Things To Do in British Columbia

One 30-Class Yoga & Fitness Pass or Six Months of Unlimited Classes from MetaBody (Up to 94% Off)

MetaBody

Multiple Locations

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$350 $20

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One Month of Tae Kwon Do Classes, or One or Three Months of Kickboxing Classes at Kees Tae Kwon Do(Up to 69% Off)

Kees Tae Kwon Do

Multiple Locations

Instructors teach the basic principles and techniques of tae kwon do or kickboxing during classes for all age levels

C$169 C$52

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$52 for a Three-Hour Wildlife/Whale Watching Tour from Five Star Whale Watching Ltd. ($105 Value)

Five Star Whale Watching Ltd.

Downtown

Humpback whales and seals play backup in a sea that draws one of the largest killer-whale gatherings in the world

C$105 C$52

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Four Oil, Drawing, Acrylic, or Watercolour Class for Teens and Adults at Rusart Fine Arts Co (60% Off)

Rusart Fine Arts Co

South Burnaby

Professional instructors teach students how to draw or how to paint using oil, acrylics or watercolours during two-hour classes

C$160 C$64

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Paintball with Rental Gear for Two, Five, or Ten at Delta Force Paintball (Up to 80% Off)

Delta Force Paintball

Tsawwassen

Paintball teams trade shots as they play role of special-forces team defending the city or treasure hunters in a zombie-infested graveyard

C$89.98 C$29

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Public Ice Skating Admission with Skate Rental for One or Two at Richmond Olympic Oval (Up to 54% Off)

Richmond Olympic Oval

City Centre

Venue that hosted speed skating for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics has been converted into a vast, state-of-the-art fitness and sports facility

C$21.84 C$11

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$103 for Three Weeks of TRX Boot Camp and Two Personal-Training Sessions at TNT Fitness ($230 Value)

TNT Fitness

Abbotsford

Tone muscles—in particular the core—during TRX Suspension harness-based boot camps

C$230 C$103

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$59 for Six Weeks of NightClub 2 Dance Lessons at Latinesque Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio ($120 Value)

Latinesque Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio

Downtown Kelowna

Learn how to dance with your special someone in a style that falls between ballroom and Latin; specifically designed for soft rock music

C$120 C$59

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3D Motion-Capture Swing or Putting Analysis or 2 Hours of 3D Golfing for 4 at 3D Golf Performance(Up to 54% Off)

3D Golf Performance

Maillardville

Golf instructors use motion-capture and virtual-reality tools to hone game; round of golf for four on choice of 80 professional courses

C$150 C$69

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Private-Pilot Package, One Flight Lesson, or an Online Pilot Class from Canadian Flight Centre (Up to 53% Off)

Canadian Flight Centre

Delta

Accredited instructors teach ground school before swooping into the sky for 30-minute first flights in Cessna and Piper aircraft

C$570 C$269

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Two-Hour Guided Backcountry ATV or UTV Tours from X-motor Rentals Ltd. (Up to 36% Off). Three Options Available.

X-motor Rentals Ltd.

Langley

Go off-roading in an ATV or UTV and see snowy mountain peaks, peaceful lakes, and other wilderness scenes that can be hard to reach by hike

C$119 C$79

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$59 for Introductory Belay Course and One-Month Membership at Romper Room ($149 Value)

Romper Room

Nanaimo

2.5-hour course introduces climbers to knots, basic climbing techniques, safety, and belay skills

C$149 C$59

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$44 for Unlimited Month of Yoga Classes at Oxygen Hot Yoga & Fitness ($132 Value)

Oxygen Yoga & Fitness

Maple Ridge

Infrared heat prompts students to sweat out toxins while they hold yoga poses, whose variations and modifications prevent fitness ruts

C$132 C$44

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11-Week Ladies Only Circuit Bootcamp for One at Cheam Leisure Centre (58% Off)

Cheam Leisure Centre

Cheam Leisure Centre

Women challenge themselves to reach fitness goals in group class that focuses on cardio and strength training

C$140 C$59

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Wildlights Festival Admission with Glow Sticks for Two or Five at BC Wildlife Park Kamloops (Up to 33% Off)

