In by Jill SlatteryOctober 31, 2017
The Okanagan’s Big White Ski Resort awaits! Pack up the family (and friends) for a seven-night stay at a luxurious ski-in/ski-out Big White chalet, where you’ll take in a week’s worth of skiing, boarding and alpine activities. The three-level, 4,200-sq. ft. home is fully equipped for a ski vacation like no other, including room for 14 guests, a kids’ game room, fully stocked kitchen, five bedrooms, and four bathrooms.
This package also includes lift tickets and rentals for seven days on the mountain, as well as seven days of half-day group lessons for two kids and seven days of two-hour group lessons for two adults. For any non-skiers, there are additional mountain activities located nearby, including tubing, shopping, skating, and snowshoeing (not included).
After a long day on the hill, you’ll return to the house for a soak in the private hot tub and a movie in front of the fireplace. Skiing in B.C. can’t get much better than this.
Restrictions: Limited to Big White 2018/2019 Winter Season (ending April 2019). Blackout dates between Dec. 22, 2018 and Jan. 3, 2019, and Jan. 9 and Jan 14, 2019 apply.
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Get in the driver’s seat of a Ferrari, “the worlds most famous supercar”, as you take part in the ultimate supercar gathering, the Hublot Diamond Rally on May 5, 2018. You’ll start off your supercar weekend away by getting behind the wheel of a Ferrari, courtesy of Ferrari Maserati of Vancouver, and joining 150 supercars in the annual Diamond Rally as you drive from Vancouver up the Sea to Sky Highway with a convoy of the most luxurious supercars in the world.
The rally will include breakfast and lunch for you and your navigator, a police escort, pit stops, photo ops and airport runway head-to-head racing. You’ll reach the ultimate destination, the Four Seasons Whistler, the official Hublot Diamond Rally hotel, just in time for the cocktail reception and supercar awards. You can cap off the day with dinner and dancing at your discretion, then enjoy a two-night stay in a Deluxe King Room at the Four Seasons Whistler, the only Canadian resort to receive the AAA Five Diamond Award, included in your package.
Spend the rest of your weekend wheeling around Whistler before you must sadly return the Ferrari in Vancouver on May 7.
Restrictions: Driver must be 21 years or older with a valid B.C. Class 5 driver’s license. Car model and colour subject to availability.
Experience the best of high culture and cuisine with a private shopping and dining experience at The Leisure Center, Vancouver’s newest luxury retail space and artistic experience.
The Lazy Gourmet will treat you and 10 guests to mouth-watering cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as you peruse the space and pick out your next stunning fashion statement. The Leisure Center is a 22,000-sq. ft. concept space inside a 1930’s heritage building on Homer Street and features designs from brands like Vetements, Comme des Garçons, Balenciaga, MA+, Guidi, Rick Owens, Loewe, Yohji Yamamoto and Yang Li. Leisure Center also carries cosmetics, lifestyle products, and books, and includes a photo studio, café, and bar.
Don’t fret about the price tag – The Leisure Center is pampering your group with a $2,000 gift card so you can shop the evening away at your leisure.
Restrictions: Expires Mar. 8, 2019. Must take place on a mutually agreed upon date.
Take on the best of Vancouver with an exclusive evening featuring Hawksworth Restaurant, Marquis Wine Cellars, Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. You and up to 9 guests will savour a chef’s tasting menu at Hawksworth, voted time and time again as Vancouver’s best restaurant, with $1,000 worth of world-class wine pairings from Marquis.
You’ll also visit the Vancouver Art Gallery, where you will immerse yourself in historic masterworks and ground breaking contemporary exhibitions. You and your guests will relish this memorable five-star experience for years to come. The hosting couple will then spend a night in a deluxe room at the luxurious and historic Rosewood Hotel Georgia, complete with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, valet parking, and breakfast in bed for two. Full details to be revealed at Night of Wonders.
Restrictions: Expires Nov. 30, 2018. Not valid on Fridays or Saturdays. Reservations required. Vancouver Art Gallery passes not valid during special events.
Hit the highway in a majestic Maserati and escape to beautiful Okanagan Falls’ Liquidity Winery in style. You and a guest will leave Vancouver in a sleek Maserati, courtesy of Ferrari Maserati of Vancouver, and drive the scenic route into wine country. After working up an appetite on the journey, you’ll arrive at Liquidity Winery where you’ll be treated to a chef’s dinner in Liquidity Bistro with wine pairings.
Spend the evening settling in to your luxury accommodations – Liquidity’s private VIP Suite, featuring spacious living quarters, a king bed, pool, patio, and some of the best views the Okanagan has to offer.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend zipping through the countryside and sampling world-class wines.
This priceless package includes a two night stay in the private VIP Suite at the award-winning vineyard, and unparalleled comfort, luxury, and taste.
