British Columbia

British Columbia is Canada's westernmost province and is set between the Pacific Ocean in the west and the magnificent Rocky Mountains in the east. Blessed with breathtaking landscapes, BC is home to a geographical diversity that lends itself to a vast array of activities and adventures. There are mountains to climb, rivers to run, beaches to comb, forests to hike, parks to stroll and warm summer lakes to laze about on. Sophisticated cities in the south, wilderness parks in the north, the salt-sea spray of a wide open ocean to the west, and the snow-cloaked peaks of the mighty Rocky Mountains in the east are just the beginning!

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Vancouver is one of the few places in the world where you can ski in the morning and sail in the afternoon. Renowned for its scenic beauty and endless opportunities for outdoor activities, Vancouver is also a cosmopolitan city with all the urban amenities – fine dining, shopping, museums, galleries, music and theatre. Hit the nightclub scene or wander through ethnic enclaves. Visit the aquarium, take a city tour or stroll through Stanley Park, the city's urban wilderness. Don't miss the year-round markets or fail to take in a hockey game.

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The South Cariboo historic roots go back to the fur trading days before the gold strike. By 1860, thousands of gold seekers thronged to the Cariboo to seek the precious metal. Between 1862 and 1870, over 100,000 people traveled the Cariboo Wagon Road from Lillooet, making their way north into Cariboo country. Throughout this gold fever, certain roadhouses, because of their favourable locations along the Cariboo Wagon Road from Lillooet to Soda Creek, grew to be supply points for the gold seekers and the surrounding district. 100 Mile House, South Cariboo's dominant community, was originally one of these stopping points along the gold rush trail.

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108 Mile Ranch (historically known as 108 Mile House) is a community situated in the heart of the South Cariboo region of British Columbia, surrounded by rolling hills, ranches, thousands of lakes and a wide range of recreational activities. Historically, en route to the great Cariboo Gold Rush, a few of the travellers settled here, carving out a place that would withstand the changes in time. 108 Mile Ranch is located just off the Cariboo Highway 97, south of Lac La Hache and 7.5 miles (12 km) north of 100 Mile House. 108 Mile features a Heritage Site with a collection of eleven historical buildings on three hectares, including the old 1908 Clydesdale barn, one of the largest in Canada, the 105 Mile roadhouse, the 108 Mile telegraph office, and the 1867 hotel and store. Your visit to the 108 Heritage site will take you back to the good old days of the famous Mile Houses on the Cariboo Wagon Road.
Nestled in the shadow of majestic Mt. Baker, in the heart of the Fraser Valley, you will find Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada. Visiting Abbotsford introduces you to an eclectic blend of modern urban style and friendly country living. Thanks to our comfortable west coast climate, Abbotsford and Mighty Fraser Country offer a diversity of travel experiences; we have something for everyone! From steep and deep skiing to white water rafting and from championship golf to world-renowned attractions, Abbotsford is the perfect home for your next British Columbia vacation.
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Ashcroft lies on a flat bench next to the Thompson River in a unique desert setting. Located centrally in the South Central Interior of British Columbia, the community is surrounded by rolling hills that rise steeply in the east and extend to the west to form the Highland Valley Plateau.
The Village is steeped in the history of the Gold Rush. With the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the late 1800s, Ashcroft became Mile "0" on the road to the goldfields.
Barkley Sound is south of Ucluelet and north of Bamfield on the west coast of Vancouver Island and forms the entrance to the Alberni Inlet. The Broken Islands Group lies in the sound. It comprises one of the three main recreational components in Pacific Rim National Park.

Bella Bella is located on Campbell Island in the heart of the protected waters of the Central Coast in British Columbia, an area known as the ‘Great Bear Rainforest’. The town is also located about 3 kilometres north of McLoughlin Bay, where BC Ferries' Queen of Chilliwack docks. Conservationists have been working hard to protect this jewel because it holds the largest remaining area of virgin coastal rainforest left on the Pacific Coast. It is home to grizzly bears, wolves, humpback whales, and the elusive, all-white, Spirit Bear. Explore this wilderness for wildlife ashore and keep a sharp eye out for whales while admiring fiords below towering mountains and waterfalls. The Tshimshian First Nations people have lived here for thousands of years and you can learn about their culture and art.

Set on the banks of the Bella Coola River and deep in the heart of the mid-Coastal mountain range sits a hidden gem.

The town of Bella Coola is close to the stunning and vast Tweedsmuir Park, and set within a lush valley and between stunning mountain ranges. Fishing, hiking, bear and wildlife watching opportunities abound here, as does the chance to learn more about the Nuxalk and the history and heritage of the Bella Coola Valley.

Bella Coola thrives as a service hub to the tiny outer coastal communities and is a gateway to what is widely known as the Great Bear Rainforest – an area that stretches through the islands of the central, west coast of British Columbia.

Remote, yet accessible by air, sea and road, Highway 20 connects the Bella Coola Valley to the interior of the province. While the population of the whole Bella Coola Valley totals 1900, just 135 people actually live in the village that gave the valley its name. Bella Coola is a tight-knit open-hearted community where locals look you in the eye as you drive by – and then wave. (It's okay to wave back!)

Despite its small size, the community is a full and active one. The tiny village boasts a thriving commercial centre, cultural and historic sites, government buildings, a gas/service station, a small hospital and tourist services. A variety of accommodations including lodges, B&Bs and hotels can be found within and near the village centre.

Because of its proximity to Tweedsmuir Park, rain- and old-growth forests, rivers and Grizzly and Black bear habitats, Bella Coola offers a wide variety of recreational activities and adventure tours. While river and ocean sport fishermen have long been attracted to the rich waterways, the valley is rapidly becoming a hiking destination as well. Heli-skiing and heli-hiking opportunities appeal to extreme adventurers and wildlife and bear viewing, mountain biking and 4x4 options are also available. Private boats of all sizes can moor in Bella Coola and BC Ferries regularly travels the Discovery Coast Passage (which runs from Port Hardy on Vancouver Island to Bella Coola, between June and September.

The Bella Coola Valley also provides a natural backdrop for adventure films. Several heli-skiing documentaries have been shot here, and in 2007, the production team behind the Hollywood movie The Hulk 2, also filmed segments.

A portion of the First Nation Nuxalkmc's (pronounced Noo-hawk-mic) reserve can be found on east side of the village. Here, visitors will find the Band Office, as well as significant cultural landmarks. Less than 800 of the approximately 1500 people of the Nuxalk tribe live on their home reservation. The people here are descendents of the very same people who lived in the community that Alexander Mackenzie dubbed "the friendly village" at the end of his epic, overland journey.

A few minutes east of Bella Coola village along Highway 20 is the Nuxalk community of 4 Mile. The 4 Mile school is close to the highway and is a three-dimensional work of art styled after the traditional long house. Beautiful totem poles stand sentry in front. Also within this community are several art galleries and the entrance to the expansive petroglyph site, which has ancient rock carvings depicting cultural and mythical beliefs embedded in the Nuxalk culture.

Hagensborg is located a quick, 10-minute drive (14 km/9.3 miles) east of Bella Coola, and is home to many descendants of the original Norwegian families that settled the Valley in 1893. Today visitors can see the Augsburg Church and the Norwegian Heritage House, built in those first few years of homesteading. A large grocery store, known locally as Hagensborg Mercantile, offers a wide range of food, hardware and great fishing supplies.
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The Central Island area of Vancouver Island is marked by sandy beaches, warm ocean temperatures, tranquil lakes, beautiful gardens, great fishing, and exceptional golf.
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The Community of Blue River is located in the section of the Columbia Mountain System called the North Thompson River Valley. The Valley consists of the Monashee mountains on the east and the Cariboo mountains on the west. Valleys and creeks near Blue River divide the two mountain ranges. The community is situated at an elevation of 681 meters above sea level. Blue River is approximately half way between Vancouver and Edmonton (230 kilometers north of Kamloops and 212 kilometers south of Jasper). It has a population of approximately 260 residents.

Located in an area filled with lakes, rivers, streams, and forests, Blue River's economy is driven by forestry and tourism.

Winter and summer activities available in the area attract tourists from all over the world. Helicopter Skiing has turned into a very successful business here.
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Bonnington is an area of Canada located between Nelson and Castlegar in the West Kootnenay region of British Columbia. It lies on the west side of the Kootenay River with views of the Bonnington Mountain Range to the East.

Bonnington Falls on the Kootenay River is the site of a hydroelectric generating station. Construction of the dam and plant started in 1905 and was built by the City of Nelson.Bonnington Falls hydroelectric station now supplies approximately half the power requirements for Nelson and its surrounding neighbourhoods.
Less than 25 minutes from downtown Vancouver by car or the SkyTrain rapid transit link, Burnaby (pop. 205,000) invites visitors to enjoy some of the province's biggest shopping malls, ramble through lush parks , play a round of golf, watch live theatre and sports events, and explore diverse artistic, cultural, and heritage sites. It is the third-largest municipality in British Columbia, and its central geographic location within Metro Vancouver makes it easy to access.

Avid shoppers head for Metropolis at Metrotown, BC's largest shopping mall with more than 450 shops, 10 movie screens and the biggest food court in Canada. Burnaby, divided into four town centres, also has major shopping malls at Brentwood Town Centre and Lougheed Town Centre.
Outdoorsy types can relax at Deer Lake Park with boat rentals or pop, blues, and classical concerts, go bird-watching at Burnaby Lake Regional Nature Park, or try mountain biking at the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area. Golfers can test their skills on two well-maintained public golf courses.

For fans of spectator sports, Burnaby is also home to the Vancouver Whitecaps professional soccer team, which plays at Central Park's Swangard Stadium, and the Burnaby Express junior hockey team.

Check out live opera at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, or enjoy ballet or symphony performances at the Michael J. Fox Theatre. Looking to chance your arm? The swanky new Grand Villa Casino attracts high rollers.

The city, encompassing 98.6sqkm/38sqmi, is picturesquely bounded by Burrard Inlet to the north and the mighty Fraser River to the south.

Culturally speaking, Burnaby is Metro Vancouver's answer to the United Nations. Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, and Hindi are just some of the languages and ethnic heritages that are well-represented here.
In North Burnaby, stroll through the Heights neighbourhood on Hastings Street, and discover Italian delis and Greek tavernas amid independent bookstores and beauty salons. From the Asian food court at the Crystal Mall shopping centre to the West Coast cuisine of Horizons and the Hart House Restaurant, Burnaby caters to every palate and has myriad ethnic dining options.

For museum-goers, the National Nikkei Cultural Centre commemorates the contributions of the Japanese-Canadian community, while the SFU Museum of Archeology and Ethnology emphasizes Pacific Northwest aboriginal art.

Movie stars like Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) and Michael J. Fox (Back to the Future) hail from here, as do musicians including crooner Michael Buble and rocker Matthew Good. NHL hockey players Joe Sakic and Cliff Ronning were born in Burnaby.
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Surrounded by dry grasslands, working ranches, and dramatic desert scenery, Cache Creek (population: 1,037) is the crossroads to Cariboo Country and the Southern Interior of British Columbia. Because of its location at the junction of the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 97N, the town is a major stop off and rest point for those driving north, east to Kamloops, or westward to Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. But Cache Creek is much more than just a place for gassing up and grabbing a quick bite. Sharing the region with its close neighbor community, Ashcroft, Cache Creek boasts semi-arid climate that begs for outdoor activity year round, including hiking, fishing, golfing, provincial parks camping, and fossil hunting.

Cache Creek is located in the Gold Country region of British Columbia, so named for the Gold Rush of the late 1800s. Visitors to Cache Creek today can kayak, raft, and canoe on the Thompson River, horseback ride, hike, and mountain bike various trails, or cross-country ski and snowshoe in winter. Digging for fossils or exploring First Nations culture are also options.

Cache Creek has a western ranching mystique with its stunning desert environment, open cattle-roamed ranges, and a horizon of sun-drenched hills. Because it is located on a plateau above one of the province's major waterways, the Thompson River, it's often home base for campers, hikers, and fishers. The gently rolling terrain that, surprising to some, has an abundance of trees clustered around small lakes in the surrounding hillsides, is a haven for a variety of mammals, birds, and flowering plants suited to survival in this semi-arid region.

Cache Creek embraces the fact that long before the Gold Rush and fur trade, and prior to settlers arriving, people of the Shuswap Nation lived a nomadic lifestyle here for thousands of years.
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Campbell River is beautifully set between Strathcona Provincial Park to the west and the Discovery Islands to the east. Known for the past century as the salmon fishing capital of the World, Campbell River is the perfect destination for a holiday filled with outdoor activities.

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Castlegar, (population 7000), is situated at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia Rivers in the southwestern corner of the Kootenay Rockies. This relatively new (incorporated in 1966) mill town sits in a valley that is steeped in the heritage and culture of the Doukhobors, who migrated here in the early 20th century.

People come to Castlegar for the area's exciting outdoor recreation and parks. Cycling the fantastic Columbia and Western Railway corridor between Castlegar and Christina Lake is especially appealing, as well as golfing at the championship Castlegar Golf Club. Castlegar locals love their city and their sports, producing numerous special events and tournaments throughout the year.

In addition to cycling and golfing, explore the city's large network of walking trails along the Columbia River, or check out rock-climbing at Kinnaird Bluffs, south of town. Learn more about local culture and history at the fascinating Doukhobor Discovery Centre, or take a peaceful stroll around Zuckerberg Island Heritage Park.

Catch Castlegar's Sunfest held during the first weekend in June. Events and activities include a street dance, pancake breakfast, riding lawnmower race, slow-pitch tournament, parade, and fireworks. The Castlegar Bluegrass Jamboree picks its way through a mid-July weekend at the Pass Creek Exhibition Grounds. Also held at the Pass Creek Exhibition Grounds, the traditional Castlegar Fall Fair includes a “Show and Shine” antique car show, a dog agility event, and a horse show. The fair takes place in mid-September.
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Chilliwack (population: 80,000) is located south of the Fraser River in the Fraser Valley, 105km/65miles east of Vancouver. The community bills itself as "The Great Outside," and lives up to that claim with a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.

For both the down-to-earth citizens of Chilliwack and visitors from around the world, activities like golf, world-class freshwater fishing, hiking, and river-rafting are perennial favourites.

Whether it's admiring flowers at the internationally renowned Minter Gardens, watching birds at the Great Blue Heron Reserve, boating on Cultus Lake, or catching a rodeo show at the Chilliwack Heritage Park, there are plenty of eye-catching attractions. In the historic downtown core, a selection of stylish dining and shopping options has also begun to emerge.

As a 'City of Festivals', Chilliwack stages the Dixieland Jazz Festival in early May during “Celebrate the Arts” month. In July, experience one of western Canada’s largest vintage car shows at Minter Gardens, while Labour Day weekends offer the Chilliwack Bluegrass Festival.

With the Cascade Mountains as its backdrop, this scenic, rural community was originally incorporated as a township in 1873 and then as a city in 1908.

The name "Chilliwack" comes from a local aboriginal word that means "quieter water at the head" or "going back up the river," according to various sources. Enjoy this slower pace and stay at any number of Chilliwack's B&Bs, guest houses or camp sites.

With more than 900 farms spread out over 100sq miles/ 259sq km , Chilliwack has also remained true to its agricultural roots as a major British Columbia producer of dairy products, corn, and honey. See and hear an antique steam engine in action at Atchelitz Threshermen’s Antique Powerland.
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Clearwater combines an enthusiasm for outdoor adventure with a deep respect for the area's natural surroundings, and rich culture and history. In summer, fish, hike, golf, kayak, or whitewater raft. Cross-country and downhill skiing are great winter options. Year round, wildlife viewing and bird watching is spectacular at nearby Wells Gray Provincial Park, which also offers campground and backcountry camping.

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The town of Comox (population 12,200) sits on the east coast of south-central Vancouver Island. It revels in a seaside location, a mountainous horizon and the rich farmlands of the nearby Comox Valley. Its varied landscape woos the visitor with beaches & swimming, fishing, ocean kayaking, hiking, biking, diving, golf, a walking tour and driving tour. Yet for all the activity, it gives the impression of a laidback town in a pastoral setting.

Nearby Strathcona Provincial Park has a monopoly on superlatives: It’s the oldest and largest provincial park on Vancouver Island. Its flat-topped Comox Glacier ranks as largest glacier on Vancouver Island. And Della Falls, eight times higher than Niagara, is both the highest falls in Canada and one of the 10 highest in the world.

Pick up a copy of the Town of Comox Heritage Walk brochure from the Comox Valley Visitor Centre and get acquainted with the quiet, friendly rhythm of Comox on this 8-stop walk. Check out the boutiques and spas. Take a gander at the old Lorne Hotel. Built in 1878, it’s the oldest licensed hotel in BC. Stroll Fisherman’s Wharf, or visit the Heritage Hanger at the Comox Air Force Museum to see a genuine WWII Y2K Spitfire aircraft under restoration. Wind up at Goose Spit Goose Regional Park for sunset and maybe a midnight walk under the full moon.

Take a drive and learn what the K’omox First Nations, who flourished here for as much as 9,000 years, meant when they named the area "Land of Plenty". European settlers discovered plenty when they arrived in 1862 to find an excellent natural harbour, abundant fish, extraordinarily fertile land and fresh water. Today the Valley and its 500 farms embrace orchards, nurseries, dairy farms, berry farms and incomparable produce.

Purity of produce prompts haute expectations. A growing number of restaurants showcase local bounty in worldly ways. They anoint superb ingredients with the accents of the global village kitchen. From sumptuous breakfasts to black truffle pizza, Comox can surprise and delight.
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Located in the heart of some of the most beautiful farming landscape on Vancouver Island, Courtenay is the urban centre of the Comox Valley. The town’s many art galleries, theatres, art studios, unique boutiques, and gardens also make Courtenay the cultural hub of the Valley.

Located on the central east coast of Vancouver Island, the city of Courtenay (population 21,940) is the urban, business and cultural hub of the Comox Valley. It's the only city in the valley, but its low-rise buildings, flower-filled streets and genuine friendliness make it feel more like a village. If Courtenay has ambitions, they don't include big city stress. In fact, any stress that comes this way can be worked off in a battalion of activities including golf, hiking, mountain biking, walking tours, fossil-hunting and exploring spectacular gardens.

Courtenay bustles with shops, restaurants, galleries and entertainments. Mapped-out, self-guided urban walking tours lead visitors through the city's history and architecture. The abundance of the Comox Valley has much do to with shaping Courtenay: Eat at Locals, a local restaurant specializing in local produce and happiness. Spend a morning at the Saturday Farmers' Market. Drive out to the award-winning Beaufort Winery for a tasting.

If Courtenay's heart is rustic sophistication, its muscle is unspoiled wilderness. The city serves as jumping off point for Strathcona Provincial Park, the oldest and largest provincial park on Vancouver Island. Strathcona boasts twin fascinations: The flat-topped Comox Glacier is the largest glacier on the island. Della Falls, eight times higher than Niagara, ranks as the highest falls in Canada and one of the 10 highest in the world.

The First Nations K'omox people have been here for thousands of years. European settlers arrived to embrace the valley's climate and agricultural potential in the 1860s. Blacksmith shops, stables, grocery stores, and restaurants followed. In 1914 the E&N railway arrived in town, linking the community with Nanaimo, Victoria and the rest of the world. Courtenay hasn't looked back.

From field and farm to restaurant and table, Courtenay loves food. The city takes pride in an oversized pool of culinary talent. It boasts a surprisingly large contingent of international restaurants, including Greek, Italian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Chinese, Japanese and Thai, not to mention the bold new wave of homegrown BC cuisine.

Every July, Courtenay plays host to the Vancouver Island Music Fest. It's the biggest festival on Vancouver Island and one of the biggest in BC, assembling some of the finest talents from Canada and the US. Some 1100 volunteers contribute to the impact of 200 musical performers on 6 stages, instructional workshops, art exhibitions, an interactive kidzzone and international eats.
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In the middle of the broad Rocky Mountain Trench, Cranbrook boasts more sunshine than anywhere else in British Columbia, and it has a feeling of openness that is reminiscent of the Canadian prairies. Cranbrook is a railway town, a mill town, a commercial centre, and an island in a sea of golf courses. It has a modern theatre and a lively arts community, a professional hockey team, and a remarkable museum that captures the experience of the golden age of rail travel in Canada.

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Duncan is the unofficial capital of the Cowichan Valley, a fertile crescent of rich farmland, lush vineyards, heritage river systems, and scenic backroads in the southeastern corner of Vancouver Island. Dubbed the "City of Totems," Duncan has more than 80 First Nations carvings located throughout town, and is also home to the Quw'utsun' Cultural Centre. This Aboriginal cultural centre on the banks of the Cowichan River honours the ancient roots of the Coast Salish in the valley, which takes its name from a Salish word meaning "the warm lands." Duncan is also known for great shopping and dining, the Saturday Farmer's Market, BC Forestry Discovery Centre, and its historic old-town quarter.

Duncan was once a pitstop on the Trans-Canada Highway for fast food and gas. Now the area is rapidly evolving into a slow-food mecca known for its organic crops, specialty food producers, and field-to-table philosophy (aka the 100 Mile Diet).
Bring more than one canvas shopping bag when touring the region's farmgates, artisan bakeries, cheese shops, organic meat suppliers, and fruit stands. Dine in relaxed comfort at bistros and fine restaurants in the region. Renowned west coast epicureans Mara Jernigan and cookbook author/mushroom hunter Bill Jones run local cooking schools.

Many rural acreages have been transformed into vineyards to take advantage of the Cowichan's terroir (soil) and sunny skies. Since the 1980s, close to a dozen wineries have opened in the area, and some are now producing award-winning vintages (pinot noir and pinot gris in particular). Take a self-guided tour of tasting rooms or join a group outing and leave the driving to knowledgeable experts.

More than 100 independent boutiques, galleries, fashion outlets, book stores, restaurants, a lively brewpub, and a handful of funky coffeeshops have reinvigorated downtown Duncan. Visit the Cowichan Valley Museum in the 1912 railway station. Tour the totem poles. And catch a show at the Duncan Garage Showroom, a delightfully intimate acoustic music venue. Just north of town is the BC Forestry Discovery Centre with its steam train ride and lumber-camp setting.

The Cowichan as a whole stretches from the towns of Mill Bay and Cobble Hill in the south (a half-hour northeast of Victoria over the Malahat mountain range) to Ladysmith (20 minutes south of Nanaimo). Maps, accommodation information, and more are available at the Duncan-Cowichan Visitor Centre (381 Trans0Canada Highway near the downtown Trunk Road stop light).
In Duncan's immediate vicinity are the lovely, foodcentric hamlet of Cowichan Bay and the sheltered pleasure cruising harbours of Maple Bay and Genoa Bay. Inland to the west are two lakeside towns – Cowichan and Shawnigan – that are linked by a hiking and cycling route that follows the famous Galloping Goose train line over a series of remarkable wooden trestle bridges.

Pastoral backroads invite leisurely exploration. On the town's eastern side is Cowichan Bay, home to fine B&Bs, tempting artisan food outlets, and the Cowichan Maritime Centre's historic wooden boats. Maple Bay and Genoa Bay are a pair of impossibly scenic waterfront villages on the ocean side of Mount Tzouhalem – a great spot for hiking, mountain biking, and rambles through a rare Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve.
West of Duncan along the Cowichan Valley Highway (#18) is the recreational (swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, cycling) Cowichan River corridor. Drivers can continue on the fully paved, big tree Pacific Marine Circle Route to the west coast, or circumnavigate the forestry roads around Cowichan Lake while making stops at Mesachie Lake, Honeymoon Bay, Youbou, and the town of Lake Cowichan.
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At the north end of the Sechelt Peninsula, Earls Cove marks the end of the southern section of Highway 101, the location of the ferry terminal for sailings to Saltery Bay, linking the Lower Sunshine Coast with the Upper Sunshine Coast of B.C.

The ferry trip across Jervis Inlet is a scenic 16-kilometre, 50-minute ride up Agamemnon Channel, around the northeast tip of sparsely populated Nelson Island into Jervis Inlet.

Deep in the wilderness yet an easy three hours to the city, come experience the crisp salt air and breathtaking views of the Pacific Northwest -- at a place where every day is filled with romantic moments and unforgettable memories. West Coast Wilderness Lodge resort brings first-class adventure, gourmet fine dining and luxury accommodations to the laid-back Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.

The sheltered waters around the Lodge are calm and perfect for relaxed kayaking -- and the mighty Skookumchuck Rapids, just three miles away, ensures a wealth of diverse and abundant marine life.

You can hike to the Rapids through a Pacific Northwest rainforest filled with salal, sword ferns and salamanders. Or, cruise by zodiac up to Princess Louisa Inlet, the jewel of British Columbia (one of our most popular tours).

We are the only resort on the Sunshine Coast that offers marine & wildlife tours by zodiac -- a safe, comfortable and exciting way to explore and learn about the ecology, history and geology of the west coast of Canada.

And after an exciting day, you can relax with a glass of wine and world-class views of mountains, inlets and forests.

Inlets Restaurant was built high up on a craggy bluff overlooking a string of broken islands. Here a classic European style is combined with West Coast influences & local ingredients to create our signature gourmet delights.
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When more than half a century of active coal mining came to an abrupt end in the 1950s, Fernie set about creating a brand new identity for itself - as a mecca for outdoor recreation. People come here for the powder - an average winter will dump almost 9m/29ft of the stuff on Fernie Alpine Resort. Winter offerings include skiing, snowboarding, cat skiing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. In the spring, when snow reluctantly retreats from the Elk Valley in the Kootenay Rockies, new possibilities are revealed. These include flyfishing, hiking, river rafting and mountain biking.

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Offering breathtaking mountain scenery, plentiful wildlife, comfortable accommodations, and world-class outdoor recreation, the townsite of Field, British Columbia is the cozy alternative for those seeking small-town charm and big-time adventure in the heights of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

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Welcome to Venice of the North on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada. The area features fishing and logging history, a great climate, spectacular scenery, fabulous festivals, outdoor recreation, laid-back lifestyle and some of the interesting people who live here.

The small and unique neighbourhoods of Madeira Park, Kleindale, Garden Bay and Irvine’s Landing are collectively known as Pender Harbour but technically Pender Harbour is the body of water that their shores share.

Garden Bay wasn’t named for its beautiful gardens, although three are lots of those. It seems that a government surveyor, a Mr. Garden, assigned to mapping and naming the area, was either lacking in imagination or over-endowed with ego, leaving us with Garden Bay, Garden Bay Road, Garden Peninsula and Garden Bay Lake. Our federal government kept up the tradition by dedicating Garden Bay Marine Park.

According to the 2006 census, 323 of Pender Harbour's population lives in Garden Bay.

This community within a community features a grocery/general store, post office, one of three Pender Harbour government wharves, a number of marinas and Garden Bay Hotel (which is not really a hotel but a restaurant and pub— it's an old, old license, thus the misleading designation) popular for its live entertainment.

This small area is important to our history as the site of the first hospital on the Sunshine Coast, which is celebrated every August at Hospital Bay Day. The old St. Mary’s Hospital building still looks over Hospital Bay, but now as the Sundowner Inn.
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The vast landscape of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast stretches from the wildness of the Pacific Coast to the rolling Cariboo Mountains, with forests, hidden lakes, craggy peaks and golden plains set in between. This is a region with a past rich in the spirit of adventure, a land settled by entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts, artists and explorers. Stretching west beyond the Fraser River, a burnished golden plateau meets the peaks of the Coast Mountain Range. In the Chilcotin, visitors can hike beyond the trails, fish in isolated lakes, reach high alpine with a packhorse trek and raft churning whitewater.

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With a population of only 4,200, Golden is an unassuming small town with an industrial past, but there's more than one dimension to its modest personality. The biggest employers are the Louisiana-Pacific plywood plant, the Canadian Pacific Railway, and expanding tourism led by Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. People come here from all over the planet for the area's world-class outdoor recreation. Summer activities include river rafting, paragliding, mountain biking, and wildlife viewing. In winter, the attractions are downhill skiing, snowboarding, backcountry skiing, nordic skiing, heli-skiing and snowmobiling.

It could be said that adventure tourism was born here. In the late 19th Century, to introduce the Victorian elite to the Kootenay Rockies wilderness, the CPR brought Swiss mountain guides to Golden - descendants of some of them still live in town. In the 21st Century, after decades of relative dormancy, the seeds of adventure tourism that were planted by those Swiss mountain guides have produced a cornucopia of outdoor recreation. This surge in the adventure tourism industry and, in particular, the expansion of the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, is bringing change to this formerly sleepy mountain town.

