When autumn begins to fade and the wild winter landscape is better admired from inside, there are lots of fantastic ways to escape the weather and chill inside. Come in from the rain and cold to explore the local culture and experience the kind of warmth you can only find in the Valley.
Check out these fun indoor activities.
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Are you game? If the answer is yes, duck into Boardwalk Cafe + Games and play one of their hundreds of tabletop games (over 600 to be exact!) A local favourite, its the perfect place for hanging out with the gang and indulging in a little friendly competition. This cozy cafe serves up shareable plates, flatbreads, and a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Check their events page to catch family game nights and more.
Address: 33760 Essendene Avenue, Abbotsford
Bet you didn’t know that axe throwing is currently the 3rd fastest growing sport in the world! If you’re looking for an indoor activity that’s both exciting and a little different, Axe House is bound to hit the mark. An indoor axe throwing venue open to all ages (8 years and up), you can stop in for a little solo target practice or go as a group and let the good times (and axes) fly!
Address: #101 – 8950 Young Road, Chilliwack
Hope Arts Gallery
Winter provides a magical backdrop for wandering through a gallery and admiring art. The Hope Arts Gallery features artworks in a wide array of media, including paintings, prints, jewelry, wood, books, and special exhibits featuring local artists. You may even be able to catch the artist at work, as many of the gallery artists also volunteer there, and work on their creations right in the gallery!
Address: 349 Fort Street, Hope
The Vancouver Giants hit the ice at the Langley Events Centre all through November starting on the 4th. If you’re new to the sport, the Giants are a Junior Hockey team with major talent in the Western Hockey League, and with two players who have been drafted by the Calgary Flames on their roster, this a chance to catch risings stars facing off against Junior Hockey teams in the region, like the Portland Winterhawks and the Red Deer Rebels.
Check the Vancouver Giants website for event information and game schedule.
Address: Langley Events Centre, 7888 200 St, Langley Township
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Dedicated to preserving the complex history of the region, the Mission Museum has a wealth of informative exhibits ranging from the earliest inhabitants of the area to the industrial revolution and the roots of local diverse communities. Learn about the Indigenous culture of the Stó:lō (or “People of the River”), the true history of the infamous Billy Miner, and the impact of steamboats and steam engines, and the story of early Indo Canadian and Japanese Canadians in Mission.
Located in historic downtown Mission, you can wander to a cozy restaurant or browse the local boutiques nearby as well.
Check the Mission Museum website for upcoming events and new exhibits.
Address: 33201 2nd Avenue, Mission
Displaying artworks from over 40 celebrated Canadian fine artisans, the Canwest Art Gallery is a warm, intimate environment for showcasing a wealth of local creativity. Displaying unique artistic creations in a variety of media, the gallery has shown watercolour impressions, acrylic paintings, bronze sculptures, pottery and more. Located at the edge of Harrison Lake looking towards a stunning view of the water, the creativity of the artwork is matched only by the beauty of its natural surroundings.
Committed to making art and artisan products accessible for everyone, Canwest has a range of items in different price ranges for sale, including unique blown glass creations, jewelry, and soaps.
Open Friday – Monday, call for an appointment to book a private tour.
Address: Unit C – 160 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs