AND THE LOWER MAINLAND
a good place to start. Here you will find an exciting city bounded
by mountains to the north, a verdant valley to the east and brilliant
blue sea to the west . Whatever your interests are you will find
them here. Great sandy beaches to relax on right in the city, shops
galore, bike on the seawall in Stanley Park, hike on our local mountains,
sail and windsurf in the bay or ski on one of three mountains only
twenty minutes from the city centre.
If golfing is
more to your taste, we have 11 great courses in the city.
The Arts are
your interest? There are dozens of galleries, theatres, concert
halls and antiques stores, and if you want to party, we have many
great clubs where you can dance the night away.
been voted one of the 10 best cities to visit and one
of the best cities in the World in which to reside. Come and visit
CAPITAL, VICTORIA ON VANCOUVER ISLAND
a beautiful city in a lovely natural setting with hundreds of homes
fronted by flower filled gardens.Be
sure to visit the famous Butchart Gardens, probably the most spectacular
floral display in the World.
The city is
small and easy to navigate and has many wonderful places to see.
The Royal B.C. Museum should not be missed, nor a visit to one of
the 187 tea rooms that abound throughout the city.
Here is the
place to go Orca whale watching, buy wonderful linens and china,
search for antiques on Fort Street, cycle the Galloping Goose Trail,
take a walk in Beacon Hill Park with its wonderful ocean views or
go golfing at one of the 14 great courses.
be easily reached by B.C. ferries from Tsawwassen (just south of
Vancouver) or the Washington State Ferries from Port Angeles or
Anacortes or travel by air from Vancouver International Airport
or downtown harbour to downtown harbour by seaplane. Plan to stay
awhile 'cause you'll love it here.
you are looking for a relaxing time out, try the spectacular Fraser
Valley bordering Vancouver in the west and extending to Hope in
In summer you
can fish giant sturgeons, hike, bike, climb, go boating, swimming
and golfing at one the many courses throughout the valley.The many
small farms invite you to visit them and enjoy their homegrown berries,
apples, hazelnuts, jams and other fine produce.
In winter, there
are numerous mountains for skiers and snow boarders and the lift
prices are right!
For the history
buff, there are many historical sites to visit and city access is
easy with Vancouver just an hour or so away.
pastoral yet vibrant Okanagan Valley is situated between Osoyoos
near the U.S. Border in the south, north through the towns of Oliver,
Kaleden, Penticton and Kelowna to Vernon.
This area is
well recognized for its now internationally acclaimed wines nurtured
by a wonderful climate and vine yards as far as the eye can see.
The whole area is dotted with large crystal clear lakes where you
can lounge on the sandy beaches, swim, sail, power boat, water or
There is great
shopping, super restaurants and lots of fishing, golfing and sports
in this hot, sunny climate - what more could you want!
The drive up
the scenic Sea to Sky Highway alone is worth the trip to Whistler,
but when you arrive you will realise why this resort has been voted
No.1 in North America for the last three years.
incredible skiing and snow boarding feature the longest vertical
drop of any North American ski area. Golfing on five Championship
courses, canoeing and wind surfing in the summer. And, when you
have finished all that exercise, great stores, restaurants, clubs
and pubs complete your day.
This is truly
a resort you will want to return to again and again.
Sunshine Coast of B.C. starts at Gibsons, on Route 101 in the south,
just north of Vancouver and ends at Powell River and Lund, at the
north end of Route 101, just south of Desolation Sound. The area
gets its name from its mild, sunny climate in the winter and hot,
sunny climate in the summer.
It has spectacular
scenery the whole length of the coastline with hundreds of bays
and islands. A yachting paradise and a wonderful spot for people
who want to get away from the maddening crowds and relax on the
beaches and swim in the crystal clear water.
There are many
choices for the outdoor enthusiast including: Wind surfing, diving,
snorkeling, beach walks, wilderness hiking, fishing, cycling, golf,
tennis, ocean canoeing, kayaking, sailing and bird watching
and Powell River,all have many fine restaurants, pubs and marinas.
There are golf courses, gift shops and art galleries so there is
much to see and do here - a real vacationing paradise.
vacation to Western Canada is complete without a visit to the Canadian
Rockies. This is an area of spectacular scenery, turquoise blue
lakes, massive snowcapped mountains with meadows filled with alpine
flowers - a paradise. And if you are lucky, you will see
bears, moose and bald eagles too!
There are so
many outdoor recreation activities to enjoy. In winter you can ski,
snowshoe and snowmobile, in the summer you can hike, fish, golf,
raft or just relax and enjoy the scenery. There is so much to see
and do in this region, so stay a while and enjoy!
ISLAND - EAST COAST
east coast of Vancouver Island from ocean side Mill Bay near Victoria,
to Chemainus with its world famous murals and Parksville with wonderful
marinas, is a relaxed and peaceful area where friendly locals will
welcome you. There are lovely beaches and
quaint towns along this coast and some of the highest average temperatures
There is much
to occupy you here; theatre, shopping, sailing, swimming, kayaking,
biking, scuba diving and year-round golfing.
If you are a
skier, Mount Washington is nearby and offers great skiing at even
greater lift prices.
If you enjoy
wine, you'll want to visit the South Cowichan Wineries and to see
a towering old growth forest, visit the ancient trees of Cathedral
Island is a miniature capsule of the Province of B.C., with amazing
scenery replete with ocean, lakes and mountains, but the greatest
treasure of all is the warm and genuine hospitality of its people.
VANCOUVER ISLAND - WEST COAST
wide sandy beaches, crashing surf and rain forests to the water
- this is the west coast of Vancouver Island.
The two diverse
villages of Tofino and Ucluelet are located at each end of the Pacific
Rim National Park. A magnet for nature lovers, the area has one
of the last remaining old growth temperate rain forests in the World.
There is much
to do here: kayaking, whale or bear watching, hot spring tours,
hiking, golfing and beach combing on the endless beaches. There
are also fine restaurants and cafes to satisfy your hunger.
The winter storm
season is a favourite time to stay and have a relaxing break from
a busy life, There is no best time time to visit the west coast
- every season here has its keen followers.
Canadian Gulf Islands of Galiano, Mayne, Salt Spring, Saturna and
the Penders extend north from the U.S. San Juan Islands.
Here you find
tranquil, peaceful havens away from the hectic pace of the surrounding
cities of Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle.
ocean surrounds these mainly rural islands with sandy beaches and
rolling green countryside and verdant forests to the water's edge.
are home to many talented artists and crafts people and abound with
many wonderful galleries and small stores that display their incredibly
There are many
great hikes and walks to enjoy and for the yachtsman, this is one
of the best sailing areas in the world. For all lovers of food,this
is the home of the organic farm, wonderful restaurants, inns and
relaxing atmosphere of these peaceful, scenic islands lends itself
to biking, hiking, bird watching, tennis, golf, horse riding, ocean
kayaking, scuba diving and fresh or salt water fishing. For a relaxing
vacation the Gulf Islands are the place to be.
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