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whistler

In 1 9 6 2 , Van c ou v e r b u s i n e ss men en v isio n ed Wh istler Mo un tain as a site f o r th e Win ter Oly mp ic G am e s . R oad s to th e re gi on were exten d ed , an d af ter th e co n str uctio n o f a f o ur - p er so n g o n d o la, d ou b l e c h ai r l i f t, 2 T- b ar s an d a d ay lo d g e, Wh istler was o fficially o p en ed f o r skiin g in 196 6 . T h rou gh th e y e ar s th e re s or t exp an d e d f rom Wh i s tl e r Vi l l age . In 1 9 8 0 , Bl ac k c om b M ou n tai n op e n e d , m ak i n g Wh i s tl e r Bl ac k c om b on e of th e l arge s t s k i c om p l exe s i n N or th Am e r i c a.

Some 25 y ear s later, Whistler wo uld b e c on sid ered amo n g th e to p ski reso r ts o n an y co n tin en t. In July 2003 , Vanco uv er was n amed th e h o st city f or th e 2010 Win ter O l y mp ic G ames.

T h at same y ear, Wh istler Blackco mb was v o ted th e “Numb er On e Ski R eso r t in A mer ica� b y Skiin g Magaz in e. Skier s an d sn owb o ar d er s fro m aro un d th e wo r ld co n tin ue to d escen d o n th ese p r istin e p eaks.

Fro m its o r ig in s as a wild er fn ess summer reso r t, Wh istler h as emerg ed in to an in ter n atio n al, f o ur - seaso n reso r t f o r all.


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Vic t or i a Vic to r i a c i t y o f fer s t he b est o f b o t h wo r lds: f ab ulo us sho p s, rest aurant s, m useum s and c it y p ar ks co m p lem ent ing wo r ld- c lass go lf co ur ses, sk i hills, hik ing t rails and f i shi ng ex p edit io ns.

The City Of Endless Delights

G o lf i n t he m o r ning and sk i i n t he af ter no o n, visi t Vi c to r i a B ug Zo o and walk t hro ugh B utc har t G ardens fo llowed by an eveni ng at t he sy m p ho ny,

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What ’s s o a ma zing abou t hav ing s u ch a var iet y of s etting s in s u ch clos e proximit y is the oppor tu nit y to have a nu mber of wildly different exper iences in a s ing le day.

vent ure ou t o n a his tor ic dr i vi ng rou te t hro ug h the sur ro unding s. The ac tiv ities to do a re endless !

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S P E C I A L F E ATU R E

Tofino

A J e we l Shining I n The West Tof i no ( p op ul ati o n a bo u t 2 , 0 0 0 ), re i gns a s j e we l o f Ca n a d a’s we s t coa st. The st un n i n g b e a u t y a n d e col ogi c a l d i ve rs i t y o f To f i n o’s loc at i on i n t he C l ayo q u o t S o u n d U N E S CO B i osp h e re R e s e r ve i s th e source of a l l a c ti vi ti e s. I ma gi ne, a l l i n o n e p l a ce, fi s h i n g, k aya k i ng, w ha le watch i n g, be a rwatc hi ng, b i rd watch i n g, ca m p i n g, hi k i ng, stor m-watch i n g a n d Fi rs t N at i ons c ul t ura l to u r i n g. Su r fi n g i s b i g he re, a nd To fi n o wa s n a m e d th e b e st sur f tow n i n N o r th Am e r i ca i n O ut si d e M a ga z i n e’s 2 0 1 0 Ed i to rs’ C hoi ce awa rd s. For a l l t hi s gl a m o u r, To f i n o re m a i ns t he rou g h - a n d - tu m bl e f ront i e r tow n i t h a s a l ways b e e n , e a sygoi ng, outg o i n g, e nte r p r i s i n g, unp re te nt i ous a n d re s o l u te l y f r i e nd l y. Ye t i t a l s o bo a s ts s wa n k b e a c hf ront re so r ts, exce l l e nt re st a ura nt s a nd a d y n a m i c a r ts sce ne roote d i n n atu re a n d Fi rs t N at i ons c ul t ure. We l co m e to th e e nd of t he roa d.

