About the author  ⁄ Stephanie Florian

Founder and fearless leader Play Outdoors Media Inc. TV and radio host, adventure journalist, surfer chick, Mom I'd like to rip with.

Playland Fright Nights are creepier than ever!

Vancouver’s scariest Halloween event is back and scarier than ever! October 7 to October 31 Do you dare….. www.frightnights.ca Ages 12 and up. *A reminder costumes and face paint of any kind are prohibited Known as Western Canada’s Scariest Haunt, Fright Nights takes over Playland from October 7th to 31st and features 7 haunted houses, 15 rides, including Canada’s most extreme pendulum ride, The Beast, as well as The Monsters of Schlock and Radiant Heat Fire Troupe.Petrifying haunted houses like Darkness and Keeper’s Doll Factory will leave you with nightmares for days, and returning favourites The Monsters of Schlock will stun you with their cringeworthy acts. The Radiant Heat Fire Troupe comes to Fright Nights to wow with their spectacular fire shows, doing everything fromfire breathing to fire dancing, while beloved “scarer” Singe the Clown returns to Fright Nights to make you scream at the top of your lungs. Watch our interview with Singe in the video above!You have the option to purchase a Rapid Pass, which offers the same access as a... ...

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Unbuckled: Vancouver’s Ultimate Backyard BBQ = a hell raising good time!

  Vancouver’s biggest end of summer country hoe-down backyard BBQ was back again this year for another Stanley Park take over. From brassieres and bloomers to daisy dukes, short ribs and briskets…Unbuckled has become Vancouver’s number one excuse to let loose and let er’ rip, Stampede style and then some. This full day event invites ya’ll to bust out your loudest Western wear and let loose for one last late summer hoorah. Let’s just say that anything goes fashion wise at Unbuckled and it’s more like a dare to wear in the name of hillbilly, wild west attire than anything traditional or mainstream. The $29 ticket gets you in for a nice long eight hour day and includes a full line up of adult games, activities and entertainment geared toward pleasing the herds of hedonists’ arriving by the busload.  From tug o’ war, mechanical bull riding, line dancing lessons to foot stompin’ fun live music, this event was deemed the unofficial Keith Urban pre-party. That it was and for those... ...

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Play Outdoors End of Summer Bucket List

Saddened by the thought of our 2016 season in the sun coming to an official end this September 22? Milk summer for every last ray of sunshine. You’ve got less than 30 days to give these activities a try before a long cycle of dark, cold, wet days follow. Oh joy! Spend a day on the water No summer is complete without a day on the water and BC residents have countless options. Here are a few suggestions should you need inspiration. Inflatables: Get your summer vibe on with an adult floaty. From single inner tubes, to party islands, trampolines and Sea-Doos, the more the merrier when it comes to enjoying a day on an inflatable. Rent a watercraft: Nothing says summer like a day on the water with friends. If you are not fortunate enough to have a friend with a motorized boat, rent one. Starting at $40 an hour, anyone can rent a boat. Granville Island has a number of rental companies on the dock. Sleep Outdoors Summer... ...

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Surf Trip Essentials: Ford F150 Limited

  When it comes to choosing a ride for a surf trip bigger is better. Surfboards and adventure gear require space and lots of it. Thick, cold-water wetsuits, booties and gear have to be stored somewhere. You’ll also need room in your ride for your surf crew buddies because the more the merrier when it comes to chasing waves. We fell in love with the souped-up 2016 Ford F 150 Limited. The insanely roomy passenger cab is so plush, spacious and comfy you won’t believe you are sitting in the back seat of a pick-up truck. Seats in the passenger cab flip up easily to reveal a full size storage compartment and that’s in addition to the flatbed. Both cabs easily accommodate the big guys so pack’em in boards and all. With a Twin Panel Moonroof it’s like driving the Pacific Rim forest in a fish bowl surrounded by ocean and giant Sitka spruce trees. Now crank up some surf stoke music on the F150 Limited’s sound system, a sure-fire way... ...

