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May 2019 Update

 
 



 MAY 2019

VICTORIA'S DAY LONG WEEKEND EVENTS THROUGH THE LOWER MAINLAND!

    FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019

Cloverdale Rodeo 2019


In 2019 the fair celebrates its 131st year during the weekend of May 17-20 (which is also the May Long Weekend).


The Cloverdale Rodeo is a great family-friendly event, with cowboys competing for over $300,000 in prize money and thousands of spectators turning out to enjoy the show and midway attractions.

In a busy year as many as 100,000 people attend the fair, of which close to 20,000 watch the rodeo shows.

For tickets and more information see the Cloverdale Rodeo‘s website.

    SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019

Lower Mainland Railway Adventures

Thomas the Train and Sir Topham Hatt visit the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish on the Victoria Day Long Weekend, as well as on the following weekend.

On the weekends of the event children and 

their families can take 20-minute train rides on Thomas in addition to exploring all the site’s various other railroad-related structures and artifacts.


Departures on Thomas the Train take place each day at 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00. Tickets cost about $29.

2019 dates are May 18th, 19th, 20th, 25th and 26th.

Click West Coast Railway Heritage Park for more details.

VanDusen & Whistler Car Shows


One major event taking place each year on the Victoria Day May long weekend is the Vancouver All British Field Meet which features hundreds of classic British cars at VanDusen Garden. The car show takes place on the Saturday, which means May 

18th in 2019. Expect to see Rovers, Austins, Jaguars, MGs, Triumphs, Minis and various other beautiful British vehicles, plus hundreds of car fanatics.


In addition to the Saturday car show, on the Sunday many of the same cars take part in the All-British Vancouver-Whistler Run.


During the Sunday event cars meet at West Vancouver’s Park Royal Mallstarting at around 8:30 or 9:00 am and all are gone by 10 o’clock. That’s because they set off up to Whistler where they are on display once again for the afternoon, this time in Whistler’s Creekside Village Plaza.


The best time to see the cars at their West Vancouver on the Sunday starting location is just before 9:00 am when the majority are still there.


Click VanDusen Car Show for more information about the event in Vancouver, or All British Car Show for the event up at Whistler.

Royal Victorian Party

Victoria Day is celebrated on the Saturday from 12 until 3 pm at Stewart Farmin Surrey with the Royal Victorian Party.

Stewart Farm is a historic site not far from Crescent Beach and the party features all kinds of old-fashioned celebrations including Morris dancers, ice cream making and birthday cake.

Fort Langley Beer & Food Festival


Join us on Saturday May 18 from 12pm - 6pm to enjoy the best of what the Fraser Valley has to offer! Over 25 breweries and 15 food vendors to keep you hydrated and satisfied all day long and live music to keep the energy up!

    SUNDAY MAY 19, 2019

Royal Canadian Family Circus in Vancouver 2019


The Royal Canadian Family Circus returns to Vancouver in May and June of 2019 with acrobats, horses and other performers in Richmond, Surrey and Tsawwassen.

    MONDAY  MAY 20, 2019

Fort Langley May Day Parade and Fair

The parade is impressive for a small community and worth the trip out to see, especially if you have young children. The May Day event in the park is small, simple and of most interest to locals and folks with children taking part in the performances, but still 

worth a quick look if you’re in the area. The activities at the Fort Langley heritage site are the fort’s typical holiday offerings, with barrel-making, musket-firing and blacksmithing demonstrations. All three of these May Day events combined make a visit to Fort Langley on the Victoria Day weekend each year a great way to spend the holiday Monday.


Fort Langley is one of Vancouver’s best places any time of the year, but especially on special occasions like this.



Here's What $500K Can Buy Throughout Canada


Real estate values can swing wildly from place to place throughout the country, which is especially important for prospective buyers on a tight budget. With new banking regulations in place intended to cool down overheated markets in Vancouver and Toronto, home prices continue to shift. Keeping that in mind, here's a coast-to-coast sampling of what $500,000 can purchase in various parts of Canada.

Click HERE to find out more about the prices in other parts of Canada.


More than 150,000 speculation tax declarations still outstanding

About 10 per cent of property owners in B.C.’s larger urban areas have yet to file declarations related to the province’s speculation and vacancy tax as the deadline approaches this Sunday, March 31.

Despite some complaints about the process being onerous, more than 90 per cent of homeowners have managed to complete a form in a few minutes, according to the Ministry of Finance.

It is expecting there will be a last-minute spike in declarations in the next few days with over 150,000 forms still outstanding. (read more)

11 Weird (but Totally Legal) Ways to Make Extra Money in Canada

The Penny Hoarder often shares flexible ways Americans can make money from home, but we can’t forget about you, our friendly northern neighbors.

Unfortunately, some of the money-making opportunities we typically share aren’t available in Canada. However, you’ve still got plenty of options, so we put together a list of ways to make an extra Canadian dollar.

We combed through all of our tips to filter out the best flexible ways to make money in Canada. You can do many of these without leaving the confines of your home.

1. Share What’s in Your Fridge

Remember the Nielsen company? The one that’s always tracked TV ratings? Well, now it wants to know what’s in your fridge.

Once you sign up to be on the Nielsen Consumer Panel, you can either use your smartphone, or the company will send you a free barcode scanner. Every time you go shopping, you simply scan the UPC codes on the back of each product and send your data to Nielsen.

Nielsen will reward you with gift points, which you can redeem for free electronics, jewelry, household items or even toys for the kids.

The longer you stay on the panel, the more opportunity you have to earn points toward prizes. You’ll also receive entries for the panel’s many sweepstakes. Prizes include vacations and brand new vehicles. (read more)

12 Ways to Ramp Up Curb Appeal with Nothing But Paint

If you’re getting ready to sell your home—or inkling to improve your house’s curb appeal—and don’t have a whole lot of money to work with, consider the vast improvements that can be achieved with a simple and inexpensive can of paint. From freshening up your home’s exterior to giving your mailbox a makeover, check out these easy clever ways to boost your curb appeal with paint.


A Paint Facelift


If it’s been awhile since your home’s exterior has received a paint job, freshening up the paint and trim can do wonders for your home’s curb appeal. Faded, peeling paint is a signal of neglect that will send a clear signal to prospective buyers, but a couple of coats of paint can make an older home look brand new. (read more)

 BENCHMARK PRICES FOR FRASER VALLEY

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 SALES AND ACTIVE LISTINGS COMPARISON

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"What You Need To Know In 90 Seconds" - New Built Home PTT Exemption

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