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Discover some of the hot spots and hidden gems in Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region with the suggested itineraries and top lists in our Visitor Experience Guide. The guide takes an in depth look at some of the amazing things that make our region unique. Whether you’re looking for a food truck to visit in downtown Vancouver, some of the top hiking trails in the region or a way to make the best use of your 24 hours in Whistler, this is the resource for you!

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  • YOU DIDNT COME ALL THIS WAYTO GO TO A MALL.

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    You came for adventure. You came to step beyond the face of a 300 foot cliff on Cliffwalk. You came for beauty and nature. Find it far above a deep river canyon and high in the forest canopy. Capilano Suspension

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    FEATURESItineraries 10Wildlife Viewing 30Family Activities 32 Eat & Drink 36Outdoor Adventure 42Gardens and Parks 52First Nations Experiences 54Historic Sites 56Art Galleries 58Spa Escapes 59Shopping 60Festivals and Events 61

    VISITOR INFORMATION 65

    TRAVEL TIPS 66

    PHOTOS: Cover Box Canyon Creek in Squamish Jordan Manley Contents 10. Vancouver Tourism Vancouver/Albert Normandin 30. Michael Allen 32. WildPlay Element Parks, Maple Ridge 36. Destination BC/Albert Normandin 42. Tourism Whistler/Steve Rogers 52. Tourism Vancouver/Canadian Tourism Commission 54. Destination BC/Kevin Arnold 56. Burnaby Village Museum 58. Vancouver Art Gallery 59. Destination BC/Albert Normandin 60. Bob Young 61. Bob Young

    2015 Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Tourism Region (the Region). All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited. This Guide does not constitute, and should not be construed as, an endorsement or recommendation of any carrier, hotel, restaurant or any other facility, attraction or activity in British Columbia, for which neither Destination BC Corp. nor the Region assumes any responsibility. Super, Natural British Columbia, Hello BC, Visitor Centre and all associated logos/trade-marks are trade-marks or Offi cial Marks of Destination BC Corp. Admission fees and other terms and conditions may apply to attractions and facilities referenced in this Guide. Errors and omissions excepted.

  • 4The Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region, or VCM for short, is a destination of awe-inspiring beauty and wonder, located in the southwest corner of mainland British Columbia.

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    Stunning, natural landscapes mixed with an incredible range of activities position the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region as one of the most unique and enthralling escapes on earth. Gather your family for a vacation to remember, your friends for the adventure of a lifetime, or set out on a journey of your own, to discover all that this breathtaking and exciting place has to offer. From mountaintop excursions and pristine coastal beaches to delicious farm-fresh cuisine and lively urban hotspots, the unforgettable experiences are endless. Vancouver, Coast & Mountains. All things are possible.

  • 6METRO VANCOUVERTucked between mountains, river valleys and the ocean, Metro Vancouver is a modern and multicultural metropolis showcasing a myriad of tastes and influences from around the world. Its where a round of golf, a kayaking trip and a visit to one of the many local microbreweries can follow a morning ski. With its mild climate and cosmopolitan flair, theres no shortage of things to do. Whether youre an outdoor enthusiast, a cyclist, foodie, fashionista, or concertgoer, youre sure to find an activity, event or world-class festival happening any time you visit. Active, friendly and inclusive, Metro Vancouver residents are proud to call this place home and eager to honour the heritage and traditions of those who are new to the city. Always in flux, Vancouver never strays far from its West Coast roots. Rugged, laid-back, and utterly gorgeous, this city on the edge of wilderness is consistently rated one of the most livable in the world. Experience it for yourself, and youll understand why.

