5 Reasons to Bite Into the 2018 UBC Apple Festival

Photo Credit: UBC Apple Festival Facebook

A family event for all ages, the UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of BC’s favourite fruits. From learning about the diversity of apples to tasting rare and unusual varieties, the Apple Festival is a great opportunity to discover more about this delicious fruit.

Apples are amazing. They are are a healthy, cheap and cheerful snack that is easy to carry in a purse or backpack, and I love a good apple pie – the ultimate comfort food dessert! BC is known for its orchards, so it’s no wonder there is a festival to celebrate the crispy delight that is the apple. After all, an apple a day…

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5 Reasons to Bite Into the 2018 UBC Apple Festival

Kids In Vancouver: Teeter Above The Treetops On The Greenheart TreeWalk

Greenheart TreeWalk, UBC Botanical Garden | Photo: Bianca Bujan

Vancouver is rich with forested trails and garden-side galavants, but few destinations offer the unique opportunity to explore the outdoors from above the forest floor. The UBC Botanical Garden’s Greenhouse TreeWalk offers a thrilling, treetop perspective of the natural surroundings that BC has to offer. Here’s what you can expect from this teetering arboraceous adventure.

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Kids In Vancouver: Teeter Above The Treetops On The Greenheart TreeWalk

Ewok sighting at UBC? Greenheart TreeWalk – Vancouver’s Suspended Eco-Attraction

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Greenheart TreeWalk Photo: Rob Weiss

Swinging high above the forest floor on the Greenheart TreeWalk, I began to imagine myself as a heroine in a Star Wars movie. With every twist and turn I fully expected to encounter an Ewok, one of those diminutive furry species first made famous in Return of the Jedi.  If you recall, the Ewoks made their homes in the forest canopy, 15 metres above the ground.  Their Bright Tree Village was connected through a series of ladders, bridges, vines and catwalks. Unlike the imagined land created for the big screen in Star Wars, the Greenheart TreeWalk located in the UBC Botanical Garden is a real world eco-adventure.

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Ewok sighting at UBC? Greenheart TreeWalk – Vancouver’s Suspended Eco-Attraction

10 ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in Vancouver

Take mom to Got Craft? this weekend Photo Credit: Carmen West Creative

Take mom to Got Craft? this weekend Photo Credit: Carmen West Creative

She’s kissed your boo boos all better. She drove you to countless hockey/baseball/soccer practices. She feeds you until you burst every time you go home. She’s your biggest champion and your loudest cheerleader. She’s your mom.  Your chance to thank her for all she’s done is a couple days away.

If you are a procrastinator and don’t have anything planned yet to toast the lady who raised you, then look no further. I’ve compiled a list of ways to shower your mom with gratitude. Hopefully the activities, goodies and experiences below help you celebrate the first lady of your life: yo’mama.  Continue reading:
10 ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in Vancouver

How bout them apples: UBC Apple Fest Oct. 15-16

It’s time to plan your weekend agenda. If it feels like the weekend just ended, that’s the beauty of a four-day work week. Top on the list of Vancouver happenings is the 21st annual UBC Apple Festival, taking place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 and 16, from 11:00 am-4:00 pm in the university botanical gardens.

The festival celebrates the 200+ varieties of apples grown locally with tastings, baked goods, games and even how-to-graft lessons for gardeners. No one leaves without a sack fruit. Every year at this family-friendly event, fest-goers purchase 44,000 pounds or 20,000 kilos of B.C. apples.

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How bout them apples: UBC Apple Fest Oct. 15-16

UBC: An Olympic Neighbourhood

Thunderbird Arena at UBC

As host to one of the Vancouver 2010 Official Olympic Venues, University of British Columbia (UBC) is one of Vancouver’s “Olympic Neighbourhoods,” and a fabulous place to explore if you want a day off from the downtown crowds.

UBC is home to the Thunderbird Arena, one of the ice hockey and sledge hockey venues for the 2010 Games.

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UBC: An Olympic Neighbourhood

UBC Apple Festival – October 17-18

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For apple loves not yet sated from one too many slices of apple pie this past Thanksgiving weekend, there is nothing more anticipated than the annual UBC Apple Festival, October 17th and 18th, at the UBC Botanical Garden.

This family-friendly celebration of the apple offers many fabulous apple-related fun activities for everyone to enjoy. You can taste more than 50 varieties of apples, or sample other apple-related food items, such as cider, chips, pie and (my favorite) caramel apples. You can view and purchase one of the many varieties of apple trees for planting in your own garden, and discuss pruning and disease management strategies with Master Gardeners. Also available are tours of the UBC Farm Heritage Orchard. There is a children’s activity area, lively musical entertainment, and kids 12 and under are free.

The Apple Festival is very popular with the locals, so get there early! For more information, click here.