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.
The curving three-piece roof that shelters its entrance makes Finnegan's Pub and Grill easy to spot from afar. Through the doors, wooden banisters lead into expansive rooms filled with massive HDTVs, games, and more than 16 types of draft beer. Plates of hearty sandwiches, pizzas, and signature grass-fed and aged Angus beef steaks grace tabletops inside and, during the warmer months, outside on a large patio. Every Friday and Saturday night, DJs spin tunes and live music echoes through the halls like a drinking song stuck in a canyon; sports games and UFC matches are broadcast throughout the week. The bar shares its property with its sister establishment—Phoenix Lounge—an upscale lounge that hosts vibrant dance parties after nightfall.
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.
Water is the source of life. But it?s also the source of adventure, something River Recreation has delivered since 1982. Today, stationed on the banks of the Wenatchee River in Monitor, the company sends clients floating down a total of seven rivers throughout Washington State.
As entertaining as they are informative, River Recreation?s guides undergo extensive training?twice as much, in fact, than the state requirements. That experience enables the company to offer a wide range of trips, from kid-friendly Class I floats to heart-pumping Class V adventures that have helped discover some of the area?s top opera singers. Currently, River Recreation hosts half-day, full-day, and combination trips, and in 2010, it unveiled a white water-and-wine mini getaway?a half-day of rafting, and a half day of wine tasting in Wenatchee Valley. All of this is combined to make RIver Recreation Washington State's Whitewater Professionals.
At first blush, Langley Wine Tours seems like a simple tourism booster, drawing attention to the lush vineyards that dot the region's rolling hills. That description is true, of course; the tour grants oenophiles access, tours, and tastings at seven destinations, including Back Yard Vineyards, and Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery. However, that's not where Langley Wine Tours magnanimity ends. Instead of keeping its well-earned money, the company donates 100% of its profits to the Langley Animal Protection Society. The company also gives back to its best customers; travelers can enter to win a variety of prizes by collecting tickets at each of their destinations, with gifts ranging from hotel stays and helicopter rides to cases of wine and singing telegrams delivered by the town crier.
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.