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Victoria - The city is located on a harbour that overlooks many Victorian buildings. In fact, the city's colonial heritage is still very in evidence in the culture of its citizens who in the British tradition for example, will stop for high tea in the afternoon with the full works of clotted cream, berries, scones and wafer thin sandwiches. The city has Canada's mildest climate and many Canadians tend to retire to Victoria for that reason.

Vancouver - A very cosmopolitan city where it is not unusual to find street names written in Greek or Punjab. It has the second largest Chinatown in North America. One hasn't been to Vancouver without visiting Granville Island, which is not a real island but the heartbeat of the city where you will find people like artists flocking there to find their inner peace or inspiration.

Whistler - This mountain ski resort was virtually unknown until a few decades ago and now it is Canada's most popular ski resort. The town itself is people friendly, a pedestrian village where anything on four wheels in not allowed into its inner limits. While winter sports activities take place the whole year round, golf is also popular in summer.


Kitsilando Beach - A festive beach in Greater Vancouver with lots of outdoor games like volleyball played on the beach and nearby tennis court facilities. The further north you walk, the less it becomes crowded.

Ambleside Park - This is on the north shore and has many side activities like children's playground.

Christina Lake - On the Rockies, the beach is long and sandy. The lake is said to be one of the warmest and clearest in Canada.

Wreck Beach - One of Vancouver's nudist beaches, and the busiest.


Chilliwick River Valley - Located 150 km east of Vancouver is ideal for kayaking, swimming or fishing as well as bird and wildlife viewing. There are many campsites.

Trans Canada Trail - British Columbia is served by two lengths of the trail running from the Rockies to the shores of the Pacific. A must for sight seers who enjoy the rough and tumble.

Moving around

Vancouver's sky train is a fast, fun and convenient way of getting around. Most stops on the train connect with the bus system which can take you anywhere in the metropolitan area. Vancouver's sea bus departs from the water front station downtown and ferries you through the water courses in the city.

Ferry services are available from several mainland places in British Columbia to Victoria. In Victoria, which is surrounded by water, there are harbour to harbour helicopter and floating plane services.

National festival and holidays

Canada Day - (I July) - Canada's national day.

Highland Games - (May) - Piping, drumming, Celtic performers, Gaelic singers, clan merchandise and just about everything to do with Scotland and Ireland mark this festivity held annually in Victoria.

Spring Wine Festival - (May) - Showcases British Columbia's reds and whites from over 40 wineries.

Jazz Fest International - (mid June) - Ten days of music featuring local and international performers in Vancouver.

Cornucopia - (November) - Whistler's four day annual food and wine festival.

Festival Vancouver - (August) - Classical, jazz and world music comes to the city for three days.

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