Washington State Invites Canadians to ''Go Loonie'' With Their Strong Dollars This Holiday Season

    Washington Eager to Return Decades of Holiday Hospitality for Our Friends
to the North

    OLYMPIA, WASH., December 11 /CNW/ - Money might not buy happiness, but
the strongest Canadian dollar in years may allow Canadians to get pretty
close. After years of graciously hosting Washington visitors, Canadians can
affordably enjoy all the state has to offer through Boxing Day and beyond.

    With Canadian currency at parity with the U.S. dollar for the first time
in a generation, the Washington State Office of Tourism encourages our
neighbors to the north in British Columbia and Alberta to take advantage of
incredible shopping and culinary experiences, incomparable cultural and
heritage adventures, and the state's unparalleled attractions and events.

    In Washington State, independent spirits will be rewarded with endless
discoveries. Below is a sampling of some of the special promotions, unique
shopping and one of a kind experiences Washington has to offer:

    Sequim, Washington             Port Ludlow, Washington

     Celebrate Christmas In Sequim The Resort At Port Ludlow Presents the
    A short ferry ride from         Writers' Series Dinners
     Victoria. Celebrate an old    Mix and mingle with some of the
     fashioned Christmas            Northwest's most renowned authors
     throughout December in         (Linda Costello, Earl Emerson, Dr.
     Sequim. Featured events        Pepper Schwartz) and also enjoy a five
     include: Dec.7, Girls Night    course dinner. Includes autographed
     Out, Dec. 15, Family Day Out,  book. Overnight packages available.
     Dec. 21, Guys Night Out.       Jan. 19, Feb. 23 and Mar. 22, 2008, at
     Visit www.visitsun.com or      6:00 p.m. Visit
     www.sequimchamber.com.         www.portludlowresort.com.

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    Leavenworth, Washington

    Christmas Lighting Festival         Bavarian Ice Fest
    The Ultimate Holiday Celebration    Winter play day for all ages with
     chosen by Good Morning America as   an invigorating grab bag of
     one of the top 5 in the United      outdoor events. NW dog sled
     States for the "Light Up The        pulling competition, fireworks,
     Holidays Special." Roasting         dog sled rides, sleigh rides,
     chestnuts, food booths, live        snowmobiling, x-country skiing,
     entertainment, sledding, and the    snowshoeing. Jan. 19-20. Visit
     most spectacular display of the     www.leavenworth.org.
     lights anywhere! Dec. 7 - 9 & 14 -
     16. Visit www.leavenworth.org.
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    Arlington, Washington

    Enjoy "Turn of the Century" horse    Jan. 5, 2008 is Super Saturday!
     drawn wagon rides down Olympic       Shoppers receive a 20% discount
     Avenue free to all downtown          from participating stores in
     Arlington shoppers and a free photo  downtown Arlington.
     with Santa on Dec. 8th and 15th.
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    Edmonds, Washington

    Downtown Edmonds Third Thursday Art Walk     Mini Holiday Bazaar of
    5 - 8 p.m., Dec. 20, 2007, 5 - 8 p.m.,        Northwest Artists
     January 17, 2008,                           Saturday, Dec. 15, 11
    www.edmondswa.com/Events/ArtWalk/index.html.  a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday,
                                                  December 22, 11 a.m. - 6
                                                  p.m., and Sunday Dec.
                                                  23, 12 - 4 p.m.,
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    Bellingham, Washington

    28th Annual Holiday Festival of    Adoramus Carolers
     the Arts                          Whatcom Museum of History & Art,
    Downtown Bellingham, daily through  downtown Bellingham
     Dec. 24, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily,  Dec. 22, 2 p.m.,
     (closed Mondays)                   www.whatcommuseum.org.
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    Pacific Arts Holiday Market        Celebrate Bellingham! Free New
    Downtown Bellingham, Dec. 14 - 16   Year's Activities
     & Dec. 21 - 24, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Locations throughout downtown
     www.pacificartsholidaymarket.com.  Bellingham Dec. 28 - 31
                                        -bellingham-2007.pdf. (Due to its
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                                        the extra spaces if they exist.)
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    Spokane, Washington

    Ice Skating with Santa             Seasonal Events and Shopping
    Riverfront Park Ice Palace - Join  Visit. www.winterinspokane.com or
     Santa for a unique holiday         www.visitspokane.com.
     experience full of ice skating,
     food and fun. Dec. 15, 12-2:00
     p.m. Visit
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    Traditional Horse & Carriage Rides Winter Carnival Fireworks
    Downtown Spokane                   Schweitzer Mountain Resort
    Free traditional horse and         Enjoy fun games, live music, great
     carriage rides through the heart   food and activities throughout the
     of downtown Spokane. Nov. 23 -     weekend. Great for the whole
     Dec. 24                            family!
    Fridays 3-8:00 p.m., Saturdays &   Jan. 19-21, 2008, 6 p.m.
     Sundays 12-5:00 p.m.              www.schweitzer.com.
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    First Night Spokane
    Various venues throughout downtown
    A family-friendly celebration of
     the arts in downtown Spokane
     featuring more than 100 different
     artistic presentations.
    New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, 2007,
     3:00 - Midnight
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    Everett, Washington

