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The Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region, or VCM for short, is a destination of aweinspiring beauty and wonder, located in the southwest corner of mainland British Columbia.

Stunning, natural landscapes mixed with an incredible range of activities position the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region as one of the most unique and enthralling escapes on earth. Gather your family for a vacation to remember, your friends for the adventure of a lifetime, or set out on a journey of your own, to discover all that this breathtaking and exciting place has to offer. From mountaintop excursions and pristine coastal beaches to delicious farm-fresh cuisine and lively urban hotspots, the unforgettable experiences are endless. Vancouver, Coast & Mountains. All things are possible.

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METRO VANCOUVER Tucked between mountains, river valleys and the ocean, Metro Vancouver is a modern and multicultural metropolis showcasing a myriad of tastes and influences from around the world. It’s where a round of golf, a kayaking trip and a visit to one of the many local microbreweries can follow a morning ski. With its mild climate and cosmopolitan flair, there’s no shortage of things to do. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a cyclist, foodie, fashionista, or concertgoer, you’re sure to find an activity, event or world-class festival happening any time you visit. Active, friendly and inclusive, Metro Vancouver residents are proud to call this place home and eager to honour the heritage and traditions of those who are new to the city. Always in flux, Vancouver never strays far from its West Coast roots. Rugged, laidback, and utterly gorgeous, this city on the edge of wilderness is consistently rated one of the most livable in the world. Experience it for yourself, and you’ll understand why.

Anmore · Belcarra · Bowen Island Burnaby · Coquitlam · Delta · Horseshoe Bay New Westminster · North Vancouver Port Coquitlam · Port Moody · Richmond Surrey · Vancouver · West Vancouver White Rock

MIGHTY FRASER COUNTRY For centuries, the communities along the banks of the Fraser River and the surrounding areas have come to rely on the richness of the mighty river. Today, Mighty Fraser Country is an incredibly diverse countryside with roots tracing back to the first steps of prospectors who came in search of gold. Defined by the powerful river that flows through its core, this area is made up of two very distinct geographical landscapes – the Fraser Canyon and the Fraser Valley. Years of erosion created the deep canyon that meanders south of Lillooet, all the way to


the District of Hope. With steep walls rising up to 600 metres (1,980 feet) above the rushing rapids, the Fraser Canyon’s unique topography provides the necessary elements for some of the best whitewater rafting in the world. Travel down river, and the landscape changes dramatically. The river widens and the lush green fields and rolling hills of the Fraser Valley give life to the province’s most bountiful agricultural region. Discover hot springs, farm-gate vendors, charming eateries, heritage sites, and a host of awardwinning wineries throughout. The Fraser River itself is also a popular destination, attracting fishermen to its thriving salmon and sturgeon populations. Mighty Fraser Country is full of adventure when you let the spirit of the land and the river lead the way.

Abbotsford · Agassiz · Boston Bar · Chilliwack Harrison Hot Springs · Harrison Mills · Hope Langley · Lytton · Manning Park · Maple Ridge Mission · North Bend · Pitt Meadows Spuzzum · Yale

SUNSHINE COAST A cluster of coastal communities set amongst old-growth forests and pristine coastline, the Sunshine Coast is British Columbia’s hidden treasure. Stretching over 180 kilometres (112 miles) from Langdale to Lund, and accessible only by ferry, boat or plane, its beautiful beaches, marine parks and quiet coves remain utterly unspoiled. The bright blue ocean, orange-red Arbutus trees, purple sea stars, sandy shores and deep green forests create an intensely coloured backdrop that will amaze and inspire you. With this stunning palette, it’s no surprise that the area has attracted a large creative community of internationally known artists, musicians and artisans, who can be found along the storied Purple Banner Route. More of nature’s true wonders can be found at Skookumchuk Narrows, where changing tides create the perfect conditions for extreme kayaking, or in Princess Louisa Inlet, where as many as 60 waterfalls cascade down sheer granite cliffs. Along the Sunshine Coast Trail, Canada’s longest hutto-hut hiking trail, you’ll discover the serenity

of gazing across a serene lake surrounded by stunning mountain vistas without a soul in sight. And at a stone’s throw, there’s a beach to suit every mood and plenty of fantastic oceanfront resorts with spa treatment packages to cater to your every need. So whether you’re the laid-back, thrill-seeking, or culture-crazed type, the Sunshine Coast can be whatever you make of it.

Egmont · Gambier Island · Gibsons Halfmoon Bay · Keats Island · Lund Pender Harbour · Powell River Roberts Creek · Savary Island · Sechelt Texada Island

SEA TO SKY COUNTRY Every journey through Sea to Sky Country starts with an epic drive along one of the most spectacular stretches of road in the world. Although stunning, Highway 99 (better known as the Sea to Sky Highway) provides only a snapshot of the beauty that lies ahead. Starting just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver in picturesque Horseshoe Bay and stretching all the way to Lillooet, the highway acts as a gateway connecting the Lower Mainland to an incredible outdoor adventure playground. Along the way, you’ll be captivated by the glistening waters of Howe Sound, the tumbling waters of Shannon Falls, the view from the Sea to Sky Gondola, and any number of other outdoor adventures in this breathtakingly wild place. Riders and skiers flock to Whistler Blackcomb (the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games) for a multitude of ski and snowboard terrain. A little further up the road in Pemberton, you’ll find snowmobiling adventures and ice fishing at the foot of Mount Currie. Summertime brings with it a whole new lineup of things to see and do. World-class hiking and mountain biking trails, outdoor concerts, and the bustling streets of Whistler Village will keep you outdoors and entertained all season long.

Brackendale · Britannia Beach · Lillooet Lions Bay · Pemberton · Squamish · Whistler

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When you’re looking for a truly remarkable experience with an unbelievable combination of outdoor adventure and family fun, the Coast Mountain Circle Route is the way to go. This 593-kilometre (368-mile) round-trip route will take you through lush farmland and the rocky Fraser Canyon, to snow-capped mountains and the shimmering Pacific Ocean. Take a few days or take a week – either way, your journey will be amazing. 1 Deer Lake Park Escape the hustle and bustle and take a leisurely stroll along the water’s edge at Deer Lake Park, right in the heart of Burnaby. Scenic trails connect the lake, meadows and woodlands with the Burnaby Art Gallery, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby Village Museum and Hart House Restaurant. In the summer you can rent a boat to explore Deer Lake, sunbathe on the beach at the lake’s east end or take in an outdoor concert.

2 Historic Downtown Abbotsford A thriving neighbourhood alive with unique shops and public art, Historic Downtown Abbotsford boasts a wide selection of eateries including 50s diners, coffee shops, delis, and an assortment of restaurants featuring international cuisines. Go for a stroll along the brick-lined sidewalks, and don’t miss the Abbotsford Farm & Country Market, every Saturday from April to October.

3 Bridal Veil Falls Just east of Chilliwack, right off the Trans-Canada Highway, is where you’ll find Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park. Open from April to October, visitors can enjoy picnicking, hiking and spectacular views


of the falls, which tumble 60 metres (197 feet) over a smooth rock face creating the veil-like effect for which they’re aptly named.

4 Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park Located between Yale and Boston Bar, Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park is a day-use area centred around the original Cariboo Wagon Road bridge. Through the BC gold rush era of the 1850s and 1860s, the bridge was used to carry freight from steamships across the Fraser River and up to the mines. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the scenic views of the historic crossway, Fraser River and surrounding forest.

5 Hell’s Gate Airtram Take the tram to get a bird’s eye view of this historic landmark near Boston Bar, where 200 million gallons of water thunder through a 33-metre (108-foot) wide passage every minute. Walk across the suspension bridge and check out the observation decks for a firsthand look at the International Fishways of Hell’s Gate gorge. Then try your hand at gold panning and maybe even catch a glimpse of river rafters shooting the rapids. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, grab some lunch at Simon’s Café and sample the fudge at the Fudge Factory.

6 Lytton From the northeast corner of the Village of Lytton you’ll be at the perfect vantage point to watch the green waters of the Thompson River converge with the silt-laden brown waters of the Fraser River. Both rivers are very popular choices for whitewater rafting, and are the reason Lytton is known as Canada’s river rafting capital.

7 Seton Lake Seton Lake, near Lillooet, offers a range of exciting outdoor activities, including boating, canoeing, hiking and fishing. There’s also a viewpoint overlooking the picturesque emerald-green waters of Seton Lake Reservoir and the surrounding Chilcotin Range. Evidence of kekulis, underground winter homes built by the interior Salish-speaking St’át’imc (STAH-tleum) people, can be found nearby. Take a walk along the selfguided interpretive trail to learn about the history of the Lillooet area as well as some of its modern-day features.

8 Joffre Lakes Provincial Park Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, near Pemberton, is a great place to let your inner outdoorsman out. With ample opportunities for hiking, camping and

mountaineering, this picturesque setting, with its three turquoise lakes, snow-capped peaks and rushing streams, will take your breath away. A beautiful viewpoint at Lower Joffre Lake is just a short walk from the parking lot, but if you’re looking for a little more adventure, follow the trail for a rough, rocky and steep hike through the Coast Mountain Range.

Shannon Falls Provincial Park Shannon Falls flows adjacent to the Sea to Sky Highway near Squamish, and is composed of a series of cliffs 335 metres (1,099 feet) tall, making it the third highest waterfall in BC. The wellmaintained and easily accessible trail through Shannon Falls Provincial Park will take you right to the base, where you’ll be able to see and feel the clouds of mist as they billow out from the roaring falls.

9 Whistler Olympic Plaza Whistler Olympic Plaza is a legacy structure from the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games that now acts as a year-round venue for recreation, arts and culture. Located in Whistler Village, the Plaza plays host to concerts and performances during the summer, and is transformed into an outdoor ice skating rink in the winter. With its giant Olympic Rings display, the whole area is one great photo opportunity.

Sea to Sky Gondola Squamish is home to the region’s newest must-see attraction – the Sea to Sky Gondola. Having opened to rave reviews in the spring of 2014, the 10-minute gondola ride takes you 885 metres (2,904 feet) above sea level and provides sweeping views of Howe Sound and the surrounding coastal mountains. Once at the top, visitors can enjoy a wide array of outdoor experiences,

including two interpretive walking trail loops, three viewing platforms, the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, and access to eight main hiking trails. There are also a variety of food and drink options to manage post-adventure hunger including the Summit Restaurant and Edge Bar.

Lonsdale Quay Market Featuring a fresh-food market full of local products, an international food court, specialty shops, restaurants and more, the Lonsdale Quay Market is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon. Located at the water’s edge in North Vancouver, Lonsdale Quay offers a stunning view of Vancouver’s skyline, both during the day and at night. PHOTOS: 1. Tourism Burnaby 2. Tourism Abbotsford 3. Tourism Chilliwack 4. Bob Young 5. Hell’s Gate Airtram 6. Picture BC/ Karen Massier 7. Shelly Salehi 8. Martin Gaffet 9. Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane 10. Bob Young 11. Paul Bride 12. Picture BC/ Grant Mattice












SUNSHINE COAST ROUTE From the forests of Douglas fir and red cedar to the quaint harbours, stunning beaches and vibrant communities, the Sunshine Coast is truly an escape to paradise. Part of the mainland, this remote oasis can only be reached by boat or plane, so start your journey with a 40-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay across to Langdale, or hop on a floatplane. Once you’ve explored the Lower Coast, head to Earls Cove and take the 60-minute ferry over to the Upper Coast. Plan for a minimum of two to four days because once you’ve experienced the magic of the Sunshine Coast, you won’t want to leave.


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Charming stores, art galleries and restaurants line the streets of Gibsons Landing. Shop, stroll and dine, all against the stunning backdrop of Howe Sound and vistas of the coastal mountains. Stop at Molly’s Reach, site of the long-running Canadian television drama “The Beachcombers,” to enjoy some fish and chips and a taste of fame. Afterwards, visit the Sunshine Coast Museum & Archives to discover the area’s rich history.

Sechelt, meaning “land between two waters,” in the local Coast Salish language, is a beach community situated between the long, narrow Sechelt Inlet and the open waters of the Georgia Strait. Arts, culture, and outdoor adventure abound amongst the magnificent sweep of beautiful pebbled beaches, spectacular ocean vistas, and lush green forests. The community’s central location along the lower Sunshine Coast makes it a great starting point to experience all that the area has to offer. Paddle along the tranquil waters of Sechelt Inlet, visit the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, play a round of golf, hike through the great outdoors, or simply relax and take in the scenery along the Trail Bay Shoreline.

2 Roberts Creek Known as the Gumboot Capital of the World, Roberts Creek is a small community that knows how to kick back and relax. Paintings, pottery and a myriad of other art forms crafted by talented, local artists can be found in galleries and studios. The Roberts Creek Community Mandala, which began in 1997, has grown to become the town’s most famous work of public art and stands as a beautiful example of the area’s creative expression and artistic roots.

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4 Skookumchuck Rapids Egmont is home to Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park, which draws visitors in with a chance to witness the incredibly turbulent and powerful Skookumchuck Rapids. On a 3-metre (9.8-foot) tide, 200 billion gallons PHOTOS: 1. Picture BC/Barry Haynes 2. Kelly Funk Photography 3. Bob Young 4. Kelly Funk Photography 5. Sunshine Coast Tourism 6. Darren Robinson 7. Picture BC/Gregory Eymundson & Joern Rohde 8. Picture BC/Gregory Eymundson & Joern Rohde

of water flow through the narrows connecting Sechelt and Jervis Inlets, and the difference in water levels between one side of the rapids and the other can sometimes exceed 2 metres (6.6 feet) in height. With current speeds that can exceed 30 kilometres/hour (18.6 miles/ hour), the rapids are famous for their spectacular whirlpools and whitewater.

5 P  owell River National Historic District Home to Western Canada’s only National Historic District, much of Powell River maintains its original appearance from the early 1900s, when the town was established. The Townsite Heritage Society offers guided and self-guided walking tours for visitors to learn about and explore over 400 heritage buildings within the community. Be sure to visit

landmark buildings like the Patricia Theatre (the longest continuously running movie theatre in Canada), Dwight Hall, the Old Courthouse Inn and the Rodmay Heritage Hotel.

