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The Fraser Valley is located in British Columbia, Canada along the US Border to the south and beside the coast mountains to the north (map). With the mighty Fraser River streaming through the valley, New Westminster, acres of farmland, visitors, and residents can find endless opportunities to explore nature and visit local restaurants, bistros, wineries, and craft breweries, The Fraser Valley is a great place to visit and explore!

Fraser Valley British Columbia

One of the questions we often ask our readers is, “are you looking for something to do?” If you are looking for something to in in the lower mainland of the Fraser Valley, here are some of the area’s main attractions…

Golden Ears Provincial Park – “As one of the largest parks in the province, Golden Ears Provincial Park is one of the largest parks in the province and has numerous recreational opportunities. There is an extensive system of trails that provide an excellent opportunity for hiking and horseback riding. On Alouette Lake, you can go swimming, windsurfing, water-skiing, canoeing, boating, and fishing.” The park also has three large campgrounds.1

Golden Ears

Harrison Hot Springs is a famous resort town in the Fraser Valley claiming natural mineral hot springs, a sandy beach, and a gorgeous lake for water activities. “On a clear day, Harrison Hot Springs is breathtaking, with views of massive granite ridges, a majestic lake surrounded by trees and hills, and long sandy beaches. The lake is one of the biggest in the lower mainland. The town is about a 90-minute drive east of Vancouver and a half-hour drive northeast of Chilliwack.” 2

Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park is located east of Chilliwack. The park is a scenic day-use area with a picnic area for families. The main attraction of course is a 60-meter waterfall that cascades down the rocks that is just a short walk from the parking and. picnic area. “The name of the park comes from the waterfall as its smooth rock is said to create a “veil-like” effect from the falling water” 3

Cultus Lake Water Park

Cultus Lake and the surrounding area are one of the jewels of the Fraser Valley. Cultus Lake is 100 km east of Vancouver, “With 640 acres of park, conservation areas, trails, camping, fun activities and beaches with beautiful refreshing water… it is highly popular with visitors and residents alike.” During the summer you can get ice cream, play sand volleyball and there are even ball fields in the area. And don’t forget to visit the popular Cultus Lake Waterpark 4

The Othello Tunnels were built in the early 1900s when the Canadian Pacific Railway decided a route was necessary to link the Kootenay Region with the BC coast by rail. “There are spectacular viewing opportunities available on the trail, through the tunnels, and on the bridges. Located near the town of Hope there are lots of places for viewing, walking, fishing, and picnicking.5

We invite you to come to visit and explore some of the Fraser Valley’s top attractions and there’s plenty more to see and do! Heck, why not have a family reunion here, or attend a special event like a hockey game at the Abbotsford Event Centre or Langley Event Centre?

Looking for something fun to do in Fort Langley? See Seven Fun Things To Do In Fort Langley

Footnotes
1 https://bcparks.ca/explore/parkpgs/golden_ears/
2 https://hotspringsofbc.ca/
3 https://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/bridal-veil-falls/
4 https://www.cultuslake.bc.ca/
5 https://bcparks.ca/explore/parkpgs/coquihalla_cyn/

Main Photo Credit: @alouetteparks and @susanmarquis
Dog (photo taken in Golden Ears Provincial Park) @lilo_lovebug
Water Slide https://www.instagram.com/cultuslakewaterpark/
📸 Photos – Please email rod@impactinl.net for credit or removal. No copyright infringement intended.

online shopping scam

Online shopping can be easy and fun. But unfortunately, there are many scammers who want to steal your identity and your money. The information below provides tips on ways you can protect your personal information and your finances when shopping online.

online shopping scams

There are plenty of examples of people being defrauded through online shopping scams. Back in August 2021, for example, two Abbotsford businesses were out $100K each in an email scam.  Fraudsters used addresses similar to the legitimate company to request e-transfers to pay invoices. Back in 2020, it was reported that Facebook shopping scams were at an all-time high with losses of $117 million in just the first six months of that year.

online shopping scams
Use these tips to help you to identify and protect yourself from fraud.

Verify the Website

Only shop on secure websites with good reputations. Check for the small, locked padlock icon in the address bar. The address should start with https://.

Check the spelling of the URL. Scammers use similar spellings to fool you into thinking that you are on the true site.

Do an online search on the seller. Use the seller’s name and the word “scam” to vet them before sending money.

online shopping scams

Manage Risk

Don’t shop online using public Wi-Fi. Public Wi-Fi is not secure and increases your chance of being hacked.

Use a credit card. That way if you get scammed, you can dispute the charges.

Check out as a guest if possible. Your data won’t be retained by the company.

Online Shopping Scams

Trust Your Instincts

Beware of deals that seem too good to be true.

Be vigilant when websites or social media ads link to an unfamiliar website. Look for typos and missing contact information. Other red flags are poorly written or missing sections such as About Us, Privacy Policy, or Terms and Conditions.

If something doesn’t feel right, walk away.

