Things to Do in Vancouver: Finding Fun Things to Do in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Special Events for November 2002


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November 23, 2002 - January 4, 2003
 Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum; 604-293-6500

November 23, 2002 - January 4, 2003
 Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum; 604-293-6500.

November 1- November 9, 2002
Up-Close & Personal Artist Salons: Seven of Vancouver's favorite entertainment personalities will share their lives, talents and stories of their artistic journeys. The Orpheum Theatre, 604-876-3434.  Info: 604.876.3434

November 2 - 11, 2002
SalmonFest: Join the Vancouver Aquarium and the Vancouver Park Board for the 3rd Annual SalmonFest. The free festival takes place November 2, 3, 9-11th, and celebrates the two-year anniversary of the opening of the BC Hydro Salmon Steam Project in Stanley Park. Weekend activities include a Salmon Obstacle Course, Gyotaku Fish Printing, Origami salmon pictures, face painting, tours of the new salmon hatchery and more. Additional activities inside the Aquarium enhance your paid admission including puppet shows, crafts, touch tables, and special musical performances. Special theme days occur for each day of the festival. Please check out the Aquarium’s website for a complete schedule of events; 604-659-3474.

November 3 - 16, 2002
Canada Taiwan Bird Fair Exhibition of award-winning paper-relief sculptures and photographs, illustrated talks and workshops.  Vancouver Public Library.

November 7 - 11, 2002
Circle Craft Christmas Market: Featuring the works of over 200 artisans from across Canada. Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre; 604-801-5220.

November 9, 2002
FAMOUS PLAYERS 'MOVIE MAGIC MATINEE': A fun-filled afternoon for the whole family with competitions, a magician and a special movie. 2pm, Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver; 604-280-3311.

November 9, 2002
FRANKLIN'S MAGIC FIDDLE: Paquin Entertainment presents Franklin the Turtle in two concerts at 1:00 and 3:30 pm. Part of a series including Caillou's Big Party (February 2) and Little Bear & The Enchanted Wood (March 30).; 604-280-4444.

November 9, 2002
Salmon Watch: It's autumn, and time for salmon from the Serpentine River to return home to spawn. Walk through the protective tree cover and look in the river for returning spawners. Tour the hatchery. Increase your knowledge and improve your understanding of salmon life cycles through fun, participatory activities.  Tynehead Regional Park, Surrey; 604-432-6359.

November 9, 2002
Wild Bird Trust of BC Walk: Know The Raptors at the Maplewood Flats Conservation Area, North Vancouver; 604 924-2581.

November 9 - 10, 2002
Christmas Craft & Gift Market at Van Dusen Botanical Garden, Vancouver; 604-878-9274.

November 9 - 11, 2002
Sacred World Music Festival at the Plaza of Nations.  Explore sacred music performed by artists from around the corner and around the world, artists will come from as far as Australia and France. Artists include: Tony Backhouse Gospel singing workshop, David Hykes and the Harmonic Core, Elyra Campbell Celtic Ensemble and Thione Diop Senegalese Percussion Ensemble; (604) 257-0366.

November 10, 2002
Lonsdale Christmas Craft Fair at Mickey McDougall Recreation Centre, North Vancouver; 604-983-6461.

November 10, 2002
Orpheum Open House: Tour Vancouver's magnificent heritage theatre and learn about its history and its stars. On stage throughout the afternoon, enjoy performances by CirKids, magicians from the Vancouver Magic Circle, and a stream of talented young musical performers. Free. 11 am to 4 pm. 604-280-3311.

November 11, 2002
Fall Fashions for Wildlife: Animals make changes in their fall wardrobe like people do. Some animals increase in size, grow warmer coats or acquire bright plumage for winter courting. Find out what is fashionable for wildlife this season.  Burnaby Lake; 604-432-6359.

November 11, 2002
Remembrance Day

November 13 - 14, 2002
Computer & Technology Showcase at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre; 1-800-422-0251.

November 14 - 17, 2002
Christmas at Hycroft : Hycroft, Vancouver's celebrated Edwardian mansion exquisitely decorated by top home designers for the festive season. Unique gifts and crafts from around the world. Refreshments in the Holly Inn Bistro. Children's activities and door prizes; 604-731-5847.

