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More excitement per square foot
by Jenny Schweyer
You know those tiny clown cars? After the 12th clown climbs out, you think the car couldn’t possibly hold one more and then five more clowns jump out…. that’s Cultus Lake Adventure Park. Except there, the car is the park and the clowns are the rides. In spite of the fact that the park is a mere one and a half acres, barely enough space to hold a small hobby farm, they’ve managed to outfit it with with 12 amusement park rides, including a full-size roller coaster and the biggest 360 degree pendulum swing in all of Canada. Considering that the average amusement park devotes one to two acres to a single ride, Cultus Lake Adventure Park is a pretty impressive feat of engineering and design.
Unless you’ve been inside its gates, you can’t truly appreciate just how much fun the park packs into such a tiny property line. Without a doubt, Cultus Lake Adventure Park offers more excitement per cubic foot than any other amusement park in North America. All of this is made possible through collaborative envisioning by staff and savvy design by some of Canada’s most skilled and talented engineers and amusement ride designers.
As if any more proof was needed, the park has yet again demonstrated that you CAN expand without increasing square footage. Its newest addition, The Boardwalk, opened just this summer, makes use of virtually unlimited vertical space. Built overhead of some of the park’s existing attractions, the elevated wooden platform is a place for guests to stroll, rest on a shady bench, look out over the park and ride the park’s newest ride, The Ribbit, with their little ones. There is already a spot on The Boardwalk designated for next year’s new ride, a 150-foot extreme drop-tower thriller.
The park’s compact size is appealing to parents of small children because kids are never more than a few hundred feet away from Mom or Dad at any given moment, even if they accidentally become separated. The entire perimeter of the park is enclosed by a fence, and the only way in and out is through the front gate. There are staff at every turn to help out, answer questions, or reunite lost children with their parents.
Cultus Lake Adventure Park, its management and its staff have made a conscientious effort to make the park family-friendly, from the safety of rides and cleanliness of the park right down to the pricing system. There is no admission charge to the park. Paying and non-paying guests alike are free to come and go from the park as often as they like during the day, a real benefit if you’re a parent with little ones who need to leave for that all-important midday nap.
Guests who choose to go on the rides can pay individually for tickets and take just a few rides, or purchase a wristband, giving them unlimited ride access for the entire day. With this customizable, pay-per-use style system, families on a budget can still experience, participate and engage in the fun.
All rides are classified by height, and even preschoolers can access many of the rides if accompanied by an adult. Parents who don’t wish to ride need not pay, and can even sit back, relax and enjoy a coffee, hot dog or ice cream while they watch their children have fun. Guests of all ages can play a round of miniature golf on the 18-hole course for just $10, regardless of whether they purchase ride tickets or not. Those with a wristband can play at a discounted rate of $5. You might even win a free game on the last hole if you’re skilled, or just plain lucky enough to get a hole-in-one.
Cultus Lake Adventure Park is open daily from noon until 10:00 pm until August 27 and on September 2 and 3, from noon until 8:00 pm August 28 to September 1, and noon to 6:00 pm September 4, 9, 10, 16 and 17. For more information, including ticket and wristband rates, please visit www.CultusAdventure.com.
Located midway between Calgary and Vancouver, Crazy Creek Resort is open year-round and welcomes families to enjoy our 3 hot pools and cold plunge pool, 240’ suspension bridge and waterfalls. Guests are invited to take a break for a hike and a soak or stop overnight or for a few days. Our location, suites, camping and convention center meeting room make us the perfect family reunion venue. We envision Rest, Relaxation and Restoration for families as they have time to visit, sit around the campfire, go for walks, soak in the pools. There is something for everyone – precious family memories are made here. Walks along Crazy Creek and the Eagle River allow you to take in the natural beauty of our area where you can see the salmon spawn up-close in September. We offer a variety of camping as well as full-kitchen suites to guests year-round. Visitors to The Enchanted Forest or SkyTrek Adventure Park (less than 10 minutes east) stay with us and enjoy the pools in the evenings. Visit the newly added Hike the Gorge cantilevered boardwalk that extends over Crazy Creek and allows guests to explore more of the Crazy Creek Gorge.
We are open every day of the year and look forward to having you and your family stay with us for a holiday, a weekend or an afternoon. Call or email today for more detailed information or to check availability. We look forward to meeting and serving you.
6162 Trans Canada Hwy, Malakwa, BC.
Come out and have some fun this summer at the Bear Creek Park Train and mini golf. We have been serving the community since 1996!
The younger children will enjoy the train, Eddy the Engine, who travels through the decorated tunnel , beside the gardens , over the bridge and returns to the station. Eddy is an English mining diesel who runs on a 15” guage track. He has a face like Thomas and is loved by all the kids! They especially love to toot his whistle at the end of the ride.
We book birthday parties and they are held on the deck so that the children can watch Eddy as he leaves the station! The younger children enjoy two train rides and the older ones have a train ride and play mini golf!