BC Wildlife Park Kamloops

Campbell Creek

Annual festival celebrates the holidays with twinkling lights, entertainment, and refreshments

C$26 C$18

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$20 for 30-Class Yoga and Fitness Pass from Yoga & Fitness Passport ($300 Value)

Yoga & Fitness Passport

Multiple Locations

Students can use this 30-class pass at multiple locations to take everything from yoga to Zumba, signing up on an easy online platform

C$300 C$20

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Pub Nights on the Fraser Weekend Night Cruise at Paddlewheeler Riverboat Cruises (Up to 54% Off)

Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours

Downtown New West

Authentic paddlewheeler hosts party cruises with food specials, drinks, and dancing during a 3-hour cruise on the Fraser River

C$50 C$25

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Adult-Only Art Night for One, Two, or Four from MAB Art Studio & Gallery. (Up to 51% Off)

MAB Art Studio & Gallery

North Vancouver

Students hone their artistic skill in painting sessions during adults-only fun nights out, with alcohol available for purchase

C$45 C$25

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Short-Track Racing Experience or Ride-Along at Rusty Wallace Racing Experience (Up to 55% Off)

Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

Motoplex Speedway

Professional drivers sate passengers’ need for speed in stock cars during exciting ride-alongs and racing experiences

C$129 C$64

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5 or 10 Belly-Dancing Classes at Boundless Belly Dance (Up to 57% Off)

Boundless Belly Dance

Penticton

Instructors run empowering classes in many styles that show students how to express themselves through movement and build confidence

C$45 C$22

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Four 30-, 45-, or 60-Minute Music Lessons at Dynamic Music Instruction (Up to 58% Off)

Dynamic Music Instruction

Multiple Locations

Passionate musicians teach students of all ages and skill levels techniques in piano, voice, guitar, bass, and musical theory

C$105 C$44

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5 or 10 Women's and Coed Kickboxing Classes at West Coast Martial Arts (Up to 75% Off)

West Coast Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

Instructors demonstrate kick-boxing techniques to complement conditioning routines

C$82.50 C$23

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Five or Ten Kickboxing Classes at House of Kenpo Karate (Up to 60% Off)

House of Kenpo Karate

Comox

A trio of black-belted instructors teach students the basics of self-defense oriented kickboxing

C$50 C$20

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Vineyard Tour and Introduction to West Coast Wines for Two, Four, or Six at Salt Spring Vineyards (Up to 59% Off)

Salt Spring Vineyards

Salt Spring Island

Attendees tour vineyards of sustainably grown grapes, learn about coastal winemaking, and sample wines at optional tasting

C$30 C$15

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5 or 10 Group Exercise Classes or a 1-Month Unlimited Membership at Studio 9 Fitness (Up to 55% Off)

Studio 9 Fitness

West Kelowna

Instructors lead fitness classes that range from boot camps and Tabata to cycling

C$50 C$25

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10 Boot-Camp Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Pro Fit Boot Camp (Up to 75% Off)

Pro Fit Boot Camp

Port Moody

Instructors push students of all fitness levels during indoor boot camps that incorporate strength, cardio, and power-yoga techniques

C$159 C$39

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$325 for $650 Worth of Services at Golden Ears Paintball

Golden Ears Paintball

Pitt Meadows

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

C$650 C$325

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Two- or Four-Hour Guided Kayak Tour for One or Two from A Paddle in the Park Kayaking (50% Off)

A Paddle in the Park Kayaking

Sidney

Half-day tour explores intertidal waterways and often encounters seals; novice-level Inner Beauty tour paddles through Tsehum Harbour

C$60 C$30

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$35 for an Eight-Week Toddler Dance Course at LT Dance Studio ($72 Value)

LT Dance Studio

Shawnigan Lake

Seasoned instructors teach toddlers aged 2–4 basic dance techniques & routines, encouraging healthy lifestyles, motor skills, & self-esteem

C$72 C$35

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One-Day Surfboard and Gear Rental for One or Two at Live To Surf (Up to 61% Off)

Live To Surf

Tofino

Surfers carve up waves with one-day rental of a surfboard or bodyboard, and stay toasty with brand-name wetsuits, boots, and gloves

