Klemtu: A First Nations Village
This is a village on an island of 450 mostly First Nations people. It provides a glimpse into a culture that has uniquely adapted to the 21st century. It is a bit isolated, though connected to the rest of B.C. by Ferry (15 hours from the real world ie Vancouver Island or Sea plane from Bella Bella. Research is available on the cultural significance of BC's NorthWest Native cultures, but little specifically on the people here; the Kitasoo. The peole do entertain tourist with eco-tours fishing etc. However it is an industry just being developed, so do not expect a lot of comforts, just the basics. The people are warm, quiet, but humorous. If you go let me know and I can give you a name or two to help when you get there. Ron firstname.lastname@example.orgRelated to:
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The Wild West Coast - Inside Passage
Not very many people get the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful and rugged areas of BC - The Inside Passage of BC's West Coast. The Inside Passage is generally reserved for those with enough money to purchase a cruise to Alaska, or those who go sport fishing. However, there is a way to see the Inside Passage without (completely) emptying your wallet. BC Ferries offers a day cruise through the Inside Passage on their vessal The Queen of the North.
The Queen runs 6 days a week, 3 days departing from Port Hardy, and 3 days departing from Prince Rupert. The cruise takes about 14 hours, although this can vary up to 2 hours depending on the weather. The trip is amazing. From the water, you can see many of the tiny islands that dot the BC coast. You will pass by Bella Bella, located on one of these islands. You will also see abandoned villages and canneries. If you're lucky, you may spot a humpback or killer whale, or even the Spirit Bear, a white cousin of the black bear that is only found in these parts.
The main disadvantage of this cruise is that you can't count on the weather. When we traveled it rained the entire day, making visits to the viewing deck cold and wet. The views were still breathtaking, but we would have prefered sun!
A trip for two people and a vehicle on the Queen of the North costs about $500 CDN. I also recommend having at least one meal in the ship's dining room, as it is delicious and well worth the money. If you are able, also reserve a seat in the seating lounge on the ship's starboard side. The seats are large and they recline, making them great for napping.
See a machine limbing cut trees!
After being on the job for a year, I got to go to a meeting/workshop in Fort Saint John. There was a field trip and we got to see large machines working away. This photo is of a machine taking the limbs off cut trees.Related to:
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Diamond in the Rough
I just happened on a quaint little town outside of Glacier National Park in British Columbia, Canada. An old railroad town and well worth the stop and a couple of nights stay-over to explore the town and the park. I am actually planning on going back here for a few days this September '05.
Revelstoke had several great restaurants and live music in the town square.
If you like small and quaint, this is it.Related to:
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Coombs is a small, quaint town not too far from Qualicum Beach and Nanaimo.
It is probably more well-known for it's quaint Old Country Market, where minature goats live on the roof. The market itself is a wonderful maze of gifts, gourmet foods and fresh produce. I found the prices extremely reasonable, and even if you don't buy, the browsing is fantastic.
Don't forget to visit the bakery where you can get hot, fresh cheese bread, and other yummy baked treats.
It's a fun way to spend the afternoon, and of course, you have to get a picture of the goats on the roof.
Only about an hour drive from the Rockies Salmon Arm is a small fairly modern town on the shore of the pretty Shuswap Lake. Although the town itself is not stunning the surroundings are and it is in a prime location to explore the region. It is not touristy at all and is a calm little place to base yourself. There is lots to do in the immediate vicinity; for example to can go trekking, horse riding, Cross country skiing(Larch hills), sample some of the local wines at Larch Hills or nearby Kelowna, shooting in Kamloops, or visit the magical Margaret Falls and Shuswap Lake. Of course there is the interesting local museum too.
At the Larch Hills winery they make fruity wines such as Cranberry, Strawberry and blackberry. They are great at Christmas time!
The photo below is the view from my boyfriend's family home in Salmon Arm BC.Related to:
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Watching salmon and bears
If you travel on Vancouver Island (British Columbia) in the early fall, why not take a trip off the beaten path to watch the amazing spectacle of salmon spawning. One of the many good places to do this is the Nitinat River at the westcoast of Vancouver Island. Visitors to the south end of the famous Pacific Rim Trail of the Carmanah Valley will find this trip to be not much of an extra effort. However, you will need a car to get there (and if it is a rental car, permission to use it on gravel roads).