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    MIGHTY FRASER COUNTRYFor centuries, the communities along the banks of the Fraser River and the surrounding areas have come to rely on the richness of the mighty river. Today, Mighty Fraser Country is an incredibly diverse countryside with roots tracing back to the first steps of prospectors who came in search of gold. Defined by the powerful river that flows through its core, this area is made up of two very distinct geographical landscapes the Fraser Canyon and the Fraser Valley. Years of erosion created the deep canyon that meanders south of Lillooet, all the way to

    the District of Hope. With steep walls rising up to 600 metres (1,980 feet) above the rushing rapids, the Fraser Canyons unique topography provides the necessary elements for some of the best whitewater rafting in the world. Travel down river, and the landscape changes dramatically. The river widens and the lush green fields and rolling hills of the Fraser Valley give life to the provinces most bountiful agricultural region. Discover hot springs, farm-gate vendors, charming eateries, heritage sites, and a host of award-winning wineries throughout. The Fraser River itself is also a popular destination, attracting fishermen to its thriving salmon and sturgeon populations. Mighty Fraser Country is full of adventure when you let the spirit of the land and the river lead the way.

    Abbotsford Agassiz Boston Bar Chilliwack Harrison Hot Springs Harrison Mills Hope Langley Lytton Manning Park Maple Ridge Mission North Bend Pitt Meadows Spuzzum Yale

    SUNSHINE COASTA cluster of coastal communities set amongst old-growth forests and pristine coastline, the Sunshine Coast is British Columbias hidden treasure. Stretching over 180 kilometres (112 miles) from Langdale to Lund, and accessible only by ferry, boat or plane, its beautiful beaches, marine parks and quiet coves remain utterly unspoiled. The bright blue ocean, orange-red Arbutus trees, purple sea stars, sandy shores and deep green forests create an intensely coloured backdrop that will amaze and inspire you. With this stunning palette, its no surprise that the area has attracted a large creative community of internationally known artists, musicians and artisans, who can be found along the storied Purple Banner Route. More of natures true wonders can be found at Skookumchuk Narrows, where changing tides create the perfect conditions for extreme kayaking, or in Princess Louisa Inlet, where as many as 60 waterfalls cascade down sheer granite cliffs. Along the Sunshine Coast Trail, Canadas longest hut-to-hut hiking trail, youll discover the serenity

    of gazing across a serene lake surrounded by stunning mountain vistas without a soul in sight. And at a stones throw, theres a beach to suit every mood and plenty of fantastic oceanfront resorts with spa treatment packages to cater to your every need. So whether youre the laid-back, thrill-seeking, or culture-crazed type, the Sunshine Coast can be whatever you make of it.

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    SEA TO SKY COUNTRYEvery journey through Sea to Sky Country starts with an epic drive along one of the most spectacular stretches of road in the world. Although stunning, Highway 99 (better known as the Sea to Sky Highway) provides only a snapshot of the beauty that lies ahead. Starting just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver in picturesque Horseshoe Bay and stretching all the way to Lillooet, the highway acts as a gateway connecting the Lower Mainland to an incredible outdoor adventure playground. Along the way, youll be captivated by the glistening waters of Howe Sound, the tumbling waters of Shannon Falls, the view from the Sea to Sky Gondola, and any number of other outdoor adventures in this breathtakingly wild place. Riders and skiers flock to Whistler Blackcomb (the official alpine skiing venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games) for a multitude of ski and snowboard terrain. A little further up the road in Pemberton, youll find snowmobiling adventures and ice fishing at the foot of Mount Currie. Summertime brings with it a whole new lineup of things to see and do. World-class hiking and mountain biking trails, outdoor concerts, and the bustling streets of Whistler Village will keep you outdoors and entertained all season long.

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  • ITINERARIES

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    1 DeerLakePark Escape the hustle and bustle and take

    a leisurely stroll along the waters edge at Deer Lake Park, right in the heart of Burnaby. Scenic trails connect the lake, meadows and woodlands with the Burnaby Art Gallery, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby Village Museum and Hart House Restaurant. In the summer you can rent a boat to explore Deer Lake, sunbathe on the beach at the lakes east end or take in an outdoor concert.

