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From the Polar Bear Swim on January 1 to the Festival of Lights in late December, festivals and other exciting events are happening all the time in Vancouver.

Remember that things do change, so be sure to confirm dates and times before making travel plans.

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2012 Special Events at Fort Langley National Historic Site

Vive les voyageurs Winter Festival January 28-29 Historic Boot Camp & Historic Half Marathon February 18-19 Spring Break March 10-25 Easter Egg Hunt April 8; Easter Egg Hunt 1 pm Victoria Day May 21 Learn to Camp Weekend June 16 (pre-registration required) Aboriginal Day at Fort Langley June 23 Canada Day July 1 Parks Day July 21 The 2012 Prospera Valley Granfondo July 22 Ride into History Jul... Visit Website

Britanna Mine Museum presents Microscapes: Minerals Beyond the Naked Eye

When rocks are sliced into thin sections - thinner than a human hair - they show some amazing colours under polarized light. This exhibit with beautiful close-up photographs will explore the little known world of rock thin sections. A stunning display for rock and art enthusiasts!

Courses & Lectures at UBC Botanical Gardens, February-June 2012

For more information, please visit http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/courses. Nearly a Century -- BC Native Plants Education and Research at UBC Botanical Garden Monday, February 13, 2012 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM UBC Botanical Garden, Reception Center, 6804 SW Marine Drive $5 at the door (free for UBC students)   Botanical Watercolour Course Friday & Saturday, March 3 & 4, 201... Visit Website

Facing the Storm: Italian-Canadian Internees in WWII

An evening of readings with authors from the Association of Italian-Canadian Writers and authors participating to the “A Question of Loyalty” project: Ray Culos, Lucia Frangione and Anna Foschi. Music and songs on emigration with Damiano Angoli. After the readings, light refreshments will be served, with cash bar. At 7:00pm in the Trattoria. FREE ADMISSION. For more information visi... Visit Website

Grand Opening of Skwachays Residence and Healing Lodge

  • Monday, June 11, 2012 - Monday, June 11, 2012
  • Time: 10:30 to 2:00 PM
  • Location: Skwachays Residence and Healing Lodge
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Aboriginal Culture

Vancouver Native Housing Society will celebrate the completion of the Skwachàys Healing Lodge on June 11th 2012 with a community celebration on Monday, June 11th 2012 9:30am at 31 West Pender St. Vancouver. The building is a triumphant reflection of the rich and diverse heritage of Aboriginal people living in the urban landscape: balancing a 100 year old Victorian facade, a 40.5 foot stor... Visit Website

June 2012 Italian Heritage Month

  • Friday, June 01, 2012 - Saturday, June 30, 2012 (Recurring daily)
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The Italian Cultural Centre, in parnership with other organization such as the Consulate General of Italy, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada-West and Friends of Ferrari, will present many events and celebrations!

Lotus in Motion, The Colour of Life

An outdoor installation by Gordon Halloran Exhibition: June 1 - July 31 Opening: Saturday, June 16, 2:30 pm (Artist in attendance) The Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden is pleased to host a new outdoor art installation Lotus In Motion, The Colour of Life by Gordon Halloran. The artist has created multiple paintings of various sizes in the shape of a lily pad, whose bold, colourful patte... Visit Website

Mexico Fest 2012

  • Sunday, September 05, 2010 - Sunday, September 16, 2012
  • Time: Various
  • Location: Various
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Mexico Fest 2012 encompasses 11days of art exhibit, music, culinary celebration, a gala dinner, a golf tournament and the 5th edition of the Fiesta Mexico Independencia. This year's focus will be on the beautiful Banderas Bay and the preferred tourist destinations of Western Canadians: Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. The Fiesta Mexico Independence will be on Saturday September 8th from 12:... Visit Website

Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver [Special Exhibition]

Visitors will get a glimpse of Vancouver's big city lights of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s in this exhibition of the MOV's neon sign collection. The remarkable signs, some lit for the first time since they were rescued from the junk yard, are accompanied by the tale of how the city went through a war of aesthetics that resulted in a transition of the very way Vancouver imagines itself. In this ... Visit Website

Playland Amusement Park

Get ready for another season full of fun as Playland opens for the 2012 season! This year you'll get a full season of ATMOSFEAR as well as all your favourite rides like the classic wooden roller coaster, the Corkscrew, Revelation, Hellevator and Drop Zone. And don't miss all the midway games and your favourite foods like cotton candy and mini-donuts. If you don't have your season pass yet, visit ... Visit Website

Rogers Arena Tours

  • Wednesday, May 04, 2011 (Recurring daily)
  • Venue: Rogers Arena
  • Location: Rogers Arena
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For 15 years, Rogers Arena has been thrilling and entertaining fans. For 15 years, our Vancouver Canucks have battled on the ice in the race to capture the title of Stanley Cup Champions. For 15 years, we have staged the best entertainment the music industry has to offer. We have opened our doors and welcomed over 21 million people. We have even reveled in Olympic gold when the Canadian women's a... Visit Website

Skwachàys Healing Lodge Launch Event and Community Celebration

  • Monday, June 11, 2012 - Monday, June 11, 2012
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Location: Skwachàys Healing Lodge (just west of Chinatown Millenium Gate)
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Aboriginal Culture

Vancouver Native Housing Society is celebrating the completion of the Skwachàys Healing Lodge and is inviting the Vancouver community to share in the opening and ceremonial blessing of this remarkable social and architectural achievement. We will be announcing the line up of performers and entertainers over the next few weeks, but we want to invite you to mark your calendars today to ensur... Visit Website

SONGFIRE Festival of Song 2012

  • Sunday, June 03, 2012 - Sunday, June 24, 2012
  • Location: Various locations
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The SONGFIRE Festival of Song will present over 20 concerts and theatrical presentations of Art Song. Performed by our internationally acclaimed VISI Faculty, talented emerging artists, and special guests, these concerts are sure to entertain and inspire. For more information or to buy tickets please click on the titles below: Friday, June 8 @ The Orpheum Annex  Playing With Fire ... Visit Website

TEA FOR TWO AT THE VANDUSEN GARDENS

Truffles Café at VanDusen Botanical Garden is now serving a ‘proper' Afternoon Tea complete with three-tier tray of goodies, ceramic tea pots and cups, organic and private label teas. Afternoon Tea in the Garden is offered for $35.00 for 2 OR $60.00 for 4 and includes: Choice of daily sandwich Freshly made scone Large croissant Coconut macaroons and shortbread cookies ... Visit Website

That which makes us Haida: the Haida language

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Aboriginal Culture

This exhibition documents the last remaining fluent speakers of the Haida language and explores the three remaining dialects found in Alaska, Old Massett and Skidegate through portraits taken by Vancouver-based photographer Farah Nosh over the last eight years and interviews with the last fluent speakers in these communities. These men and women (the youngest is now 65 years old) who grew up w... Visit Website