This year, we want to encourage you to support organizations that are providing aid to flood victims in Southern BC. As we speak, flooding is happening in Southern BC and in and around Abbotsford where many FV Lifestyle readers live.

What is Giving Tuesday?

“GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, taking place each year after Black Friday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it’s a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for GivingTuesday.”

CanadaHelps is the online platform that we use for other projects for donations. They provide a safe and secure platform for donations and make sure that organizations are legitimate non-profits. For today only they will add $2 to any donation of $20 or more.

CanadaHelps also has a list of organizations that are providing relief for the flooding in British Columbia. You can see their list CLICK HERE


Photo: Red Cross
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The extensive flooding and flood damage in BC and the Fraser Valley has created many needs for both humans and animals, but there are ways to help. Some charitable groups and agencies have already taken action by providing services and collecting donations of blankets, money, and food.

The City of Abbotsford lists these donation locations:

Archway Community Services: Archway is accepting donations of food only. Visit to find out what the most needed items are.

MCC Clothing Etc. located at 31872 South Fraser Way
MCC is accepting donations for the flooding evacuees. Please NO large appliances or furniture due to their location and space.
Monday – Friday 9-4
Saturdays – 9-12

MCC – Thrift located at 33933 Gladys Avenue
MCC Thrift is accepting donations for the flooding evacuees.
Tuesday – Saturday 9:30-2
MCC will be giving all evacuee’s a gift voucher of $25.00 for them to come in and spend at either of their thrift store

Abbotsford Flood
Photo @delightfilledart

The City of Abbotsford lists these agencies as places to make financial donations:

Provincial emergency assistance
If you have been impacted by the storm may be eligible for assistance through the BC Government.

Help for animals
If you have been listening to the news, you will have heard that animals have been hard hit by the flood too. There are a number of local agencies offering to help with shelter and food.

The BC SPCA is offering shelter for animals. On Twitter, they say… #ALERT: Many communities across BC are experiencing extreme rain which may be forcing some families from their homes. If you or someone you know is in need of emergency boarding for their animals during this time, please contact our Call Centre at 1-855-622-7722 #BCSPCA #bc

There are a number of other agencies helping with animals as well. See their websites for more information:
Vancouver Humane Society
Aide for Paws & Rescue Society
Langley Animal Protection Society

CLA Church
Photo @clachurch

CLA Church Transporting Items to Hope Via Helicopter

Many local churches are helping out. CLA Church in Abbotsford is literally going above and beyond. They say… “As we continue to work together with @skyhelicopters, transporting items of need to Hope, we are now asking for donations of NEW blankets. This is a big need right now. See Instagram @clachurch

Evacuation Orders and Alerts

To keep up on the latest evacuation orders and alerts for areas impacted by the flood see

Source – DH NEWS
Source – The City of Abbotsford
Photo Credit – @delightfilledart
Photo Credit CLA – @clachurch
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Heading into the Fall we felt the need to warm up a bit, so we thought we would ask you, our readers, what some of your favorite Fraser Valley Coffee Shops and Cafes were.

Here are your choices…

Laura’s Coffee Corner in White Rock

Laura's Cafe
Laura’s Coffee Corner

They say… “Home of the best coffee in White Rock Welcome to Laura’s Coffee Corner, home of the best coffee in White Rock! Everything we serve is made in-house and from scratch. We’re proud of the vibrant, warm space we’ve created and invite you to come see for yourself how stopping in at Laura’s feels like coming home. We’re located at the corner of Pacific Avenue and Fir (one of the historic Five Corners).”

Website –
Instagram – @lauras_coffee_corner
Photo – @lauras_coffee_corner


Grounds and Greens in White Rock

Grounds and Greens

They say… “A vegan cafe dedicated to building a community that will embrace a plant-based lifestyle. grounds & greens cafe was the result of a love story between two accomplished chefs, Mannel and Ben Kilford. Their mission in opening a plant-based cafe was to build a community of people and families who value kindness and are committed to improving themselves, the community, and the environment. At Grounds & Greens Café, you will find plant-based dishes that were created with quality and creativity in mind. As their guest, you can trust to find nutritionally balanced menu items meant to nourish and sustain your body, and the elevated taste is meant to inspire plant-based eating. All dishes are made in-house with high quality, often locally sourced ingredients.”

Website –
Instagram – @groundsandgreenscafe
Photo – @groundsandgreenscafe

Verandah Cafe by the Beach in White Rock

Verandah Cafe
Verandah Cafe

They say… “Scenic and serene – a boutique cafe with the best view on Marine Drive. At Verandah, we are pursuing our passion to create a unique experience in White Rock, inspired by the rich and flavorful culinary heritage of the Indian subcontinent. In particular, we want to evoke the delights of street foods by serving quirky and creatively put-together dishes.”

Website –
Instagram – @verandahcafe
Photo – @verandahcafe

Oldhand Coffee in Abbotsford

Oldhand Coffee

They say… “Now, in Abbotsford BC, where we were born and raised, our dreams come true every day. Oldhand Coffee is the dream we get to share with our reclaimed community, where we believe people want to create stronger bonds with their friends and neighbours over artfully prepared food and drink. We are grateful to be raising our daughters Else and Ingrid among the families and culture-lovers who visit us every day at Oldhand Coffee. As the Dutch say, heel gezellig, or ‘we will make every detail of our time together perfect.’ ~ Kristina and Johannes van Bommel van Vloten”

Website –
Instagram – @oldhandcoffee
Photo – @oldhandcoffee

EverBean Cafe on the South Surrey/White Rock Boarder

Everbean Cafe
EverBean Cafe

They say… “A small group of service enthusiasts who are passionate about great coffee and awesome food, made with love and served with care. EverBean Cafe is designed with the idea of prospect and refuge in mind. Located in the lobby of the busy Hilltop Medical/Abby Lane Health Centre, it is a prospect where local information can be relayed; daily news can be exchanged, and spontaneous meetings can be facilitated. With spacious seating, plenty of natural light, and an outdoor garden patio, it is also a refuge where daydreams are protected; self-care is encouraged, and spirit can be recharged.”

