Province of British Columbia Off The Beaten Path

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Province of British Columbia Off The Beaten Path

  • Lynn Canyon

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    Why would you pay over $30 per person to go to a beautiful, forested area with a suspension bridge when Lynn Canyon sits about the same distance from the city and can be reached by public transit? This was one of those "I'm going" things that I came up with. I wasn't worried if anyone was going with me, but I encouraged everyone to try. In the end,...

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  • Parks

    Victoria Off The Beaten Path

    Come at the right time of year (late April to late May) and see spectacular, huge rhododendrons in bloom in this known-mostly-to-locals park. To get here take the number 6 bus (catch it across from the Dutch Bakery on Fort Street) and ask the bus driver to let you off near the intersection of Rock and Quadra. To get back to town walk back down to...

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  • Steveston

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    I took the trip out to Steveston not knowing much about the area, but having a recommendation from a work colleague. To get there I took a 98 bus to Richmond Centre bus exchange, and then a second bus to Steveston itself. As I was able to just transfer on the same ticket the cost of the journey was only $2.25 each way, and took about 1 hour each...

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  • Outlying Communities

    Victoria Off The Beaten Path

    There are mzny great hiking trails in Victoria and all over Vancouver Island. You can go for an Easy stroll, a Day Hike or an Overnight Hike. Easy Stroll If you park anywhere along the inner harbour from James bay, Ogden point to Esqimalt (Head Street) You can enjoy a nice stroll next to the ocean that is easy to access and easy to leave so you can...

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  • Wreck Beach

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    One of my favorite beaches in the world because the sub-culture and community that it embraces and its location in the heart of Vancouver, British Columbia. For the years that I lived in the area it was my weekend spot during the warm months and even in the fall/winter evenings a remote spot where we could have rituals, campfires, fire spinning,...

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  • Water/Ocean

    Victoria Off The Beaten Path

    The Ogden Point Breakwater is a great place to go for a walk whether it's a sunny, calm day or a windy one. Use your common sense however - if the waves are too big don't venture out on to the Breakwater as we don't rescue people that are that foolish (just kidding). The Breakwater is a popular place for strolling, jogging and diving takes place...

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  • Sea to Sky Highway

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    Porteau Cove Provincial Park is situated on the most southerly fjord in North America just 38 km north of Vancouver, and features waterfront campsites with a view over Howe Sound to the mountains beyond. Porteau Cove Provincial Park provides an incredible setting, especially if the weather is in favour, the views from the campground of the Sea to...

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  • Downtown

    Victoria Off The Beaten Path

    If you follow the pathway along the inner harbor west past the undersea gardens for a couple of blocks, you’ll come to Fisherman’s Wharf. This is where some of the local fishing boats land their catch. It’s also the residence of a motley group of float homes moored to the wharf. Other than that there’s a restaurant with a city-wide reputation for...

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  • Burnaby

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    Deer Lake Park is one of those beautiful parks that are enjoyable to visit any time of the year. We live fairly close to this park and I hadn't been here for a very long time. Since then we do go frequently to walk with our little girl and to feed the ducks here. It's one of those places that locals really enjoy and that are usually missed by...

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  • University of Victoria

    Victoria Off The Beaten Path

    These gardens are beautiful, free and not crowded with tourists. The 36 acre gardens are open every day from dawn to dusk. The Victorian homes on Rockland Avenue are well worth seeing too. Government House is the home of the Lieutentant Governor of the Province. He is the Queen's representative. Government House located at 1401 Rockland Ave.

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  • University of British Columbia

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    UBC is a massive university campus located at the western tip of Vancouver on Point Grey. It's easy to get to from downtown Vancouver. Take the UBC bus #4 or #17 and it gets you there directly in 25 minutes. It's otherwise a 15 minute drive by car. While UBC's an architectural hodgepodge, the campus is home to a collection of cultural and natural...

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  • Butchart Gardens

    Victoria Off The Beaten Path

    Go there and see it yourself! There is also Rose Garden, beautiful too. The pst time to got here is in the summer Jule and August, when most of the flowers are in bloom and watch the fireworks! More pictures there...

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  • Vancouver Island

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    Great place to go in any other season besides WINTER!!! There's nothing to really see. it's great during the other months because all flowers are in bloom. Take a boat from Vancouver to Victoria. Ask your hotel concierge how to obtain tickets, etc.

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  • The Rockies

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    This is a definitely MUST for anyone who comes this way, ie. THE CANADIAN ROCKIES. One of the most scenic sights in the whole wide world!!! I love MORRAINE LAKE (as pictured)! It's one of the most beautiful & has the most amazing Emerald colored!!! Incredible!

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  • Port Moody

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    Buntzen Lake is a man made reservoir for the purpose of hydro-electricity. As it is near communities, a lot of efforts have been made to make it a recreationnal environment. You can canoe, hike, bike, have a pik nik, swim, or lay on the beach if you want... The choice is up to you.

