Im sure it had its hay day. but this was a HUGE tourest trap!!! Way over priced food and accomadations! Also sad to see the over development! loss of rain forest and condos being built on the beach.... One sunami and its all bye bye.... what the heck are they thinking?
Unique Suggestions: Go to the beaches and tool aroung the tidel pools! That was one of the best times I ever had showing two kids all the wonders of the tidel pools! and running up and down the beach with the neighborhood dogs! I love that you can have dogs on the beach and loose!!! I love Canada!
Fun Alternatives: Avoid going into the town of Torfino but once! Take everything you need! Prices in town for anything is double the price then on the main land or even in Victoria!
I have to say I was quite disappointed upon doing the walk to Deer Lake Park. I was expecting something really beautiful, but it was actually quite ordinary...
Unique Suggestions: I mean, think of the benefits to your health... A walk is refreshing, even if the scenery is not what you would have expected.
Fun Alternatives: If you do go, purely for the health benefits, check out the Botanical Gardens. I have to say, they were beautiful, and in the end...made up for the disappointment of the lake itself!
Barkerville, in Central BC, has long been a great tourist site. It is East of the city of Quesnel, and was home to the BC Goldrush in the 1860s. Recently, the BC Gov't privatized the management, and now the area runs for profit, instead of for education. Barkerville is well worth a visit, but a few things to remember. 1) Many of the activities that cost money are not worth your time. Don't bother with the gold panning at the town's entrance, you can do it for free just outside the town in the creek. Also, the stagecoach ride is short, and doesn't take you anywhere that you can't walk to. 2) The food is quite expensive, so pack a lunch. 3) If you plan on visiting for more than one day, get a year membership. It's not that much more expensive, and will save you money in the long run.
Unique Suggestions: First of all, come early. That will allow you to get in many of the free activities offered during the day. The free activities are very neat to see, especially Court with Judge Begbie (Just remember to say "God Save the Queen," and you'll be fine!). If you don't mind sitting and people watching, you will get a few free theatre performances by roving actors dressed in period costume. These are usually hilarious, and the actors don't mind being quizzed afterwards. If you want pictures of yourself in period clothes, don't bother with the photo shop. Rent your own, and then you can spend all day getting great pics in the silly get-ups! As I mentioned above, bring your own lunch and snacks, as food in the village is quite pricey. If you have a sweet tooth, though, don't hesitate to visit the Dry Goods store. The prices for candy are the same as anywhere, but you'll find some old fashioned stuff that you won't see elsewhere.
Fun Alternatives: If you're not into the commercial circus that many heritage sites tend to be, maybe visit Hat Creek Ranch instead. The ranch was a road house along the Cariboo Wagon Trail that led to Barkerville, and is located just West of Cache Creek on Hwy 1. The ranch is much smaller than Barkerville, and can be toured in an afternoon. There are far fewer money-sucking activities here, so you won't be tempted to take out your wallet. Also, Cache Creek is only 20 minutes away, and you can easily find some cheap eats and goods.
when i was leaving Vancouver at the airport. i was requested to pay AIRPORT IMPROVEMENT TAX. i was kinda shocked because my ticket had already included airport tax. how come i need to pay again???
Unique Suggestions: get ready to pay tax
around Canada: CAD5
around North America: CAD10
others: CAD 15
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