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Krause Berry Farm There’s always something exciting happening at Krause Berry Farm. Everything from a homegrown market to cooking school classes, and of course, some of the tastiest treats around! There’s also live music and lots of opportunities to cross off some family and friends on your Christmas shopping list. And it’s not just berries growing at the farm. You’ll also find some of the freshest produce around, straight from the farmer to you. Don’t forget the Pancake Breakfast with Santa on Dec 14!

Edmonds Community Centre Pool Dive into some fun at Burnaby’s newest indoor pool. Slip into your swimsuit and take a ride down the pool’s two waterslides, cruise down the lazy river and dodge the large bucket of dumping water. Little ones will love the mini in-water playground and parents will appreciate the extra-large hot tub, sauna and steam room. Wednesday’s are Loonie swims. From $1

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Baker’s Market Stock up on goodies for the holidays or just treat the family to something yummy. The Vancouver Baker’s Market features talented professionals and home bakers selling fresh baked goods, breads, chocolates and more (there are even some free samples). Have the kids hunt for the perfect cookies for Santa or a delicious gift for teachers. Market dates are November 22, 29 and December 6. Free admission.

Hollyburn Lodge The best kept secret on the North Shore Moutains is this amazing historic ski lodge. Built in 1926, Hollyburn Lodge has weekly music evenings supporting local talents, and boasts a fully licensed kitchen where chilly snowshoers can enjoy veggie chili and a pint of thick winter ale, as well as many other declicious treats. hollyburn-lodge

Start a new holiday tradition in one of the city’s hippest hoods. Stop and admire the Christmas window displays, visit the Granville Island Toy Company, pick up some craft supplies at Urban Source, chose a new holiday sweater for the kids at Bean Sprouts and gobble up some comfort food at Burgoo.

Got Craft? Holiday Edition Crossing names off your Christmas list does not have to be painful. Got Craft? is Vancouver’s largest indie craft fair featuring local and handmade items. Kids will have fun browsing all the little treasures (maybe even picking out a gift for someone special). Skip the mall and enjoy an afternoon shopping beautifully curated vendors, snacking on baked goods and joining in on a D.I.Y workshop. Show runs December 13-14 at the Maritime Labour Centre. $3 per person

Commodore Lanes Bowling is the perfect rainy-day family activity. Commodore Lanes is Canada’s oldest bowling alley and it is sure to stir up some good old-fashioned family fun. Tie up those laces and roll into an afternoon of strikes, spares and gutter balls–retro style.

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The Nov|Dec 2014 Holiday issue of WestCoast Families magazine

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The Nov|Dec 2014 Holiday issue of WestCoast Families magazine