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brings so much more to the table than just status-quo and routine. Not only the bounty of amazing


autumn local produce like squash, carrots, apples and kiwi (yes, kiwi is now BC-grown!), but great

ack to School has come and gone, and everyone’s settling back into the routine of fall. But October


attractions and events too. October is a month to be both savoured and celebrated: dressing up for Hallowe’en, picking fresh apples in an orchard, slow cooking with autumn squash, and roasting fresh

pumpkin seeds in the oven. Although for many, fall may seem like a time to get cozy and stay inside, us West-Coasters like to celebrate the season and enjoy all that our great region has to offer. Check out the pages of this October issue for the Fall Fun Guide, to find dozens of ideas to keep you and the kids entertained. Also our new Modern Home Ec feature tells you what local produce to keep your eyes open for when you’re grocery shopping. We’ve included a few recipes as well so you can put that local seasonal produce to good use. If you’re a Hallowe’en creative genius, send us a photo of your darling all dressed up for trick or treating. We may feature their photo on our websites and you could win great prizes too. And don’t forget to take a few minutes to check out our Reader’s Choice Awards survey. Make sure you tell us your favourite people and places that cater to kids and families in the Lower Mainland. The grand prize is spectacular: an annual, family pass to 10 major attractions! October is also a great time for babies. The fall sends everyone back into nesting mode and maybe that’s why there are so many baby shows this time of year. To celebrate all the new and expecting moms, we’re including the 2012 WestCoast Baby Guide with this issue of WestCoast Families. If you’re not in baby mode yourself, you can pull the Baby Guide out of the centre and share it with a friend. We love October, and we hope this issue shares our passion for the beautiful fall season on the West Coast. Enjoy! Correction: The phone number published in the Sunflower Montessori advertisement in the September issue of WestCoast Families was incorrect. It should be 604-222-1114. Call or go to for

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WestCoast Families October 2012 issue  

The October 2012 issue of WestCoast Families, featuring Fall & Halloween Fun, and Everything Baby! Plus, bonus insert of the 2012 Baby Guid...

WestCoast Families October 2012 issue  

The October 2012 issue of WestCoast Families, featuring Fall & Halloween Fun, and Everything Baby! Plus, bonus insert of the 2012 Baby Guid...