Things to Do in Vancouver: Finding Fun Things to Do in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Special Events for April 2003


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March 29, 2003 to May 1, 2003
Surrey Festival of Dance: Largest amateur dance competition in North America, with 10,000 dancers from pre-school to adult competing in ballet, jazz, and tap and stage; Surrey Arts Centre, 13750-88 Ave., 604-501-5566.

April 2, 2003
Be Bear Aware: Spring through fall, bears venture closer to where people live in search of berries and other food.  Join Michael Allen, bear expert with the Whistler Black Bear Project, in his exploration of bear habits, lifestyles and activities. Learn how to avoid bear problems and how to make your community more bear aware. Space is limited; call 604-933-6000 and specify barcode 40015 to reserve a seat. Presented by the Minnekhada Park Association.  Ages 10+, Admission by

April 3 - 5, 2003
The Queen of Spades at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Presented by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens; 604-280-3311.

April 3, 2003
An Evening with Chuck Swindoll: A Community Celebration with Chuck Swindoll featuring special musical guests Carolyn Arends, Brian Doerksen & Young Street Vocal Band. An evening of inspiration, music and worship. Admission is free. Tradex Centre, Abbotsford. Complimentary Parking. For more information call (604) 870-8742.

April 3, 4, 5, 2003
THE QUEEN OF SPADES: Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal presents the passionate ballet The Queen of Spades choreographed by Kim Brandstrup. A Ballet British Columbia Dance Alive presentation; 604-280-3311.

April 4 - 28, 2003
Sandra Ramos: Whimsical one-of-a kind cups, mugs, each with their own personality. At the Crafthouse, Granville Island; 604-687-6511. 

April 4, 2003
2003 Festival of the Arts Spring Show and Sale of Original Paintings. The Port Moody Art Association is proud to present Visual Rhapsody, its Sixth Annual Festival of the Arts Spring Show and Sale of Original Paintings at the Port Moody Social Recreation Centre, 300 Ioco Road, Port Moody, B.C., Canada. from 7:30 to 10pm.

April 5, 2003
Birds, Butterflies and Bees: Bee there! This is Burnaby Lake's most popular family event. Discover amazing facts about birds, butterflies, bees and other wildlife at Burnaby Lake. Explore the lives of local wildlife through puppet theatre, interactive displays, nature walks and a wildlife observation station. Learn how to plant bee-and-butterfly-friendly gardens, then build a nest box for a small fee ($6 -$8) to help attract birds to your yard. Activities take place by the Nature House, at the foot of Piper Avenue in Burnaby. Presented by the Burnaby Lake Park Association. Call 604-520-6442 for information. Everyone welcome. Free, drop-in. 11 am – 3 pm, Burnaby Lake; 604-432-6359.

April 5, 2003
Twins Club Spring Swap Sale at St. Davids United Church, North Vancouver; 10 am - 1 pm, 604-987-1993.

April 5, 2003
Twins Club Spring Swap Sale, 10 am - 1 pm, St. Davids United Church, North Vancouver. Great bargains on used and new equipment, clothing and toys; 604-987-1993.

April 6, 13, & 20, 2003
Blossom Tours: The Vancouver Museum ( and the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden are welcoming spring with a cherry blossom tour. Over 19 varieties of the cherry bloom each year on Vancouver's streets creating a beautiful, but short-lived display of the fluffy pink blossom. Starting at the Vancouver Museum, join a tour on Sunday morning that will lead you into Vancouver neighbourhoods displaying the best blossoms. The tour will then visit the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden for tea, pastries and a 30 minute tour of the Garden.T ours leave from the Vancouver Museum at 10:00am and return at 12:30pm. Tickets: $20.00 for members of the Vancouver Museum and the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden, $35.00 for non-members and includes admission to the museum. To register, call the Vancovuer Museum at 604-734-7368. 

April 7 - 10, 2003
SURREY SCHOOLS DANCE FESTIVAL: This active and colourful festival demonstrates the broad range of dance instruction taking place in our Surrey Schools, including jazz, ballet, folk, hip-hop and more. Festival seating applies. Bell Performing Arts Centre, 6250 - 144 Street Surrey; 604-507-6355.

April 8, 2003
Marlo Thomas at the Orpheum Theatre. An award winning actress, author, and social activist, Marlo was recently inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. A Unique Lives & Experiences presentation; 604-280-4444.

April 8, 2003
Unique Lives & Experiences: Marlo Thomas, Unique Lives & Experiences presents an evening with award-winning actress, producer, author and social activist Marlo Thomas, at the Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver; 604-280-4444.

April 9 - 12, 2003
Burn The Floor: Featuring championship dance couples from 15 different countries, a cultural clash between the elegant sophistication of ballroom dancing and sweaty sensuality of rock and roll. At the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts; 604-280-4444. 

April 9 to May 3, 2003
Sleuth at the Burr Theatre, New Westminster: Written by Anthony Shaffer and directed by Ellie King. Milo and Andrew match wits over jewels, a girl, life, and death, in what turns out to be a convoluted plot of cat, mouse, tadpoles and cheese…. Who has the upper hand on whom? You’ll have to wait until the final scene!  Suitable for age 12+. Box Office 604-523-2877.

April 11, 2003
Beaver Evening Walk: Twilight is time for nature's engineers to start their nocturnal day. Find out how these industrious creatures build structures that benefit other creatures of the night. Catch a glimpse of a swimming beaver and perhaps hear one slap the water with its tail., Ages 6+ , 7 – 9 pm, Minnekhada Park, Coquitlam; 604-432-6359.

April 11 - 13, 2003
Bradner Flower Show: Held in the beautiful community of Bradner, this colourful event is taking place April 11 - 13. The show features hundreds of varieties of Daffodils, as well as displays of Tulips, Iris, and other spring bulbs, geraniums and orchids, hostas, & grasses. Bradner Community Hall; 604 856-2920..

April 11 - 20, 2003
TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival: World Ski and Snowboard Festival Ten days of free music featuring Swollen Members, Soundtrack Of Our Lives, I Mother Earth, Treble Charger, Amon Tobin, Bonobo, Kid Koala, Alarmbell, Kia Kadiri, Salads, By A Thread, Vinyl Ritchie, DJ Science, Girl Nobody, Billy and the Lost Boys, Killa Kela, Grace Nocturnal and more, various venues Whistler, BC; 604-938-3399.

April 11-13,2003
The 1st Annual Tri-Cities Home & Garden Show t the Coquitlam Sports Centre; 1-800-471-1112.

April 12 - 19, 2003
Happy Easter! Ukrainian Easter Eggs: Intricate and colourful Ukrainian Easter Eggs will be on sale in the Granville Island Public Market at various locations in the month of April.

April 12, 2003
Backyard Birds, 1:00 - 3:00 PM, Discover which birds are living in your backyard. Make a bird feeder to attract them, create a bird register and learn tips about bird watching. $7 (7-12yrs). Surrey Museum, 604-502-6456.

April 12, 2003
Evergreen Garden Club's Show and Sale: Annual Flower Show and Plant Sale Spring Splash at the Ladner Community Hall, 4753 - 51 Street, Ladner;

April 12, 2003
Free Lawn Bowling Clinic, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon, You are invited to a “FREE” Lawn Bowling Clinic at the Maple Ridge Lawn Bowling Club. Drop by and try your hand at lawn bowling. PLEASE WEAR FLAT SHOES. (Coffee & hot dogs provided). 11445 – 232nd Street (just below Thomas Haney Secondary School). It’s a great sport similar to curling. We have a wonderful clubhouse and lots of social activities all year round and we welcome new members. Call Peter or Susan at 604-466-0388 for more information.

April 12, 2003
Frogs, Polliwogs and Eggs: Curious about amphibians? Want to learn why they are so important to us? Find out about our local frogs, salamanders, and toads during an introduction to these interesting animals. Go on an amphibian search, listen for frog songs and discover salamander habitats. Ages 6+, $7/person, Burnaby Lake; 604-432-6359.

