BC Adventures – Our To Do Picks for January 26-February 1

This week in BC: Go wild at the Maple Leaf Monster Jam Tour, indulge in Dine Out at Vancouver FanClub for "Dinner at the Birdcage," visit Whistler for the Luge World Championships, and more

Maple Leaf Monster Jam Tour — Jan. 26

Vroom, vroom, indeed. The Maple Leaf Monster Jam Tour roars into Vancouver’s B.C. Place for one action-packed show on January 26, giving fans a chance to witness the world’s best monster trucks battling it out in the ultimate event of intense speed, racing and destruction. Twelve massive trucks will be part of the dirt-flying, car-crushing action, including world freestyle champ, Kelowna’s Cam McQueen, helming a Canuck-themed monster truck called Northern Nightmare. It all starts at 7 p.m., but come early for a pre-show Party in the Pits from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Vive les Voyageurs Winter Festival — Jan. 26-27

Did you know that French-Canadians constitute the largest ethnic group in the country? Neither did we, but that sure explains the popularity of Vive les Voyageurs Winter Festival, held at Fort Langley National Historic Site (23433 Mavis Ave) on January 26 and 27. Expect French-Canadian culture in all its forms, from poutine fries and finger-weaving to sing-alongs and interactive activities, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7.80 with more details at 604-513-4777.

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St. Valentine’s Day Massacre — Jan. 24 to Feb. 17

Only the quickest wits can hope to survive Vancouver TheatreSports League’s St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, which pits exceptional improv groups from around the world against each other in a comedic battle for your love, from January 24 to February 17. This 25th annual edition pulls out all the stops to guarantee the funniest festival yet, with teams hailing from as near as Bellingham and as far as Montreal, Atlanta and Las Vegas. Check it out Thursdays through Saturdays at The Improv Centre on Granville Island, with tickets available online.

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ESL Conversation and Book Club — Jan. 26 until June

English is said to be one of the hardest languages to learn, so ESL speakers are invited to commiserate over their conjugations at the Vancouver Public Library’s Fraserview Branch (1950 Argyle St), hosting a monthly conversation circle and book club starting on January 26. This free group for aspiring English speakers allows you to share your thoughts on everything from the latest books to world events while practicing your language skills in a fun, casual setting, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on selected Saturdays through June.

Kokanee Snow Dreams Festival — Jan. 26-27

If the closest you ever get to Kokanee is at the local beer store, it’s time you checked out the Kokanee Snow Dreams Festival, voted the “Best Deck Party in Canada” by Ski Canada Magazine. Held at Fernie Alpine Resort from January 26 to 27, this backcountry bash includes an abundance of après activities for all ages, including live tunes, a beer garden and an all-you-can-eat buffet at the legendary Griz Bar.

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Bend Over Backward’s Winter Yoga Camp — Jan. 28 to Feb.1

Winter recreation isn’t just about skiing, snowboarding and ice-skating. For an activity that doesn’t involve braving frigid temperatures, check out Bend Over Backward’s Winter Yoga Camp, taking place in Nanaimo from January 28 to February 1. Starting at 6:30 a.m., these early-morning sessions include a half-hour of guided meditation followed by a 60-minute asana practice with Kelly Murphy, an Iyengar practitioner for more than 20 years. Go online to register or for more details.

Dine Out Vancouver — Dinner at the Birdcage – Jan. 31

Do you like to eat your meals distraction free? Then you’re not the right audience for Dinner at the Birdcage, an uproarious evening featuring a three-course meal and a cabaret show on January 31 at Vancouver FanClub (1050 Granville). After all, you just might choke on your chow as you chuckle through 11 boa-swishing, booty-swaying performances by drag queens like Joan-E, Carlotta Gurl and Coco, starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets benefit the Vancouver Friends for Life Society, and are available by phone at 604-684-2787.

44th Luge World Championships — Feb. 1-2

There’s no shortage of things to do at Whistler/Blackcomb, and this week is no exception. The alpine playground is set to be the site of the 44th Luge World Championships on February 1 and 2. So don your red and white, and come to the Whistler Sliding Centre to cheer Canada’s athletes to victory while enjoying entertainment, food vendors, beer gardens and a nightly fireworks show. P.S. Don’t miss the Opening Ceremonies on January 30 in Whistler Village Square, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online for $10.

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White Spot Family Game Night Package — Vancouver Giants Home Games

If America is all about apple pie and baseball, Canada is all about hamburgers and hockey. Case in point: the White Spot Family Game Night package, which starts with a delicious meal for four followed by a Vancouver Giants hockey game. Valued at $130, this offer is yours for just $99 including tax, and also features a free game-night parking pass and $10 Chevron gas coupon. Check it out for any Giants home game (including January 30 and February 1) at Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum by calling 604-444-2687 or visiting Vancouver Giants or Whitespot.

Off the Eaten Track

Earning a spot among Vancouver’s hottest ’hoods alongside Gastown and Yaletown, Railtown is an up-and-coming area on the northern tip of the Downtown Eastside that’s winning raves for its world-class restaurants. But why don’t you be the judge on an Off the Eaten Track culinary walking tour that stops at five unique Railtown locations, including H.A.V.E. Café (374 Powell). The tours run for ninety minutes, with tickets available by phone at 604-684-2787.

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