The best time to see the giant chinook (or king) salmon is September/October and the best location is near the Nitinat Fish hatchery, 70 kilometers southeast of Port Alberni. The website of the Government Fisheries Agency (DFO) will tell you how to get there. If you go visit early in the morning or around dusk, you have a good chance to see black bears trying to fish out one of the thousands of large salmon splashing in the shallow water. The hatchery staff should be willing to give tips on whether bears are around. To see spawning salmon en masse is one the most impressive natural phenomena that I have witnessed.
A word of caution, be careful when driving on logging roads when active logging is underway in the area and make some noise when you go through brush- you don't want to have a suprised bear charge at you.Related to:
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On Thursday, May 29, on our way to Vancouver on Highway 3, Hans and I came across the DUTCHMILL a Dutch fruit stand near Keremeos, so of course we HAD to go in. Hans was in his glory with all the goodies & things from Holland and the owner was a delight.Related to:
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HAVE A PICNIC IN PEACHLAND
Wednesday, May 28 and it's time for lunch. We picked the cute little town of Peachland to have our picnic. It was a quiet, lovely spot along the lake and they had nice clean picnic tables. Also for you V.T.ers who want to check on your website, the Peachland community centre offers "FREE" internet access on their computers ( I think there was three.) I wondered where Hansie disappeared to!
Looking for Big Foot
Sasquatch Provincial Park borders Lake Harrison just north of the Fraser Valley. It is accessible by driving north on the east side of Harrison Hot Spings village.
One of the other lakes in Sasquatch Provincial Park you will see sign-posted is called Hicks Lake. We enjoyed a 6 km hike around the perimeter of this lake, starting at the day parking picnic area. It is very picturesque and a good long walk, although not overly difficult. There is also a camp site and canoe rentals available and fishing is a very popular sport here too.Related to:
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Some of BC's most gorgeous lakes - Highway 24
If you're fortunate enough to have access to a vehicle, I highly recommend this drive. Highway 24 is a connector highway between Little Fort (north of Kamloops on hwy 5) and 100 Mile House (on hsy 97). The #24 takes about an hour to drive with no stops, and you can do a loop from Kamloops (hwy 5, then #24, then to Cache Creek on #97, and back to Kamloops on #1) that takes about 4 hours non-stop. Highway 24 was built to service the Interlakes area, a resort area featuring, you guessed it, many lakes! The drive is winding, scenic, and never crowded. There are many resorts and B&Bs located on the lakes that you can stop at, and a few small towns where you can stop for lunch. The high elevation makes the lakes a little cool, but I'm sure if you are feeling daring, you could go for a dip. The best seasons to drive the #24 are summer and fall. In autumn, all the dissiduous trees change colour, and the drive is remarkable. Avoid the drive if you are visiting in winter. The first 15 minutes out of Little Fort are quite steep, and the highway is not well cared for in winter. Also, if you are hitchhiking, don't take a ride unless your driver is going right through to the other end of the highway. The traffic is very sparse, and if you get dropped in the middle of the highway, you may wait quite awhile for another ride.Related to:
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Bella Bella is a small town in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region of British Columbia situated on an island that lies along the path of the Alaska Marine Highway (as well as accessible by the BC Ferries).
it is located in South Surrey where close to the border. it is a quite beach, not like the English Bay in Vancouver, you can see many families like spending time at this place. it is kinda family places :) filled with laughters and happiness.
there are some restaurants nearby, stay a while having a drink in your hand....what a day!!!Related to:
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Make arrangements with the Lady Rose Marine Services to stay at the lodge and experience nature. You can kayak or canoe to the Broken Group Islands that's just off Sechart, part of the Pacific Rim National Park. They have kayaks as well as canoes for rent if you don't have your own.
While in the Queen Charlotte Islands in May 1987, I was lucky enough to see whales swimming in the Queen Charlotte Strait. We spent quite a while one evening watching these ones. I admit, however, they're tough to photograph!Related to:
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