    2 HistoricDowntownAbbotsford A thriving neighbourhood alive with

    unique shops and public art, Historic Downtown Abbotsford boasts a wide selection of eateries including 50s diners, coffee shops, delis, and an assortment of restaurants featuring international cuisines. Go for a stroll along the brick-lined sidewalks, and dont miss the Abbotsford Farm & Country Market, every Saturday from April to October.

    3 BridalVeilFalls Just east of Chilliwack, right off the

    Trans-Canada Highway, is where youll fi nd Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park. Open from April to October, visitors can enjoy picnicking, hiking and spectacular views

    of the falls, which tumble 60 metres (197 feet) over a smooth rock face creating the veil-like effect for which theyre aptly named.

    4 AlexandraBridgeProvincialPark Located between Yale and Boston Bar,

    Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park is a day-use area centred around the original Cariboo Wagon Road bridge. Through the BC gold rush era of the 1850s and 1860s, the bridge was used to carry freight from steamships across the Fraser River and up to the mines. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the scenic views of the historic crossway, Fraser River and surrounding forest.

    5 HellsGateAirtram Take the tram to get a birds eye view

    of this historic landmark near Boston Bar, where 200 million gallons of water thunder through a 33-metre (108-foot) wide passage every minute. Walk across the suspension bridge and check out the observation decks for a fi rsthand look at the International Fishways of Hells Gate gorge. Then try your hand at gold panning and maybe even catch a glimpse of river rafters shooting the rapids. Once youve worked up an appetite, grab some lunch at Simons Caf and sample the fudge at the Fudge Factory.

    6 Lytton From the northeast corner of the

    Village of Lytton youll be at the perfect vantage point to watch the green waters of the Thompson River converge with the silt-laden brown waters of the Fraser River. Both rivers are very popular choices for whitewater rafting, and are the reason Lytton is known as Canadas river rafting capital.

    7 SetonLake Seton Lake, near Lillooet, offers a range

    of exciting outdoor activities, including boating, canoeing, hiking and fi shing. Theres also a viewpoint overlooking the picturesque emerald-green waters of Seton Lake Reservoir and the surrounding Chilcotin Range. Evidence of kekulis, underground winter homes built by the interior Salish-speaking Sttimc (STAH-tleum) people, can be found nearby. Take a walk along the self-guided interpretive trail to learn about the history of the Lillooet area as well as some of its modern-day features.

    8 JoffreLakesProvincialPark Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, near

    Pemberton, is a great place to let your inner outdoorsman out. With ample opportunities for hiking, camping and

    COAST MOUNTAIN CIRCLE ROUTE

    When youre looking for a truly remarkable experience with an unbelievable combination of outdoor adventure and family fun, the Coast Mountain Circle Route is the way to go. This 593-kilometre (368-mile) round-trip route will take you through lush farmland and the rocky Fraser Canyon, to snow-capped mountains and the shimmering Pacifi c Ocean. Take a few days or take a week either way, your journey will be amazing.

  • mountaineering, this picturesque setting, with its three turquoise lakes, snow-capped peaks and rushing streams, will take your breath away. A beautiful viewpoint at Lower Joffre Lake is just a short walk from the parking lot, but if youre looking for a little more adventure, follow the trail for a rough, rocky and steep hike through the Coast Mountain Range.

    9 WhistlerOlympicPlaza Whistler Olympic Plaza is a legacy

    structure from the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games that now acts as a year-round venue for recreation, arts and culture. Located in Whistler Village, the Plaza plays host to concerts and performances during the summer, and is transformed into an outdoor ice skating rink in the winter. With its giant Olympic Rings display, the whole area is one great photo opportunity.

    ShannonFallsProvincialPark Shannon Falls fl ows adjacent to the Sea

    to Sky Highway near Squamish, and is composed of a series of cliffs 335 metres (1,099 feet) tall, making it the third highest waterfall in BC. The well-maintained and easily accessible trail through Shannon Falls Provincial Park will take you right to the base, where youll be able to see and feel the clouds of mist as they billow out from the roaring falls.

