Thanksgiving is pretty underrated in the grand scheme of holiday long weekends. But we think it’s the perfect opportunity for great food, quality time with the fam, and harvest-themed events during these first few weeks of crisp fall weather. There’s a veritable cornucopia (yeah, I went there) of cool, kid-focused happenings in and around Vancouver this holiday long weekend. We’ve put together five of our fave picks.
This cranberry fest is held each year on Thanksgiving weekend in cute, historic Fort Langley. They invite you to celebrate the harvest and history of the cranberry with unique vendors, free entertainment, a delish pancake breakfast, and fun family activities. Worth a trip out to one of B.C.’s most popular historic towns.
Saturday, October 7th, Fort Langley Community Hall, 9167 Glover Road, Langley
Giddyup for some autumnal fun at Ladner’s Harris Barn on Harvest Day. They’ll have a wide variety of vendors, kid-focussed activities, and interesting info booths.
Saturday, October 9th, 12 pm – 3 pm, Harris Barn, 4140 Arthur Drive, Ladner
Take a bite out of crisp heritage apples, take home a tender homemade pie and tour the Orchard Heritage Museum. Meet at Davies Orchard, a one minute walk from the ferry terminal. This free event is hosted with Bowen Heritage.
Sunday, October 8th, 11 am – 3 pm, Crippen Regional Park, Bowen Island, Cost: Free
The Stanley Park Ghost Train is always a fave, but you may not know that this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday are the LAST DAYS to ride the Confederation Park Train around the beautiful woods of Confederation Park! They will open up one more time for Halloween night but then it’s closed until Easter next year. Get in on the fun while it lasts, then check out the seriously awesome, massive playground across the street afterwards!
Confederation Park, 120 North Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby
Run, jog, walk or waddle your turkey-stuffed body down to Granville Island and take part in the annual Turkey Trot Run.
Sunday, October 8, 2017, Granville Island