Like the arrival of barbecues and the need for pedicures, the May long weekend signifies the beginning of summer. Whether you celebrate it by staying in your hood, or hitting the road to other Lower Mainland destinations, it’s a great time to be in Vancouver.
Getting away for a day can be rejuvenating, and freed from the hassles of an overnight trip, it can be even more refreshing than a longer holiday. Buckle Thomas the Tank fans into the Minivan and head to Squamish for A Day Out With Thomas at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park this weekend. Besides a 25-minute train ride, children can meet Sir Topham Hatt and write a letter to Thomas (that will be answered). Best for children ages 2-5, tickets are about $25—and going fast.
Put on on your boots and head to Surrey for the world famous Cloverdale Rodeo. Cowboys compete in rodeo events for big prize money, and if the kids tire of bucking broncos head to the Agri Zone to pet mini donkeys, to the fairgrounds for cotton candy and midway rides, or take in the live country music performances. Gate admission is free for kids under 13, and an all-day midway ride pass is $40 for all ages. Good to Know: Buy your midway pass in advance at IGA for $29. Also, your admission ticket to the fairgrounds can be bought in advance online.
For a good old traditional parade and country fair, head to Fort Langley for their 94th annual May Day Parade and Celebrations on Monday May 23. The fair starts with a parade at 11 am and features Maypole dances, mini golf, and a Queen’s tea service. Depending on where you are in Vancouver, allow yourself 45 minutes to an hour for the drive to Fort Langley, and longer for the drive back with weekend traffic.
If you decide to stay home and admire the May flowers in your neighbourhood, check out your local farmers’ market or head to a night market—the Richmond Night Market and Shipyards Night Market in North Vancouver both opened recently for the season.
Welcome May long weekend, we thought you’d never get here.