The town of Golden is situated at the confluence of two heritage rivers. The Columbia meanders into town as if in no particular hurry, while the glacially-fed Kicking Horse roars down into the valley through narrow canyons. The community, meanwhile, lives at the confluence of two cultures - the established blue collar sector and the growing number of adventure-seeking newcomers.
In addition to world-class outdoor activities, Golden's claims to fame include the longest freestanding timber frame bridge in Canada, North America's highest backcountry lodges, and five national parks within 1 1/2 hours drive.

Walk, run or bike the Rotary Trails and, along the way, cross the Kicking Horse River on the longest freestanding timberframe bridge in BC. Afterwards, enjoy a meal at one of Golden's surprisingly good restaurants. Take a ride on the gondola at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. If it's winter, take advantage of the excellent snow conditions on your skis or snowboard. If it's summer, take a hike along the Dogtooth Ridge or jump on a mountain bike. Whatever the season, visit Canada's highest elevation eatery, the Eagle's Eye Restaurant, at the top of the mountain.

Explore the town's heritage at the Golden Museum, in its obscure location at 1302 11th Ave South, or visit the Swiss Village, a small group of authentic chalet style homes that were built by the CPR for their mountain guides. Edelweiss is on the northern slope of the valley, 1.5km/1mi west of town.

Watch for Summer Kicks, a free concert series staged outdoors near the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge. On Wednesdays, throughout the summer, visit the Golden Farmers' Market, next to the Chamber of Commerce on 10th Ave North.
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On the mainland coast of British Colombia, the Great Bear Rainforest stretches for more than 250 miles. Born of a complex interaction between ocean, mountains, forest and rain, this is a land of mist-shrouded valleys and glacier-cut fjords, old-growth forests and rich salmon streams. At 21 million acres, it is part of the largest remaining coastal temperate rainforest on Earth.

Hagensborg is located a quick, 10-minute drive (14 km/9.3 miles) east of Bella Coola, and is home to many descendants of the original Norwegian families that settled the Valley in 1893. Today visitors can see the Augsburg Church and the Norwegian Heritage House, built in those first few years of homesteading. A large grocery store, known locally as Hagensborg Mercantile, offers a wide range of food, hardware and great fishing supplies.
Source: Tourism British Columbia, the Nature Conservancy

Haida Gwaii offer you a world of intrigue, a world of adventure and a world of undeniable breathtaking beauty.

A series of islands at the most westerly point of Northern British Columbia, Haida Gwaii is made up of ancient temperate rainforests, quaint villages, secluded inlets, and beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. A place so remote that roads cannot bring you here, yet the warmest of welcomes await once you arrive.

Halfmoon Bay is small community of about 2,800 people, many of whom are only summer residents. It is a large scalloped bay protected from the open sea by South Thormanby Island, and Vancouver Island. Halfmoon Bay encompasses a small village of permanent homes, summer cottages and five regional parks on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.

This area of the Sunshine Coast was originally inhabited by the shishalh tribe of the Coast Salish First Nations. The area was chosen for its mild climate and abundance of fresh water and natural food (fish, shellfish, berries and roots). The shishalh tribe became known as the Sechelts, a derivation of she'shalt, meaning the people. Roberts Creek formed the boundary between the Sechelt people to the north and the Squamish people to the south.

The Sunshine Coast is split into two portions on either side of Jervis Inlet. Roughly speaking, the southern half between the ferry slips at Langdale and Earls Cove occupies the Sechelt Peninsula, while the northern half between the ferry slip at Saltery Bay and Lund sits on the Malaspina Peninsula.

Harrison Hot Springs might appear to be a small community, but with its first class amenities and natural attributes: the water, hot springs, mountains and agricultural landscapes, Harrison belies its size. Harrison is a perfect year-round getaway, offering myriad activities from boating and fishing to hiking, skiing and exploring the rural countryside. Besides, few such places can boast four golf courses within a 15-minute drive. And few places are just as well geared to family fun.

Source: Tourism British Columbia

The town of Invermere is one of the most exciting and beautiful communities in Canada. Nestled in the Columbia Valley between the Canadian Rockies and Purcell range, Invermere is a friendly and casual town with a vibrant arts scene and world-class recreation at its doorstep. With an abundance of golfing, hiking, boating and skiing, Invermere might just be BC's best-kept secret.
People come here to relax, to spend summer afternoons at the beach, to go boating, river rafting and golfing. There are spectacular parks in the area, offering hiking, fishing and even wild hot springs.

In winter, the big attraction is skiing or heli-skiing at Panorama Mountain Village. Of course, any time of year is a good time to soak in the mineral pools at Fairmont Hot Springs or Radium Hot Springs.
The vast landscape of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast stretches from the wildness of the Pacific Coast to the rolling Cariboo Mountains, with forests, hidden lakes, craggy peaks and golden plains set in between. This is a region with a past rich in the spirit of adventure, a land settled by entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts, artists and explorers.

Bordered by the Cariboo Mountains in the east and the Fraser River in the west, the Cariboo stretches north to the Blackwater River and south to the towns of Clinton and Lillooet. Drive the original Cariboo Waggon Road on the historic Gold Rush Trail. Lodge at a local guest ranch and visit a cowboy museum. The region is famous for its rodeos and stampedes. And no trip would be complete without paddling the legendary Bowron Lake Provincial Park Canoe Circuit.

Stretching west beyond the Fraser River, a burnished golden plateau meets the peaks of the Coast Mountain Range. In the Chilcotin, visitors can hike beyond the trails, fish in isolated lakes, reach high alpine with a packhorse trek and raft churning whitewater. You won't want to miss the volcanic mountains of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, nor the ancient hoodoos and shifting sand dune of Farwell Canyon.

The dramatic Coast region reaches from above Rivers Inlet to include the southern end of Princess Royal Island. A jumble of deep fjords and a scattering of emerald islands enchant and offer endless exploration opportunities by boat (ferry, kayak, canoe or yacht). Visit First Nations villages, rich in heritage, old growth forests, isolated hot springs and massive mountains.
Source: Tourism British Columbia
Kamloops blends energizing recreational opportunities with a culture of warm, welcoming, real people, allowing visitors to let loose and just play.

Kamloops is B.C.'s Friendliest City and has over 85,000 residents who call the city home, with many smaller rural communities in the surrounding area. As Canada's Tournament Capital, the city draws thousands of spectators and sporting participants each year to enjoy the world class sports facilities.

Kamloops' climate and weather are incredible. The city basks in over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually, pretty much guaranteeing a sunny tee time for a golf getaway or great weather for any outdoor recreational pursuit.

The vast, rugged landscape of Kamloops showcases a variety of terrain, from silt bluffs to rolling hills, that attracts visitors from all over the world to enjoy mountain biking, wildlife viewing, rock hounding, and hiking . Check out the unbelievable panoramic views of mountain ranges, lush agriculture fields, Kamloops Lake and the meeting of the North and South Thompson Rivers right in the heart of the city.

Kamloops is Canada's hottest new golf destination. With a long golf season extending from mid-March through to the end of October, superb course conditioning and 13 remarkable courses, it's easy to spend a week or more golfing in Kamloops. ScoreGolf Magazine and Golf Digest named Tobiano Golf Course as Canada's Best New Golf Course for 2008.

Fishing is a year-round activity in Kamloops. From fly fishing in spring, summer and fall to ice fishing in the winter, the toughest decision most anglers have is deciding which of over 100+ lakes to try. The summer months mean water sports where the boats and watercraft come out to play on the rivers and lakes, plus whitewater rafting is available close to Kamloops.

Look into the history of the city at the Kamloops Museum and Archives. Explore local arts and culture at one of the many art galleries or artisan exhibits. Explore the unique stores and coffee shops during the day, followed by an evening at the theatre or symphony.
Source: Tourism Kamloops

Stretching from north to south for approximately 110 kms (68 miles) is beautiful Okanagan Lake. The lake sustains several diverse communities along this corridor known as the Okanagan Valley. The Okanagan Valley is located at the northern most end of the Sonora Desert and hence has a semi-arid climate, boasting long warm summers and short mild winters. The city of Kelowna, is the largest community and is located midway through the valley. Orchards and vineyards thrive within a 10-minute drive from the downtown core and provide seasonal delights year round.

Source: Tourism Kelowna 

Simply put, our vision is to create the world’s leading mountain resort community of Rocky Mountain culture, creating an experience of fresh adventure and discovery, and growing in harmony with our natural surroundings. 

Surrounded by 6 pristine National Parks, sitting at the confluence of two magnificent rivers Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is a spot of purity deep in the heart of the Rocky, Purcell and Selkirk Mountains. In the summer cool winds caress miles of spectacular ridges, and alpine meadows are carpeted with wildflowers. In winter, the snow is drier and deeper than anywhere else. Kicking Horse is truly like no other place on earth.

Perfect Purcell powder, an abundance of sunny days and a laid back atmosphere come together to make Kimberley Alpine Resort the top pick for your next ski vacation! Whether you are going to learn to ski at 3 or 93, Kimberley Alpine Resort has a great instructor waiting to teach you. If you are already a season ski veteran Kimberley features 80 runs on 1800 acres with ambitious terrain including the Black Forrest glades where powder stashes last for weeks. With a huge variety of ski in/ski out accommodations, many condo style with kitchens and family fun activities including the skating rink, night skiing, events and après activities for the kids or live music in the Stemwinder for the parents, Kimberley truly is the all-around winter playground you have been searching for.
Kleena Kleene is an unincorporated settlement and recreational community on the western end of the Chilcotin Plateau, west of Tatla Lake and northeast of One-Eye Lake. It lies in the upper reaches of the basin of the Klinaklini River, for which it is named, and which penetrates the Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains to enter the sea at the head of Knight Inlet. The community is recreational in nature and like nearby Nimpo Lake it is a base for sightseeing to Hunlen Falls, Klinaklini Falls and Chilko Lake, and for fly-outs to fishing on the area's many small plateau and alpine lakes.
Lac La Hache is one of the most popular recreation lakes along Highway 97. There are many stories to explain how the lake was named; according to one, it gained its name when a trapper lost his only hatchet axe when chopping a hole in the frozen lake.This area is rich in tales of fur traders, gold seekers and cattle ranchers. By the 1860's, gold fever was running high, as miners searched for the motherlode first near Likely, and later at Barkerville. With teams of horses, mules and oxen, the fortune-seekers plodded north along the Cariboo Wagon Road skirting the eastern shores of the lake.

In the heart of the Cariboo Country, we find Spout Lake 3600 feet above sea level and 7 miles long with Ten-ee-ah Lodge being the only property, embedded in a hilly countryside and surrounded by vast areas of forest. Untouched nature as far as you can see. On the islands and on the lake shore you will find picnic areas and remote spots to withdraw for the day. There are various possibilities to explore the beautiful countryside: with a canoe or a motor boat, by hiking, on a mountain bike, on horseback or on an impressive flightseeing trip in a floatplane. Thanks to its seclusion, Spout Lake and the nearby area offers quite a number of wild animals. The variety of birds is impressive, ranging from the hummingbird looking for nectar in blossoming trees via the resident bald eagle to the periodically returning Canada geese. The cry of the loon belongs to a Cariboo night. Beaver lodges decorate the shore and the nearby beaver pond. At dusk the moose pays a visit to the lake shore. You might see a black bear and less frequently the shy cougar. Lynx and coyote are more curious and therefore observed more frequently.
Source: BC Parks, Ten-ee-ah Lodge
A tiny village on the north side of Howe Sound, Langdale was named after Robinson Henry Langdale, a Yorkshireman who came here to homestead in 1892.
Today, Langdale is the BC Ferry terminal linking Highway 99 at Horseshoe Bay (Vancouver) to Highway 101, the main route connecting communities on the Sechelt and Malaspina Peninsulas of the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.
Experience The City of Langley. With its rich history, wonderful sense of community, lush offerings of nature, and proximity to Vancouver, Langley is the best kept secret in the Lower Mainland.
The City of Langley has a pedestrian-oriented downtown core, as well as a Kwantlen University College campus located right in town. With a high-end shopping centre, independent stores, farmer’s markets, and terrific antique retailers, the City of Langley is proud to be a growing business centre that has held onto its heritage feeling. Boasting fabulous wineries, over 300 acres of beautiful parklands, abundant farms and nurseries, and a thriving arts community, every season is full of wonder and exciting activities here.
Every three years after a new Council is sworn in the City of Langley updates a publication called "Getting to Know the City of Langley". This booklet is given to every grade 5 student in the city of Langley so that they may learn more about their community and local government.
The town of Lillooet is spread along a grassy bench of land overlooking the mighty Fraser River.
It is set against a backdrop of the Coast Mountains – a varied terrain ideal for fishing, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, and ice climbing. The abundant surrounding wilderness also provides incredible wildlife viewing and bird watching. Lillooet's spectacular geography is accompanied by a rich culture and history experienced today at heritage sites and on cultural tours.
Culture and History
Explore Lillooet's First Nations history and culture on a guided cultural tour of a replica Sheesh'kan, or pit house, visiting an active archeological site, or watching demonstrations of traditional fishing along the Fraser River. Return to the height of Gold Rush fever on self-guided walking tour of 14 local historic sites from the period, or browse through artifacts and stories at the Lillooet Museum. Hop on the Kaoham Shuttle that winds along the shores of Seton Lake passing many sites of historic significance and usually some wildlife.
The picturesque fishing village of Lund, BC, is located on Canada’s west coast north of Powell River.

Lund crowns Highway 101, also known as the Pacific Coastal Highway, one of the world’s longest highways. The other end, a mere 15,202km away, is in the South American town of Quellon, Porto Monte, Chile.

For years the Coast Salish People enjoyed the area for its plentiful berries and shellfish. Lund was established in 1889 when the area was logged by two brothers, Charles and Fred Thulin, from Sweden. It has become a thriving fishing village with an abundance of fish, crabs, clams, and oysters.

Nowadays the population swells in the heat of the summer as visitors boat, drive or cycle here to enjoy Lund’s charm and to access Desolation Sound Provincial Marine Park, the Copeland Islands, Okeover Inlet, and tropical Savary Island.

At the heart of Lund is the historic Lund Hotel boasting a restaurant and pub with ocean views. In the same building there is a Laundromat, general store, post office, shops and services.

There is a boat fuel dock adjacent to extensive government docks.

At the heart of Lund is the historic Lund Hotel boasting a restaurant and pub with ocean views. In the same building there is a Laundromat, general store, post office, shops and services. The fishing is good and there are charter fishing boats eager to prove it. Not interested in fishing? Charter a sightseeing tour boat and explore the Copeland Islands Provincial Marine Park or the spectacular sights of world famous Desolation Sound Provincial Marine Park.

