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Brake for a Break on the Crowsnest Highway 3, Osoyoos to Nelson, British Columbia

The Crowsnest Highway stretches some 1,150 kilometres east to west through the southern sections of British Columbia and Alberta, and offers some incredibly scenic and quaint stops along the way.

Part two of this feature about the historic Crowsnest Highway (originally built in 1932), covers some charming places to relax, have a bite and take a break while on the road from Osoyoos to Nelson, British Columbia along this idyllic country route. Read more…

A Farmers’ Market Tour of British Columbia

If you’re looking for fresh ideas for your vacation planning, think farmers’ markets. When local growers, farmers, creatives, and artisans come together in parks, town centers, and other places, the result is much more than just a chance to shop for the freshest local goods. It’s a cultural and social event, and a ton of fun. Read more…

Train Spotting: Highway 1 Lytton to Craigellachie, British Columbia, Canada

We decided to stay at the Kumsheen Rafting Resort located a few kilometres east of Lytton in the scenic Thompson River canyon. Here we were well into BC’s semi-desert country with lofty ponderosa pines and tumbleweeds and the wonderful smell of sage. We chose the well-priced “yurt” – the best of both worlds, sleeping in a tent with comfortable bed and solid deck below. We had a fabulous meal on the patio of Cutting Board Restaurant and bonus – we could hear the westbound CPR trains just below the resort as well as the eastbound CNR trains across the canyon. Read more…

Take a Break along the Crowsnest Highway 3 to Osoyoos, British Columbia

While on any road trip, it’s always useful to know where to stop for a short rest – whether it’s for a much-needed bathroom break, to stretch your legs or to simply enjoy an impromptu snack or lunch while enjoying the fresh outdoors and some spectacular scenery. Read more…

Hollywood North: Visit the Locations of Your Favorite “Filmed in BC” Movies

If you’re a serious movie buff, you know there’s nothing better than visiting the real life locations where your favorite movies were made. Vancouver as a city and BC in general are often referred to as “Hollywood North”, with good reason. A long list of films have taken advantage of the unique natural and urban beauty that British Columbia has to offer, and chances are that every member of your family has a favorite movie that was made, at least partially, right here in BC. Read more…

Train Spotting: Highway 1 Vancouver to Lytton in British Columbia, Canada

I have been a “foamer”–that is a fanatical train buff since I was a kid in Edmonton (1950’s), and I never miss an opportunity to watch and experience trains whenever I can. Travelling east from Vancouver to the Rockies at the Alberta border has given me many wonderful opportunities to view and experience Canada’s major trains. The Canadian Pacific (CPR) is the trans-continental railway that was first built in the 1880s to secure British Columbia as part of Canada. Highway 1 parallels the CPR most of the way through the Province and there are many spots well worth stopping at to be a regular Train Spotter; and a terrific bonus is that we get to experience trains in some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Read more…

Pack Light, Pack Smart, Travel Well – Five Essential Tips When Packing for Your Next Trip

So you’ve mapped out your trip, planned your route, figured out your dates. All that’s left to do as your date of departure approaches is to pack … and that’s when it can sometimes feel like the real work begins. How many pairs of shoes should I pack? Do I need one sweater or two? Is one nice outfit going to be enough? It’s almost enough to make one consider nudism! Read more…

BC’s Biggest Attractions Are Often in the Smallest Places

Most visitors to BC assume that the biggest attractions are located in and around our largest city, Vancouver, or perhaps our provincial capital, Victoria. In one sense, they would be right, but in the literal sense, they are totally wrong. It’s not Vancouver that has the world’s largest fly rod (all 60 feet and 800 lbs of it) – the town of Houston does. Read more…

“Island Girls” for the Weekend – a trip to Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Girls just wanna have a fun weekend with a sprinkle of work. I had to take a trip to Vancouver Island to visit some accommodation properties, members of the BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association, to discuss marketing. I always mix in some fun so took along my besties. Read more…

Relax, Refresh & Rest Up Along the Sea to Sky Highway

Whether you’re driving alone, in pairs or with children, a successful and relaxing road trip requires regular breaks – be it for bathrooms, stretching your legs, enjoying a beautiful viewpoint or simply taking in some fresh air. Read more…