    SeatoSkyGondola Squamish is home to the regions

    newest must-see attraction the Sea to Sky Gondola. Having opened to rave reviews in the spring of 2014, the 10-minute gondola ride takes you 885 metres (2,904 feet) above sea level and provides sweeping views of Howe Sound and the surrounding coastal mountains. Once at the top, visitors can enjoy a wide array of outdoor experiences,

    including two interpretive walking trail loops, three viewing platforms, the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, and access to eight main hiking trails. There are also a variety of food and drink options to manage post-adventure hunger including the Summit Restaurant and Edge Bar.

    LonsdaleQuayMarket Featuring a fresh-food market full of

    local products, an international food court, specialty shops, restaurants and more, the Lonsdale Quay Market is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon. Located at the waters edge in North Vancouver, Lonsdale Quay offers a stunning view of Vancouvers skyline, both during the day and at night.

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    SUNSHINE COAST ROUTE

    1 GibsonsLanding Charming stores, art galleries and

    restaurants line the streets of Gibsons Landing. Shop, stroll and dine, all against the stunning backdrop of Howe Sound and vistas of the coastal mountains. Stop at Mollys Reach, site of the long-running Canadian television drama The Beachcombers, to enjoy some fish and chips and a taste of fame. Afterwards, visit the Sunshine Coast Museum & Archives to discover the areas rich history.

    2 RobertsCreek Known as the Gumboot Capital of

    the World, Roberts Creek is a small community that knows how to kick back and relax. Paintings, pottery and a myriad of other art forms crafted by talented, local artists can be found in galleries and studios. The Roberts Creek Community Mandala, which began in 1997, has grown to become the towns most famous work of public art and stands as a beautiful example of the areas creative expression and artistic roots.

    3 Sechelt Sechelt, meaning land between

    two waters, in the local Coast Salish language, is a beach community situated between the long, narrow Sechelt Inlet and the open waters of the Georgia Strait. Arts, culture, and outdoor adventure abound amongst the magnificent sweep of beautiful pebbled beaches, spectacular ocean vistas, and lush green forests. The communitys central location along the lower Sunshine Coast makes it a great starting point to experience all that the area has to offer. Paddle along the tranquil waters of Sechelt Inlet, visit the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, play a round of golf, hike through the great outdoors, or simply relax and take in the scenery along the Trail Bay Shoreline.

    4 SkookumchuckRapids Egmont is home to Skookumchuck

    Narrows Provincial Park, which draws visitors in with a chance to witness the incredibly turbulent and powerful Skookumchuck Rapids. On a 3-metre (9.8-foot) tide, 200 billion gallons

    From the forests of Douglas fir and red cedar to the quaint harbours, stunning beaches and vibrant communities, the Sunshine Coast is truly an escape to paradise. Part of the mainland, this remote oasis can only be reached by boat or plane, so start your journey with a 40-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay across to Langdale, or hop on a floatplane. Once youve explored the Lower Coast, head to Earls Cove and take the 60-minute ferry over to the Upper Coast. Plan for a minimum of two to four days because once youve experienced the magic of the Sunshine Coast, you wont want to leave.

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  • of water flow through the narrows connecting Sechelt and Jervis Inlets, and the difference in water levels between one side of the rapids and the other can sometimes exceed 2 metres (6.6 feet) in height. With current speeds that can exceed 30 kilometres/hour (18.6 miles/ hour), the rapids are famous for their spectacular whirlpools and whitewater.

    5 PowellRiverNationalHistoricDistrict

    Home to Western Canadas only National Historic District, much of Powell River maintains its original appearance from the early 1900s, when the town was established. The Townsite Heritage Society offers guided and self-guided walking tours for visitors to learn about and explore over 400 heritage buildings within the community. Be sure to visit

    landmark buildings like the Patricia Theatre (the longest continuously running movie theatre in Canada), Dwight Hall, the Old Courthouse Inn and the Rodmay Heritage Hotel.