Report scams right away to your bank and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

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Looking for something fun to do in August? Here are some of our picks…

ABBOTSFORD

Symphony in the Park AbbotsfordSymphony in the Park – Abbotsford
Bring a lawn chair and join us for a full symphony orchestra presentation of tunes you love, from Broadway to movies to classics. Admission is free. Duration: 2 hr 15 min
Friday, August 12 at 7pm
Mill Lake Park, Ware Street
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International Overdose Day Walk & Ceremony International Overdose Awareness Day - Abbotsford
International Overdose Awareness Day is August 31. LIFE Recovery Association, in collaboration with Telecare Crisis & Caring Line, will host a memorial walk and ceremony to raise awareness in Abbotsford. The family-friendly event will take place at Mill Lake Park with registration located at the Bevan Avenue Picnic Shelter #4. The welcome and walk begin at 6:30pm, memorial ceremony starts at 7:30pm. Guests are invited to honour their loved ones by bringing a framed photo for display.
Mill Lake Park, Ware Street
Wednesday, August 31, 6:30pm
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LANGLEY

Fort Langley Night MarketFort Langley Night Market
Fort Langley Night Market is a community gathering to bring people together in an outdoor space like no other with play areas, vendors, music, food, beer & wine.
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Every Friday (weather dependent) June 17th – October 7th, 5-10 pm at the corner of Glover Rd and Mary Ave.

Dive-In Movie Night
Movie: Spider-Man: No Way Home. Bring your inflatable floaties and float around Breaker Bay or relax poolside while enjoying a family-friendly movie on the big screen. Cost: $7.00 per person, including tax. Advanced online registration is required. No drop-ins. Registration for Dive-In Movie Nights opens seven days in advance of each event.
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Paul FilekSummer Festival Series – Paul Filek
The Summer Festival Series is back with free performances on Thursday nights in July and August at the Willoughby Community Park Amphitheatre. Catch Paul Filek performing on Thursday, August 11th at 7pm.
August 11, 2022, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Willoughby Community Park, 200 Street, Langley Township, BC, Canada
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Photo: @paulfilek

SURREY

Sounds of Summer: Amber Tsang
They say, “Join us for a free concert as part of the Sounds of Summer outdoor concert series featuring Jazz duo, Amber Tsang. Join us at Francis Park as part of the Sounds of Summer free outdoor concert series. Show starts at 1:00pm. Amber Tsang and Alvin Brendan are two young up-and-coming jazz musicians based in Vancouver, BC. Despite their youth, they have shown much promise as they emerge into the Vancouver jazz scene. As a duo, their distinctive styles complement each other while also highlighting their own individual talents. Amber and Alvin combine their love of performing tin pan alley songs as well as exploring new musical avenues through collective improvisation in their music. Their arrangements aim to breathe new life into the timeless jazz standard canon and the American Songbook.”
August 5, 2022 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Francis Park – 15951 83 Avenue
Free – no tickets required. All ages welcome.
Photo @ambertsang

ButterfliesHabitat for Humanity 11th Annual Butterfly Release
Check out a live butterfly release charity community event in Fleetwood, fundraising for Habitat for Humanity. You are invited to a live butterfly release charity community event at Fleetwood Villa, fundraising for Habitat for Humanity. Come for a lineup of live entertainment. The event is organized for seniors, but the family can come and join in on the fun. Support Habitat for Humanity – Purchase and reserve your butterflies today at our reception desk by calling 604-590-2889. $20 cash or cheque gets you a butterfly to release and a homemade decorated butterfly cookie. All cheques can be made out to Habitat and are tax deductible. There will be BBQ lunch and summer treats tent, with proceeds going towards Habitat for Humanity.
August 13, 2022 11:30am – 4:00pm
Fleetwood Villa 16028 83 Avenue
Tickets & Pricing – Free to attend – $20 to purchase a butterfly to release
Photo: Unsplash

Sounds of Summer: Cookin’ with Brass
About the Band – Known for their heart-pounding energy, this adrenaline-charged band features an innovative blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds, R&B, Blues, Funk, Jazz, and Hip-Hop beats. Their genre-bending performances unleash brassy Funk and Street Beat rhythms that move you!
August 17, 2022 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Elgin Heritage Park – 13723 Crescent Rd
Free – no tickets required. All ages welcome.
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Photo: @cookinwithbrass

FOOTNOTES
Surrey Events
Langley Events
Abbotsford Events

July features Canada Day festivities and lots of music festivals. Here are several July events taking place in the Fraser Valley that caught our eye…

Fort Langley Jazz and Soul festival
Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival
Thu, Jul 21, 7:00 p.m.–Sun, Jul 24, 9:00 p.m.
Chief Sepass Theatre – 9096 Trattle St, Langley Twp, BC
The Festival features 60 bands, 8 indoor & outdoor stages, Visual Art, Kidz Zone & More! The 2022 Odlum Brown Fort Langley Jazz & Arts Festival will feature a combination of in-person ticketed… READ MORE

Chilliwack Hospice SocietyChilliwack Hike for Hospice 2022
Sun, Jul 10, 12:00–2:00 p.m.
Sardis Park – 6898 School Ln, Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack Hike for Hospice is a fun, family-friendly event that raises funds in support of the free bereavement and palliative care support programs and services provided by Chilliwack Hospice… READ MORE

Harrison Festival Of The Arts 2022
July 7–17, 2022
Harrison Memorial Hall – 290 Esplanade Ave, Harrison Hot Springs, BC
Harrison Memorial Hall, Harrison Hot Springs, BC, Canada Line-up: Blackie And The Rodeo Kings and Five Alarm Funk Read more on Songkick

Canada Day Family FestivalCanada day Film Festival
Fri, Jul 1, 11:00 a.m.
Abbotsford City Hall – 32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford
Celebrate Canada, Celebrate Community! 2022 will be a very special year for our community as we gather safely in-person. Our community celebration begins with a two-hour parade along our main… Read more on Kids Out and About Vancouver – KidsOutAndAbout.com

