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.
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.
Traveller Facts – Oceanside Nanaimo has a population of over 70,000 and in the 1990s upgraded its downtown and harbour to reflect its focus on tourism. In 1999, Qualicum Beach boasted the most seniors of any community in BC, but don’t let that fool you; the town centre is unique and vibrant. Nanoose Bay is a beautiful quiet spot with retirement facilities, golfing, Canadian Forces Maritime Experimental and Test Ranges and the Nanoose First Nation Reserve. Worth the detour from the main road.
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Rosewood Victoria Inn of Victoria suggests: Discover The Past offers a wide variety of haunted walks and tours around Victoria, BC. You could enjoy “an evening with doris” at the Victoria Golf Club, or take a walk around Chinatown. Tours are conducted by long time historian, John Adams and his team of guides. www.discoverthepast.com
Southern Vancouver Island is the second-largest wine region in British Columbia. The majority of Vancouver Island‘s wineries are located in the Cowichan Valley, 35 minutes north of Victoria. The vineyards located here enjoy a unique location with ideal growing conditions on southern, sun-drenched slopes. Vancouver Island‘s coastal climate is mild, by comparison to other major wine growing regions in North America, yet well-suited to growing grapes. The scenery surrounding Vancouver Island‘s vineyards is as delicious as the wine. Rolling pastures framed by ocean and mountain views make a tour of the wineries a must for any wine enthusiast. Enjoy a […]