Summer Family Fun
Enjoy some wonderful time with your family this summer. Here are a few suggestions of fun things to do together.
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Even more family-friendly this year
by Jenny Schweyer
One of the first things you’ll notice when you walk through the entry gates at Cultus Lake Waterpark this summer is more open space. What you won’t see is the old rentals gazebo, or its lineups that you used to have to navigate around on the main entrance plaza. The aging gazebo was demolished between the close of the 2016 sliding season and the opening of the 2017 season. The rental shop is now housed in the newly renovated and expanded Espresso Hut building. Its new look is more contemporary, and might even make you feel like you’re at a ski resort, momentarily at least. Once you’re hit with that first splash of water, you’ll know summer has truly arrived.
Along with streamlining the guest entry process and creating a more open feel to the plaza, the building renovations have allowed the park to expand the services of the Espresso Hut and add new products to its line of specialty coffees and frozen treats. This year’s park guests are already raving about the upgrades.
Cultus Lake Waterpark has been an integral part of the fabric of the Cultus Lake community and its summer tourism industry for more than 20 years. Some guests have been coming since the park first opened with just a few slides. Today the park has more than 15 slides and attractions geared for the entire family, including its Turtle Pool and slides for the littlest of guests, and Pirate’s Cove for bigger children. Every ride is marked with a symbol that indicates its skill/thrill level, anywhere from “novice” to “extreme.” Rides are also marked with signs that indicate appropriate age or size requirements. There are even several hot tubs in various locations throughout the park where guests of all ages can just sit and relax.
“In fact,” says Cultus Lake Waterpark General Manager Andrew Steunenberg, “the mission from the very beginning was to create a park that was not only fun, but also one with a reputation of being a safe, clean, wholesome place to bring a family.” The park is family owned-and-operated and the Steunenberg’s have always focused on making the park the kind of place they would want to bring their own children to.
While the park caters to the family every day, it also holds an annual ‘Nightslide’ event geared especially for youth and ideal for church youth groups. This year’s Nightslide events take place on July 21 and August 11. For just these two dates all summer, the park is open from 8 pm until midnight for epic sliding in the dark to live music played by an exciting lineup of Canadian bands. The concert portion of the event is produced by local artist Russ Rosen, and the Russ Rosen Band will be performing on both dates. Group rates are available for both Nightslide events.
If you didn’t make it out to the park in 2016, be sure to try out The Rattler. A new addition last year, The Rattler is a black hole slide and boasts the greatest G-force level in the entire park. After twisting and turning in complete darkness, riders tumble out of the wide-open fangs of a gigantic rattlesnake head. Don’t worry: it may look fearsome, but this rattlesnake doesn’t bite.
Hand-stamps are available for park re-entry, but guests who want to spend the whole day in the park need not leave. Everything you need is available on site. The park features several restaurants, serving a variety of food including fish and chips, pizza and subs plus soft drinks, coffee, specialty coffee and bottled water. Guests can also bring in their own food and even rent a BBQ grill for just $10. Other available rentals include lounge chairs, shade umbrellas and storage lockers. There are more than 100 picnic tables and shade canopies located in various areas throughout the park which are available for free to guests on a first-come, first-served basis.
To show their appreciation to their waterpark guests, management is offering a brand new deal: a discount to its sister-facility, Cultus Lake Adventure Park, located just across the street. All summer long, every waterpark guest will receive a coupon entitling them to one all-day Adventure Park unlimited rides pass for just $15, a savings of $7 off the regular price. The coupon is good for one admission anytime during the 2017 operating season.
Located halfway between Calgary and Vancouver, Crazy Creek Resort is centrally situated in the Eagle Pass Mountain four-season tourist recreation area. Guests are invited to take a break for a hike and a soak or stop overnight or for a few days. The entire family will enjoy the Hot Pools, Suspension Bridge and Waterfalls. We envision Rest, Relaxation and Restoration for families as they sit around the campfire enjoying S’mores, singing with their guitar and reliving the day’s activities – 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.
We are open every day of the year and look forward to having you and your family stay with us for a holiday, weekend or afternoon. Call or email today for more detailed information or to check availability. We look forward to meeting and serving you.
