BC Adventures – Our To Do Picks for March 2-8

This week in BC: Pamper yourself for less at Nourish Spa, learn how to ranch-wrangle from real cowboys in Kamloops, be mystified by magician Vitaly Beckman, and more

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Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown — February 28 to March 3

When it comes to Victoria’s top attractions, tourists are often more in the loop than the locals. Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown aims to change all that by offering residents free entry to dozens of museums, galleries, historic sites and attractions, along with additional discounts on shopping, hotels and activities like High Tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel. Catch it from February 28 to March 3 for $10 online.

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Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show — March 2-3

Yes, East Coasters, it’s true: when Friday arrives Vancouverites plot an early escape from the urban jungle for a weekend of outdoor adventure. One thing that might keep us from hightailing it for the hills, though, is the Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show on March 2 and 3 at Vancouver Convention Centre West. Sporty types can get up to speed with over 200 exhibits on everything from biking and hiking to running and watersports. Buy tickets for $10 online or $12 at the door.

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Vancouver International Dance Festival — March 2-23

It’s said that dance is the hidden language of the soul — a truism whether it involves drunk guys on the dance floor or artists on the world stage. And while the former might be amusing, the latter is always inspiring, as you’ll see at the Vancouver International Dance Festival. Held from March 2 to 23, it’s set to showcase a lineup of top talent from here and abroad that includes the likes of EDAM, Margie Gillis and Joe Ink, along with wallet-friendly shows for just $3 per person, at various downtown venues.

Fraser Valley Wedding Festival — March 4

Say “I do!” to a night of fun at the Fraser Valley Wedding Festival, taking place on March 4 at the Coast Hotel & Convention Centre in Langley. That’s where old traditions will meet new additions, thanks to cake-offs, wine sampling and even an interactive fashion show. Plus, brides-to-be will find a décor showcase offering unique ideas for floral arrangements, aisle settings and table dressings, all in this season’s hottest colours — mint green and butter yellow. Drop by from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $5 at the door, with proceeds benefiting the Canadian Cancer Society.

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Coastal First Nations Dance Festival — March 6-10

If Vancouver’s recent Talking Stick Festival has whet your appetite for all things indigenous, you’re in luck, ’cause the Dancers of Damelahamid are presenting the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival from March 6 to 10 at the UBC Museum of Anthropology. This annual event gathers aboriginal performance groups from throughout B.C., the Yukon, Nunavik and abroad to share a multitude of music, dance and cultural traditions through a series of evening presentations and afternoon performances.

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Kamloops Cowboy Festival 

— March 7-10

Blame the Calgary Stampede if you thought all of Canada’s cowboys resided exclusively in Alberta. Proving that perception false is the Kamloops Cowboy Festival, a yearly yee-haw held from March 7 to 10 at various local venues. Ranch wranglers from all over B.C. will be on hand for events ranging from concerts and theatre to workshops on ranch roping, guitar picking and yodeling.

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Vancouver International Salsafestival 

— March 7-10

It’s hot, spicy and has a kick, but don’t be confused: the fourth annual Vancouver International Salsafestival has nothing to do with nachos and everything to do with dance. And, sadly, you’ve only got one more chance to kick up your heels at this celebrated shindig, which hits the dance floor for the final time from March 7 to 10 at Vancouver’s Westin Bayshore Hotel. And talk about a grand finale — more than 4,000 participants are expected to turn out for a sizzling lineup of performances, parties and workshops, with tickets and full details online.

Tip a Wee Dram — March 8

Whether you call it bourbon, rye or scotch, whisky is considered one of the world’s top tipples. And you’re invited to sip it straight up or on the rocks at Tip a Wee Dram, taking place March 8 at the Vancouver Scottish Cultural Centre. This whisky-tasting fundraiser, which supports “Team Hope” riders in the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, features single malts and blends from around the world, along with distillery reps eager to answer all your questions. Check it out from $60, starting at 7 p.m.

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An Evening of Wonders 

— March 8-10

It’s tough being a magician these days. Just try the age-old trick of pulling a rabbit out of a hat and seen-it-all audiences will likely boo you off the stage. Nobody knows this better than Vitaly Beckman, a Vancouver illusionist whose personal goal is to restore jaw-dropping wonder to our jaded generation by making the impossible possible. From bringing paintings to life to making your driver’s license photo disappear, his illusions defy belief, as you’ll see at An Evening of Wonders, held at The Cultch in Vancouver from March 8 to 10, with tickets and additional tour dates online.

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Winter Deals

 at Nourish Spa

Rained-out West Coasters have barely seen the sun in months. So to rejuvenate corpse-like complexions, check out the winter deals at Vancouver’s Nourish Spa, offering a 60- to 90-minute acupuncture treatment for $45 (regular $85); a 60-minute hot-stone massage for $99 (regular $140); and a 45-minute Crystal UltraPeel microdermabrasion facial for $119 (regular $150). See you at the spa!

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