Things to do near Vancouver: BC Legends Day
If you’re looking for things to do near Vancouver this weekend, why not head to Kilby Historic Site on Saturday, September 24 for BC Legends Day, hosted by the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club (B.C.S.C.C.).
On Saturday, the BCSCC will make presentations on BC’s own “cryptids” (creatures or plants whose existence has been suggested but is unrecognized by scientific consensus), the Sasquatch, long said to roam the hills around Harrison Lake, and Ogopogo, the lake monster said to live in Okanagan Lake.
Presentations from BCSCC members will include:
Sasquatch Investigator and author Tom Steenburg will discuss the multitude of Sasquatch encounters in the area. Thomas has personally interviewed eyewitnesses and gathered evidence, which has resulted in the publication of several quality titles such as:
- Sasquatch/Bigfoot: The Continuing Mystery (Thomas N. Steenburg)
- In Search of Giants: Bigfoot Sasquatch Encounters (Thomas N. Steenburg)
- Meet the Sasquatch (Christopher L. Murphy, John Green and Thomas Steenburg)
Adam has studied Canada’s unknown aquatic creatures for over 15 years, and has participated in several research expeditions. An in-depth examination of the animal(s) in Lake Okanagan will be presented with:
- Historic and Modern Ogopogo Encounters – Photos and Stories
- Technology Used for Lake Monster Research
- Other Possibly Related Aquatic Creatures in BC
Experts in the fields of First Nations Legends and Historic Ghost Stories of BC will also be on site to give information and listen to your stories!
To find the Kilby Historic Site:
- Take Lougheed Highway through Misson towards Harrison Hot Springs
- Continue past the Sasquatch Inn and over the Harrison River Bridge
- Turn right on School Road just after the Harrison River Bridge
- Turn right on Kilby Road; parking lot is on the right hand side, just minutes down the road
Vancouver heritage attractions: Klahowya Village in Stanley Park
Now in its second year, Klahowya Village is aimed at helping preserve Aboriginal culture and promote culturally rich Aboriginal tourism in British Columbia. Visiting the village in Stanley Park is a great way to learn more about Vancouver’s heritage and history in an old-growth forest setting, just minutes from the vibrant city core.
Visitors to Klahowya Village can jump on board a Spirit Catcher Train for ride into the forest and hear the story of “The Raven Saving the Sun”. There are two dance performances each afternoon, and in between there are plenty of opportunities to visit wood carving and weaving artisans in Klanhowya Village. Besides that, there are cultural tours, hands-on Aboriginal crafts (inside of a 40-foot teepee!), plus authentic, amazing Aboriginal cuisine.
It’s a great way to spend the day with family or with visitors from out of town.
Klahowya Villaga also features Nation Days in recognition of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, whose traditional territory includes Stanley Park - each nation will have performers, storytellers and artists on site to share their culture and to tell the stories of their nation’s historic and cultural connection to Stanley Park. Bring your family down to take in what will surely be some of the most amazing weekends at the Klahowya Village in Stanley Park.
Upcoming Nation Days include Tsleil-Waututh Nation Days (Friday, August 19 to Saturday, August 20) and Musqueam Nation Days (Friday, August 26 to Sunday, August 28). Unfortunately, we folks here at TimeTravelBC just missed Musqueam Nation Days! Oh well, hopefully next year.
To stay connected with Klahowya Village, be sure to check out their Facebook Page.
For a complete list of Aboriginal tourism events, it’s always a good idea to frequently check the Aboriginal Tourism BC’s events calendar.