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:
See the QCI deer
This wasn't really "off the beaten path", but it seemed like it. We saw some of the little deer that are known to live in the Queen Charlotte Islands. They are somewhat smaller than the "normal" BC deer.Related to:
Agassiz - Weaver Creek Salmon Spawning Channel
Weaver Creek Spawning Channel is 2932 m long, about the same length as the new runway at Vancouver International Airport. It was constructed in 1965, and is operated by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The channel compound is open daily when the fish spawn from late September to early November.
Next to the Adams River east of Kamloops, this is one of the best sites to observe the bright red Sockeye Salmon.
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Manning Park Resort Located in E.C. Manning Provincial Park, our Resort has been the gathering place for countless year-round outdoor enthusiasts who have enjoyed the Park and its many recreational opportunities since the late 1940's
Located 1200 meters above sea level in the heart of the Cascade Mountains, Manning Park Resort welcomes you to come and enjoy the friendly, natural, and down-to-earth surroundings of our Resort and Manning Provincial Park.Related to:
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Famous Hell's Gate, in the scenic Fraser Canyon, is nature at its most magnificent. Descending smoothly from highway level in one of our two comfortable 25-passenger cabins, you'll experience a breathtaking flight directly above the unique Hell's Gate fishways, where two million sockeye salmon challenge the river each year on their epic journey to their inland spawning grounds.
Hell's Gate is located in the Scenic Fraser Canyon on the Trans-Canada Highway #1, just 52 kms north of Hope and 48 kms south of Lytton, B.C. Accommodation is as near as Boston Bar, 10 kms to the north. Being only a 2.5 hour drive from Vancouver on Highway #1 puts it easily within the realm of a day trip for adventurous lower mainland familiesRelated to:
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Adams River Sockeye Run - Okanagan region
The Adams River Salute to the Sockeye is a celebration to honour the salmon who have made a perilous 500 kilometres journey upstream from the mouth of the Fraser River in its turbulent rapids, dodging obstacles, to the Adams River. This spectacle attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from all parts of Canada and around the world!
Sockeye salmon return to the Adams River every year, but the fourth year dominant run of the Adams River has historically been the largest of all sockeye runs in British Columbia. Don’t miss the next big sockeye run!
The Adams River is located in the Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park.Related to:
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WB Nudist Beach
This 6-kilometre long, wilderness-like beach which follows a promontory below an emerald-green forested, 200-foot high, cliff system weathered to beauty akin the White cliffs of Dover, is Canada's first and largest, legal, clothing-optional beach and is a Mecca to visitors from around the world!
Bridal Falls, On Highway # 1, 16 km east of Chilliwack. Traveling east take exit #135, heading west take exit # 138.
The sixth highest falls in Canada drops 122 metres down from the side of almost 7,000 foot Mount Cheam flowing into Bridal Creek. The creek leads to Cheam Lake Regional Park. The Bridal Falls Park is located at the site of the ancient aboriginal village of Popkum which dates back to the 1700s. The trail from the parking lot is an easy twenty minute walk to the base of the falls. The scenic day use area at the foot of the Falls includes: picnicking area with tables, cold water taps and pit and flush toilets.Related to:
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CULTUS LAKE PROVINCIAL PARK
Cultus is a Chinook word meaning "worthless", but the park area is now one of southern BC's most popular. Surrounded by mountains, the scenery is inspiring, swimming excellent, waterskiing, windsurfing and hiking are exhilerating. Numerous hiking trails. Ideal for horseback riding.
Follow Hwy.1 east towards Chilliwack, take Sardis Exit & right towards Sardis down Vedder Road. Follow signs.Related to:
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HARRISON HOT SRPINGS
The greater Vancouver area has some excellent hot springs to explore, including the Spa of Canada, Harrison Hot Springs.
The centrepiece of a luxury hotel,
Harrison Hot Springs is a resort town with recreation and health at the forefront - soothe yourself in 8,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor natural mineral hot spring pools.
There's swimming, canoeing, and fishing on nearby Harrison Lake. In addition, there are sailboards and bikes to rent and hiking trails nearby. The resort operates all year round, but the peak season is from June through September.
Harrison Hot Springs is fronted by a long stretch of municipal beach, so perfect for building sand castles that an annual world championship sand sculpture competition is held here in September. The pools at the hotel are for guests only - but don't be dismayed: the public soaking pool, which has cooled hot-spring water pumped into it, is large and wonderfully warm. The public pool is one block east of the hotel.
SEE HARRISON HOT SPRINGS IN MY TRAVELOGUE
Abbotsford is located just above the 49th parallel in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, Canada. The Sumas border crossing into Washington, U.S.A. is just a 10 minute drive from downtown Abbotsford, and Vancouver takes about 70 kilometres and 40 minutes to reach. Abbotsford borders on the Fraser River and Mission to the north, Chilliwack to the east, Langley to the west, and the U.S.A. to the south.
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HEMLOCK SKI VALLEY
Hemlock Valley is one of the best kept secrets in the British Columbian lower mainland, and consistently has one of the best snowfalls in South Western B.C.
It is a quaint alpine community and family winter recreation resort high above Harrison Lake in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. Outdoor activities include downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, tobogganing and a tube park.
Hemlock Valley Ski Area is located 8.5 miles (14 km) north of Hwy 7 from Harrison Bay, 60 miles (100 km) east of Vancouver (2 hours). From Vancouver, take the Trans-Canada Highway 1 east to Agassiz (Harrison Hot Springs exit) and follow Highway 9 through Agassiz to the Lougheed Highway 7. Continue west to Morris Valley Road, turn north and follow the signs to Hemlock Valley Resort.
Perhaps Mission's most famous landmark is Westminster Abbey- this beautiful monastery attracts thousands of visitors annually. The Benedictine monks who inhabit the Abbey have created a self-sufficient pastoral lifestyle at this inspiring location, and welcome visitors to their grounds and for services. The views from the Abbey seem to stretch forever, providing a panoramic view of the Fraser Valley. Visitors are welcome at the chapel on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and on weekdays from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Beautiful photo opportunities.
If you take highway 1 to go from Vancouver to Kamloops, you'll drive along the Sth Thompson River. You'll find gorgeous scenery along the way for plenty of good pics.
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