April 12, 2003
Indonesian-Malaysian Cultural Showcase & Bazaar: Feast on deliciously authentic Indo-Malay food. Witness a mock Malay wedding. Learn how to ''joget'' (an Indo-Malay social dance). ''Malaysia Truly Asia'', a dance repertoire performed by Tourism Malaysia's dance troupe. Marvel at a bamboo dance. Hear famous North Sumatran folksongs. All these for only $3 general admission. Door prizes. At the Jericho Hill Center 4196 West 4th, Vancouver; 604-623-3263.

April 12, 2003
Nearly Neil and the Solitary Band: Local musician Bobby Bruce returns to the Centennial Theatre with his amazing tribute to Neil Diamond, backed by his fabulous 7 piece Solitary Band; 604-984-4484.

April 12, 2003
Owl Extravaganza, 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, Join the Museum for a free guided tour of the "Birds of Prey: Owls" exhibit, on loan from the Royal B.C. Museum. Volunteers will introduce you to the owls that live in our city, then make your own owl. Admission by donation. Surrey Museum, 604-502-6456.

April 12, 2003
Plowing Match: Farmers young and old try their hand at old-fashioned farming -- with prizes awarded in many categories -- at this yearly event held in April at Northwest Washington Fair grounds, Lynden, Washington; 360-354-5995.

April 12, 2003
SPRING KIDS STUFF SWAP MEET, sponsored by: PoCoMo Mothers of Multiples Club, 10am - 2pm, Cameron Rec Centre, Burnaby (behind Lougheed Mall); 604-461-8217.

April 12, 2003
Vancouver Goh Ballet: The rich tradition of classical ballet from an acclaimed Vancouver youth dance company. All Shows at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 1895 Venables Street at Victoria Dr.; 604-251-1363.

April 12, 2003
Wild Bird Trust of BC Walk: Spring Has Sprung at Maplewood Flats, North Vancouver, 10 am -12 pm; 604-924-2581.

April 13, 2003
Carnivorous Plant Show and Sale at the Richmond Nature Park; 604-718-6188.

April 13, 2003
Simon Fraser University (SFU) Pipe Band: Four-time world champion pipe band, SFU's dance team and Celtic musicians in an unforgettable concert experience; Vogue Theatre, Vancouver; 604-280-444.

April 13, 2003
Vancouver Sun Run, Downtown Vancouver; 604-689-9441.

April 18 - June 26, 2003
Playland at Pacific National Exhibition Park. Open Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays; 604-253-2311.

April 18, 19, 20, 2003
Chilliwack Native Pow-Wow at the Ag-Rec Centre, Chilliwack; (604) 858-0662.

April 18, 2003
Easter Egg Hunt at the Killarney Community Centre, Vancouver; 604-718-820.

April 18, 2003
Owl Prowl: Whooo's there? In the twilight the forest becomes a magical world where sounds, scents and shadowy images come alive. Step silently along darkened trails past delicate ferns and towering trees to investigate the mysterious nocturnal world of hunter and hunted. For everyone six and older who can walk and wait quietly in the dark for two hours. Cosponsor – North Vancouver Recreation Commission. To register, call 604

April 18, 2003
Widgeon Spring Paddle:Enjoy a wilderness experience as you paddle the quiet waters of Widgeon Slough. Feast your eyes on majestic scenery, admire beaver-engineered structures and look for aquatic mammals like otter and muskrat. Keep your eyes and ears tuned as you relax; you never know what may come by! For teens and adults. Ages 13+, $20/person,10 am – 2 pm, Widgeon Marsh Reserve, Pitt Meadows; 604-432-6359.

April 19 - 21, 2003
Ride the Ridge Bike Festival: Cross country endurance event and corporate relay on Saturday, a barn dance/pig roast Saturday night, a mountain bike Easter egg hunt on Sunday morning, and a downhill race Sunday afternoon. Tours of dykes hot-springs and Blue Mountain. Call Barry for details 604-467-8577.

