Picture it. A convention centre exhibition hall FILLED with products and services dedicated to WELLNESS. This is my JAM, people. Healthy food, cooking demos, fitness and wellness trends, self care products, things that smell lovely, amazing bamboo pillows, safe cleaning products…it’s like they took every one of my interests and created a trade show. Although they missed Ryan Reynolds and country music…maybe next year if I sweet talk the organizers.

And it’s back for 2017!! I am pumped. They are celebrating 25 years this year and they still remain committed to their mission – helping Vancouverites achieve their most holistic, healthiest selves. How awesome is that? As a (North) Vancouverite, I say thank you.

What they’ve got planned sounds amazing. The show features 250+ exhibitors, 100 guest speakers, cooking and fitness demonstrations, snacks and samples…OOOOH THE SAMPLES. We take the kids every year (more on that later) and we take them hungry, I admit it. There are so many samples of yogurts, drinks, juices, granola bars…we all leave stuffed!

One thing I’m really excited about is The Bodhi Meditation Garden, with daily guided meditation workshops. I have been TRYING to make meditation a part of my day and I’m still struggling. I’m hoping to sneak one in on the first day, before we have the kids with us.

And now for the kiddos – they have a whole Healthy Familes Zone, featuring the the BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success) Obstacle Zone! The kids can jump over hurdles, sprint through agility ladders and learn some functional fitness skills. They also have an area for honeybees, where Vancouver Honeybees will show you how bees are kept in city spaces – backyards, patios, and rooftops. They have interactive demonstration hives (without bees, thank you) and you can learn about keeping bees in cities. This is awesome in theory but I’m not convinced this will be something we adopt…

They have cooking demos and you can taste the food of some of the BC’s top chefs, including Tojo (YUM!), Sarah Stewart, Curtis Luk, James Walt, Meeru Dhalwala, Brian Luptak, Victor Bongo, Andrew Richardson and Bill Jones. The Show will also feature two panel discussions; a Women’s Power Panel with Kristina Matisic, Lorna Vanderhaeghe and Heather White, and an Active Dad Panel featuring Tommy Europe, Dai Manuel, Marke Driesschen and Steve Darling. Not sure the kids will let us sit through those so we might have to get creative. 

Basically, it’s awesome, and we look forward to it every year. I totally recommend it if you’re in the Vancouver area.

How to check it out: The Wellness Show opens its doors from 12 pm to 7 pm on Friday, March 3, 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday, March 4, and 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday, March 5, 2017. The show takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Pl, in Vancouver. Tickets are $14.50 General Admission, $12.50 Seniors 65+ / Students with valid ID, $6.00 Children (5 and under free), and $30.00 3 – day pass. Tickets will be available online at thewellnessshow.com, or at the door.