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Trout are a popular catch for BC sports fisherman, but few people realize that trout need a little help to keep their population growing. That’s where the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery (FVTH) comes in. Located in Abbotsford, BC, the FVTH is home to the Fraser Valley domesticated rainbow trout program and maintains a captive broodstock of these fish. An interactive Visitor’s Centre provides a fun place for kids of all ages to learn more about these amazing fish. The FVTH is only a 20 minute drive from our family-friendly Aldergrove, BC hotel, Best Western Country Meadows.

Image: U.S Fish and Wildlife Service via Wikimedia Commons

Image: U.S Fish and Wildlife Service via Wikimedia Commons

Founded in the fall of 1977, the FVTH stocks approximately 150 lakes and streams a year with trout. The Visitor’s Centre is committed to teaching our littlest global citizens about trout conservation through self-guided tours of the facility, informative videos and live exhibitions that showcase different freshwater ecosystems and species in B.C.

If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate your child’s birthday party, the FVTH can help you celebrate with a Fishing Birthday! It includes a Visitor Centre Tour, Fishing Instruction, Casting Practice and Fishing in the hatchery’s stocked ponds. This is definitely that your child and his or her friends won’t soon forget!

And if you’re visiting the Fraser Valley, we invite you to stay at our family-friendly Aldergrove hotel. We are close to all the action, but still provide you with all the modern luxuries of a Best Western hotel- including complimentary hot breakfast! Call us today and let us know how we can make your stay even more memorable.

Image: Evan-Amos via Wikimedia Commons

Image: Evan-Amos via Wikimedia Commons

Calling all Do-It-Yourselfers! The first ever Fall Renovation Home Expo will be coming to Abbotsford, BC from September 30 to October 2. It’s the Fraser Valley’s first expo of this kind and will definitely be an exciting, super informative show. The festival will be held at the Trade and Exhibition Centre (TRADEX), which is only a 15-minute highway drive from our Best Western Country Meadows hotel in Aldergrove, BC.

Over 10,000 people are expected to come out to this debut building, renovation and décor show. Have you been wondering how to build your own outdoor deck at your Abbotsford, BC home? Or do you need tips for selecting the right paint color for your living room? There will be hundreds of experts at the show ready to help you and answer all your questions. There will also be thousands of products on display. From paint brushes to power tools, there will be plenty of things for you to try and hold in your own hands!

Expo times vary and ticket prices are available on the TRADEX website. Parking is available at an affordable $5 a day. If you’re coming to the expo as a visitor or exhibitor, we would love to have you stay at our TRADEX hotel. We provide comfortable accommodations and complimentary breakfast as well! Give our friendly Aldergrove, BC hotel staff a call and book your stay today!

Abbotsford, BC’s Castle Fun Park

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Looking for a family-friendly activity while on vacation in Abbotsford or Aldergrove,BC? We highly recommend bringing the family to Castle Fun Park, which features fun indoor and outdoor activities kids of all ages will enjoy. The Park is located just 21 minutes away from our family-friendly Best Western Country Meadows hotel.

There’s something for everyone at Castle Fun Park: mini golf, go-karting, batting cages, bumper cars, shooting gallery, bowling, arcade and more! When it comes to mini-golf there are three themed 18-hole courses for you to enjoy. The Outdoor Golf course features spectacular views of the mountains as you play; the Coral Sea is filled with delightful underwater sea creatures; and the Jungle course lets you explore bamboo huts and waterfalls while you golf!

This Abbotsford, BC attraction’s arcade features over 200 games for all styles and ages. You’ll lose track of time as you battle it out on arcade classics like pinball and modern virtual reality fighting games! Our unique shooting gallery is definitely something you can’t leave the park without experiencing. All ages are welcome to test their skills on our one-of-a-kind targets.

Castle Fun Park is open everyday from 10am to Midnight and admission is FREE. With so much to do at the Park, we recommend that you book more than one day at our Aldergrove, BC hotel– the kids will definitely thank you for it!

Eat! Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, BC

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Image: Buen Gastronomico via Wikimedia Commons

Image: Buen Gastronomico via Wikimedia Commons

It’s time to prepare your stomach for the Fraser Valley’s most exciting culinary experience: Eat! Fraser Valley. This annual food and cooking festival is a spin-off of the hugely popular Eat! Vancouver and takes place from September 16th-18th 2011. The festival will be held at the Trade and Exhibition Centre (TRADEX), which is only a 15-minute highway drive from our Best Western Country Meadows hotel in Aldergrove, BC.

This hugely popular event features Celebrity chefs, popular local restaurants, wineries, food & beverage manufacturers, cookbook authors, retailers, artisans, and many others from the culinary world.

Expect to see Iron Chef America winner, Rob Feenie, and Food Network chef and host, Chuck Hughes of Chuck’s Day Off, on the celebrity stage cooking up a storm. In addition to tons of free food samples and world class cooking demonstrations, visitors can also check out a wine, beer and spirits tasting and the BC Chefs Master Chef Competition. There will also be plenty of shopping opportunities for food and beverage products and cooking items.

Tickets are available on the Eat! Fraser Valley website and you can save $2 by purchasing online. Contact us to reserve your Aldergrove hotel room for a nearby and comfortable place to sleep off your food coma!

 

Image: ProfDEH via Wikimedia Commons

Image: ProfDEH via Wikimedia Commons

Mark your calendars for August 12-14, 2011 because that’s the time that Elmo, Super Grover and their friends visit Abbotsford, BC for Sesame Street Live “Elmo’s Healthy Heroes”! Your kids will be sure to do their chores and shower you with hugs if you promise to bring to the most exciting children’s event this summer. Our family friendly hotel is only a 17-minute drive from the show venue- the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre (AESC).

This August, you can find your way to Sesame Street just off of Aldergrove, BC. This dazzling Broadway-quality production will teach children lessons in healthy habits while also entertaining the big kids in the audience with high-tech stagecraft and cleverly written scripts.

“When Super Grover loses his superness, Sesame Street needs a hero! Never fear, Elmo and his team of Healthy Heroes are here. Teaching lessons of healthy habits through song and dance, Elmo, Abby Cadabby and your favorite Sesame Street friends will explore exercise, nutrition, sleep/energy and hygiene – all in a quest to put the “super” back in Super Grover. It’s Elmo’s Healthy Heroes to the rescue!”

Ticket information is available on the AESC website– be sure to get them soon because this amazing show is sure to sell out. Book your stay with us today to make this a family night out none of you will forget!

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