    6 TexadaIsland Just a 35-minute ferry ride from Powell

    River to Texada Island, and you could be taking a refreshing swim in one of the islands beautiful lakes, exploring one of many dirt roads and trails by mountain bike, or simply soaking up the laid-back atmosphere of this getaway isle.

    7 Lund Drive to the very end of the Pacific

    Coastal Highway, otherwise known as Mile 0, and thats where youll find the community of Lund. Positioned as the gateway to Desolation Sound Marine

    Park, Lund is a boating and kayaking paradise. Known for its abundance of fish, crab, clams and oysters, this tiny township has craft shops and cafs to explore, all overlooking the harbour. Enjoy Lunds charm as you stroll along the seaside boardwalk then sample some fresh West Coast seafood at any one of the local restaurants.

    8 SavaryIsland Park your car and take a water taxi or

    chartered boat from Lund Marina to Savary Island. With the warmest water north of Mexico (thanks to the warm southern tide) and a ring of gleaming white sand beaches, Savary Island is a little piece of paradise. The mild climate allows for a varied ecosystem of sand dunes, meadows and forest. Day-trippers can be dropped off and picked up at the public wharf.

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    SCENIC 7 ROUTE

    1 GoldenEarsProvincialPark Near Maple Ridge, Golden Ears

    Provincial Park offers an extensive trail system perfect for hiking or horseback riding. For those interested in water activities, Alouette Lake is a great spot for swimming, fi shing and boating, with rentals available from June to September. And if you decide to stay, the park also has three large campgrounds.

    2 WestminsterAbbey To this day, atop a hill with panoramic

    views of the Fraser Valley, Benedictine Monks reside at Westminster Abbey in Mission. Visitors are welcome between 1pm-4pm, Monday to Friday, to take in the views and listen to the distinctive 10-bell ring of the Abbey church tower.

    3 KilbyHistoricSite Step back in time and experience a

    fascinating look at rural life in BC at the turn of the twentieth century. Complete

    The Lougheed Highway, or Scenic Highway 7, is the path less travelled between Vancouver and Hope. Along the way youll pass through Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Mission, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs, each with a host of unique shops, restaurants and local produce stands to explore.

    with a museum, general store, farm, restaurant and gift shop, Kilby is a great way to learn about and explore the history of the community of Harrison Mills.

    4 Agassiz-HarrisonMuseum The Agassiz-Harrison Museum is

    housed in a once fully operational Canadian Pacifi c Railway (CPR) station that was built in 1893, and was also once the living quarters for the stationmaster and his family. The museum takes a unique look at CPR history and also features local artifacts, period clothing and photographs of pioneer life.

    5 HarrisonHotSprings The draw to Harrison Hot Springs is,

    of course, the two hot springs whose healing waters have been cooled to 38 degrees C (100 degrees F) and pumped into an indoor public mineral pool for your enjoyment. If youd rather hit the beach, Harrison Lake is a great place to kick off your sandals, sunbathe or take a dip in the largest body of fresh water in southwestern BC. Afterwards, wander around Harrison Village to grab a bite to eat or browse through the local shops.

    6 HopeChainsawCarvings Hope is known for beautifully intricate

    chainsaw carvings that depict wildlife found in the region. With over 30 different carvings spread throughout the community, Hope has also been referred to as The Chainsaw Carving Capital. Many of the carvings displayed are the creations of local wood carvers Pete Ryan and Randy Swope. Pick up a self-guided walking tour map at the Hope Visitor Centre and explore the towns unique art forms.

    PHOTOS: 1. Andy Wetering 2. Bob Young 3. Tourism Harrison 4. Tourism Harrison 5. Graham Osborne 6. Bob Young

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  • GOLD RUSH TRAIL Embark upon a journey along the Gold Rush Trail and youll discover fascinating nuggets of history along with some of the most spectacular natural beauty in the world. Beginning in New Westminster, in the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region, and winding its way up north to Barkerville, in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Region, the Gold Rush Trail offers several interesting and informative stopovers that will shed light on this piece of British Columbias rich natural-resource history. Visit goldrushtrail.ca to learn more.