6 Texada Island Just a 35-minute ferry ride from Powell River to Texada Island, and you could be taking a refreshing swim in one of the island’s beautiful lakes, exploring one of many dirt roads and trails by mountain bike, or simply soaking up the laid-back atmosphere of this getaway isle.

7 Lund Drive to the very end of the Pacific Coastal Highway, otherwise known as “Mile 0,” and that’s where you’ll find the community of Lund. Positioned as the gateway to Desolation Sound Marine

Park, Lund is a boating and kayaking paradise. Known for its abundance of fish, crab, clams and oysters, this tiny township has craft shops and cafés to explore, all overlooking the harbour. Enjoy Lund’s charm as you stroll along the seaside boardwalk then sample some fresh West Coast seafood at any one of the local restaurants.

8 Savary Island Park your car and take a water taxi or chartered boat from Lund Marina to Savary Island. With the warmest water north of Mexico (thanks to the warm southern tide) and a ring of gleaming white sand beaches, Savary Island is a little piece of paradise. The mild climate allows for a varied ecosystem of sand dunes, meadows and forest. Day-trippers can be dropped off and picked up at the public wharf.







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SCENIC 7 ROUTE The Lougheed Highway, or Scenic Highway 7, is the path less travelled between Vancouver and Hope. Along the way you’ll pass through Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Mission, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs, each with a host of unique shops, restaurants and local produce stands to explore. 1 Golden Ears Provincial Park Near Maple Ridge, Golden Ears Provincial Park offers an extensive trail system perfect for hiking or horseback riding. For those interested in water activities, Alouette Lake is a great spot for swimming, fishing and boating, with rentals available from June to September. And if you decide to stay, the park also has three large campgrounds.

2 Westminster Abbey To this day, atop a hill with panoramic views of the Fraser Valley, Benedictine Monks reside at Westminster Abbey in Mission. Visitors are welcome between 1pm-4pm, Monday to Friday, to take in the views and listen to the distinctive 10-bell ring of the Abbey church tower.

3 Kilby Historic Site Step back in time and experience a fascinating look at rural life in BC at the turn of the twentieth century. Complete


with a museum, general store, farm, restaurant and gift shop, Kilby is a great way to learn about and explore the history of the community of Harrison Mills.

4 Agassiz-Harrison Museum The Agassiz-Harrison Museum is housed in a once fully operational Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) station that was built in 1893, and was also once the living quarters for the stationmaster and his family. The museum takes a unique look at CPR history and also features local artifacts, period clothing and photographs of pioneer life.

5 Harrison Hot Springs The draw to Harrison Hot Springs is, of course, the two hot springs whose healing waters have been cooled to 38 degrees C (100 degrees F) and pumped into an indoor public mineral pool for your enjoyment. If you’d rather hit the beach, Harrison Lake is a great place to kick off your sandals, sunbathe or take a dip in the largest body of fresh water in southwestern BC. Afterwards, wander around Harrison Village to grab a bite to eat or browse through the local shops.




6 Hope Chainsaw Carvings Hope is known for beautifully intricate chainsaw carvings that depict wildlife found in the region. With over 30 different carvings spread throughout the community, Hope has also been referred to as “The Chainsaw Carving Capital.” Many of the carvings displayed are the creations of local wood carvers Pete Ryan and Randy Swope. Pick up a selfguided walking tour map at the Hope Visitor Centre and explore the town’s unique art forms.


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GOLD RUSH TRAIL Embark upon a journey along the Gold Rush Trail and you’ll discover fascinating “nuggets” of history along with some of the most spectacular natural beauty in the world. Beginning in New Westminster, in the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region, and winding its way up north to Barkerville, in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Region, the Gold Rush Trail offers several interesting and informative stopovers that will shed light on this piece of British Columbia’s rich natural-resource history. Visit to learn more.

1 Fraser River Discovery Centre The Fraser River is yours to discover through rotating exhibits and hands-on programs at the Fraser River Discovery Centre in New Westminster. At 1,375 kilometres (850 miles) long, the Fraser River is one of the largest salmon spawning waterways in the world. It is also one of only three rivers in BC in which North America’s largest freshwater fish, the white sturgeon, spawn. Come experience the history of this important natural resource and learn about the mighty river’s contribution to British Columbia and its people.

2 Fort Langley National Historic Site Fort Langley National Historic Site is the exact location where, a century and a half ago, the Hudson’s Bay Company, a huge fur trade organization, established a small post to trade with the First Nations of the West Coast. The enterprise grew, evolved and influenced history, leading to the creation of the colony of British Columbia. Today you can visit the fort and explore the historic buildings, watch coopering and blacksmithing demonstrations, and even try gold panning.

3 Yale Historic Site Take a walking tour through Yale to uncover the historic tale of a town’s turbulent existence through the gold rush. The story is told through the preservation and maintenance of the St. John the Divine Church and the

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4 Creighton House Museum – both dating back to the late 1800s.

4 Hell’s Gate Airtram North of Yale, Hell’s Gate is the deepest and narrowest point on the Fraser River. This section of the river was named after explorer Simon Fraser’s voyage in 1808, where he stated in his journal that this was, “a place where no human being should venture, for surely we have encountered the gates of hell.” Take the tram and get a bird’s eye view of this historic landmark, where 200 million gallons of water thunder through a 33-metre (108-foot) wide passage every minute.

5 Billy Barker found gold underground and in the first day alone brought 1.7 kilograms (60 ounces) to the surface. In total, it’s estimated that Barker’s mine produced 1,063 kilograms (37,500 ounces) of gold, worth about 60 million dollars. The ensuing gold frenzy turned Barkerville into a centre for supplies and entertainment as miners moved into the area in droves. Visitors still come to the historic site to meet characters from Barkerville’s past including Judge Begbie, known as “the hanging judge.” The site also allows visitors to watch gold rush theatre, see an authentic Cornish Waterwheel, pan for gold, visit Chinatown, go to school and stop at over 140 historic buildings and displays.

5 Lillooet Museum Located at “Mile 0” on the Cariboo Pavillion Road, Lillooet’s history is entrenched in the BC Gold Rush. Back then, it was one of the largest cities west of Chicago, second only to San Francisco. Today, visitors can return to the height of gold rush fever on a self-guided walking tour of 14 local historic sites, or browse through artifacts and discover fascinating stories at the Lillooet Museum.

6 Barkerville Barkerville is the largest heritage site in Western North America and a National Historic Site of Canada. You’ll find it when you continue along the Gold Rush Trail through the Thompson Okanagan Region and in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Region. It was on August 17, 1862, when English prospector

DID YOU KNOW? You can go gold panning in several places along the Gold Rush Trail. Try your luck at Fort Langley National Historic Site, Hell’s Gate Airtram and Yale Historic Site.

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24 HOURS IN VANCOUVER Consistently rated one of the world’s most livable cities, Vancouver has exceptional arts, culture and culinary offerings, all set against a naturally stunning backdrop. There is certainly no shortage of things to do in this vibrant city, but if you only have 24 hours, here are a few of the top visitor attractions you’ll enjoy checking off your list. 1 Vancouver Lookout The view starts before you even reach the top with a 40-second, glass elevator ride that takes you 168 metres (553 feet) skyward. Step out to the 360-degree panoramic observation deck and take in amazing views of historic Gastown, bustling downtown Vancouver, worldfamous Stanley Park, the Pacific Ocean and the majestic North Shore Mountains.

2 Canada Place A welcome point for Canadians and visitors from around the world, Canada Place is a celebration of our country. The five sails provide a stunning landmark amidst the Coal Harbour skyline and will guide you to the Canadian Trail, an exploration of the founding communities across Canada. Stroll to the end of the pier for great views and FlyOver Canada, a flight simulation ride that will have you soaring east to west over some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable.

3 Stanley Park Recently named the world’s best city park, this 400-hectare (1,000-acre) West Coast rainforest is a magical oasis of beaches, trails and parkland, set in the heart of Vancouver’s urban landscape. The Seawall, which wraps around the outer edge of the entire park, offers walkers and cyclists unobstructed views of the surrounding mountains, ocean, city, sky and the forests of Stanley Park.

5 Dinner in Gastown End the day where Vancouver began, in the historic district of Gastown. Initially, the area was a settlement that sprung up around a single tavern founded in 1867 by John “Gassy Jack” Deighton. A statue of the legendary sailor and gold prospector now stands at the intersection of Water and Carrall, where cobblestone streets are lined with brew pubs and restaurants serving a variety of mouth-watering dishes. After dinner, visit the steam clock in Gastown. The large central whistle counts the full hours, while the four other whistles chime the Westminster Quarters every fifteen minutes.

4 Granville Island The cobbled streets of Granville Island will take you from shop to restaurant to theatre, as the music of buskers floats through the ocean air. With a visit to the Improv Centre, prepare to



laugh as masters of improvisation from the Vancouver Theatre Sports League perform. Home to an array of fresh produce stalls, bakeries and local food vendors, the Granville Island Public Market should not be missed.

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VANCOUVER: ONE DAY IS NEVER ENOUGH If 24 hours in Vancouver just wasn’t enough and you’ve decided to stay a little longer, venture just outside of the city and you’ll discover even more great activities in the surrounding communities of Metro Vancouver. 1 Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

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Built in 1889, Capilano Suspension Bridge is the oldest visitor attraction in Vancouver. Stretching 137 metres (450 feet) across and 70 metres (230 feet) high, the bridge offers amazing, immersive views of the Capilano River and the surrounding forest in North Vancouver. Today, there are several other attractions on site, including Cliffwalk – a curved walkway that juts out from a granite wall high above Capilano Canyon.

Tucked away on the eastern edge of Vancouver’s North Shore, the tranquil waters of Deep Cove are perfect for an early morning kayak. Paddle along this serene and peaceful setting as you take in the views of Indian Arm and the majestic North Shore Mountains.

2 Grouse Mountain For Vancouver’s finest views, a trip to the top of Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver is a must. Take the Skyride gondola straight up for sprawling views of Vancouver, Stanley Park, Coal Harbour and beyond. Take some pictures then enjoy a lumberjack show, visit a grizzly bear refuge, go ziplining and much more. After, if you’re looking for more great views, Grouse Mountain is home to the world’s first and only wind turbine that allows you to stand in a clear glass viewPOD at the top of the tower. You’ll be just 3 metres (9.8 feet) from its massive, rotating blades as you get a 360-degree look at your surroundings.

4 Bowen Island Just a 20-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, you’ll find beautiful Bowen Island. Water lovers will enjoy kayaking around sheltered bays and swimming at sandy beaches. Consider taking a guided tour and paddling north to Finisterre Island or south along the beach of Apodaca Provincial Park, keeping an eye out for wildlife. Afterward, plenty of shopping and dining options await. Grab lunch on a patio then take a short walk to Artisan Square.

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One of the best ways to explore the areas surrounding Metro Vancouver is by boat. At Sewell’s Marina in Horseshoe Bay you can rent your own 4.5-metre (15-foot) speedboat or enjoy a guided Sea Safari adventure by rigid inflatable boat. Explore islands and inlets in beautiful Howe Sound, go fishing, sightseeing, or just relax out on the water.


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It’s no wonder visitors flock to the picturesque seaside village of Steveston. Located in Richmond, this quaint village is full of historic homes and tempting eateries. There’s always something fun to do, whether it’s taking a whale watching tour, watching the fishing boats dock in the busy marina, or visiting the year-round Farmers & Artisans Market (happening every other Sunday) to discover artistic treasures and homemade treats.

7 Como Lake Featuring a 1-kilometre (0.6-mile) loop trail, lakeside benches, picnic amenities and a variety of bird and wildlife species, Como Lake offers a rich park experience. This little known gem located in the heart of Coquitlam is also a popular fishing hole for anglers. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout, making for great fishing opportunities in the spring and fall.

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Feast and fun come together at the River Market, where the hungry and curious gather to eat, shop and play. Showcasing independent restaurants and shops, this 7,000-square-metre (75,000-square-foot) marketplace on the banks of the Fraser River has become a hub for community life and pioneered a food-focused revitalization in New Westminster.

9 G  eorge C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary Forming part of the Fraser River Estuary in Delta, this 300-hectare (740-acre) protected area is home to over 250 avian species. Bird lovers flock to Delta every October to see the arrival of the snow geese. Resembling a cloud of thick white smoke, these magnificent creatures form dense flocks of up to 20,000 birds, which feed, rest and fly high above the sanctuary.

White Rock Beach White Rock’s seaside location has made it a year-round vacation spot. Its famous promenade runs almost the entire length of the beach, offering plenty of access points for swimming, kayaking and exploring the tide pools. Marine Drive runs parallel to the water and bustles with patio restaurants and specialty shops. After a day by the sea enjoying beautiful views of Mount Baker and the San Juan Islands in Washington State, stay for a breathtaking sunset.

Golfing in Surrey Home to four fantastic tracks, Surrey is a hacker’s haven and the perfect place for pros to work on their craft. Catering to golfers of all skill levels and price points there is a course for everyone. Boasting some of Metro Vancouver’s best, it’s no wonder golf’s elite chose to make Northview Golf & Country Club an annual stop on the PGA Tour from 1996 to 2002.

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Whistler is an all-season wonderland located just a couple of hours from Vancouver, making it a perfect one-day getaway. The following are just a couple of suggestions to help you discover the great outdoors and really soak up the vibe of this resort community.

1 Peak 2 Peak Gondola

3 Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

5 Village Stroll

You haven’t seen anything like this before. In fact, the Peak 2 Peak Gondola broke a world record for the longest unsupported lift span at 3.024 kilometres (1.88 miles), and an elevation of 436 metres (1,430 feet). Board the engineering marvel that links Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain, and enjoy an incredible 360-degree view. If you’re the adventurous type, wait for one of the two glass-bottom cars.

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler embodies the spirit of partnership between two unique Nations who wish to preserve, grow and share their traditional cultures. Admission includes a welcome song, guided tour, captivating film and a fun craft activity. Each ambassador guide has a unique story to tell, which uncovers the meaning behind traditional regalia, legends, carvings, art, songs and ceremonies. Wind down your visit with lunch at the Thunderbird Café.

