Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

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This week we entered Phase 2 of BC’s Restart Plan, and as Dr Henry urges, we should still be cautious engaging with fewer faces, in bigger spaces. With the latter in mind, some BC Parks have re-opened for day use this week, you can still book a time to visit VanDusen Gardens, and there’s a mini donut drive-thru happening at the PNE. Find these activities, virtual events, and more things to do in Vancouver this weekend listed below:

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Things to do in Vancouver This Weekend

Friday, May 22, 2020
Feed My Soul – Live Morning Coffee Chat
Dani Strong – The Bathroom Sessions
Richmond FC Food Drive at McArthur Glen
Art Connects | Re-Opening Museums In A Post-COVID World
Friday Night Piano Lounge on the Rock
Red Truck Beer Company Live Music Nights
Crystal Kelly Live Stream
Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival
Drive-Thru Mini Donuts at the PNE
How-To From Home #4 – Meet The Experts: Audio / Visual
Facebook Live: New Moon Group Meditation
(Sea to Sky Gondola Open for Annual Passholders)
(5 BC Parks to Explore in the Lower Mainland)

Saturday, May 23, 2020
Sponsored by Miss604: Fighting COVID Together a BC Gala Auction
Choux Pastries – Online Live Class
House Party with Decibel
Richmond FC Food Drive at McArthur Glen
Dageraad Turns Six · Anniversary Livestream
Summer Garden Pop-Up
Dan Mangan performs Nice, Nice, Very Nice
Indian Summer Fest: Vandana Shiva & David Suzuki
Glitter Ball 2020 Live Stream
Diversity In Filmmaking Virtual Panel Series
2020 Alzheimer Update
Red Truck Beer Company Live Music Nights
Riley Park Farmers Market
Trout Lake Farmers Market
West End Farmers Market
Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival
Drive-Thru Mini Donuts at the PNE
(Sea to Sky Gondola Open for Annual Passholders)
(5 BC Parks to Explore in the Lower Mainland)

Sunday, May 24, 2020
White Rock Farmers Market
Summer Garden Pop-Up
Sound Bath Sanctuary – Virtual Sound Bath
Quarantune Sundays
Brice Tabish Weekly Song Request Livestream | FB Live
Gluten Free Chocolate Avocado Mousse and a Killer Workout
Kitsilano Farmers Market
Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
Short Circuit Pacific Rim Film Festival
Drive-Thru Mini Donuts at the PNE
(Sea to Sky Gondola Open for Annual Passholders)
(5 BC Parks to Explore in the Lower Mainland)

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Get Active for Charity This Summer

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Fun runs, bake sales, gala events and more are all on hold while we navigate COVID-19 but organizations still need our support, and they’re getting creative with how we can get involved. Here are a few ways you can get active for charity this summer, and have some fun while you’re at it!

Get Active for Charity This Summer

Charity: British Columbia Hospitality Foundation
Duration of campaign: by May 31, 2020
Details: Encouraging participants to pick an activity – walk or run 5km, dance for an hour, skip, prance, skateboard, or bike 10km – and start training today. 

Charity: Ronald McDonald House Charities
Duration of campaign: June, 2020
Details: Assemble your team to move 73 km in June while raising funds to support the families that stay at the 73-room Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon every night.

Vancouver Pride Run and Walk
Charity: Out in Schools and the LOUD Foundation’s Pride Youth Scholarship Fund. 
Duration of campaign: July, 2020
Details: Register online for the 5km run or walk, or the 10km run or walk. Or you can simply register to fundraise. During the month of July, complete your own 5km or 10km walk or run for the cause.

Covenant House Sleep Out
From my last #CHSleepOut in 2017

Charity: Covenant House Vancouver
Duration of campaign: July 10, 2020 from 8:00pm to 8:00am
Details: Challenging individuals, families, and businesses to spend one night on their living room floor, on their balcony or in their backyard, and raise crucial funds to support our Street Outreach Program.

Charity: Sunshine Foundation
Duration of campaign: On June 20, 2020
Details: Join on social media as you dip into the ‘digital stream’ to share videos and photos of you and/or your virtual team completing water themed activities of your choice – by a pool, lake or tub. Gather some super soakers, water balloons, or a slip and slide.  Show us how you #SplashforKids on social media, prizes for Best Picture and Best Video, no registration required.

If you have any more to add, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll include it in the list.

Surrey Canada Day 2020 is Going Virtual

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It’s one of Western Canada’s largest celebrations and although it can’t take place among a hundred thousand at the amphitheatre in Cloverdale this year due to COVID-19, Surrey Canada Day 2020 is going virtual.

Surrey Canada Day 2020 is Going Virtual

Surrey Canada Day

Presented by Coast Capital Savings, Virtual Surrey Canada Day will take place on July 1 with a kids and seniors segment from 10:30am to 11:30am followed by regular programming from 6:00pm to 9:00pm broadcast on Facebook and YouTube Live

Hosted by four-time Olympic gold medalist Hayley Wickenheiser, this year’s free family-friendly virtual event will feature a series of segments including, musical entertainment, virtual tours, indigenous and cultural acts, a “Family Hour” for kids and seniors, dance lessons, a rodeo tribute, and a virtual firework finale to end the night. The livestream will feature musical performances by local Surrey artists and Canadian groups including Colin James, 54-40, Bif Naked, Toque, Said the Whale, and Madeline Merlo

Surrey Canada Day
Surrey Canada Day. Photos by John Bollwitt.