    1 FraserRiverDiscoveryCentre The Fraser River is yours to discover

    through rotating exhibits and hands-on programs at the Fraser River Discovery Centre in New Westminster. At 1,375 kilometres (850 miles) long, the Fraser River is one of the largest salmon spawning waterways in the world. It is also one of only three rivers in BC in which North Americas largest freshwater fi sh, the white sturgeon, spawn. Come experience the history of this important natural resource and learn about the mighty rivers contribution to British Columbia and its people.

    2 FortLangleyNationalHistoricSite Fort Langley National Historic Site

    is the exact location where, a century and a half ago, the Hudsons Bay Company, a huge fur trade organization, established a small post to trade with the First Nations of the West Coast. The enterprise grew, evolved and infl uenced history, leading to the creation of the colony of British Columbia. Today you can visit the fort and explore the historic buildings, watch coopering and blacksmithing demonstrations,and even try gold panning.

    3 YaleHistoricSite Take a walking tour through Yale to

    uncover the historic tale of a towns turbulent existence through the gold rush. The story is told through the preservation and maintenance of the St. John the Divine Church and the

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    Creighton House Museum both dating back to the late 1800s.

    4 HellsGateAirtram North of Yale, Hells Gate is the deepest

    and narrowest point on the Fraser River. This section of the river was named after explorer Simon Frasers voyage in 1808, where he stated in his journal that this was, a place where no human being should venture, for surely we have encountered the gates of hell. Take the tram and get a birds eye view of this historic landmark, where 200 million gallons of water thunder through a 33-metre (108-foot) wide passage every minute.

    5 LillooetMuseum Located at Mile 0 on the Cariboo

    Pavillion Road, Lillooets history is entrenched in the BC Gold Rush. Back then, it was one of the largest cities west of Chicago, second only to San Francisco. Today, visitors can return to the height of gold rush fever on a self-guided walking tour of 14 local historic sites, or browse through artifacts and discover fascinating stories at the Lillooet Museum.

    6 Barkerville Barkerville is the largest heritage site

    in Western North America and a National Historic Site of Canada. Youll find it when you continue along the Gold Rush Trail through the Thompson Okanagan Region and in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Region. It was on August 17, 1862, when English prospector

    Billy Barker found gold underground and in the first day alone brought 1.7 kilograms (60 ounces) to the surface. In total, its estimated that Barkers mine produced 1,063 kilograms (37,500 ounces) of gold, worth about 60 million dollars. The ensuing gold frenzy turned Barkerville into a centre for supplies and entertainment as miners moved into the area in droves. Visitors still come to the historic site to meet characters from Barkervilles past including Judge Begbie, known as the hanging judge. The site also allows visitors to watch gold rush theatre, see an authentic Cornish Waterwheel, pan for gold, visit Chinatown, go to school and stop at over 140 historic buildings and displays.

    PHOTOS 1. Fraser River Discovery Centre 2. Parks Canada/M. Boland 3. Yale Historic Site 4. Hells Gate Airtram 5. Bob Young

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  • Consistently rated one of the worlds most livable cities, Vancouver has exceptional arts, culture and culinary offerings, all set against a naturally stunning backdrop. There is certainly no shortage of things to do in this vibrant city, but if you only have 24 hours, here are a few of the top visitor attractions youll enjoy checking off your list.

    1 VancouverLookout The view starts before you even reach

    the top with a 40-second, glass elevator ride that takes you 168 metres (553 feet) skyward. Step out to the 360-degree panoramic observation deck and take in amazing views of historic Gastown, bustling downtown Vancouver, world-famous Stanley Park, the Pacific Ocean and the majestic North Shore Mountains.