November 14 - 17, 2002
Christmas at Hycroft:Visit the historic McRae Mansion , built in 1912, splendidly decorated for the Christmas season;604-731-4661.

November 15, 16 & 23, 2002
Christmas Craft Fairs at Burnaby recreation centres. Get a head start on your Christmas shopping at our annual craft fairs. They're great places to find unique gifts. If you're the crafty sort, come and sell your own handmade items. Admission to all our craft fairs is free, but table rental fees and sellers' guidelines vary at each location-call the centre you plan to attend.  Bonsor Complex - November 15 - 16, Cameron Complex - November 23, Confederation Ctr - November 23; 604-439-1860

November 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 & 24, 2002
Burnaby Heritage Craft Fair at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts; 604-298-7322.

November 16 - 17, 2002
Swedish Christmas Market at the Scandinavian Centre, Burnaby; 604-988-9882.

November 16, 2002
Inverglen Scottish Dancers Christmas Bazaar at Trinity Memorial United Church, Abbotsford; 604 850-1605.

November 16, 2002
Joy of Flight:Discover the mechanics of flight by observing birds and airplanes. Take this guided walk along the dike to admire the flap, glide and soar of birds of prey, and compare the noisy flight of waterfowl with the flit and flutter of little brown birds. Then enjoy a tour of the Delta Heritage Airpark to see how bird flight has inspired airplane design.  Boundary Bay, Delta; 604-432-6359.

November 19, 2002
Beaver Moon Walk:Stroll along lakeside trails under a rising full moon. Discover how to distinguish the calls of nocturnal animals from other night sounds. Bring binoculars for moon gazing, share moon myths and watch for beavers setting about their work. Burnaby Lake; 604-432-6359.

November 19, 2002
Douglas Day: Re-enactment of the reading of proclamation, which granted the colony of BC in 1858, at Fort Langley;  604 513-4777.

November 23, 2002
Huge Kids Swap Meet at the Cloverdale Fair Grounds; (604) 720-7721.

November 23, 2002
Olde Fashion Christmas at Burnaby 8 Rinks.  Skate in the Christmas wonderland! Enjoy a skate through the forest with the Dickens Village as a back drop. Sing along to your favourite carols. (604) 291-0626 or

November 24, 2002
21st Century Flea Market at the Croatian Cultural Centre, Vancouver; (604) 925-3159.

November 24, 2002
Park & Tilford Christmas Festival of Lights: Choirs, lighting up of the Gardens, music & thousands of Christmas lights; Park & Tilford Gardens, North Vancouver;  250 984-8200.

November 24, 2002
Peter Pan at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam. Everyone's dream of living a fairy tale can come true with DuffleBag Theatre's unique blend of interactive storytheatre, improv, high energy and wacky humour; (604) 927-6555.

November 25, 2002
SK8 with Elvis Stojko at GM Place, Vancouver; 604-280-4444.

November 26, 2002
The Chieftains at the Orpheum Theatre; 604-280-4444.

November 27, 2002
Education & Career Fair at the Tradex Centre, Abbotsford; (604) 585-8288.

November 29, 2002
Christmas Tree Lighting, Downtown Abbotsford. Join the community as they gather to enjoy entertainment, hot chocolate, cookies, a special appearance by Santa and the traditional lighting of the landmark tree in downtown Abbotsford; 604-850-6547.

Ongoing until November 7, 2002
The Burr Theatre presents The Haunting of Hill House!  Written by Shirley Jackson and directed by Ellie King.  Gripped by horrific secrets, Hill House itself is the malevolent star of this frightening piece. Participants in a study of psychic phenomena at the country home conquer their own demons as they try to resist the evil. Suitable for age 14+ .  Tickets $15 Adults - $12 Seniors/Students/Children.  Call 604-523-2877,

Ongoing until November 9, 2002
The Return of the Salmon Festival: The return of the salmon celebrates the return of the spawning salmon to our local rivers. One of their goals is to hoist 150 hand painted windsocks Thanksgiving weekend along Clevelane Avenue from Squamish Station down to the estuary. Science and environmental exhibits will be displayed throughout Squamish; 604-898-4860.

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