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Surf-In Surf-Out – A Swell Convenience

Whether you are a seasoned weekend wave-warrior or a newbie braving your bucket list, surfing is a sport that everyone must try at least once in a lifetime. The West Coast of Vancouver Island boasts some of the best beaches and surf breaks in the country. Tofino, BC is a famous cold water paradise and home to surf-in-surf-out Pacific Sands Beach Resort …the best in beach bliss. Since the 60’s, catching waves has been considered not just cool but a sub-culture. Secondly, it’s a rush. Surfing is much harder than it looks to master and thus, humbling. So, let go of the outcome and really enjoy the ride. If you are ever to succeed in catching your first wave you must be open, brave and willing to laugh at your own failures, which are a big part of learning to surf. The bails and wipeouts are all part of the fun. Plan a get-away this summer and indulge. Treat yourself and your soul to a seaside escape for some well deserved “Tofino... ...

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Leo Awards Gala and Red Carpet 2016

All photos courtesy Kenny Tai Photography Host: Stephanie Florian Host Hair and Makeup: Ruby from What’s Your Look Studio Host Designer Dress: Catherine Regehr And the winners are… Motion Picture Best Motion Picture The Devout Amanda Verhagen, Daniel Hogg, Connor Gaston – Producers Best Direction The BirdwatcherSiobhan Devine Best Screenwriting The Devout Connor Gaston Best Cinematography Charlotte’s Song Naim Sutherland Best Picture Editing The Devout Detritus Kozme Best Visual Effects Numb – Chris Van Dyck, Calvin Romeyn, Erik Jensen, Jodie Camilleri, Camil Adell Best Sound She Who Must Burn Matt Drake, Casey Labatt, Justin Aucoin, Jeff Zipp, Zach Cressman Best Production Design Charlotte’s Song Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin, Victoria Pearson Best Costume Design Charlotte’s Song Brandon Peterson, Ash Turner Best Make-Up Charlotte’s SongSarah Elizabeth, Audrey Himmer-Jude, Jeannie Satterthwaite, Brendan Mainusch, Amy Leigh Poitras Best Casting The Devout Judy Lee Best Supporting Performance by a Male No Men Beyond This PointCameron McDonald Best Supporting Performance by a Female The Devout Olivia Martin Best Lead Performance by a Male The Devout Charlie Carrick Best Lead Performance by a Female The Devout Ali Liebert Television Movie Best Television Movie On the... ...

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Whistler Apres: Cooling – off in the Bearfoot Bistro Ketel One Ice Room

  There is no better way to cool off in Whistler post outdoor adventure than bundling up in an iconic Canada Goose parka and stepping inside the Ketel One Ice Room. Located inside the Bearfoot Bistro, the Ketel One Ice Room is the coldest permanent sub-zero vodka room in Canada! Be sure to sign up ahead of time as space is limited and the experience itself is an intimate one. Ideally the experience is best done with a small a group of friends. We suggest a foursome, as body heat can be one’s only saving grace when sipping vodka in -32C temps while you are trying to handle the cold and make the experience last as long as humanly possible. Although the $48 price tag per person does include an informational on the specifics of distillation and filtration, you’ll want to cut straight to chase…4 vodka shots of your very own choosing and as many selfies as your phone will handle before shutting down from the cold. (It truly does happen, so be sure... ...

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May 28 is Community Day at Playland!

On Saturday, May 28th, $10 from every ticket sold for Playland at the PNE will be donated to the Hastings Community Little League on the fifth annual Community Day at Playland. Since 2010, the PNE has raised over $85,000 for the sports organization, which has helped the Little League upgrade their facilities. This year all proceeds will support the Hastings Little League in hosting the 2016 Little League Canadian National Tournament, taking place from August 4-13, 2016. “The PNE believes in getting youth outdoors and active. We are proud to continue our support of the Hastings Community Little League,” said PNE President and CEO Mike McDaniel. “We are thrilled to have Hastings Little League bring the National Tournament to Vancouver this summer and can’t wait to see the kids out on the field!” The past four Community Days were extremely successful, and this year, Playland is looking to hit over $100,000 raised for this worthy non-profit sports organization. Proceeds from the 2010 100th Anniversary Golf Tournament were also donated to the Little League.... ...

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