Mission Folk FestivalMission Folk Festival 2022
Thu, Jul 21–Sun, Jul 24
Mission Folk Music Festival Society – 7494 Mary St, Mission, BC
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Surrey Canada Day
Fri, Jul 1, 10:00 a.m.–10:30 p.m.
Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre – 17728 64 Ave, Surrey, BC
The City of Surrey is situated on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Salish Peoples, including the q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), q̓ʷɑ:n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), and Semiahma (Semiahmoo) land-based Nations. July 1st is a day to chart a new and better path forward. Together, we can work towards reconciliation and more equitable society for all. We invite you to come together to experience diverse cultural expressions, as well as the best of Canada and its hope for the future. Surrey Canada Day is committed to sharing music, education, entertainment, and the cultural practices of many Indigenous and multicultural artists. Event organizers are working with leaders from land-based Nations and an Indigenous consultant in the planning and programming of this event. READ MORE

Surrey Fusion Festival
Surrey Fusion Festival is the ultimate celebration of food, music, and culture. Festival organizers are proud to work with communities representing different ethnicities and cultures from around the world and honour the traditions and history that they share with attendees. Since the festival’s inception in 2008, the event has grown to showcase over 40 different cultures, with pavilions offering international foods, displays of artifacts and textiles, and multiple stages featuring musical and dance performances. Surrey Fusion Festival is proud to host pavilions from over 40 cultures across the globe, including from North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. READ MORE

Fraser Valley CiderParty in The Tent at The Fraser Valley Cider Company Featuring Koan Kane
Fri, 8 July 2022 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
The Fraser Valley Cider Company – 22128 16 Ave Langley, BC V2Z 1L3
The Mighty Koan aka ‘Koan Kane ‘ is a singer-songwriter of some of the most unusual music in Vancouver. Koan’s music ranges from pop to ballads, from dance to indie beats. READ MORE and Photo Credit


Live Music Fridays – Township 7 Langley
“Summer just got hotter! We are pleased to support the local music scene as we feature live music each Friday Night on our patio. Enjoy a glass of wine while you take in the smooth sounds of live music.”
July 1st | Evan Kennedy
July 22nd | Greg Neufeld
July 29th | Julia Nicholson – TBC
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FOOTNOTES
While we do our best to ensure the accuracy of our listings, events may be postponed or canceled without notice. Please confirm with the organizer before making any plans.
Main Photo Credit – https://www.fraservalleycider.ca/
Photos – No copyright infringement intended. Please contact us for credit or removal at rod@impactintl.net

It’s that time of year when local Farmer’s Markets are up and running again. At a Farmer’s Market, you can almost always find locally grown produce, seafood, meat, and poultry. Farmer’s Markets are also a great place to shop for baked goods, handmade crafts, and flowers. At FV Lifestyle we love to shop locally and there is no better place to do that than at a community-run Farmer’s Market or local farm!

Kingfisher Market
They say, “The Kingfisher Market truly gives you that farm-to-table experience. Open from mid-June into the Autumnal season, this neighbourhood farm provides the opportunity to shop for fresh sustainably grown veggies, flowers, meat, cheese, bread, eggs, and honey. The vegetables, grown right on their farm, are hand-picked every Tuesday for optimum freshness. You can even visit the cows and chickens who call the farm home and see where the harvest is hauled from.”
See website for address and hours of operation https://www.kingfisherfarmmarket.com/
Photo: @kingfisherfarmmarket

A Rocha Farm & Gift Shop
More than a farmer’s market, the A Rocha Farm & Gift Shop is a place for community engagement. While you’re picking up your field-fresh veggies, take a little time to browse locally and sustainably produced gift items, or enjoy a cup of freshly brewed pour-over coffee. Veggies are available Tuesday and Saturday, while the shop is also open Wednesday to Friday.
See website for address and hours of operation https://arocha.ca/where-we-work/brooksdale/a-rocha-farm-gift-shop/
Photo: @arochacanada

The Clayton Market
They say, “We are so excited to continue to bring together the community to celebrate and support the local farmers, markers, bakers + emerging brands – with a little Collective Market magic sprinkled in!” – Caitlyn + Jessica
See website for address and hours of operation https://www.claytonfarmersmarket.org/

Farmers Market

Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market
They say, “Join us at our next B.C. Farmers Market and meet our local BC farmers, BC Prepared food vendors,
and our “Best of BC” Artisans.”
See website for address and hours of operation https://fortlangleyvillagefarmersmarket.org/
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Langley Farm Market
They say, “We’re specialists in freshly picked produce from across BC, including fresh fruit from Okanagan farmers and organic vegetables grown right here in Metro Vancouver. We also offer locally sourced natural and organic groceries, in-store baked goods, fresh meat, delicatessen cold cuts, and chilled seafood.”
See website for address and hours of operation https://www.langleyfarm.ca/

Langley Community Farmers Market
They say, “Our Market runs every Wednesday throughout the summer, and features the best food and artisan products the beautiful Fraser Valley has to offer.”
See website for address and hours of operation https://lcfm.ca/

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White Rock Farmers’ Market
They say, “Our authentic Community-based Farmers’ Market with all the fabulous vendor-produced goods—including fresh fruits and veggies, with an emphasis on locally-grown farm produce. There are also baked goods, preserves, garden products (bedding plants, hanging baskets, and flowers), many specialty food items such as organic cheese, local seafood, and gourmet dog biscuits plus unique crafts by local craftspeople. Much, much more awaits you”.
See website for address and hours of operation https://www.whiterockfarmersmarket.ca/
Photo: @farmersmarketwhiterock