Website –
Instagram – @everbeancafe
Photo – @everbeancafe

Honorable Mention…

Cafe Amarti Abbotsford
Cafe Amarti

Abbotsford – Cafe Amarti Photo – @cafeamarti
Chilliwack – Cultivate Cafe
Langley – Blacksmith Bakery
Maple Ridge – Gratia Bakery and Cafe
Mission – The Penny
Surrey – Prado Cafe





Main Photo – @oldhandcoffee
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Looking for a local pumpkin patch in Fraser Valley, British Columbia? Scroll down and see several that we could find. Visiting these farms is a fun family activity and most of the venues have extra activities like hayrides, corn mazes, petting zoos, baking, and food.

If you know of one that we missed, please let us know! Also, always call or check out the venue’s website before you go to confirm the information.

Pumpkin Patch at Aldor Acres @aldoracres
DESCRIPTION: Come visit Aldor Acres for the Fall Pumpkin Patch & Market!
– Wide variety of Pumpkins of all sorts of different shapes, sizes, & colors
– Farm Market open with fresh produce, preserves, honey, meat, eggs, snacks, & much more
– Open-air animal interactions spread out across 5 acres – pigs, ducks, goats, donkeys, chickens, sheep, bunnies, emus, horses, cows, & much more!
DATE: September 18 – October 31, 2021
TIME: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
VENUE – Aldor Acres Family Farm, 84 Avenue, Langley, BC, Canada

2021 Chilliwack Corn Maze
DESCRIPTION: Along with the corn maze they have pumpkins and hayrides
DATE: October 1 – October 31st
TIME: Check website for various times
VENUE: 41905 Yale Rd W, Chilliwack, BC V2R 4J4

Pumpkin Patch at Eagle Acres @eagleacresdairy
DESCRIPTION: Pumpkin Patch? Let’s GO!!
DATES: October 1-31 Excluding – October 4, 12, 18, 25
TIMES: Check website
LOCATION – Eagle Acres Dairy & Pumpkin Patch, 240 Street, Langley, BC, Canada
PHOTO – @eagleacresdairy

Upick Pumpkin Patch at Krause Berry Farms @krauseberryfarms
DESCRIPTION: Find and pick your own pumpkins or select them from our pre-picked pumpkins.
DATES & TIMES: Open Wednesday to Sunday 930-5 pm right up to Christmas. Closed Mondays & Tuesdays including Thanksgiving Monday
LOCATION: 6179  248th Street, Langley, BC, V4W 1C3

Laity Pumpkin Patch @laitypumpkinpatch
DESCRIPTION:  We will be open for the 2021 season from September 30 to October 31, 2021 at each of our TWO locations. New attractions for 2021 have been added to each location. We look forward to seeing you!
DATE: September 1 – October 31
TIME: Check website
VENUE 1 – 21145 128 Ave, Maple Ridge, BC V4R 2R9
VENUE 2 – 12725 Laity St, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 5B4
PHOTO CREDIT – @laitypumpkinpatch

PUMPKIN PATCHPumpkin Patch at Loft Country Farms @loftcountry
DESCRIPTION: Loft Country Farms is excited to be opening its doors as a pumpkin patch for the first time this October! They will have beautiful acres of pumpkin patches, horse-drawn carriage rides, a petting zoo, an Old Western Town, live entertainment and so much more! It is the perfect family fun day in the fall.
DATE: October 1 – 31, 2021
TIME: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
LOCATION – Loft Country, 248 Street, Langley, BC, Canada
PHOTO CREDIT – @loftcountry

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Looking for something to do in October? We’ve got you covered especially if you are looking for pumpkins! See all of the great pumpkin-related events below along with many other wonderful and interesting things to do.

See events in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Langley, Surrey, and Maple Ridge below.


DESCRIPTION: Abbotsford’s longest-running farmers’ market featuring the best local vendors and fresh, real food.
DATE: May 1 (Saturday) 9:00 am – October 30 (Saturday) 12:00 pm
TIME: Every Saturday from 9 am – NOON
LOCATION – Jubilee Park, 2552 McCallum Road, on the edge of Downtown Abbotsford.

DESCRIPTION: The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! is not just for “girls”. It’s the world’s largest FREE gender diversity outreach event of its kind in Aviation, Aerospace, Marine and Defence. This event features interactive aircraft displays, hands-on activities related to aviation, and a treasure hunt for all participants. There will be free helicopter flights for female first-time fliers! Everyone is welcome regardless of age, gender or citizenship and no registration is required. All event participants aged 12 and up, display partners and volunteers will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated to gain entry to our free event – without exception.
DATE: October 2 and 3, 2021
VENUE – Abbotsford Airport 1625 Townline Road

DESCRIPTION: We are so excited to announce that a local artist, Victoria Carpenter, is opening a store for her fused glass art! Victoria has been creating fused glass art for the past 15 years and teaching in her studio in Abbotsford and at the Mission and Abbotsford Art Councils for the past 6 years. She has transformed her studio to include a store, and will now sell her beautiful glass creations as well as supplies for her students and glass artists.

Learn more about Victoria and Dragonflies Ceilidh at her website (and photo credit), or on Instagram (@dragonfliesceilidh) and join her Grand Opening on the 2 & 3 of October.

