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Best Places to Spot Wildlife in British Columbia

Viewing wildlife is a fun activity for British Columbia residents and visitors, and there are many species of birds and small wildlife such as squirrels, rabbits, and opossums that can be easily spotted. Other wildlife are not so easy to find, hiding in the ocean or in mountain forests. Read more…

British Columbia is Best for Hiking, Watching Wildlife and Camping

According to Destination Canada, hiking, watching wildlife, and camping are the most popular activities for Canadians when traveling domestically, and where better than British Columbia to experience all three! Read more…

Hidden Gem Waterways for Fishing in British Columbia

It’s no secret that British Columbia is one of the best places to go fishing in the world. With more than 20,000 kilometers of coastlines, tens of thousands of kilometers of streams and rivers, and more than 25,000 lakes in the province, there’s no way to lose on your BC fishing trip. Whether you’re hoping to while away the hours in a boat just to relax or on the hunt for your trophy catch, you can find what you’re looking for in BC. Read more…

Where to See Totem Poles in British Columbia

Carved by First Nations people, totem poles are popular tourist attractions that can be found in many coastal communities in British Columbia. Totem poles are of spiritual significance to the First Nations people and not only do the totems preserve their art, but they capture the living spirit of the tree to tell the history of their legends and tribal families.

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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…

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…

10 small animals frequently encountered when camping in British Columbia

Have you ever woken in your tent in the night to the sounds of small feet scurrying just a few feet from your sleeping bag? Nighttime interruptions can cause panic, especially if your imagination is as colourful as mine. Knowing what small species you are likely hearing may help you sleep better at night… and may also give you some happier wildlife identification moments the following day! Read more…

How to Camp With a Baby without Crying Like One

My partner and I are both avid campers. He does most of the heavy lifting, and I like to organize all of our gear and look for interesting trails and diversions in one of our many books of BC maps. We have enjoyed many nights in off-the-beaten track campsites around the province, hunkered down to play cards by candle light, enjoying a meal cooked on an open flame. Read more…

Barkerville Gold Rush Town

Tucked away in the Cariboo region, British Columbia’s best known ghost town is Barkerville. In 1862 the town was founded by Billy Barker, who was originally from England. He tried his luck in California during the gold rush days and eventually headed to British Columbia where he struck it rich in gold.

The town quickly grew as word spread about the gold and Barkerville became the largest town north of San Francisco. Like many other gold mining towns, business was booming for shopkeepers who sold supplies to the miners, and soon a town sprung up with tents and makeshift cabins, and then houses, businesses, restaurants, churches, and even a theatre opened to meet the miner’s needs.

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Vacation at a British Columbia Dude Ranch

It almost feels like I’m flying, my hair whipping around my face, and the exhilarating rush of the scenery whipping past in a kaleidoscope of colours as if I’m in a dream. I’m riding a feisty Appaloosa horse named Root Beer, cantering across a meadow that is springing back to life after being covered in snow all winter. I pull back on the reins, bring the horse to a halt, and take in a deep breath of the crisp, fresh, country air. I look up at the mountains, blanketed in green hemlock and fir trees, with a cap of snow clinging to the peak, and a cold April breeze hits me. I wish I’d thought to pack a warmer coat and shiver on top of Root Beer as my husband and I follow our guide through the trails near Big Bar Guest Ranch, about a 45 minute drive from Merritt, B.C. Read more…