Thanksgiving Weekend Adventures As Seen on CTV Morning Live

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Get out of your comfort zone and explore the lower mainland, there is lots to see!

It’s the time of year we are asked to think back and reflect and what we are thankful for. I’m thankful to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Vancouver, not to mention a three day weekend. What to do with three days off though. You could stay in bed, read a book or watch Netflix, but you could do those things anytime of the year. During the month of October why don’t you shake it up a bit and explore what the Lower Mainland has to offer. Grab some friends or family, hop in a car and get out there and have an adventure! These are my 5 suggested adventures as I shared on CTV Morning Live with Aamer Haleem.

CTV Morning Live with Aamer Haleem Oct 10 2013

1. Funland at Art Knapps in Port Coquitlam. More than a nursery the Port Coquitlam location is a fun land of activity for kids of all ages. Under cover of the nursery roof you can enjoy rides and games ranging in price from free to $6. Pumpkins, miniature golf, train rides, carousels, haunted house and a mini zip line are just some of the fun activities you can enjoy. All under cover and if you’re smart you can even get some winter gardening and decor items at the same time! Check their website for opening hours over the long weekend.


fun ride for the young kids

miniature golf



2. Reapers Haunted Attraction in Chilliwack. Try something a little different and experience what folks who live in the Valley have enjoyed since 1994. Reapers Haunted House & Maze of Terror. $10 each gets you inside two of the scariest moments of my life. Not recommended for kids under 12 years old or adults with a week heart… Reapers is part theater and part imagination at work. I don’t want to give too much away but trust me when I say you don’t want to be the one who goes first, oh and I also suggest you go the bathroom first.  For directions and operating hours over the weekend check out their website for details.

Greeter at Reapers Haunted Attractions

Haunted House at Reapers in Chilliwack

part of the Reapers Haunted House

3. Fort Langley Cranberry Festival in Fort Langley. The birthplace of BC hosts the 18th annual Fort Langley Cranberry Festival which is fun for all ages. The Fort comes alive with over 75 vendors showcasing their wares and sampling cranberry goodies. A Pancake breakfast at 8:30am for the early risers or for the really daring take the shuttle bus to Fort Wine Co and take a 5 minute ride in a helicopter to see the cranberry bogs in action. Live music, face painting, cranberry wine tasting and bog tours can all happen and it promises to be a sunny day to boot! In anticipation of the festival I headed out to Fort Langley to get a tour of the bogs. FUN! I don’t have photos from last years event but from all accounts it’s a massive turn out and it’s only 1 day so cancel your Saturday plans and head out to the Fort.

Marc in the cranberry bogs

Live in bogs

Cranberries as far as the eye can see

C ranberries

4. The Zombie Syndrome: On Death Island – Granville Island. Deep in the heart of Granville Island a Zombie menace has been unleashed as it’s your job Special Agent to help the Canadian Government end the crisis! The Zombie Syndrome is an awesome interactive play that has you participating in the story. Running all over the island with your fellow “play goers” you find clues, and assist the Canadian Army with containing the Zombie Horde. What fun! If you have a teen ager I can’t think of a better activity to do with them than kill Zombies. Lasting only 90 minutes you have 5 choices of which performance to attend  starting at 6:30pm and running every 30 minutes till 8:30pm nightly. I don’t want to give too much away but rest assured that there are 4 possible outcomes based on your “teams” decisions. Good luck curing the Zombies!

I've received my designation, a chemist

Decontamination chamber

Zombie autopsy

rescue the soldier from teh Zombie horde

5. Halloween Ghost Train in Stanley Park. An annual tradition not to be missed. In the heart of Stanley Park the miniature train is transformed this year into a ghost train homage to classic horror movies. Frankenstein, Phantom of the Opera, Vampires and Werewolves are all represented. My two favourites had to be the Phantom and Frankenstein.  A combination of live actors and well lit decor the ghost train is the centrepiece of an evening of fun for your whole family in Stanley Park. Come with an empty stomach because you’ll want to treat yourself to hot chocolate and popcorn. At only $11 for adults and $7 for kids under 17 this is a very affordable night and chances are you’ll run into your neighbours!

Ghost Train welcome sign

Phantom of the Opera


There are lots more great activities around town but these are my top 5. You know I may just see you out at one.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.

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