Kayaking in the area is very rewarding, especially around the bays and islets of the nearby Copeland Islands Provincial Marine Park, a group of pristine islands situated north of the Lund Harbour. The sea life is abundant with seals, fish, sea stars, water fowl and the occasional whale. Watch for bald eagles too.

Or snorkel, swim or sunbathe from the sandy shores of tropical Savary Island which is just minutes away by water taxi. The unpaved roadways, winding trails and friendly islanders make it a relaxing place to bike or hike.

Accessible by charter boat, Mitlenatch Island Provincial Marine Park is a bird watcher’s paradise but is also home to interesting and unusual flowers, foliage, and butterflies, not to mention the seals and sea lions.

The nearby Sunshine Coast Trail offers great scenic hikes. It begins at Sarah Point, north of Lund, and ends in Saltery Bay at the southern end of the Malaspina Peninsula. Accessible from several points along the route, hikers can plan short day hikes, overnight hikes or longer multi-day hikes. It is strongly suggested that you obtain information about the trail (ie: water, private property, wildlife, etc) before hiking any sections.

The Sliammon Nation offers a First Nations cultural experience. Native to the area, this west coast nation offers traditional canoe trips and longhouse ceremony with meal. Very educational.

Purchase a Tidal Waters Sport Fishing License and try your hand at picking oysters or digging clams on the beach at Okeover Inlet. From the shore, several oyster farms can be identified by their white floats across the Inlet.

With the warmest waters north of the Baja Peninsula, local scuba diving boasts excellent visibility and truly abundant sea life. Night dives can be spectacular, especially for octopus enthusiasts.

Shopping is handy in nearby Powell River. Marine Avenue presents unique shops and quaint galleries not to mention the unusual restaurants and curio stores tucked away around corners.

Basically Lund is a place to get away from it all, relax, unwind and take a deep breath of fresh ocean air. Slow down and repose a while.
Source: Lund Community Society

Cutting a treacherous path through jagged mountains, the Fraser River has created what is, arguably, one of the finest river canyon landscapes in the world. Its extraordinarily diverse geography makes Lytton a top choice for adventurers who enjoy hiking, geocaching, mountain biking and white water rafting. Hell's Gate Air Tram is a star attraction and wilderness parks like the Stein Valley, with its rich First Nations heritage, are hidden jewels.

Source: Tourism British Columbia

Welcome to Venice of the North on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada. The area features fishing and logging history, a great climate, spectacular scenery, fabulous festivals, outdoor recreation, laid-back lifestyle and some of the interesting people who live here.

The small and unique neighbourhoods of Madeira Park, Kleindale, Garden Bay and Irvine’s Landing are collectively known as Pender Harbour but technically Pender Harbour is the body of water that their shores share.

Madeira Park, where early settlers would row for picnics and softball games, was named by Joe Gonsalves' daughter, in honour of her father's beloved childhood home near the Madeira Islands.

Francis Peninsula or (depending on the tide) Beaver Island, in Madeira Park, is the largest residential area in Pender Harbour.

The downtown core of this small community boasts extensive landscaping, rockwork, and public areas including Seafarer's Park and Iris Griffith Wetlands. Murals by Walters and wood carvings by Jack Crabb grace the downtown area while the old, double-ender, commercial fishing boat Harbour Spirit welcomes visitors from its high and dry, mini Stonehenge-meets-Buchart Gardens setting on Hwy. 101.

Madeira Park is the business centre of Pender Harbour, with a post office, elementary school, community school, community hall, community policing station, fire station, health centre, the largest of three local wharves, wharfinger's office (604-883-2234), Dept. of Fisheries & Oceans office, Legion and a shopping centre.

Commercial locations include grocery stores, marinas, resorts, coffee shops, galleries, hairdressers, a building supply store, credit union, liquor store, pharmacy, veterinary clinic, wine u-brew, pub, dance studio, pet food store, clothing boutique, bookstore, used clothing store, computer service and video rentals.
Source: Pender Harbour Paper Mill
Masset, northern gateway to Naikoon Park, western Mile 0 of Highway 16 is located at the northern end of Graham Island - the largest of the more than 150 islands that comprise the Queen Charlotte Islands or Haida Gwaii as affectionately called by locals. The Village of Masset is a small fishing village in British Columbia. Famous celebrities and people from all over the world visit to enjoy the island for its pristine beauty. Masset is also known for its hiking trails and birdwatching. World renowned Haida artists also hail from Masset and Old Massett.
Source: Masset Municipal Government
McBride (population: 660) is a charming mountain village, nestled in the wide flat-bottomed Robson Valley. Towering mountains outline the horizon with snow-capped peaks throughout the fall, winter, and early spring. The area's varied terrain ensures incredible hiking, camping, and birdwatching during warmer months, and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in winter.
The locals really make getting to know McBride worthwhile. Friendly, helpful, welcoming, and ready for a new conversation, community members offer outstanding hospitality. McBride is only a 45-minute drive from Mount Robson, and just two hours from Prince George. The village itself is small enough so everything is within easy walking distance.

Summer offers spectacular hikes, breathtaking climbs, and birdwatching and wildlife viewing. Plan for a day-long hike, or multi-day trip to places like the Ancient Forest, Eagle Valley, Kristi Glacier, Bell Mountain, Mount McBride, Ozalenka, and more. Golfing, paragliding, boating round out the outdoor activity roster. More leisurely options include shopping for local arts and crafts, or taking part in the annual Robson Valley Music Festival during summer. McBride is a snow-filled playground in winter, with excellent snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.

McBride is set in the Robson Valley, surrounded by mountains and farmland, and adjacent to the flowing Fraser River. Drive to McBride along Highway 16, or take the Via Rail passenger train. The mountainous landscape and climate combine to offer some of the best snowmobiling in BC, as well as a range of terrain for all skill levels.

Learn more about the First Nations traditional territory in the area, and European settlement spurred by railway development in the early 1900s. Check out other small communities like Crescent Spur, Dunster, and Tete Jaune, which also developed around the railway.
Source: Tourism British Columbia

Nanaimo is Vancouver Island’s second largest city and is known as the Harbour City for its picturesque harbour. Nanaimo is easy to get to, and its central location makes it an excellent base for tours of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Hiking, boating, kayaking, biking and world-class scuba diving and snorkeling are everyday activities at the bustling waterfront, as seaplanes take flight from sparkling blue waters.

Source: Tourism British Columbia 

Naramata (population: 2,000) is a quiet community with no traffic lights. Ramble along tree-shaded streets and absorb lake and mountain vistas and extravagant sunsets. Unplug and rejuvenate by swimming from sandy beaches, fishing mountain lakes, sipping acclaimed vintages at the wineries and vineyards of the Naramata Bench, shopping for fresh produce at farms and orchards, browsing galleries for the works of local artists or hiking and mountain biking the forest trails.

The call of the outdoors is irresistible in Naramata. With Okanagan Lake framing the village to the west, sandy beaches beckon swimmers and sun-soakers. The rugged highland terrain to the north and east, with its secluded mountain lakes and forested trails, invites anglers, hikers and mountain bikers. The Trans Canada Trail passes above Naramata on the former Kettle Valley Railway line.

Nearby Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park is a wilderness area that hosts an array of wildlife from bald eagles to black bears, where hikers can trek historic trails, campers can pitch a tent in the backcountry and anglers can cast a line for trout.

Naramata was founded on agriculture. Savvy developer JM Robinson recognized the potential for cultivating soft fruit orchards on the sun-drenched clay bank terraces rising from Okanagan Lake and beginning in 1907, sold his idea to gentlemen farmers from Eastern Canada and Britain.

The tradition continues with the latest evolution to grape growing. The Naramata Bench is now recognized as a distinct wine region within the Okanagan Valley appellation.

Citizens of Naramata are determined to retain the slow, easy ambiance that makes their village a unique destination in the Okanagan. They have formalized their efforts with accreditation by Cittaslow, an international organization founded in Orvieto, Italy and born from the Slow Food movement.

Core values include celebrating and supporting cultural diversity and the individual specialties of the town while resisting the fast lane, homogenized world of large urban centres.

Naramata offers a little over a century of history to explore. Like other Okanagan communities such as Peachland and Summerland, Naramata was actually a planned community carefully designed by developer JM Robinson.

Artefacts and heritage photographs at the Naramata Heritage Museum chronicle village history, featuring tent houses of the first inhabitants, the Naramata Inn, the orchard industry, construction of the Kettle Valley Railway, regattas, theatrical performances and the tradition of the Maypole Dance.

Glimpse highlights of area history in murals at the museum and the packinghouse or experience it with stops at the Naramata Heritage Inn and Spa; the walking pier at Wharf Park, where sternwheelers docked when Okanagan Lake was Naramata's main transportation route; and the tunnels, trestles and rock ovens of the Kettle Valley Railway.

Naramata is attracting a growing colony of artists who often take inspiration from the surrounding landscape and incorporate grape and orchard motifs into their work. Paintings, sculpture, pottery, glasswork and jewelry are displayed in studios and unusual gallery settings such as wineries, B&Bs and sculpture gardens.
Source: Tourism British Columbia

A small city with a big personality, Nelson is situated on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains. People come here for the alpine and nordic skiing, cat skiing, mountain biking, hiking, boating and golf, and for the most active arts and culture scene in the Kootenay Rockies.

Source: Tourism British Columbia

Framed by the monumental North Shore Mountains, North Vancouver offers unprecedented access to nature along with urban comforts. Imagine the thrill of hiking or mountain biking through parks laden with old-growth rainforest. Skiing on mountains showcased during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Or shopping for First Nations art at local art galleries, followed by dining on homegrown specialties like alder-grilled salmon and microbrewery beer. It's possible to do all these things in one day.
Most North Vancouver attractions are just a 20-minute drive from downtown Vancouver across the Lions Gate Bridge or the Second Narrows Bridge. The area known as Vancouver's North Shore (also encompassing wealthy neighbouring West Vancouver) is home to nearly 180,000 active, green-minded citizens.

Originally constructed in 1889, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is Vancouver's oldest tourist attraction. Teeter thrillingly across the 137m/450ft span above a frothing river, and then check out the totem poles, trout ponds, and gift shop. Nearby, check out the huge Cleveland Dam and the Capilano Salmon Hatchery, both free of charge. The Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge is another freebie, tucked away amid firs and cedars in a hikers' paradise.

Enjoy the varied activities at Grouse Mountain, which can be reached by public transit This 1,250m/4,100ft peak offers amazing views of Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean, both from the Skyride gondola tram and at the summit. Ziplining, paragliding and heli-jet tours spice up the summer, and skiing, sleigh rides, and ice skating grace the winter.

The Grouse Grind is Vancouver's best-known and most challenging mountainside hike, and the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife with grizzly bears and wolves is open year-round.

The North Shore's other great skiing mountains include Cypress Mountain, the huge official West Vancouver venue for 2010 Olympic freestyle skiing and snowboarding, and Mount Seymour, which has more than 20 downhill runs and welcomes young families on a budget.

Mount Seymour also offers access to some of the North Shore's world-class hiking and mountain biking trails. The Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve, the Baden-Powell Trail, and the emerging North Shore Spirit Trail are names to remember.

Nearby Deep Cove is a kayaking mecca, with tranquil waters extending up the fjord of Indian Arm. Watch out for eagles, cougars, seals, and anemones. Wildlife can also be spotted while fishing or enjoying a high-speed "sea safari" in a Zodiac boat out of the family-operated Sewell's Marina in Horseshoe Bay.
Even at signature North Shore golf courses like Northlands Golf Course, it's not uncommon to spot deer or black bears on the greens.

Those who prefer to relax with shopping, culture, and dining are in luck too. Lonsdale Quay, the waterfront heartbeat of North Vancouver, is loaded with quaint galleries, gift shops, and delicious-smelling vendors of fresh produce and deli goods. Canada's oldest shopping centre, Park Royal Shopping Centre, has been a North Shore mainstay since 1950, and boasts more than 300 stores today. Boutique shopping abounds in neighbourhood centres like Edgemont Village, Dundarave, Deep Cove and Lynn Valley.

For theatre-goers and arts lovers, the North Shore has a bit of everything, from symphony concerts and plays for kids at Centennial Theatre to eclectic exhibitions at Deep Cove's Seymour Art Gallery. Totem poles, masks, and paintings that express First Nations culture can be found at galleries such as Khot La Cha Art Gallery and Spirit Gallery.

Dining in North Vancouver is a delight due to the focus on local, seasonal, and organic ingredients. Sample acclaimed West Coast cuisine at The Salmon House, Crave, The Beach House at Dundarave Pier, and Saltaire. Alternatively, fuel up on pub fare at Taylor's Crossing or fresh-ground coffee at Delany's, or at a range of French, Indian, Persian, and Greek restaurants.

The North Shore was originally inhabited by First Nations such as the Squamish, the Tseil-Waututh, and the Musqueam. European explorers first entered Howe Sound in the late 18th Century, and by the 1860s, logging was an emerging industry. Mills, churches, and postal service followed, and North Vancouver was first incorporated as a district in 1891.

Bridging the Burrard Inlet
In the pre-World War II era, the building of the Second Narrows Bridge and Lions Gate Bridge across Burrard Inlet tightened North Vancouver's ties with downtown Vancouver. Despite suffering economically during the Great Depression, North Vancouver rebounded.
Source: Tourism British Columbia
Oliver (population 4,370) is a small agricultural community known as the "Wine Capital of Canada." This unique town is actually the result of a government plan following the First World War to irrigate the semi-arid South Okanagan and turn it into a viable fruit-growing region. The plan worked and the orchards remain, but today, vineyards climb the dry hillsides and people throng to the area to visit its wineries. Restaurants and accommodations are catching up to the tastes of the new wine tourists, who are also interested in Oliver's arts scene. The area's natural attractions continue to draw people for bird watching, water activities, hiking, mountain biking, golf and winter activities. Oliver is ideally situated as a base for country drives through Okanagan wine country.