Crazy Creek Resort
6162 Trans Canada Hwy, Malakwa, BC
All the World’s a 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 Summer Camps running; July 10th to 14th (Space is limited) or July 17th to 21st
To enroll, please visit our website
Bear Creek Park Train and Mini-Golf
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!
Kumsheen Rafting Resort
Just over 44 years ago, one man with a raft and a VW van started a venture perched on the shores of the legendary Thompson River that would positively impact thousands of lives and become a multi-generational family business.
Since that day in 1973, Bernie Fandrich dedicated his working life to Kumsheen Rafting Resort, carrying tens of thousands of people safely over the Thompson River’s whitewater rapids. Bernie’s business prospered over the years, due in large part to being a “family-first” resort, where some of the wild partying rowdiness of other adventure companies was definitely not allowed.
As Kumsheen grew, so did Bernie’s own family, marrying Lorna in 1979 and having three children, two of whom still work at the resort today. Braden and Andrew, Bernie and Lorna’s sons, literally grew up on the river, learning at their father’s side how to read a river’s complex currents and safely traverse serious whitewater.
“Kumsheen is still a family-run business,” says Andrew Fandrich. “My parents Bernie and Lorna grew the company, and now my brother Braden and I run the operation.
“We are both active river guides, and in charge of the training of all of our guides. Our lives are invested in Kumsheen, and we take the safety and comfort of our guests very seriously.” Daughter Meghan also grew up in the business and was the office manager before branching out as an entrepreneur and opening Klowa, a Lytton art and handcraft store featuring local artisans.
As a family-first resort, Kumsheen offers a pool, a restaurant, camping, teepee and cabin tent accommodations, volleyball, tetherball, basketball, disc golf and other activities to promote family activities.
In May and June, Kumsheen becomes BC’s most popular Dry Grad destination when more than a thousand high school students share alcohol- and drug-free adventure at the resort. The result is that generations of people have come to make Kumsheen part of their family tradition, with one family coming back at least 20 times, led by the family’s 94-year-old matriarch.
Hazel Amos, Surrey’s “whitewater grandma” as the media has called her, is the oldest person to have ever rafted at Kumsheen. “Oh, you’re quite safe,” she said in 2016. “You just have to hang on.”
New families also come to Kumsheen, often honeymooning there, or in some cases, getting married at the resort itself.
Steve and Vanessa met at Kumsheen in 2011, when she and her family were visiting from Germany. One shy first kiss eventually led to a small, intimate wedding at Kumsheen. And each year, they go rafting at Kumsheen as annual homage to their unique love story.
Another notable Kumsheen union occurred recently: Andrew married Elice, who also works at the resort. In attendance, brother Braden and his partner Samantha, with their little one Theo. And now, Bernie and Lorna have the joy of watching their children grow and develop the business they built, and see their grandchildren playing where their own children once did. Will they become river guides, too?
“Our focus has always been to treat our guests and staff as family. It’s rewarding to know that the boys are continuing on with that tradition.” says Bernie. “Who knows, maybe their children will carry on the family business, too.”
Chilliwack River Rafting
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.
Night Slide events at Cultus Lake WaterPark
You won’t want to miss the rocking live bands and sliding late into the night, all for a great value!
Boogie on the Bazooka Bowls with the new Fraser Valley sensation, The Kwerks! They are a unique and fun band who have been gaining a strong following and we are thrilled to have them at the waterpark this year.
Russ Rosen will again host the Night Slide Events. Russ and his well seasoned band will keep the lakeside rocking with their own brand of rock-soul-gospel. They are sure to make you sing with joy as you cascade down the colossal canyon and do the twist on the Tower of Terror!
Last summer’s massive hit, FARO will be back! They are an 8 piece Latin Salsa band featuring Pedro Mota and they really amp up the energy at the park with their super summer sounds.
The Cultus Lake Waterpark favourite, Ezra Kwizera, is back from is recent trip to Africa and has a stack of new tunes. He has a history of making the whole park dance and he is sure to do it again this year with his African and Jamaican rhythms and grooves.
