One of Canada's first demonstration farms of its kind, Bakerview EcoDairy engages the public while practicing sustainable, animal-friendly farming on 80 acres of land in the picturesque Fraser Valley. Founded by Bill Vanderkooi, a lifelong dairy farmer with a master's degree in animal science, Bakerview EcoDairy gives the public a glimpse of a modern, working dairy farm—complete with an interactive learning centre, animal exhibit, food market, bovine volleyball court, and more. Cows and goats live the luxurious life at this farm, where the milkers nap on mattresses and the goats climb and play Snakes and Ladders on the roof. Visitors learn about the farm's efforts to treat both the animals and their environment kindly through sustainable practices—such as using salvaged building materials and using manure to create electricity and organic fertilizer—and meet friendly farm animals, including Angel Cake, a miniature pony.
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.
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.
Born from the mind of Italian racing magnate Claudio Valiante, SIMA International Motorsports Academy creates full-fledged racers with intense hands-on driving experiences in high-speed karts and motorcycles. The multipurpose track—a 3/4-mile technical circuit—boasts CIK-style apex and exit curbing for precision cornering, and can be configured into three different courses. Making use of the track is the karting school, a universal first step in any racer’s journey. The open-wheel karts simulate the speed and force of more mature open-wheel vehicles, and technical aspects of racing such as starts, racing lines, and post-race massages for the vehicles are easier on karts. National competitive racing circuits make stops at the track as well, with different classes of racers and karts vying for notice and championships.
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.