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Family Fun

Family Fun

Bees and Blueberries Festival
Bridal Falls Waterpark
Camp Squeah
Chilliwack River Rafting
Cultus Lake Waterpark
Haney Farmers Market
Kumsheen River Rafting
Mennonite Heritage Museum
Mission Museum
Zealous Art












Bees and Blueberries Festival


Dr. Bee is a local producer of high-quality beehive products and has been serving the lower mainland for over 20 years. Dr.Bee was founded in 1996 by Ron Lin, PhD in bee science from SFU, with humble beginnings of only 16 beehives. The beekeeping operation has now grown to over 1000 hives across the Lower Mainland. They also feature a vast all-natural product line encompassing goods such as pure unpasteurized honey, handmade honey soap, 100% pure beeswax candles, and much more.

This year, Dr.Bee’s Honeyland Canada in Pitt Meadows is hosting their seventh annual Bees and Blueberries Festival with a focus on promoting the importance of honey bees and taking care of our environment. The festival will feature a blueberry pie eating contest, free guided tours with hive openings, and a live bee beard performance. Admission by choice of donation to the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation.

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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!


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 full concession & snack bar which serves burgers, hot dogs, french fries, ice cold pepsi, etc. 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

Heated water on all slides (heated up to 80ºF) making it comfortable for very young children coming with their parents.

Gigantic hot tub (heated up to 102ºF)



10 am to 6 pm. Weekends open in June: June 2/3, 9/10, 16/17, 23/24 (weather permitting). Open June 29 to Sept 4, 2018, seven days a week (weather permitting)

Free parking.

Ph: 888-883-8852

53790 Popkum Road South Rosedale BC

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Camp Squeah


Parents need camp as much as kids

I remember clearly the arduous packing and preparing for our annual family camping trip; hauling a dusty tent and camping supplies from the bottom of a pile of year long forgotten items in our garage. My parents thought it important for our family (4 kids in tow) to pack food, travel a few hundred kilometres from our home to a tenting site somewhere else, to live without our typical home comforts. What possessed them to do that? I recall relentless mosquitos, smelly outhouses, suffering the flu with no comfy bed to sleep in, dirty communal showers and no TV!

Perhaps my parents were able to see its value and justified the camping activity as good, if not essential, for their children. All too often, though, I hear of parents who have never, themselves, experienced the joys and unique perspective of those who’ve braved the wilderness with camp stove, water from a pump, back packs, roasting sticks, sleeping bags, tents and the outdoors as your playground.

Camping is not just for children who have teenage gamers or grade 7 students. It’s for all ages and particularly for those of us who find ourselves committed to parenthood and careers. Camping as a family, away from our home, stretches the mind’s perspective on life the way muscles do after 8 hours of solid comfortable sleep. In the same way, camping affords our minds and hearts healthy movement to see life and its demands not from within, but from outside those challenges.

Plan a camping trip for your family, jump into God’s wilderness or sign your family up for a family camp this summer and consider the good it does not just for your precious little ones, but for you and your family as a whole!

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Chilliwack River Rafting


-family white water adventure

Chilliwack River Rafting hosts family-friendly adventures only 15 minutes from Cultus Lake! We have trips for both timid first-time rafters and fearless teenagers. Every summer, we host hundreds of families who want to bond through shared adventure.  Holidays, visiting relatives, birthdays and graduations are all great reasons to go rafting. Our five-acre riverside property is the perfect place for your family reunion, church or youth group, Dry Grad or teambuilding rafting event.

With 23 years of whitewater rafting experience, Chilliwack River Rafting ensures a fun trip for everyone. All rafters must weigh a minimum of 22 kg. Call us at 1-800-410-7238 to find out which trip is best for your family and friends this summer.

The youth rate (under 18 years) cost is $99 per person.  Group rates are available. Day trips include a buffet lunch, professional guides and safety kayaker and day use of private riverside property.  Enjoy a sauna, hot showers, beach volleyball, riverside camping and awesome views of the Cascade Mountains at the rustic Raft Ranch. Overnight trips, including dinner and breakfast are available.

Visit for more information and to book your trip online or call us at 1-800-410-7238.