DESCRIPTION: On the WE’RE NOT FOR EVERYONE TOUR, fans can expect to hear the band’s six GRAMMY-nominated singles including No. 1 Platinum-Certified hit “Stay A Little Longer,” rowdy Top 10 Platinum-Certified hit “It Ain’t My Fault,” the reminiscent Top 25 hit “21 Summer,” as well as Top 40 hits “Shoot Me Straight,” “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You),” and “All Night.”
DATE: October 21
TIME: (Thursday) 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
LOCATION – Abbotsford Centre, 33800 King Road

DESCRIPTION: Abbotsford’s home opener is set for Friday, Oct. 22 vs the Henderson Silver Knights. The Canucks will play 34 home games this season, with 25 of those games taking place on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. All Sunday home games will start at 4:00 pm PT, providing a great opportunity for the whole family to see their Abbotsford Canucks live in action.
DATE: October 22, 2021
TIME: (Friday) 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
LOCATION – Abbotsford Centre, 33800 King Road


2021 Chilliwack Corn Maze
DATE: October 1 – October 31st
TIME: Check website for various times
VENUE: 41905 Yale Rd W, Chilliwack, BC V2R 4J4

DATE: October 2, 2021
TIME: 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
LOCATION: BC Urban Kitchen & Wine Bar, #101A 43869 Progress Way

DATE: October 30, 2021
TIME: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
VENUE – Vedder River Trail


All Dressed In White Bridal Show
DESCRIPTION: Welcome to All Dressed in White Bridal Show, home of the most beautiful bridal shows in the BC Lower Mainland as well as an incredible wedding planning directory. Plan your dream wedding in just one day at an All Dressed in White Bridal Show. All Dressed in White Bridal Shows let you gather ideas for the biggest day of your life while meeting the best wedding vendors all under one roof!. Plan your dream wedding in just one day at All Dressed in White Bridal Show with the best wedding vendors in the lower mainland all under one roof!.
DATE: October 3, 2021
VENUE – Eaglequest Golf, Surrey

Clayton’s Sunday Market
DATE and TIME: Sun., Oct. 3, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION – 7003-188 Street, Surrey

Surrey’s Heritage Railway Halloween Train-Sullivan Haunted Station
DESCRIPTION: We’re back! We will be running the Halloween Train this year! Four trips a day – Saturday, Oct. 16, and Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021.

Surrey Nights: Robert Silverman plays Bach
DESCRIPTION: A master of the international stage, Vancouver’s own Robert Silverman brings an intimate performance of Bach to the Chan Centre at UBC and Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey.
DATE: October 24, 2021
TIME: 7:00 PM
VENUE – Bell Performing Arts Centre, 6250 144 St, Surrey, BC

4th Annual Spooktacular Halloween Market
DESCRIPTION: Spooktacular Halloween Market is a family-friendly event with both artisan vendors and kids’ activities. Money raised is donated to the Surrey Hospitals Foundation. Admission is by donation.
DATE and TIME: Sat., Oct. 16, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
VENUE: Shannon Hall, 6050 176 St, Surrey, BC

Market Sunday & Mini-Oktoberfest
DATE: Sun., Oct. 17, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION – Clayton Community Farmer’s Market, 7003 188 St, Surrey, BC

Pumpkin Patch at Aldor Acres
DESCRIPTION: Come visit Aldor Acres for the Fall Pumpkin Patch & Market!
– Wide variety of Pumpkins of all sorts of different shapes, sizes, & colors
– Farm Market open with fresh produce, preserves, honey, meat, eggs, snacks, & much more
– Open-air animal interactions spread out across 5 acres – pigs, ducks, goats, donkeys, chickens, sheep, bunnies, emus, horses, cows, & much more!
DATE: September 18 – October 31, 2021
TIME: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
VENUE – Aldor Acres Family Farm, 84 Avenue, Langley, BC, Canada

Pumpkin Patch at Eagle Acres
Pumpkin Patch? Let’s GO!!
DATES: October 1-31 Excluding – October 4, 12, 18, 25
TIMES: Check website
LOCATION – Eagle Acres Dairy & Pumpkin Patch, 240 Street, Langley, BC, Canada

Pumpkin Patch at Loft Country Farms
DESCRIPTION: Loft Country Farms is excited to be opening its doors as a pumpkin patch for the first time this October! They will have beautiful acres of pumpkin patches, horse-drawn carriage rides, a petting zoo, an Old Western Town, live entertainment and so much more! It is the perfect family fun day in the fall.
DATE: October 1 – 31, 2021
TIME: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
LOCATION – Loft Country, 248 Street, Langley, BC, Canada

Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off
DESCRIPTION: Giant Pumpkin Growers from British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest will converge on Saturday, October 2, 2021, to enter BC’s Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off Event! Contestants will weigh their Gargantuan Gourds, as well as other giant fruits and veggies, in front of a large crowd of enthusiastic spectators, fellow growers, and the media!
DATE: October 2, 2021
TIME: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
VENUE: Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery, 248 Street, Langley Township, BC, Canada

Fort Langley Night Market
DESCRIPTION: Come check out the Fort Langley Night Market happening every Friday Night until October 8th featuring a stage with live, local music, beer market, vendor market of local artisans and BC sourced goods, lawn games, food trucks and more!
DATE: October 1, 2021
TIME: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
VENUE – 9166 Glover Road, Langley, BC, Canada

Fort Langley Field Days
DESCRIPTION:  Looking for something fun to do with the family? Come check out Fort Langley Field Days happening every Saturday afternoon until October 9th featuring a stage with live, local music, beer market, lawn games, food trucks and more!
DATE: October 2, 2021
TIME – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
VENUE – 9166 Glover Road, Langley, BC, Canada

Fort Langley Fall Beer & Food Festival
DESCRIPTION:  After a year and a half of no events, festivals, and concerts, we are so excited to be BACK! Celebrate & enjoy the best of the Fraser Valley on Saturday, October 2 with live music, 30+ craft breweries, local food vendors, cideries, wineries, and more! Your ticket includes admission, a 4oz sampling glass (that you get to keep!), 3 tokens, live music & a full day of fun with friends! The event is rain or shine, sorry no refunds! 19+ (two pieces of ID required, no babies). We recommend carpooling or taking transit as parking is limited. Please don’t drink or drive!
DATE: October 2, 2021
TIME: 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
VENUE – Fort Langley Park, Nash Street, Langley, BC, Canada

DATE: Saturday, October 23, 2021
VENUE – Chief Sepass Theatre

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop
DESCRIPTION:  We have had so many requests to offer this class again due to how fun the last one was! Imagine an enjoyable afternoon at our family-run flower farm and create a beautiful and unique “garden gathered” bouquet that will adorn your table for Thanksgiving weekend. You will get your choice of pumpkins and gourds to create the perfect vessels that will hold your flowers.
DATE: October 9, 2021
TIME: 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
VENUE – Early Bird Family Farm, 256 Street, Langley, BC, Canada