Lined with specialty shops and restaurants, the Village Stroll is a pedestrian-only walkway located in Whistler Village. Along the stroll you’ll come across Whistler Olympic Plaza, which plays host to concerts and performances during the summer, and is transformed into an outdoor ice skating rink in the winter.

2 Hiking From the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, you can access over 50 kilometres (31 miles) of hiking, running and interpretive walking trails. Keep your eyes open for chipmunks and marmots, and make sure you keep a camera handy for capturing the rugged mountain vistas.


4 Scandinave Spa Whistler Surrounded by towering spruce and cedar trees and offering up incredible mountain vistas, this unique 20,000-square-foot spa is located in a gorgeous setting on the edge of Lost Lake. Relax your body and mind as you breathe in the invigorating mountain air, while taking a dip in the Scandinavian baths.

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6 Après Après typically marks the end of an epic day of skiing or snowboarding, but in Whistler you can make it a celebration of anything you like. Whether it’s après shopping, après hiking or après skating, you’ll find more than enough options for relaxing on a restaurant patio with some appetizers and drinks as you recount the day’s events with your family and friends.

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WHISTLER: ONE DAY IS NEVER ENOUGH The Sea to Sky Highway is a legendary route that winds all the way from West Vancouver to Lillooet. The scenic drive reveals spectacular views of Howe Sound glittering deep blue with jagged mountain peaks framing the sky. Whistler tends to draw a lot of the traffic, but there are several other charming communities along the highway, such as Squamish and Pemberton. There are incredible things to see and do at just about every turn in Sea to Sky Country.


1 Porteau Cove

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With waterfront campsites and spectacular views of Howe Sound, Porteau Cove is the ideal setting for a family picnic or overnight stay. Swimming, windsurfing and boating are popular activities here, but a series of artificial reefs, including two sunken ships, make this a favoured destination for scuba divers.

Ancient explorers would be envious of today’s adventurer. Whether it’s by fixed wing or whirly-bird, nowadays, visitors can explore the region by flightseeing from the sky above, discovering destinations that others only dream of visiting. Get up close and personal with the glaciers and mountain peaks of the Tantalus Range, or take off on a seaplane adventure to see the glacier-fed waters of Howe Sound, North America’s southernmost fjord.

2 Britannia Mine Museum Climb aboard a mine train at the Britannia Mine Museum in Britannia Beach to go deep inside this once functioning large-scale copper mine. Tour guides will tell you stories of early mining efforts with actual working drills and a mucking machine. Afterwards, you can even try your luck at gold panning.

3 Sea to Sky Gondola The views are so nice that we had to mention them twice! The Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish is the perfect place for outdoor adventure, culinary delights, and of course, spectacular views. For expert-level mountain enthusiasts, there are also a number of backcountry experiences to be had. The gondola has become a gateway for world-class backcountry skiing and hiking trails that were once virtually inaccessible.

5 Squamish Spit The word “Squamish” actually translates to “mother of wind” in the local First Nations’ language, so it’s easy to see why this area has become one of the world’s preeminent windsurfing and kiteboarding destinations. The Squamish Spit, where the Squamish River meets the waters of Howe Sound, affords some of the most consistent winds making it the perfect place to get into the sport.

6 Brandywine Falls Located in Brandywine Falls Provincial Park near Whistler, this spectacular 70-metre (229-foot) waterfall is best appreciated from the same viewpoint that offers amazing views of Daisy Lake and the surrounding mountains.

PHOTOS: 1. Bob Young 2. Britannia Mine Museum 3. Paul Bride 4. Sea to Sky Air 5. 6. Destination BC/ Yoko Yamamoto 7. Bob Young 8. Whistler Alpine Guides 10. Dave Steers 11.



7 7 K  ayaking the River of Golden Dreams A visit to Whistler wouldn’t be complete without a paddle down the River of Golden Dreams. The journey begins at Alta Lake and continues through the Whistler wetlands, down a scenic glacial river and finally out into magnificent Green Lake. Take a guided tour or rent kayaks, and make your golden dreams come true.

8 Via Ferrata Tour in Whistler Everyone knows that Whistler is one of the best places in the world to ski down a mountain. But how about climbing up? A Via Ferrata (Italian for “iron way”) is a vertical pathway that uses a lanyard system to allow climbers with little to no climbing experience to scale impressive peaks. Starting from the top of the Whistler gondola, guides provide detailed instruction as climbers make their way up to the 2160-metre (7086-foot) summit where incredible views await.

9 Golfing in Pemberton Pemberton offers two spectacular 18-hole golf courses at the base of Mount Currie. The two courses sit side-by-side in the valley along the Coquihalla River, with mountain vistas in every direction. Offering stellar golfing and unbeatable views, it’s no wonder that Big Sky Golf & Country Club is consistently ranked as one of the best public courses in the province.

North Arm Farm North Arm Farm in Pemberton is a 24-hectare (60-acre) organic farm. Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are just some of the delicious highlights in a full selection of seasonally available fruits and vegetables. Take a stroll around the farm and get a better glimpse at what’s being grown and how. And don’t forget to visit the farm animals including sheep, pigs and chickens.

Horseback Riding in Pemberton If you are a horse lover, you’ll feel right at home in Pemberton, which proudly boasts more horses per capita than any other area in BC. With miles and miles of horse trails, guided tours along the river and complete outfitting for the new or experienced rider, the whole area is a horseback riding haven.

Kaoham Shuttle This scenic train ride takes sightseers from Lillooet to Seton Portage along a beautiful stretch of the CN Rail Line. Only a two-hour round-trip ride, the lone train car travels through the narrow Seton River Canyon before winding its way along the shores of Seton Lake. Towering peaks, steep, rocky cliffs, and wildlife, including bighorn sheep, deer, bears and eagles, make for some spectacular photo opportunities.



2 No matter where you are in the region, opportunities to spot wildlife are everywhere. Whether you prefer to explore the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region on your own or follow a guided tour, the odds are you’ll discover some of BC’s most majestic and iconic species. 1 Bald Eagle Viewing Each year, between November and January, Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park in Squamish plays host to one of the largest congregations of wintering bald eagles in North America. The Squamish River watershed provides an abundance of food in the form of salmon, and the surrounding trees offer the necessary security for roosting and perching. The results are spectacular eagle viewing opportunities. Bald eagles can also be spotted in Harrison Mills. To celebrate the natural spectacle of thousands of bald eagles congregating on the Harrison River, the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival was established in Harrison Mills in 1995. While some bald eagles are present on the Harrison River all year round, the greatest gathering runs from October to February, and peaks just in time to coincide with the festivities in mid-November.


2 Bear Viewing What better way to witness the beauty of Whistler’s famous black bears and cubs than in their natural habitat? From the comfort of a 4x4 vehicle, you’ll explore select bear viewing areas, feeding sites, daybeds and dens, and get closer than you’ve ever been before. Guides provide a truly incredible outdoor learning experience, bringing a wealth of knowledge of Whistler’s flora and fauna, its ecology and bear biology along for the ride.

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The George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary in Delta is made up of nearly 300 hectares (740 acres) of managed wetlands, natural marshes and low dykes in the heart of the Fraser River Estuary. The fall migration period provides a spectacular sight with the arrival of the “Fraser-Skagit” flocks of Lesser Snow Geese, numbering between 50,000 and 100,000, making it a great time to visit. The Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve in Chilliwack is a 130-hectare (325-acre) site located on the floodplain of the

Vedder River. Take your time exploring the beautiful walking trails and you’ll be sure to spot a wide variety of wildlife. And since the reserve is home to a large breeding colony of Great Blue Herons, we’re almost certain you’ll catch a glimpse of the one bird you most likely came to see.

4 Bighorn Sheep Viewing Many different animals live in the desert-like conditions that encompass Lillooet and the Fraser Canyon, including bighorn sheep. Watch for them while you’re out driving, hiking or whitewater rafting – the seat of a raft can offer a spectacular viewpoint to see these animals in the wild.

5 Harbour Seal Viewing Get suited up and head out on a Sea Safari with Sewell’s Marina in Horseshoe Bay. Travelling through Howe Sound, you’ll zip across the open ocean, race beside steep cliffs, explore sea caves and get a chance to snap some otherwise impossible photos of coastal wildlife, including harbour seals at play.



4 6 Salmon Viewing Every fall, as one of BC’s most iconic species makes its way home, completing its long migratory lifecycle back to its birthplace, the rivers and creeks become a spawning ground to millions of Pacific salmon. It’s a wondrous, natural miracle that can be witnessed at hatcheries and waterways throughout the region. Some of the best places to see this influx of salmon are at the Capilano Hatchery in North Vancouver, Thacker Regional Park in Hope and Chapman Creek in Sechelt.

7 Whale Watching Travel around the Strait of Georgia and Gulf Islands in search of some of the most enchanting species known to man. Head along the coast and cross into the magical ocean world of Grey, Minke, and Humpback whales, orcas, porpoises, seals, sea lions, eagles and an array of seabirds. The best time of the year for whale watching is from April to October, but if you’re lucky you can spot them year round. Set off from Steveston in Richmond, or take your pick between tours out of Granville Island or downtown Vancouver.

PHOTOS: 1. Destination BC 2. Michael Allen 3. Destination BC/Tom Ryan 4. Destination BC 5. Tourism Vancouver/Coast Mountain Photography 6. Tourism Harrison/Graham Osborne 7. Vancouver Whale Watch

DID YOU KNOW? Described as a bi-pedal mammal of exceptional size with reddish hair covering its entire body, the Sasquatch is legendary in Harrison Hot Springs where there have been many regional sightings. Sasquatch Country Adventures offers tours deep into the heart of Sasquatch country in search of this elusive creature. Hop into a six-passenger Polaris Ranger Crew UTV, which offers a safe, smooth and comfortable ride for passengers of all ages. Your adventure is sure to be a memorable one, filled with on-location eyewitness accounts, beautiful scenery and amusing anecdotes.



1 Science World ACTIVITIES

FAMILY The Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region is a paradise for kids of all ages, with hundreds of outdoor and indoor activities to keep you and your family entertained.

Step inside Vancouver’s iconic, geodesic building and witness the creativity, imagination and wonder that comes with discovering science. Check out live shows, test your skills with mental puzzles and illusions, watch exhibits come alive with the physics of water, light and sound, or be wowed by a film at the OMNIMAX Theatre.

2 Vancouver Aquarium Canada’s largest aquarium, located in Stanley Park, connects visitors to the natural world, 365 days a year. With over 50,000 aquatic creatures, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience interacting with some of the world’s most elusive species. Highlights include dolphin and beluga whale shows, sea otter feedings, shark dives and the freeroaming animals of the Amazon Gallery.

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Maplewood Farm in North Vancouver is a must-see attraction for kids of all ages. It’s the last remaining farm on the North Shore, complete with goats, rabbits, cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, donkeys and ponies. Let your children go “Behind the Scenes” and experience what it’s like to be a farmer by collecting and washing eggs, helping to groom Shetland ponies, preparing animal feed, and exploring “staff-only” areas of the farm.

4 Bear Creek Park Train & Mini Golf Surrey’s Bear Creek Park Train, featuring Eddy the Engine, has been delighting children since it opened. Brought over from England, Eddy is a mining diesel who loves chugging around the track carrying happy kids on a 10-minute ride. When he stops, the children have an opportunity to “toot” the whistle like a real conductor. Afterward, check out the 18-hole mini golf course.

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Visit Maple Ridge for a recreational adventure that’s perfect for the whole family. Get back to nature through fun games that challenge your abilities, uncover your inner monkey, and push you beyond your limits in a unique outdoor play space. Book a Monkido Aerial Adventure to explore dozens of treetop obstacles, ziplines and games

that are suspended 2 to 18 metres (6.6 to 56.1 feet) above ground.

6 Greater Vancouver Zoo Families will love visiting this Langley zoo. Rent a Quadra-Cycle and pedal your way around as you visit over 800 animals including lions, tigers and monkeys. You can also watch the big cat feedings from April to September, or the Birds of Prey presentation daily from March through September.

7 Castle Fun Park Kick off your Abbotsford adventure on one of three themed 18-hole mini golf courses, or if you have tiny tots, you won’t want to miss the Kiddie Courtyard, a place just for kids with games shrunk to size. There are also go karts, bumper cars, batting cages and hundreds of action-packed games in the arcade.

8 Bakerview EcoDairy The first of its kind in Canada, this Abbotsford demonstration farm showcases innovative and sustainable dairy farm practices to the public in a fun and educational way. And with views of Mount Baker in the distance, it’s a great place to spend a day. Start at the interactive Learning Centre and theatre, get up close with some of the friendly farm animals, meet the Vitala cows and see their robotic milker at work.

9 Harrison Hot Springs Water Park Harrison Hot Spring’s answer to the popular TV game show “Wipeout,” this floating water park on Harrison Lake is a great way to cool down during the summer. A Sea-Doo shuttle escorts fun-seekers to the floating park in front of Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa. Life jackets are mandatory and people are encouraged to wear a wetsuit as the water can be refreshing to say the least.

Blackcomb Base Adventure Zone If hiking, biking and exploring doesn’t tire the kids out, there’s always the Adventure Zone at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler. The whole area is packed with fun for kids, big and small, with mini golf, pony rides, climbing walls and much more.

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The culinary scene of the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region is a delicious blend of fresh, local ingredients, international flavours and talented chefs. Agricultural hubs within the region produce everything from organic meats, fresh fruit, hazelnuts and cheese to craft beer, vodka and wine. It’s a veritable foodie paradise just waiting to be explored. When you’re looking for an unforgettable food and drink experience, the VCM region is sure to satisfy your craving.


1 Night Markets Richmond – There are two night markets to choose from in this area, the Richmond Night Market and the International Summer Night Market. Both of these Asian night markets bring together an impressive cross-section of cultures and cuisines, transporting you to a world of deliciousness. Highlights include heaps of swirly hurricane fries, Japanese takoyaki, marinated beef and fresh duck wraps. For a sweet tooth, try sweet mango with cream or some fresh dragon’s beard candy. Open weekends, seasonally. Surrey – Metro Vancouver’s newest night market takes place at the Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds and is open Friday and Saturday nights during the summer.