See you on the river.


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Cultus Lake Waterpark


Serious family fun and exhilaration, pure and simple are guaranteed if your destination is Cultus Lake Waterpark this summer! Built in the late 1980’s Cultus Lake Waterpark has always been the ‘go to’ place for fun and excitement. Originally the park had six slides on three acres, but it was kicked up a notch when Chris and Liz Steunenberg bought the park in 1996 and started to expand it. Today, the park is situated on 15 acres and has over 25 slides and attractions making it the largest waterpark in British Columbia!  A family business, the Steunenbergs immediately involved their kids in the roles of research and development. Whenever they had a ride in mind their three kids would test it out. If it passed their approval, they bought or built the ride. Many family vacations were spent on road trips to visit all the big waterparks and do ‘research’.

Cultus Lake Waterpark has some of the most extreme waterslides anywhere and the slides can only be described as awesome. Rides with names like the Tubular Terror and the Valley of Fear will get your heart racing even before you board the ride. Is whitewater rafting something you’ve always wanted to experience? Try out Radical Rapids! This slide is a white-water simulator that takes you on a wild ride filled with twists and turns until you splash into the pool below. Not for the faint of heart but tons of fun to be sure.

One of the most popular and thrilling rides in the park is the 72-foot-high Colossal Canyon. The whole family can board the biggest raft which seats up to five people. This 700-foot slide will send you around corners, up high banks producing whooshing waves that crash into the raft.

Not just for big kids, Cultus Lake Waterpark has something for the whole family. Once you walk through the gates, something that catches your eye is a brightly coloured 12-foot-tall beach bucket and shovel. It leads to the updated Kiddie Castle and Family Spray Park. The delightful castle includes four small slides so even the smallest member of the family can have a ball. “The Kiddie Castle is perfect for tiny tots and infants to get acquainted with water activities! The castle is low to the ground, and parents can easily supervise their children. This safe structure is perfect to introduce young children to the water park experience,” said General Manager Andrew Steunenberg.

Suitable for all ages, Adventure River is a great spot to relax and recharge before enjoying more slides. The water is 30” deep and the river meanders 350 feet going past one of the park’s five hot tubs and through the Expresso Hut.

For children who want a bit more adventure but aren’t 48” tall, Pirates Cove is ideal. True to its name, this spot is located in a real cove with an interactive spray park. A pirate ship features three body slides and has numerous climbing structures. A giant pirate head fills up and dumps gallons of water onto the playground below.

Many of the rides are designed for families to have fun together. For example, the Boomerang is a bobsled type ride that carries four passengers in a bobsled style ‘boat’. Once your ‘bobsled’ pushes off, the slide descends sixty feet while picking up speed on the double figure eight route twisting and turning until finally landing in the canal below.

Every year the park hosts two Christian Night Slide concerts featuring Christian bands playing live music. It’s a great environment where young people can bring their un-churched friends and families can have a great time. This year’s concerts are July 20th and August 17th.

The park has six concession stands with a variety of food. You can have anything from fish and chips to hot dogs to submarine sandwiches. But if a family picnic is more to your liking, you are most welcome to bring in a picnic lunch or dinner. In addition, you can rent a barbecue and enjoy a delicious meal al fresco. The park has always had an abundance of places with shade, and more have been added this year.

A visit to Cultus Lake Waterpark doesn’t have to break the bank either. Rates are based on height, so you pay only for the waterslides your kids will actually ride. General admission is for visitors 48” and over while those under are eligible for junior pricing which is ten dollars less. In addition, the park offers Twilight pricing for everyone who arrive the last four hours before the park closes. Keep your ticket stub because it’s worth up to $11 off the price of an all-day wristband for Cultus Lake Adventure Park located across the street.

This summer, plan to visit the biggest and best waterpark in BC and enjoy the fun and excitement that Cultus Lake Waterpark is famous for.


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Haney Farmers Market


Haney Farmers Market is a lively, outdoor Saturday morning market held in Memorial Peace Park on 224th in downtown Maple Ridge.

Once a year, the whole Market moves to a farmer’s field and we celebrate where our food comes from.