Grave Tales
DESCRIPTION:  Grave Tales is back! Join expert storytellers for a two- or three-hour program of spine-chilling stories, as you walk through the Fort Langley village at night.
DATE: October 15-17, 2021
TIME: 6:00 pm to 12:00 am
VENUE – Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada, Mavis Avenue, Langley, BC, Canada

Vintage in the Barn
DESCRIPTION:  Come check out everything vintage at Red Door Barn and pick up some treasures from the following vendors:

  • Red Door Barn
  • Basement Creations
  • Copper Reata
  • Forest Knolls Vintage
  • Nostalgic Nest

DATE: October 16, 2021
TIME: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
VENUE – 22025 26 Avenue, Langley, BC, Canada

Fort Langley Cranberry Festival
VENUE: 9160 Glover Rd, Langley Twp, BC V1M, Canada


Haney Farmers Market
TIME: 9 am – 2 pm
VENUE – Memorial Peace Park, Maple Ridge, BC

Laity Pumpkin Patch
DESCRIPTION:  We will be open for the 2021 season from September 30 to October 31, 2021 at each of our TWO locations. New attractions for 2021 have been added to each location. We look forward to seeing you!
DATE: September 1 – October 31
TIME: Check website
VENUE 1 – 21145 128 Ave, Maple Ridge, BC V4R 2R9
VENUE 2 – 12725 Laity St, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 5B4
PHOTO CREDIT – @laitypumpkinpatch

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From a fine art show at the Glass House Winery in Langley to a Country Music show at the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey, here are several Fraser Valley events you may want to check out in September 2021.


FOREV CIRCUS SHOW: Join our adventures in life on stage
Date: Sat., Sep. 25, 7:30 p.m. – Sun., Sep. 26, 6:00 p.m.
Location: Circus Lab, 19840 96 Avenue, Langley City, Canada
Link and Photo:

BC8s Event: WrenchFest
Date: Sat., Sep. 18
Location: 19950 46 Ave, Langley, BC
They say: Meet other E31 owners and discuss common problems. Come to work on your car, help someone work on their car
Link and Photo:

Fall Finale: TBIRD (BC)
Date: Wed., Sep. 22 – Sun., Sep. 26
Location: Thunderbird Show Park – 24550 72 Ave, Langley, BC

The West Fine Art Show
Date: Open Times: Friday, September 17 – 5-9 pm, Saturday, September 18 – 11 am -7 pm, Sunday, September 19 – 11 am -5 pm
Location: Glass House Estate Winery, 0 Avenue, Langley, BC, Canada
They say: “Presenting our the twelfth-annual Late-Summer edition of the West Fine Art Show. This spectacular destination-art-show, with free admission, will amaze you. We feature 18 exceptional artists in a three-day exhibition making it a perfect weekend adventure. The show also features John Gilliat performing on guitar. Hosted at Glass House Estate Winery at 23449 0 Avenue in beautiful South Langley, B.C., our show is in partnership with the Langley Hospice Society. Partial proceeds of all art sales at the show will be donated by the artists to the Langley Hospice Society.
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Community Heritage Day
Date: Sat., Sep. 25, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Alder Grove Heritage Society – 3190 271 St, Aldergrove, BC
They say: Aldergrove Community Heritage Day is a chance for residents to come to the museum, learn about the area’s history and see many items that aren’t usually on display. This year we have a special…
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Grand Opening of Mojitos Pub with Sonora Dinamita
Date: Sat., Sep. 18, 9:00 p.m. – Sun., Sep. 19, 2:00 a.m.
Location: Mojitos Pub – 12411 King George Blvd, Surrey, BC
Grand Opening of Mojitos Pub y Fiesta de Independencia with Sonora Dinamita!

Aaron Halliday Light’em Up Tour
Date: Fri., Sep. 10, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Location: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 6- 17567 57 Ave, Surrey, BC
They say: Aaron Halliday returns with the release of his new Album Light’em Up! Aaron together with the full band is returning to one of their favorite venues in BC.


Abbotsford Farm and Country Market
Date: Sat, Sep 4 2021, 9am – 12pm
Location: Weekly on Saturday at 9:00 am until Sat, Oct 30, 2021
They say: Visit the Farmers Market every Saturday from May 1 to October 30, featuring local vendors and fresh, real food.
Located in Jubilee Park, 2552 McCallum Road, on the edge of Downtown Abbotsford.
Photo: Photo by Earl Wilcox on Unsplash

MCC Festival for World Relief – 2021
Date: Sat., Sep. 18, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Tradex – 1190 Cornell St, Abbotsford, BC
They say: Let’s change lives together this September! Join MCC, September 17 & 18 at the Tradex in Abbotsford for the MCC Festival for World Relief.


Chilliwack Sunflower Festival 2021
Date: Sat., Sep. 4, 3:00 p.m. – Sun., Sep. 5, 2:00 a.m.
Location: 41310 Yale Rd, Chilliwack, BC
They say: Chilliwack Sunflower Festival brought to you by the creators of Chilliwack Tulip Festival on September 4, 2021
Photo: @jennihunterphotography

City-Wide Garage Sale
Date: Sat., Sep. 25
Location: 8550 Young Rd, Chilliwack, BC
They say:  The City-Wide Garage Sale is a unique opportunity for residents to promote the reuse of materials. There are two City-Wide Garage Sales held each year, one in the spring and one in the fall.
Photo by Donatella D’Anniballe on Unsplash


28th Annual Ridge Meadows Rivers Day
Date: Sun., Sep. 26, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Allco Park 13255 Alouette Rd, Maple Ridge, BC
They say: This year ARMS is celebrating the 28th Annual Ridge Meadows Rivers Day on September 26th, 2021. The Annual Ridge Meadows Event will be held at ALLCO Park this year.