Restrictions: Booking dates subject to availability, expires April 30, 2019. Car model and colour subject to availability. Must be over the age of majority with a valid BC Class 5 license. 1,200km mileage max.
Experience the beauty and thrill of a true Yukon winter with this package for two to Whitehorse on Air North, Yukon’s Airline. You’ll experience the northern tradition of dogsledding on a half-day tour with Sky High Wilderness Ranch and get the blood pumping while spending a half-day snowmobiling with Up North Adventures. You’ll also be treated to a stop at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve where you’ll spot local wildlife up-close, like caribou, Rocky Mountain elk, mountain goats, arctic foxes, and more.
As darkness arrives, you and your guest will be treated to the most beautiful light show on earth – the stunning Aurora Borealis. Warm up with a steamy soak in the Takhini Hot Springs, or take in some Yukon history at the MacBride Museum.
This amazing package includes roundtrip flights for two on Air North, Yukon’s Airline, between Vancouver and Whitehorse, three night’s accommodation in downtown Whitehorse, and all above mentioned activities for two. You won’t want to miss out on this northern adventure of a lifetime.
Restrictions: Valid for travel Feb. 26, 2018 to Dec. 14, 2018. Blackout dates apply. Some inclusions only available in winter months. All reservations are based on availability at time of booking.
Up North Adventures, Northern Vision Development, Sky High Wilderness Ranch
Take in the breathtaking beauty of the west coast on an evening cruise for 20 people aboard a world class 65’ Princess Yacht, featuring delectable cocktails and hors d’oeuvres from The Lazy Gourmet.
Imagine the sun setting over Burrard Inlet as you cruise toward Indian Arm, where you’ll marvel at the wild West Coast on a three-hour cruise past beautiful ocean-front estates and the rugged coastline. This three-level luxury vessel features a full walk-around deck, an extravagant cherry wood interior, four staterooms, a discrete galley kitchen, a dinette area and a spacious salon with a settee and cocktail table.
This package will make an unforgettable summer night to mark a special occasion, or just a casual evening among friends. It’s yours to enjoy.
Restrictions: Expires Sep. 30, 2018. Available Mondays through Thursdays. Must take place on a mutually agreed upon date. Not available during the Celebration of Lights.
An unforgettable experience awaits for the lucky group to secure this rare opportunity. Refine your cooking skills in a luxurious Whistler chalet with a half-day class taught by Canadian culinary expert Chef Eric Pateman. You and seven guests will spend the day at the Cedar Tree Chalet where Chef Pateman, Executive Chef of Edible Canada, will work with you to craft a multi-course menu of your choice, including fresh and delicious ingredients. Lounge on the chalet’s expansive outdoor deck and take in the mountain views as you enjoy your masterpiece, while hearing Chef Pateman’s stories of cooking and travelling around the world.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from the true master of Canadian cuisine inside one of Whistler’s most prestigious homes.
Restrictions: This experience is limited to a half day (choose from either 9am to 2pm or 3pm to 8pm) and is available Mondays through Thursdays. All ingredients will be provided by Edible Canada. Not included: Beverages and any required rentals for equipment not in the home. Expires Nov. 15, 2018.
Thirteen-year-old Faris is thriving in grade 8 at Churchill Secondary School, leading his class as Student Representative for over 400 people. His positive attitude and infectious spirit gets him through each day, despite facing barriers that few could even imagine.
Faris was diagnosed at birth with Osteogenesis Imperfecta Type 2 – commonly known as brittle bone disease. Type 2 is the most severe form of brittle bones and can be life-threatening, causing bone deformities and frequent bone breaks and fractures. He was first given a very small chance of survival, and was born with a broken collar bone, broken ribs, and broken femur bone. He faced intense treatment, including morphine infusions to reduce the pain. He miraculously survived.
For Faris’ family, his illness was a challenge in the beginning, but is now just another part of their daily lives. He has been blessed with an incredible support system that has given him a powerful attitude toward conquering his dreams, even with limited mobility. Faris was the first child with his condition to have telescopic metal rods inserted into his legs to support his weight. He also hopes to become an entertainer one day.
But for now, Faris’ big wish is to meet Doctor Who.Children’s Wish is excited and proud to make this dream come true.
Faris’ most heartfelt wish will be granted by:
Sage has already been through a lot at only seven years old. Diagnosed with Stage 3 Wilms kidney cancer at age four, she has fought the disease twice. Her life has been marked by periods of bedrest, threatening infections, massive surgeries and months of difficult radiation and Chemotherapy.
But through it all, Sage’s sweet personality has shone through. She loves unicorns and animals (especially tigers), loves to dance, and has an awesome sense of humour. Her mom says she is quiet and shy but if you get on her silly side, she will open right up.