This family-friendly, open-air event features live performances from local talent and a wide variety of food vendors from various cultures serving international cuisines. North Vancouver – The Shipyards Plaza Friday Night Market is another great option, featuring food trucks, locally made products, musicians, art and entertainment. The festivities happen every Friday, from May to October.

2 Tasting Tours

W histler – Sample some of the best that Whistler has to offer with one of four unique guided tasting tours, available through Whistler Tasting Tours. No matter which tour you choose, you’ll be in good hands. The chefs at each

restaurant will take you on a culinary journey showcasing their creations along with some of British Columbia’s finest wines. Vancouver – Several tour companies in Vancouver can accommodate any appetite, offering a wide variety of tasting tours. Whether you’re on a tour of Gastown’s hottest eateries, a food truck tour, a tour of the Granville Island Public Market, or a Main Street restaurant and cocktail tour, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Gibsons – Take a guided tour with Catch Our Drift through beautiful Gibsons Landing and get to know the town with your taste buds. You’ll stop at various shops and restaurants along the way to sample some of the finest foods Gibsons has to offer.





Bowen Island – Hop on the ferry from Horseshoe Bay and experience the tastes of Bowen. A perfect blend of history and gastronomy, the Savoury & Sweet Bowen tour from Bowen Island Tours is a delightful way to spend an afternoon. Your local guide will provide a delicious introduction to the island’s culinary scene, and along the way you’ll enjoy fine French cuisine, organic, handmade pies and Japanese-influenced rice bowls. And for those with a bit of a sweet tooth, the tour also pays a visit to the world’s smallest candy store.

3 Notable Food Trucks Home to more than 130 different stationary and mobile street food vendors, Vancouver is recognized as one of North America’s top food truck cities. These restaurants on wheels can be found in other parts of the region as well, just in smaller concentrations. When you’re ready to hit the pavement in search of something scrumptious, keep these top Vancouver food trucks in mind. Re-Up BBQ – This food cart supplies the downtown street corners of Vancouver’s financial district with addictive pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches. Tacofino – Tacofino’s offerings include Baja-style fish tacos, burritos, tortilla soup, tuna ta-takos and local, seasonal specials.


Vij’s Railway Express – Run by celebrity chef Vikram Vij, this food truck is all about a creative and mobile exploration of the culinary diversity of India, utilizing local meats, seafood and produce. Roaming Dragon – Specializing in “authentically unauthentic” Pan-Asian deliciousness, this truck offers unique interpretations of dishes and flavours that are familiar throughout Southeast Asia. Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck – Serving classic home-style gourmet grilled cheese, soups and other comfort foods – just like mom used to make. Japadog – A Japanese-style hot dog cart that features unique toppings such as seaweed and terimayo.

5 Slow Food Cycles If you can’t decide between going for a bike ride or going for a nice meal, Slow Food Cycles won’t make you choose. There are three Slow Food Cycle tours offered throughout the region, with routes along the flat public roadways in Pemberton, Chilliwack and Agassiz. These extraordinary pedal-powered trips through the natural beauty and bounty of VCM’s farmland are hosted for just three Sundays in July and August. The leisurely self-guided tours offer edible and educational experiences, with the added bonus of a little exercise. Explore farms (some that are otherwise closed to the public), meet the farmers and learn about local agriculture as you pedal from one stop to another.

4 Circle Farm Tours A Circle Farm Tour will provide you with a fun road map for exploring a variety of specialty farm-gate vendors, charming eateries, heritage sites and more. Each participating community has a brochure and map that outlines stops related to their area’s farming heritage. There are five Circle Farm Tours to choose from within Mighty Fraser Country, including Maple Ridge/ Pitt Meadows, Langley, Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Agassiz/Harrison Mills.

6 Farmers Markets These festive gatherings are a great way to support farmers and experience local food and culture in a vibrant setting. No two farmers markets are the same, so you’ll want to visit more than just one to get a true sense of the region’s incredible diversity.

PHOTOS: 1. Richmond Night Market – Bob Young 2. Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour – Vancouver Foodie Tours 3. Vancouver Food Truck – Tourism Vancouver/Rob Gilbert Photography 4. Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery – Tourism Langley 5. Pemberton Slow Food Cycle – Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane 6. Langley Community Farmer’s Market – Tourism Langley



DISCOVER THE REGION THROUGH WINE Microclimates across the VCM region make it possible for a great variety of reds, whites and even fruit wines to be produced here. Whether you’re a wine lover or a connoisseur, there are countless vineyards and varietals to explore. Here are some notable wineries you should add to your list.

1 Sanduz Estate Wines

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With close to two dozen different fruit wines, Sanduz has grown to become BC’s largest fruit winery. They’ve also introduced a number of grape wines to their ever-increasing portfolio of table and dessert wines. Set on a 10-acre (4-hectare) berry farm, Sanduz produces about 1.5 million pounds of blueberries each year, so sampling their blueberry wine should be at the top of your list.

For an urban winery experience, visit the family owned and operated Pacific Breeze Winery. Just a 10-minute walk from the New Westminster Skytrain station, Pacific Breeze specializes in producing small-lot, handcrafted wines sourced from growing regions along the Pacific coastline, from BC to California.

2 Lulu Island Winery Named in honour of the land on which the winery is located, Lulu Island Winery is famous for producing ice wine. A pleasure to sip and highly sought after, ice wine is made from grapes that have frozen on the vines in the interior of BC.

3 Westham Island Estate Winery Surrounded by its own fruit and berry orchard, Westham Island Estate Winery crafts quality wines in a pastoral setting. Award winning varietals include their peach and cranberry wines.

4 River’s Bend Winery PHOTOS 6. Tourism Vancouver/Vancouver Urban Winery 11. Chaberton Estate Winery – J.F. Bergeron/Enviro Foto 12. Vista D’Oro Farms & Winery – Destination BC/Albert Normandin 13. Backyard Vineyards – Jennifer Kirk


Located in Surrey, this winery offers red and white wines along with a sherry-style Amber wine and a port-style Indigo wine.

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6 Vancouver Urban Winery Visiting all the wineries across the province would be a difficult task, even for the most ardent wine aficionados. Luckily, Vancouver Urban Winery has brought the best of BC and the world to their 715-square-metre (7,700-square-foot) winery, located on the outskirts of Vancouver’s historic Gastown. Learn about wines from across BC and experience the new wine-on-tap feature in their state-of-the-art tasting bar.

7 Fort Berens Estate Winery Arid summers, mild winters and the Fraser Canyon’s sandy soil provide ideal conditions for growing premium grapes. Take a trip to Fort Berens in Lillooet and sample their 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Award winning 2012 Riesling.

FRASER VALLEY WINERIES The secret of Fraser Valley’s wine country is out. Although the area has been producing wine for years, it has only recently gained international recognition. In less than an hour’s drive from Vancouver, you could be taking a guided tour through an intimate vineyard with a stunning backdrop and enjoying some truly great wines.

9 Mt. Lehman Winery Located in Abbotsford, Mt. Lehman Winery has won dozens of awards at provincial, national and international competitions, including the prestigious Governor General’s Award of Excellence. Their flagship wine is their 2011 Pinot Noir Platinum Reserve, crafted in a New Zealand style, highlighting red fruits like strawberries and cherries. Come and taste what everyone is talking about!

Township 7 Vineyards & Winery Township 7 Vineyards & Winery, located in Langley, is open year round, offering self-guided tours and wine tastings daily. To really appreciate what they do, try the Reserve 7 Meritage 2011. Crafted from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and a “field blend” of Malbec and Petit Verdot, it is a good representation of the best red wines in their cellar. Also on the menu – live music and theatre, art shows, wine seminars, a community grape harvest and stomp, and a variety of winemaker’s dinners.

Chaberton Estate Winery 8 The Fort Wine Co. The Fort Wine Co. got its start with cranberry wine, which was only natural since the berries are so plentiful around its location in Langley. Today, the winery produces 11 varieties of wine including the Ghost of the Bogs white cranberry wine and their Valley Girl blueberry wine. Make your way to the bistro for some cheese and a glass of your choice, sit in the cool shade of the garden, or sip sangria while lounging in the licensed picnic area.

Awarded a gold medal at the 2014 All Canadian Wine Championships for their 2010 Valley Cab, a blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, this Langley winery won’t disappoint. Overlooking the 22-hectare (55-acre) vineyard is the Bacchus Bistro, a 2013 Zagat rated ‘Excellent’ restaurant serving authentic French bistro cuisine prepared with local ingredients and West Coast flair. Try the prix-fixe menu with wine pairings from a complete selection of Chaberton wines to make things effortless and delicious.

Vista D’Oro Farms & Winery Vista D’Oro Winery’s flagship, D’Oro 2007, is a fortified walnut wine made with a blend of North Okanagan Marechal Foch, Central Okanagan Merlot and Cabernet Franc, Fraser Valley Green Walnuts and Okanagan Brandy. Vista D’Oro Farms has also created a seasonal line of artisanal preserves, using fruits from their heritage orchard in Langley and traditional cooking methods combined with distinctive flavour pairings. Served on a cheese board, with fresh baked scones or hot buttered toast – you’re in for a special treat.

Backyard Vineyards Located in south Langley’s picturesque Campbell Valley Regional Park, Backyard Vineyards serves up top-quality singlevarietal, blended and sparkling wines from 100% BC-grown grapes. Equipped with picnic tables, a large covered gazebo and a tasting room that accommodates groups of up to 50 people, this is the perfect place to relax with family, friends or business partners.

Blackwood Lane Vineyards Situated on over 12 acres (4.8 hectares) of beautiful south-facing slopes in the heart of the Fraser Valley, Blackwood Lane should not be overlooked. Adhering to old-fashioned techniques during the winemaking process, this boutique winery makes use of its favorable microclimate and unique terroir to create delicious premium wines. Enjoy a fantastic selection of wines and spectacular views of Mt. Baker in their posh tasting room.



BREWERIES & DISTILLERIES 1 Steel & Oak Brewing Co. A city steeped in brewing tradition, it was only a matter of time before the craft beer revolution hit New Westminster. Using a variety of brewing techniques styled after some of the world’s most esteemed brewing nations, Steel & Oak has become the toast of the town since it opened in the summer of 2014.

2 Artisan SakeMaker Located in Vancouver, Artisan SakeMaker produces a range of artisanal sakes, including the Fraser Valley Junmai Sake – the first Canadian Sake made from organic rice grown in British Columbia.

3 Parallel 49 Brewing Company Parallel 49 serves up some interesting brews with equally interesting names. Try the Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale, Lord of the Hops IPA or the Seedspitter, a seasonal Belgian-style Witbier with a watermelon twist.

4 Big Ridge Brewing Co. Big Ridge brews beer solely for consumption in their pub in Surrey, and produces lagers and ales to serve fresh to their customers. Along with flagship beers like their Rodeo Red


The region is full of local craft breweries and small-scale distilleries creating a wide variety of beers and small-batch aged liquors that are uniquely BC. a try. Their Suncoast Pale Ale is only available on tap in the Sunshine Coast area, but that just gives you an excuse to visit!

and Chimney Hill Wheat, a variety of fresh seasonal beers can be found on the menu.

5 The Liberty Distillery This Granville Island distillery produces a white whiskey called the Railspur No. 1 White. Unlike most white whiskies, which use a base of corn or sugar, Railspur No. 1 uses 100% BC organic barley to produce a smooth-tasting spirit.

6 Central City Brewers + Distillers Just blocks from the Skytrain station, this Surrey brewer produces a line of Red Racer beers, including their signature Red Racer IPA, but they’ve also made a successful foray into distilling gin and vodka.

7 Long Table Distillery This Vancouver-based distillery produces a unique vodka, distilled with fresh lemon grass in a copper pot still. It is then polished over a bed of local Texada Island limestone, creating a smooth, mineralized texture.

8 Townsite Brewing Powell River’s Townsite Brewing has a selection of craft beers that are worth

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9 Pemberton Distillery For the Pemberton Distillery, the focus is on using fresh, local produce, like potatoes, to make their vodka, gin, absinthe and apple brandy.

Whistler Brewing Company Visit this well-known Whistler brewery and try a frosty glass of the Whiskey Jack Ale or the Bear Paw Honey Lager (fermented with BC honey).

The Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company

This award-winning craft brewery in Squamish offers daily tasting tours of up to 26 different ales and lagers. They serve up northwest-inspired pub fare using their own beer in many of the recipes.

Persephone Brewing Company Just up the hill from the ferry terminal, this Sunshine Coast brewery takes the craft process a step further by personally growing the hops for every beer they make. PHOTO: 5. David Donaldson/The Liberty Distillery 8. Romeo Styles 9. Pemberton Distillery

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2 1 Canoeing


The Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region is the place to discover a range of activities for any inclination. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing paddle along a calm lake or a leisurely bicycle ride through famous Stanley Park, your experience will no doubt leave you with an appreciation for nature.


You can also find lots of canoeing opportunities throughout the region, whether you’re a hardcore canoe fanatic or just looking to get out on the water for a few hours. The Powell Forest Canoe Route is a renowned canoe route on the Sunshine Coast, which encompasses a semi-circle of eight lakes and portages – 77 kilometres (48 miles) of canoeing and 10 kilometres (6 miles) of portaging in total. Along the route you’ll find 20 recreational campsites, well-maintained portages and conveniently located canoe rests. You can comfortably canoe the route in five days, but you should leave yourself ample time to complete the trip. It’s important not to rush, and to always be bear aware. If you’re looking for something a little less intense, try Sasquatch Provincial Park. Located north of Harrison Hot Springs, the park consists of a series of pocket lakes, a unique second-growth and birch forest, and scenic mountain ridges, making it another great place to paddle the day away.

2 Cross Country Skiing With an ideal location along the coastal snowbelt, only 16 kilometres (10 miles) southwest of Whistler, the Callaghan Valley is endowed with some of the deepest snowfall anywhere in Canada. As such, it’s one of the best places to enjoy cross country skiing. Ski Callaghan offers a pass for the complete Nordic experience that’s great for anyone, whether you’re new to Nordic sports

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or you’re an elite athlete. Dakota Ridge on the Sunshine Coast is also an ideal spot for some outdoor winter exercise and adventure. This recreation area boasts 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) of maintained, track-set cross country ski trails (classic and skate) that will take you through old-growth forests and sprawling open spaces, adding amazing views of the Coast Mountains, Vancouver Island and the Georgia Straight to every step. Manning Park also provides an extensive Nordic experience that includes over 60 kilometres (37 miles) of groomed classic and skate ski trails and over 160 kilometres (99 miles) of scenic backcountry trails.

