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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010 Activities for Vancouver and the Lower Mainland

October brings a time of thanks - thanks for the bounty of the harvest across the country, for family and much more! Although Thanksgiving is usually celebrated with a turkey dinner and all the trimmings, there are also many activities across the Lower Mainland and British Columbia! Enjoy harvest and fall festivals, celebrations of the cranberries - one of British Columbia's crops, studio tours and the opening of many Halloween activities! Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving weekend falls October 9 - 11, 2010.PITT MEADOWS
CRANBERRY DAY AT MEADOWS MAZE | October 9 | 11:00am - 10:00pm (Pancake Breakfast: 10:00am - 12:00pm) | Meadows Maze, 13672 Reichenbach Road, Pitt Meadows (map) | $6 - $11 (Pancake Breakfast: $3) | Start the day off with a pancake breakfast, then try your hand at booming cranberries, go on a hay ride around the cranberry bog, pan for gold, visit the petting zoo, trek through the maze and shoot the corn cannon! | Website

LANGLEY
CRANBERRY DAY AT FORT LANGLEY | October 9 | 10:00am - 6:00pm | Fort Langley National Historic Site, 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley (map) | $3.90 - $7.80 | Try cranberry bannock and learn about the barrels of cranberries Fort Langley exported in the 1840s. Buy cranberries, watch canoe races and visit the market in the village of Fort Langley during the Cranberry Festival! | Website
TRADITIONAL TURKEY DINNER | October 11 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm | Fort Langley National Historic Site, 23433 Mavis Avenue, Fort Langley (map) | $14 - $20 (it is recommended to buy tickets in advance) | Enjoy a Thanksgiving meal of turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, root vegetable maple syrup bake, peas and cream, green salad, beverage, pumpkin pie with whip cream, and cookies at historic Fort Langley! | Website

BOWEN ISLAND
BOWEN ISLAND APPLE FEST | October 9 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm | Crippen Regional Park, Bowen Island (map) | Free | Taste a variety of heritage apples, press some apple cider, Celebrate Thanksgiving Weekend across the Lower Mainland October 9 - 11, 2010!dress an apple doll or cover a caramel apple with candy. Show off your skills by entering a pie baking contest or buy one for your Thanksgiving feast! | Website

VANCOUVER ISLAND
HARVEST FEST AT THE BC FOREST MUSEUM | October 10 | 10:00am - 4:30pm | BC Forest Museum, 2892 Drinkwater Road, Duncan (map) | $7 - $11 | Fun harvest activities including pumpkin painting, candy toss, apple bobbing and hay rides! | Website
GABRIOLA ISLAND THANKSGIVING STUDIO TOUR | October 9 - 11 | 10:00am - 4:00pm | Various locations across Gabriola Island - a short ferry ride from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island (map) (studio tour map) | Free | Known as the Isle of the Arts, Gabriola Island is home to dozens of artists by trade. Take the annual Thanksgiving Studio tour and visit over fifty studios and learn about different forms of art! | Website

ALSO CHECK OUT:
HARVEST FESTIVAL AT CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE | October 30 - 31 | 9:00am - 5:00pm | Capilano Suspension Bridge: 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver (map) | $10 - $29.95 | Website
STANLEY PARK HALLOWE'EN GHOST TRAIN | October 8 - 31 | 6:00pm - 10:00pm | Miniature Train: 611 Pipeline Road, Vancouver (map) | $6.25 - $9.82 + HST | Website
HELL'S GATE PUMKIN DROP | October 11 | 10:00am - 4:00pm | Hells Gate Airtram: 52kms north of Hope along Highway 1 (map) | Free | Website






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