Grouse Mountain offers a picnic with a heck of a view

What’s better than a picnic on a sunny, summer day? A picnic on a sunny, summer day – on top of a mountain!

For over 25 years, Grouse Mountain has been hosting a day of food, fun and games for hundreds of children with extra needs.

The annual event is organized by Variety at Work, a volunteer committee made up of members of Variety – the Children’s Charity of BC. The committee also organizes other fun events for Variety’s children throughout the year, including the Picnic in the Park in Burnaby in early June, and the Variety Kids Christmas Party every December at the Vancouver Hellenic Centre.

This year’s picnic on Grouse Mountain goes from 9am – 2pm on July 12. With 300 kids expected to attend, it will be another year of the best kind of chaos, and an unforgettable day for families to spend some quality time together.

Huge thanks to Coast Mountain Bus Company for sponsoring transportation on the day, and of course Grouse Mountain, who have been making this event possible for families for decades!

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Dear Variety Family,

During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) global situation, our highest priority is the health, safety and well-being of our Variety donors, families, members, supporters, volunteers and all British Columbians.

Variety BC has been here for more than 50 years ensuring kids with special needs thrive. I would like to assure you that during this uncertain time, we will continue to be here for BC’s kids with special needs.

I also would like to provide you with an update on our response to date and our commitment to you moving forward:

  • In keeping with the BC Centre for Disease Control’s recommendations, we will be postponing all Variety events between March 16th and April 30th including our One Night in the Valley Gala on Saturday, April 4th at the Glass House Estate Winery
  • We have closed the Variety Office as a precautionary measure and are having employees set up to work-from-home. All in-person meetings will be moved to teleconference. We will evaluate working “virtually” on a week-to-week basis while actively monitoring the evolution of this global pandemic and returning to regular operating procedures once health authorities deem it safe for our staff to do so.
  • Due to our office closure, we have postponed the shipping of Robert Bateman’s Woodworkers – Pilated Woodpeckers posters and our Variety water bottles. Anyone looking for tax receipts will receive them via email
  • With the closure of BC’s schools, the need to ensure our kids are supported has never been so great. As such, our Heart of Variety Fund will continue to accept grant accept applications by e-mail.
    Like all of you, we will monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate with you on important health and safety measures and decisions regarding events regularly.

We encourage you to stay informed by visiting BC Centre for Disease Control’s website at www.bccdc.ca and the Government of Canada’s website at www.canada.ca/en/publichealth/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19

We are grateful for your support as we navigate through this uncertain time.

Thank you,


Cally Wesson
CEO – Variety BC