Fruit production has always been a driving force in Oliver's economy. Roadside stands, U-pick orchards and the Oliver Country Market continue to be favourite stops for locals and visitors. But the main attractions are now the award-winning reds, whites, fruit wines and Icewines of the burgeoning Okanagan wine industry. More than two dozen wineries are located within a 20-minute drive of Oliver, on the Golden Mile, Black Sage Bench, in Osoyoos and the Corkscrew Drive of Okanagan Falls.
Source: Tourism British Columbia

Established as a customs point on the Canada-US border, Osoyoos is a town of many faces. Its location on Osoyoos Lake, surrounded by grasslands, highlands and mountains ensures that outdoor recreation will always be a draw. People come to Osoyoos for water activities, golf, hiking and cycling in summer and downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter. They also come for wine tasting and dining, to learn about the endangered desert ecology and the Okanagan First Nation.

Source: Tourism British Columbia

The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is located on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island. Stand in an ancient rainforest, gazing in awe as giant trees rise through mist and cloud to the sky. Kayak among clusters of alluring islands, where inner waters abound with marine life, and rocky shores are lined with twisted cedars, secret caves, and startling blowholes. Relax on soft-sand beaches and watch for whales, or in winter watch the storms that furiously pummel the coast.

Port Alberni and the pastoral Alberni Valley serve as the gateway to BC’s west coast.

Tofino sits on a narrow peninsula bordered by Pacific Rim National Park Reserve to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the west, north, and east.

Ucluelet is one of only a few population centres on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island. Its name means "safe landing place" in the language of the Nuu-chah-nulth people who have lived here for at least 4,300 years.

The Pacific Rim feature dramatic old-growth forest and sprawling beaches, ideal for various outdoor recreational activities and wilderness and wildlife viewing. Learn about the area’s natural and cultural heritage at Pacific Rim’s interpretive centre, or head to Clayoquot Sound to explore one of the largest areas of ancient temperate rainforest left in the world.

There are many walking paths and hiking routes within Pacific Rim National Park Reserve including the 75km/47mi West Coast Trail. Walk along or lounge on the area’s expansive beaches, renowned for their soft sand and amazing scenery. Popular beaches include Long, Chesterman, and MacKenzie.

Pacific Rim Kayaking
Boasting deep inlets, multiple islands and a surfeit of protected nooks and crannies, the area’s waterways were seemingly carved for kayakers Clayoquot Sound features beaches, headlands, old-growth rainforest, protected inner waterways, kilometres of rocky coastline, and a cornucopia of marine wildlife. The Broken Group Islands is one of the world's premier sea kayaking destinations. Discover more than 100 secluded islands and their sheltered waterways.

Pacific Rim Whale Watching and Storm Watching
View nature at its most amazing and powerful. Approximately, 22,000 grey whales pass through the Pacific Rim en route to their Arctic feeding grounds in March and April, and from May to October many whales, such as humpbacks and orcas, call these waters home. Watch from land or take a guided tour on the water. Beginning in late fall and continuing through winter the coastal area becomes a coveted storm-watching destination as epic squalls beat down. Watch these storms from the comfort of luxurious lodges perched on beach cliffs.
Source: Tourism British Columbia

Parksville marks the beginning of beach country, and features outstanding waterfront. When the tide is low, hundreds of metres of sand beckon to castle builders and beachcombers. As the tide comes in, the water is warmed by the hot sand and is perfect for swimming. Parksville is a definitive British Columbia summer town, just a half-hour drive north of Nanaimo's ferry terminals. The beaches here on the south-central coast of eastern Vancouver Island are the stuff of a California dream vacation. However there is a difference: Parksville's postcard crescents of golden, hard-packed sand are smoother, broader and caressed by gentle Pacific rollers, not pounding surf.

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Located in a vast, green-belt valley between the Coast Mountains and the Cascades, Pemberton (pop 2,600) is an easy 3-hour drive from Vancouver, 35km/27mi north of Whistler. Although so close to the famous resort, Pemberton is the antithesis of gentrified Whistler. The Valley's rich farming and First Nations heritage has long-established a self-sufficiency, while the surrounding wilderness also offers year round outdoor recreation from mountain biking and jet boating to fishing, golf, horseback riding and soaring.

Pemberton's easy access to out-of-the-ordinary wilderness makes it the preferred choice for die-hard outdoor sportsmen and extreme adventurers. Better still, small parts of that wilderness have been tamed so that visitors of all ages and abilities can get a feel for their wild side.

The topography is Mecca for mountain bikers and in addition to other land-based adventures, there are exhilarating airborne activities such as sky diving, paragliding and soaring the wind currents in a glider as they rise up against Mt Currie, Pemberton's 2,600m/8,450ft signature peak.

Whistler may have its world-class downhill ski mountains and a beautiful ski resort to boot, but there's a self-styled one-upmanship that just 30 minutes north, Pemberton has everything else – naturally.

Come winter, snowmobiles crisscross the countryside, skaters take to the frozen lakes, and snowshoers and skiers follow summer hiking trails through snow-covered forests. Snowmobiling and back country skiing are big winter activities though ice fishing and ice climbing are gaining popularity.

Several provincial parks in the Pemberton area have networks of multi-use trails, well maintained campsites and awe-inspiring scenery that everyone can experience whether out-of-shape ambler or hard-core hiker. For example, an easy 1.5km/.9mi walk leads to the beautifully sculpted Nairns Falls while more experienced hikers might consider portaging a canoe up the steep ascent to the Upper Joffre Lake.

Wildlife is everywhere. Meander around One Mile Lake and see Trumpeter Swans in November as well as a host of mergansers, ducks and loons. Meanwhile at Birkenhead, Duffey Lake and outlying areas, watch for spawning salmon, osprey and bear tracks, if not the bears themselves.

With its sheltered location, nutrient rich soils and warmer-than-Whistler weather, the Valley has cultivated a highly successful virus-free, seed potato industry; hence its nickname Spud Valley. Exported internationally, these potatoes are now creating a silky-smooth sipping vodka; a boutique label that will soon be followed by a single malt whisky.

Beyond potatoes, the ever-growing farming community is becoming a hot agri-tourism destination. Many farms offer an array of organic produce for direct purchase, and others open their gates to U-Pickers and purchasers of farm-made honeys, salsas and preserves.
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In the Syilx native language, Penticton means “a place to visit every year” and the city really lives up to its name! Surrounded by rolling hillsides and snuggled between two of BC’s most spectacular fresh water lakes, Penticton & Wine Country, BC is an ultimate year round destination for every type of traveller.

From wineries to beaches, golf courses to ski hills, Penticton & Wine Country has something for everyone to do. There is never a dull moment in Penticton, British Columbia!

Penticton is located in the centre of Okanagan wine country, a short distance from Kelowna, Osoyoos, Summerland and Oliver BC, where wine lovers and fine dining aficionados can enjoy a leisure vacation filled with wine tours at award-winning wineries in and around Penticton, world-class dining, romantic bed and breakfasts, and waterfront hotels and resorts just a stones throw from Skaha Lake and Okanagan Lake. Penticton is indeed a superb destination for your next romantic and wine getaway.

In the mood for a little outdoor adventure? No problem. Penticton is a playground for outdoor activity for adventure seekers and families alike.

Known as one of Canada's most beautiful and scenic areas, the diverse landscape of the Okanagan Valley offers a little something for outdoor adventurers of all ages.

Penticton, BC, the “City of Festivals” offers year-round festivals and events from wine to ale, from arts to history, from entertainment to sports to traditional celebrations such as the Childrens Festival, the Jazz Festival, Elvis Festival and the Meadowlark Festival.
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Port Alberni and the pastoral Alberni Valley serve as the gateway to BC’s west coast. Majestically located on a deepwater ocean inlet in the south-central heart of Vancouver Island, Port Alberni is a friendly and affordable lumber and fishing town with a bright future as an incredible outdoor adventure location. Hiking, recreational fishing, mountain biking, and various water activities are all found here.

In a matter of minutes, visitors can travel from city shopping plazas into the thick of the Alberni Valley wilderness. The region stretches from the peak of Mount Arrowsmith to the river systems, lakes, forested expanses, farmlands and ocean fjords that roll west to the open Pacific.

Port Alberni's future has arrived for all-season adventurers keen on salmon fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and numerous water activities (swimming, boating, tubing, kayaking and canoeing). Natural gems in the region include Cathedral Grove's old-growth hemlocks, the mighty Della Falls (the tallest waterfall in North America), Stamp River Falls Provincial Park, the historic Log Train Trail hiking/biking route, and the watersports hubs of Sproat and Great Central lakes.

Take a walking tour downtown or explore the Alberni Valley on driving/hiking tours. The city and region as a whole offer the following highlights – many of which can be enjoyed in a single day or over a leisurely long weekend:
Step back in time on a vintage passenger train that chugs through the valley to Canada's only working steam sawmill, the 1920-era McLean Mill National Historic Site. Expect sell-outs on special trips designed for fans of Harry Potter and Christmas lights.

Head out to sea with fishing guides on route to famously scenic Barkley Sound and the town of Bamfield's wilderness lodges.

Snap pictures of black bears foraging for berries and salmon on the west bank of the Somass River – safely visible by onlookers from Victoria Quay, a favorite downtown gathering place.

Check out the Labour Day Port Alberni Salmon Festival, the Thunder in the Valley drag racing competition, top-rate junior hockey tournaments, various art galleries and home studios, and a half-dozen other special events held annually.
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At the northern end of Hwy 19, the active community of Port Hardy offers a wealth of opportunity to outdoor enthusiasts at any time of the year, a major BC Ferries terminal, and the gateway to Northern Vancouver Island recreation. Port Hardy is the last bastion of civilization in the remote and wild north end of Vancouver Island. The natural ingredients are all here: fishing, hiking, world-class scuba diving, and serious quantities of wildlife in coastal waters, wilderness parks and the area's nicely mature second-growth woodland habitat make for great viewing.  

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Canada stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific and up north through the Arctic. Given the vast area this country occupies and its unique mosaic of cultures and people, it undoubtedly represents a world of extraordinary experiences.
Discover a land where Mother Nature holds absolute sway over immense tracts of untouched landscapes. In addition to the impressive diversity of natural beauties it features from coast to coast, Canada’s sophisticated cities and capitals have also a lot to offer to the urban experience enthusiasts. Very few areas in the world can indeed surpass Canada’s wide array of tourist opportunities. Whether you are of the active or of the contemplative type, our Nordic territories have certainly something to suit you right!  
Canada's regions run the gamut of experiences; each possessing its own unique character, defining geography and cultural touch points. The choice is yours. From the Pacific Rim flavours and natural splendour of the Mountains / West, to the cosmopolitan vitality of Central Canada, to the centuries old stew of traditions on Canada's East Coast. All you need is the right compass. Source: Canadian Tourism Commission

Where endless green mountains meet sheltered Pacific Ocean waters, Powell River provides a stimulating blend of outdoor adventure and cultural amenities. Originally founded as a resource extraction centre – once home to the world's largest pulp and paper mill – Powell River now offers water lovers countless opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and scuba diving. Don't miss Marine Avenue's art galleries and dining, plus the historic, planned Townsite, designated a National Historic District in 1995.

The city (pop. 12,957) is located on the upper Sunshine Coast, about 145km/90mi northwest of Vancouver. It's accessible by ferry from Vancouver Island, or from Earl's Cove while driving up from Gibsons or Sechelt. Powell River is also just minutes from the village of Lund at the north end of Highway 101, the world's longest highway stretching down to South America. The black-tailed deer of Texada Island and the white, sandy beaches of Savary Island await via a short ferry ride or water taxi ride.

It's easy to make a splash in Powell River. Set up a kayak tour out of Lund and explore Desolation Sound Marine Park, British Columbia's biggest marine park. Its 60km/37mi of sheltered coastline is laden with picturesque bays, coves, and inlets. First Nations petroglyphs, seals, and porpoises can be spotted.

Another popular kayaking destination is the Copeland Islands, where bald eagles and deer can be sighted while following the archipelago's narrow passageways. Mitlenatch Island attracts bird-watchers, as it's home to the Strait of Georgia's largest population of sea birds.

Canoeists flock to the famous Powell River Forest Canoe Route, encompassing eight pristine lakes on an 80km/50mi circuit with camping and B&B access. Experience some of the world's best cold-water diving, according to renowned explorer Jacques Cousteau, and see the bronze mermaid statue submerged in Mermaid Cove, or wolf eels and octopi at the wreck of the Malahat sailing ship. Fishing aficionados can catch abundant salmon, rainbow trout, or kokanee locally, and the excellent oystering substantiates Powell River's nickname, "The Pearl of the Sunshine Coast."

Opportunities for swimming, camping, and boating abound at Powell River's parks. Sample everything from the rocky beaches teeming with tidal pool life at Saltery Bay Provincial Park to the amazingly wheelchair-friendly hiking circuit at Inland Lake Provincial Park.

The area's biggest hiking attraction is the 180km/111mi Sunshine Coast Trail, which can be done in segments or as a multi-day trip amid old-growth forest and alpine ridge. The trail is shared with mountain bikers, who also enjoy the 34km/21mi intensity of Bunster Hills Loop. Other notable hikes include the Duck Lake trail system and the lookout on Valentine Mountain.

It's no wonder Powell River was named a "Cultural Capital of Canada" in 2004. Each year, the community hosts major arts festivals like International Choral Kathaumixw, which attracts choirs from around the world, and Symphony Orchestra of the Pacific (SOAP), featuring up-and-coming and established classical musicians. Powell River burgeons with visual artists, from downtown's Artique cooperative gallery to the unique wood creations of Tourigny and Marce. An annual studio tour opens artists' doors in August.
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As the largest city in Northern British Columbia, and located centrally in the province, Prince George provides the amenities of a larger shopping and service centre, while offering instant access to wilderness and outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, golf and camping.

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Prince Rupert is a little marine city with one-of-a-kind wilderness exploration and wildlife viewing experiences on Northwest BC's Pacific Coast. It's also a popular stop on various Alaskan cruises. Spend a day exploring the town or set out on an adventure. Main attractions in the port town include spectacular ocean fishing; cultural, whale watching and grizzly bear-viewing tours; and enjoying amazingly fresh seafood at Rupert's various restaurants.

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Princeton (populaton 2,677) is a small town in a beautiful setting with a long and colourful heritage. Visitors are attracted to its natural sights, parks and wildlife. They come for hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing and are drawn to discover the town's rich historical and heritage sites.

Set at the forks of the Tulameen and Similkameen rivers, surrounded by dry grasslands and highland plateau country with the Cascade Mountains rising to the west, nature is such a close and constant presence that it's not uncommon to spot deer on residential streets.

