Manning Park is Now Open for Summer 2020

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Manning Park is officially ready to reopen for the summer, welcoming guests back to enjoy their campgrounds and cabins, canoeing on the lakes, and more.

Rainbow Bridge at Lightning Lake - Manning Park Resort Photo
Rainbow Bridge at Lightning Lake – Manning Park Resort Photo

Manning Park is Now Open

The Resort’s accommodations with its newest Premium cabins, lodge rooms, Standard cabins and chalets are open for reservations. Food service is available at the Pinewoods Dining Room and the outdoor patio for dine-in and take-out; as well as the Country Store.

“We think our guests are going to be really excited to get out and explore their local area this spring and summer,” says General Manager, Vern Schram, “Manning Park Resort offers a great opportunity to get some exercise and fresh air while staying comfortably either in the Resort or camping. Our cabin facilities are perfect for a family getaway, and we have a lot more availability for this summer, as most of our group and wedding reservations have postponed their events into the future.”

The Lodge - Manning Park Resort Photo
The Lodge – Manning Park Resort Photo

To comply with stringent housekeeping processes, some availability in the Resort is altered, and the Loon Lagoon Pool and Last Resort group facility are not open. They are hoping to resume operations in the Bear’s Den July 1st.

The trails are open for hiking and mountain biking and the boathouse has opened seven days a week for canoe, kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals. With over 300km of hiking trails, it’s easy to stay naturally socially distant, while finding space to connect with your family.

More trail information can be found at the Visitor Centre which is open weekends in June. Interpretive programs are scheduled to go ahead as planned, with some minor changes to group size and schedule. These free programs that introduce people of all ages to the flora and fauna in the park, will begin in July.

The EC Manning Provincial campgrounds are starting to open in the park, with Coldspring and Mule Deer campgrounds open for reservations, and for first come, first serve walk-ins.

Lightning Lake and the first loop of Hampton campgrounds are scheduled to open later this month. Parts of Hampton will remain closed for the foreseeable future due to an excessive amount of hazard trees.

Manning Park Resort is a year-round destination resort surrounded by many recreational activities including hiking, biking and canoeing. With full Resort amenities including a variety of accommodations, restaurant, pub, swimming pool, fitness centre, and group facilities.

The Resort is nestled in beautiful EC Manning Provincial Park, 45 minutes east of Hope (2.5 hours from Vancouver) on Hwy 3.

Manning Park Fall Bollwitt

Related: Manning Park Dark Sky Astronomy Weekend, Snowshoeing at Manning Park Resort

5 Things to do on Father’s Day in Metro Vancouver

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Good food, sweet treats, wine and some crafts. Getting creative with this year, with COVID19 safety measures in place, there are a few in-person activities that you can enjoy on Father’s Day in Metro Vancouver this Sunday, June 21st.

5 Things to do on Father’s Day in Metro Vancouver

All events require advance ticket purchases, click the link in the titles for the ticket site.

Central City Fun Park Collage of attractions like mini golf and bowling

Central City Fun Park
When: Fri 5:00pm to 11:00pm; Sat 6:00pm to 11:00pm; Sun 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Where: 11125 124 Street #100A, Surrey (near Scott Rd Station)

Check out Metro Vancouver’s largest indoor amusement park! Book a time slot and enjoy bowling, mini golf, roller skating, arcade games and more with dad this weekend. All guests must purchase tickets ($20) prior to arrival. Tickets include a designated entrance time & $20 Fun Card. Access is limited to 20 people per hour. Max stay is 2 hours.


A Taste of the PNE: Car-B-Q Edition
When: June 18-21, 2020 from 11:00am to 3:00pm and 4:00pm to 8:00pm
 Enter PNE near Gate 6 (north of the Pacific Coliseum) on Renfrew

Enjoy A Taste of the PNE: CAR-B-Q Edition at this latest drive-thru event featuring options for a mouth-watering BBQ meal, plus a classic and custom car show presented by 360 Fabrication. For this event you can build your own meal package, choosing from pork ribs from Prairie BBQ / Gator BBQ, poutine from The Fry Guys / UnRoutine Poutine, mac & cheese from REEL Mac and Cheese, and Coca Cola bottled drinks.

