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10 outdoor events to check out in Vancouver this July

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Daniel Chai Jun 29, 2018 1:49 pm 2,076

Explore the great outdoors with our list of 10 fun Vancouver outdoor events happening in July. Check out Butterfly Release, Red Bull 400, Vallea Lumina, and more.

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Campbell Valley Nature Walks – Summer’s Songsters

  • What: Learn about wildlife and wildflowers on a casual walk with veteran naturalist Al Grass. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through a variety of habitats, and discover the park’s summer birds and how they live. Bring your camera.
  • When: Monday, July 2, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 2:30 pm
  • Where: Campbell Valley Regional Park, Langley
  • Admission: Free, registration required

Nature Watch by Canoe

  • What: Dip your paddle in the calm backwater of the Fraser River and enjoy a nature tour by canoe. Ages 13+.
  • When: Wednesday, July 4, 2018
  • Time: 1 to 2:30 pm
  • Where: Deas Island Regional Park, Delta
  • Admission: $21.25 per youth/adult/adult 65+, registration required

Krause Berry Farms 5th Annual Butterfly Release 

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  • What: The 5th Annual Butterfly Release & Fundraiser is returning to the Krause Berry Farms and Estate Winery in Langley this summer. The annual fundraiser brings in hundreds of guests every year who join the celebration at the beautiful gardens onsite. On the day of the event, 400 Painted Lady Butterflies will take flight for the very first time, in an eclectic display of colour. The butterflies are released symbolically, in memory and honour of loved ones, by participants of all ages.
  • When: Saturday, July 7, 2018
  • Time: 12:30 to 3 pm
  • Where: Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery – 6179 – 248th St., Langley
  • Tickets: No admission required, butterflies can be purchased online.

Bats of Burrvilla

  • What: As dusk descends, watch and learn about bats as they head out to feast on a buffet of insects.
  • When: Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Time: 7:45 to 9:45 pm
  • Where: Deas Island Regional Park, Delta
  • Admission: $8 per adult, $4.25 per child/youth/adult 65+, registration required

Red Bull 400 2018

  • What: Known as the “steepest race in the world,” the almost-vertical race challenges competitors with a single objective: First one to the top wins. Testing both speed and endurance, this race challenges runners with 400 metres on a 37° incline from the bottom of a ski jump, straight to the top.
  • When: Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Time: 8 am
  • Where: Whistler Olympic Park
  • Registration: Online

Lynn Headwaters and the Mining Frontier

  • What: Join mines researcher Lloyd Knutsen for a 9-km return hike in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. Along the way, Lloyd will share his knowledge of the prospectors and history of mining in the area, look at historical artifacts and minerals, and tell stories using old maps and photographs. Bring water and lunch. Wear sturdy footwear and clothing suitable for the weather. 
  • When: Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 3 pm
  • Where: Lynn Headwaters Regional Park.  Meet outside BC Mills House.
  • Admission: Free

Vallea Lumina

  • What: Vallea Lumina is an immersive, light-up night walk created by Montreal-based entertainment studio, Moment Factory and Whistler’s very own “The Adventure Group.” The 1.5 km walk is staged at Cougar Mountain. Located just eight minutes north of Whistler Village, the night walk uses the lush rainforest and a stunning array of mountain and valley views as the backdrop.
  • When: Wednesday, July 18, 2018, to October 2018
  • Time: Shows begin at sundown
  • Where: Cougar Mountain, free shuttles from Whistler Village
  • Tickets: Admission starts at $29

Bears, Berries and Beetles

  • What: What is it like to walk like a bear? What do bears eat? What do they see, smell and hear? Find out about bear lifestyles and habits through games and more. Ages 6 to 8.
  • When: Saturday, July 21, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 12 pm
  • Where: Minnekhada Regional Park, Coquitlam
  • Admission: $4.25 per child, registration required

Farmstead History Tour

  • What: Stroll the Annand/Rowlatt Farmstead in a unique natural setting. Learn about the evolution of farm equipment used before Campbell Valley became a park. Presented with BC Farm Museum & Langley Heritage Society
  • When: Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Time: 1:45 to 3:15 pm
  • Where: Campbell Valley Regional Park, Langley
  • Admission: Free

Mat Collective Free Yoga

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  • What: Mat Collective is the largest outdoor yoga program in Western Canada. Aside from offering free outdoor yoga classes all summer long, Mat Collective will also be hosting several special events, including an Acro Jam in partnership with MEC, and a class at BC Place in collaboration with the BC Lions.
  • When: Now to Friday, August 31, 2018
  • Time: Various times, check schedule for details
  • Where: Classes take place at Kitsilano Beach (1015 Maple Street), Downtown (800 Robson Street), Granville Island (Chain and Forge), and Main Street (95 E 32nd Ave.)
  • Admission: Free
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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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