Brookfield Farm is a heritage farm at 123 Avenue and 210 Street in Maple Ridge. The Laity Family welcome us with the Golden Ears Community 4-H showing off their prize winning animals, Sizzlin’ Smokey Dogs and, the highlight, a wagon ride down to the barn to see cows, goats, sheep, chickens and more.

The Market’s sixty vendors have vegetables and fruit in season;  its bakers have hand-crafted breads, pies, cakes, cookies and dried fruits; artists display their juried work.. And there is lunch and music!

Join us on August 22, Brookfield Farm, 2098 -123 Ave, Maple Ridge, from 9 am to 2 pm.


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Kumsheen River Rafting


Enter to Win Tickets:

Enter by email to Kumsheen in the subject line, include contact phone number. Draw date July 25, noon.

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’s 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.”

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Mennonite Heritage Museum


The Mennonite story is one of an enduring Christian faith throughout an often tumultuous history. The Mennonite sojourn from the Netherlands to Poland/Prussia, and then to Russia is one of joy, sorrow, and turmoil. Persecution, exile, and martyrdom failed to extinguish the hope and perseverance that Mennonites have shown throughout their history. Settlement in Canada and, in particular, the Fraser Valley, has allowed the Mennonite story to take root and flourish. Today British Columbia is home to approximately 175 Mennonite congregations.

The museum’s permanent exhibit hall illustrates the story of the Mennonites spanning 500 years, beginning with the Anabaptists of the 16th century. Relive the often tumultuous story from Zurich in Switzerland to the Netherlands, across northern Europe to Poland/Prussia, then Russia, and finally, to Canada.

Display panels, digital slide shows, and video interviews draw you into the lives of ordinary men and women whose faith in Jesus Christ and desire to live out his life and teachings often put them at odd His with both state and church officials.

In July and August the museum will repeat its summer matinee film program, featuring a number of films for your viewing pleasure. For a detailed schedule of films, please see our website. Several temporary exhibits throughout the summer include an exhibit by painter Christopher R. Friesen and quilts by Lois Klassen. Again, consult the museum website for exhibit details.

The Mennonite Heritage Museum is located on Clearbrook Road just south of the Trans-Canada Highway. Take Exit 87 and proceed south on Clearbrook Road past the large raspberry sculpture in the Clearbrook Interchange roundabout. The museum is located on the east side of Clearbrook Road.

Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday; closed on holiday weekends.

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Mission Museum


Curious about Mission?

Come visit the Mission Museum! Located in the heart of downtown Mission, the Mission Museum specializes in telling the stories of Mission’s people with the artifacts that bring their diverse lives to life. Using a visual mix of artifacts, images, video, and the written word, our stories are accessible to everyone. From Mission`s rich First Nations heritage, to ambitious land speculators, the building of the railroad, vibrant festivals, and the community’s most colourful citizens, we have a lot of stories to tell—and we’d like to share them with you.

Looking for something new for the kids to do? Check out our Mission Museum Kids’ Club, held every Friday in July and August from 1-3pm. Designed for children aged 6-10, each session is packed with a variety of fun, hands-on activities focused on a local history theme. Sign up for one session, or join them all! For a description of each session`s theme or to register online, visit

The Museum is open Wednesday-Saturday from 10am-4pm throughout the summer, with reduced hours in the fall. Please check our website for the most up to date information:


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Zealous Art


Families that paint together stay together

I have been doing painting pARTies for more than seven years and the interactions, the growth and the observation of each person’s own experience still is as amazing today as it was at the first group painting session I ever led.  There is a lot that happens when families paint (play) together. The bonding happens when everyone focuses on something common, with one goal – experiencing fun together. Not an end result, but an experience. No winner or loser. Just the experience. Communication improves when people put away all distractions and just be with each other, communicate and interact with each other. It elevates levels of trust. Families who play together also adapt better to new challenges. When a sports-oriented family books a night dedicated to painting, it is guaranteed to be a fun learning experience, as is a house of musicians who go for a hike. Step out of your comfort zone and play! Be focused on learning, having fun and bonding. They say  that you can learn more from a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. What can you learn about your friends or family? Make play a priority.

To learn more about painting with your family/friends/coworkers visit


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