It feels like the whole world closes up shop on Thanksgiving Monday. Our very own Christine Pilkington was on CTV Morning Live sharing some ideas on what to do with your family today.
Cheer on runners in the Granville Island Turkey Trot
A Vancouver tradition now, you can cheer on families as they do the Turkey Trot 10K race in support of the Vancouver Food Bank. Granville Island will be closed to traffic, so you will want to get there by bike, transit, or one of the little ferries.
Taves Family Farm Applebarn
Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Taves Family Applebarn is open today from 9am to 5:30pm. Enjoy a hayride, ride a pony, pick a pumpkin and explore the Corn Quest Maze. $28.50 for a family of four and includes most attractions.
333 Gladwin Rd, Abbotsford
Laity Pumpkin Patch
Located on 18 acres in Maple Ridge, the Laity Pumpkin Patch promises that you’ll find the perfect pumpkin. The $20 admission for a family of four allows you access to all of the farms attractions, including a corn maze, farm animals, and a frontier town. You can also snap that perfect photo for fall. Pumpkins are $2 and up, depending on size.
21145 128th Avenue Maple Ridge
Bear Creek Pumpkin Express Train
Open from 10am – 4:30pm, rain or shine, the Pumpkin Express is a fun, and not too scary, ride through a decorated forest. Each child admission comes with a mini pumpkin to take home.
13750 88th Ave, Surrey
And some bonus ideas she didn’t mention:
Try girls ice hockey for free
The Vancouver Angels, the all-female ice hockey association, is hosting special 45-minute sessions for girls 4 and up at Killarney Community Centre at 10:15am. Skates and gear provided, just register online at http://vancouvergirlshockey.com
Killarney Community Centre, Rupert St & East 49th Ave, Vancouver
Get breakfast delivered
The Breakfast Courier will bring you pancakes, eggs benny, french toast, and more – all delivered to you by bicycle. Does it get more Vancouver than this? I’m not sure. Delivery starts at 8am, and goes until 1pm.
Origins Parkour Gym
Let the kids burn off some steam in this extensive parkour gym. No classes, but they’re running an open gym for all ages from 1pm – 6pm.
2655 Main Street, Vancouver
Go for a paddle
Ecomarine Kayaks on Granville Island and Deep Cove Kayaks in North Vancouver are open on Thanksgiving Monday, weather permitting. Have a paddle and see your city from the water for a change.
Ecomarine Paddlesports, 1668 Duranleau St, Vancouver
Deep Cove Kayaks, 2156 Banbury Rd, North Vancouver
It’s worth noting that the public libraries are closed on Thanksgiving Monday.
Image credits: Turkey Trot, Vancouver Angels Girls Ice Hockey, Breakfast Courier, Origins Parkour
Erin McGann is the former Managing Editor for Vancouver Mom and Toronto Mom Now. She drinks just a bit too much coffee, is a bit obsessed about sourcing local food, plays the cello moderately well, spends too much time on Twitter, keeps honeybees on a rooftop, and has a thing for single-malt whisky. Erin is working on a novel set in turn-of-the-century Vancouver, which her husband, son and dog have to hear about all the time, and also blogs at Erin at Large.