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Northern BC Overview

Prince Rupert receives 2552 mm (99 in.) of rain on average each year. On January 31 1947, in Smith River BC, the temperature fell to -58.9ºC (-74F). The Kitlope Valley, protected as a provincial park in 1995, is the largest unlogged temperate rainforest in the world with an area of over 4000 sq. km (2485 sq. mi.). The official tourism site for the region states that no one lives in igloos.

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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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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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Vancouver Coast and Mountains Overview

Traveller Facts – Vancouver Coast and Mountains Lillooet became the hottest spot in Canada when it reached 44.4º C (111.9 ºF) in July 1941. In 1858, there was a gold rush along the Fraser River where prospectors sought gold from the gravel bars in the Fraser. They sought gold from Hope north into the Fraser Canyon. Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park is near the towns of Bridal Falls and Chilliwack. The falls themselves are 122 m (400 feet). For more falls, the Sea to Sky Country offers Shannon Falls near Squamish, which are 335 m (1100 feet) high.

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Reifel Bird Sancuary

For the bird enthusiast, a stroll through the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary is a great way to spend a couple of hours. Many species of birds to be found; ducks, geese, and eagles are plentiful. For further information call 604-946-6980.

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Greater Vancouver Overview

City of Vancouver Travel Information The City of Vancouver is part of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD), which includes 20 municipalities, e.g. Richmond, Delta, and Burnaby. Nearly two million people live in the over 2800 sq. km (1750 sq. mi.) of the GVRD. The city of Vancouver itself occupies 113 sq. km (70.6 mi.) and is bounded by the Burrard Inlet, the Georgia Strait and the Fraser River. Vancouver became more significant in the 1880s with the arrival of the transcontinental railway. Between the 1960s and 1990s, Vancouver developed non-resource based industries such as finance and tourism.

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Vancouver and Lower Mainland Walks

With Vancouver regularly rated as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it’s no surprise that there are great walks to take. Check these out: Stanley Park Seawall in Vancouver This is an 8.8 km (5.5 mi.) walk around the huge Stanley Park. This is both a scenery and people-watching walk as there are bikers, walkers, joggers, inline skaters, strollers and more all taking in the beauty. The easiest way to access it is to go down Denman Ave., enter Stanley Park, bear right and follow the path and people. Lynn Canyon Park in North Vancouver This walk […]

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Vancouver Island Overview

Vancouver Island covers 31,284 sq. km (19,439 sq. mi.); it is Canada’s tenth-largest island. It is the visible part of an underwater mountain chain and is separated from mainland British Columbia by the Juan de Fuca, Johnstone and Georgia Straits. The southwest coast of Vancouver Island is famous for having more than 200 shipwrecks. The wild and long West Coast Trail was built to help shipwrecked people survive. The name Gulf Islands is used to describe over 200 islands and islets in the Georgia Strait between the BC mainland and Vancouver Island. Saltspring and Hornby Islands are examples.

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Thompson Okanagan Overview

The region receives an average of 2000 hours of sunshine each year. Lake Okanagan is 128 km (80 mi.) long stretching from Vernon to Penticton via Kelowna. Ogopogo, a likely non-existent serpent-like creature is said to live in the lake. The creature’s legend comes from First Nations people who called it N’xa’xa’etkw. Kelowna International Airport is serviced by Air Canada, WestJet, Horizon Air and Central Mountain Air with direct flights to Toronto, Seattle, as well as Vancouver. The Thompson Okanagan has it own interesting history. In 1890, in Summerland, a Chinese worker, whos escaped from a railway labour gang, set […]

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Othello Tunnels

The Othello Tunnels are well known in the Hope area and are a part of the Kettle Valley route. The tunnels are also known at the Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park. The tunnels turned walking trail are part of the abandoned railway tunnels through the mountains of the canyon. The circle walk is easy with a 6 km length or just to walk and view the tunnels and perhaps catch a glimpse of the salmon running will only take 1 hour. This is a must see in the area.

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