On Father's Day weekend, few gifts could be better than letting dad browse motorcycles, whiskys, and golf gear—all at the same location. Enter The Vancouver Men’s Show, which will host 250 exhibitors that appeal to men, ranging from liquor distilleries to fishing adventure companies to snowmobile manufacturers. Three days’ worth of events supplement the exhibitors’ offerings. Visitors can sample an international selection of beers and wines, and those with a bachelor’s degree in grunting can compete in the arm-wrestling and bench-press competitions. Throughout the weekend, House of Q serves its barbecue and leads cooking shows, and Cascades Casino hosts a Texas Hold ‘em poker tournament on Saturday and Sunday. Among the charitable events is Bash a Car for Kids, which gives participants several swings at an automobile with a sledgehammer in exchange for donations to BC Children's Hospital.
Fishing can be a solitary pursuit, but Swiftwater Guiding's team knows that sturgeon fishing is a team sport. It can take three or four people to hold a Fraser River sturgeon—the behemoths can measure up to 12 feet long and often weigh more than 1,000 pounds. Even more impressive, sturgeons are known for their verve, executing spectacular leaps when pursued, and chomping on bait so hard that bystander fish feel proud of their own table manners.
Swiftwater Guiding's heated aluminum jet boats—always helmed by an experienced guide—also pursue more docile aquatic life. Salmon trips can capture chinook, pink, coho and sockeye fish during the few days they are in the river. Fly-fishing trips, meanwhile, can target salmon or other species such as the rainbow trout, which is known for swallowing whole rainbows. The boats leisurely glide down a breezy stretch of river between Fort Langley and Hope, which was also an old fur trading route.
For more than 20 years, Dynamic Dance's team of highly trained instructors—some of whom have international dance training—have created an engaging and supportive environment for children to learn and thrive during a variety of dance classes. Children three and under can discover movement and music as they play with drums and ribbons during a wee dance session, while older students learn classical ballet form as taught by the Royal Academy of Dance.
At Valley Wake Park, visitors to this evergreen-lined oasis can lounge on the shore or carve the calm waters on wakeboards. Tow cables attached to a series of towers give thrill-seekers the momentum they need to perform daring stunts, such as jumping off tall ramps and diving headlong into the water. Calmer floating can be found aboard stand up paddleboards or in the designated swim area.
The Club Health and Wellness couples group workouts with spa services to build both healthy bodies and a communal environment for women. Owner Daphne Guenther maintains a clean, sunny studio with intense circuit-training regimens. Participants may take Zumba, circuit bootcamp, Tabata, hula core, or core blast classes. After their workouts, members can retire to an infrared sauna to send toxins fleeing from pores, or enjoy other services such as massage therapy and soothing, detoxifying ionic footbaths for tired feet. All staff members—from instructors to childcare-centre personnel—are women, providing a comfortable haven for ladies to break a sweat.
Over the past 30+ years, the courts at Great West Fitness and Tennis Club have seen countless matches, serves, volleys, and upsets. The center focuses on all aspects of tennis during classes for all ages and skill levels, including junior tennis camps held during the summer months for kids as young as 3. Beyond balls and rackets, group fitness classes such as Zumba, yoga, and intense cardio and strength-based boot camps get members moving.