Haney Farmers’ Market
They say, “For more than fifteen years, the Haney Farmers’ Market has been inviting local residents to Memorial Peace Park for a weekly meet and greet with some of the regions’ most hyper-local food producers. A bustling hub of local food activity, fresh farm produce vendors from Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge descend upon this central downtown market as local families stop by Kids Korner for story time and educational programs, or enjoy a beverage and hot snack while talented buskers perform at Café Corner.
See website for address and hours of operation https://bcfarmersmarkettrail.com/market/haney-farmers-market/
Photo: @haneyfarmersmarket

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Surrey Urban Farmers Market
They say, “We are a community meeting place run by passionate volunteers. We are a vibrant, multi-cultural non-profit Farmers Market, promoting local farmers big and small, food producers, artisans, community groups, and entertainers for the benefit of our diverse community. We host live entertainment, community workshops, and kids activities while providing a shopping experience that is unique and memorable, allowing guests to meet face to face with farmers, producers, artisans, and entertainers.”
See website for address and hours of operation https://surreymarket.org/

 

 

Abbotsford farmers MarketAbbotsford Farm & Country Market
They say, “Abbotsford’s longest running farmers’ market featuring the best local vendors and fresh, real food.”
See website for address and hours of operation https://afcm.ca/
Photo: abbotsfordfarmandcountrymarket

Chilliwack Market

Downtown Chilliwack Community Market
They say, “make. bake. grow. gather. A new way to connect with your food & community. Our market of local growers, gatherers, bakers, crafters, and makers is a space where new relationships can form and thrive around those offerings, connecting the people of Chilliwack with quality food and goods.”
See website for address and hours of operation https://dccm.ca/
Photo: @chilliwackmarket

Mission City Farmer’s MarketPlants
They say, “Each Saturday (May – October) we bring you an assortment of fresh produce, vegetables, baking, and other specialty foods from local vendors in Mission and the Fraser Valley.”
See website for address and hours of operation https://missioncityfarmersmarket.com/
Photo: @missioncitysfarmersmarket

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FOOTNOTES
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Abbotsford Events in June

HIKE FOR HOSPICEHIKE FOR HOSPICE
They say, “Every year the Abbotsford Hospice Society holds our annual Hike for Hospice to raise funds and awareness in our community. All funds raised stay here in Abbotsford to support our programs and services. Walk, run, or roll – Hike for Hospice is a family-friendly, fun event! The Hike for Hospice has become an annual tradition for many families and friends to honour the memories of their loved ones. We are very grateful to all the hikers, donors, volunteers and sponsors who help make this event a success. Funds raised by events like Hike for Hospice play an important role in allowing us to serve the community with our end-of-life and grief support programs for all ages, offered at no cost. Your support makes a difference. Thank you!
DATE: Sunday, June 12, 12:00 pm
VENUE: Mill Lake Park, Ware Street
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BC HIGHSCHOOL RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Big week of high school rugby as the BC high school provincials come to town. Should be a great week! All games at Exhibition Park and Rotary Stadium.
DATE: June 1 (Wednesday) – June 4 (Saturday)
VENUE: Abbotsford Exhibition Park, 34270 Haida Drive

HEALTH AND WELLNESS SHOWTHE HEALTH AND WELLNESS SHOW
They say, “The Health and Wellness Show is excited to be back for another year full of great speakers, a wide variety of health and wellness exhibitors, a rock wall for kiddos, and the famous Tommy Europe will be back! Not only is Tommy one of our featured speakers, but he will also be hosting his BootCamp right at the show Saturday morning. Pre-registration is required for this part of the event. The West Coast Small Home Expo will be happening that weekend as well, and your Health and Wellness ticket will give you entry to that show as well!
DATE: June 4 (Saturday) 10:00 am – June 5 (Sunday) 4:00 pm
VENUE: Tradex, 1190 Cornell Street
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Langely Events in June

Langley Charitable NightsLANGLEY CHARITABLE NIGHTS DINNER AND SHOW: Entertainment by Bob Seger Tribute
They say, “Support Langley Charitable Nights and come for a semi-formal dinner with entertainment featuring The Ultimate Bob Seger Night Moves Tribute. Select Saturdays from January to June, local charities are bringing you DINNER AND A SHOW. Proceeds from these events will go directly to Langley charities. Tickets are sold by the table. Tickets are $90per person for dinner and a show, $60per person for a table of 6 with charcuterie and cheeseboards only (1 board per 2 people), or $45 per person for entertainment only. Drink service available. Gather your friends! Dinner will be hosted by The Lodge Steakhouse and The Horse and Ryder Pub with entertainment coming from some top tribute bands.”
DATE: June 3, 2022 TIME: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
VENUE: George Preston Recreation Centre, 42 Avenue, Langley, BC, Canada
WEBSITE

Langley Community Farmers marketLANGLEY COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET – Opening Day
They say, “Join us on the opening day of the Langley Community Farmers Market! The Langley Community Farmer’s Market provides a venue for local farmers to sell fresh produce, meat, dairy, and artisan products to our community. The market runs every Wednesday at the Derek Doubleday Arboretum throughout the summer, and features the best food and artisan products the beautiful Fraser Valley has to offer.”
DATE: June 1, 2022 TIME:3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
VENUE Derek Doubleday Arboretum, Fraser Highway, Langley Township, BC, Canada
WEBSITE and PHOTO CREDIT: https://lcfm.ca/

