Things To Do in British Columbia

$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

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 65% 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$59

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$69 for One Entry to Mudd, Sweat & Tears 6K Obstacle Course Race on Saturday, November 1 ($115.50 Value)

Mudd, Sweat & Tears

Victoria

Runners test their mettle on a 6K Halloween mud run with monkey bars, mud crawls, and other obstacles

C$115.50 C$69

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Four Oil, Drawing, Acrylic, or Watercolour Class for Teens and Adults at Rusart Fine Arts Co (50% 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$80

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Paintball with Rental Gear for Two, Four, or Eight at Delta Force Paintball (Up to 69% 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$109.96 C$39

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Exclusive Group Go-Kart Racing for up to 12 People with 15-Minutes of Track Time at Indoor Kart Racing @ TBC (44% Off)

Indoor Kart Racing at TBC

East Richmond

Groups take the wheel of SODI RT8 go-karts & speed around the 1/5-mile track’s 13 turns

C$250 C$139

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12-Week Little Red Dress Weight-Loss Challenge for One or Two at The Club Health and Wellness (Up to 66% Off)

The Club Health and Wellness

Lower Ten Oaks

Welcoming women-only gym helps clients pursue weight-loss and fitness goals; winner receives a one-year membership and gift card

C$274.97 C$99

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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 or 15 Specialty Fitness Classes at Fit Stars Studio Inc. (Up to 79% Off)

Fit Stars Studio Inc.

Inside of: Caydance Studio

Fitness classes range from upbeat Zumba classes and relaxing Yoga sessions to muscle-sculpting Lift & Lean and Group Personal Training

C$250 C$59

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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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$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$19

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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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One- or Three-Month VIP Gym Membership at Fitwells For Women (Up to 76% Off)

Fitwells for Women

Multiple Locations

Trainers and staff members help you achieve your fitness goals through a mix of classes and one-on-one attention

C$95 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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$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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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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Haunted House Admission for Two, Four, or Six at Monstars and Beasts Haunted House (Up to 58% Off)

MAB Ventures

MAB Art Studio & Boutique Gallery

This family-friendly haunted house also offers photo booths, costume contests, and pumpkins for sale

C$20 C$10

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5 or 10 Yoga Classes at Vernon Yoga (Up to 61% Off)

Vernon Yoga

Vernon

Attentive teachers impart ancient poses, stretches, and deep-breathing exercises during all-level classes at Vernon Yoga's studio

C$50 C$29

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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 53% 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$50

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$119 for Two Months of Kids Martial Arts Classes and a Uniform at West Coast Martial Arts ($308 Value)

West Coast Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

Kids' classes focus on Brazilian jiu-jitsu basics interspersed with lessons in self-discipline and self-esteem

C$308 C$119

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Five or Ten Kickboxing Classes at House of Kenpo Karate (Up to 51% Off)

House of Kenpo Karate

Comox

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

C$50 C$25

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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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$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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$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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$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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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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Six-Week Painting or Clay and Sculpture Class for One or Two Adults at 4Cats Arts Studio (Up to 54% Off)

4Cats Arts Studio

Multiple Locations

Instructors impart the techniques students need to create their own paintings, sculptures, or pottery pieces during one-hour classes

C$157.50 C$75

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$95 for Admission to iDance Convention on November 29—30, at 8:30 a.m. (Up to $205 Value)

iDance Convention

Sheraton Guilford

Live_logo

Finalists from So You Think You Can Dance Canada perform routines and lead classes

C$205 C$95

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Nine-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four at Royal Oak Golf Club (Up to 55% Off)

Royal Oak Golf Club

Victoria

Nine-hole, 1,915 yd. course boasts five par 4 & four par 3 holes lined with towering oaks & water hazards that come into play on five holes

C$44 C$22

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2, 5, or 10 Drop-In Splatter-Painting Sessions at Kidoodles Art Studio (50% Off)

Kidoodles Art Studio

Burnaby

Kids get messy while using brushes, sponges, and other splatter tools to create one-of-a-kind works of art with nontoxic, tempera paints

C$20 C$10

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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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$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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Four or Eight Private 30-Minute Music Lessons at Kelowna Rock School (56%Off)

Kelowna Rock School

Central City

In a one-on-one setting, instructors teach their pupils how to play the guitar, bass, drums, or keyboards; instruments are provided

C$80 C$35

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

Oxygen Yoga & Fitness

Maillardville

Far-infrared hot yoga aims to tone lean muscle and reduce cellulite, and boot camp classes use interval training to burn calories

C$132 C$49

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Two Private 45-Minute Horseback-Riding Lessons at Crescent Stables (Up to 50% 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$60

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Bubble Tour, Tasting, and Food Pairing for Two or Four at Backyard Vineyards (Half 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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Nine-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Four with Pull Carts and Range Balls at Eaglequest Nanaimo (Up to 54% Off)

Eaglequest Nanaimo

Nanaimo

Nine-hole, par 3 course challenges golfers with towering evergreens, water hazards, and tricky greens

C$84.75 C$39

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$49 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$49

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Two Games of Bowling and Shoe Rental for Four or Six at Chillibowl Lanes (Up to 55% Off)

Chillibowl Lanes

Chilliwack Proper Village West

Guests of all ages enjoy five-pin bowling at this 24-alley centre that also offers black-lit disco bowling

C$49 C$23

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Two-Week Gym Trial or One-Month Basic Membership to Sider Strength and Conditioning Ltd. (Up to 67% Off)

Sider Strength and Conditioning Ltd.