As always, the Night Slide music is family friendly, positive, local, high quality and high energy. It is the perfect way to spend a summer evening with the whole gang.
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. June 14th is the start of the next half marathon and marathon groups. This 16 week training plan will get you ready to finish the Victoria Half of full marathon on Oct 8, 2017. The cost of this program is $100 tax included. This price includes the 16 Wednesday nights, full supported Saturday morning long runs and a 10% discount on all store purchases during the clinic as well. We will also provide you with a recommended training schedule that will help guide you through the program. Experienced leaders will help to inform, inspire & improve your running
Black belt Academy
Black Belt Academy and Karate for Kids has been teaching self-defense, fitness and family fun in Surrey, Delta and Langley since 1991.
Associate Pastor Scott Karpiuk is the owner of Black Belt Academy and is a 7th Degree Black Belt. Master Karpiuk started his training at Baptist Bible College in 1984.
His first clubs were at Royal Heights Baptist Church in North Delta and Trinity Western University where he also taught the Ladies Self Defense program. He and his staff look forward to meeting you soon. Summer Programs start at $147 for ages 4+. Summer week long day camps start at $197 and run in July and August.
Confidence, Discipline & Bully Prevention! Call Now. 604 590-5425
TD Vancouver Chinatown Festival
Saturday August 12, 2017 from 12pm-10pm
Sunday 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 that 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
Circle Farm Tour
Now that summer is here, it is time to take full advantage of the land around us. The Fraser Valley’s beautiful countryside is filled with experiences to fill your senses and connect you with our friendly people and their agricultural roots.
The Circle Farm Tour is the best way to get your fill of the true country experience. Set right at Vancouver’s doorstep, this self-guided journey takes you through the communities of Langley, Maple Ridge, Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Agassiz & Harrison Mills.
Take on a day of agri-adventure by enjoy fresh produce from farmer’s markets, locally produced cheese, award winning local wines, refreshing apple cider, and discovering more about where your food comes from. Visitors will delight in stunning countryside that is filled with unique agricultural experiences. Explore berry farms, find out all about the workings of a dairy farm, or simply shop for dinner to ensure a true locally-sourced meal!
For the kids, places like Maan Farms Country Experience, EcoDairy, Krause Berry Farms, Birchwood Dairy and Taves Family Farms are perfect for families looking to let the kids loose!
Visit CircleFarmTour.com to begin planning your experience.
We’ll see you in the valley!
Metro Kids Society has been empowering kids at risk in Surrey with hope for over 25 years. We offer free, fun, positive programs for kids, preteens, and youth. This summer we are taking our Sidewalk Kids Klub program into 13 different apartment complexes and reaching up to 400 children weekly with the good news of God’s love. You can help us make a difference!
Come and STEP UP FOR THE KIDS on August 5 and 6. On Saturday, August 5 at 10 AM, we are climbing the Grouse Grind, and on Sunday, August 6th at 3:30 PM we will be walking the Fort-to-Fort trail from Fort Langley to Derby Reach park. Prizes will be awarded for the best times up the Grouse Grind as well as the most money raised for this fundraiser. We will be having a BBQ together at Derby Reach at the end of Sunday’s walk, so it’s going to be a great time for young and old! Minimum donation for entry for either or both days is $25. Sign yourself and your family up at www.metrokids.ca/stepup. Thanks for helping us empower kids and youth with hope to live lives of significance!
Trinity Western University’s Recreation Department is excited to offer day camps for the first time this summer! We are committed to making the experience your child has the very best it can be in a fun, active and friendly environment. TWU’s Langley campus is filled with green spaces for exploring, learning facilities for making new discoveries and athletic spaces for expanding your child’s physical movement and sport skills.
Our week-long, full-day camps are geared for kids ages five to 15. an affordable and fun option for your kids with camps starting at just $150 a week!
Camps Being Offered this summer include:
• Multi-sport Camp
• Basketball Camp
• Dance Camp
• Soccer Camp
• Volleyball Camp
• Adventure Camp
For more information and to register go to: www.twu.ca/camps