Swimming, canoeing and kayaking, tubing and camping are all popular on waterways and in the region's six provincial parks. Trout wait to tease anglers in no fewer than 49 easily accessible fishing lakes. An 18-hole golf course is located minutes from downtown, while the Trans Canada Trail and a host of other trails appeal to hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders.

In winter, the China Ridge Trails attract cross-country skiers and snowshoers, while Manning Park Resort in the Cascade Mountains 66.7km/41mi to the west is also a great venue for downhill skiers and snowboarders.

Drive into Princeton and immediately get the feeling of a western mining town with false-front buildings and covered sidewalks. A downtown walking tour that features heritage buildings and murals, wraps up at the excellent Princeton Museum. Beyond the town limits, visitors can discover the ghosts of once-booming mining towns and plunge into the cold, black tunnel of the Mascot Gold Mine.

A short distance from downtown, the brilliant red wall of Ochre Bluff rises above the Trans Canada Trail, testament to the ageless tradition of First Nations mining. Ochre was an important trade commodity and was used to paint pictographs on rock faces throughout the region. In nearby Hedley, the culture of the Similkameen people is further explored at the Snaza'ist Discovery Centre, base station for the Mascot Mine Tour.

Rock hounds find many interesting crystals and fossils in the Princeton area. For those who don't want to prospect in the field, the museum houses excellent exhibits of glow-in-the-dark crystals, lifelike fossils and the renowned Joe Pollard rock collection.
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Quadra Island is the heart and hub of the Discovery Islands, just a quick ten minute ferry ride across from Campbell River, North Central Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Quadra Island is home to a lively close-knit community of 2,700 people from all walks of life and all parts of the world. The We Wai Kai band of the indigenous Laichwiltach People, (Kwakwak'awakw First Nation) reside at Cape Mudge (Yaculta). Nearby Quathiaski Cove is the main port of arrival and commercial hub of the island. Picturesque Heriot Bay serves as departure point for the ferry to Cortes Island and other boat services to the outer Discovery Islands. Arts, culture, adventure recreation, scenery and the laid-back island lifestyle are just a few of the reasons people come to live or visit Quadra Island.
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Since the establishment of the Chentsit'hala Carrier First Nation's summer camp at the confluence of the Fraser and Quesnel Rivers, Quesnel's close proximity to this waterway system has attracted explorers, prospectors, framers, and adventurers.

Today, visitors are attracted to Quesnel's agricultural bounty – celebrated through the North Cariboo Farm Tour and the Quesnel Old Time Farmers' Market. Its striking natural setting is enjoyed on hiking trails and camping in provincial parks. Explore the city's rich cultural heritage at the Quesnel & District Musuem and in more than 30 heritage sites around town. Quesnel's convenient location in Highway 97, the main corridor through interior British Columbia, also makes it a great destination for dining and accommodation options.

Politicians predicted in the 1870s that Quesnel would become the capital of British Columbia, given its waterway proximity and close location to Barkerville – "Canada's Gold Rush Town." While not BC's capital (the capital is Victoria), Quesnel exudes a diverse cultural history and deep commitment to its preservation. In addition to the museum and various heritage sites, Quesnel dedicates a number of festivals and events to maintaining a connected past, such as Billy Barker Days and the Quesnel Rodeo.

To the west of Quesnel lies a vast expanse of pristine wilderness. The area's provincial parks are renowned for extensive hiking trails, wilderness camping and wildlife viewing. Well-stocked lakes offer great fishing opportunities. Explore the great outdoors in Quesnel or head to the First Nations' community of Nazko ("river flowing from the south"), or east toward Wells, Barkerville, and Bowron Chain of Lakes.

Development of green space is top priority for residents of Quesnel. Numerous gardens and city parks, featuring more than 30 landscaped flower beds, are scattered throughout town, and petunias line one continuous mile. In 2007, Quesnel was named national winner of the Canadian "Communities in Bloom" competition, promoting urban green space.

The fertile lands of the Quesnel countryside are home to many farms and ranches, a number of which are open to visitors. The North Cariboo Farm Tour highlights several working farms and ranches. Farmers' agricultural yield is available at specialty shops and the annual market, as well as local handmade crafts. Make sure to pick up some exotic boreal amber birch syrup from Moose Meadows Farm.
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The village of Radium Hot Springs is the western gateway to Kootenay National Park and the BC end of the Banff/Windermere Parkway. People come here for the parks, golfing, hiking, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, and of course, the wonderful, rejuvenating hot springs.

Set at the entrance to Sinclair Canyon on the lower slope of the Rocky Mountains, this small village (population 900) is big on old-fashioned alpine hospitality and charm.

Don't be surprised to see large numbers of Rocky Mountain Big Horn Sheep wandering the streets. These spectacular animals spend most of the year grazing in and around the village.

Historically, the mineral pools have always been the main attraction, but there is a lot more to this community than hot water. Visitors today can also enjoy vigorous outdoor recreational activities such as horseback riding, hiking, mountaineering and ice climbing.
With a resident population of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, and with one of the world's most significant unspoiled wetland areas on its doorstep, Radium Hot Springs is a unique wildlife viewing destination.

Walk from the village up to the Redstreak Campground, and follow the trail to the mineral pools. Return to the village through Sinclair Canyon, and visit Rolf Hier's extraordinary woodcarving shop.

Start a golf tour at the Radium Resort or Springs golf courses, and play a different Windermere Valley course every day for a week.

In winter, soak in the hot springs after a day of skiing or snowmobiling. The Radium Hot Springs mineral pools are located inside the boundary of Kootenay National Park, just east of the village. A Parks Canada pass is not required when driving to the springs.
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With the breathtaking Glacier National Park nearby, and bordered by both Mount Revelstoke National Park and Revelstoke Mountain Resort on Mount Mackenzie, Revelstoke will appeal to keen outdoor enthusiasts and extreme winter sports seekers. Situated at a strategic crossing of the Columbia River, this Kootenay Rockies city is surrounded by the impressive and towering Selkirk and Monashee Mountains. From hiking and mountain biking in summer, to challenging downhill skiing, heli skiing, Nordic skiing, cat-skiing, backcountry skiing and snowmobiling in winter, getting out of doors here is mandatory – and compellingly convenient!

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Just a 20-minute drive south of downtown Vancouver, Richmond (pop. 188,000) attracts visitors with its multicultural shopping and dining opportunities, theatre and entertainment venues, scenic local parks, and colourful historic and heritage sites. It's the fourth-largest city in British Columbia after Vancouver, Surrey, and Burnaby.

Richmond, occupying 17 islands in the mouth of the Fraser River, is easy to access from neighbouring municipalities, and it's the home of Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Richmond's flat terrain offers great cycling along its waterfront dykes, and also made it a practical choice as a 2010 Olympic Winter Games Venue City, with the spectacular Richmond Oval hosting speed-skating.

Today, Richmond has the highest percentage of immigrants of any Canadian city, and that diversity is reflected in the awe-inspiring Buddhist, Sikh, and Muslim temples that adorn the landscape. Visit the Richmond Cultural Centre (7700 Minoru Gate) to view the city museum, archives, and art gallery.

Shop-till-you-drop types will enjoy the Asian-themed goods, from jewelry and fashion to specialty foods and herbal remedies, at Aberdeen Centre, which has some 160 stores, including the giant Daiso emporium with bargain-priced Japanese merchandise, and an 800-seat food court. Other major Asian-focused shopping malls nearby in the Golden Village district include Yaohan Centre, home to the bustling Osaka Today supermarket, and Parker Place.
The Golden Village, covering a four-block radius centered on No. 3 Road, also has tasty, affordable Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Malaysian, and Korean restaurants. Richmond is widely considered one of the best places in North America for Asian cuisine.

From late spring to early fall each year, the Richmond Night Market draws thousands of shoppers as an open-air extravaganza of food vendors and stalls selling clothes, DVDs, wristwatches, and much more.

Located on the banks of the Fraser River, the River Rock Casino Resort is the largest casino in Western Canada. Relax with some 900 slot machines, a huge selection of table games, and a theatre that features vintage pop acts, comedians, and boxing matches.
The Gateway Theatre is Richmond's only live professional theatre. Situated in Minoru Park in the City Centre, it presents Broadway musicals, family fare such as Anne of Green Gables, and contemporary Canadian dramas.

For more affordable family fun, check out the Riverport development in south Richmond with a multiplex movie theatre, swimming and bowling, and pub and family-style restaurants.

Famous athletes with a Richmond background include NHL hockey stars like Scott Hannan and Brent Seabrook, 2008 Olympic rowing gold medalist Kyle Hamilton, and Rick Hansen, the wheelchair athlete for whom the movie song "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" was composed by David Foster.
Some notable Richmond actors include twin brothers Aaron Ashmore (Smallville) and Shawn Ashmore (X-Men), and Nicky Clyne (Battlestar Galactica). In 2006, Richmond hosted the Gemini Awards (the Canadian TV industry's answer to the Emmy Awards) at the River Rock Show Theatre.

The Canada Line SkyTrain service connects Richmond, downtown Vancouver and Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Popular Richmond attractions like the River Rock Casino Resort are easily accessible from downtown Vancouver and YVR. Seven transit stations are situated along Richmond's Canada Line rapid transit route.
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Set on an ancient volcanic valley deep in the Monashee Mountains in the Kootenay Rockies region, Rossland (population: 3,278) is an outdoor adventure mecca for fans of mountain biking, hiking, Nordic, downhill and snow-cat skiing, golfing and more. Seeking excitement? Adventure? Culture? Rossland may be a small city, but it's pretty big on activities.

Voted "Canada's #1 Outdoor Town" in 2007 by Canadian outdoor magazine Explore, Rossland's stunning landscape and epic mountain trails have earned it the title of "Mountain Bike Capital of Canada" – no small feat in a country covered in mountains and trails!

In fact, Rossland's flagship trail, the Seven Summits, is not for gutter bunnies or newbies. It traverses more than 30km/18mi across stunning and high peaks. The SS skyline trail was awarded Epic Ride status by the International Mountain Bike Association and Trail of the Yearby the US's Bike Magazine.

But that's not it. The area's extensive trail network, which includes ski-lift assisted runs and hundreds of kilometers of green, blue and black diamond runs, attracts both enthusiasts and hardcore bikers for most of the year.

The Rossland area also boasts spectacular views, varied terrain and exceptional alpine, Nordic, backcountry and snow-cat skiing on ochre and granite mountains at nearby Red Mountain Resort. With an impressive snow fall of 750cm/300in per season, ski-bums – both visiting and local – find the mountains irresistible.

The appeal of this mountain town extends into the summer as well. Rossland's festivals and events are plentiful, and there's plenty of golfing, dining, hiking, fishing and fascinating historical sites to take in. Plus, when not being used by mountain bikers, the trails make excellent routes for horseback riding or exploring.
No less than five provincial parks with beautiful alpine lakes also surround the area, including Beaver Creek, Champion Lakes, Nancy Greene and Gladstone Provincial Parks.

Christina Lake's waters are supposed to be among the warmest for swimming in Canada, and Champion Lakes' sandy beaches are great for lounging on.

Rossland is located just 10km/6mi west of Trail, the largest nearby city. Rosslanders are a sociable and community-minded lot, and are welcoming to visitors who share their passion for the outdoorsy lifestyle.

There are, blissfully, no traffic lights or malls in town, just friendly owner-operated shops and boutiques that help contribute to Rossland's small-town charm.
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Salmon Arm (population 16,305) is the economic hub of the Shuswap Lakes region and a four-season tourist destination. Driving into town from the east on the Trans-Canada Highway, the panoramic view of Shuswap Lake, rolling farmland, forested highlands and mountains offers many clues to what attracts people. They come for bird watching, water activities, golf, hiking, cycling, winter activities, agri-tourism, history and the arts.

Today tourism plays a major role in the economy although the farming and fruit growing that gave Salmon Arm its start continue to be important and have adapted to appeal to visitors. And grape growing and winemaking are taking their place alongside more traditional agriculture.
But nature is still the biggest draw. Salmon Arm Bay is a major bird watching area while the whole of Shuswap Lake provides opportunities for swimming, fishing, camping, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing and houseboating.

A multitude of hiking and cycling trails let visitors explore the town, visit waterfalls and tackle the steep ascents and lookouts of Mount Ida. They also provide access to the uplands of the Larch Hills and the Fly Hills, which convert to ideal cross-country skiing and snowmobiling terrain in winter.
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For many envious people, the dream west coast lifestyle is led by residents of postcard-perfect Salt Spring Island. The best-known of British Columbia's Gulf Islands is inhabited by easygoing, green-oriented freespirits and everyday folk of all ages who share one thing in common: they've opted out of the fast lane for life in a largely unspoilt paradise rich in community spirit and brimming with forested trails, lovely beaches and see-forever vistas.

Salt Spring's natural beauty and mild climate encourages outdoor pursuits like hiking, kayaking, golf, cycling, swimming, birding and beachcombing. A high per-capita assortment of dining options, specialty food producers, bakeries, coffeeshops and farmers selling fresh-picked organic produce reflect the island's passion for creature comforts. Factor in plentiful accommodations, spas, world-class arts, and a lively music and performing arts scene, and it's no wonder the island is a mecca for visitors.

Artists and young neo-hippies, retired millionaires and restaurateurs, trades people and boot-clad farmers, writers and musicians all happily co-exist on what the Washington Post once called "the coolest island in Canada."

It remains that way thanks in part to the vigilance of the Islands Trust, a land-use authority that has kept residential growth in check. The island's population of 10,000 is just five times the headcount at the turn of the 20th century. Many people here are dedicated to smart, sustainable and slow growth. The Salt Spring Island Conservancy and the Institute for Sustainability Education & Action are both at the forefront of local environmental efforts.

Notable residents include artist Robert Bateman, rock legend Randy Bachman, broadcaster Arthur Black, authors Nick Bantock and Pearl Luke, and poets Brian Brett and Phyllis Webb.

Salt Spring swells each summer with weekenders, boaters and seasonal residents. The central harbour town of Ganges is home to most of the island's funky, independent retailers, its restaurants and two grocery stores. On high-season Saturdays, the island's legendary open-air market commandeers the town centre with its unique selection of crafts, artwork and produce.
Those seeking peace can find ample measures of it elsewhere on the island – behind the "granola curtain" in the southend, on one the island's half-dozen mountainsides or while walking, cycling and beachcombing around Salt Spring's quiet northern extremes.