3 Cycling The Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region is also well known for its great cycling opportunities. Right in the heart of Vancouver, the Seawall is a scenic 22-kilometre (13.7-mile) path that wraps around the city’s waterfront and Stanley Park. The trail is divided into two clearly marked sections – one for walkers and joggers, and one for cyclists and inline skaters. Richmond is also a great spot for cycling as a result of a system of dykes topped with 80 kilometres (50 miles) of flat, easily-accessible, interconnected trails that meander past heritage sites, parks, wildlife areas and spectacular scenery.


4 4 Fishing The wilderness of this region offers some of the most spectacular settings for fly-fishing and spin fishing. From remote alpine lakes to crystal-clear mountain rivers, the Pemberton area has plenty of opportunities to hook impressive trout, salmon and steelhead. Lillooet is known for big, healthy and abundant fish – especially the mighty white sturgeon. For another fishing experience, there are several trout-stocked urban lakes in Metro Vancouver. In spring or fall, visit Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam or Sasamat Lake in Port Moody – both are stocked with rainbow trout. Or you can fish for white sturgeon in the Fraser River near Chilliwack and Mission, but bring your biceps because this protected species is the largest freshwater fish in North America and can weigh up to 454 kilograms (1,000 pounds). And along the Sunshine Coast, saltwater anglers should expect great peak-season salmon fishing. Or you can head to the Strait of Georgia, which is a major salmon migration route, accessible from several communities. The deep waters of Pender Harbour will also produce salmon, but what they’re really famous for is their giant lingcod.

5 Geocaching Geocaching is a relatively new family-friendly activity that involves using a smartphone, GPS device or treasure hunt clues to find containers (also called caches) hidden across a defined area. Each cache is generally a small waterproof container that holds

5 a logbook and small collectable items. Once geocachers have located the cache they can log their name and leave an item of their own. Gold Country, located in the southern interior of British Columbia, is a popular destination for geocaching with 72 geocaches hidden amongst its breathtaking scenery. This free recreational activity can easily be paired with hiking, making it a great way to get out and explore the region.

6 Golfing From spectacular mountain scenery along the Sea to Sky corridor to the championship level courses of Metro Vancouver, there’s no shortage of appealing options for the golfer inside. With over 600 parks and green spaces, Surrey is home to some of the best golf courses that attract golfers from across Canada and the globe. Challenging, award-winning layouts, with stunning mountain and water views give players an experience they won’t soon forget. You’ll also discover four golf courses near Whistler and Pemberton with outstanding scenic mountain backdrops. And since the region’s mild climate enables many courses to stay open all year long, the area is nothing short of a golfer’s paradise.

7 Horseback Riding Whether you’re looking for western or English riding options, there are a host of stables and ranches that will get you saddled up and on your way. Most outfitters in the region offer

day trips that will take you through a range of scenery and terrain including secluded forest trails, along the edges of rivers, up majestic mountains and across grassy meadows. With around 7,000 horses, Langley is the epicentre for riding, and has become known as the “Horse Capital of BC.” Campbell Valley Regional Park, in particular, is a magnet for equestrian fans. And it’s no wonder with a 260-hectare (1,322-acre) park that is completely loaded with horseback riding trails and cross-country equestrian jumps. With so much focus on horseback riding in Langley there are several outfitters to choose from – all of which are qualified to guide you on a trail ride through some of the area’s beautiful parks and countryside. Pemberton is also a great place for riding and offers miles and miles of trails, guided tours and complete outfitting for both new and experienced riders.

8 Kayaking Kayaking is a prominent water activity that can be found in every part of the region. Paddle across idyllic lakes, discover untouched coastlines, explore secret islands or float through tranquil coves. Popular ocean kayaking destinations include Bowen Island, Deep Cove in North Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast. Watch for whales, sea lions and bald eagles, and keep an eye out for colourful starfish on the ocean floor.


9 Sailing & Power Boating


While sailing or power boating, the opportunities to explore serene coastal fjords, pristine marine parks, and hundreds of islands, bays and coves are nearly limitless. Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park on the Sunshine Coast is a boater’s paradise, and has more than 60 kilometres (37 miles) of almost untouched shoreline. Princess Louisa Inlet is a magnificent granite gorge, which rises sharply from the water’s edge to heights in excess of 2,100 metres (7,000 feet) and a depth of 300 metres (1,000 feet). Visitors from all over the world come to see this almost completely enclosed, magical fjord. Warm sun melting the mountain top snow creates more than 60 phenomenal waterfalls that cascade down its precipitous granite walls and mingle with the waters below. Beautiful Chatterbox Falls, located at the head of the Inlet, tumbles 40 metres (120 feet) making it a sight to behold. This spectacular park is only accessible by boat or floatplane, giving it the feeling of a secret hideaway. Another trip boaters might enjoy is sailing up Indian Arm, an 18-kilometre (11-mile) fjord that extends north from Burrard Inlet in Vancouver.

Stand Up Paddleboarding Stand up paddleboarding is a fairly new water activity that has been steadily increasing in popularity worldwide. If you’re looking to try it out, Gibsons is a great place to start. Rent a stand up paddleboard near the dock in Gibsons Harbour and then spend some time




exploring the surrounding waters. Be on the lookout for marine life as you paddle. You’ll probably spot some fish and maybe even a few bright purple sea stars in the shallow waters. Or try North Vancouver, where a stand up paddleboard ride will have you floating across the tranquil ocean waters of Deep Cove. If you’re a seasoned paddleboarder, grab a rental and hit the water, or if it’s your first time, consider taking a class to learn the basics in one of the most beautiful outdoor classrooms in the region.

Snowshoeing Snowshoeing is a great way to get some fresh air, increase your heart rate and enjoy the snow in the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region. Vancouver’s North Shore is a perfect place to start with three local hills offering snowshoe trails and tours, including a delicious fondue tour. What a tasty way to warm up after being out in the snow! Dakota Ridge is another great snowshoe spot that can be accessed by a 13-kilometre (8-mile) 4-wheel drive accessible forest service road on the Sunshine Coast. Here you’ll have 7 kilometres (4.4 miles) of trails to explore, winding through old-growth forests and wide-open spaces in a beautiful subalpine setting. Amazing views of the Coast Mountains, Vancouver Island and the Georgia Straight capture the magic of this special place. There are also many snowshoe trails in Manning Park, for all levels of difficulty. The Lightning Lake Loop, for example, is a 9-kilometre (5.6-mile)

moderate trail with no elevation change. It circles the entire lake if you’re up for it, or you can cross at Rainbow Bridge to cut the trail in half.

Ziplining If you’re looking for a thrill, head to Grouse Mountain or Whistler for a ziplining adventure that will have you soaring through the air with the beauty of nature all around you. The dual-line, five-line circuit at Grouse Mountain offers an adrenaline-pumping tour across the peaks and canyons of Grouse and Dam Mountains. Don’t blink because you’ll be travelling at speeds of up to 80 kilometres/hour (50 miles/hour) and you don’t want to miss the amazing views! The ziplines in Whistler are progressive, which means that they increase in height and length as you travel through the course. A network of boardwalks, trails and bridges constructed within the treetop canopy lead you to lines that will have you gliding above whitewater and temperate rainforests. Whistler’s zipline tours run year round – even when it snows. PHOTOS: 1. Sasquatch Provincial Park – Destination BC/Albert Normandin 2. Whistler Olympic Park – Tourism Whistler/Steve Rogers 3. Richmond Dykes – Bob Young 4. Fraser River near Agassiz – Destination BC/Albert Normandin 5. Gold Country – Terri Hadwin 6. Furry Creek Golf & Country Club – The Henebrys 7. Maple Ride – Picture BC/Oliver Rathonyi-Reusz 8. Desolation Sound – Brian K. Smith 9. Harmony Islands – Destination BC/ Albert Normandin 10. Sunshine Coast – Paul Kamon/Sunshine Coast Tourism 11. Knuckleheads Recreation Area – Kelly Funk Photography 12. Whistler – Tourism Whistler/Chad Chomlack

DID YOU KNOW? Vancouver is one green city. Birthplace of the environmental organization Greenpeace (established in 1971), Vancouver is striving to be the greenest city in the world by 2020. Vancouver is one of the most bicyclefriendly cities in Canada and in 2015 the city plans to launch a public bike share network.

Golf in Whistler, and you’ll be embraced by the legends who designed the courses including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Robert Trent Jones Jr.


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There’s no denying it, the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region is a hub for some of the top extreme outdoor activities and sports in the world, attracting thrill-seekers from far and wide with a plethora of heart-pounding options. Whether you want to fly, dive, speed, climb or shred, you’ll find all the adrenaline-pumping adventures you desire right here.

1 Bobsleighing Nothing brings four people closer together than riding down a steep, narrow track inside a bobsleigh at speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour (50 miles per hour). Thankfully, the Whistler Sliding Centre has made it possible for thrill-seekers to safely relive the Olympic experience accompanied by a professionally trained bobsleigh pilot. Not for the faint of heart, this once-ina-lifetime experience includes a full-tilt trip down the fastest track in the world after a brief orientation and history of the venue. In summer, the bobsleighs are equipped with wheels instead of blades, making it possible to enjoy this exhilarating activity year round.

2 Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding Whistler Blackcomb, the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, consists of two side-by-side mountains (Whistler and Blackcomb). Together the mountains offer over 200 marked runs, over 3,237 hectares (8,000 acres) of terrain, 16 alpine bowls and three glaciers. Grouse Mountain, Cypress Mountain and Mount Seymour on Vancouver’s North Shore all offer fantastic skiing and snowboarding opportunities as well. These mountains offer night skiing, for those who want to spend an extra-long day on the mountain or head up after a day of sightseeing in Vancouver. Hemlock Resort (near Harrison Hot Springs) and Manning Park Resort (near Hope) are also great ski and snowboard destinations. Hemlock Resort

has 35 runs, three night runs and three chairlifts, and Manning Park Resort has 34 runs and four lifts.

3 Mountain Biking Heralded as the birthplace of freeriding, Vancouver’s famed North Shore Mountains are an internationally regarded destination. Mount Fromme, Mount Seymour and Cypress Mountain have routes that are so steep it’s hard to believe someone could actually maneuver them. Further north, Squamish is renowned for its excellent cross-country, downhill and freeriding opportunities, and has a trail for every experience level. But perhaps the ultimate test for the part-time rider is the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. The park in Whistler is the gold standard of bike parks by any definition. Lift assisted trails for every rider test your skills on expertly designed singletrack trails, jumps, drops, wooden stunts and more. Further north, Pemberton is the choice for world-class mountain bike riders and trail builders. Most trails are accessible directly from the Village of Pemberton while some trails around Tenquille and Duffey Lakes are more remote. There is a good variety of cross-country, downhill and uphill terrain. With year-round riding and a labyrinth of trail systems, it’s no wonder the Sunshine Coast has become a must-ride destination for racers and recreationalists alike. Mini mountain bikers will love Sprockids Park near Langdale, with over 14 kilometres (8.4 miles) of trails that include jumps,



3 downhill, teeter-bars and ramps. Most of the biking routes loop back to the park centre, so riders can enjoy them all. The Coast Gravity Park in Sechelt opened in 2014 and has 12 trails appealing to a wide range of rider styles and abilities. And in Abbotsford, Sumas Mountain is a mecca-like destination for mountain bike enthusiasts, with well-maintained trails that cater to everyone.

4 Paragliding & Hang Gliding Try tandem paragliding on Vancouver’s North Shore and soar through the sky like an eagle. Flights launch from Grouse Mountain and land in Cleveland Park, for an elevation drop of 1,005 metres (3,300 feet). Your experience includes Ground School, where you’ll learn proper launch technique and much more. Paragliding is also very popular in Pemberton. Here, tandem paragliding with a certified instructor will have you flying over endless glaciers, green mountain meadows and the lush Pemberton Valley. If you’re interested in hang gliding, Fly Gravity Sports in Hope gives you the opportunity to fly tandem or solo as you experience the beautiful and breathtaking patchwork countryside and untouched mountain ranges.

5 Rock Climbing The fact that mountains make up a good portion of the region should give you an idea of the amazing rock climbing adventures to be had. The Eldred River Valley in Powell River contains some of the most incredible granite climbing


walls in the world. Climbers of all skill levels will find their dream climb here. Squamish, another climber’s paradise, is recognized as one of the world’s top rock climbing destinations, largely due to the incredibly sticky granite found all over town including the Stawamus Chief. At present, there are over 3,500 routes and boulder problems in the Squamish area. Your first stop should be the Squamish Adventure Centre where you can discover all the access points, and decide whether or not you want a personal guide (or even a lesson).

6 Scuba Diving Dive in and explore life under the sea. Great visibility and a variety of marine life (including cloud sponges, feather dusters and cold-water corals) draw divers to one spot in particular – the Sunshine Coast. The water in this area can be two or three degrees warmer and even clearer than other destinations in the region. Seek out the 111-metre (366-foot) HMCS Chaudière, a sunken ex-navy destroyer and artificial reef in Sechelt Inlet Marine Provincial Park, or head north in search of the famous Emerald Princess of Powell River, a 2.5-metre (8-foot) bronze mermaid sculpture. If that’s not enough, you could also dive the wreck of the Malahat, a five-masted wooden schooner, or you can explore shore-accessible dive sites within easy reach of Vancouver and Squamish in Howe Sound. Look for octopus shelters off the shore of Whytecliff Park, or play among the

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sunken wrecks at diver-friendly Porteau Cove Provincial Park.

7 Skydiving When it comes to adrenaline-pumping good times, skydiving is the ultimate challenge. Take to the skies in Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows or Abbotsford for non-stop adventure. See the Fraser Valley and beyond as you drop from 3,048 metres (10,000 feet). And bring your friends – you’ll be a lot closer after an experience like this!