Mini Donuts

Abbotsford Agrifair Mini Donut Drive-Thru
When: June 19-21, 2020 from 11:00am to 7:00pm
Where: Agrifair grounds (32470 Haida Dr, Abbotsford)

Following the recent success of “A Taste of the PNE: Mini Donut Edition,”Agrifair is excited to bring you the Donut Drive Thru featuring “BC’s Best Mini Donuts.”  Partnering with these four food vendors, the mini donut drive thru is offering you the unique opportunity to grab bags of mini donuts from each, so you can compare and decide which is your favourite. A standard pack of 24 donuts (6 from each vendor) is $20, a family pack of 48 donuts (12 from each vendor) is $35. Each ticket will include two passes to Agrifair 2021 opening day.

Township 7 Wine

South Langley Wine & BBQ
When: Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 12:00pm, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm
Where: Township 7 Winery (21152 16 Ave, Langley)

Treat dad to a fun afternoon in the vineyard with a Southern inspired bbq provided by Truckin’ BBQ. Enjoy finger licking cuisine and delicious wine, along with live music by Juno award winning indie musician Ryan McAllister.  Menu options include a glass of red or white wine along with your choice of 1 of the following from the Truckin’ BBQ.

  • pulled pork or beef brisket sandwich with fries, or 
  • beef brisket or pulled pork poutine, or 
  • dine retro style with deep fried mac and cheese bites or deep fried pickles with fries

Adults $35 plus tax and children $20 plus tax, with three seatings available. Space is limited, book today.

Father’s Day Rustic Signs
When: Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: The Painted Loft (19955 Fraser Hwy, Langley)

Create a rustic wood sign, while having a drink and socializing with family in a fun, energetic atmosphere. Guests are welcome to bring in food and BYOB. Water, coffee & tea will also be available. All materials and instruction will be provided for you. The instructor takes the group step-by-step. No skills necessary, just enjoy your time, relax and create. Masks and sanitizer available for your comfort and safety.

BONUS check out these classes from Maker Cube in Langley that include everything from laser cutting and woodwork to pottery.

Related: Local Father’s Day Gift Boxes

Father’s Day BBQ Drive-Thru at the PNE

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The PNE has announced it will be hosting a Father’s Day BBQ drive-thru as its second event supporting its concessionaires. Join “A Taste of the PNE – Car-B-Q Edition” June 18-21, 2020 at Hastings Park.

BBQ Drive Through PNE

Father’s Day BBQ Drive-Thru at the PNE

When: June 18-21, 2020 from 11:00am to 3:00pm and 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Enter PNE near Gate 6 (north of the Pacific Coliseum) on Renfrew
Tickets: Purchases include two tickets to the opening day of the 2021 PNE Fair. Prices are: $29 for one rack of ribs (plus two tickets to the 2021 Fair) and sides of mac and cheese or poutine can be purchased for $12 each. Entrance to the drive-thru car show is free with your food purchase.

The event features the two Canadian concessionaires from the annual Fair Ribfest area, Smith family of Ontario with Gator’s Barbeque and Reinhardt family of Saskatchewan with Prairie Smoke.

Attendees will also be able to support local family concessionaires Pary and Suzanne Poudier of Reel Mac and Cheese with a choice of two of their most popular PNE Fair mac and cheese favourites as well as Carlie and Scott Dennis of The Fry Guys with an iconic Canadian side, poutine.

The PNE wanted to add a special programming element that will be sure to get dad’s engine running – the first ever indoor drive-thru car show, presented by Canada’s largest hot rod shop, 360 Fabrication of Abbotsford. Attendees will drive across the Pacific Coliseum floor where they will see dozens of amazing classic, vintage, muscle and hot rods from across the region on display.

