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It’s a shame to let Fall and Winter go by without trying at least one of these adventures with your family. Rediscover B.C. and make more memories to reminisce about in the new year!
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Nothing says Fall in the Fraser Valley like long stalks of corn arranged in neat rows - OR cut into intricate designs to challenge your navigational skills! Meadows Maze in Pitt Meadows boasts 3 different corn maze challenges, ranging from a mini-maze for small children to 6 km of trails for those really wanting to test their abilities! Meadows Maze is located on the Hopcott Farm – a family run operation that is passionate about providing food and fun for families, all on one gorgeous property. Make a day of it and visit their Fun Farm, Meats Shop or grab a bite at their concession. Check out their website, Meadows Maze, for more details and book your family adventure before they close up shop on October 19.
Get off the mainland and take a breath-taking ferry ride over to Vancouver Island for small-town experiences in the Cowichan Valley. Hike and geocache along their famous tree-lined trails ablaze with Fall colours, or marvel at the world-famous murals that cover the town of Chemainus, once saving it from ghost town status. Need a little more ‘city’ action? There’s plenty to see and do in our province’s capital. Ride a double-decker bus while touring Victoria and dine at one of the many restaurants along the water’s edge right in downtown.
3. Toboggan Park at Mount Seymour
When the powdery white stuff graces our mountains, take advantage of this family-friendly opportunity to sit on a mat and slide down a big hill! Toboggan Park, a designated area at Mt. Seymour in North Vancouver with no age or height restrictions, holds a full day of Winter fun – and if you don’t have a sliding mat, you can purchase one right on the spot. No more excuses to don those boots and be a kid again! For current weather conditions and more details, check out their site: www.mountseymour.com
Located in the heart of the Cascade Mountains, and smack-dab between the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan, you will find E.C. Manning Provincial Park – a recreation gem in all seasons. Why not try a guided snowshoeing tour to learn more about the park’s natural activity in the Winter and get some exercise for the whole family? Because it’s a 3 hour drive from the Lower Mainland, and there is a lot to do in the park itself, you will want to book a stay in the area. Manning Park Resort is comfortable with a rustic charm – and well-priced, especially if you can snag some weekdays off while the kids are out of school. Take a look here and plan your Winter wonderland getaway.
When people think of Winter in B.C. they often think of skiing in Whistler. Well, how about snowmobiling on Blackcomb? Yes, they do have customized family tours and best of all, kids between the ages of 5 and 12 ride free with each adult! Blackcomb Snowmobile offers a two-hour tour which includes hot drinks and snacks, or a three-hour tour complete with BBQ lunch. For more details and pricing, check out their site www.blackcombsnowmobile.com
No need to sit idly by and wait for the
tulips to sprout – get out and explore. Make it a season your family will want
to re-live well into the new year.
Taslim is the voice behind the blog Let ME Out!!, author of various works including her creativity and self-discovery workbooks, and creator of Make-A-Wave Cards found here. She is happiest being with her husband and three children, living their motto: Keeping Up with the Jaffers, not the Joneses. She fills her days cranking out articles, reading historical fiction and fundraising for the literary arts in between all the things that make her Mommy. (P.S. If you see someone dancing to her own steps in Zumba class, that would be Taslim!)
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