Bard on the Bandstand
Date: Fri., Sep. 10, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Memorial Peace Park 22407 Dewdney Trunk Rd, Maple Ridge, BC
They say: Friday, September 10 through Sunday, September 12, from 7pm nightly, come see live theatre on the Bandstand at the Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge. The show is free, as always.

Main Photo: @bernicephoto
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Conversation Transcript

Here’s a rough transcript of our conversation about the upcoming 2021 Fraser Valley real estate market.

Rod: Hi everybody. Thanks for joining us. We’re getting a little (real estate) market update from Mike Wilson who is the publisher of Fraser Valley Lifestyle, but he also spends more of his time as a realtor in the Fraser Valley.

It’s crystal ball time. We do this a few times a year.

We get together online and try and ask you to look into your crystal ball. And look ahead as I, if I could just sum up my observation from the year, it sounds like, like from January, almost until May or June, it was a, it was a hot market and there were multiple offers and all that kind of stuff.

And then it just, it just died going into the summer, like just in terms of. Activity and you weren’t getting those multiple offer situations. So just looking back, is that a fair summation of the year? So far?


[00:01:02] Mike: I think it really is. I mean, if you look at, and I’m going to, I have some statistical stuff, I’m just going to give some basic statistical.

So from January of 2018 through to July of 2021, we’ve had a 23% rise in actual listings. So there’s a big listing boost. What did that mean? Well, we started out that super hypermarket. We got into COVID after about six months, we didn’t have the supply. And so what happened is you, you had a huge disparity, you had far more pent-up energy.

That’s where the multiple offers came in. It had a little less supply, a lot more activity that we didn’t anticipate in before you knew you were at a, you know, we were at a depleted resource or the depleted listings what’s happening now. That happened through till to this point, right now we hit sort of the summertime.

So BC, historically, if you’re going to have a softer market, it’s going to be sort of the end of June through the end of August. And that’s a, I would draw a parallel. It doesn’t work that way through Canada, but with BC in particular, most people, you know, schools out, we have beautiful weather, beautiful scenery, lots of things to do in BC.

People do tend to take that time. So we do see a trend of that. If you’re going to see it. And we did see that this year, probably for some different reasons to add to the normal reasons, obviously COVID has presented challenges, as far as travel goes, we saw people still buying recreation vehicles and traveling within BC.

So there still was some travel which kept them going. The other thing that happened is we just simply had a marketplace where the prices were simply skyrocketing. People were in multiple offers. They weren’t getting in property, but now we’ve seen in the July markets where the balance of listings to sale ratio is balanced out much more.

What, what that did, was it allowed people to look at properties? A couple of times you’re still seeing great sales, but you had an opportunity to write on a property that you may have seen two or three times where previously during COVID. With the spike in the market. You, you know, you had to write an offer immediately and you were in a multiple scenarios now, are there still some multiple offers?

Yes, there are because we’re not getting a huge supply in all sectors. And so there are still the occasional multiple offers coming in on property, but for the most part, it’s settled in and certain components of the market. There’s more supply so there’s less of that happening. And that’s the summer market.

So a little bit more traditional. We have a little softening, although the market’s been strong enough, it certainly wasn’t comparable to the hyperinflated market that we had in the previous year. And I think that’s, that’s much healthier, obviously, you know, as a buyer, it’s a much healthier market as a seller.

You know, everybody wants to win the lottery. The reality though, is that when you’re selling and buying, there’s relativity that comes into play. So unless you are actually selling out of the market and not reinvesting this is a better market for you in that previous market. Yes. You would sell for a windfall, but you’d be back in the.

The position is a buyer was telling me when they were buying your home, you’d be in multiple scenarios. So much more level market in the summertime, I think for most places. And I’ve been in negotiating and we’ll see where the fall goes for supply. That will be interesting. Yeah.


[00:04:23] Rod: So looking ahead, I know it’s impossible to know, especially with what’s going on in the world and we have an election happening and all kinds of stuff.

What, what are you seeing for the Fall (2021)?

[00:04:36] Mike: Well, you know, what, how do I come up with a, what am I, you know, how do I come up with my crystal ball? There are a few factors that I sort of throw into them. Some of them are intangible, so they’re not really trackable. Other things that we can do is we can look at CMHC reports and see where they’re trending as far as you know, more tracking.

So some of the things that CMHC is watching. We’re starting to see a little bit of a tickling up of the fixed, very fixed mortgage rates. So fixed mortgage rates have a direct bearing as far as affordability. And you know, a lot of buyers that are gotten into the market now have never been able to, they’ve never had to say the word 4%, you know, interest rate wise.

So you start to see interest rates climbing, which they could at some point. And that will have a direct bearing on the buying ability or the budget that’s available. The other thing that’s happened is with CMHC, with the affordability aspect, is there increased, they’ve increased the test, the stress test for buyers.

So that continues to be a bit of a challenge. So you’re sitting at over 5% stress test. So not everybody’s going to qualify for those funds. Now, when we talk about stress, it’s a whole other conversation. It’s a, it’s a test that you take. It doesn’t mean you have to take a 5% interest. But it is trying to slow down buyers from getting in over there.

And the other thing, that’s the component that is going to be interesting. There’s a couple of things that were coming. We were anticipating more foreign investments, so that could, you know, money coming out of the Asian markets. If it eases up with COVID with the rules that are in place, that’s one thing.


But the counterbalance to that now, And again, you mentioned we’re in an election month or whatever it is, you know, the Liberal government is proposing that they actually have more penalties and more restrictions on investment for non-residential primary residential. So what is that going to do? There keep the key theory is obviously is to make housing affordable for people who are actual residents.

So if the Liberal government gets in, we have that to consider, that’s going to shift the market a little. You’re going to take a buyer out of the market that would have been there. So, you know, there’s a number of variables. What’s the fourth wave you’re going to do. That’s a challenge to know. I think the fourth wave you know, it’s gonna be less of a challenge in the first three.