8 Snowmobiling With some of the best snowmobiling terrain in Western Canada, Sea to Sky Country is a snowmobiler’s paradise. Home to the world-famous Pemberton Ice Fields, the area’s collection of glaciers provide the perfect wide-open landscape to let out the throttle and take in some stunning views. Another popular area worth exploring is Bralorne. Nestled between the Chilcotin and Coast Mountain Ranges, this former gold mining town offers great backcountry roads and mountain slopes with excellent riding conditions from November to April. Whether you’re new to snowmobiling, or looking for the ride of your life, there are a handful of companies that provide equipment and guided tours to suit your needs.

9 Whitewater Rafting There are few places in the world where so many rafting rivers are so close to a major city. Choose from single



5 or multi-day trips, with both motorpowered and paddle-powered rafting available. Perhaps the best place to begin your adventure is in Lytton, since its location at the confluence of the Thompson and Fraser Rivers has earned it the reputation of being the “rafting capital of Canada.” Or you could check out the nearby Nahatlatch, Coquihalla and Stein Rivers as well. There’s also the Chilliwack River, which drops 10 metres/kilometre (52.8 feet/mile), creating numerous long and continuous rapids. Or, you could head up to Whistler and Squamish to take on the Elaho, Cheakamus, Green or Squamish Rivers. On the lower Cheakamus and Squamish Rivers, families can also enjoy a less ferocious nature float. If you can manage to take your eyes off the water, the stunning scenery around you will only add to the thrills.


Windsurfing & Kiteboarding The Squamish Spit at the mouth of the Squamish River is one of those rare places where wind, water and land combine to provide the perfect conditions for windsurfing and kiteboarding. Advanced kiteboarders and windsurfers flock to Squamish from June to September, taking advantage of the consistent winds and handy facilities. Not a pro yet? Try Jericho Beach in Vancouver for rentals, lessons and everything you need to get started. PHOTOS: 1. Whistler Sliding Centre – Coast Mountain Photography 2. Whistler – Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane 3. Whistler Mountain Bike Park – Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane 4. Fraser Valley – Tourism Harrison 5. Eldred Valley – 6. Coopers Green Park – Johansen Krause 7. Pitt Meadows – Skydive the City 8. Callaghan Valley – Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane 9. Nahatlatch River – Reo Rafting Resort/Ryan Robinson 10. Squamish Spit – Bob Young




1 Grouse Grind

On a hiking or walking excursion in the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region, you’ll find delight in every step. Terrain varies from rugged shoreline and deep woods to open mountain summits and views of the Pacific Ocean. The breathtaking surroundings will only enhance the feelings that come with exercise and lots of fresh air. From easy to difficult, there’s a hike for everyone.




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Difficulty: The Grouse Grind in North Vancouver is a very challenging 2.9-kilometre (1.8-mile) trail up the face of Grouse Mountain. Commonly referred to as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster,” this one is a workout. With an elevation gain of 853 metres (2,800 feet), you’ll be climbing 2,830 steps up a mountain, so you’ll need strong hips and legs. There are rest stops and a few benches at the halfway mark for hikers to take a breather, but they are limited. Until you emerge at the very top there are few viewpoints through the forest, but once you see it for yourself, the panoramic view of Vancouver below will make the tough climb worthwhile. Over 100,000 people hike the trail annually.

take it easy and enjoy the surrounding wildlife. The 12 Ave Dyke Trail, for example, would be a good pick since it’s only 2 kilometres (1.2 metres) in length with minimal slopes. And don’t forget your binoculars so you can get in on the bird watching at Boundary Bay.

4 Quarry Rock Difficulty: A relatively short hike with minimal elevation gain, Quarry Rock is a dogfriendly trail that passes by streams and towering Douglas fir and hemlock trees, before arriving at a clearing overlooking Indian Arm and Belcarra. Accessible through Panorama Park in Deep Cove, this rocky outcropping nestled on the easternmost section of the Baden Powell Trail is a wonderful, leisurely hike that takes about two hours round trip.

2 Buntzen Lake Trail Difficulty: Buntzen Lake is located in a beautiful recreation area just north of Port Moody. This man-made lake is surrounded by forests, beach areas and several trails for hiking. The aptly named Buntzen Lake Trail is a relatively easy 8-kilometre (5-mile) path that loops around the lake, with only 110 metres (26 feet) of elevation gain, making it an enjoyable hike.

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Difficulty: This Delta park has 18 kilometres (11.2 miles) of trails with very minimal elevation gain – perfect for less experienced hikers, or those looking to

Difficulty: The Hayward Lake Reservoir Recreation Area offers a picturesque hike. The 10-kilometre (6.2-mile) Reservoir Trail meets up with the 6-kilometre (3.7-mile) Railway Trail to provide a scenic hike around Hayward Lake near Mission. Choose to hike the entire loop around the lake or stick to one trail – both have minimal elevation gain.

Difficulty: Mount Cheam offers incomparable 360-degree views of Chilliwack and the communities along the Fraser River, Jones Lake, the surrounding peaks and

Mount Baker to the south. The roundtrip route is 9.5 kilometres (5.9 miles), with an elevation gain of 700 metres (2,297 feet). Getting to the peak is not as difficult as gaining access to the trailhead, which requires a rugged 4-wheel drive vehicle along the Forest Service Road.

7 Othello Tunnels Difficulty: Located in Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park in Hope, the Othello Tunnels were built in the early 1900s when the Canadian Pacific Railway needed a route to link the Kootenay Region with the BC coast by rail. A set of tunnels was built through the Coquihalla Gorge, known now as the Othello Tunnels. The trail through the Othello Tunnels is an easy 3.5-kilometre (2.2-mile) round trip. Flashlights are strongly recommended as some tunnels are long and dark, and the gravel surface underfoot may be uneven due to erosion caused by dripping water.

Red Rock Trail Difficulty: Known as the Lillooet Grind, the Red Rock Trail overlooks the community of Lillooet, the Fraser River and the surrounding mountains. The trail spans a distance of 3.4 kilometres (2.1 miles) with a 500-metre (1,640-foot) gain in elevation. While climbing the route you’ll notice juniper, fir, Ponderosa pine and cacti, as well as a distinctive red colour in the rock, which is the result of oxidized iron.


High Note Trail Difficulty: The High Note Trail in Whistler offers incredible views of the mountains and Cheakamus Lake, and though it’s well marked, it never hurts to study a map before heading out. The loop is 9.4 kilometres (5.8 miles), with an elevation gain of about 300 metres (984 feet). As a result of the high altitude, the weather can change pretty fast, so be sure to wear layers.


8 Sunshine Coast Trail Difficulty: The Sunshine Coast Trail is a 180-kilometre (112-mile) trail in Powell River that stretches from Sarah Point in Desolation Sound to Saltery Bay. The trail can easily be explored in smaller sections, or in one extraordinary multi-day hiking vacation. Huts dot the trail at scenic locations, and add to an interesting day hike or help make an overnight experience cozy. The trail traverses a wide variety of landscapes, from coastal shorelines, along creeks and lakes, through old-growth forests and up to panoramic mountaintops.

9 Inland Lake Provincial Park Difficulty: This 13-kilometre (8.1-mile) one-ofa-kind trail, north of Powell River, is a fully wheelchair-accessible route that loops around Inland Lake and includes boardwalks, bridges and a crushed limestone path. Over the course of the trail you’ll see local First Nations Art and totem poles. Follow the crushed limestone covered pathway along the water’s edge and you will spot wildlife such as birds, squirrels and many frogs. Allow approximately two hours to make the full loop and be sure to cool off with a swim in the lake’s welcoming water.

Stawamus Chief Difficulty: The Chief towers high above Squamish and offers scenic views of Howe Sound and several mountains in Garibaldi Provincial Park. The steep scrambles up the backside trail have made it one of the most popular summit hikes in BC. The first peak (south summit) is the lowest, easiest and most popular of the three peaks. The round-trip distance to summit the three peaks is about 11 kilometres (6.8 miles), with 600 metres (1,969 feet) of elevation gain.

Nairn Falls Trail Difficulty: Nairn Falls Provincial Park, near Pemberton, is located on the Green River, sheltering a forest of western hemlock, western red cedar and coast Douglas fir. The park also guards the spiritual site of the Lil’wat Nation, Nairn Falls. Right from your car you can start following the Nairn Falls Trail, which is a 3-kilometre (1.86-mile) round-trip hike leading to a viewing platform of the majestic waterfall. The trail is relatively easy with minimal elevation gain, but to get to the rewarding view you’ll need to make your way up a rocky stretch at the end of the trail to access the viewing platform.






The temperate climate of the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region is not only enjoyable for residents and visitors alike, it also allows for an extended growing season. The result is an abundance of lush public and private gardens and natural outdoor spaces that thrive throughout the year. 1 Stanley Park



The crown jewel of Vancouver’s nearly 200 city parks, Stanley Park is a 400-hectare (1,000-acre) evergreen oasis connected to the city’s West End by a narrow strip of land. An 8.8-kilometre (5.5-mile) seawall surrounds the park’s perimeter offering breathtaking views at every turn and making it a hotspot for cyclists, runners, walkers and rollerbladers. Recently named the world’s best city park by TripAdvisor, Stanley Park is home to wildlife, beaches, the Vancouver Aquarium, a pitch & putt, water park and miniature railway. Other landmarks worth visiting include the Stanley Park Rose Garden, Prospect Point Lookout, the 9 O’Clock Gun, Siwash Rock, Lost Lagoon, the nine totem poles at Brockton Point and the Stanley Park Hollow Tree, a 700 to 800-year-old western red cedar tree stump. Designated a National Historic Site of Canada, Stanley Park is deserving of an itinerary unto itself.

2 VanDusen Botanical Garden This Vancouver garden will inspire you with 22 hectares (54.4 acres) of elegant landscapes representing a range of ecosystems found in such places as the Himalayas, the Mediterranean, the Louisiana swamps and the Pacific Northwest. VanDusen Botanical


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8 Garden’s stunning Visitor Centre, with its orchid-inspired design, is an iconic building and a model of sustainability.

3 Queen Elizabeth Park Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver’s horticultural jewel, is a major draw for floral display enthusiasts and view-seekers. At 152 metres (499 feet) above sea level, it’s the highest point in Vancouver and allows for spectacular views of the park, city and North Shore Mountains. The 52-hectare (128-acre) park is home to an arboretum, and a gorgeous quarry garden with a collection of exotic and native trees and sculptures, including one by internationally renowned artist Henry Moore. If that isn’t enough to keep you entertained, the park also features the stunning Bloedel Conservatory and a variety of recreational offerings.

4 D  r. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden This garden in Vancouver is the first of its kind outside of China, and is representative of the private spaces within a Ming scholar’s residence. With its asymmetrical arrangement of rocks and plants, winding paths and corridors, and views that overlook its courtyards, the garden emulates the rhythms of nature and offers quiet moments for contemplation in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown.

5 U  BC Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden Immerse yourself in a world of wild plants at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Stroll through the impressive Asian garden with over

400 kinds of rhododendrons, travel the continents in the alpine garden, explore the native rainforest garden, discover food growing techniques, and visit the internationally recognized collections of magnolias and maples. For a unique vantage point take the Greenheart Canopy Walkway, a 308-metre (1,010-foot) aerial trail system which gives you a bird’s eye view of the forest canopy ecosystem.

6 Queen’s Park Queen’s Park in New Westminster provides visitors with a wide range of outdoor pursuits. Stay active with a game of tennis, run along the trails, take your dog for a walk to the off-leash dog area, enjoy a picnic, or stop and smell the roses in the garden featuring over 600 floribunda and hybrid roses, a gazebo and decorative entrance trellises.

9 Cultus Lake Provincial Park Located in Chilliwack, Cultus Lake Provincial Park is characterized by a large, warm freshwater lake and scenic, forest-clad mountains. There are several campgrounds in the park that are popular, along with many day-use areas that are perfect for swimming, kayaking and picnicking.

E. C. Manning Provincial Park Located just east of Hope, and bisected by Hwy. 3, E. C. Manning Provincial Park is a popular destination area. The diversity of the landscape, combined with easy access, naturally stimulates visitor interest. The park contains a large number of natural attractions including alpine wildflower viewing in the summer. Wildlife is everywhere throughout the park, so your chances of seeing chipmunks, birds, marmots, pikas, beavers, deer and moose, are good.

7 Rocky Point Park Rocky Point Park is Port Moody’s best-known park. A popular destination for hikers of the Shoreline Trail, or a starting point for boaters using the boat launch, Rocky Point has a large variety of amenities including a seasonal outdoor pool, skateboard park and biking trails.

8 Sendall Gardens Located in Langley, Sendall Gardens features 1.9 hectares (3.67 acres) of beautiful and unique plants, shrubs and trees. Walk along the nature trails and stop at the two ponds, where several varieties of birds can be found. Visit the tropical garden greenhouse between April and September and marvel at the wide variety of colourful and exotic plants.

Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden Located in Sechelt, this exceptional 16-hectare (40-acre) property is ideally suited for a botanical garden. Its past as an ornamental tree farm left it with significant mature trees, grassy meadows, three irrigation ponds and some remnant farm buildings. Drop in for a leisurely nature walk, peruse the vegetable garden, visit the beehives and pack a lunch to enjoy in the picnic area.

Cliff Gilker Park Located just off Hwy. 101 in Roberts Creek, Cliff Gilker Park offers over 7 kilometres (4.4 miles) of scenic trails, making it a very popular spot for families, hikers, photographers and nature lovers.





2 1 First Nations Cuisine

Discover the ancient wisdom and traditions of the region’s First Nations. Through interpretive centres, archaeological sites, museums, galleries, guided First Nations adventure tours and cultural performances you’ll come to understand how these dynamic cultures have evolved through history. PHOTOS: 1. Salmon n’ Bannock Bistro – 2. Destination BC/Kevin Arnold 3. Haida artist Jim Hart carving Raven – Kenji Nagai 4. Destination BC/Albert Normandin 5. 10. Sean Fenzl


Drawing inspiration from the countless generations that came before, Aboriginal chefs fuse traditional techniques with modern cooking methods to create delicious new edible expressions. For a unique Aboriginal meal, Salmon n’ Bannock Bistro in Vancouver serves up wild local fish, organic and free range meats, bannock (naturally) and many other delightful Aboriginal dishes.

