Pacific National Exhibition - Vancouver
Since 1910, millions of guests have enjoyed shows, exhibits, sporting events, amusement rides, concerts, cultural activities and, of course, the annual summer Fair at the PNE. Today, the PNE is the longest running and best attended annual ticketed event in BC and the site of hundreds of famous events – from a live performance from the Beatles to the historic Miracle Mile.
Vancouver - (Approximately one hour drive west)
Enjoy a day in Vancouver visiting its many interesting attractions and then head back to the peaceful Fraser Valley.
Swallowtail Culinary Tours
Local chefs & sommelier guides open doors to the secret world of wildfoods & boutique wineries in BC. Wine Tours: Meet the vintners and wine experts on these sommelier curated wine tours with gourmet lunch. Visit their Website here.
Cultus Lake Water Park & Adventure Park
Cultus Lake Waterpark is BC's biggest waterpark. Cultus Lake Adventure park is open daily, rain or shine.
Bell- Irving Fish Hatchery – 256th Street Maple Ridge, BC
Open: weekends 1 - 3 pm, and other times by appointment for daily tours throughout the year Located in the Kanaka Creek Regional Park, the hatchery includes rearing ponds, indoor tanks and exhibits. Washrooms, picnicking.
Visit their website here.
Head west on Hwy #7 to Hayward, then north on Hayward to Dewdney Trunk, proceed east on Dewdney Trunk Road, then turn left on Bell Street. Head north on Bell Street to Rolley Lake (approximately 30 minute drive).
Short walks to a small waterfall, swimming, canoeing and rainbow trout fishing. Nice picnic areas. No power boats.
Birthplace of BC Gallery – 9054 Glover Road Fort Langley, BC
Open daily: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm, Sundays 11 am - 5 pm. The Gallery is dedicated to the promotion of local talent, the commemoration of Langley's place in British Columbia's history, and to the improvement of the quality of life in Langley. Also featuring artists in the studio workshop, special events and fine arts/fine dining nights throughout the year. Web sites shows the works of a number of artists and has an events and workshops schedule. Visit their website here.
South on Hwy #11 to US border, proceed through Sumas approximately 8 blocks, turn left at 3-way and proceed to Mt. Baker Hwy (approximately 75 minute drive).
Breath taking mountain and valley view - skiing in winter, hiking in summer.
Phone (Ski Resort): 360-734-6771
Phone (Lodging): 800-709-7669
Heritage Square – 1120 Brunette Avenue Coquitlam, BC
Museums Open May to September, Arts Centre Galleries and Gift Shop open year round. Ryan House and Mackin House Museum, built in 1909. Fraser Mills, CPR Station. Caboose Park Arts Centre and Music School. Heritage Square on the Place des Arts web site. Musée Maison Mackin Heritage Home and Toy Museum. OPEN: Tuesday - Saturday 1 - 4 pm. Over 1,500 Historic items on display. 5 rooms fully furnished in 1910 style. 700+ large photos of Coquitlam's early days. 300+ toys dating back to 1890. SPARC Antique Radio display. Visit their website here.
Head east from Abbotsford on Hwy. #1, past Chilliwack, and watch for signs posted on Highway (40 minute drive).
Nestled at the base of 7,000 ft. Mount Cheam, is Mother Nature's masterpiece, with 11 theme gardens on 27 acres. It's so spectacular, you'll want to take the full day to absorb the glorious sights, sounds and fragrances of Minter Gardens.
Aldergrove Telephone Museum & Archives – 3190 – 271 Street Aldergrove, BC
June 1 to September 10, Thursday to Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm, Closed: Mid December to Mid-January. The Aldergrove Historical Society moved and restored the building, which is a BC Mills, 1910, prefabricated structure. The collections contain telegraph equipment, switchboards, telephones and linesmen equipment. The main switch board is operational. Visit their website here.
Hell's Gate Air Tram
World famous Hell's Gate, in the scenic Fraser Canyon, is nature at its most magnificent. Descending gracefully in one of our comfortable 25-passenger air tram cabins, you'll experience a breathtaking flight directly above the Fraser River's unique Hell's Gate fishways, where two million sockeye salmon challenge the river each year on an epic journey to their inland spawning grounds.
At the lower terminal, after a 500 foot (142m) descent across the river canyon, there are observation points to view the mighty Fraser River, where at peak spring levels, about 200 million gallons of water per minute surge through the 35 metre wide gorge.
Agassiz-Harrison Museum – 7011 Pioneer Street Agassiz, BC
May long weekend until mid-September: 7 days a week, 10 am until 4 pm. Museum: Historical artifacts and memorabilia of Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs and the Harrison Lake area. Housed in the oldest wooden railroad station still in existence in BC, the museum is located at Pioneer Park. No admissions charge; donations accepted. Gift Shop. Wheel accessible. Archives: Holdings relate to the development and settlement of the Agassiz-Harrison area and include records of community organizations, businesses, industry (particularly farming and logging), and individuals. Holdings include the Agassiz-Harrison. Visit their website here.
Harrison Hot Springs
Hwy #11 north to Mission, then Hwy. #7 east to Harrison Hot Springs, traveling along the picturesque Fraser River. For a quick return trip to Abbotsford - Hwy. #9 to Agassiz proceeding Hwy #1, west to Abbotsford (approximately one hour drive).