    Everett Performing Arts Center   Comedy Underground: New Year's Eve
     New Years' Party                 Comedy Gala
    Bounteous hors d'oeuvres and     The Everett Theatre celebrates its
     chilled glasses of champagne at  second annual stand-up comedy New
     the pre-concert reception, then  Year's Eve show, featuring the top
     join the Everett Symphony for    performers from The Comedy
     the 13th Annual "Night Before    Underground, Seattle's longest
     New Year's Eve" Celebration.     running comedy club. Monday, Dec.
    Sunday, Dec. 30, 6:30 p.m. Visit  31, 8:00 p.m.
    www.everettsymphony.org.         www.everetttheatre.org.
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    Village Theatre Presents "The    Imagine Children's Museum Activities
     King and I"                      & Gift Store
    Set against a dazzling exotic    Innovative, holiday-themed programs
     backdrop, Rodgers and            and exhibits for kids. Throughout
     Hammerstein's Tony Award-        December, Tues, Wed, Sat 10 a.m. - 4
     winning classic is playing Jan.  p.m.; Thurs-Fri 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.;
     11 - 27, evenings and matinees.  Sun 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Year round.
     Visit www.villagetheatre.org.    Closed Mondays, Christmas Day and
                                      New Year's Day. Visit
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    Snohomish, Washington

    Open Late Till' 8:00! Shop and     Candlelight Solstice Walk
     Dine Historic Downtown Snohomish! A peaceful candlelit walk along the
     Participating shops will be open   Snohomish River trail adjacent to
     to greet you with treats and       First St. in Historic Downtown
     offer you wonderful holiday        Snohomish. A wonderful relaxing
     shopping at its finest! Enjoy      way to welcome Winter! Dine on NW
     dining, entertainment and wine     fare and enjoy local
     tasting.                           entertainment! Kla Ha Ya Park,
    Dec. 14, Friday 5:00-8:00 p.m.      Dec. 21, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Visit
    www.saysnohomish.com.               www.yogacirclestudio.com/solstice.
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    Lodge Podge
    Silly Prices Sale! Save 20%-30% &
     more on Holiday Items Dec 17 - 23
     Mon.- Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun.
     12N-5 p.m. Visit
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    Bothell, Washington

    Reindeer Rides at Country Village   The Magic of Christmas Party at
     Shops                               The Weed Patch
    Children of all ages will love      This weekend features sale prices
     riding on Santa's Reindeer at       on many products throughout the
     Country Village Saturday and        store, a special (secret!)
     Sunday, from 12-3 p.m. Dec. 15-16,  Christmas Gift for a few lucky
     12-3 p.m. Visit                     shoppers, contests, soup, dip,
    www.countryvillagebothell.com.       and hot cider samples throughout
                                         the day. December 15-16, Saturday
                                         10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 11
                                         a.m.-5 p.m. Visit
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    Mrs. Claus and Santa's Reindeer are New Years Eve Belly Dance Bash
     Back at Country Village            Join Ottoman Trading Company in
    Sample a free fresh baked cookie     welcoming the New Year with
     with Mrs. Claus, ride on Santa's    dinner, dancing, and much more!
     "reindeer", or take a train ride    Tickets are $40 per person. Dec.
     around the Village while you enjoy  31, 7 p.m. - 1 a.m. Visit
     shopping at any of our 40 unique    www.ottomantradingco.com.
     specialty shops.
    Dec. 22-23, 12-3 p.m. Visit
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    Whidbey and Camano Islands, Washington

    Historic Langley "Come Home for the   Historic Greenbank Farm offers
     Holidays", Mike's Place Creamery,     First Fridays at the Farm
     Langley, Whidbey Island               Holiday Market, Whidbey Island
    Enjoy picture taking with Santa and   You'll find one of-a-kind
     the magical holiday lights.           handcrafted gifts for your
     Gingerbread House Baking & Sugar      loved ones! Enjoy savory foods,
     Cookie Baking, Langley Holiday        chocolate, spiced nuts,
     Showcase & Sing-Along. Dec. 26 shops  jewelry, glass & clay art,
     in Langley will be open. Visit        paintings, lotions,
    www.visitLangley.com.                  photography, woven creations,
                                           hand-carved wood art, fragrant
                                           soap and much more!
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    Bayview FarmersMarket, Langley (on
     Second Street, behind North Star
     Trading next to City Hall), Whidbey
    Open Saturdays and Sundays through
     December 23rd. There are wonderful
     vendors including great gifts and
     gorgeous baked goods! Visit
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    San Juan Islands

    Island Lights San Juan Island's    For more information on shopping
     Holiday Celebration                and holiday specials, visit
    San Juan Island will once again     www.VisitSanJuans.com.
     take on a magical air in December
     when the "Island Lights" holiday
     celebration begins. Friday Harbor
     & Roche Harbor, San Juan Island.
     Admission is free November 30,
     2007 - December 31, 2007,
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    Roche Harbor's Christmas Festival  San Juan Islands Audubon Christmas
    Featuring Santa and his elves,      Bird Count
     decoration-making for the kids, a Circle Saturday, December 15th for
     lighted-boat parade, tree          the Christmas Bird Count with San
     lighting and Christmas caroling.   Juan Islands Audubon. This is when
     Festival is free, food and drinks  we crawl over trees, walk along
     at minimal cost. Dec. 15, 2007.    shorelines and stand out in the
     Visit www.rocheharbor.com.         field counting birds with our
                                        neighbors. Really fun! Visit
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    To learn more about things to do in Washington State, visit

For further information:

For further information: Edelman, for Washington State Tourism Steve
McLean, 206-268-2230 Email: steve.mclean@edelman.com

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