CYCLE FOR SIGHTCYCLE FOR SIGHT
They say, “Since 2009, 4,000+ riders have hit the road on their single or tandem bikes, raising more than $5 million for Fighting Blindness Canada (FBC) and vision research. FBC offers hope to Canadians by identifying the best, most promising research that is driving treatments and cures for blinding eye diseases, and by raising funds to support this essential, sight-saving research. To help you get ready to cycle, enjoy a FREE month of on-demand spin classes from Positive Edge with your registration. Get pumped with great energy and super music! Join us today and together, Let’s MOVE vision research forward.”
DATE: June 11, 2022 TIME: 7:30 am to 2:30 pm
VENUE: Langley Lions Society West Langley Hall, 208 Street, Langley Township, BC, Canada
WEBSITE / PHOTO CREDIT

Bell Canadian Track and Field ChampionshipsBELL CANADIAN TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
They say, “The Township of Langley is hosting the 2022 and 2023 editions of the Bell Canadian Track & Field Championships. In both 2022 and 2023, the Bell Canadian Track & Field Championships will include national championships for Senior, U20, Para Athletics and Combined Events, serving as Trials for the World Athletics Championships.
DATE: June 22-26, 2022
VENUE: McLeod Athletic Park, Johnston Townline Road, Langley, BC, Canada
WEBSITE / PHOTO CREDIT

Surrey Events in June

Pam AssiTHURSDAY ARTIST TALK; PAM ASSI, “ONE WITH NATURE” 
Journey with a Surrey-based artist as she describes her creative process in this Thursday Artist Talk organized by Surrey Art Gallery Association.
Date & Time: June 2, 2022 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Tickets: Free
Surrey-based artist Pam Assi uses vivid colours and strong lines in her acrylic paintings to express what interests her about the subject. The pandemic is responsible for opening up a new subject matter for her: birds in her garden. “They helped me through these isolated times,” she says. Every painting has a story, and it is through these stories that Assi describes how she sees the “human quality” of the birds and their interaction with each other and with humans. In this illustrated talk, Assi will also touch on her artistic journey of how growing up in the UK in the 60s and attending art college there influenced her art and her life.
Website and Photo Credit

Gutsy WalkGUTSY WALK
Join a fun-filled, family-friendly, and non-competitive day to walk in support of those impacted by Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Date & Time: June 5, 2022 12:00am – 11:59pm
Come to walk and meet members of the inflammatory bowel disease community (IBD) at your own pace! Gutsy Volunteers will be set up at tables in the park helping you celebrate Gutsy Walk day safely in a shared space with each other.
Website / Photo

Car Free DayCAR FREE DAY IN SURREY 
Date & Time: June 11, 2022 12:00pm – 8:00pm
We are pleased to announce Car Free Day Surrey, which will take over 137 Street and transform the street into a pedestrian paradise with multiple stages, artisan vendors, local merchants, and family-friendly fun! This event will celebrate the businesses with storefronts on 137 with extended patios and booths, in addition to multiple activities for people to take part in. This is a free community festival free of cars, promoting active transportation, focused on families, and the promotion of local business.
Find out more about Car Free Day

Father's DayFATHERS DAY AT THE FARM 
Celebrate Dad with trains and history.
Date & Time – June 19, 2022 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Stewart Farm – 13723 Crescent Road, Surrey, BC
The theme of the weekend is Victorian Gadgets and Gizmos! The Greater Vancouver Garden Railway Club will also be onsite with a large-scale model railway display on the lawn. With some locomotive inspiration, head to Stewart Hall to make a train-themed Father’s Day card. The farmhouse will be open for drop-in visits as well.
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INDIGENOUS DAYSURREY’S NATIONAL INDIGENOUS DAY CELEBRATION AND WELLNESS EVENT 
Celebrate the rich culture and history of Indigenous Peoples of Canada.
Date & Time: June 21, 2022 3:00pm – 8:00pm
Hosted by Semiahmoo, Kwantlen and Katzie First Nations, this event is an opportunity to acknowledge and show respect and admiration for Indigenous Peoples past, present and future; to share cultural history; and to share spirit, experiences, stories, song, art and dance with each other and the community. The in-person event will include cultural sharing from the local First Nations and Nova Métis with teachings and practice through art, music, storytelling, and dance including:

What a wonderful month May is here in the Fraser Valley. The flowers are blooming, it’s getting warmer and people are able to spend more time outdoors, and of course, there’s Mother’s Day! If you are looking for something to do in May, check out some of our Fraser Valley vent picks below.

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Help Preserve BC’s Fish Stocks for Future Anglers

BCFDF Fundraiser is Coming in May
Join the BC Federation of Drift Fishers on May 26th for their first fundraiser in two years!
WHEN? MAY 26th, 2022 – 6pm to 10pm
WHERE? LANGLEY GOLF CENTRE- 21550 44th Ave, Langley, B.C.
TICKETS – $35 per person
WEBSITE

Youth Week – Celebrate Surrey Youth Week with fun activities online and in your neighbourhood!
Date & Time: May 1, 2022 12:00am – May 7, 2022 11:59pm
BC Youth Week is a provincial celebration of youth held annually during the first week of May. It is a week of fun filled interaction and a celebration intended to build a strong connection between youth and their communities. These events are intended to highlight the interests, accomplishments, and diversity of youth across the province.
See a list of events (Photo Credit) – CLICK HERE

Mother’s Day Tea at the Farm – Enjoy sandwiches, sweets and treats. Even make a craft together as a souvenir of the day. After, take a walk along the scenic grounds or tour the farmhouse.
Date & Time: May 7, 2022 12:00am – May 8, 2022 11:59pm
Treat Mom Like a Queen! Celebrate Mother’s Day with a day out on the farm. Enjoy sandwiches, sweets and treats. Even make a craft together as a souvenir of the day. After, take a walk along the scenic grounds or tour the farmhouse. Save Your Spot Early $18.20 per person. For ages 6+. Register online or at 604-501-5100.