BC Ferries terminals are at the mid-west, mid-east and southern points of the island. Fanciful residents have long remarked that Salt Spring is shaped like a pterosaur (the flying dinosaur last seen in Jurassic Park). The base of the creature's throat is Ganges Harbour. Seaplanes, kayaks, yachts and powerboats float off-shore from a pretty and bustling town centre that is the island's lone business and retail hub. Salt Spring's one and only stoplight has been installed here to help schoolchildren cross the busy Lower Ganges Road.
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Located on the Sunshine Coast north of Vancouver, Sechelt is as laidback as it is scenic, full of artists and surrounded by  mountains.
Getting to Sechelt, is just a 40-minute ferry ride from West Vancouver, followed by a 27km/17mi drive up Highway 101. Nestled on a strip of land between Howe Sound and the Strait of Georgia, this municipality on the Sunshine Coast attracts visitors with its blissful mix of water and land activities, suitable for all ages and ability levels.
Go kayaking, fishing, or diving. Enjoy hiking in the Sunshine Coast's regional and provincial parks, or play a round or two of golf. Relax while visiting farmers markets, dining at diverse restaurants, browsing through museums, or checking out local festivals and events.
Accommodations range from chic to cozy: B&B's, luxury resorts, cottages, and camping are popular. Other lower Sunshine Coast communities like Gibsons and Pender Harbour are a short drive away.
Sidney is a town located at the northern end of the Saanich Peninsula, on Vancouver Island in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It is one of the 13 Greater Victoria municipalities. It has a population of approximately 11,583. Sidney is located just east of Victoria International Airport, and about 6 km (4 mi) south of BC Ferries' Swartz Bay Terminal. The town is also the only Canadian port-of-call in the Washington State Ferries system, with ferries running from Sidney to the San Juan Islands and Anacortes. Sidney is located along Highway 17, which bisects the town from north to south. It is generally considered part of the Victoria metropolitan area.

Silver Star Mountain Resort is a ski resort located near Silver Star Provincial Park in the Shuswap Highland of the Monashee Mountains, 22 km northeast of the city of Vernon, British Columbia, Canada. Silver Star's snow season runs from late November to mid-April weather permitting. Silver Star provides summer lift access for mountain biking and hiking from the end of June through to end of August.

Silver Star Mountain nestled in the heart of B.C.'s Thompson Okanagan region, less than one-hour from Kelowna International Airport (YLW), Silver Star offers 3,065 acres of skiable terrain, with annual snowfall of more than 700 cm of dry powder. Award-winning Silver Star is recognized as one of Canada’s best family resorts, and voted “Best Ski Resort in the Okanagan” for two consecutive years. An intimate, colourful, mid-mountain village provides true slope side lodging.

Smithers is a naturally beautiful, welcoming and small, Northern BC town with stunning vistas in all directions. A plethora of summer and winter activities, and everything in between attract visitors alike. People come to Smithers to fish, boat, camp, hike, ski, shop or listen to the local musical talent. Many visit Smithers for its easy access the outdoors and the local entertainment scene. Rolling hills and farmland, rivers, creeks, lakes and mountain ranges rich with green forest and wildlife such as bears and moose enclose the town.

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World-famous as a top fishing destination on British Columbia's Inside Passage, Sonora offers unparalleled sport, fly and ocean salmon fishing opportunities in a gorgeous setting considered by many to be one of the world's wonders.

Seasoned professional or budding amateur, you'll have the time of your life on these waters. Strike out on your own or with our in-house fly-fishing expert, always available to guide you to the best spots.

Sonora also offers a range of exhilarating outdoor adventure opportunities. Join an Eco-tour on our custom boat to enjoy the breathtaking views, and maybe catch a glimpse of grizzlies and eagles in the wild or dolphins and Orca whales across the bow.

Or enjoy the ultimate escape - a thrilling helicopter tour to a glistening glacier for a private picnic, or to remote inlets where there are no roads, just untouched, magnificent nature.

Back at the resort you can take in a game of tennis on our court or play a round of golf at nearby Storey Creek Golf Course - three-time winner of Golf Digest's Places to Play award.

And at the end of a spectacular day on the water or on the links, why not relax and rejuvenate in one of the outdoor mineral pools at the resort's elegant Island Currents Spa - over 5000 feet of luxurious serenity and unadulterated pampering just for you.

Sooke is a picturesque, seaside town situated on the dynamic south-western shores of Vancouver Island. Sooke boasts fabulous accommodations, restaurants, galleries and shops, as well as provincial parks, unspoiled rainforests, tranquil beaches – a destination well worth the short trip from Victoria : British Columbia’s capital city.
From its top-rated restaurants and world-renowned accommodations to its acres of rainforest and windswept coastlines, the artisan Sooke community offers endless possibilities.
Conveniently located halfway between the 2010 Olympic Winter Games host cities of Vancouver and Whistler, Squamish (pop. 16,000) justifiably bills itself as "The Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada." Its active, nature-loving citizens invite visitors to join them in rock climbing, river rafting, bird watching, cross-country skiing, and other signature outdoor activities.
Local provincial parks, rivers, and the sparkling waters of Howe Sound invite exploration. In addition, discover this oceanfront, mountainside community's rich railway, mining, and forestry history.

The breathtaking mountain and ocean views that visitors enjoy while driving along the Sea-to-Sky Highway (Highway 99) to Squamish whet an appetite for outdoor recreation. From Vancouver, Squamish is about an hour's drive, and from Whistler, it's approximately 45 minutes.
Check out the majestic Stawamus Chief mountain, North America's second-largest granite monolith, which towers over downtown Squamish. It's one of the premier local rock climbing venues, and there are some 1,500 routes overall in this area for climbing, mountaineering, and bouldering enthusiasts.

There are also about 150 mountain biking trails to ride in Squamish, and the annual Test of Metal race in June is among Canada's premier off-road cycling events.

Enjoy hiking, fishing, camping, and swimming in Squamish's eight area provincial parks, such as Garibaldi Provincial Park, Alice Lake Provincial Park, and Porteau Cove Provincial Park. Snap dramatic photos at Shannon Falls Provincial Park, where British Columbia's third-highest waterfall cascades thunderously.

For water sports fans, Squamish offers world-class wind-surfing and kite-boarding conditions at the Squamish Spit, where the Squamish River enters Howe Sound. Whitewater lovers can get their kayaking and river rafting kicks on the Elaho, Mamquam, and Cheakamus Rivers.

Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park is a magnet for bird watchers, attracting North America's highest concentration of bald eagles in the winter.

Winter also brings world-class cross-country skiing to the Whistler Olympic Park in the Callaghan Valley, just 50km/30mi north of Squamish. For more Nordic adventures on skis or snowshoes, explore the trails and backcountry routes in Garibaldi Provincial Park or Brandywine Falls Provincial Park.

Squamish was originally inhabited by the Squamish Nation of the Coast Salish native people. The first contact with European seafaring explorers occurred in 1792. Almost a century later, settlers began farming in the region, and forestry and mining followed as core industries. Establishing highway and railway links with Vancouver in the mid-20th century enabled Squamish residents to commute for work. Squamish was incorporated as a village in 1948 and as a district municipality in 1964.

Today, Squamish is a spread-out, increasingly dynamic community (106.1sq km/41sq mi), which has downtown dining and shopping on Cleveland Avenue, the second-highest number of residents who are artists by trade in Canada, and two post-secondary campuses in Quest University and Capilano College. Throughout the year, festivals like the Wild at Art Festival (March) and Squamish Mountain Festival (August) celebrate the city's heritage.

Not surprisingly, many of Squamish's best-known residents made their mark in outdoor sports. They include three-time Ironman triathlon world champion Peter Reid, legendary ski-cross and mountain biking champ Aleisha Cline, and Sonnie Trotter, one of Canada's top rock-climbers.

Movies that have been filmed locally include Insomnia (Al Pacino, Robin Williams), Walking Tall (The Rock, Johnny Knoxville), and 3000 Miles to Graceland (Kurt Russell, Courtney Cox), to name a few. Andromeda, The Highlander, The Sentinel, Smallville, MacGyver, The Guard, and The X-Files are among the well-known TV series shot partially in Squamish.
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The relative isolation, tranquility, and mountainous, oceanic, and glacial scenery of Stewart (population: 400) are major draws in summer and winter. In summer, the town's vast wilderness is alive with activity as Alaskan brown grizzlies and black bears peruse local rivers and streams for salmon. Catch a glimpse of these intimidating creatures while bear watching from a safe distance at Fish Creek. Also in summer, intermediate-to-advanced hikers can challenge Stewart's diverse hiking terrain, while anglers can try for a good day's catch while fishing on the Portland Canal. Winter brings heavy snowfall to Stewart, and with the snow comes opportunities for snowmobiling and heli-skiing.

Summerland (population 10,828) is an agricultural community with a location that makes it a natural tourist destination. The town centre is situated in a flat area above Okanagan Lake with fertile valleys defined by forested ridges. Giant's Head Mountain, an extinct volcano, dominates the skyline. People come to Summerland to buy fruit from local farms, taste the vintages of Bottleneck Drive wineries, ride the Kettle Valley Steam Railway, see the work of artists in galleries and studios, play golf and to make the most of the town's gardens and parks with hiking, cycling, water activities and wildlife viewing.

Summerland's Tudor-revival town centre is compact and easily walkable, without a single traffic light. People are friendly and welcoming. Drivers stop for pedestrians and shop owners put out bowls of water for thirsty pooches on hot summer days. Everything from hardware to antiques, locally designed fashions to international collectibles is available at downtown shops along with some uptown dining choices. A five-minute drive in any direction leads to country lanes that thread among pastures, orchards and vineyards.

Today tourism plays a growing role in the economy although the farming and fruit growing that gave Summerland its start continue to be the driving force, adapting to appeal to visitors. Grape growing and winemaking are taking their place alongside more traditional agriculture. But nature is still the biggest draw.

Okanagan Lake provides opportunities for swimming, fishing, camping, kayaking, boating and water skiing. A multitude of hiking and cycling trails let visitors explore the town, discover bird habitat, see historic sites like the Trout Creek Bridge on the Kettle Valley Railway and take in the 360-degree views from the summit of Giant's Head Mountain. They also provide access to the highlands of the Thompson Plateau where small lakes are ideal for trout fishing and there are countless choices for rustic camping. Many of these same trails are great for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in winter.
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Sun Peaks is a family-friendly year-round resort surrounded by Tod Mountain, Sundance Mountain, and Mount Morrisey. Striking a delicate balance between natural setting and convenient amenities, Sun Peaks Resort offers incredible access to downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing in winter, and hiking, golfing and mountain biking in summer. Sun Peaks also caters to foodies with a great selection of restaurants, and annual food and wine festivals.

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Surrey, BC. You Just Have To Be Here.

The whole world is coming to British Columbia. We’re on the map as a major travel destination – and Surrey is a major city at the heart of where you want to be. Wherever you’re staying in Surrey, you’re just minutes from eco-adventures, shopping and fine dining and the Greater Vancouver region.

The tiny community of Telegraph Cove began as a one-room telegraph station in 1912. Today, Telegraph Cove is a mecca for visitors coming to experience superb fishing, kayaking, diving, and wildlife watching.

Small, compact and nestled between ocean and rainforest in the northern Vancouver Island wilderness, Telegraph Cove (population around 20) seems to have jumped through time. The boardwalked resort with its preserved historic buildings recalls a rustic past in which the cove harboured a lumber mill and salmon saltery. Nature beckons travellers to a slew of outdoor activities including whale watching, bear watching, fishing, ocean kayaking, caving, diving, hiking, walking and Aboriginal cultural touring.
Climb out of bed and jump into a fishing boat, kayak, whale watching boat or bear watching craft. It really is that simple.

Most famously, Telegraph Cove is about the great Orca, Minke and Humpback whales that frolic in the Johnstone Strait and Broughton Archipelago. Stubbs Island Whale Watching, launched in 1980, was the first whale watching outfit in BC and on Canada's west coast. It was a landmark endeavour. It's still regarded by many as the best whale watching venture in BC.

North Island has abundant and varied wildlife. Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve, 1,248ha/1,084ac Marine Park was established in 1982 for the protection of orcas, also called killer whales or blackfish, 250 of which travel to the area each year. Other creatures in these waters include humpback, grey, and Minke whales, seals, sea lions, Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea otters, and eagles.

Black bear and grizzly bear watching tours are also offered in the North Island region. These safe, guided boat tours include such highlights as bears fishing for salmon or rolling over rocks in search of crabs. Bear watching tours are available from June through October.

In the Sayward area, watch for Roosevelt elk, a species found only on Vancouver Island. Bird watchers will enjoy Winter Harbour, Telegraph Cove, Rough Bay near Sointula, the Salmon River Estuary near Sayward, Storey's Beach in Port Hardy, the Ecological Park near Alert Bay, and the Zeballos Estuary. Other land mammals include black-tailed deer, timber wolves, and cougars.
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Sitting along the mighty Skeena River amidst gorgeous green forests, rugged mountains and cliffs, Terrace (population: 11, 320) is the perfect central base for all outdoor pursuits.

In the summer, hike, mountain bike, camp, rock climb, canoe, or kayak – all in one day if feeling adventurous. Salmon fishing is also especially popular here. In the winter, huge dumps of snow make for incredible deep powder downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Outdoor ice-skating on the lakes is also possible when the weather is cold enough and the snow has been cleared. Local hot springs, developed and undeveloped, also make for fine evening soaks.

In the evening, to get a feel for local culture, check out Terrace's many pubs and restaurants. For entertainment and maybe dancing, see local musicians perform at the town's various coffee houses or at the bar on the weekends.

Terrace is the official city of the Kermodei Bear – a rare species of the black bear that is born with a pure white coat due to a recessive gene. Everything about the bear is the same as a regular black bear, except for its spectacular white coat.
The Kermodei Bear, also know as the Spirit Bear, is a big draw for visitors to the area. (It is also represented in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic mascots – "Miga" is meant to represent the Kermodei bear and Orca whale.) Yet a sighting is not guaranteed as the animals are wild and do as they please. For a chance viewing, drive along the highways and logging roads in the area in early summer, when the bears are hungry and munching berries along the side of roads.

Statues, signs, references and symbols of the white Kermodei Bear, which is also an official animal of the province, are commonplace in Terrace.

With its many shops and service outlets, Terrace is also the commercial hub of Northwest BC. Residents from nearby communities including Kitimat, Prince Rupert, Smithers and nearby First Nations villages visit Terrace regularly for bulk shopping trips and other services. Many tourists, including fishers and adventurers, also use the town to shop and stock up and prepare for their outdoor excursions.
The town's downtown core is centered around Lakelse Avenue, also known as Main Street. The 10 or so blocks are dotted with smaller boutiques, chain clothing stores, restaurants and pubs.