Known for mineral hot springs with a temperature of 102 degrees. Public pool open Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Harrison offers hiking, fishing, swimming, golfing, rock-hounding, waterskiing, boating, unique shopping and fine dining.
Visit their website here.
Robson Square Ice Rink - 800 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7
What better activity says winter like lacing up some skates and enjoying a beautiful outdoor rink? With Vancouver's mild weather it is almost near impossible to find an outdoor ice rink (except in higher elevations such as on Grouse Mountain), however, over twenty-five years ago the centre of downtown was transformed with the construction of the Robson Square Ice Rink. Here, visitors were able to rent skates and enjoy the winter atmosphere. After seventeen years of providing an outdoor ice skating facility in the winter months, the rink fell into disrepair until 2009 when it was reopened for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games which were held in Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia. Visit their website here.
Golden Ears Provincial Park
Leave Abbotsford and head north on Hwy. #11 to Mission, take left turn at fork in road just across the Mission Bridge. Proceed to Hwy. #7 heading west approximately 29 km you will then see directional highway signs leading you into the park (approximately 45 minute drive).
Golden Ears was named for the twin peaks, near the park's western boundary, that glisten like gold in the setting sun. Several lakes dot the park and fishing can be quite good. Alouette Lake, traditionally a native fishing and hunting area, is now the setting for an extensive recreational development featuring water sports, horseback riding, hiking trails and a visitor services program. Beautiful picnic areas.
Kilby Historic Site - Located near the junction of the Harrison and Fraser Rivers
The Kilby Historic Site stands as the only reminder of the once thriving community of Harrison Mills, British Columbia, Canada. Step back in time and enjoy a leisurely tour of the Kilby Historic Site with its magnificent 1906 General Store Museum. Visitors will view a fascinating gallery of product packaging dating back to the 1920s and 1930s. Don't miss the intriguing artifacts in the heritage Post Office and Manchester House Hotel; both were an integral part of the Harrison Mills community at the turn of the twentieth century. Visit their website here.
Head west on Hwy #1 to 232nd Street exit. Exit north towards Fort Langley. Posted signs will direct you to attractions. After viewing Fort Langley, take the Albion Ferry across the Fraser River then head east on Hwy #7 to Mission and take Hwy #11 south to Abbotsford.
Since it's construction in 1827 Fort Langley played a major role in the development of what is now our province of British Columbia. The Fort Langley National Historic Site recaptures the early days of the fur trade and takes you back in time to beaver pelts trading and blacksmithing. The BC Farm Machinery & Agricultural Museum displays agricultural changes of the century. The Langley Centennial Museum & National Exhibition Centre boasts a collection of native wood carvings, stone sculptures, implements for hunting, fishing and war.
Bridal Falls Water Park - 53790 Popkum Road South Rosedale BC, V0X 1X1
Welcome to the Bridal Falls Waterpark, formerly known as the Trans-Canada Waterslides! We offer the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland's most accessible waterslides, with no stairs for you to worry about! Our family oriented facilities make for the perfect day of fun in the sun (and the water) for you, your family and your friends. Enjoy hours of entertainment and fun! Visit their website here.
Vistor Centre, Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery - 34345 Vye Road - 604-504-4716
Take a self-guided tour of this popular Visitor Centre, just minutes from downtown. Journey through large exhibit space featuring fish, fishing and fisheries displays, live stream display, walk-in beaver lodge and 12 min. multi-projector slide show. Call for large group bookings. Summer hours: 10 am - 5 pm; Winter 10 am - 3 pm.
Langley Centennial Museum – 9135 King Street (PO Box 800) Fort Langley, BC, V1M 2S2
As our name implies, the Museum was a provincial centennial project, although our collections and involvement with heritage dates back to the 1920s with the community organization, Native Sons. The Museum opened in 1958 and today, after more than 50 years of offering exhibits, programs and other cultural and heritage services we continue to grow and expand our role in the community of Langley. Visit their website here.
Cultus Lake Provincial Park
Follow Hwy. #1 east toward Chilliwack, take the Sardis exit, turn right towards Sardis, down Vedder Road. Then simply follow directional highway signs. Alternate return through Yarrow #3 Road (approximately 40 minute drive).
"Cultus" is a Chinook word meaning "worthless" but the park area is now one of the most popular in southern BC. Surrounded by mountains, the scenery is inspiring; the swimming is excellent, and water skiing, wind surfing and hiking exhilarating. Immediately adjacent to the park are a number of recreational facilities ranging from go-cart rentals to golf to water slides. You may want to stop at the Canadian Military Museum on your way to Cultus, it has a number of items acquainting you with the history of the Military Engineers of Canada.
Greater Vancouver Zoo - Take Exit #73 off Highway #1 and travel along 264th Street just two blocks south to find the Centre (approximately 20 minute drive).
You'll find 126 species of wildlife housed in open exhibit areas on 120 acres of land. The pathways encircling the zoo allow for easy stroller and wheelchair access. Frequent rest stops let you enjoy the animals and the scenery.
You can visit their website here.
Clayburn Village - Off Mission Hwy North, turn right on Clayburn Road.
Clayburn Village is a unique, secluded little village, dotted with historical brick buildings, a heritage church and school, plus the site of the old brick plant. Clayburn Village is situated on the west side of Sumas Mountain.
Visit their website here.