2 T he Museum of Anthropology at UBC Known for its spectacular architecture and unique setting on the cliffs of Point Grey in Vancouver, this museum is home to one of the world’s finest collections of rare Aboriginal artifacts and artwork. MOA houses over 40,000 ethnographic objects from almost every part of the world, including Bill Reid’s best-known sculpture, The Raven and the First Men. Fun fact: you’ll find an illustration of his sculpture on the $20 bill (from 2001 – 2006).

3 B ill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art This downtown Vancouver public art gallery is named after the acclaimed Haida artist, Bill Reid (1920 – 1998). The gallery is dedicated to understanding and

appreciating contemporary Aboriginal art from the Northwest Coast of North America. Gallery highlights include over 40 pieces of Bill Reid’s gold and silver jewelry, Reid’s bronze masterpiece: Mythic Messengers, and a full-scale totem pole carved by James Hart of Haida Gwaii.

4 Takaya Tours Tour the calm and scenic waters of Indian Arm by canoe or kayak and experience the culture, tradition and history of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation. Takaya Tours in North Vancouver will take you on an unforgettable journey across the water and back through time, using 7.6-metre (25-foot) traditionalstyle ocean-going canoes. While you explore the rich marine coastlines of Indian Arm, the experienced guides will share traditional legends, songs and stories.

5 Klahowya Village The word “Klahowya” means welcome and each summer it is brought to life by Aboriginal people from across British Columbia. They come together to build Klahowya Village in Stanley Park, creating a welcome point for visitors from around the world. Travel through the forest on the Spirit Catcher miniature

3 train, shop at the Artisan Marketplace, watch cultural performances, and immerse yourself in the authentic Aboriginal experiences, traditions and cultures of BC’s First Nations.

6 Tuckkwiowhum Village Tuckkwiowhum Village is a First Nations heritage site and village, located 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) south of Boston Bar. The village was inspired by a desire to preserve and share the teachings of the Nlaka’pamux people, and offers visitors an opportunity to experience the village as it was before the arrival of European culture. Take a guided or self-guided tour of the village, visit the museum and gift shop, and complete your experience by camping overnight in a traditional teepee.

7 Talaysay Tours Talaysay Tours in Sechelt provides unique tours across water and land that blend the stunning beauty of British Columbia’s coast with Shíshálh First Nation cultural heritage. Depending on the season, choose from a kayaking, hiking or snowshoeing tour. Knowledgeable guides share their unique understanding of the cultural significance and natural beauty of the land, as they take you for a memorable and educational tour.

8 Tems Swiya Museum Located in Sechelt, this new museum showcases Shíshálh Nation culture and history. Their comprehensive learning experience explores traditional arts and practices through a variety of artifacts and an interactive touch-screen display.

9 Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler embodies the spirit of partnership between two unique Nations who wish to preserve, grow and share their traditional cultures. Step into a world where ancient customs meet modern day. Enjoy a welcome song, guided tour, captivating film and a fun craft activity to help discover the meaning behind their traditional ways of life.


Xwisten Experience Tours Visit the Bridge River fishing grounds, a fishing area used to this day by the St’át’imc people near Lillooet. Take part in a tour of an extensive archaeological site which contains over 80 identified pit houses (the winter homes of the St’át’imc people) and partake in a salmon BBQ.


HISTORIC SITES The region’s colourful past left a legacy of interesting historic and heritage places. Discover more sites to explore along the Gold Rush Trail on page 16-17. 1 Burnaby Village Museum Burnaby Village Museum is a place where history comes to life. Stroll down the streets of the 1920s village, exploring at your own pace. Period-costumed townsfolk welcome visitors and give demonstrations in the homes, businesses and shops, providing a window into this historic time and place. Popular stops include the blacksmith, the print shop, the garden at the farmhouse and the general store. One of the highlights is the C.W. Parker Carousel from 1912. This fully restored carousel is fun for the whole family. Hop aboard and take a trip back in time.

2 Gulf of Georgia Cannery The Gulf of Georgia Cannery is a National Historic Site, located in Steveston Village in Richmond. Built in 1894, the cannery echoes the days when it was the leading producer of canned salmon in British Columbia. After a walk through their collection of canning machinery, tools, fishing implements, household goods, historic photographs and archival records, you’ll come away with a true sense of the West Coast fishing industry’s rich and successful history.

3 Kilby Historic Site Step back in time and enjoy a leisurely tour of Kilby Historic Site, located in Harrison Mills. Visit the 1906 General Store Museum and browse a fascinating gallery of products from the 1920s and 1930s. Don’t miss the intriguing artifacts in the heritage Post Office and



Manchester House Hotel – both were an integral part of the community at the turn of the 20th century. Then take a walk around the grounds surrounding the general store, which have been preserved in their original form as a working farm. Visit with farm animals, check out the orchard and be sure to stop by the cozy on-site restaurant afterwards.

4 P owell River National Historic District Home to Western Canada’s only National Historic District, many buildings in Powell River appear the same as they did during the early 1900s when they were built. Visit the Historic Patricia Theatre to watch a movie at Canada’s longest running movie theatre.

5 Fort Langley National Historic Site Fort Langley is where a huge fur trade organization called the Hudson’s Bay Company established a small post to trade with the First Nations of the West Coast a century and a half ago. Today you can visit Fort Langley National Historic Site and explore the historic buildings, watch coopering and blacksmithing demonstrations and even try gold panning. You can also camp overnight in one of five oTENTiks (a cross between a tent and a cozy cabin) within the walls of the fort.

6 Power House at Stave Falls Located in Mission, the Power House at Stave Falls offers a very exciting experience for all visitors, regardless of age. Walk back in time with interactive


games and historic displays, recounting the story of power generation and how it helped build British Columbia. Visit the Historic Gallery, showcasing a time when electricity was no more than a vague promise for the future, and TVs and computers were still a half-century away. Appreciate the hardships and the effort that went into building the Power House back when construction started in 1909.

7 West Coast Railway Heritage Park The West Coast Railway Heritage Park, situated in Squamish, presents a typical railway facility of the mid-20th century. The park provides visitors with the opportunity to tour authentic railway equipment in various stages of restoration. If trains are your thing, you’ll want to check out the second largest collection of heritage railway rolling stock in Canada, now totaling over 90 pieces, as well as a significant collection of other railway artifacts on display.

8 Britannia Mine Museum Located in Britannia Beach just south of Squamish, this site was once the largest copper mine in the British Empire. Today, it’s a National Historic Site and a bustling, award-winning museum, with 17 industrial and residential buildings. Follow an informative tour guide, pan for real gold and rumble aboard an underground mine train as it rolls into the dark.

PHOTOS: 1. Burnaby Village Museum 3. Kilby Historic Site 4. Darren Robinson 8. Britannia Mine Museum




In 1858 as the California gold rush ended, rumours of a second “rush” drove over 27,000 men out of California and into British Columbia. While only a handful struck it rich, many became the early pioneers that built the roads, railways and bridges, and established the great cattle ranches and timber enterprises in BC’s Interior. Discover British Columbia’s historic gold rush past on the Gold Rush Trail from New Westminster in the south, then following the Mighty Fraser River to historic Barkerville in the north. The return journey brings you south through Lillooet, Whistler and ends in Vancouver. The Gold Rush Trail offers endless opportunities to experience fascinating layers of history among some of the most spectacular natural beauty on earth. “The Grand Canyon of the North” - Cariboo Region courtesy: Albert Normandin

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GOLD RUSH! EL DORADO IN BC FROM MAY 13 - OCTOBER 31, 2015 The Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria brings British Columbia’s stories together with collections, research and presentations that enable them to tell the stories of BC in ways that enlighten, stimulate and inspire. This tradition continues with the new Gold Rush! El Dorado in BC exhibit in 2015. Gold Rush! will share the fascinating stories and history of the BC gold rush, as an important story on its

own and as part of a larger, international event. This dramatic movement of peoples to what were largely unexplored regions broke down existing class and racial barriers, and created extraordinary opportunities and change. The gold rushes shook the Western World and altered the way people from around the world could think about their futures.

As the perfect companion to a trip along the Gold Rush Trail, visiting the Royal B.C. Museum at the end of your adventure provides a more personal connection to the exhibit as you relive the people, places and events of your journey. | goldrushtrail.ca57








The Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region is home to a thriving art community ranging from First Nations galleries and contemporary spaces to celebrated public art installations. 1 Burnaby Art Gallery Housed in a 1911 heritage house, the Burnaby Art Gallery facilitates the development of emerging artists and provides diverse educational art programming. Admission is by donation, and the collection is largely made up of works on paper, particularly original hand-pulled prints by Canadian artists.

2 Vancouver Art Gallery The Vancouver Art Gallery’s collection of over 10,000 works of art represents the most comprehensive resource for visual culture in British Columbia. Containing outstanding examples of a century’s worth of art produced in BC, from 19th century mountain and coastal landscapes to recent photo-based artwork by renowned Vancouver artists. The gallery owns the largest and most significant group of paintings and works on paper by BC landscape painter Emily Carr.

3 Richmond Art Gallery Contemporary art at the Richmond Art Gallery explores topics drawn from daily


life including science, the environment, identity, social issues and more. Exploring local, national and international trends, the gallery looks for ideas that are meaningful to the community. Admission is free.

4 T he Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford With a mission to be at the centre of cultural and creative innovation in the Fraser Valley, admission to exhibitions at the Reach Gallery Museum is always free. The sustainable LEED certified building, designed to be a category “A” facility, allows for travelling exhibitions from other regional, provincial, national and international cultural institutions to be exhibited here.

a wide variety of pieces from photography and ceramics to fibre arts and glass. Don’t be surprised if you find a unique piece that you can’t resist taking home with you.

6 Whistler Village Galleries Whistler’s vibrant arts and culture scene flourishes year round with a multitude of cultural offerings from engaging fine art gallery exhibitions. Whistler is home to several world-class art galleries that exhibit unique work from emerging and established artists. Collectors and lovers of fine art will discover a wide variety of high quality works in all mediums, from contemporary original paintings and sculpture to photography, glass, jewelry and First Nations art.

5 Purple Banner Route The Sunshine Coast is home to more artists per capita than anywhere else in Canada. Look for flying purple banners all along the Sunshine Coast Highway from Langdale to Lund, which signify artists at work, and in many cases act as an invitation to drop in. Artists here create

PHOTOS: 1. Cricket Fighting Chinese, Qing dynasty – 19th century, gift of Mrs. Olive Keane 2. Vancouver Art Gallery 3. Musqueam greeter Henry Charles welcomes guests to Interweaving exhibition – Dennis Ha 4. The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford 5. Darren Robinson 6. Steve Rogers


With so many incredible spas, it’s no surprise the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region is so laid back. What makes these spas especially unique is that many offer treatments that incorporate local elements such as waterfalls, cedar, natural hot springs, sea salts, seaweed and glacial mud. 1 Miraj Hammam Spa Try Hamman and Gommage for a steam and exfoliation treatment in the authentic traditions of the Middle East. First, Hammam will stimulate your senses and your imagination, while cleansing your body in low mist and high intensity steam chambers. Afterwards, experience Gommage for an invigorating, full body exfoliation using authentic Moroccan soap, while you lay relaxed atop Jerusalem gold marble.

2 Spa Utopia Spa Utopia offers a variety of services and spa packages at its locations in Langley, Vancouver and North Vancouver. Try one of the Canadian Treasures treatments, which incorporate ingredients found in nature, like muds, clays, salts and seaweeds. The West Coast Seaweed Journey, for example, begins with a full body exfoliation and a seaweed body wrap, and is followed by a soak in their hydrotherapy tub. The treatment ends with a soothing full body massage using Spa Utopia’s signature blend of oils.

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3 H arrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa The Healing Springs Spa at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort features a menu of stress-relieving, immuneboosting, energy-building and rebalancing treatments that will leave you feeling alive and well, such as a soak in one of the spa’s soothing mineral baths. These therapeutic baths are provided in the privacy and luxury of a signature treatment suite and offer a wonderful sense of wellbeing and rejuvenation. Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa also features five different hot-spring-fed mineral pools, each kept at a different temperature. Simply float or frolic and let everything else drift away.


4 R ockwater Spa at Rockwater Secret Cove Resort Nestled in the forest overlooking the ocean on the Sunshine Coast, this cozy and luxurious space sets the mood for pampering. Visit the Rockwater Spa in the summer or early fall and experience a relaxing outdoor massage in one of two “Spas Without Walls.” These spa tents are located on a bluff overlooking the ocean; just close enough to feel the breeze and hear the calming waves, while enjoying your healing massage. From October through to mid-May, massages take place in a winter spa tent complete with heated slate floors and a roaring fireplace.

5 Scandinave Spa Whistler Situated just north of Whistler Village, this spa resort is engulfed in a spruce and cedar forest on the edge of Lost Lake Park and Spruce Grove Park. Melt away with a relaxing massage, then invigorate your body and mind in the hot baths and refreshing waterfalls while taking in the incredible mountain vistas and fresh alpine air.


PHOTOS: 3. Noel Hendrickson 4. Destination BC/Albert Normandin 5. Tourism Whistler/Chad Chomlack


Whether you’re looking for high fashion or skateboarder chic, the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region offers some of the best shopping this side of Rodeo Drive. 1 Punjabi Market The Punjabi Market is located in Surrey along 120 Street between 92 Avenue and 96 Avenue, and along 128 Street between 80 Avenue and 86 Avenue. The area includes Indian restaurants, sweet shops and stores offering all kinds of goods such as tailored saris, Indian jewelry and DVDs. Take some time to smell the spices, sample East Indian sweets or snack on samosas. And be sure to check out the dazzling gold inside the jewelry stores.

shoppers, this is the place to be. For those less serious, it’s the perfect street for grabbing a coffee or some lunch, and people watching.