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Fi rst Nat ions Cult ure Th o se who dwell o n t his edge o f th e co nt i nent are int i m ately and i r re vo c ab ly t ied to t he o cean. Th e Nuu- c hah- nult h Fir st Nat io n h a s b een f ishi ng fo r salm o n, co d, h a l i but and shellf ish fo r as lo ng a s 1 0 ,000 year s. They hunted sea l i o n s, seals and whales. Their ar t s, s to r ies, so ngs and c ult ure have s u r vived and are lately undergo i ng a power f ul resurgence. D i s cover t he c ult ure in To f i no g a l l er i es, at age - o ld Fir st Nat io ns ce re mo ni es and in aut hent i c Nat ive d u g out s o n t i m eless C layo quo t S o u n d water ways.

Accommod at ions Th e wo rd “ luxe” jum p s up whenever s o m e o ne m ent i o ns glam To f i no, bu t t he reali t y is, t he reso r t o f fer s a fu ll range o f acco m m o dat i o ns. O u t in t he S o und, Clayo quo t Wi l d er ness R eso r t b r ings o ut w i l d er ness m an, wo m an o r c hild in

t he m o st ret icent am ong u s. M ov ie st ar s R yan R ey no lds an d S ca r lett J o hansso n ho ney m o o ned here in 2009.

Fest ivals To f i no fest ivals r un st ra ig ht t hro ugh t he year f ro m M arch’s Pac if ic R im Whale Festival to t he Clayo quo t O yster Fes tival in Novem b er. I n b et ween are the To f i no Fo o d and Wine Fes tiva l, Nat io nal Ab o r i gi nal Day, t he Pac if ic R im Summer Fest i val, To f ino Ar t in the G a rdens, West Co ast M ar it im e Fes tiva l and t he To f i no Fi lm Fest ival. The oys ter fest t akes t he c ake: November ha s b een dec lared “O ysterember.” Fo r i nfo r m at io n, m ap s a nd b ro c hures, dro p by t he Pa cific R im Visi to r Cent re at 1426 Pa cific R im H ighway o r t he To ur ism Tofino Visi to r Cent re at 455 Ca mpbell St reet in To f ino.


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Vancouver

A TOP-TIER CIT Y

N a m e d “ Top Ci t y of t he Am e r i c a s” in Cond é N a st Trave l e r ma ga zi ne’s 2009 R e a d e r s’ Ch oi ce Awa rd s, Vancouve r of fe r s trave l l e r s b ot h ou t st a nd i ng opp or t uni t i e s for outd oor adve nt ure and t he

s o p h i s ti cate d a m e n i ti e s o f a wo r l d - cl a s s ci t y Va n co u ve r wa s also named a To p 1 0 0 Wo r l d D e s ti n ati o n p i ck i n Tr i p Ad v i s o r ’s 2 0 0 8 Trave l e rs’ C h o i ce awa rd s, a n d o n e o f te n B e s t Fa m i l y Va cati o n s i n Ca n a d a i n th e

2 0 1 1 Traveler s’ C h o i ce awards. Va n couver has b e e n c ho sen a s th e wo r ld ’s “M o s t L i veab le Ci t y ” i n 2011 by th e Eco no m ist I nte l li gence U n i t (EIU ) , a ti tl e it has b een awa rded eight ti m e s since 2002.

British Columbia Tourist Spots Overview CITIES HOTELS SPOTS Whistler Four Seasons Blackcomb Victoria Arbutus Bear Mountain Tofino Himwitsa Lodge MacKenzie Beach Vancouver Hyatt Stanley Park 4 

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Vancouver Chinatown Vanco uver is ho m e to o ne o f t he largest Chinese co m m uni t ies i n No r t h Am er i c a. I t s Chinatown ( t he o t her m ajo r cent rein R ic hm o nd) i s wo r t h a visi t

fo r t he histo r i c b uildings ( inc ludi ng t he wo r ld ’s nar rowest ) , exo t i c m ar ket s and her b al ap o t hec ar i es, no t to m ent io n b argai ns o n im p o r ted go o ds, p ar t i c ular ly k itc hen sup p lies.

D u r ing late spr ing and su mmer, the st reets are c los ed to ve hicles once a week for the C h inatown N ig ht M ar ket, an exotic f le a ma r ket with ever ything from great fa s hion f i nds to ba rg a in Asian food.

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This is w here we want to b e!

Sup er Natura l Br it ish C olu mbi a CITY OF

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