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  • Bowen Island

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    A nice day-trip from Vancouver is over to Bowen Island, there is a nice bed and breakfast there and a few shops. It's very relaxing to just wander around and do a little beach combing. Plus it's cheap, cheap, cheap to get over there from Horseshoe Bay. Just click on the link for times and amounts.

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  • Stanley Park

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    While cutting across the park to get into our parking lot, I found out that there is a World War I Memorial between Stanley Park and the Vancouver Aquarium. This monument is in lasting memory of the 190 Canadians who answered the call of duty of Canada in defense of freedom in the great war. This monument was erected in April 2, 1920. There was...

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  • Richmond Night Market

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    If you want to feel like you've stepped out of North America and onto the Asian continent, the Richmond Night Market is your place. While it only occurs during the summer months (from June up until the end of September), this is definitely a must see for local Asian culture. The Richmond Night Market is a collaboration of 100+ vendors selling all...

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  • Jericho Beach & Spanish Banks

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    During my past three stays with in Laws, i have had the opportunity to stretch my legs and walk off some of the extra cholesterol from Dim Sums and Cantonese restaurant meals. From across the West Point Grey Community centre/ Aberthau Cultural Centre. Being the early waker, what better than to spend the hour or two then return back in time for a...

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  • Van Dusen Botanical Gardens

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    A 55 acre garden featuring plants from far and wide includung west coast natives and Canada's largest collections of rhododendrons. It is beautifully landscaped with a maze, waterfalls, ponds and different scenes..

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  • Grouse Mountain

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    Grouse mountain is located in North Vancouver and is a great place to view Vancouver. There are two ways of getting up to the top. One is an enclosed gondola that takes you up to the top liquidity split. The other way, in which we chose, was to take the hike. The hike is a good hike, not for the out of shape. The incline is 1.8 miles (2.9 kilos)...

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  • Cleveland Dam

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    Most people will miss the entrance to the parking lot. Unless they know the existence of this dam, they will drive by it on the way to Capilano Suspension Bridge without knowing it. Built in 1954, the Cleveland Dam sits on top of the Capilano River, blocking the Capilano Lake. The view is excellent from the dam. Plenty of hiking trails are...

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  • Chilliwack

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    I stayed in Chilliwack, at the house of a friend, and that house was a milk farm. The town is about 100 km east of Vancouver and 20 km off the U.S. border. Please check my Chilliwack travelogue for more information and pictures.

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  • Capilano Suspension Bridge

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    25$/adullt to get to the park is extremly unappealing... but it can actually be a great way to spend a good half a day in the park. The good thing is that once you cross this amazing bridge, you can do mini hikes through the West Coast rainforest, stop in pic nic areas for a snack, feel like a kid in the "top of the tree" walks... Generally opens...

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  • Golden Ears Provincial Park

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    Golden Ears Provincial Park is located 50 km East of Vancouver. You will start seeing indication from Hwy 7 in Maple Ridge. In the park, you can launch a boat, rent a canoe, have a picnic, take a hike, mountain bike or even take your horse for a ride! There is also a campground if you want to stay for a few days.

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  • Greater Vancouver Zoo

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    The Greater Vancouver Zoo is the only zoo in the Vancouver region. For the longest time it was called the "Game Farm", so many locals will still refer to it as such. Located out in the rolling farmland of Aldergrove, the Greater Vancouver Zoo (GVZ) is an ideal day trip for animal lovers. Most people that don't like traditional zoos enjoy the GVZ...

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  • Whistler & Blackcomb

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    Whistler is the famous ski resort in the Coast Mountain range (not the Rockies), located about a 2 hour drive north of Vancouver. As a result, it makes for an easy day trip or weekend getaway from Vancouver. Whistler is the name of the mountain and the name of the town that sits at its base. Right next to Whistler mountain is Blackcomb, another...

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  • Cypress Mountain

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    It you are visiting Vancouver in the winter months and you want to try an outdoor activity that is easy to pick-up I highly recommend cross country skiing on Cypress mountain. If you have never been skiing before you can take a lesson to teach you the basics and then you are free to explore the trails on your own. Cypress mountain is just a short...

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  • New Westminster

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    Are you looking for a good place to browse a lot of antique shops all in one go? Have you been to Main Street in Vancouver but felt overwhelmed by the large spaces between the shops and underwhelmed by the seeming lack of antique shop community? Perhaps Antique Alley is the next step. I like coming here ever so often (ie: once every second year)...

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  • Mount Seymour

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    It's one of the mountains you see north of Vancouver. The one to the right. you need a car, or a bike, or both as it is a mecca for mountain bikers. Go up the hill, watch for deers or perhaps black bears if you are lucky, and you will arrive at a parking lot. In the winter time you can ski or snowshoe, and in the summer time you can take a hike to...