5 M cArthur Glen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport Opening in the spring of 2015, this designer outlet centre at Vancouver International Airport will be the first outlet mall of its kind in North America. Featuring 100 stores of European and North American designer, luxury and lifestyle brands, this is truly a fashion lover’s dream come true.

2 Metropolis at Metrotown With nearly 400 stores and services, Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby is British Columbia’s largest shopping centre. Hundreds of shops featuring electronics, jewelry, home furnishings, specialty foods and clothing boutiques are located on three sprawling levels. For a quick bite to eat or a sit-down meal, the international food court and a variety of restaurants will cater to all tastes and diets.

Just spend an hour or two wandering the pedestrian-only walkways and you’ll find it all, from fine artwork, high-end fashion and jewelry to the latest outdoor sports equipment, camping supplies and unique gifts. Anything and everything you could need or want – plus plenty of places to grab a coffee – can be found right outside your accommodations in this shopper’s paradise.

Queensborough Landing in New Westminster frequently sends fashionistas and shopaholics home with grins that stretch from ear to ear. Situated on 14 hectares (35 acres), at the intersection of Boyd Street and Hwy 91A, you’ll discover the fashion-dominated 415,940-square-foot shopping centre, with over 60 stores and restaurants to choose from.




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Robson Street is Vancouver’s leading shopping and strolling thoroughfare, with a mix of high-fashion boutiques, souvenir shops, beauty stores, bookstores and so much more. The three blocks from Burrard Street to Jervis Street are the busiest, with 150 shops lining the 600-metre stretch. For serious


Smoked Salmon RCMP Memorabilia Canucks Souvenirs

PHOTOS: 1. Destination BC/Danielle Hayes 2. Tourism Burnaby 3. Adrian Lescisin 4. Destination BC/Kevin Arnold 6. Bob Young

Visit for more hot shopping spots.


2 The region is home to an array of festivals, shows and all-around good times throughout the year. Visit for complete event listings.

METRO VANCOUVER 1 J anuary/February: Dine Out Vancouver Dine Out Vancouver is Canada’s largest restaurant festival and attracts thousands of diners annually. Participants select from a diverse array of restaurants, each offering unique three course prix-fixe meals for $18, $28 or $38 per person. Over the course of 17 days, many restaurants present unique dining experiences not normally available throughout the rest of the year. The competition for reservations can be fierce but should you snag a seat, Dine Out Vancouver won’t disappoint, offering something to satisfy everyone’s cravings.

2 May: Cloverdale Rodeo This annual Victoria Day long weekend tradition held at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey is fun for the whole family. Watch the world’s top cowboys and cowgirls show off their skills at the invitational rodeo in exhilarating events like saddle bronc, bull riding, barrel racing and mutton bustin’. Afterwards,

catch the West Coast Lumberjack Show, cook-offs and a midway at the Country Fair.


3 J une: TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival This is one of the most critically acclaimed jazz festivals in the world, drawing in over half a million people each year. The festival features over 300 concerts (150 are free) in 35 venues across Vancouver and North Vancouver, including the Downtown Jazz Opening Weekend and the David Lam Park Jazz Closing Weekend.

4 July/August: Celebration of Light If there’s one event that defines summer in Vancouver, it’s the Celebration of Light – an international fireworks competition and festival. The three nights of spectacular fireworks displays are Vancouver’s biggest event and the largest offshore fireworks competition in the world. Every year it attracts up to 400,000 nightly spectators, so go early to get a spot along the beaches of English Bay.

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5 5 August: Vancouver Pride The Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival is a world-class celebration held every year in August. The fifth largest Pride Parade in the world attracts approximately 700,000 spectators with parties, tea dances, cruises, a parade and one spectacular final event, creating an unforgettable summer extravaganza.

6 A  ugust/September: The Fair at the PNE Nothing signifies the end of summer in Vancouver quite like the Pacific National Exhibition. Since 1910, millions of guests have enjoyed shows, exhibits, sporting events, amusement rides, concerts, cultural activities and, of course, mini donuts!

SEA TO SKY COUNTRY 7 J anuary: Whistler Pride and Ski Festival WinterPRIDE is one of the world’s leading mountain festivals devoted to diversity. In January 2016, GayWhistler’s WinterPRIDE will be celebrating 24 years and you’re invited to join the excitement. The event will be serving up a range of culinary, health and wellness and sports activities to keep you entertained all week long.


8 A  pril: Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival With the motto, “Party in April, sleep in May,” this festival has a lineup that reflects Whistler’s unique mountain culture. Witness top athletes push the limits of their sport; be inspired by innovative fashion, photography and film; enjoy a free outdoor concert; and live it up with non-stop nightlife. Come for the festival and stay for the spring skiing and snowboarding on the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb.

9 July: Pemberton Music Festival A glorious music festival in a stunning natural setting, the Pemberton Music Festival is an experience unlike any other. Grab your friends and leave the world behind for an incomparable three-day celebration of music, art, food, dancing and life itself.

J uly/August: Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival Squamish Days is a weekend full of excitement, fun and action, aimed at making every member of the family smile. There are music and art events, children’s activities, a parade, wacky bed races, a 10-kilometre (6.2-mile) run, pancake breakfast and two world-class Loggers Sports Shows with competitors from all around the world.

Visit for more festivals & events.

J uly/August: Whistler Outdoor Concert Series Every weekend during the summer, Whistler Plaza hosts a series of free outdoor concerts featuring some of the biggest names in country, folk, blues, rock, and classical music. Watch your favorite artists perform under the stars in a spectacular outdoor setting.

November: Cornucopia Whistler’s premier food and drink festival, Cornucopia, celebrates local and regional restaurants, chefs, producers, breweries, distilleries and wineries. Enjoy winemaker’s dinners, interactive seminars, gala wine tastings and eclectic after parties.

MIGHTY FRASER COUNTRY J une: Harrison Hot Springs Sasquatch Days Sasquatch Days is an intercultural celebration that includes war canoe races, a traditional salmon barbecue, medicine walks, arts & crafts activities and much more. Learn about the area’s long-standing connection to the elusive Sasquatch, and hear from Sts’ailes experts and local Sasquatch investigators. Hosted by the Sts’ailes First Nation and the Village of Harrison Hot Springs, this unique event that brings two communities together is a great

opportunity to share cultural experiences and traditions.

A  ugust: Abbotsford International Airshow Initiated as a community fundraiser in 1962, the three-day Abbotsford International Airshow has grown into one of the world’s premier aviation events. The family-friendly event, which takes place at the Abbotsford Airport (YXX), has something for everyone to enjoy including spectacular aerobatics, intricate routines, death-defying formations and stunning parachute and pyrotechnic work. The Canadian Forces Snowbirds are a perennial favourite and have headlined for over four decades. On the ground, check out the inside of the jets and carriers on display, and visit the autograph booth to meet your favourite performer.


A  ugust: Fraser Valley Slow Food Cycle Tours Slow Food Cycles are a great way to get outside, be active and enjoy delicious creations made from the bounty of fresh, locally grown ingredients found within the region. The communities of Chilliwack, Harrison/Agassiz and Pemberton host these extraordinary pedal-powered trips through the natural beauty of VCM’s farmland for just three Sundays in July and August.

A  ugust/September (Labour Day Weekend): Lytton River Festival The Lytton River Festival pays tribute to the Thompson and Fraser Rivers, and celebrates Lytton’s vibrant community and First Nations culture. This three-day, family-friendly event is the largest of its kind in the Fraser Canyon. There are live bands, street dances, children’s activities (including face painting and a climbing wall), farmers markets, organized hikes into the Stein Valley, First Nations artisans and a traditional Pow Wow.

O  ctober: Fort Langley Cranberry Festival Every October, berry lovers get together for the annual Fort Langley Cranberry Festival. A celebration of the cranberry harvest, it’s the time of year you’ll witness bogs across the region teeming with ruby red berries, making for


some incredible photo opportunities. Accounting for 12% of total production in North America, most people are surprised to hear that cranberries are BC’s largest berry crop.

N ovember: Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival From Mission to Harrison Hot Springs, many exciting venues offer excellent eagle-viewing opportunities as well as a range of other activities and adventures. When you’re not spotting majestic birds in their natural habitat, why not try a jet boat eco-river tour or a Chehalis River walking tour? Attend an environmental presentation, visit one of many historic and ancient Aboriginal sites, or relax and take it easy just appreciating some of the creative displays by local artists.

SUNSHINE COAST May: Lund Shellfi sh Festival Hosted along the shores of Lund Harbour, visitors can enjoy fresh-cooked seafood, listen to local musicians, take tours, watch free cooking demonstrations, buy live shellfish, shop at the craft booths, enter contests and sample special menu items at local restaurants. There are activities for everyone and admission is free!

J une: Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival Presented by the Sunshine Coast Jazz and Entertainment Society, this weekend festival is preceded by “Jazz Week” – a free event showcasing talented musicians on the Sunshine Coast. The sound of live music fills local restaurants and other venues in a lead up to the weekend festivities, which include more performances and a street festival overlooking the spectacular harbour.

amidst the beautiful heritage gardens at the Rockwood Centre.

A ugust: Festival of the Rolling Arts Car enthusiasts gather in Sechelt to showcase classic cars, hot rods and specialty vehicles during this three-day annual event. Festivities include the 30-kilometre (18.6-mile) Rod Run from Sechelt to Halfmoon Bay and the Show n’ Shine event, which lets motorheads get up close and personal with their favorite vehicle. On the final day, you get to see the cars in action as they compete in drag races at Sechelt Airport.

September: Aurora Festival Aurora welcomes artistic expression to historic spaces within Powell River’s Historic Townsite. Come check out the artist lounge, the disco and live audiovisual performances at the Patricia Theatre. Grab a drink at the beer garden, enjoy a bite to eat at the barbecue, then settle in and watch an interactive projection mapping and 3D laser installation every evening.

O ctober: Sunshine Coast Arts Crawl This free event is very popular as it offers “crawlers” access to over 100 participating galleries and art studios, featuring over 300 artists along the entire Sunshine Coast Highway from Langdale to Lund. It is a great chance to meet the artists in their studios and to experience the vibrant arts and culture community on the Sunshine Coast.

A ugust: Festival of the Written Arts As Canada’s longest running summer gathering of writers and readers, this three-day event celebrating Canadian literature features some of the country’s best. Head to Sechelt to meet and mingle with your favorite authors

PHOTOS: 2. Bob Young 3. Tourism Vancouver/Coastal Jazz & Blues Society/Douglas Williams 4. Tourism Vancouver/Clayton Perry 5. Tourism Vancouver/Michael Song 6. Tourism Vancouver/ PNE 8. Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane 11. Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane 12. Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane 14. David Snashall 15. Graham Osborne 17. Jason Brown 18. Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival 23. Brian K. Smith 24. Jeremy Williams



Watch for the Visitor Centre signs located throughout the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region. Visitor Centres can help with: • Hotel and activity/ attraction bookings • Road maps and directions

METRO VANCOUVER Delta 6201 60th Avenue New Westminster 788 Quayside Drive North Vancouver 102 – 124 West 1st Street Richmond 3811 Moncton Street British Columbia Visitor Centre @ Peace Arch 298 Highway 99, Surrey Surrey 730 – 176 Street

• Travel advice and free guides

• National and BC parks information

• In-depth knowledge of the community and region

• Many other travel-related services

Vancouver Plaza Level, 200 Burrard Street

Langley Unit 2 – 7888 200th Street

Squamish 102 – 38551 Loggers Lane

British Columbia Visitor Centre @ YVR 3211 Grant McConachie Way

Lytton 400 Fraser Street

Whistler 4230 Gateway Drive

White Rock 100 – 15261 Russell Avenue

MIGHTY FRASER COUNTRY Abbotsford 34561 Delair Road Chilliwack 44150 Luckakuck Way Hope 919 Water Avenue

Mission 34033 Lougheed Highway Pitt Meadows/Maple Ridge 12492 Harris Road


SUNSHINE COAST Gibsons 417 Marine Drive Powell River 4760 Joyce Avenue

Lillooet 790 Main Street

Sechelt 5790 Teredo Street

Pemberton Highway 99 & Pemberton Portage Road

Sunshine Coast

PHOTO: Bob Young


What you’ll need to know. What you’ll need to bring.


• Americans must show a passport or other approved travel documents when entering into Canada. • International visitors (not from the United States) require a passport and may also need a visa when entering Canada.

Alcohol Laws • BC’s legal drinking age is 19.


Currency • Canada’s currency is based on dollars and cents. • Bills come in $1000, $100, $50, $20, $10 and $5. • Coins come in $2, $1, 25¢, 10¢ and 5¢.

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RVing • Trailers and towing dollies over 1,400 kilograms (3,000 pounds) must have brakes on all wheels plus a break-away device hooked to the trailer brake system. • Three-unit RV vehicle combinations are prohibited on BC highways. • Maximum width for RVs is 2.6 metres (8.5 feet). Mirrors may exceed the width by 20 cm (8 inches) on each side. • Maximum length is 12.5 metres (41 feet) for a motorhome, 12.5 metres (41 feet) for a towed RV, and 20 metres (65.6 feet) for a combination. • Maximum height for any vehicle is 4.15 metres (13.6 feet).

Driving Laws • In BC, both drivers and passengers must wear seatbelts. • Children nine years or younger, or shorter than 145 centimetres (57 inches), must be in a car/booster seat. • Motorcyclists and cyclists must wear helmets. • Speed limits are posted in kilometres per hour. • It’s illegal to drive while using a cell phone or other handheld electronic device.

Tipping • When at a restaurant or bar, it’s customary to tip between 15%-20% of the total amount (before taxes).

1 Mile = 1.6 Kilometres 1 Kilometre = 0.6 Miles 1 Metre = 3.28 Feet 20°C = 68°F 10°C = 50°F 1 Litre = 0.26 US Gallons

Sport Fishing • Separate licences are required for tidal and non-tidal sport fishing and are available online. • National parks require special fishing permits for angling in park waters and are available at park visitor centres and some commercial outlets.

Weapons • All firearms must be declared. • Revolvers, pistols, fully automatic firearms, other weapons and self-defense sprays are strictly prohibited.

Pets • Dogs and cats from the US must come with a certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian of Canada or the US certifying that they are currently vaccinated against rabies.


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