My hope is that I think we’ve gone a long way to getting protected from that. So that’s the hope. I would suggest that the. The other thing that comes in, which is always part of this is supply. So when we see some of these other things happening, the government protection, the interest rates will we see enough supply to satisfy the demand? Right now it’s a pretty balanced market. You’re almost 50 50 on listings to sales. Again, pretty healthy are people waiting for the fall market to put their property on? That’ll be the next question and whether or not we’re going to see. That much pent-up demand for buying is the other thing.

So, you know, again, are we going to see listings? If we don’t see a lot of listings in that it naturally will drive the market to be hot because there’s going to be enough buyers. But if we see enough listings, I think you may see the buyers soften and the 2023 analysis or the anticipated market is for it to soften.


So I think fall could be pretty brisk. I think going into the spring market, we may see it still. Somewhat active, good market. I think we get to this time next year or the summertime next year, you’re probably gonna see it soften again. And we may not see a strong market in the fall based on what the interest rates are doing.


So I don’t see any major falls. Real estate is always a great investment. And in today’s day and age, we’ve seen it. You know, people have this vision, that real estate isn’t going to continue to go. I think that it’s proven itself through some tough times, real estate is a great investment for people.

And I think it’ll continue to rise. I think people are shifting their mindset to lifestyle a little bit more. So they’re going to spend the money on a monthly basis. They want to be in the lifestyle that they want. So I think that’s where the market will continue to drive it. And we work really hard to pay our bills.

So why not live where we want to live. And I think that’s what’s happened and will continue


[00:08:43] Rod:  Good to know. Well, Mike, how do people get in touch with you these days? And we’ll put notes in our show notes and links and all that sort of stuff, but what’s, what’s the best way to reach you?

[00:08:53] Mike: Well, we have obviously we’ve got a fantastic website at and we would love to hear from you through there.

We have various links to what’s happening in our community. It’s a big part of what we’re trying to promote is our community and businesses. You can reach me directly at 6 0 4 8 8 9 7 6 5 3. And that can be done by text, or you can give me a call. Sometimes I have to return the calls. So texting sometimes is best.

My office is Royal LePage. I have a number 6 0 4 5 3 8 2 1 2 5. You know, it’s, we’ve almost stepped away from the office calls. We’ve almost gone to direct calls. And so, you know, it’s interesting too, that number is still out there, but it’s rare that I get a call. And then the last would be my email direct email, which is

So if you have questions, you can always send them my way. The website’s a great forum for us because it obviously allows you to ask some questions and get some information for yourself rather than feeling like you’re being chased by a real estate agent right away. So feel free to drop into our website and check out what we’re doing.

Well, obviously Rod you’re integral to that, working with that. So and then I just welcome any calls and questions, obviously. Lots of questions coming up for everybody at this time in the market. So don’t hesitate to reach out.

[00:10:12] Rod: Yeah. So just in case, people miss that it’s Mike at F V as in Victor I had someone confused about that the other day, thinking V’s can sound like B’s, you know? Excellent. Thanks, Mike.

[00:10:24] Mike: Hey Rod. Thanks very much. Nice chatting with you. And I wish everybody luck out there and then fall market it’ll be exciting times ahead.


Mike Wilson
Royal LePage North Star Realty
Phone: 604-889-7653

Mike brings several decades of real estate experience and strong marketing background to the FV housing scene. Whether you’re looking for help finding your perfect home at your perfect price, or you need professional support and friendly expertise to sell your home in an ever-changing market, Mike comes to the table with a true passion for helping you make the best possible move.


Our publisher Mike Wilson was at the White Rock Market recently and was impressed by the Whisky he tasted from a local Fraser Valley distillery, Mainland Whisky (see more below). That got us wondering about other local distilleries and we discovered that the Fraser Valley is a host to a number of older and newer distilleries that sell a variety of high-quality Spirits including…

Central City Brewers and Distillers have been around for a number of years and are quite well known for their Red Racer Craft Beer, but did you know that they also make Lohin McKinnon Whisky, Sparrow Premium Rum, and Queensborough Japanese Style Gin? Link: Central City

Crows Nest Distillery in Abbotsford makes Vodka, Rum, and Spiced Rum. The Crows Nest Distillery was started by Stefano Paolone way back in the early 1900s. He brought his winemaking and spirits making skills with him from the old country. Fast forward to today and Daniel Paolone and his friend Ian Jarvis are rekindling the family tradition and combining years of family knowledge to make a variety of spirits using local ingredients found in British Columbia.1 Link: Crows Nest Distillery in Abbotsford

Dragon Mist Distillery is in Surrey and they make vodka gin and a number of different liqueurs. They say, “We are proud to distill some of the finest quality spirits made in British Columbia. We follow the craft distillers’ code of conduct when creating all our products. Whether it’s our flagship Baijiu Vodka or Gin or any of our delicious liqueurs we’re confident you’ll find something to delight your palate.” 2 Link: Dragon Mist Distillery

Goodridge and Williams Distillery and Cocktails Company is one of the craft spirits and crafted cocktail leaders in the industry in Canada. They make an array of interesting tasty spirits and drinks. Their brands include NUTRL Vodka, Tempo Gin, Goodridge and Williams Canadian Whisky, Sid The Handcrafted Vodka, Yes Guy Hard Iced Tea, and Still Maker Old Fashioned. Link:: Goodridge and Williams Distillery and Cocktails Co.

Lucid Spirits uses only BC-grown products to make their base alcohols. They do all of their fermentation and distillation on-site to create their ultra-premium products such as Vodka, Vodka Pina Colada, two types of Gin, and a variety of liqueurs, Rye, and a Spirit called Cinnamon Kiss. Link: Lucid Spirits

Mainland Whisky says their craft American-style Whiskey and Whiskey liqueurs are influenced by American Moonshine recipes. Their small-batch corn Whiskey and Whiskey liqueurs are made in a hybrid reflux still with organic ingredients in Surrey BC. There are no additives, they are non-chill filtered and they are a craft distillery.