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  • Fort Langley

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    Most people would assume that Vancouver has always been the most important city in this region, however, Fort Langley was once the only European settlement on the banks of the Fraser River... well before Vancouver even existed! Fort Langley National Historic Site is therefore an excellent place to spend a few hours, especially if you're...

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  • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Gardens

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    The Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is said to be the first of its kind built outside of China. The peace and tranquility one experiences inside the garden is in stark contrast to the frenetic pace of Chinatown. The garden is located in the block bounded by Pender, Columbia, Keefer, and Carrall Streets.

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  • West Vancouver

    Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

    Ambleside Park is another great way to enjoy the outdoors in Vancouver. The views from this side of Burrard Inlet are quite different, with Stanley Park, Lions Gate bridge, downtown, and UBC visible, along with ships coming in or going out to sea. Cobbly beaches, a large children's playground and plenty of space attract families, walkers/runners,...

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  • Canadian Ginseng

    The majority of Canadian ginseng is produced in eastern Canada but also some here in British Columbia. We were on the way to Shuswap Lake and i remember taking this picture as the fields were so green in contrast to the surrounding mountains. The guide had us guess what it was that was being planted and finally told us when nobody had a clue.The...

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  • Lake O'Hara

    One of the most special spots in BC is a small subalpine lake nestled beneath Mt. Victoria, Mt. Lefroy, and other behemoth mountains of the Continental Divide in Yoho National Park. The lake is an absolutely stunning spot and hiking in the area around the lake is excellent. However, access is quite limited- visitors can either hike in on an 11-km...

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  • Merritt: the Canadian Capital of Country...

    Some 270 km north east of Vancouver, the intrepid driver hits a highly industrialised crossroads that would appear to have little of interest unless the passengers in the car share a fascination for the timber industry. However, a bit of scratching below the surface will take that intrepid traveller into the centre of a small town, home to only...

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  • Whistler

    Whistler is a great ski resort that has ample hiking trails in summer. It's a great place to stay in a B & B (with a hot tub), day hike and eat in nice restaurants at night. I stopped here on my way back from Alaska in 1998.

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  • Great disc on Pender Island

    Disc Golf is a sport played much life ball golf. Instead of holes, there are chained baskets. Trees and water hazards work the same way. Instead of a ball and club, you throw flying discs which are smaller, heavier and more beveled than "regular Frisbees" so you can throw then a lot further. I was very into the sport in 1994 and visited over 100...

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  • Tofino

    Tofino is a cool fishing village on Vancouver Island. The big attraction for me in 1994 was doing the boat excursion to Clayoquat Sound. This is a great natural hot spring. After the boat ride, you hike through a temperate rainforest to a series of hot pools right on the Pacific Ocean, fed by a hot waterfall!

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  • CRYSTAL CLEAR BLUE LAKE

    Thursday, June 5. Driving along Highway 99 North, just before Cache Creek, we came upon a very different sight. The water in the lake was a crystal clear blue -green colour. Created by the minerals in the silt, it didn't look real. You could actually see the fish swimming in the water. It was unbelievable.

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  • A LOO WITH A VIEW - "REST AREA" ON...

    As we were driving along Highway 99 North, I yelled at Hans to stop the car and turn around. I couldn't believe my eyes. There before us was this "REST AREA", complete with toilet, sink and bathtub. Someone with a sense of humour had created this rest area and filled the bathtub with flowers. Of course, Hans had to try out the "facilities".

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  • Tulameen and Coalmont

    If you're looking for getting off the beaten track in British Columbia, it's really not hard to do. But the tiny towns of Tulameen and Coalmont are probably the easiest to get to. These are two former mining towns located in the rainshadow of the Cascade Mountains a short drive north-west of Princeton off of Hwy 3. Tulameen sits on the southern...

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  • Banff N P (Alberta) - Lake Louise...

    If like us you make it “across the border” to Banff National Park and the beautiful Lake Louise, I would say this activity should be high on your list of things to do. Actually, it would literally be a “high” as the gondola takes you on a fourteen-minute ride to an elevation of 2088 metres (6850 feet), where the views of the lake below and...

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  • Banff N P (Alberta) - Lake Louise

    If exploring the Canadian Rockies in the National Parks of British Columbia, it’s an easy step across the border to Banff National Park in Alberta. We decided that it would mean too much rushing around to do this properly, so have left most of it to be discovered, I hope, on a later trip. But we did make time to check out Lake Louise, just a few...

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  • See the Golden Spruce

    Well, ok, you can't actually do this anymore because somebody cut it down. I don't know if the sign is still somewhere, but I did find a Golden Spruce Motel at Port Clements on the web.2007 Update: I saw the Golden Spruce on Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) in 1987, on my first trip there. I was lucky to have seen it when I did. By the time I...

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