C$57.75 C$25

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Vancouver Sketch Comedy Festival Show for Two at Waterfront Theatre on January 16–18 (Up to 63% Off)

Vancouver Sketch Comedy Festival

Waterfront Theatre

Live_logo

See 16 of Canada’s greatest improv acts two or three at a time, including Kevin McDonald from “Kids in the Hall” and Good Cop Great Cop

C$30 C$15

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Discover Scuba Diving Course for One or Two or $99 for $250 Worth of Any Courses at Ocean Pro Divers

Ocean Pro Divers

South Surrey

PADI professional leads introductory scuba course to teach students basic diving skills, including how to use equipment in shallow waters

C$60 C$29

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Milk-Paint or Chalk-Paint Class, or Private Workshop at Frosty by Design (Up to 53% Off)

Frosty by Design

Victoria

Learn how to upcycle old furniture with chalk style paints, or experiment with several finishes

C$125 C$59

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8, 12, or 24 Dance Classes at World Dance Co. (Up to 69% Off)

World Dance Co.

Multiple Locations

Three-time world champion Diego Sanchez and other talented instructors guide students through salsa, tango, swing, and mambo dance classes

C$96 C$35

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5 or 10 Pilates Reformer/Tower Classes at Fusion Fitness Pilates Studio (Up to 67% Off)

Fusion Fitness Pilates Studio

Richmond

Sessions on the Reformer/Tower machine harness the power of resistance to improve posture, build strength, tone, and enhance flexibility

C$150 C$69

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$25 for $50 Worth of Family Attractions at Castle Fun Park

Castle Fun Park

Abbotsford

Kiddie courtyard, bowling, go-karting, and a slew of themed mini-golf courses are just some of the family attractions for all ages

C$50 C$25

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30-Minute Flyboard Flight from Okanagan Flyboard (Up to 38% Off). Two Options Available.

Okanagan Flyboard

Eldorado Public Boat Launch

Strap into a hydro-powered flyboard and soar over Okanagan Lake to perform tricks and take in the sights

C$159 C$99

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$75 for $150 Worth of Services at Team Performance Taekwondo Academy

Team Performance Taekwondo Academy

Cape Horn

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

C$150 C$75

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Two Private 45-Minute Horseback-Riding Lessons at Crescent Stables (Up to 54% Off)

Crescent Stables

Delta

Private lessons for riders ages 5 and up focus on English-style walking and trotting on 20 acres of riding areas and covered arenas

C$120 C$55

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$19 for 10 Martial-Arts Classes at Pro Dojos (Up to $150 Value)

Pro Dojos

Multiple Locations

Ten classes in various martial-arts disciplines such as karate, judo, jujitsu, and MMA

C$150 C$17

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Horseback Trail Riding for Two or Four from Equutrails (Up to 44% Off)

Equutrails

Main Horse Corral (first left) at Golden Ears Park

Guides direct riders through foliage or along sparkling bodies of water; makes for a great winter activity as a viable skiing alternative

C$120 C$69

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2-Hour Guided Kayak Tour for One, Two, or Four, or Private Tour for Up to Eight (Up to 63% Off)

Harrison Eco Tours

Harrison Hot Springs

Trained guides school guests on safety before leading paddlers part-way down the Harrison River, pointing out historical sites and wildlife

C$100 C$49

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Paddle- or Power-Rafting Trip for One, Two, Four, or Eight from Hyak River Rafting (Up to 50% Off)

Hyak River Rafting

Hyak River Rafting

Day trip down Thompson River takes you over rapids such as Jaws of Death through Devil’s Gorge and includes a riverside lunch

C$141 C$75

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One Month of Yoga Classes, 10 Classes, or a Five-Session Workshop at Nataraja Wellness Centre (77% Off)

Nataraja Wellness Centre

New Westminster

A yoga instructor leads encouraging classes on Hatha and dance yoga; a yoga workshop covers Ayurvedic principles and diet

C$150 C$35

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding or Kiteboarding Crash Course for One or Two from Aerial Kiteboarding (Up to 74% Off)

Aerial Kiteboarding

Multiple Locations

Explore the waters on a standup paddleboard; certified kiteboarding instructors teach safety, steering, and control with hands-on practice

