Staycation Ideas in and around Greater Vancouver This Summer

Staycation

Many are feeling the pinch of the increased interest rates and high price of gas and groceries.  I was in the grocery store today and it really hit me when I saw the prices of simple items like rice crackers and meat.

With the high cost of gas and eating out, even going on a road trip is a little too expensive right now.  As a family we have decided to do some day trips instead. Here are a few ideas on how to spend the rest of the summer.

Fly Over Canada

Windborne: Call of the Canadian Rockies makes its global debut in Vancouver on July 1, treating guests to a spectacular journey through snow-capped peaks, turquoise lakes and picturesque valleys. Filmed by FlyOver Attraction’s Director Dave Mossop and Creative Director Rick Rothschild, the experience captures the magic and power of the Rockies’ remote mountains and dramatic vistas, inspiring guests to build a deep connection with the land, culture, and spirit of one of Canada’s most iconic natural wonders. Immersive and filled with multi-sensory adventure, Windborne spotlights areas that are unreachable to trekkers, providing a rare glimpse into the most isolated and untouched areas of the mountain range. 

 

Science World

Visit Science World during the day with the kids or make it a date night on the third Thursday of the month.

Science World’s “>current feature exhibition is T. rex: The Ultimate Predator with the whole family.

Science World is pleased to share that Science World After Dark is back starting May 19! Visitors will enjoy this adults only (ages 19+) takeover, and have the chance to explore the current feature exhibition, T. rex: The Ultimate Predator presented by RBC and White Spot Restaurants and other exhibition favourites throughout the globally adored dome.
With admission, visitors are also free to explore the permanent exhibitions and galleries whilst enjoying alcoholic beverages, food from Triples O’s (a childhood classic!), music, exciting live science shows at Centre Stage and more.

When: the third Thursday of each month following this, 6 until 10 pm.

Where: Science World, 1455 Quebec Street

Why: “Experience a night out for adults that is a little out of the ordinary.”

Tickets will be available to purchase online. Tickets will be available at $35+ GST.

Subject to availability so don’t wait! Get yours today.

Cultas Lake

 

Cultas Lake Marina

Cultus Lake Marina has two new watercraft toys to offer – the Jetovator and the Freedom Flyer Chair, taking playing on the lake to a new level!

Guests can now experience the Jetovator, a water-propelled flying bike that will take guests flying into the air, and the Freedom Flyer Chair, which is hydroflight in action. Add jet skis, wake boards, water tubes, and powerboats for the adrenaline rush that everyone can expect. Later in the season, date to be determined, we also look forward to offering parasailing! The best way to end the day is with a refreshment or ice cream treat at Props Café. Cultus Lake Marina is located at #50 Sunnyside Boulevard, Cultus Lake, BC. To learn more about Cultus Lake Marina, visit CultusLakeMarina.com

Cultas lake marina Sage & Solace Farm

This rural retreat brings music, food, dancing and more to its awe-inspiring 20-acre property

Established in 2018, Sage & Solace Farm (formerly Early Bird Family Farm) has quickly earned a reputation for offering a peaceful, restorative escape from the modern world.

This beautiful 20-acre property, located in the Township of Langley, is simultaneously modern and vintage, boasting a contemporary farmhouse, foraged decor and a decidedly old-world approach to farming. Sage & Solace plays host to extended stays, special events, photoshoots, workshops and much more. As well, owner-operator Barbara Pearson and her family cultivate heritage varieties of flowers, dairy goats, chickens, ducks and geese that roam the property as nature intended.

“What began as a love for a simpler time has grown into a unique venue that delights the senses and creates a wholesome place where our visitors can let go of their cares and find some room to breathe,” says Pearson.

Sage and Solace

 

Throughout August, Sage & Solace is presenting the following events:

Date Night on a Flower Farm
Saturday, August 6
 9pm
Treat yourself and someone special to a beautiful evening that includes a three-course gourmet picnic prepared by local chef Adrian Beaty (from Salt & Thyme), as well as live music by alto sax player David Hampson – all in a gorgeous flower-farm setting.

Your gourmet picnic includes a grazing box featuring tzatziki, hummus, olives, feta, seasonal pickle, and breadsticks; salad niçoise with Albacore tuna confit; lemon- and herb-brined chicken breast with herb-roasted vegetables; and a summer fruit croustade for dessert. Each guest will also receive a glass of wine.
As a special treat, at the end of the evening each couple will receive a hand-tied custom-designed bouquet of organically grown flowers. Local photographer Megan Ashley will be on site to capture photos for purchase.

Tickets $160.15 per pair, available here.

Country Celebration
Saturday, August 20
5:30 – 9:30pm

Get your cowboy or cowgirl on with this gourmet western-themed four-course picnic, featuring live country music performed by Emily Taylor Adams as well as line-dancing lessons and prizes!

Your gourmet “Cowboy” picnic prepared by local chef Adrian Beaty (from Salt & Thyme), includes house trail mix; maple-bacon cornbread; coffee-rubbed bavette steak; “Cowboy Caviar” salad; smoked leg of chicken with whiskey peach BBQ glaze; country potato salad; and Texas cowboy cake. A cash bar will also be available. Professional photographer Emily Marazzi will be on site to capture you and your companion.

Tickets $160.15 per pair, available here.

Fraser Valley Sun & Soil Concert Series
Saturday, August 27
6 – 9pm

This concert series, held at various locations, celebrates the Fraser Valley’s unique natural beauty and highlights all the talents found within the valley by featuring local musicians, local farms and local food for an intimate and flavourful concert experience.

This Langley edition features a 90-minute performance by local musician Kyler Pierce. Your concert experience is accompanied by a bottle of red or white wine from Backyard Vineyards, plus a charcuterie box for two from Salt & Thyme.

(Please note: While there will be some chairs provided, guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and/or picnic blankets.)

Tickets $130 per pair, available here.

Stay tuned for additional events coming soon at sageandsolacefarm.com.

 

Tina Evans

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