Thanksgiving Things to See and Do Around Vancouver

  • It’s easy to get caught up in the pressure of turkey dinner and excess family in town among other holiday certainties. This year, stop for a moment and appreciate the wonderful offerings our fair city has! Whether it’s getting to know your neighbourhood as a new Vancouver home buyer, or re-appreciating the area; gather your nearest and dearest, and head out around the Lower Mainland to experience some seasonal bounty.

    Arts Appreciation

    Give thanks for our burgeoning Vancouver film industry and support local and international filmmakers by attending the 35th Vancouver International Film Festival. VIFF runs September 29th – October 14th, and as one of North America’s largest film festivals, showcases world-class films in every genre.

    Apple Festival at the UBC Botanical Gardens

    This annual charity event is a favourite among Vancouverites, and draws crowds from all over the Lower Mainland in celebration of one of BC’s favourite fruits. In its 25th year, the Apple Festival offers 40,000 pounds of over 60 varieties of apples for sale, grown both conventionally and organically. There’s also the popular apple tasting tent, as well as a number of kid-friendly activities like face painting, storytelling, and various entertainers along the way.

    Get in Touch With History

    Visit the Britannia Mine Museum for a new appreciation of the historic BC. Did you know it was the largest copper mine in the British Empire at the time? Their permanent exhibit of the social history is supplemented with an authentic 1908 Machine Shop and Underground Tours where you can climb aboard a real mine train. There’s also a playground boat and gold panning for younger attendees!

    Run Your Way to Thanks

    The annual Granville Island Turkey Trot is a hallmark event for both the island, as well as the Vancouver running community. The 10K run is Monday, October 10th in support of Quest Food Exchange and the Arts Umbrella. Get into the community spirit as you run and enjoy the yummy refreshments and live entertainment post-run! There’s even a Kids’ Run on Sunday the 9th!


    The Cranberry Festival is a fun little festival at the Fort Langley National Historic Site October 8th. Now in its 21st year, attracts approximately 60,000 people to experience the popular cranberry stomp, unique cranberry-themed vendors, live entertainment and a host of family activities.
    Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Team Kerr!

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