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800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J8, Canada
Nearly a century ago, Jennie Butchart, wife of cement manufacturer Robert Butchart, transformed a depleted limestone quarry into these stunning, world-renowned show gardens. Allow ample time to enjoy the 22 hectares (55 acres) of floral displays,...
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From the bi-level dome car, Gold-Leaf Service passengers take in panoramic views of snowcapped mountains, Fraser Canyon, and the Thompson River as they make their way from Vancouver, B.C., to Banff, Alberta. The three-night excursion includes...
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1669 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada
The market community at the Public Market really makes Granville Island a must-visit in Vancouver. The vibrant colors of the fruits and vegetables that aren't on the East Coast really stand out, especially on farmers market days. The market goes...
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601 Campbell St, Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0, Canada
At Shelter, choose from entrees that include hearty cioppino with local shrimp and red wine tomato broth, and the Tofino Surf Bowl, with an option of wild-caught salmon from Vancouver Island. 601 Campbell St., (250) 725-3353. This appeared in the...
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7501 Stanley Park Dr, Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
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A true highlight of a visit to Vancouver is, of course, Stanley Park. A bonus is the Teahouse Restaurant at Ferguson Point. The view from the outdoor patio is stunning and the food is wonderful. I had this delicious seafood chowder that was made...
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1730 Mission Hill Rd, West Kelowna, BC V4T 2E4, Canada
You may not know but British Columbia has a wine region that is a worthy rival of Napa and Tuscany. Mission Hill Winery is one of the stellar estates that not only has some of the best wine in Canada but also serves the best food with matching...
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721 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 1W5, Canada
Every book will tell you to have high tea at the Empress in Victoria, and you should. They welcomed our three-generation group, including 2 kids under 6, and had hot chocolate for those who didn't want tea. They also had a full gluten-free option,...
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3625 1 St, Naramata, BC V0H 1N0, Canada
Just a short hour drive away from Kelowna, and only a 5-10 minute drive from Penticton, Naramata sits hidden with acres of green vineyards cascading off of clay cliffs into Lake Okanagan. In the heart Naramara is the historic Naramata Heritage Inn...
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6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4K9, Canada
Part of the North Shore mountain range, this 4,039-foot peak offers jaw-dropping views of the city. It’s busiest in the winter, when four chairlifts service 33 ski runs, but remains popular in the summer thanks to the steep, 1.8-mile Grouse...
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Highway 99, also known as the Sea to Sky Highway, is the major north-south artery running through the Greater Vancouver area of British Columbia from the U.S. border, up Howe Sound through the Sea to Sky Country to Lillooet, and connecting to...
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Tofino, BC, Canada
There are many wonderful beaches in the Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island, but Schooner Cove is an extraordinary and accessible treasure, about twenty minutes south of Tofino. Small islets just off the coast at high tide become...
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845 Avison Way, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2, Canada
Presiding over Stanley Park, Canada’s largest aquarium houses more than 50,000 creatures, from penguins to sea otters to three-toed sloths. Don’t miss the star turns from the rescued Steller sea lions Izzy and Rogue, who swoop...
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1435 Store St, Victoria, BC V8W 3C6, Canada
Victoria's historic downtown is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon. Next to the picturesque harbour, it's crammed with great places to eat and drink as well as great shops. My favourite downtown streets for shopping are Broad, lower Fort,...
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4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
Whistler Blackcomb receives lots of press about its big-mountain features, but the resort offers plenty of terrain for every family member and skill level. The Whistler Blackcomb Snow School, among the best in North America, is...
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1527 Ellis St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A7, Canada
The cold Arctic air has finally arrived in British Columbia when the Arctic’s icy fingers turn the bulbous, sued flesh of left over grapes upon the vine into cold sugar pearls. However, the cold arrived later than expected for those wineries...
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123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver, BC V7M 3K7, Canada
When in Vancouver, one must take the classic trip across the Burrard Inlet, by Seabus, to Lonsdale Quay. Not only is the food at Lonsdale Quay delicious, there are many cute shops, and the view, as you can see, just can't be beat. Climb up the...
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189 Dallas Rd, Victoria, BC V8V 1A1, Canada
At sunset the night market opens on the harbour front, illuminated by the lights on the Parliament building across the water. Favourites include gourmet chocolate, organic honey, handmade soaps, and organic cotton satchels. Another Canadian...
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134 Hereford Ave, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2T4, Canada
Some of the coolest house boats I've ever laid eyes on.
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Radium Hot Springs, BC, Canada
Only the serious hiker goes much beyond this four-wheel drive up to the Bugaboo maintain range in British Columbia. Pick up a local map at the tourist office in nearby Radium Hot Springs and pack your lunch and camera. After you leave the main...
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The Okanagan Valley have become famed for its wine region however not many know that it also provides ideal conditions for growing fields of lavender. There are two predominant farms to visit within the Okanagan - the first is in the south...
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British Columbia V0A, Canada
Often overlooked by it's more famous neighbors, there are oodles of beautiful things to see and do in Kootenay National Park - just the drive down Highway 93 alone is absolutely breathtaking. The short hike to the paint pots is an easy trail to...
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Hot Springs Cove, BC V0R, Canada
Imagine steamy spring water washing over your back as refreshing ocean waves surge onto your chest - all while you take in stunning Pacific Ocean views. This is Hot Springs Cove, tucked away on the beautifully rugged west coast of Vancouver...
