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August 2017

Greater Vancouver Zoo

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National Aboriginal Day 2017

This is being posted nearly 2 months after we went to the zoo.  I have been very busy at work and it took me a while before I could get around to editing the video footage together.

On June 21st, 2017, the Greater Vancouver Zoo offered free admission to Indigenous people to celebrate National Aboriginal Day.  It was a nice gesture; however, the execution was flawed.  When we got to the admission gate, we were told that we were required to have a status card in order to claim the offer of free entry.  This was not an issue for me, as I always carry mine in my wallet, but my children do not yet have status cards.  I had copies of letters from INAC on my phone, which indicated that the kids were indeed status, but that wasn’t good enough for the person at the kiosk.  We were finally allowed to enter after speaking with a manager.

This is ultimately a post about the great time that my family had at the zoo so I’ll leave the political rant for another time.

We Love Hippos!

Cleo’paw’tra Goes on an Adventure

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Rieboldt Park is a short drive from our house.  Cleo and I frequently go for morning walks through this serene little forest.  The park is always beautiful but this particular morning was especially enchanting as the fog was quite thick and heavy droplets of morning dew clung to the leaves of the trees.

An interesting fact is that this tiny park is home to 12 black bears, according to the park caretaker.  I have never personally seen any of the bears but I have been assured that they have seen me.  I am not too worried about it, there hasn’t been a black bear attack in Maple Ridge in as long as anyone can remember.  They appear to be more afraid of us than we are of them.

August Long Weekend 2017

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BC Day Weekend 2017

We had an excellent family adventure on the BC Day Long Weekend this year!

Sunday was our main day of family activities and we started with Dim Sum at the Panda Szechuan restaurant in Surrey, BC.  Being allergic to gluten has some serious challenges when it comes to Asian cuisine and I knew that it would be difficult to find anything that I could eat at Dim Sum.  I decided to eat everything in sight (except for the chicken feet) and it was all delicious!  Sure enough, I had some serious cramps, a headache, sore joints, and fatigue for 2 days after the meal.  I know that cheating on the diet isn’t good for me, but this new lifestyle is pretty tough for a foodie like me and it will take some time to fully adjust.

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The next activity on the agenda was to check out the White Rock Sea Festival.  This was an amazing family event with enough activities to keep us busy for the entire day.  In fact, we didn’t have nearly enough time to check everything out.  Some of the activities included:

  • Sand Castle Building Competitions
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Family Games Zone
  • Synchronized Kite Flying Demonstrations
  • Skim Boarding Lessons
  • Classic Car Show
  • Live Music
  • Evening Parade

Next year we will definitely plan to be down there for an entire day.  We are also already planning to dominate the family sandcastle building competition.  I think Susanna has already started a pinterest board to save our ideas.

We look forward to coming back again next year!

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