April 19, 20, 23, 2003
Great Blue Heron Festival: The first annual Great Blue Heron Festival includes a variety of activities celebrating the Pitt Polder heron and bird habitat. An official bird count, manned field telescope sighting stations, canoe, horseback and walking tours, bird drawing demonstrations, a barbecue, crafts, food concessions and children’s activities are some of the fun events planned for this three day festival; (604) 463-0890.

April 19, 2003
Easter Eggstravaganza at Willingdon Community Centre, Burnaby. Hunt for Easter eggs, make crafts and enjoy breakfast with family and friends during this festive morning. Registration began March 3, phone 604.299.1446 (sorry, no drop-ins). $4.75 per person, 1 session. Bar code 26032.

April 19, 2003
Easter Eggstravaganza at Willingdon Community Centre, Burnaby. Hunt for Easter eggs, make crafts and enjoy breakfast with family and friends during this festive morning. Registration began March 3, phone 604.299.1446 (sorry, no drop-ins). $4.75 per person, 1 session.

April 19, 2003
Rainbow's Easter Adventure: Join Rainbow the Dragon on his Easter adventure! at the Kids Market, Granville Island, 11am - 3pm, (604) 689-8447.

April 19, 2003
Swap Meet at the Sunset Community Centre, Vancouver; 604-718-6505. 

April 20 - May 4, 2003
Tulip Festival: Fabulous tulips and thousands of other spring bulbs will be in bloom. Over 50 varieties of cut tulips will be on display. Minter Gardens, 1.888.MINTERS. 

April 20, 2003
Easter Celebration: A non-denominational outdoor Sunrise Church Service will be held at 7:00am. Enjoy a fabulous gourmet Easter Lunch Buffet. Minter Gardens, Chilliwack; 604-794-7044.

April 20, 2003
Third Annual Easter Scavenger Hunt at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park, Squamish.  Come and explore Western Canada’s largest collection of Heritage Railway Equipment dating back to 1890.  All participants in the Scavenger Hunt will receive an Easter Treat once Hunt is completed. Lots of fun for the whole family!  Cookout by the Squamish Lions Club!  Enjoy hamburgers, hotdogs, popcorn and cotton candy! Admission by Donation.  Mini Rail Rides $2.00 per person.  12:00-3:00pm, 604-898-9336  or 

April 20, 2003
Hyack Antique Car Easter Parade on Easter Sunday, April 20th, 2003. Cars will gather at the New Westminster Quay Market parking lot in the morning and leave on their parade route to Queen's Park for the afternoon. Visit their website or call 604-522-6894 for details.

April 20, 2003
Tulip Festival: Fabulous tulips and thousands of other spring bulbs will be in bloom. Over 50 varieties of cut tulips will be on display (weather permitting); 1-888-MINTERS,

April 20,2003
Whonnock Easter Egg Hunt, 1:00 PM, Whonnock Lake Center. 3 separate age areas, locate poker chips, return to hall for chocolate eggs. Find one special egg in each area to receive Easter prize. Hot chocolate by donation. Call Whonnock Community Association. 604-462-8212.

April 21, 2003
Springtime Tynehead Trek: Grab your boots, brollies and raincoats for a self-guided walk. Discover spring as you saunter along winding trails by woodlands and rippling river. Search for clues that reveal amazing facts about forest and river habitats and the creatures that depend on them. Bring a pencil and pick up your Springtime Tynehead Trek sheet between 11 am and 2 pm at the 96th Avenue trailhead by the hatchery. Return your completed sheet by 3 pm to earn a special treat. Free, drop-in; 604-432-6359.

April 22, 2003
Earth Day

April 25 - 26, 2003
Carnival Days: Community Parade, Sidewalk sales, free music and children's entertainment all sponsored by the Kerrisdale Business Association. Famous KBA Hot Dog stand with all funds going to the beautification of Kerrisdale. West 41st Avenue between Larch St & Maple St, Vancouver; 604-266-9875. 

