Royal BC Museum: The Jaguar Rises
Maya: The Great Jaguar Rises, an extraordinary exhibition highlighting Maya civilization past and present. Discover a powerful culture that rose in the tropical rainforests of Guatemala thousands of years ago, and learn how science and belief shaped the Maya identity from ancient times to present day. The exhibition boasts the world’s largest and most impressive display of Maya objects from Guatemala, and features more than 300 precious jade, ceramic, gold, stone and textile artifacts reflecting classic and contemporary Maya culture. This exhibition coincides with UNESCO’s Year of Indigenous Languages and highlights the 30 Maya languages that are still spoken today by almost half the population of Guatemala.
Enjoy the Thanksgiving Long weekend with the 24th annual Cranberry Festival held in Langley. There will be unique vendors, free entertainment and family activities as Langley celebrates the harvest and history of the cranberry in Fort Langley. The Fort Langley National Historic Site will be first in our visit, and then you will have time to meander through all of the festivities. There will be an abundance of food vendors that will be serving many different types of food (lunch not included). Following the festival we will visit the Fort Wine Company and tour the cranberry fields before heading home.
Stamp River Falls
Stamp Falls Provincial Park has a number of lookout points along the river for excellent views of the salmon fighting their way up the falls and fish ladders. This natural phenomenon occurs every year, starting in late August with sockeye and continuing with Coho and Chinook right into December. Before the falls we will stop in Port Alberni for lunch at the Little Bavaria House (included). On our way home we will visit Little Qualicum Falls where impressive waterfalls cascade down a rocky gorge in a beautiful forested setting bordered by steep mountain peaks at this park, one of the most beautiful parks on central Vancouver Island.
Weaver Creek Spawning
The Chehalis River Hatchery was originally constructed in 1982 to enhance salmon stocks in the Chehalis and Harrison rivers. Today the hatchery receives thousands of visitors that come to learn more about salmon. The hatchery produces coho, chinook, chum and pink salmon, as well as steelhead and sea-going cutthroat trout which produces coho, sockeye, chum and steelhead for a number of local tributaries that lead to the Fraser River. After the hatchery our next stop will be the Weaver Creek Spawning Channel.Since its construction in 1965, Weaver Creek spawning channel has proven a great success.The run of sockeye today is more than 200 times the size of the run produced from Weaver Creek alone prior to 1965. From the Spawning Channel we will head on over to Harrison Hot Springs and have lunch at the infamous Black Forest Café (included). Guided by Simon Yan.
Craft Fair On the trip we will be visiting two of the Fraser Valley’s most popular Christmas Fairs. The Chilliwack Christmas Craft Market, a Fraser Valley holiday tradition and the Chilliwack Community Arts Council’s most festive fundraiser, returns for its 44th year of inspired gift giving. Showcasing over 175 artisans from all over BC under one roof, the market is the perfect destination for every gift seeker! The West Coast Christmas Show Marketplace is Western Canada’s leading holiday season show that brings together holiday gifts, fancy foods, personal services, decor ideas, festive live florals and culinary presentations under one roof. You will discover new ideas and items for holiday gift shopping, entertaining and home decorating among the multitude of vendors offering unique and hard to find gift items both from artisans as well as unique manufacturers. You will find shabby chic items along with country garden Christmas accents. Before we visit the two craft fairs, we will have lunch at the Mandarin Garden Chinese Buffet in Chilliwack (included).
Christmas Glow first launched in 2017 near Vancouver, Canada, and guests were captivated by the event. Two years later, Glow’s become one of the world’s largest indoor Christmas festivals, brightening up 11 cities in 3 countries. Join the joyous 1.6 million guests ready to Glow and celebrate the warmth of the season! It’s all the magic and wonder of an outdoor festival, hosted inside a cozy and spacious venue. Laugh, stroll and play under the twinkle of a million lights as you explore the light gardens and illuminated structures. Following Glow we will visit the Dundarave in West Vancouver. Take a stroll in a real “Forest of Miracles,” amidst over 100 lit and decorated trees on display as part of the annual Dundarave Festival of Lights in West
Holiday Lights Tour
Join us on this annual trip where we visit some of Metro Vancouver’s greatest light displays. Be prepared to be put into the Holiday Spirit with joyous music and wonderful company. The trip will also have a stop halfway so one can stretch their legs and enjoy a light snack (cost of snacks not included).