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.
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.
Link and Photo: https://www.tourism-langley.ca/event/west-fine-art-show-late-summer-edition
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…
Link and photo: https://www.tourism-langley.ca/event/west-fine-art-show-late-summer-edition
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.
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.
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?
LOOKING BACK AT THE RECENT MARKET
[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.
CRYSTAL BALL TIME. WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN THIS FALL?
[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.
THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF THE CANADIAN ELECTION
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.
A BRISK MARKET IN THE FALL?
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.
REAL ESTATE CONTINUES TO BE A GREAT INVESTMENT
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
QUESTIONS? GET IN TOUCH WITH MIKE
[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 fvlifestyle.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Lifestyle.com. 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 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 https://centralcitybrewing.com/visit-us/distillery
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 https://www.crowsnestdistillery.com/index.html
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 https://dragonmistdistillery.com
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. https://gwdistilling.com
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 https://lucidspirits.ca
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 https://mainlandwhisky.com 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 https://newwavedistilling.com
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. https://www.northwestdistillingco.ca
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 https://ravensdistilling.com 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 https://www.rootsandwingsdistillery.ca
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 https://www.facebook.com/MAQsoju
Do you have a favorite Fraser Valley distillery? Let us know in the comments below or comment on our Instagram or Facebook page.
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.
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.
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 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 – 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!”
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 http://twilightdrivein.net
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.
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!”
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 Companysee 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
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 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 Get Tickets
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 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.”
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!
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.
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:
Bear Creek Location: 13820 – 88 Avenue Surrey, BC V3W 3L1
(Abbotsford, BC) Tourism Abbotsford celebrates BC’s Restart Plan with a tiered campaign starting with Let’s Go Do Something, which launched on June 17th. Everyone from across BC is invited to experience Abbotsford’s ever-changing handmade and homegrown experiences where farm meets table, spirit meets nature, and travelers meet our cultivated city. Suggested itineraries are themed by outdoor adventures, farm excursions, seasonal sips at wineries, cideries, and breweries, boutique shopping and local eats, and arts culture.
Sun & Soil Concert Series Returns
Starting on July 23, presented again by the Abbotsford Tech District, Tourism Abbotsford’s Sun & Soil Concert Series returns for its second year, showcasing a diverse mix of genres and local musicians. Various locations are featured select Friday evenings throughout the summer.
• Date: Friday, July 23rd from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: At Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm & Meadery, with orchard views
Musical Artist: Nelson Padilla
• Date: Friday, August 6 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: the Eco Dairy with views of Mt. Baker
Musical Artist: K.C. Roces
• Date: Friday, August 13th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Maan Farms with views of Mt. Baker
Musical Artist: Chelsea Amber
• Date: Friday, August 20th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Mt. Lehman Winery with views of the vineyard
Musical Artist: Ryan McAllister
• Date: : Friday, August 27th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Ripples Winery and New Wave Distilling, amidst the gardens
Musical Artist: Kyler Pierce
“It’s been a difficult year for our tourism and hospitality businesses. We are thrilled to see travel begin to re-open and are tremendously excited to see Abbotsford come back to life this summer with events and things to do throughout the community. Let’s Go Do Something encourages people to come out and have fun again, to explore our nature trails, cycling routes, wineries, breweries, restaurants, shops, and farms. Sun & Soil unites farm-fresh food, diverse music, and beautiful country views. With vaccination rates increasing and life slowly returning to a post-pandemic state, we are pleased to welcome people back to our community,” says Craig Nichols, Executive Director of Tourism Abbotsford.
Although gathering sizes for outdoor events have been greatly increased as of July 1st, attendance for each concert will be limited to under 70 people to maintain an intimate experience. Tickets are $65/person, sold in packages for two or four people, and include local wine, beer, or cider, and charcuterie and picnic boxes with ingredients sourced from local farms. Concert attendees are invited to bring a picnic blanket but chairs will also be provided.
Abbotsford International Airshow
From August 6-8th, the Abbotsford International Airshow is returning with a Skydrive theme where attendees may remain in their vehicles or set up lawn chairs. The skies will be active for 3.5 hours per day with evening fireworks planned on August 6th and 7th and daytime performances on August 7th and 8th, I Closing the season, Tourism Abbotsford announces a Taste of Abby running from September 17th to September 25th. Plans include launching with a food and entertainment night festival and ending with a long table dinner. Details will be announced throughout the summer.
