Chercher la Vache

Chercher la Vache Cafe** has homemade baked goods, gourmet coffees, a deli, and creative bistro within the walls of Field’s general store. An open kitchen permits guests to watch the chefs as they work, and the outdoor patio is a perfect place to rejuvenate after a long hike. The evening we dined two guitarists entertained  with folk music and song. www.chercherlavachecafe.com ** editor’s note … I can’t help but think of Monty Python and the Holy Grail and the Fetchez la Vache segement.

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Top Ten Things to do in Ainsworth Hot Springs

Ainsworth Hot Springs is a sleepy little community of only 100 year-round residents, boasting one of the most unique Hot Springs and Natural Caves in the world. Nestled alongside the pristine Kootenay Lake, within the Selkirk Mountain Range, these are the Top Ten Things To Do: Luxuriate in the Ainsworth Hot Springs Pools & Cave Year-round. Hiking or Cross-country Ski Trails surround Ainsworth and area. Swim (July-Sept.) or Fish the Kootenay Lake (year-round) for the famous Kokanee (land-locked Salmon) or Gerrard Rainbow. Rent an affordable boat or ATV nearby to explore the Kootenay Lake or Kokanee Glacier trails. Explore the […]

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Sooke and area Activities

Coastal Sooke, just 35 minutes from Victoria, is a tranquil refuge from the bustle of city life. The area enjoys a relaxed casual lifestyle in a rural setting but still affords many of the amenities of city life. Sooke offers some of the mildest climate in Western Canada, with warm and dry summer months and wet and mild winter months. Sooke, the gateway to the West Coast Road, winds 74 km along the coast to Port Renfrew and the starting point for the world-famous West Coast Trail. This is one of the South Island’s most spectacular drives – it winds […]

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Favourite Things To See And Do In Bella Coola Valley

Bella Coola’s Hidden Hot SpotsThese easy-access activities are suited to 15 minute to 1-2 hour self guided excursions in Bella Coola, or hire a guide for a more challenging adventure! Clayton FallsThis 5 minute walk takes you behind the BC Hydro generating plant to see the cascading Clayton Falls up close. Across the road, you can walk to the mouth of Clayton Creek, where Alexander Mackenzie canoed past in 1793, to watch the seals bobbing their heads in and out of the water waiting for fresh fish. Talleho CanneryCharter a boat over to Talleho Cannery and explore the historic fishing […]

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Malcolm Island Activities

What a beautiful summer it has been so far. Since the end of May I believe it has only rained for 4 days. I love staying here. Whether in the upper or lower suite, the views are incredible from our private deck. At times the sunsets light up the sky till almost 10:30 at night.   They provide kayaks here which you can launch right off the beach in front of the lodge. As soon as you leave the deck you are on the beach and can walk for miles.   There are a couple of beautiful hiking trails. The Mateoja […]

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University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology

A museum of anthropology doesn’t sound like a mass market kind of place. Yet the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology draws respectable and diverse crowds, if the tour we just took there in early July is any indication. The reason (my guess) is that it largely devoted to the cultures of what Canada politely calls the First Nations. This name is a straddle between historical accuracy and condescension, the latter embodied in the name of the American Indians or Native Americans. Like the First Nations peoples, there is not much to prove whether they originated in North America […]

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Vancouver’s Showplace Gardens

Vancouver’s climate is one that gardeners at the minimum envy. It’s cold enough so that fruits like apples or pears get the chill down they need to prosper. Summers are warm enough for an explosion of plants to grow and flower. Yet they are not hot enough to sear the profusion of greenery. Not only does Vancouver have lush and prolific home gardens, but it also has two very fine botanical gardens, Van Dusen and University of British Columbia’s, not to mention Queen Elizabeth Park, a naturalized park that could qualify as a third. Both botanical gardens are high on […]

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Ogopogo or too much wine?

In the last few days some mainstream newspapers have reported that a fellow named Dan Poppoff found an odd looking 1.2-metre-long carcass in June 2009 while kayaking Lake Okanagan, where Kelowna sits. www.theprovince.com/Ogopogo+washed+Okanagan+Lake+shoreline/1768656/story.html Speculation is that this is Ogopogo, the lake monster that’s similar in both sightings and improbability of the Loch Ness Monster. OK, if he took a picture, why is it not in the hands of the press? I also frankly don’t believe the so-called native legends because I have the distinct feeling that any existing lore was skimpy (e.g. fairy tale stuff) and then, to annoy the […]

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Sightseeing by Seaplane in Vancouver

Visitors walking around, driving around, or just sitting on a bench around Burrard Inlet, English Bay, False Creek, or Stanley Park find it hard to miss the seaplanes taking off at Coal Harbor, climbing out or letting down to land or just cruising overhead.   That’s because seaplanes are a denizen of Canada and Alaska and not many other places. These are more precisely called floatplanes because of the two pontoons mounted on struts below the fuselage instead of the conventional wheels.  For the most part residents seem either oblivious to them or annoyed with their engine exhausts perhaps but […]

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Canadian Museum of Flight and Fort Langley

Here’s a day trip from Vancouver — a two for one — that parents or grandparents can convince themselves is interesting, historical and educational for the kids, something they must sacrifice to do. Anyone who has raised any number of kids knows that is a delusion, especially in the summer when the kids want nothing more than to put “education” as far away as the North Pole. So the reality is that the adults will like it, maybe a lot, and the kids will tolerate it maybe for a while. What I mean is Fort Langley and the air museum, […]

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