April 25 - 27, 2003
EAT! Vancouver, The Everything Food + Kitchen Show at BC Place Stadium; 604-689-8651.

April 26, 2002
6th Annual Perennial Plant Exchange & Sale Harry Jerome recCentre, North Vancouver, 9am-Noon; 604-990-3689.

April 26, 2003
BC Provincial Skipping Championships at the Columbia Bible College, Abbotsford;

April 26, 2003
Huge  Kids toy and clothing sale:  Over 150 vendors of kids new and used , books, toys, videos,baby things, clothes and lots more.  At the Cloverdale Fairgrounds, Surrey; 604 720 7721.

April 26, 2003
Bugs, Snails and Spider Trails:Explore the world of insects, spiders and other creepy-crawlies. Join a bug hunt, follow a snail and count spider legs. Share in a fun, hands-on introduction to invertebrates. For children three to five accompanied by an adult. Cosponsor – Whalley Community Recreation. To register, call 604-501-5100 after March 4th. Ages 3 – 5, $12/ child/adult pair, 10 – 11:30 am, Tynehead Regional Park; 604-432-6359.

April 26, 2003
Earth Day Vancouver Celebration at Everett Crowley Park, Vancouver, Planting workshops, native species plantings, refreshments, nature tours, kids activities, music and more. A day to not only observe environmental problems, but also to celebrate positive environmental solutions. 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM; 604-689-0766.

April 26, 2003
Frogs, Polliwogs and Wiggly Wonders: Frogs and other pond organisms are environmental health indicators. Their presence or disappearance can tell us about the health of our ecosystems. They also demonstrate some of the most fascinating survival strategies and adaptations on earth. Learning about them enriches our understanding of science, nature and the ecosystems of which we are a part. Ages 6+, $7/person, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Boundary Bay, Delta; 604-432-6359.

April 26, 2003
Gigantic Toy & Clothing Sale at the Langley Civic Centre - 20699 - 42nd Avenue, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

April 26, 2003
Ocean Construction Open House at Granville Island; Explore the concrete boom truck, loaders, vintage trucks, displays and tugboats. Public tours of the facility.9am - 5pm. For more info call (604) 669-6585.

April 26 - 27, 2003
12th Annual Sugaring-Off Pancake Breakfast at the Granville Island Public Market Courtyard, 1689 Johnston St., 9am - 1pm,. Join LB Maple for this annual event. Includes lively Quebecois music, great pancakes, beans & ham topped off with authentic Pure Canadian Maple Syrup. Menu from (from $2.50 to $5.00). Bring your own plate & cutlery and save 50¢. Rain or shine. For more info on Public Market events call (604) 666-6477, option 4.

April 26 - 27, 2003
ALDERGROVE FESTIVAL DAY, Health Fair, tuber sale, plant and yard sale. Call 604-856-6229 for more information.

April 26 - 27, 2003
BC Classic & Custom Motoring Show at the Tradex Centre, Abbotsford; 604-671-7227

April 26 - 27, 2003
BC Classic Custom Motoring Show at the Tradex Centre, Abbotsford. Over sixty car clubs and organizations provide multi vehicle displays at this show. See the finest race cars, street rods & customs, North American muscle & classic imports, vintage & classic cars, motorcycles and boats. For more information contact (604) 539-7223.

April 26 - 27, 2003
White Rock Wind & Wave Regatta, East Beach, White Rock, BC Kite Association; 604-543-0369,.

April 27, 2003

April 27, 2003
Annual VanDusen Plant Sale: Choose from over 35,000 unusual and hard to find plants including perennials, herbs, roses, cacti, orchids, trees, vines and many more surprises. Free garden admission. VanDusen Garden; 604-878-9274.