C$50 C$25

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Three-Hour All-Inclusive Ziplining Adventure for Two or Four at Oyama Zipline Forest Adventure (Up to 39% Off)

Oyama Zipline

Oyama

Take in once-in-a-lifetime views of Kalamalka Lake from seven high-flying ziplines, including one that zooms at 85 kph

C$198 C$119.99

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Weekday or Weekend Round of Golf for Two or Four at Eighteen Pastures Golf Course or Tall Timber Golf Course

Eighteen Pastures Golf Course and Tall Timbers Golf Course

Multiple Locations

Two rugged and rustic championship-length courses are both hemmed by colossal trees and scenic waterways

C$55.65 C$24

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One or Two Months of Martial-Arts Classes at Hong's Hapkido Martial Arts (Up to 76% Off)

Hong's Hapkido Martial Arts

Port Moody

Hapkido classes for students aged 4 through adult teach self-confidence and discipline while improving cardiovascular health and fitness

C$135 C$35

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Two-Hour Intro to Glass Fusing Class for One or Two at Danielle's Paint-Your-Own Pottery Studio (Up to 60% Off)

Danielle's Paint-Your-Own Pottery Studio

Langford

All-inclusive class for beginners includes materials and firings needed to make a glass sushi set comprised of a plate and two side dishes

C$125 C$59

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Two-Hour or Full-Day Rental of a Hybrid or Mountain Bike from Spokes Bicycle Rentals (Up to 59% Off)

Spokes Bicycle Rentals

West End

Bikers take off with rentals to explore Stanley Park and the Seawall bike path

C$20 C$12

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$49 for One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Oxygen Yoga & Fitness (63% Off)

Oxygen Yoga & Fitness

South Surrey

Far infrared hot yoga classes are designed to reshape the body, sweat out toxins, and burn fat

C$132 C$49

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Half-Day Salmon-Fishing Charter for Two or Four from Good Time Dave’s Fishing Charters (Up to 50% Off)

Good Time Dave's Fishing Charters

Victoria

Experienced guide leads a half-day salmon-fishing excursion on a 23 ft. Sea Sport vessel, with catches often ranging from 5 to 50 lb.

C$280 C$149

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10 Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes with Optional Mat and Towel Service at Bikram Yoga Burnaby (Up to 74% Off)

Bikram Yoga Burnaby

Lougheed Town Centre

Inside an ultramodern studio’s heated rooms, seasoned teachers share beginner-friendly poses that centre the mind and strengthen the body

C$149 C$39

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Four Private Beginner Piano Lessons or Introductory Music Theory Lessons at Cadenza Music (Half Off)

Cadenza Music

Richmond

Experienced musicians teach first-time pianists proper arm use and basic scales; music theory pupils explore music's structures and forms

C$76 C$38

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My Dream Wedding Show for Two or Four on Sunday 1/4 or Saturday 1/10 (Up to 50% Off). Eight Options Available.

My Dream Wedding Show

Multiple Locations

More than 60 exhibitors showcase services and products to brides fresh from the beauty lounge

C$40 C$20

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5, 10, or 25 Range-Ball Buckets at The Golf Centre (Up to 43% Off)

The Golf Centre

South Pandosy - K.L.O.

Golfers empty small range-ball buckets at driving range with sheltered and unsheltered tees and a short game practice area,

C$35 C$20

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5, 10, or 20 Group Fitness Classes at Move and Groove Fitness (Up to 56% Off)

Move and Groove Fitness

Multiple Locations

Hot hula fitness classes draw on Polynesian dance moves and drum beats, and PiYo blends yoga and Pilates techniques with upbeat music

C$60 C$29

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$36 for One Month of Unlimited Yoga at Shanti Yoga (Up to $128 Value)

Shanti Yoga

Tsawwassen Shopping Centre

Yoga classes ranging from gentle Hatha and yin yoga to power and Shanti sweat for a more rigorous workout

C$128 C$36

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Bubble Tour, Tasting, and Food Pairing for Two or Four at Backyard Vineyards (50% Off)

Backyard Vineyards

South Langley

Tour of the facilities and overview of making sparkling wine; samples paired with a cheese and antipasto plate

