastic independent bookstores in the Fraser Valley to get us through an entire season of wet and slushy weather! With this list of 5 Fraser Valley bookstores to get lost in, you will have a good idea where to start the next time you’re looking to disappear in a good book – or even a whole bookstore!

45939 Wellington St, Chilliwack 604.792.4595

Open 364 days a year (closed only on Christmas Day), you’ll never have to wonder if The Bookman will be open when the book shopping mood strikes you.

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Frugal Fun: Jo Priestley Pottery Studio & Garden

Monday, November 8th, 2010

As we know from last week’s Pulse Spotlight, the Fraser Valley is filled with incredibly talented artists! This month for our Frugal Fun adventure, we visited the studio of local pottery artist Jo Priestley, and learned about beautiful artwork, tending gardens, and taking time to enjoy the views of the Fraser Valley.

The Jo Priestley Pottery Studio & Garden is a great artistic destination to visit before the weather gets too chilly. Located in Mission, Jo opens her studio, personal gallery and award winning garden up to visitors Thursdays to Sundays from 10am – 5pm. Admission is complimentary, and visitors are encouraged to wander around the grounds and enjoy not only the pottery, but also the beautiful garden and a breathtaking view of the Fraser Valley.

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10 Things To Do In The Fraser Valley When It’s Raining

Monday, November 1st, 2010

I have two tinies that are not yet school age (and another one on the way). Autumn has arrived with its grey and rainy days here in the Fraser Valley but that doesn’t mean we have to spend our days in the house watching Kids CBC. Here are our favourite things to do when it’s pouring rain outside.

  • I don’t know what it is about rainy days that create an insatiable need for me to bake but it must be genetic. Few activities are as heart warming as a cozy morning spent inside, baking cookies or banana bread.

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5 Great Haunted Houses in the Fraser Valley

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Looking for a good scare this Halloween? With the abundance of spook-tacular haunted houses in the valley (we couldn’t resist!), this month’s top 5 feature was an easy choice. Creaking floorboards, headless men and moving pictures – these 5 haunted houses have them all. Think you’re brave enough to head out on a Haunted Attraction tour throughout the valley? Grab a friend (preferably someone who can protect you) print out this list and head out for your own Halloween adventure!

A note to parents: Most of these attractions are not suitable for children under 8, however a number of them do have more family-friendly events that run throughout the day. Please contact the attraction directly if you have questions regarding the suitability for your kiddies.

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Halloween Party Tips with Newlove Decor & Design

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Halloween isn’t just for kids anymore. We turned to event planner, Erin Newlove-Nicholas of Newlove Decor and Designs for advice on planning the ultimate Halloween party for adults.

Q. Where are some local stores to get party decorations?

A. One of my favorite stores is Classic Party Supply and Rentals in Abbotsford. They have everything you could think of for any kind of themed party or wedding. Turkeys Party Makers in Surrey has a wonderful selection as well.

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41 Things To Do in the Fraser Valley This Fall

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Whether you prefer outdoor adventures, homemade fun, heritage and cultural visits, fairs, Fraser Valley events or a combination of them all, we’ve got your hook up.

1. Visit the famous Corn Maze in Chilliwack. There is something for everyone on a pleasant fall day with the 20 acre farm, 10 acre maze, hay rides, an indoor hay bale maze and even a petting zoo.

2. This year, make it a Fraser Valley Thanksgiving. Everything from your turkey to your sides (Chilliwack corn, anyone?) to the fillings for your pumpkin and apple pies. Family excursions to local farms can be both fun and educational. Try JD Farms for turkey and just down the road you’ll find delectable pies at Krause Berry Farms.

3. Celebrate Applefest at the Applebarn in Abbotsford. Few people aren’t enchanted with the Apple n’ Corn Gun and the Pumpkin Cannon (yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like) but you can also pick your own apples and pumpkins, jump an enormous trampoline pillow, slide on the zip line, visit the petting barn and experience a hayride.

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FV Frugal Fun: Library Adventures!

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Let’s face it – getting ready for back to school can be an expensive time of year. Between the “must have” new clothes and those expensive graphing calculators, the left over budget for entertainment can be fairly small. That’s why this month, we bring you a Fraser Valley Frugal Adventure that’s fun and completely free of charge: your local library!

Not just for booklovers anymore, our Fraser Valley libraries have changed greatly in the past few years. Between the 18 libraries from Hope to White Rock, you can be sure there is always something entertaining taking place at any one of the locations. From Jazz Sessions and Poetry Nights at the Clearbook Library in Abbotsford, to Conversationlist Spanish Lessons in Maple Ridge, libraries have become a great place to gather, meet new friends, and be entertained.

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Squeeze in the Last of Summer in the Fraser Valley

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

With only a few short weeks of sunny weather left this season, many of us in the Fraser Valley are trying frantically to squeeze in as many summer activities as possible. With so many things to do in the Fraser Valley, how do you choose how to best enjoy what is left of our summer? Don’t fret – we’ve done the hard work for you!  We have put together a list of the 5 best ways to help you extend your summer for as long as possible.

1. Go Mini Golfing

If you have kiddos (or are just a kid at heart), outdoor mini golf is something to get excited about. The Fraser Valley has plenty of fun and family friendly mini golf courses that are sure to be a hit with everyone in your group. A few great outdoor courses worth visiting before the end of the summer: Tugboat Junction in Harrison Hot Springs, Giggle Ridge in Cultus Lake, Castle Fun Park in Abbotsford and  Bear Creek Park in Surrey.

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