The broadcast will pay tribute to those affected by COVID-19 and honour the courageous local frontline health care workers and essential service providers. Additionally, Virtual Surrey Canada Day is working alongside corporate sponsors to raise $10,000 for the Surrey Food Bank to support the City’s vulnerable population. 

Drive-Thru Mini Donuts in Support of PNE Fair Concessionaires

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This weekend you can get drive-thru mini donuts in support of PNE fair concessionaires! On August 22nd, the PNE would have opened for its 110th season, but due to COVID-19, this end of summer tradition will be greatly missed. It’s played a special role in the collective memory of our province, but one of its best ways to literally taste the nostalgia of the fair is through those deliciously sweet mini donuts.

The Fair at the PNE 2015

Drive-Thru Mini Donuts for the PNE Fair Concessionaires

A Taste of the PNE – The Mini Donut Edition
When: May 22-24, 2020 from 1:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: Enter off Hastings St, west of Playland
Tickets: Buy online in advance! Includes two tickets to the 2021 opening day of the PNE Fair.

For many, the Fair is symbolized by nightly concerts under Vancouver skies, SuperDogs, the Wooden Coaster, baby pigs and 4-H cows, and, of course, that crazy Fair food. But the PNE Fair has a significant impact beyond summertime memories, the 15-day event generates $85 million in economic impact into our region, and supports hundreds of local, family-owned small businesses who make up the concessionaires and exhibitors seen throughout the grounds each August.

Today, in an initiative aimed at supporting those businesses and showing our “Fair spirit” the Pacific National Exhibition is proud to announce the first in a new drive-through series – A Taste of the PNE – Mini Donut Edition.

Drive-Thru Mini Donuts PNE

This celebration of the almighty mini donut will feature the four concessionaires seen annually at the PNE Fair: Those Little Donuts, Tin Lizzy Donuts, CinCity Donuts and the PNE Fundunkers.  

The Mini Donut Edition is the first in an anticipated series of events celebrating some of our Playland and Fair favourites.

The program, developed in consultation with Vancouver Coastal Health, will be a drive-thru experience with safe distancing protocols and food preparation standards.

Ticket holders will drive up to each of the participating donut stands, located in a row on the Fair’s traditional “Revel District” area at Hastings Park and pick up donuts to go for a bundled price. Prices are $20 for 24 donuts (plus two tickets to the 2021 Fair) or a Family Pack can be purchased for $35.00 for 48 donuts (plus two tickets to the 2021 Fair).

Abbotsford Update

Following the recent success of the PNE event, Agrifair is bringing the Mini Donut Drive Thru featuring “BC’s Best Mini Donuts” to Abbotsford June 19-21, 2020 (Father’s Day weekend).

Partnering with four food vendors, the mini donut drive-thru is offers 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. Book your tickets and find more info through TicketLeader.

5 BC Parks to Explore in the Lower Mainland

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Welcome to Phase 2 of BC’s Restart Plan! Starting today, carefully and cautiously, some services will begin to open up again the province. As of May 14th, BC Parks re-opened for day use. While everyone is still encouraged to stay within their own community, I have selected 5 BC Parks to explore in the Lower Mainland where you can enjoy few faces and big spaces.

5 BC Parks to Explore in the Lower Mainland

Camping is not permitted, some facilities and services may not be operational.

Cultus Lake British Columbia

Cultus Lake Provincial Park: Open for day-use only, playgrounds are closed. Cultus Lake Provincial Park is characterized by a large, warm freshwater lake and scenic forest-clad mountains. Due to a storm early in 2020, avoid Maple Bay Day-Use Area and Delta Grove.

Peace Arch Provincial Park: Open for day-use only. Its location straddles the 49th parallel, with its planning and development done in conjunction with Washington State Parks. 

Sasquatch Provincial Park

Sasquatch Provincial Park: Green Bay day use area is open, all other day use areas closed. Located north of Harrison Hot Springs, Sasquatch Provincial Park is characterized by a series of pocket lakes, a unique second-growth and birch forest, and scenic mountain ridges.

Stawamus Chief Provincial Park and Protected Area: Stawamus Chief Park is open for day use including climbing, however the main Chief Trail (Backside Trail) is closed. Stawamus Chief Provincial Park protects the 700-metre massive granite cliffs that stand at the southern entrance to Squamish on the scenic Sea to Sky Highway.

Golden Ears

Golden Ears Provincial Park: Open for day-use only. Playgrounds are closed. One of the largest parks in the province, with an extensive system of trails through a coastal western Hemlock forest with rugged mountainous backcountry.

On the South Coast, parks such as Porteau CoveMount Seymour, Cypress Provincial ParkChilliwack Lake, and Shannon Falls do not yet have a re-open date posted. You can check a park’s status online here to see if it has a projected opening date or note.