Surrey Rugby2022 BC Rugby Senior Club Finals – This exciting event will feature competitive teams ready to take on the field to win the championship.
Date & Time: May 7, 2022 12:00am – 11:59pm
In partnership with BC Rugby, the City of Surrey and Sport Surrey are pleased to announce that the 2022 BC Rugby Senior Club Finals are back! Competitive men’s and women’s teams will compete to win the championship. Come out with your family and friends to experience this exciting high-level rugby event!
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Mother's DayMother’s Day Weekend at the Glades Woodland Garden
Share with your loved ones the beauty of rhododendrons ablaze in colour.
Date & Time: May 7, 2022 10:00am – May 8, 2022 4:00pm
The Glades Woodland Garden is a beautiful 15-acre property situated in South Surrey featuring over 1,600 mature rhododendrons, azaleas and companion plants. Some of the rhododendrons are more than 6 metres (20 feet) tall and are ablaze in colour in the spring. The garden also contains a superb collection of fine trees, many of which are now designated as heritage.  Open Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm from April 30 to June 26. $7 admission. Plan your visit at www.surrey.ca/glades. / Photo Credit

DW Poppy Car ShowDW Poppy Car Show
D.W. Poppy Secondary is getting ready to host its annual Car Show. This great tradition of putting on the first car show of the season brings many benefits to the school. With up to 700 + cars on display and thousands of spectators, it is a great fundraiser for various groups in the school such as the shop departments, athletic teams, dry grad and many others. It is an opportunity for the school to connect with the local community – this year we are again looking forward to welcoming the Fort Langley Lions Club which will be offering a pancake breakfast in the morning to our exhibitors. We look forward to welcoming you on the first Sunday in May – rain or shine! READ MORE / Photo Credit

Mother’s Day – In The Pink TourMother’s Day – In The Pink Tour
You will tour 4 local libation venues with MOM who will sample and collect a special bottle from each spot to complete the Pink Pack!
DATE: May 6-8, 2022, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Treat mom to a fabulous day out over Mothers Day weekend. You will enjoy a self guided tour where you will visit – The Fraser Valley Cider Company (22128 16 Ave, Langley), Festina Lente Estate Winery and Meadery (21113 16 Ave, Langley), Backyard Vineyards (3033 232 St, Langley) and
Roots and Wings Distillery (7897 240 St, Langley)
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Sheri UlrichShari Ulrich at Bez Arts Hub
You may simply come for her many great songs and timeless hits, and you will surely get that and the thrill of live music, but when Shari comes to Bez it’s always much more. Don’t miss a heartwarming and unforgettable experience with one of Canada’s great artists. Shari will be joined by pianist Cindy Fairbank. For over four decades, accomplished singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Shari Ulrich has been winning hearts across North America with her voice, songs and on-stage charisma. A two-time JUNO-winner among other awards, she has recorded 25 albums as a solo artist and with the legendary Pied Pumkin, The Hometown Band, UHF, BTU and The High Bar Gang.
DATE: May 6, 2022, 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm / VENUE: Bez Arts Hub, 64 Avenue, Langley, BC, Canada WEBSITE / Photo Credit

Brewhalla Fort LangleyBrewhalla Beer & Music Festival
Join us for a day full of good beer & good music! Featuring 25+ craft breweries, wineries & cideries, local live music & food trucks!
Celebrate & enjoy the best beer, cider, wine, music and food in the Fraser Valley and our surrounding cities. With live music from more than 5 bands, 25+ craft breweries serving over 60 different beers, additional cideries and wineries & a variety of food trucks with something for everyone! Head into town early to grab breakfast at one of our local cafes, or make a weekend of it and explore all that Fort Langley has to offer! Event is rain or shine, sorry no refunds! 19+ (two pieces of ID required, no babies). We recommend car pooling or taking transit as parking is limited. Please don’t drink or drive!
DATE:May 21, 2022, 12:30 pm to 6:00 pm / VENUE: Fort Langley Park, Nash Street, Langley, BC, Canada / WEBSITE / Photo Credit

Abbotsford MayorMayor’s Breakfast ( Abbotsford)
Fri, May 13 2022, 7 – 9am
Join Mayor Henry Braun for the 7th Annual Mayor’s Breakfast!
The annual Mayor’s Breakfast is back in-person this year and will be held at the TRADEX in Abbotsford. The event will also be live streamed on the City of Abbotsford YouTube channel for those who wish to attend the event virtually. More details about the event will be available soon! WEBSITE / Photo Credit

May Day BradnerBradner May Day Parade and Country Fair
Sat, May 28 2022, 8am – 3pm
The community of Bradner holds its 100th annual May Day Parade and Country Fair on Monday, May 20. Activities take place in and around Bradner Elementary at 5291 Bradner Rd. and at Bradner Hall. The celebration gets underway with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m., followed by the community parade at 10 a.m. Opening ceremonies and the traditional May Pole Dance and May Queen ceremony take place at 11 a.m. Activities running throughout the day include a petting zoo, face painting, carnival games, food concessions, live music and more. The May Day event is a fundraiser for the Bradner Elementary parent advisory council, helping to pay for things such as educational field trips. Those wanting to participate in the parade are asked to register by emailing jessicamcmath@gmail.com or calling 604-835-4035.