As you know, Father’s Day on June 20th is coming up fast, and you know what that means; it’s that time of the year to commemorate the father figures in our lives. There’s always something going on in the Fraser Valley, whether it’s an event or a new restaurant opening up, and we’re here to help you find what you’re looking for this year. So let’s get into it, shall we?
Before we dive into events, activities, and such, don’t forget that nothing beats quality time. Take the family for a fun adventure, and just spend time with each other out and about. For a couple of cool adventure spots, check out one of our recent articles: Fraser Valley Events for June 2021
Old Yale Brewing Co. – Chilliwack
And of course to start off our events, what would be better than $5 pints from Old Yale Brewing Co. They say, “In the heart of our Brewery is our Tasting Room, Patio & Campfire Kitchen, where you can always count on us for delicious food, great beer, and even better friends. Don’t hesitate to swing on down and check out what they have to offer. READ MORE HERE
Langley Fresh Father’s Day Box
Tourism Langley has put together a way to support local businesses while getting a gift the father figure in your life is sure to enjoy. Complete with cranberry pepper jelly, hot sauce, and turkey spice, and a few more food items (but you can check that out on their website), we all know at least one person who would love the thought behind this. READ MORE HERE
Township 7 – Langley
Township 7 has been holding special Father’s Day celebrations for years and 2021 is no exception. This year on June 20th they are holding their 7th Annual Wine and Swine event. They say: “This Father’s Day, treat dad to our 7th annual Wine & Swine event with a fun and delicious afternoon of delectable barbecued dishes paired with our award-winning wines in our south Langley vineyard.” We (Rod – editor) had friends attend this several years ago and they still rave about it. READ MORE HERE
Father’s Day BBQ Dinner at The Estate at Glass House Winery – Abbotsford
It’s good to see the Fraser Valley Winery’s stepping up (healthy competition?) and planning events for Father’s Day. Here’s what the Glass House Estate Winery is offering this year: “Celebrate Father’s Day with a BBQ Dinner at Glass House Estate Winery from 2:30pm to 7:30pm. Enjoy a special set menu for $69 + taxes per adult and live Music from 3pm to 7pm.
“Menu highlights include a choice of Beef Roast or Pork Chop or Cauliflower Steak and all mains include Southern Coleslaw, Chicken & Apple Salad, Mac N Cheese, Roasted Garlic Potatoes & Grilled Vegetables served family-style along with Chocolate Mudcake for dessert.” READ MORE HERE
As we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 gathering restrictions there still isn’t a lot of public gatherings taking place. Of course, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get out and enjoy the day with your loved one(s). Go fishing, go on a boat trip, camping on the weekend. There’s really there’s an endless amount of adventures to be had. Maybe you could have a picnic too – just an idea, but we’ll save that for another article in the near future.
Have your own ideas for the perfect Father’s Day? Let us know your event and activity ideas in the comments below!
Note: As of June 8, 2021 Provincial restrictions remain in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Some restrictions are made by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) under the Public Health Act and others are made under the Emergency Program Act (EPA). Most orders can be enforced by police and compliance and enforcement officials. Please check to see what the COVID-19 guidelines are before attending any of the events listed above.
The last month has brought with it increasingly warmer and nicer weather, and with better weather comes more events. Of course, while we are still kind of in the middle of a pandemic, it’s always good to keep your distance. But that shouldn’t hinder you from having a fun family outing.
Today we’ll be looking at a few more upcoming events in the Fraser Valley area, specifically for June.
June 6, 13, & 20 – Downtown Chilliwack Community Market
To start us off, we have the Downtown Chilliwack Community Market. A great place to find and connect with new businesses and products you might really enjoy, the DCCM is open from 10 am to 2 pm and a great place for locally grown, crafted, and brewed products. Maybe you just need some fresh carrots, well head on over to Cultus Lake after and it could be a trip worthwhile. If you’re okay with the commute, the Chilliwack Community Market could provide you with not only handmade items and fresh produce but also meaningful community interactions. You can read more about the market here: dccm.ca
June 6 – Ride for Doug 2021 (Langley)
Ride for Doug, a motorcycle charity riding against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, is on its 15th year this June. Starting at Langley’s Colossus Theatre and ending at the UFV campus in Abbotsford, you can either pick up tickets and ride in support or watch the live stream and support from home. If you feel like a midsummer cruise, this ones for you. Or maybe you just want to show your support, but don’t like objects with two wheels and an engine. That’s totally okay, you can still donate to their cause and even keep up with the ride online.
