To reach Thetis Island, which is one of the least developed of the
Tofino is the end of the Trans-Canada Highway. You just can’t go further west without getting wet! According to Environment Canada the average ‘high’ temperature for the area in July is 18.5 ºC (65.3 F). The average rainfall for the month is 76.8 mm (3 in.). Bring a fleece and an umbrella! The town of Ucluelet (U-kloo-Let) takes its name from a First Nations’ phrase meaning “the people with a good landing place for canoes.”
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.
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 […]
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.
A lot of attention is paid to Vancouver‘s downtown, but just over the Burrard Street Bridge in the Kitsilano neighbourhood is a bike/walk that allows visitors and locals to enjoy beaches and views. The best place to start is at the corner of Cypress and Cornwall where the No. 22 bus, which goes to/from downtown, stops. Once there, head north on Cypress St. and walk by the homes and look for the big totem pole in front of the Marine Museum. You will see a walking path that heads west and then curves to the south. At this point you […]
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 […]
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.
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.