Run For MomRun for Mom
Sun, May 8, 8:00 a.m.
Vedder Park, Rotary Trail, Chilliwack, BC
Join us for a 5K walk/run on May 8th to support the maternity department at Chilliwack General Hospital. WEBSITE / Photo Credit

 

 

Footnotes
Surrey Events – https://www.surrey.ca/news-events/events
Langley Events – https://www.tourism-langley.ca/events/

BCFDF Fundraiser is Coming in May

Join the BC Federation of Drift Fishers on May 26th for their first fundraiser in two years!

They say, “The British Columbia Federation Of Drift Fishers was formed in March 1996 by a group of concerned anglers who felt that their chosen method of angling was in jeopardy.

“The Federation has grown to be recognized as the voice of British Columbia’s river anglers. Protection of the resource is our primary concern. The Federation is committed to working with other similar-minded organizations and government agencies, whose goals parallel our own.

“Concerned anglers who wish to preserve anadromous fish stocks for future generations should consider joining the Federation: your voice can make a difference! We sit on over 15 Provincial boards or committees including the main board of the sports fish advisory board.

“If you fish B.C. Rivers, get involved, your voice alone is quiet, but collectively we are heard.”

WHEN? MAY 26th, 2022 – 6pm to 10pm

WHERE? LANGLEY GOLF CENTRE- 21550 44th Ave, Langley, B.C.

TICKETS – $35 per person – See https://mailchi.mp/c3b6a62b9573/bcfdf2022fundraiser

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Photo by Luke Brugger on Unsplash

There are a ton of activities going on in the Fraser Valley this Easter. If you are looking for something for you and your family to do, here are several Easter events that caught our eye and we want to pass along…Apple Barn Abbotsford Easter

Easterfest (Egg Hunt at the Farm)
Fri, Apr 15, 9 AM
Applebarn Pumpkin Farm (Taves Farms) – 333 Gladwin Rd, Abbotsford, BC, Canada
They say… “Celebrating Easter 2022 in Abbotsford? Make plans, discover some very interesting Annual Egg Hunts events happening in Abbotsford.”
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Mini Easter Plushies – with Tana
Sat, Apr 9, 1 – 3 PM
The Painted Loft – 19955 Fraser Hwy, Langley, BC, Canada
They say…”Mini plushies are a huge trend now, and they are so cute! You can make your own as a gift, or keep them for yourself! All supplies provided for this workshop.
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Easter Mann FarmsEaster Egg-Stravaganza
Fri, Apr 15 – Sun, Apr 17
Maan Farms Market and Estate Winery – 790 McKenzie Rd, Abbotsford, BC, Canada
They say… “Maan Farms Baby Animal Easter Days are back! Spend Easter Weekend snuggling baby animals, trying their Egg-cellent Ice Cream, and gallivanting with the Easter Bunny.”
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Easter in the Fraser Valley

Easter Brunch at the Langley Golf & Banquet Centre
Sun, Apr 17, 10 AM – 1 PM
Langley Golf & Banquet Centre – 21550 44 Ave., Langley, BC, Canada
They say…”Join us for a fun-filled day of celebration as you enjoy our delicious buffet, meet the Easter bunny, go on a chocolate hunt and see some magic! It’s one event geared up to be a memorable one, so we can’t wait to see you there. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite or by calling 604.534.4555 ext 3.”
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Lions Easter Egg Hunt North DeltaNorth Delta Lions Club’s Event
Sun, Apr 17, 2 PM
Sunbury Park – 10409 Dunlop Rd, Delta, BC, Canada
They say… “Spend this holiday with fabulous Easter 2022 events in Delta; from Virtual egg hunts to fun games and activities, there is a lot more that awaits. Discover all things fun like food festivals…”
WEBSITE

EASTER EGG HUNT CHILLIWACKEaster Egg Hunt
Fri, Apr 15, 9 AM – Sun, Apr 17, 4 PM
Chilliwack Corn Maze / Greendale Acres – 41905 Yale Rd W, Chilliwack, BC, Canada
They say… “Join us for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Greendale Acres, Friday, April 15th – 17th from 9am–4pm. Our egg hunt takes place in the apple orchard and every child receives a goodie bag for their…” Read more on their website.
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Looking for something to do in the Fraser Valley in April? Here are some of our Fraser Valley picks. From Food Truck wars to flower shows.

