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 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.
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.