Every Saturday in June – Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market
When: Every Saturday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. April 10th – December 18th, 2021
Where: Fort Langley Village Farmers’ Market is located at 9025 Glover Road, Fort Langley B.C. (site of St. Andrew’s Historic Chapel)
June 18 – Golf for Kids’ Sake Tournament & Silent Auction (Abbotsford)
That brings us to another neat gathering happening this month. The Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation is hosting a golf fundraiser at Ledgeview Golf and Country Club, which would be perfect for the golfers of the family. With tickets starting at $250, your package includes lunch, dinner, a cart rental, and 18 holes, and you can be assured that your donation is going towards a good cause. You can find out more at the Big Brothers Big Sisters website.
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Those are just a few of the interesting events to come this year, hopefully, you found one worth checking out. Remember to follow all COVID-19 safety precautions, to protect you and your family as well as the community. Do you have your own event suggestions? Let us know in the comments below.
St. Patrick’s Day 2021: What’s Happening This Year in the Fraser Valley?
One of the first yearly celebrations to be hit by COVID-19 last year was St. Patrick’s Day, so this year we wanted to take a look around the Fraser Valley to see if there is anything that we can do to take part in this annual global celebration of Irish culture.
As you might have guessed, there is very little happening in the way of events. As we contacted the different pubs and event organizers who have done things in the past, the message was almost always the same, “due to COVID we are laying low this year.” But that doesn’t mean that some of the restaurants and pubs, in particular, aren’t attempting to at least give a little nod to remembering St. Patrick.
If you are in the mood for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year, here are several things to consider in the Fraser Valley:
The Canadian Brewhouse – Abbotsford
Green beer will be available at The Canadian Brewhouse. ON SPECIAL ALL DAY: $8.99 Green Beer Tankards, $8.99 Guinness Tankards
From the Dead Frog Brewery Website: “Wednesday, March 17th – Looking for a wee bit o’ fun, good eats, and great beer? Look no further! (On) Wednesday, March 17th we’ll have Bangers & Mash, an all-natural green beer crafted by our Brewmaster Cole, and stouts on Nitro! Green beer (naturally green – NO food colouring) $1 off 12oz glasses of Commander Imperial Stout Bangers & Mash! We’re open from 11 am until 10 pm. See you there!”
Normally, Dublin Crossing is the place to go in Surrey on St. Patrick’s Day, but it looks like they won’t be holding a special event this year. They are open, however, so you can always stop by year-round for an Irish pub experience!
In response to our inquiry to find out what was happening at the Clayton Pub They responded:
“(The Clayton Pub) will have green beer, but with Covid restrictions, it makes it really hard to go further than that. Wednesdays are normally our crab night and we tested an idea to dye our crab legs green in the spirit of St Paddys day, LOL this did not work out, the crab legs looked gross green so we scrapped that idea.”
Due to covid restrictions in place the White Hart Public House doesn’t have any events going on this year, however, they will have Green $4.50 pints of Red Truck all day long to celebrate, in the safest manner possible. The White Hart Public House was voted Surrey’s Best Pub, Burger, Appetizers, Happy Hour, Breakfast & Brunch, and Patio Dining in The Surrey Leaders Readers Choice Awards 2020!
Donegal’s Irish House has decided to address the challenges we are facing with COVID in a creative way that many of us have become familiar with their “St Paddy’s Day Party (for 2) in a Box.”
Here’s what they have to say:
“With all that’s going on in the world these days, we’ve set up a St Patrick’s Day Party in a Box for you, so you can celebrate Paddy’s Day in style with your significant other, in the comfort and safety of you own home…..there will be no grand parties this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get all the same goodies you would have if your come and partied with us.
“Order yours now, supplies are limited, and when they are sold out, there will be no more! Email us through this page, or via our Facebook page to order, links to both in the contact tab on this site.”
September is basically January; a fresh start, new beginnings, adventures, change of schedules… Things begin to slow down, the leaves start falling and you order your PSL daily instead of an iced americano. Summer activities will soon be a thing of the past as it gets too cold to spend afternoons in the lake and evenings around the campfires. School starts, routines get back on track. It all sounds a little dull, doesn’t it?
Here are a few fun activities happening around the Fraser Valley this September to keep things rockin’.