Our mini golf is an 18-hole course through the trees located in front of the station. Mini golf is fun for the whole family. What a great way to have some family time together and take in some fresh air!
We offer group rates and have many youth groups come out to play mini golf for a group outing. Many managers book mini golf as a team building experience.
Bear Creek Park has something for everyone including a children’s playground, water park, walking oval, outdoor pool, fitness circle and walking trails. There are gardens to stroll through and a duck pond to watch the ducks. Picnic tables are available and parking is free!
Bear Creek Station is open daily. Call to book groups and parties at 604-501-1232.
Come out and have some fun!
All the World’s Stage
At Lights Up, we teach musical theatre fundamentals that help students shine on stage and in all aspects of their lives. Programs for ages four to 18 years.
You don’t have to be a budding starlet to benefit from our programs. Theatre is more about the process than the end production. Students learn to work in teams, solve problems, build confidence, be creative, and explore their talents while also making new friends.
Whether your child randomly bursts into song and dance or is shy and needs theatre to find his or her voice, Lights Up is the perfect extracurricular activity.
Join us for Fall Term 2017 on Saturday’s; September 16 to November 25 To enroll, please visit our website:
Welcome to Bridal Falls Waterpark!
Welcome to the Bridal Falls Waterpark! 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!
Facilities. Bridal Falls Water Park is designed for families. It is a perfect place to bring the young water lovers.
Life jacket & locker rentals are available.
Showers, restrooms & change rooms available.
Gift shop – for towels and the often forgotten items.
Ice cream & coffee shop
Bring your own picnic lunch or grab it from our concession & snack bar.
Acres of lawn and picnic areas
Sorry no pets permitted in water park.
The Slides. 4 advanced slides, 2 intermediate slides, 1 tube slide, 5 kiddie slides and water play areas. There is heated water on all slides (heated up to 80ºF) making it comfortable for very young children.
Gigantic hot tub (heated up to 102ºF)
Open daily until Sept 4, 2017 daily – weather permitting. Hours: 10 am to 6 pm
We offer free parking.
1-888-883-8852. 53790 Popkum Road, South Rosedale BC
Chilliwack River Rafting is fun and closer than you think! We have trips for both timid first-time rafters and fearless teenagers. We host hundreds of families every summer who want to bond through shared adventure. Visiting relatives, birthdays and graduations are all great reasons to go rafting. Our five-acre riverside property is the perfect place for your youth group camping trip, Dry-Grad or teambuilding event.
Our 22 years of river experience ensure a fun trip for everyone. All rafters must weigh a minimum of 22 kg. Call us to find out which trip is best for your family and friends this summer at 1-800-410-7238.
Visit www.ChilliwackRiverRafting.com for more information or to book your trip online.
See you on the river.
Peninsula Runners wants to be your ultimate walking and running lifestyle destination store. With excellent customer service and quality products to fit you from head to toe as well as providing awesome running clinics and year-round fun events, Peninsula Runners is your complete running store. Whether you are just starting out or a National athlete we understand your running aspirations.
Peninsula Runners carries a dynamic array of athletic footwear, clothing and accessories. And, when it comes to footwear, along with out exclusive “FIT GUARANTEE”, our shoe experts fit you to totally enhance your athletics experience. Whether you are walking for fitness or training for a personal best, we can help. Peninsula Runners is more than just a retail store. We host running groups to help everyone from a beginning runner to those trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Starting next on September 13th we have the “learn to run” and “run better” groups! If you have never ran before or would like to get back into running the learn to run (001 and 101 pace groups) is the answer. Already running but would like to improve then the run better (201 group) is for you. Currently we have a half marathon and marathon training group meeting three times to train for the fall race season. Long runs are Saturday morning at 7 pm, easy runs on Monday evening at 6 PM and interval and tempo runs on Wednesday at 6.30 am.
We also host numerous local races throughout the year. Look out this winter for the always popular Fraser Valley Trail running series that will start January 1, 2018 and includes 4 local trail runs for any level of ability. More info: www.penrun.ca
Sat August 12 from 12pm-10pm, Sun August 13, 2017 from 12pm-6pm
The TD Vancouver Chinatown Festival is a family-friendly and multicultural event that happens every year in the summer at Vancouver’s Historic Chinatown community. It features an exciting line up of enjoyable activities for everyone, such as exciting ethnic performances, live music, interactive folk art demonstrations, an open air market filled with local treasures, and our famous Historical Food Tasting and Walking Tour that will bring you up close and personal with Chinatown’s rich history and culture. On the main stage, local ethnic communities are invited to showcase their traditional songs and dances for festival guests, and on the mini stage, the festival features many resident musicians and performers. At night, the festival features Streetfest, a block party where live music and excitement will make your evening a blast! An exciting talent competition as part of the festival, the TD Canadian Talent Showdown features local children and youth and their amazing talent in singing performances! 604-632-3808