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Edition 115, May 2014

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Canada Place at night in Coal Harbour, Vancouver

City skylines. Mountain town menus. Historical haunts. In British Columbia, urban delights run the gamut, and are best experienced on foot. A little assistance from an experienced, knowledgeable guide doesn’t hurt either.


Gastown in Vancouver

For shutterbugs who want to shoot with more than just their mighty iPhones, Vancouver Photowalks offers an ideal two-footed adventure that expertly blends walking tours with tutored photography classes. These two-hour, small-group excursions are guaranteed to take in well-tread local, and scenic, spots. Choose your skill level (Basic, Technical or Creative) or home in on your genre (Day Photowalks take in the West End’s riot of cherry blossoms, while Night Photowalks document Gastown’s expansive waterfront). Seasoned professionals will instruct on all things aperture, ensuring you’ll see the city through a new, or at least improved, lens. vancouverphotowalks.ca

Stay with us. Vancouver has a wide variety of Bed and Breakfasts establishments. You can find them on the BBCanada website listed under Vancouver.


Whistler Wine Tasting

For a change of pace, head north to Whistler where exploration is decidedly delicious, especially with the folks from Whistler Tasting Tours at the helm. Guesswork be gone with this array of edible adventures: the Lunch Tour explores the village’s best afternoon eateries and finishes with a flight of beer at a local brewery; the Hidden Gems Tour savours four courses at favoured local haunts; and the Finer Things Dinner Tour showcases the best of Whistler’s fine dining scene, including mastering (OK, maybe learning) the art of champagne sabering. For the sweet tooth, go straight to dinner’s final flourish with the Dessert and Drinks Tour, an indulgent outing that’s sure to have you raising your glass. whistlertastingtours.com

Coming to Whistler? They have a wide variety of Bed and Breakfasts and you can find them on the BBCanada website listed under Whistler.


Take a walking tour of Chinatown

Over on Vancouver Island, the province’s capital is not only steeped in history, but it boasts some of the finest story-keepers, and story-tellers, anywhere. Indeed, the folks from Victoria’s Discover the Past are more than mere buffs, boasting a wealth of walking tours that explore the city’s iconic spots, little-known places and deepest, darkest secrets. You could, for example, learn more about Victoria’s colourful past (namely the stories the history books won’t tell you) during a Memories and Mysteries tour — a highlight of the heroes, villains and Gold Rush characters that shaped the early days along Johnson Street. Or should you wish to learn more about one of the country’s iconic artists, and biggest characters, sign on for the Emily Carr excursion, and walk her well-worn city path before ending, fittingly, at her childhood home. discoverthepast.com

Plan to visit Victoria where there are some fabulous Bed and Breakfasts. Find them on the BBCanada website listed under Victoria.

All photos courtesy of Destination British Columbia.

Stay with us. The British Columbia has a wide variety of Bed and Breakfasts establishments. You can find them on the BBCanada website listed under British Columbia.

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