The event will be staged in flights, with ticket purchasers picking their day, flight time and favourite rib concessionaire and sides in advance through Full social distancing protocols developed in consultation with Vancouver Coastal Health will be adhered to throughout the fun weekend event.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Reopening

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It’s one of the most popular attraction in the province and now the date is set for the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park reopening! Starting June 19th, you can book your tickets for entry on a specific date at a specific time, in order to limit the number of guests at the Park at any one time.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Reopening

When: Reopening Friday, June 19, 2020. Open 9:00am to 6:00pm daily.
Admission: Book tickets online in advance for a specific time slot.

Additional safety measures are:

  • To ensure physical distancing and sanitization standards are maintained, new COVID-19 related safety signage features Scout, the safety squirrel, throughout the Park.
  • Guests will explore the Park in a one-way direction. Suspension Bridge traffic will alternate regularly.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are located in multiple locations throughout the Park, including all attractions. Increased sanitization practices are in place.
  • Guests may not enter the Park if they display any symptoms of COVID-19.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park BC Annual Pass holders will have the exact amount of time left on their passes as they did March 17, 2020. No days will be lost. Pass holders will need to book their times too, and can do so here.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

To enhance the park experience, the Park will feature live music, Raptors Ridge Birds of Prey and a new Kids’ Rainforest Explorer app will be available for download on your mobile devices.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park will again be offering its free shuttle this summer running to and from downtown Vancouver every 30 minutes. Physical distancing measures will be in place with restricted seating.

The Bridge House Cafe is also offering a car-hop/take-out menu. The Trading Post gift shop will reopen later in the summer.

Juneteenth Vancouver March

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The public is invited to join and support the Juneteenth Vancouver March on Friday, June 19, 2020. Organized by Vancouver-based Nova Stevens and Shamika Mitchell, with the full platform support of the Black Vancouver team including Brand Ambassador and spokesperson Clément Isanganino, the march will take place at Jack Poole Plaza at 4:00pm.

Image from a protest by Black Vancouver
Vancouver protest image by Black Vancouver

Juneteenth Vancouver March

Where: Jack Poole Plaza/Olympic Cauldron (moving down Thurlow to Pacific, and Sunset Beach)
When: Friday, June 19, 2020 at 4:00pm

June 19 marks “Juneteenth” – also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day – an annual holiday that commenced in 1865. Following the two recent Black Lives Matters protests, one at šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the other at the Olympic Cauldron, many members of the community have advocated for a march in unity; it is not only emotionally expressive but holds immense power, history and tradition, and is a powerful tool to create change and express community values. 

From the organizers: “Though Canadian, we cannot ignore the direct ties that many of our citizens have with our neighbouring Americans below; this makes the celebration of Juneteenth just as important for us as it is for them.”

Ways to Help

  • Black Lives Matters t-shirts (pressed by North Vancouver’s Get Bold) will be handed out by volunteers at the march with the purpose to keep sparking conversations once people head home to their own communities, circles and families. Click here to donate before June 15th ($100 for a block of 12 shirts)
  • For more ways to help, check out this link
  • Show up June 19th, wearing black, and join for the march
  • Support the march through GoFundMe

“We invite the public to join in and support. Changes’ ripple effects can vary from a city, to a nation, to the world. Voices are to be heard, freedom of speech is to be expressed as we stand in solidarity. The time to stand together is now.”

Following the march, a stage will be set up at Sunset Beach Park where Black artists and speakers will be performing and addressing the crowd. Black-owned businesses will also be at the site to showcase local Black culture, soul food and more.

Those wishing to participate in the march are also reminded to take COVID-19 precautions and to wear masks, and monitor for possible symptoms in the two weeks after the march. 

Follow @FreedomMarchVancouver on Instagram for more information.