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Whistler, BC V0N, Canada
The Peak 2 Peak Gondola that connects Whistler and Blackcomb mountains was considered a glitzy and expensive PR move when it opened in 2007. Today the 1.9-mile span, the longest unsupported span in the world, ferries hikers, bikers, and...
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3303 Boucherie Rd, Kelowna, BC V1Z 2H3, Canada
Alas! This year's Sugar Plum Fair, at the local Quail's Gate Winery, was devoid of the pirouetting snowflakes I had hoped for. Fortunately, there were ballerinas, wine, cheese and dessert. And even though I didn't get my way this year, the view...
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1055 Canada Pl #1, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3, Canada
I had never been in a seaplane before and it was quite the experience! As opposed to the ferry (which is a three hour ride not including the hour to get to and from each terminal to the downtown core), the seaplane connects you to each city in...
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The West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island in Canada is one of the top ten trails in the world to backpack. Between walking on wooden boardwalks, climbing and descending ladders, tidal pools, and camping on beaches, you will not be disappointed....
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Garden Bay, BC V0N 1S1, Canada
Garden Bay Marine Provincial Park is a protected marine area with 200 metres of shoreline followed up by 163 hectare spread of forests and mountains. The park is easily found located north of the community of Madeira Park on the top end of Pender...
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Garibaldi Lake, Squamish-Lillooet D, BC V0N, Canada
With aqua blue lakes, it is hard not to be tempted to hike into Garibaldi Lake Campground and explore the area of Panorama Ridge and Black Tusk. With phenomenal views, it is worth the work of getting there. Even though a day hike to Panorama Ridge...
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A fun stop if you're driving the Icefields Parkway through the Canadian Rockies. You join a group and climb aboard these huge custom-made vehicles (the wheels alone are probably six feet tall) that take you up onto a glacier. You get great views...
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Porteau Cove Provincial Park is only about an hour drive from downtown Vancouver and a perfect west coast setting, sitting on the ocean's edge and with a backdrop of glacier capped mountains. It is a provincial campground perfect for tenting or...
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Pender Island, BC V0N 2M1, Canada
Seaplanes are one of Victoria's most convenient ways to explore Victoria and the gulf islands. This photo was taken on a commuter trip from Victoria Harbour to Downtown Vancouver, but Harbour Air has tours leave from Victoria for Pender, Galiano...
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2310 Alberni Hwy, Coombs, BC V0R 1M0, Canada
Best pizza around..in a tranquil setting
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6409 Bay St, West Vancouver, BC V7W 3H5, Canada
If you want to see some wildlife while you're in Vancouver, I highly recommend Sewell's Marina Sea Safari. After departing their dock in West Vancouver's Horseshoe Bay in a high-speed inflatable boat, you whiz around Howe Sound taking in stunning...
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8010 Mons Rd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B8, Canada
Scandinave Spa, at the edge of the forest beside Lost Lake, is a Nordic–inspired spa that recommends alternating dips in the hot and cold pools, steam rooms, and brisk waterfall rinses. There are myriad ways to stitch together...
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7501 Stanley Park Dr, Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
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Chances are if you're in Vancouver, it'll be raining. Don't let that stop you from exploring and experiencing this wonderful city by the water. We started on the south end of the Sea Wall and walked alongside the English Bay, taking in the fresh...
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I travel to Nanaimo each weekend to be with my boyfriend who lives there. On crisp Friday evenings, the drama of the sky and water remind me that I live in a very special place.
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1 Ferry Causeway, Delta, BC V4M 4G6, Canada
A well kept secret, the ferry to the Canadian San Juans is a relaxing journey with breathtaking scenery. For 3 hours with 2 scenic stops. you'll feel like you are on a cruise. Why?Because the restaurant is good, everyone has the vacation spirit....
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1775 Naramata Rd, Penticton, BC V2A 8T8, Canada
The Okanagan Valley has over 160 wineries with more popping up every year. One of the newer additions is Bench 1775 with one of the largest patios over looking the lake, a roomy tasting area and delicious wine to boot. Be sure to try the Chill...
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5420 BC-93, Radium Hot Springs, BC V0A 1M0, Canada
Just beyond the south west entrance to Kootenay National Forest are the Radium Hot Springs, perfect for a rest before continuing on to Banff or the surrounding regions. Fed by a natural hot spring, this facility has a cool (84 degrees) and a hot...
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Tofino, BC, Canada
Tofino is situated in the west coast part of Vancouver Island, BC. This place is truly mystical and it is perfect in every way. Tofino has so many beaches and hiking trails that I've literally lost count. It's a mecca for recreational lovers like...
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2575 Green Lake Rd, Okanagan Falls, BC V0H 1R0, Canada
See Ya Later Ranch Winery, the host site for the kick-off opening reception of the Wine Bloggers' Conference, features one of the best views seen high above the Okanagan Valley, as well as vast acres of growing Gewurztraminer and champions one of...
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Kettle Valley Rail Trail, Kelowna, BC V0H 1N0, Canada
12km hike across 14 trestles and through 2 tunnels. The rail line was cut through the mountains a century ago and now offers stunning views of the valley and lake. The trestles (now restored) are monuments to the incredible engineering feat...