C$32 C$16

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Five Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Yoga 360 (71% Off)

Yoga 360

Multiple Locations

Certified instructors lead students through yogi Bikram Choudhury’s signature 26 poses, which aim to improve balance and strength

C$100 C$29

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Greens Fees and Range Tokens for Two or Four at Bridal Falls Golf (Up to 51% Off)

Bridal Falls Golf

Rosedale

Before rounds, golfers can loosen up at the covered driving range, practice green, and pitching and sand-bunker area

C$66 C$37

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$46 for One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Oxygen Yoga & Fitness ($132 Value)

Oxygen Yoga & Fitness

New Westminster

Instructors help students burn fat, increase flexibility, strengthen their cores, and relax their minds during far-infrared yoga classes

C$132 C$46

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Nordic-Skiing Passes for Two or Four Adults at Ski Callaghan (50% Off)

Ski Callaghan

Whistler

Ski across a winding network of manicured trails that originally hosted competition during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games

C$50 C$26

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$30 for $59 Groupon — Sundance Martial Arts

Sundance Martial Arts

Vernon

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$59 $30

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$49 for One Month of Unlimited Yoga at Oxygen Yoga & Fitness - Mission ($132 Value)

Oxygen Yoga & Fitness - Mission

Mission

Hot-yoga sessions flow through a series of yogic poses in a heated studio

C$132 C$49

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$49 for One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Oxygen Yoga & Fitness - Port Moody ($132 Value)

Oxygen Yoga & Fitness

Port Moody

Infrared lamps heat studios to help open up muscles during yoga classes that lengthen and strengthen the body

C$132 C$49

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$20 for a Visit for Two to Victoria Butterfly Gardens (Up to $37.57 Value)

Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Brentwood Bay

Up to 75 species of butterflies flutter talongside exotic birds, frogs, and geckos; butterfly identification chart and map included

C$37.57 C$20

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Carol Cruise and Views of Carol Ships Parade of Lights for One or Two from Accent Cruises (Up to 51% Off)

Accent Cruises

Vancouver

2.5 hour carol ship dinner cruise well cruising Vancouver Harbour with Christmas carols and holiday lights

C$89.95 C$44

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One-Month or 10-Visit Beginner Rock-Climbing Package for One or Two at Coastal Climbing Centre (Up to 78% Off)

Coastal Climbing Centre

Surrey

Learn to tie knots and belay before scaling the gym’s 100+ climbing routes and solving its 80–100 bouldering problems

C$290 C$73

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Chinese New Year Walking Tour for Two from Oldest Chinatown Talking Tours (50% Off). Nine Options Available.

Oldest Chinatown Walking Tours

Market Square

Expert guide tells Chinese folktales and explains the meaning of Chinese symbols they come upon while exploring the district’s busy streets

C$50 C$25

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$160 for $320 Groupon — Titin Athletics

Titin Athletics

Parkcrest-Aubrey

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$320 $160

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10 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing Classes or One Month of Classes at Apex Martial Arts (Up to 92% Off)

Apex Martial Arts

Bridgeport

Instructors emphasize proper technique through detailed, hands-on instruction and share lessons from their wealth of competitions

C$350 C$29

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1 or 2 Private Horseback-Riding Lessons or 1 Equine Massage Therapy Session at Hillside Riding School (Up to 56% Off)

Hillside Riding School

Hillside Riding School

Private horseback-riding lessons introduce students to equestrian fundamentals; equine massage therapy relieves horses’ aching muscles

C$40 C$19

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10 or 20 Yoga/Stretching & Flexibility Classes at RAW Fitness Inc. (Up to 51% Off)

RAW Fitness Inc.

