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


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October 4 - 31, 2002
REAPERS 2002 HAUNTED HOUSE at Fantasy Farms, 9423 Gibson Road, Mission; (604) 792-8572.

October 5 - 6, 2002
Model Railroad Show: the Lynden Lions Club Model Railroad Show, held at the Northwest Washington Fair grounds; Lynden, Washington; 360-354-5995.

October 5, 2002
Cranberry Festival: Cranberry sales, farm tours, canoe races, pumpkin bungee launch, Various locations - Fort Langley & Langley; 604 513-4777 or 604 888-8835.

October 5, 2002
POCOMO Mom's of Multiples, KID STUFF SWAP MEET, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, Trinity United Church - corner of Shaugnessy and Prairie, Port Coquitlam;

October 6, 2002
The Big Apple Pie Tasting Contest at the Delta Museum and Archives; 604-946-9322.

October 7-13, 2002
National Family Week

October 9 - 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,

October 9, 2002
TASTE OF THE TRI-CITIES: Come join us, and sample the gourmet foods and beverages offered by 25 of our own Tri-Cities eateries. Taste of the Tri-Cities : 6:30 - 9:00 pm (Cost: $15.00 per person) Pinetree Community Centre, 1260 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam; 604-552-8055.

October 12 - 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.

October 12, 2002
Indoor Flea Market at Killarney Community Centre; 604-718-8200.

October 12, 2002
Cranberry Harvest Festival at Richmond Nature Park Celebrate Canada's largest cranberry harvest at the Richmond Nature Park. · Fresh Cranberry Sales · Guided Tours of Cranberry Fields and the Ocean Spray Cranberry Plant · Stalking the Wild Cranberry · Puppet Shows · Story Telling · Face Painting and Games · Live Entertainment; Sponsored by Richmond Nature Park Society. For additional information, call 604-718-6188.

October 12, 2002
Fort Cranberry Festival: Cranberry products, entertainment, farm tours and family activities, Fort Langley; 604 888-1477.

October 12, 2002
Wild Bird Trust of BC Walk: A MATTER OF HABITAT at Maplewood Flats Conservation Area 2645 Dollarton Hwy. 10 am - 12 pm, Rain or Shine. For information call 924-2581.

October 12 - 13, 2002
Fraser Valley Dog Fanciers Show at the Agriplex, Surrey; 604 820-0282.

October 12 - 14, 2002
Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibition at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden; 604-662-3207.

October 12 - 27, 2002
Scarecrow Festival at Van Dusen Botanical Garden; 604-878-9274.

October 13, 2002
BC kite flyers association event: One Sky, One World - Fly for Peace at Vanier Park, Vancouver

October 13, 2002
Model Railroad Open House: Open house at one of the largest model railroad clubs in the state. See large model train layouts. Located through the alley behind the Wild Garlic restaruant which is across the street from the Whatcom Museim on Prospect St in downtown Bellingham; 360-738-7167.

October 13, 2002
WHONNOCK LAKE DAY: The annual Whonnock Fall Fair begins with an inter-denominational church service and a pancake breakfast. Food, crafts, children’s activities, a 5 & 10 km run/walk, a 1 km. non-competitive children’s run, and musical entertainment are all part of the day’s activities. Don’t miss the Whon -auction-a popular tradition. For more information call Darla at 604-462-0876.

October 14, 2002

October 15 - 31, 2002
SCARE IF YOU DARE HAUNTED FOREST, Greenhill Acres, Ryder Lake, 47090 Greenhill Road, Chilliwack, 604-858-9917.

October 17, 2002
Lantern Festival at West Richmond Park; 604-718-8400.

October 17 - 19, 2002
Harvest Festival: More than 70 scarecrows decorate the streets of Lynden with the merchant's annual scarecrow contest. Hayrides, a huge hay maze and apple pie baking contest are just a sampling of the some of the many fun events that commemorate the celebration of the harvest by local farmers. Various locations throughout Lynden, Washington; 360-354-5995.

October 18 - 20, 2002
10th Annual Surrey International Writer's Conference: With over 400 people expected to attend, the 10th Annual Surrey International Writer's, Sheraton Guilford Hotel; 604-589-2221.

October 18 - 20, 2002
BC Wood Show at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds, Surrey; 1-866-640-9663.

October 18 - 20, 2002
Cinderella: The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts Filled with timeless characters, irresistible romance and the unforgettable songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Cinderella is brought to life with the kind of dazzling stagecraft that will leave audiences happily ever after! 604-280-4444.

October 19, 2002
Harvest Festival: This fun, family event features a scarecrow contest, pumpkin carving, heritage apple tasting, produce displays, and much more; 10 am - 4 pm, 7046 Brown St. Delta; 604-946-9828.

October 19 - 20, 2002
Abbotsford Collector Car Show & Auction at the Tradex Centre, Abbotsford; (604) 514-2277.

October 19 - 20, 2002
OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW: Featuring over 40 artisans and a free shuttle to both locations (Fort Langley Community Hall & Fort Langley Lions Hall) with admission for both at one price of $2 and partial proceeds to charity, Fort Langley 604-574-9381.

October 19 - 31, 2002
Once Upon a Pumpkin:An exploration of Hallowe'en and its origins in nature. Daily in the Nature House. All Ages. Richmond Nature Park; 604 718-6188.