If you want to stop by and have a tasting, you can! At the Mainland Whiskey Cocktail Lounge and Whiskey Shop. They take private bookings for their tasting lounge that has a 15-foot bar and 125-inch projector screen. They have a new cocktail list each month and small snacks are available. They are also open Wednesday to Sunday during the afternoon and evening. Call them at 604-372-4424 for more information or see their website. 3 Link: Mainland Whisky Photo: @mainlandwhisky

New Wave Distilling is in the heart of the Fraser Valley tucked into a garden oasis. At their tasting room in Abbotsford BC, they offer cocktails, beer, and wine by the glass and wine and spirit tasting flights. They also have charcuterie and bistro snacks, a heated patio, and a grassy picnic area. They say, “our product line is inspired by our love for the Fraser Valley and the surrounding mountains.” They are a locally owned and operated family business. Many of their spirits are made from organic blueberries grown and picked on their family farm. Link: New Wave Distilling

NorthWest Distilling Co. makes handcrafted Spirits made with British Columbia ingredients. They are owned and operated by “young people” from British Columbia. Their company focuses on a small-batch approach to distilling. They say, “by diligence on quality we aim to create products as beautiful as the scenery we make it in.“ they make Northwest Extra Smooth Vodka that is distilled 10 times before mixing it with “world-famous BC mountain freshwater“. This Maple Ridge company has a lounge coming soon. 4 Link: NorthWest Distilling Co.

Ravens Distillery is a new venture from Ravens Brewing in Abbotsford BC. They say “after the success of our beer we thought we could contribute something fresh to the world of spirits. The first of which is our flagship Vodka.” They also make Gin. If you want to try them out, you can visit their tasting room in Abbotsford. Link: Ravens Distilling Photo: @ravensdistillery

Roots and Wings Distillery makes artisan spirits. They are homegrown and handcrafted at their farm in Langley, British Columbia. You can also visit the distillery for tastings and craft cocktails. Roots and Wings Distillery is Langley‘s first craft distillery. They are located in Fort Langley and they welcome visitors to sample and purchase their fine spirits in their tasting room. You can also browse in their vintage bar gift shop. The products include Vodka, Whiskey, Gin, and Absinthe. Link: Roots and Wings Distillery

SR Winery and Distillery makes locally handcrafted rice wine and barley spirit in the Korean tradition. They are a small company founded by Master Distiller Yoo and his family who have been supplying restaurants throughout Metro Vancouver for over 10 years with unpasteurized Makgeolli (Korean cloudy rice wine). With changes in legislation in 2013, it became feasible for craft distilleries to start producing local spirits and master Yoo and his family started to produce better quality Soju (Korean spirit) with local ingredients. “The company’s intention is to help people rediscover the original taste and tradition of High-quality Soju and Makgeolli.” 5 Link: SR Winery and Distillery

Do you have a favorite Fraser Valley distillery? Let us know in the comments below or comment on our Instagram or Facebook page.

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1 Crows Nest Distillery in Abbotsford

2 Dragon Mist Distillery

3 Mainland Whisky 

4 North West Distilling Co.

5 SR Winery and Distillery

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Are things beginning to open up a little? The August events calendar suggests that they might be!
That said, please check into the details of the events listed below before you attend and follow the COVID protocols.
Here are some handpicked events happening in August 2021 in the Fraser Valley.
Have fun!


Abbotsford Air Show

Abbotsford International Airshow 2021
Fri., Aug. 6 – Sun., Aug. 8
Abbotsford Int’l Airport – 30440 Liberator Ave, Abbotsford, BC
See Website
They say: “SkyDrive brings the aerial excitement of Canada’s National Airshow back to the skies over Abbotsford with a drive-in twist. Airshow fans will enjoy the show from the comfort of their own 400 square foot-space on the airfield alongside their vehicle. Performers include the snowbirds, F-22 Raptor, CF-18 Hornet and F-18 Super Hornet.”
Photo Credit Please see footnote below.

Ryan McCallistar

Sun & Soil Concert Series – Ryan McAllister
Fri., Aug. 20, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Mt Lehman Winery – 5094 Mount Lehman Rd, Abbotsford, BC
See Facebook  
They say: “This concert series celebrates our Handmade & Homegrown community of Abbotsford by featuring local musicians, local farms, and local food for an intimate and flavourful concert experience.”

Horsepower for Hospice Show & Shine
Sat., Aug. 21, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Mt Lehman Winery – 5094 Mount Lehman Rd, Abbotsford, BC
See Facebook
They say: “Join us for this FREE (by donation) Classic Car Show & Shine event at Mount Lehman Winery! There will be fun for the whole family with entertainment, food trucks, prize draws, and of course lots of vintage cars! Register your vintage car for only $35 on our website. The event will take place rain or shine. Join us for fun and support Abbotsford families! Event generously sponsored by TravelandRV”


Golf for Kids Sake

Golf For Kids Sake 2021
Wed., Aug. 11, 2021
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley – 20538 Fraser Hwy #201, Langley, BC
See Website
They say: “Proceeds from the golf tournament will ignite the potential of young people through the power of mentoring. Funds raised will ensure that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley is able to continue serving over 400 children and youth each year by providing them with another caring and trusting adult in their lives.”

City Summer Beats

City Summer Beats – Concert in Douglas Park
Sat., Aug. 14, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Spirit Square – 20550 Douglas Crescent #4B6, Langley, BCSee: City Summer Beats
See Website
They say: “Enjoy a fantastic lineup of live music at this family-friendly event. Everyone is welcome – Be sure to bring your dancing shoes!”