Kelowna

Expert yogis and flexibility instructors lead up to 30 students through a series of poses that increase flexibility and tone muscles

C$100 C$55

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10 Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Tola Yoga & Fitness (Up to 65% Off)

Tola Yoga & Fitness

Port Coquitlam

Instructors help students strengthen bodies and minds inside a studio with a variety of yoga classes, including Vinyasa flow and Hatha

C$130 C$45

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Become A Pilot Starter Package or 40-Minute Simulator Session at Pacific Flying Club (Up to 44% Off)

Pacific Flying Club

Delta

Prospective pilots learn the basics of flying during simulator sessions or packages that include ground school and a test flight

C$140 C$89

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$49 for a One-Month Pass for Unlimited Yoga at Oxygen Yoga and Fitness - Langley ($132 Value)

Oxygen Yoga and Fitness - Langley

Northwest Langley

Focused hot yoga classes that engage practitioners of all experience levels

C$132 C$49

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Paintball for One, Two, or Four with 100 Paintballs Per Person at Maple Ridge Paintball (Up to 53% Off)

Maple Ridge Paintball

Maple Ridge

100 acres of playing fields located deep in the rainforest include six themed fields such as the jungle and the city

C$30 C$15

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Historic Walking Tour of Harrison Hot Springs for Two or Four from Harrison Heritage Walking Tours (Up to 52% Off)

Harrison Heritage Walking Tours

Harrison Hot Springs

Local tour guide Andra Holzapfel leads groups through the streets of Harrison Hot Springs and tells historic stories about the area

C$30 C$15

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As rock-climber, Andrew Coffey saw a growing interest in bouldering among his fellow climbers and he also noticed a lack of dedicated bouldering gyms in the city? so he decided to build one himself. He teamed up with architects and graphic designers to plot out a floor plan and contracted undulating walls of custom-designed rock that could be climbed without ropes. When he and his team finished laying the soft-mat flooring in the 10,000 square foot space, they'd finally brought The Hive to life. To supervise and lead classes, Andrew has gathered a team of climbers with extensive outdoor experience, including some who also hone their bodies for rock-climbing through gymnastics, dance, judo, and tai chi.

Inside the facility, instructors and visitors traverse overhangs, vertical angled slabs, an archway, and top-ups where they can climb up over the lip without any ropes. The walls reach up to 16 feet throughout most of the gym, with grades ranging from V0- to V10+, remaining closer to the ground and free of avalanches in a dedicated children's area. In one of the central structures, summit-reachers can glide back to earth in a tube slide.

Instructors require new visitors to take a tour and small lesson prior to climbing, and gym staffers change the challenging routes every three weeks to keep climbers from discovering hidden deposits of Skittles. They also teach in-depth techniques during short or long courses lasting up to five weeks and expand instruction to the outdoors during up to two-day programs. When not teaching visitors how to climb without ropes and evade roving packs of mountain bikes, gym staff host climbing competitions, special film screenings and parties for local climbers, where they pit their skills against each other in friendly competition.

520 Industrial Avenue
Vancouver,
BC
CA

In the dining room, the rhythmic pounding of a bodhrán hand drum mingles with the joyful melodies of a tin flute, flooding every inch of the space with an ebullience punctuated by onlookers’ clapping hands and tapping feet. The diners have left the feasts spread across their tables mostly untouched, their attention glued to the band in the midst of their lively song. Such moments aren't a rarity at Donegal's Irish House, but are an almost nightly occurrence at the jovial eatery that brings locals together to make new friends and share in internationally inspired meals.

Champions of fostering an atmosphere of community and friendship, the affable staff goes out of its way to make guests feel welcome, thanks to attentive service and an ever-changing calendar of events that keep inviting guests back. On select evenings, patrons can convene at Donegal's to watch a Canucks game or to see local bands. As guests chat and mingle in the dining room, the kitchen buzzes with chefs concocting Irish standards such as shepherd's pie and international cuisine that includes perogies and sausage, jambalaya, and butter chicken. Donegal's signature dish remains the whopping blarney stone burger, a 7.5-pound charbroiled Canadian beef patty that gets its eater a commemorative T-shirt and a place on the wall of fame if it's eaten within two hours with no help. Unsuccessful competitors, meanwhile, find their snapshot displayed on the wall of shame, under the most personal entry from their dream journals.

12054 96 Ave
Surrey,
BC
CA

As the sun’s rays reach across British Columbia, breakfast is being served, coffee and all, in the middle of Shuswap Lake. Though it's been cooked aboard one of Waterway Houseboat Vacations’ watercrafts, the diners devouring their morning meal still have the overwhelming sense that this is what it feels like to spend quality time in the wild. That combination of coming together as a group while communing with nature is Waterway Houseboat Vacations’ raison d'être and has been since its founding in 1968.

