Things To Do

Vancouver Christmas Market

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

It’s been a few years since my husband and I first attended the Vancouver Christmas Market. I was thrilled to see how it has grown! On now until December 24th, the market is located outdoors at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza.


This traditional German-style market is a great place to visit with your family this holiday season. There is live entertainment and fantastic traditional German gifts and products. The carousel kept my little guy happy, along with face painting, gingerbread cookie decorating; candle decorating was available, too.

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DOXA Documentary Film Festival

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

The 12th Annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival begins this weekend in Vancouver. With seventy-four screenings in five different venues, one of these fantastic documentary films is sure to catch your interest and fit into your schedule!

Please check out their schedule and see what might grab your attention. These films are always so interesting and well done – I hope you’re able to check one out this year!

Here are just a couple of the film synopses, the opening and closing events:

DOXA is extremely proud to open the festival this year with Vancouver director Corey Ogilvie’s Occupy The Movie, a film that exemplifies and expands the feisty tradition of documentaries such as The Corporation and The Take. Although the Occupy movement grew like lightning all over the globe, it had its origins right here in Vancouver. Following the example established by the protestors in New York, encampments sprang up around the globe, a series of brush fires that threatened to engulf the world. Interviews with Chris Hedges, Cornwel West, and Adbuster’s Kalle Lasn add intellectual heft. But it is ordinary people who describe the personal cost of putting their bodies on the front line of social change that speak the loudest. 


Back in the early 60s, a group of four young men performed in a low rent club called the Cavern. A seventeen-year old girl named Freda Kelly came to almost every performance. This is how Freda Kelly came to work with John, Paul, George and Ringo, a group of Liverpudlian lads who would become a group called The Beatles. As the band’s personal secretary she was along for the wild ride as Beatlemania reached epic heights. In Ryan White’s warm and sweetly humble film, Freda tells her stories for the first time. On the 50th Anniversary of the very first Beatles’ album (Introducing the Beatles) DOXA is happy to celebrate with Good Ol’ Freda, the woman behind the fab four. 

While they all sound fantastic, I think this year I’m going to check out Rent a Family Inc. and The Mosou Sisters.

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Birchwood Dairy – FVP Spotlight – 08.15.11

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

If you’re looking for the kind of place that has it all—fun for the kids, yummy treats and shopping for the adults—your might want to check out Birchwood Dairy. Not only do they carry their own ice cream (in a variety of delicious flavours), they also have a petting zoo, viewing area and place to visit the calves.

Birchwood Dairy is owned by Grace and Len Krahn with two of their sons, Richard and Ryan.

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Twilight Drive-In Movie Theatre – Pulse Spotlight – 08.01.11

Monday, August 1st, 2011

A true throwback to the past, drive-in movie theatres are one of those things that make you feel nostalgic, even if you aren’t old enough to remember what they were like in their prime. From the excitement of picking that primo parking spot, to those cheesy hotdog concession commercials, drive-in movie theatres offer something so unique that modern movie houses just can’t compete with. These days, finding an operational drive-in movie theatre can be a tricky task, but lucky for us we have one in our very own backyard!

Western Canoeing & Kayaking – Pulse Spotlight – 07.11.11

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

To those of us that have little or no experience in canoeing or kayaking (or paddle sports in general), that big blue building on the highway by the McCallum exit is just another building we pass on the way to work. To paddle sport enthusiasts though, its like one great big candy store! That blue building with the paddle sport mural is home to Western Canoeing & Kayaking, which has been serving Abbotsford and the surrounding communities since 1978!

When Western Canoeing & Kayaking started out in Mary and Marlin Bayes’ basement, they had no idea it would grow to what it is today. 

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Giggle Ridge Adventure Golf – Pulse Spotlight – 06.13.11

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Ever wonder what it would be like to visit a cartoon land? Well, there’s a way to find out and it’s right in our backyard! Located in the summery community of Cultus Lake, Giggle Ridge Adventure Golf is one of those places that are pretty hard to miss!

It doesn’t take long after walking through the grandeur front gates to realize this is no ordinary golf course – and it was definitely planned that way. From the moment Dan & Janis Sawatzky decided to build an adventure mini golf course, they knew they wanted to create something special. Having built a number of mini golf courses for others throughout his career, Dan was excited to let his imagination run with possibilities when creating the initial design for Giggle Ridge.

The adventure golf course first opened its doors to the public in 2000 after exactly 100 days of constructing, creating, renovating and painting. 

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Bakerview EcoDairy – Pulse Spotlight – 05.09.11

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

With so many people concerned about making choices that are environmentally responsible, it seems only natural that dairy farmers would make a shift in the same direction. Bakerview EcoDairy is a dairy that not only takes environmental responsibility to heart, but is also geared to educating consumers about dairy practices. This local gem is located in Abbotsford. Have you been yet?

Bakerview EcoDairy sits in a surprising location. Behind the dairy sits 80 acres of farmland, but across the highway from the dairy sit numerous big box stores. Somehow, that doesn’t detract from the quaint feeling you get when you enter the dairy or the Nutrifoods Market, which sits on the same property and sells the dairy’s products under the Vitala brand name.

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Spotlight: September 19, 2010 – Fresh! Fraser Valley

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

We are so excited that this week has finally arrived. Fresh! Fraser Valley is taking place this Saturday, September 25th and we can’t wait! You are all invited to join us from 9AM – 5PM, at the Ramada Plaza in Abbotsford, as we celebrate our glorious Fraser Valley!

Fresh! Fraser Valley is a collaboration between FVP’s Kristi Ferguson and Danielle Knowles of Red Pencil Editing Services. As we both work with many talented local businesses, we thought it would be great to bring together the best of the Fraser Valley under one roof, for one day with a locally owned business showcase and a dynamic workshop series. The intention is to showcase the best of the Fraser Valley: our artisans, entrepreneurs and exciting “Mom ‘n Pop” enterprises, and to encourage area residents to support these local businesses.

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Sponsored Spotlight: Kilby Historic Site

Friday, August 27th, 2010

There is a great little piece of history located in the Fraser Valley. A gem where one can play with adorable animals, enjoy a delicious meal and be transported back to the early 1900’s.

Kilby Historic Site is located in the small town of Harrison Mills, BC.  This five acre property is a step back in time, a place to enjoy a historical living story. Take a walk through the early century buildings and see life just as it was in 1906. From the antique stoves to the historical milk house, the early century clothing to the fully stocked general store, every piece of Kilby Historic Site tells an interesting tale.

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Spotlight: July 5, 2010 – Shoreline Tours

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Everywhere we look in the Fraser Valley, we are spoiled with breathtaking landscapes. Harrison Hot Springs has to be one of the prettiest local places to explore; Harrison Lake is absolutely splendid. We recently took a lake tour with Shoreline Tours and were treated to an afternoon of beauty and relaxation.

Shoreline Tours, located at Harrison Hot Springs’ Resort Marina, is run by Captain Steve Dunn.  Steve tells us that there has been a boat cruise on Harrison Lake since the 1950’s! As a teenager, Steve and his brother used to work on the lake cruises, which led to Steve following his passion and starting his own tour company on this beautiful lake. Talk about a local expert – Steve knows Harrison Lake like the back of his hand!

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