Twilight Drive In

Twilight Drive-In
Metro Vancouver’s Only Drive-in Theatre
Thu., Aug. 5, 9:10 p.m.
Twilight Drive-In Theatre – 3350 260 Street, Fraser Hwy, Langley Twp, BC
They say: “Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins stars Henry Golding as Snake Eyes, a tenacious loner who is welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan called the Arashikage after saving the life of their heir apparent…”
For more information and movies in August see

Langley Eats Local
See Website
They say: This annual event celebrates the abundance of our region with a fantastic lineup of local vendors and activities for the whole family. Explore the diversity of what is produced in Langley and nearby, from vegetables to breads, cheeses, berries, wines and more. Join us to celebrate our local farmers and producers who care for this delicious array of ingredients, all the way from their field to your plate.

summerset festival

Summerset Festival
Fri., Aug. 27 – Sun., Aug. 29
Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada 23433 Mavis Ave, Langley, BC
See Website
They say: “Summerset Music & Arts Festival takes place inside the palisades of the Fort Langley National Historic Site on the majestic Fraser River, offering a venue with unsurpassed beauty and history. A former fur trading post of the Hudson’s Bay Company and the “Birthplace of British Columbia”, guests can tour the historic site, enjoying world-class music & art and mouth-watering local food and beverages.

“Summerset has set up a variety of activities throughout the festival including cornhole, a kid’s play centre, food trucks, vendors, and a dedicated merch area. Check out everything Summerset has to offer August 27 – 29th!”

Cambree Lovesy

Live Music Night with Cambree Lovesy
Fri., Aug. 27, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Fraser Valley Cider Company – 22128 16 Ave, Langley, BC
For more events at the Fraser Valley Cider Company see their website
They say: “The five foot firecracker from Abbotsford, B.C. brings an infectious energy with her onto every stage…”
Photo: @cambreelovesyofficial Please see foonote below

Surrey, BC

Summer Pop

Summer POP! — Devon More Music
Fri., Aug. 6, 7:00 p.m. – Sun., Aug. 8, 4:30 p.m.
Darts Hill Garden Park – 16th Avenue and 170th Street, Surrey, BC
See Website
They say: “Bring your own bubble to Dart Hills Garden Park for a POP! Summer Stroll. Take in one of many micro-performances – including a one-woman symphony, built from scratch by Devon – before you stroll your way to the grand finale. 4 chances to stroll by Friday, August 6th – Sunday, August 8th”

Vineyard Lunch

Vineyard Lunch with wine & Rock n’ Roll live music
Sun., Aug. 15, 12:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Vinoscenti Vineyards – 15560 Colebrook Rd, Surrey, BC
They say: “A long awaited vineyard lunch and music event will be the highlight of this summer. Served in the vineyard & buffet style, the lunch includes multi course items such as roast beef, salmon filet, vegetables, fresh seasonal fruits, and a glass of wine, from 12 noon to 2 pm. Live Rock n’ Roll music begins from 2:15 to 4:30 pm with a break from 3:15 to 3:45 pm.”


“YARD” Biggest Jamaican African fusion party of the summer
Sun., Aug. 22, 4:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: 13565 105 Ave, Surrey, BC
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They say: “A VIP experience with premium drinks 3 top-class Dj at the turn get your drip & come get lit with us.”

Alfresco Festival

Alfresco Festival 2021
Fri., Aug. 27, 11:00 a.m. – Sun., Aug. 29, 4:00 p.m.
Colebrook Park – 14311 Colebrook Rd, Surrey, BC
See Website
They say… “It’s in the trees and it’s coming – oh it’s coming. Yes, our favourite foray onto the foliage is finally returning and we can’t wait to join our Alfresco family for a three day wiggle in the woods. And with the first announcement of artists wetting our disco whistle just right – how could Daniel Avery, Daniele Baldelli, Lowlife, Crazy P Soundsystem, Sophie Lloyd, Jonjo Jury, Jaye Ward, Tech Support and the many more incoming not? – we’ve got our plans made, our disco bags packed and our festival head ready. Finally. See you in the trees! Alfresco Festival Friday 27th- Sunday 29th August 2021 Colebrook Park, Tunbridge Wells.”

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With the incredible weather and record-breaking temperatures have you been looking for outdoor places to cool off and go for a swim? Fortunately, some Fraser Valley public pools have been returning to pre-COVID-19 regulations and are open for swimming. Here’s an update from The City of Surrey for example: “As of Saturday, July 17th, we will returning to a pre-COVID system for public swims. This means there will be no swim reservations and you will be able to attend the facility and wait in line to swim.” Unfortunately, as you can see below, there are outdoor pool closures because of COVID-19 in other Fraser Valley Municipalities.

If you are looking for a public pool near you in Surrey, Langley, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Chilliwack, or Abbotsford, look no further because we have a list for you below. Happy swimming!

AbbotsfordOutdoor Swimming

Centennial Outdoor Pool is closed for 2021. The good news is that the pool is being renovated and will be better than ever for next year.


Rotary Pool
46245 Reece Ave, Chilliwack, BC V2P 3A9

Outdoor SwimmingLangley/Aldergove

Al Anderson Memorial Pool
Location: 4949 207 St, Langley, BC V3A 1N4

Fort Langley Outdoor Pool
Location: 23055 St. Andrews Street, Fort Langley, BC
July 20, 2021 – Closed

Otter Co-op Outdoor Experience Water Park
Location: 27032 Fraser Hwy, Aldergrove, BC V4W 3P6

Maple RidgeOutdoor pool

Hammond Outdoor Pool
20601 Westfield Avenue, Maple Ridge

Pitt Meadows

Harris Road Outdoor Pool is closed for 2021. The Spray Park is open.
12460 Harris Rd, Pitt Meadows, BC V3Y 2J5


For hours and more information see Tide’s Out Swimming. This is the website for the City of Surrey outdoor pools. For swimming lessons and outdoor swimming in Surrey, check out the following outdoor pools:

Outdoor pool Surrey, BCBear Creek
Location: 13820 – 88 Avenue Surrey, BC V3W 3L1

Greenaway Outdoor Pool 
Location: 17901 – 60 Avenue Surrey, BC V3S 6W4

Port Kells Outdoor Pool
Location: 19340 – 88 Avenue Surrey, BC V4N 5T2

Sunnyside Outdoor Pool
Location: 15455 – 26 Avenue Surrey, BC

Hjorth Road Outdoor Pool
Location: 10277 – 148 Street Surrey, BC V3R 6S4

Kwantlen Outdoor Pool
Location: 13035 – 104 Avenue Surrey, BC V3T 1T8Outdoor pool Surrey, BC

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