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5 Best Kept Secrets of Mayne Island

Carmen at Blue Vista Resort tells us these five secrets. Having Bruce’s amazing chowder at the Sunny Mayne Bakery Seeing the sea lion colony off the shores of Bennett Bay by kayaking out with Bennett Bay Kayak tours or your own kayaks Snorkeling near Piggott’s Bay and seeing the giant mollusks just at the entry to Navy Channel Cruising with Mayne InterIsland Sea Tours for a cold Beer at Saturna’s Lighthouse Pub Don’t miss the Mayne Island Fall Fair, which happens in August!

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Boundary Country 2014

Tucked in South Central British Columbia Boundary Country provides the bridge between the BC’s Okanagan and Kootenay regions. The urban center of Boundary is Grand Forks. Boundary offers many spectacular sites and events to explore. The Rock Creek Fair in September is certainly worth a visit as it perfectly captures small town warmth and welcome. Midway hosts the Groove music festival in June and Grand Forks has the Grand Forks International baseball tournament at the end of June. Park in the Park is fast becoming a major car show and it too is hosted in Grand Forks in mid August. […]

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The deck at Seasons Restaurant in Queen Elizabeth Park

A local educator has this to say about Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver. “I love it because it overlooks the fabulous garden in the park, city and the mountains – even on a foggy day – and the deck is heated and covered so any time of year is great. Sadly, there aren’t many ways to save money there, but you can save $3.00 on Valet Parking if you go for lunch instead of dinner!” For more info consult Queen Elizabeth Park

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Whistler: a …summer tourist mecca or a place to fling oneself roughly down a mountain?

It has been many years since going to Whistler.  My family doesn’t ski or snowboard and thus there has been a low desire to take effort to travel from Vancouver to Whistler.  When the 2010 Winter Olympics were announced and the subsequent Highway 99 (Sea-to-Sky) upgrade was started, many of us Vancouver types stayed off the road.  For years. Recently during a weekend getaway with my kids in Squamish, I thought, what the heck.  It’s summer, the scenery will be amazing and Whistler is only an hour away. And when I say an hour, I mean it literally.  From the […]

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Holiday Motel & RV Resort home to movie stars!

Editor’s Note: Perhaps the most famous film that used Hope BC as a setting is First Blood, the first of the Rambo films starring Sylvester Stallone. In 2011, a famous bridge that Rambo walked across, was taken down, 30 years after filming. However, Hope has been the backdrop for other films located at Holiday Motel & RV Resort. The new proprietor of the resort wrote this installment. One movie, filmed in 1995, is titled Far From Home which is about friendship and survival of a teenage boy and his dog. John adopts a stray dog and names him ‘Yellow’. Both […]

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Not your Normal Evening at Starbucks in Vancouver

I live in Kitsilano in Vancouver and there’s a Starbucks as close to my house as they can put one without breaking the zoning bylaws.  I am a regular and I call it “my” Starbucks. True, it is profoundly lame to have such a close identification with a global brand.  I am also known to be seen with my computer often working and meeting with people.  An associate of mine refers to the 3rd Ave and Burrard St. Starbucks as my office. So it’s no surprise that the area manager, stopped me one day and gave me in invitation to […]

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A Saturday to Savour in Courtenay and Comox

What better way to experience your destination than by enjoying local food and beverage.  The communities of Comox and Courtenay are bursting with the sights, smells and tastes of passionate people willing to share their products with you. If you are lucky enough to be here on a Saturday you can start your day at The Comox Farmers Market, a favourite gathering place since 1992.  You can sip a coffee, nibble on home baked treats and enjoy our local entertainment while supporting our local farms and businesses.  The market is located in the Exhibition Fair Grounds. After the market head […]

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Gold Rush Trail

100 Mile House is situated at the 1865 completed “Gold Rush Trail”. You can leisurely drive its scenic routes, which extends from Fort Langley to Cache Creek along Hwy 1, Cache Creek to Quesnel along Hwy 97 and on to famous Barkerville an hours drive down Hwy 26.

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Prince Rupert Overview

Ocean Wilderness Country Overview

Port Hardy is at the end of Highway 19 and is 502 km (312 mi.) from Victoria. Not a day trip, but well worth the effort. Most Northwest First Nations celebrate special events by hosting a potlatch ceremony. European missionaries misunderstood it and so the potlatch was banned from 1884 to 1951. You can learn more at Alert Bay‘s U’Mista Cultural Centre.

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