October 20, 2002
Peace Arch Rotary Last Half ½ Marathon & 5k, at South Surrey Athletic Park, South Surrey; 604-531-7879

October 21 - 27, 2002
The Vancouver Sun Vancouver Art Market: A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Vancouver! The Vancouver Sun is proud to support this weekly event that showcases local emerging artists' works in a comfortable market-like setting. The design of this event gives the public an opportunity to view many different types of Vancouver art and to speak with the artists directly while purchasing their work; 604-682-6021.

October 23 - 27, 2002
Vancouver International Writer's Festival on Granville Island; 604-681-6330.

October 24 - 27, 2002
Lower Mainland Dog Fanciers Show at the Tradex Centre, Abbotsford; (604) 599-6992.

October 26, 2002,BR>HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA: Guest narrator andFrankenstein composer HK Gruber tells the terrifying tale of a young girl who realizes her neighbour is a vampire. The evening features soprano Tracy Dahl, Neil Miskey on viola, and Bramwell Tovey’s own Viola Concerto based on the vampire legend. Orpheum Theatre; 604-280-3311.

October 26, 2002
11th ANNUAL 101 PUMPKIN EVENT at Maplewood Farm, North Vancouver. Hey, ghouls and boys! The first 101 families to arrive with kids in costume receive a free pumpkin! There will be a home-grown pumpkin judging in four categories (carved and uncarved entries). Bring down your pumpkin for judging by 11:45 a.m. you may bring home a prize ribbon! The day includes a food concession and pony rides. Gates creeeeeeak closed at 4:00 p.m. before it gets tooooooo dark. 604-929-5610.

October 26, 2002
3rd Annual Storm the North Shore Adventure Event, (an anyone can do it paddle, bike and hike adventure event on a secret North Van race course, meeting place TBA); 604-983-6460.

October 26, 2002
Halloween Hoopla at Bill Copeland Sports Arena. This spine-tingling event features plenty of chilling fun on and off the ice. Listen to spooky songs by children's entertainer Tony Prophet. Check out Cinemazoo's eerie creatures, play ghostly games, make creepy crafts or listen to Broomhilda's scary stories. Costumes are optional but don't forget your skates! Burnaby;

October 26, 2002
OKTOBERFEST/HARVESTFEST: Celebrate Oktoberfest/Harvestfest at various locations throughout Aldergrove; 604-856-6229.

October 26 - 31, 2002
HOBGOBLIN EXPRESS: The Hobgoblin Express will be bigger and better than ever, and is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family. Experience the Haunted Hudson, the Phantom Mail Car, the Spooky Station, the Pumpkin Dome and the Old Fashioned Halloween Heritage House. In addition to seeing all of these indoor attractions, the Hobgoblin Express mini rail ride will also take you around the Park through a field of decorated pumpkins! West Coast Railway Heritage Park, Squamish; 604-898-9336.

October 27, 2002
Children's performer RAFFI in concert at the Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver; 604-280-4444.

October 27, 2002
Halloween at the Cannery ; Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site of Canada Experience spooky vignettes by ghosts of the Cannery and tour the Cemetery of Departed Canneries; 604-664-9282.

October 27, 2002
Halloween Hiss-teria: Don't get hissssterical about reptiles! The West Coast Society for the Protection and Conservation of Reptiles will visiting the Ecology Center. You'll be able to see, touch and learn about these amazing animals.Lynn Canyon Ecology Center, Lynn Canyon Park, North Vancouver; 604-981-3103.

October 27, 2002
Salmon Come Home at the Hoy Creek Hatchery, Coquitlam; Hoy/Scott Creek Streamkeepers 604-945-6732.

October 30, 2002
Pumpkin Fest, Old Ladner downtown. Bring all your little or big ghosties and ghoulies out, dressed in their bewitching costumes, and see all the carved pumpkins and shops on Elliott Street decked out in their finest Halloween decor! Prizes for the best costume in several age catagories, goodies and lots of hot chocolate; 604 946-7778.

October 31, 2002
Fireworks at Sea Island Park, Richmond; 604-718-8000.

October 31, 2002
Halloween House, Trethewey House, Abbotsford. This popular event held at Trethewey House featuring a costume contest, haunted house and other fun events; (604) 853-0313.

October 31, 2002
SILENT FILM: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: You’re invited to join the city’s hottest Halloween party as the VSO plays a full orchestral sound track for the silent film classic, Phantom of the Opera. Orpheum Theatre, 604-280-3311.

Ongoing until October 11, 2002
Vancouver International Film Festival, various venues around Vancouver; 604-685-0260.

Ongoing until October 13, 2002
Fall Harvest Festival at Minter Gardens, Chilliwack. Come and enjoy the fall displays at the Gardens and savor the tastes of the harvest. Discover the majestic colours of autumn at Minter Gardens; 1-888-646-8377.

Ongoing until October 29, 2002
Yuquot, The Centre of Our World. On the west coast of Vancouver Island there is a place of immense beauty in the summer and inhospitable and violent pacific storms in the winter. This place is Yuquot, and it has been the home of the Mowachaht-Muchalaht First nations people since the beginning of time and is still The Centre of Our World. Vancouver Museum; 604-736-4431.

Ongoing until December 31, 2002
Space Station 3D. First cinematic journey to the international Space Station, at the CN IMAX Theatre at Canada Place; 604-682-IMAX.

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