Abbotsford

Celtic Fusion
Celtic Illusion – Wed, Apr 6, 2022, 7 – 9 pm
Fusing contemporary Irish Dance with magic and grand illusions, Celtic Illusion features a cast of champion and internationally-acclaimed dancers, including performers from both Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. Displaying some of the fastest taps in the world, the dancers’ thunderous rhythm fills the stage in perfect unison. Celtic Illusion is led by Australia’s Anthony Street, the first Australian to perform leading roles in Michael Flatley’s widely-acclaimed Lord of the Dance, including the very role that Michael Flatley originally performed himself. Since its premiere in 2011, Celtic Illusion has played to sold-out audiences all across Australia and recently completely sold out a tour in Canada. Celtic Illusion features a new soundtrack composed by a team including Angela Little (co-composer of Baz Luhrman’s film Australia), Steve Skinner (arranger and producer for artists such as Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, and the Broadway musical Rent), and Michael Londra (Emmy® nominated singer and producer).
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Bradner Flower Show
Bradner Flower Show – Fri, Apr 8 – Sun, Apr 10 2022, All-day
92nd Annual Bradner Flower Show: “A Place to Dream”.
The Annual Bradner Flower Show began in 1928 and is attended by thousands of people from all over the lower mainland. It has been on hiatus for the last 2 years due to COVID restrictions, but is now back for 2022! At the Bradner Community Hall
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Escape Velocity Bike Spring Series
Escape Velocity Bike Spring Series – Sat, Apr 16 2022, 9:30 – 11:30am
Location: Aldergrove Regional Park, 685 Lefeuvre Road (ACCESS IS ALDERGROVE BOWL)
Race Director: Ryan Cousineau: 604 512 8863, rcousine@gmail.com
We are ‘springing back’ from a two-year Spring Series hiatus! Our first race of the season will be the Aldergrove Long Course-a 10.2 km punchy crowd pleaser!
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Langley

Laila Biali Concert Bez Arts Hub
LAILA BIALI Trio – April 1, 2022, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Appearing with Laila will be West Coast Music Award winner, Juno nominated and local hero, bassist Jodi Proznick and drummer Nicholas Bracewell. Bez Arts Hub says, “We hosted Laila at BEZ in the ‘before time’, January of 2020 – it was a stunning show and she was performing music from her newly released recording, Out Of Dust. The album received high praise from around the world and throughout the ‘big world crazy time’ she kept her spirits up and continued to win hearts with her passionate and joy-filled music. You won’t want to miss a highly entertaining evening with Laila, she’s a national treasure!”
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Music Night with Steve Halfnights – April 2, 2022, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Steve Halfnights Backyard Vineyards
On Saturday, April 2, 2022, from 6 – 9 pm, enjoy your evening with Backyard Vineyards listening to live music by Steve Halfnights and sipping on wine. Music will take place in our tasting room so seating is limited, be sure to grab your tickets in advance.
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Barney Bentall Bez Arts Hub
Barney Bentall – April 15, 2022, 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Barney Bentall, the man with the legendary heart returns to Bez Arts Hub. With a career that spans decades and timeless songs that are woven into the fabric of our nation, Barney Bentall is an absolute must-see, especially in the intimate and up-close listening room at Bez Arts Hub. His newest recording is a rugged, fiercely ambitious work, The Drifter & The Preacher combines intensely personal artistry with a broader vision of a public figure coming to terms with his ordered life as a musician, as a songwriter, as a husband, as a father, and as a son while turning in his most urgent, and forceful performance in memory.
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Kilt Night Cask Festival – April 24, 2022, 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
A Cask Beer Festival! Finally! Join us for Kilt Night Cask Festival. Wear a Kilt – Win a Prize! Kilt Night Cask Festival. Smugglers Trail is beyond excited to get involved in Cask Festivals again! Everybody needs an excuse to wear a kilt! (Of course, other modes of fashion are more than welcome!) Everybody is welcome! Enjoy Smugglers Fresh Cask Ales on our unique handpumps and sample wildly creative offerings from several guest breweries … FRESH FROM THE CASK! Live Music featuring The Contingency. $30 Ticket includes entrance, souvenir glass, and 8 drink tokens. Extra tokens are available for $3 ea.
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Festina Lente
Festina Lente Turns 5! – April 30, 2022, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Festina Lente is turning 5! Swing by for Live Music, pizza pop-up, prizes, special wines…what more could we ask for? Of course we will also have cake and a nice sample of Zephyr to pair with it! Tastings are complimentary all weekend.
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Surrey

Historic Stewart Farm
Seedy Saturday – April 2, 2022 10:00am – 12:00pm
Get ready to plant your garden at our annual gardening event. Drop by the farm for a seed and plant sale, including flowers, vegetables, and herb seeds collected from our heirloom garden. Even bring your own open-pollinated seeds for the seed exchange. Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions about all aspects of gardening. Bring the Family – There will be crafts set up in the Stewart Hall for children to enjoy. The farmhouse will also be open for tours. Both of these indoor activities require proof of vaccine and masks. Finish off the experience with a walk through Elgin Heritage Park or a picnic on the scenic grounds.
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New Start Art Show – April 3, 2022 10:00am – April 29, 2022 3:30pm
Find bright flowing colours, coastal wildlife, and more at this art show. Surrey’s Artswest Society is excited to share their art with you. Their show, New Start, reflects their joy. After two years of learning to live with the COVID-19 pandemic, they are bursting to show the many things they have created. Bright flowing colours, coastal Wildlife, moody landscapes, and intricate designs are just a few of the things you will find in the show.
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Food Truck Wars – April 8, 2022 12:00am – April 10, 2022 11:59pmFood Truck Wars
Enjoy 40 different food trucks spanning 3 days. Food Truck Wars will be Metro Vancouver’s LARGEST Food Truck Festival where you will see 40 different food trucks spanning over 3 days. Trophies and prizes will be awarded to various food trucks based on categories like “Between the Buns”, “International”, “Sweets”, “Fusion”, “Classic”, and “Plant-Based”. In addition to these epic food trucks, there will also be local market vendors courtesy of BC Shop Local, two stages of live music and entertainment, site-wide beer and wine, and much more to come!
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FOOTNOTES
Abbotsford Events – https://www.abbotsford.ca/community-events/events-abbotsford/events-calendar
Langely Events – https://www.tourism-langley.ca/events/
Surrey Events – https://www.surrey.ca/news-events/events
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