Dedicated to outfitting aquatic sojourners with the most lavish, well-equipped vessels possible, the company's proprietors had their own fleet of houseboats built up in their Sicamous-based boat yard. Each masterpiece of engineering is embellished with luxurious amenities such as hot tubs, fireplaces, and gold-plated shoulder parrots, each of which fight for boater attention with lake-adjacent activities such as swimming, hiking, water-skiing, and fishing. While eager to introduce visitors to the scenic beauty of the Shuswaps, the company simultaneously aims to uphold a dedication to environmental stewardship, preserving their beloved home with initiatives that include stocking boats with biodegradable soap and spearheading a comprehensive recycling program.

113 Weddup Street
Sicamous,
BC
CA

As golfers line up tricky, round-deciding rolls on the green of the signature 17th hole at Olympic View Golf Club, they might have to block out an unusual sound. Just behind the green, water crashes earthward for more than 60 feet over one of the course’s two waterfalls. The dramatic feature generates a roaring din as well as a beautiful backdrop for players as they near the end of their scenic golfing excursions.

Such tranquil scenes are common on the 6,600-yard course framed by the dense forest of south Vancouver Island and the looming profiles of Olympic Mountains peaks. But the calm can be deceptive, as the Bill Robinson–designed layout aims to challenge. Twelve lakes are interspersed throughout the site, and numerous bunkers intimidate golfers with their depth and walls etched with tally marks. This signature mix of beauty and difficulty earned the club a four-star rating from Golf Digest in 2008, as well as a ranking of 10th Best Public Golf Course in British Columbia by Score Golf in 2011.

The GBC Golf Academy at Olympic View Golf Club aims to prepare golfers mentally and physically for playing the most enjoyable golf of their lives. Located on 14 acres, the academy features nine large grass driving areas with target greens as far as 330 yards. In three short-game areas, players practice putts, pitches, and fake surprise at finding the ball in the cup. The amply appointed grounds complement a teaching philosophy that encourages development of a repeatable swing tailored to the individual’s physical capabilities.

Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,600 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.7 from the back tees * Course slope of 133 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole

643 Latoria Rd
Victoria,
BC
CA

Open since 2005, West Coast Martial Arts promotes the spread of Mixed Martial Arts through the capable hands and feet of its expert instructors. From 23 locations, they train students of all ages and experience levels in the nuances of an international array of martial arts. Their fundamentals programs introduce tots, youths, and adults to some of the fastest-growing disciplines in North America, arming students with pragmatic self-defence skills that work as well in the heat of the moment as they do in the calm of the dojo. Instructors also lead an array of classes for more advance practitioners. Teaching the grappling and ground-fighting techniques of Brazilian jujitsu, they lead students in battling larger opponents with the holds and submissions of the Gracie street self-defence system. They round out their curriculum with the striking arts of kickboxing and muay thai, which is also called the "science of eight limbs." In this combat style, students unleash flurries of blows using their hands, feet, elbows, and knees, turning into a more fearsome opponent than Bruce Lee before he had his conjoined twin removed.

3916 Hastings Street
Burnaby,
BC
CA

It's completely dark within the Black Hole, one of Splashdown Park's premier water attractions. The slide twists, turns, and dives through a web of enclosed tubes, and as park visitors slide towards the landing pool, they have no idea what's coming next. Not that increased visibility makes anything less thrilling. At Big Jim's River Run, the sun shines down on a 320-foot simulated river. Its fast, churning whitewater caries tubes and their occupants through a series of rapids, ultimately culminating in a giant splash into the main receiving pool. Nearby, a children's area encompasses six pools and five tamer slides, and a giant hot tub lets adults relax between aquatic attractions or imagine what it's like to be stew.

Nestled behind the 425-foot Oliver Twist and Corkscrew water slides lie some dryer activities. Volleyball and basketball courts bustle with games, and hot dogs cook on gas grills, which are available for rent. Alternatively, the onsite concessions area serves up pizza and burgers.

4775 Nu Lelum Way
Tsawwassen,
BC
CA