Downtown

Two-week trial includes gym access plus a fitness assessment and sample plan; basic membership includes three personal training sessions

C$99 C$45

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$110 for a Hands-On Introductory Flight Experience from Sea to Sky Air ($199 Value)

Sea to Sky Air

Squamish

First-time flyers settle into the copilot's seat and experience grabbing the controls during the 30-minute hands-on flight

C$199 C$110

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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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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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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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$49 for 10 Drop-In Yoga Classes at Semperviva Yoga (Up to $139 Value)

Semperviva Yoga

Multiple Locations

Experienced teachers lead beginner-friendly classes in a welcoming studio filled with complimentary mats, props, and filtered water

C$139 C$49

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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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Garden Admission for Two or Four at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific (Up to 50% Off)

Horticulture Centre of the Pacific

Victoria

A 103-acre facility boasting nine acres of gardens divided into 30 unique areas that showcase Pacific Northwest horticulture

C$22 C$12

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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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$19 for Month of Unlimited Youth or Adult Classes at Ultraforce Kickboxing Mixed Martial Art ($185 Value)

Ultraforce Kickboxing Mixed Martial Art

City Centre

Adults and kids as young as 3 learn traditional bootcamp, kickboxing, muay thai, and Brazilian jujitsu moves in a month of unlimited classes

C$185 C$19

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One-Month Fitness or Tennis Membership to Great West Fitness and Tennis Club (Up to 53% Off)

Great West Fitness and Tennis Club

Abbotsford

Fitness membership includes access to Zumba, yoga, boot camps, cycle, and infrared saunas; tennis membership includes access to fitness area

C$40 C$19

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10 or 20 Yoga Classes at Ekahi Center for Yoga and Mindfulness (Up to 68% Off)

Ekahi Center for Yoga and Mindfulness

Central City

The studio provides mats, towels, and props for flowing yoga classes in styles such as Hatha, Vinyasa, and Restorative

C$150 C$49

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Martial Arts Class Packages for Kids or Adults at Coquitlam Martial Arts (Up to 82% Off). Six Options Available.

Coquitlam Martial Arts

Coquitlam

Classes for adults and kids ages three and up cover kickboxing, karate, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, either singly or in MMA sessions

C$135 C$35

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$39 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$39

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Any 10 Martial Arts Classes for Kids or Teens and Adults at Infinity Mixed Martial Arts (Up to 74% Off)

Infinity Mixed Martial Arts

Langley

Sample this martial studio's of classes, which includes kid's, teens, and adults Brazilian jiu-jitsu, karate kickboxing, and Muay Thai

$150 $49

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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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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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One or Two Months of Unlimited Fitness Classes at Heart & Soul Fitness (Up to 79% Off)

Heart & Soul Fitness

New Westminster

Blast calories in a Cardio and Core or conditioning class or tone up in the Extreme Ripped or Strictly Strength class

C$208 C$49

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$43 for Two Days and Two Nights of RV Camping at Whistler RV Park & Campground ($86 Value)

Whistler RV Park & Campground

Whistler

Camp at a 104-acre park within the Coast Mountain range’s forests, where you can enjoy access to ATV and snowmobile trails

C$86 C$43

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One or Two Months of Martial-Arts Classes at Hong's Hapkido Martial Arts (Up to 72% 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$40

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Two Games of Bowling with Shoe Rental for Two or Four at Town ‘N Country Bowl (Up to 46% Off)

Town 'N Country Bowl

Vancouver

Groups of two and four slip on a pair of non-slip heels for two games of classic 10-pin bowling

C$27 C$15

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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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$59 for an 18-Hole Round of Golf with Range Balls for Two at Olympic View Golf Club (Up to $124 Value)

Olympic View Golf Club

Victoria

An 18-hole scenic course surrounds players with Vancouver Island forests, Olympic Mountains peaks, and two waterfalls

C$124 C$59

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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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Round of Golf for Two or Four with Push Cart at Mylora Sidaway Golf Club (50% Off)

Mylora Sidaway Golf Club

East Richmond

Golfers challenge their short game on this par57 course located minutes from downtown Vancouver

C$82 C$41

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Fitness Classes from Abbotsford Personal Training (Up to 79% Off). Four Options Available.

Abbotsford Personal Training

North Clearbrook

Outdoor boot camps combine cardio and strength training, kick-boxing blends drills and martial arts, and Mudder Ready preps people for races

C$179 C$39

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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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Four or Nine Custom Small Group Training Sessions and a Personal Assessment (Up to 64% Off)

Cara Thien Personal Training

Delta

Instructors lead clients in customized workouts that incorporate weight lifting, cardio exercises, and plyometric training

C$195 C$75

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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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One- or Three-Month Gym Membership with a Personal-Training Session at Total Body Fitness (Up to 82% Off)

Total Body Fitness

Chilliwack

Memberships include access to free weights and cardio machines in the 17,000-square-foot studio, along with discounted group classes

C$90 C$16

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$49 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$49

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Jungle-Gym and Rock Climbing Fun-Centre Outing for Two, Four, Six, or Ten Kids (Up to 56% Off)

Laserdome Plus

Maplewood

24 ft. soft jungle gym with obstacles, bridges, and tunnels; indoor rock climbing wall with 14 autobelay ropes

C$32 C$19

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Fall Harvest Beer- or Wine-Tasting Cruise for One or Two from Accent Cruises (Up to 51% Off)

Accent Cruises

Vancouver

Taste seven different wines or beers from cottage brewers on a 2.5-hour cruise through False Creek, English Bay, and the harbor

C$89 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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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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One or Three Private Pilates Sessions at Cedar Chiropractic & Physiotherapy (Up to 58% Off)

Cedar Chiropractic & Physiotherapy

Burnaby Heights

Certified Pilates instructor help clients build strength and flexibility via equipment such as the Reformer, trapeze table, and foam rollers

C$75 C$35

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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