Locals, who refer to themselves as Terracites, are hard-working, outdoorsy people, eager to make visitors feel welcome and love the community as much as they do. Strangers to town don't feel like strangers for long as the locals are eager to share their knowledge and stories about the area and what it has to offer.

Terracites live here because they love the quality of life the town and area offers. The people are of diverse cultures, ages and professions. Most share the same passion for the outdoors, the arts – Terrace is home to BC's longest continuously running community theatre group, – and the community itself. They are loyal to their region and town. Parades, festivals and concerts are well attended and a great way to experience the community's warmth and camaraderie.

Terracites are proud of living in Northern BC and many welcome the isolation that comes with it because it lets them enjoy the fresh air, clean water, land, wildlife and quiet all to themselves.

The Tsimshian First Nations were the first people to live in the area more than 10,000 years ago. Today, seven First Nations groups still live within close proximity to the city and contribute significantly to its economy and culture. Many of the groups are developing cultural tours and attractions, that include authentic longhouses, so that visitors can learn about their culture, history and arts.
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Tofino reigns as jewel of Canada's west coast. The stunning beauty and ecological diversity of Tofino's location in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is the source of all activities. Imagine, all in one place, fishing, surfing, kayaking, whale-watching, bear-watching, bird-watching, camping, hiking, storm-watching and First Nations cultural touring!

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Trail (population: 7,237), set along the banks of the Columbia River, is home to one of the largest lead zinc smelters in the world. Guided tours of the smelter plants facilities offer a comprehensive look at the entire mining process. However, Trail is not just a heavy industry town. It is also the self-proclaimed "Home of Champions," where many world-class athletes have trained and participated in many national and international sports events. Trail is a tight-knit and ethnically diverse community.

Explore hands-on interactive exhibits at the Teck Interpretive Centre, located in the Trail Visitor Centre on Bay Avenue, across from the Cominco Arena. Meander the narrow streets, climb the covered staircases, and check out the amazing stone retaining walls of West Trail. From September through spring play-offs, catch the Trail Smoke Eaters, a Junior A Hockey League division team, at the Trail Memorial Centre. At nearby Rossland Trail Country Club's Birchbank course play a round of golf while overlooking the Columbia River. Trail also has several festivals and events during the spring and summer, such as Silver City Days (a Trail tradition for almost half a century) and The Art of Wine, an evening of art, wine, and food.

Even in the shadow of Trail's huge industrial plant, award-winning plants bloom and thrive. The City of Trail has won numerous "Communities in Bloom" awards, including the national title in 2006.  Lush gardens are tucked away on hillside terraces, lovingly tended for decades by the same hands.  The city's parks are filled with flowers and shrubs, and even the riverbank below the smelter has been completely transformed with greenery.

The smelter has provided employment for generations of workers, many of whom are of Italian, Scottish and German descent.  It has supported the development of sports facilities, ranging from a massive hockey arena to baseball diamonds, and even the Red Mountain Ski Resort in nearby Rossland.  Trail's preoccupation with sports has produced many highly accomplished athletes whose names are celebrated in the Trail Sports Hall of Memories.  Trail's "Home of Champions" title is well earned.
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Ucluelet is one of only a few population centres on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island. Its name means "safe landing place" in the language of the Nuu-chah-nulth people who have lived here for at least 4,300 years. Ucluelet shares the scenic Ucluth Peninsula on the west coast of Vancouver Island with the internationally renowned resort of Tofino. For years, "Ukee" endured the reputation of Tofino's little sister. Not any more: its abundance of natural grandeur, outdoor adventure and refreshing affordability means that it's unique wilderness haven in its own right.

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Valemount (population: 1,995) – surrounded by the Rocky, Monashee, and Cariboo Ranges – is located along the Yellowhead (Highway 5), near the junction of Highway 16 leading directly into Mount Robson Provincial Park. This highway location and close proximity to the park translates into easy travel and access to incredible outdoor activities. These include hiking, birdwatching, camping, fishing, whitewater rafting, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.

In summer, canoe through the R.W. Starratt Wildlife Sanctuary, or along the McLennan River or Kinbasket Lake. The former also features a hiking trail system to excellent bird watching locales. Those seeking more fast-moving waters can hook up with Mount Robson Whitewater Rafting or Stellar Descents and raft the legendary Fraser River. In winter, snowmobile the vast network of local trails, or cross-country ski in Jackman Flats Provincial Park or Camp Creek. Throughout the year, check out Valemount's list of annual festivals and events, including the Canoe Mountain Rodeo, the Robson Valley Music Festival, and Valmountain Days.

Valemount has a long and varied culture and history shaped by the presence of the Secwepemc (or Shuswap) Nation, European exploration, and railway development. The Valemount and Area Museum preserves this culture and history through exhibits dedicated to the experience of Japanese Canadians during World War II, the logging and farming industries, and the life of early trappers. The nearby War Heroes Museum features information about the Boer War, World War I and II, and Korean Wars.
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Just a 20-minute drive south of downtown Vancouver, Richmond (pop. 188,000) attracts visitors with its multicultural shopping and dining opportunities, theatre and entertainment venues, scenic local parks, and colourful historic and heritage sites. It's the fourth-largest city in British Columbia after Vancouver, Surrey, and Burnaby.  
Richmond, occupying 17 islands in the mouth of the Fraser River, is easy to access from neighbouring municipalities, and it's the home of Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Richmond's flat terrain offers great cycling along its waterfront dykes, and also made it a practical choice as a 2010 Olympic Winter Games Venue City, with the spectacular Richmond Oval hosting speed-skating.  
Today, Richmond has the highest percentage of immigrants of any Canadian city, and that diversity is reflected in the awe-inspiring Buddhist, Sikh, and Muslim temples that adorn the landscape. Visit the Richmond Cultural Centre (7700 Minoru Gate) to view the city museum, archives, and art gallery.  
Shop-till-you-drop types will enjoy the Asian-themed goods, from jewelry and fashion to specialty foods and herbal remedies, at Aberdeen Centre, which has some 160 stores, including the giant Daiso emporium with bargain-priced Japanese merchandise, and an 800-seat food court. Other major Asian-focused shopping malls nearby in the Golden Village district include Yaohan Centre, home to the bustling Osaka Today supermarket, and Parker Place. The Golden Village, covering a four-block radius centered on No. 3 Road, also has tasty, affordable Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Malaysian, and Korean restaurants. Richmond is widely considered one of the best places in North America for Asian cuisine.  
From late spring to early fall each year, the Richmond Night Market draws thousands of shoppers as an open-air extravaganza of food vendors and stalls selling clothes, DVDs, wristwatches, and much more.  
Located on the banks of the Fraser River, the River Rock Casino Resort is the largest casino in Western Canada. Relax with some 900 slot machines, a huge selection of table games, and a theatre that features vintage pop acts, comedians, and boxing matches. The Gateway Theatre is Richmond's only live professional theatre. Situated in Minoru Park in the City Centre, it presents Broadway musicals, family fare such as Anne of Green Gables, and contemporary Canadian dramas.   
For more affordable family fun, check out the Riverport development in south Richmond with a multiplex movie theatre, swimming and bowling, and pub and family-style restaurants.  
Famous athletes with a Richmond background include NHL hockey stars like Scott Hannan and Brent Seabrook, 2008 Olympic rowing gold medalist Kyle Hamilton, and Rick Hansen, the wheelchair athlete for whom the movie song "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" was composed by David Foster.
Some notable Richmond actors include twin brothers Aaron Ashmore (Smallville) and Shawn Ashmore (X-Men), and Nicky Clyne (Battlestar Galactica). In 2006, Richmond hosted the Gemini Awards (the Canadian TV industry's answer to the Emmy Awards) at the River Rock Show Theatre.  
The Canada Line SkyTrain service connects Richmond, downtown Vancouver and Vancouver International Airport (YVR).  Popular Richmond attractions like the River Rock Casino Resort are easily accessible from downtown Vancouver and YVR.  Seven transit stations are situated along Richmond's Canada Line rapid transit route. Source: Tourism British Columbia
Vernon (population 38,400) rests at the north end of the Okanagan Valley in a landscape as welcoming as its people. Surrounded by rolling grasslands with rocky outcrops and stands of ponderosa pine and Douglas fir, its three lakes and mountain views in every direction command attention. Driving through Vernon on Highway 97, there might not appear to be much to this city. But turn right or left off the highway and the diversity of attractions is truly surprising. People come to Vernon for water and winter activities, hiking and skiing, golf and outdoor adventure, culture and history, family fun and or perusing the local shops.

Many who have recently settled here first sampled Vernon on vacation. They liked what they saw and came to stay. Now they're among the biggest cheerleaders for the activities that drew them. Together with residents whose ancestors pioneered the community, they donate countless volunteer hours. Without them, attractions like the Science Centre, Vernon Museum and O'Keefe Ranch couldn't function. Drop into any coffee shop or boutique, stop a Vernonite passing on the street, they'll go out of their way to answer questions and help you enjoy their city.

The Okanagan People, who have lived in the area for thousands of years, knew how to take advantage of their natural surroundings. Early European settlers got the message too. Vernon is the oldest city in the Okanagan Valley, incorporated in 1892. Historic brick buildings and an imposing courthouse in the downtown core, and leafy residential streets lined with heritage homes attest to prosperous beginnings fuelled by agriculture and transportation.

Today tourism plays a major role in the economy although the ranching and fruit growing that helped give Vernon its start continue and have even adapted to welcome visitors. Restaurants offer tremendous choice from steak to pasta and a world of ethnic flavours while the arts scene includes galleries, concerts by the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and touring headliners at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre.

Nature remains Vernon's biggest asset. Famous champagne powder at Silver Star Mountain Resort, just 22km/13mi from downtown, attracts skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers and snowmobilers. In summer, myriad hiking and cycling trails explore every area from the historic Grey Canal within the city to the nearby provincial parks and the rugged Monashee Mountain Range. Mountain biking is also a big draw at Silver Star.

Okanagan, Kalamalka and Swan lakes provide a backdrop for summer activities including camping, canoeing, kayaking, waterskiing, scuba and fishing. And four area golf courses lay out a range of challenges with easy walks right through to the PGA championship tees of Predator Ridge.
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The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria boasts many historic buildings and some of the most fascinating museums in Western Canada. The city benefits from one of Canada's mildest climates, which allows its residents to pursue outdoor pleasures all year round. Victoria enjoys some of the country's most exhilarating scenery: there's an ocean or mountain vista around every corner, while the city's flower gardens are famous the world over. Whether your taste runs to golfing, hiking, biking and fishing or you're more the shopping, dining and theatre type, there are no ends of delights for you and your family in Victoria.

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Located just five minutes drive from downtown Victoria in historic Esquimalt.
Located on the west side of Okanagan Lake, across the bridge from the City of Kelowna, our stunning community offers everything a vacationing heart desires. Wineries, mountain biking trails, hiking paths, skiing, beaches and spas - there are enough activities to keep you busy all year round. Whether you visit us during the hot summers or the power ridden winters, we have a little something for everyone.
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Legendary Whistler, regarded as one of the top four-season resorts in North America. Blending the charm of an alpine village with the amenities of an urban centre, the pedestrianized Whistler Village offers fine dining, vibrant nightlife, eclectic boutiques, revitalising spas, and luxurious hotels.

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The city of Williams Lake (population 12,000) has rural charm intrinsic to its ranching culture and its Gold Rush history but bustles with services and industry. Situated on the north shore of a lake of the same name, surrounded by tree clad, trail-laced hillsides, Williams Lake is a natural jumping-off point for a myriad of outdoor activities. Take part in the heart-stopping action of whitewater rafting, experience the exhilaration of single track mountain biking or of a world-class stampede. Or enjoy the peace and tranquility of a stroll along a lakeshore immersed in birdsong.

Williams Lake is located in a sheltered valley of the vast Interior Plateau of central British Columbia 552km/343mi north of Vancouver and 240km/149mi south of the city of Prince George. Two main highways intersect within the city core, Highway 20 from Bella Coola, and Highway 97, the main provincial corridor linking Vancouver with Alaska. Williams Lake is, therefore, a natural location for a commercial and industry service centre In addition, the city is a main hub for several scenic tour routes, including the historic Gold Rush Trail, the Coast Cariboo Circle Tour, the Fraser River Trail and the Lakes and Trails Circle Tour.

The history and heritage of Williams Lake includes the First Nations people, gold rush days in the mid-19th Century, and the cattle industry that came with the arrival of the railway. The picturesque stampede grounds in the heart of the city sit shoulder to shoulder with the commercial and industrial core and a modern sawmill rising on the hillside to the west.
The Williams Lake Stampede grew out of the flourishing ranching industry in the area around Williams Lake and has become one of the largest rodeos in western Canada. The Cowboy Hall of Fame is housed in the Williams Lake Museum. Just 37km/23mi north of Williams Lake on Highway 97, the award winning Xats'ull (pronounced Hat-sool) Heritage Village invites discovery of the ancient Shuswap history and culture.

In the downtown core, quaint shops and retail stores are sprinkled amongst the banks and office buildings. Locally owned restaurants are found on nearly every side street. The fairways of the Williams Lake Golf and Tennis Club's 18-hole golf course are located on the gentle west slope overlooking the stampede grounds and lake-head. Also with in the city, at the verge of the lake, Scout Island Nature Centre provides a perfect place to picnic in an oasis of nature.
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The Regional District of Comox-Strathcona was a regional district of British Columbia, Canada from 1967 to 2008. On February 15, 2008, the regional district was abolished and replaced by two successor regional districts, Comox Valley and Strathcona.
Harrison Mills, formerly Carnarvon and also Harrison River, is an agricultural farming and tourism-based community in the District of Kent west of Agassiz, British Columbia. The community is a part of the Fraser Valley Regional District. Harrison Mills is home to the British Columbia Heritage Kilby Museum and Campground.
Lone Butte is a low, steep-sided mesa butte or volcanic plug in southern British Columbia, Canada, located on the southern Cariboo Plateau to the southeast of 100 Mile House. It is composed of columnar basalt that formed within a prehistoric volcano six million years ago. It is part of the geological formation known as the Chilcotin Group, which lies in between the Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains and the mid-Fraser River. BCWireless Ltd uses Lone Butte as one of its main access point for Broadband Internet distribution.