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Hop Aboard a Spirit Catcher Train – June 21 – September 3
Who says there’s no such thing as Sasquatches? At Klahowya Village, a new aboriginal attraction in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, visitors can hop aboard a Spirit Catcher Train for a journey through old-growth forest to hear ancient tales of the legendary Sasquatch. Open daily from June 21 to September 3, this family-friendly adventure immerses visitors in the First Nations cultures of the region through traditional dance, cuisine, storytelling, wood carving and an artisan marketplace. Visit from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Pay Tribute to Elvis at the Annual Elvis Extravaganza – June 22 – 24
Humble homeboy that he was, Elvis would probably be shocked to know he’d spawned so many imitators. And some of the best of them will be on stage at the Penticton Elvis Festival, held from June 22 to 24 at Okanagan Lake Park and Penticton Trade & Convention Centre. This 11th annual Elvis extravaganza salutes the songs of the hip-swinging singer with top tribute artists from around the world, all competing to be crowned “The King.” Buy tickets online or by phone at 1-877-763-2849.
Celebrate Art and Nature at a Midsummer Fête – June 24
Vancouver’s version of Cirque du Soleil? Definitely the Public Dreams Society, throwing its annual Midsummer Fête on June 24 at Colony Farm Regional Park in Coquitlam. Held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., it’s a summer celebration of nature and art that weaves together artists, gardeners, beekeepers and ecologists in a whimsical whirlwind of music, performances, storytelling and even an outdoor tea party. Admission by donation is $5 for adults (free for kids and seniors), with a free shuttle running from Lougheed SkyTrain Station.
Celebrate Greek Day – June 24
Sure, Vancouver is a multi-culti community, but there’s one day a year when everybody raises the figurative flag for a single country. On June 24, Greek Day draws crowds from all over the Lower Mainland for some big-time Grecian appreciation in the form of food, fun and folk music in the heart of Kitsilano, along West Broadway, between MacDonald and Blenheim streets. Check out all the Hellenic-style hoopla from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., rain or shine.
Support Ships to Shore 2012 – June 29 – July 1
Are you nutty about all things naval? Then you’ll be happy to hear Ships to Shore 2012 is sailing into Steveston from June 29 to July 1. A flotilla of tall ships and historical vessels will be on display to recreate the long-lost days when Steveston Village was a major port of call for fleets from around the world. Plus, some ships will be open for free public boarding, while others will be offering day sails, all from Imperial Landing near Steveston Park in Richmond.
Grow to GardenWorks’ Annual Sunrise to Sunset Sale – June 23
Growing a garden takes a lot of green. But that’s no reason to throw in the trowel: Just check out GardenWorks’ 11th annual Sunrise to Sunset Sale, happening on June 23 at store locations throughout the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island. Why go? It’s the company’s largest one-day sale of the year, with deep discounts on everything from seeds and supplies to plants and pottery. Happy gardening!
Take in a Concert at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards – June 23 and onwards
Wine, music and . . . thou? Tinhorn Creek Vineyards has got the first two criteria covered with a Canadian Concert Series set to unfold this summer at the picturesque South Okanagan estate, set amidst the sagebrush of the famed Golden Mile wine region. On June 23, Victoria-based pop rockers Acres of Lions will have crowds roaring in appreciation as guests sip VQA vino in an outdoor amphitheatre. Buy tickets for the show — or other upcoming concerts on July 28, August 25 and September 8 — by calling 1-888-484-6467.
Laugh Your Way through the Wiggle & Giggle Show – June 30
If laughter is the best medicine, your Rx is as simple as a ticket to The Wiggle & Giggle Show on June 30 at the Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway, Vancouver). Described as a “burlesque, comedy, and variety act spectacular,” it’s emceed by Patrick Maliha, TVW columnist and world-record holder for performing the most impressions in one minute. He’s joined by satirical stand-up Carter Hortie, madcap musicians Flying Not Falling and two of the hottest burlesque babes in town, Melody Mangler and Lola Frost. Tickets for the 8:30 p.m. show are $15 at the door or $12 in advance.
Breeze Through the Air with Oyama Zipline Forest Adventure – anytime
Adrenaline junkies, take note: If you have a need for speed, you’ll satisfy your appetite for acceleration at Oyama Zipline Forest Adventure (5617 Oyama Lake Rd, located between Kelowna and Vernon). Take your pick from seven different zipline runs, some with trapdoor starts and others reaching speeds of 85 km/h. Cement the experience with a souvenir, ranging from T-shirts, hoodies and caps to the most popular item — boxer shorts imprinted with “I had to change my shorts at Oyama Zipline.”
Enjoy Tea and Truffles at the VanDusen Botanical Garden – anytime
Beautiful blooms, serene ponds and intriguing sculptures are just three of the reasons to visit VanDusen Botanical Garden (5251 Oak St, Vancouver). Another reason is the new Afternoon Tea at Truffles Café, where diners can enjoy a traditional tea service complete with a three-tier tray of goodies and a selection of organic and private-label brews. For details, call 604-505-4961.
Treat Yourself to Brunch at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia – anytime
For a brunch that packs a punch, you won’t do any better than at Reflections at Rosewood Hotel Georgia (801 W. Georgia St, Vancouver). This newly opened eatery has just entered the brunch biz with a chef-made menu that features locally sourced, seasonally inspired food — including novel noshes like Serrano ham with aged balsamic, and traditional fare with a tasty twist like spicy chorizo eggs benedict. Reserve your spot for Sunday brunch between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., by calling 604-682-5566.
Take a Wine Tour – Thursdays through Sundays
Pardon the pun, but a “grape escape” is just what’s in store when you book a winery tour at Mission Hill Family Estate in Kelowna. Throughout the summer, the award-winning winery is offering a variety of tasting tours, including a two-hour sommelier-led session that includes a visit to the varietal garden, underground barrel cellar and estate vineyard, followed by an al fresco lunch featuring farm-fresh seasonal ingredients paired perfectly with three different wines. Book tickets for the tour, available Thursdays through Sundays starting at noon, for $85 per person by calling at 250-768-6448.
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