April 27, 2003
Bell-Irving Hatchery: 20th Anniversary Celebration: Say 'Goodbye Chums!' and help us celebrate the 20th anniversary of this important facility. The salmon of Kanaka Creek might vanish if it weren't for the efforts of the Bell-Irving Hatchery. Learn about the changing role of the hatchery over time. Did you volunteer at Kanaka? Were you here for a field trip? Did you raise salmon in your classroom? Whether you are an old friend, or have never been to the site, join us! Tour the Bell-Irving Hatchery; meet local stewardship groups and their interactive displays; help release thousands of chum fry; test your survival chances in salmon games; take home a souvenir booklet and make a fishy craft; reminisce and enjoy some refreshments. The Hatchery is on 256th Street, south of Dewdney Trunk Road and east of Haney. Free, drop-in; 604-432-6359.

April 27, 2003
Carnegie Centre 100th Anniversary: April 27, 2003 has been declared ''Carnegie 100th Anniversary Day'' by Mayor Larry Campbell and we are going to celebrate. Starting with a pancake breakfast at 10am, followed by a community parade at noon from Victory Square, proclamation ceremony at 1pm (on the steps of Carnegie), food and craft vendors, music and dance workshops, and much much more., 401 Main Street (Main and Hastings); 604-665-2213.

April 29, 2003
Amy Tan: Tan's stories have found an enthusiastic audience among women of all backgrounds and have been translated into 23 languages. A Unique Lives & Experiences presentation. Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver; 604-280-4444.

April 29, 2003
Unique Lives & Experiences: Amy Tan, Unique Lives & Experiences presents an evening with the author of "The Joy Luck Club" and a string of other best-sellers; Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver; 604-280-4444.

April 30, 2003
Dixieland Jazz Festival: Dixieland Jazz at its best; a very popular and fun event. Held in Chilliwack Exhibition Park; (604) 795-3600.

Ongoing until April 4, 2003
Vancouver International Dance Festival: From Butoh to Hip Hop: A World of Contemporary Dance. Performances by seven internationally acclaimed dance companies and master classes and workshops by ten well-known teachers. Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver; 604-662-7441.

Ongoing until April 5, 2003
Pacific International Auto & Light Truck Show at BC Place Stadium; 604-214-9964.

Ongoing until April 13, 2003
Hot Music/Cool Tales: The Art & Science of Sound at Science World, Weyerhaeuser Theatre. A whirlwind tour of the audible world, spinning together storytelling and science demonstartions with physical theatre, live music, audience participation, techno-tools and old fashioned foley sound effects. 604.443.7440.

Ongoing until May 8, 2003
Ultimate X:Chronicles all the breathtaking highlights and dramatic stories behind the 2001 X Games in Philadelphia as it showcases the eye-popping skateboarding, biking, moto x and street luge competitions on the giant screen. Science World; 604-443-7440.

Ongoing until May 8, 2003
Amazing Journeys: Experience some of nature's most incredible spectacles as millions of creatures undertake extraordinary journeys in their quest for survival. A powerful chronicle of 6 of nature's most incredible life-and-death dramas. Science World; 604-443-7440.

Ongoing until May 25, 2003
Kids Koncerts: Presented by Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. The series opens up the world of music for kids of all ages, with fun and interative performances by some of North America's top youth entertainers. Concert dates are: February 9 & 23, March 30, May 4 & 25; Orpheum Theatre; 604-876-3434. 

100 year Anniversary of Flight Program: With an emphasis on Canadian innovation and aviation technology, follow the history of flight from early Greek legend to the Wright brothers and beyond. H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver; 604-738-7827.

Ghosts of the Abyss 3D: Academy Award winning director and master storyteller James Cameron journeys back to the site of his greatest inspiration - the legendary wreck of the Titanic. Using state-of-the-art technology, Cameron and his crew are able to explore virtually all of the wreckage, inside and out, as never before. At the CN Imax at Canada Place; 604-682-4629.

India: Kingdom of the Tiger: Journey across India, a breathtaking land shaped by a myriad of cultures, customs and traditions. Inspired by the writings and experiences of Jum Corbett, a pioneer of Indian wildlife conservation. A glorious tribute to this magnificent land, and to its greatest ambassador - the mighty Bengal Tiger. At the CN IMAX at Canada Place, 604-682-IMAX. 

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