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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Qualicum Beach has many activities for both tourists and locals. These are just a few samples. Bard to Broadway The 2009 season will be B2B’s 10th year. Enjoy theatre under the big tent all summer. The company presents 4 plays continously all summer long. This is the 7th year of operation and the plays have been playing to sell out crowds since its inception. The Old School House Gallery and Art Centre The Old School House is a hot bed of the best of Vancouver Island art. In addtion to ever changing shows of the work of BC artists, there […]
Kelowna has many activities to enjoy. Below is a list of just a few. Beasley Park & Beach at Woods Lake – Free – 12-15 min drive from the Borgata Lodge Visit Kasugai gardens located behind City Hall, stand or walk around or sit in the garden to take in all the sights of the waterfall and the koi fish and the ambience. Scandia Games & Mini Golf – Free Entry Modest Fees for your choice of activities. Mini Golf, both indoor and outdoor, Batting Cages, Huge arcades, bumper cars, snack bar, prizes, suitable for all ages and groups. Grand […]
A petroglyph is an engraving or carving in stone found on coastal rock faces. Some carvings in British Columbia date back 3000 years. There is an Elasmosaur in Courtenay. This creature is a fossilized Cretaceous era marine reptile that was found along the Puntledge River.