Sage’s battle was shared with her mom, who says they both likely have post-traumatic stress from the life-changing journey, which made up the hardest days of their lives, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Now off treatment, Sage is healing and receiving scans every three months.
Sage received her wish in December 2017 when she and her mom set sail for an enchanting Disney Caribbean cruise. Because she loves princesses, she couldn’t imagine anything cooler than being on a big boat filled with her favourite characters.
Sage’s most heartfelt wish was granted by Teekay Shipping’s Heroes Challenge team:
When Anthony received his diagnosis, he was only one of five children in the world with QARS, an extremely rare genetic disorder that began in utero. At 20 to 35 weeks gestation, Anthony suffered an in-utero stroke, causing Global Development Delay. He now faces a litany of illnesses, including Cortical Visual Impairment, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and severe scoliosis. He needs to be tube-fed, is nonverbal, and has been using a wheelchair since the age of two.
But the 12-year-old has lived much longer than doctors imagined. He’s the longest surviving child with QARS, and he makes the most of it. He’s a fun-loving and happy boy in grade six. He loves music and horseback riding, swimming, playing baseball, and going to exciting sports games.
There is no cure for Anthony’s disease, so his family works to tackle each health issue as they arise. It has been a tough battle for Anthony’s parents and younger brother. “The effect of having a child with high needs is extremely hard on the entire family,” Anthony’s mom Ani says.
Anthony’s health is deteriorating with a weakening immune system, but the family is extremely excited for Anthony’s wish – a family trip to Los Angeles where Anthony will meet his extended family for the first time – and of course, visit Disneyland.
“Thank you Children’s Wish for granting this dream family vacation. This is an irreplaceable gift that we will cherish as a family,” Ani says.
Anthony’s most heartfelt wish will be granted by:
Mallory has a heart condition known as Long QT, giving her the risk of having an irregular heartbeat, which could cause fainting, drowning, or sudden cardiac arrest. But the 15-year-old hasn’t let her illness get in the way of her passion: sports.
She plays basketball, volleyball, and soccer, but carries around the risk that at any moment she could faint, or worse. While she tries to keep well hydrated when she plays sports and is on a beta blocker to regulate her heart, her family still worries when she gets on the field or court.
Both her younger sister and mother share the condition, meaning there are some scary days in the household. But it was a good day when Mallory found out she would be granted a wish. She’s changed her mind several times while dreaming about what she could do or where she could go, but she’s now thinking of travelling somewhere with nice beaches and shopping.
Her wish will be an experience the whole family can enjoy, stress-free.
Mallory’s most heartfelt wish will be granted by:
Seven-year-old Yusuf’s parents call him a “survivor,” and after a stage 3 cancer diagnosis and Chemotherapy, he deserves the title.
Yusuf had swollen lymph nodes for two years before finally being diagnosed with Nodular Lymphocyte Predominant Hodgkin’s Lymphoma just last year. He started treatment immediately and had his last round of Chemo in July.
The disease hasn’t taken away from his spirit – he’s loving school, learning French, reading, and studying planet Earth. He also plays basketball and builds with Lego for fun.
For now, Yusuf is recovering mentally and physically from his cancer. Because he is still young and has five years to take his wish, he hasn’t yet decided on what he wants to do, but he spends copious amounts of time dreaming about where he might go, or what he might do. When it’s time, Yusuf, his two brothers, and his parents, will share the magic of his wish together.
Yusuf’s most heartfelt wish will be granted by:
Arielle is a smiling and happy 7-year-old with an adorable toothy grin. You wouldn’t know by spending a moment with her that she’s already been through so much.
Born with sickle cell anemia, Arielle was five years old when doctors discovered that her left pulmonary artery was positioned on the right side of her heart. The complication required surgery in March 2016. During her recovery, she experienced a stroke, but has recovered fully.
Arielle continues to battle sickle cell anemia and is required to take a daily medication – but her parents know the only cure for the disease is a bone marrow transplant. While her illness has caused a lot of stress for the family, they do their best to carry on a normal and happy life.
Arielle is enjoying school and spending time with her friends. She especially loves singing, dancing, and going to the swimming pool. Her spirit is warm, and even though she’s experienced more pain and discomfort than her age warrants, her mom says she’s never once complained about her illness.
She is still imagining all the possibilities of what her one heartfelt wish could be, and is considering a range of options like a trip to Disneyland, going on a Disney Cruise, or getting “a car that kids can drive.” Her mom says she also dreams of a house with stairs and a baby sister – something our Wish Coordinators haven’t quite figured out how to make happen yet!
Arielle’s most heartfelt wish will be granted by:
Fly to Night of Wonders in a London Air Services helicopter.