    PHOTOS: 1. Anna Beadry 2. Tourism Vancouver/Albert Normandin 3. Destination BC/Albert Normandin 4. Tourism Vancouver/Clayton Perry 5. Old Spaghetti Factory

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    2 CanadaPlace A welcome point for Canadians and

    visitors from around the world, Canada Place is a celebration of our country. The five sails provide a stunning landmark amidst the Coal Harbour skyline and will guide you to the Canadian Trail, an exploration of the founding communities across Canada. Stroll to the end of the pier for great views and FlyOver Canada, a flight simulation ride that will have you soaring east to west over some of the most spectacular scenery imaginable.

    3 StanleyPark Recently named the worlds best city

    park, this 400-hectare (1,000-acre) West Coast rainforest is a magical oasis of beaches, trails and parkland, set in the heart of Vancouvers urban landscape. The Seawall, which wraps around the outer edge of the entire park, offers walkers and cyclists unobstructed views of the surrounding mountains, ocean, city, sky and the forests of Stanley Park.

    4 GranvilleIsland The cobbled streets of Granville Island

    will take you from shop to restaurant to theatre, as the music of buskers floats through the ocean air. With a visit to the Improv Centre, prepare to

    laugh as masters of improvisation from the Vancouver Theatre Sports League perform. Home to an array of fresh produce stalls, bakeries and local food vendors, the Granville Island Public Market should not be missed.

    5 DinnerinGastown End the day where Vancouver began, in

    the historic district of Gastown. Initially, the area was a settlement that sprung up around a single tavern founded in 1867 by John Gassy Jack Deighton. A statue of the legendary sailor and gold prospector now stands at the intersection of Water and Carrall, where cobblestone streets are lined with brew pubs and restaurants serving a variety of mouth-watering dishes. After dinner, visit the steam clock in Gastown. The large central whistle counts the full hours, while the four other whistles chime the Westminster Quarters every fifteen minutes.

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  • 1 CapilanoSuspensionBridgePark Built in 1889, Capilano Suspension

    Bridge is the oldest visitor attraction in Vancouver. Stretching 137 metres (450 feet) across and 70 metres (230 feet) high, the bridge offers amazing, immersive views of the Capilano River and the surrounding forest in North Vancouver. Today, there are several other attractions on site, including Cliffwalk a curved walkway that juts out from a granite wall high above Capilano Canyon.

    2 GrouseMountain For Vancouvers finest views, a trip to

    the top of Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver is a must. Take the Skyride gondola straight up for sprawling views of Vancouver, Stanley Park, Coal Harbour and beyond. Take some pictures then enjoy a lumberjack show, visit a grizzly bear refuge, go ziplining and much more. After, if youre looking for more great views, Grouse Mountain is home to the worlds first and only wind turbine that allows you to stand in a clear glass viewPOD at the top of the tower. Youll be just 3 metres (9.8 feet) from its massive, rotating blades as you get a 360-degree look at your surroundings.

    3 KayakinginDeepCove Tucked away on the eastern edge of

    Vancouvers North Shore, the tranquil waters of Deep Cove are perfect for an early morning kayak. Paddle along this serene and peaceful setting as you take in the views of Indian Arm and the majestic North Shore Mountains.

    4 BowenIsland Just a 20-minute ferry ride from

    Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, youll find beautiful Bowen Island. Water lovers will enjoy kayaking around sheltered bays and swimming at sandy beaches. Consider taking a guided tour and paddling north to Finisterre Island or south along the beach of Apodaca Provincial Park, keeping an eye out for wildlife. Afterward, plenty of shopping and dining options await. Grab lunch on a patio then take a short walk to Artisan Square.

    5 SewellsMarina One of the best ways to explore the

    areas surrounding Metro Vancouver is by boat. At Sewells Marina in Horseshoe Bay you can rent your own 4.5-metre (15-foot) speedboat or enjoy a guided Sea Safari adventure by rigid inflatable boat. Explore islands and inlets in beautiful Howe Sound, go fishing, sightseeing, or just relax out on the water.

    VANCOUVER: ONE DAY IS NEVER ENOUGHIf 24 hours in Vancouver just wasnt enough and youve decided to stay a little longer, venture just outside of the city and youll discover even more great activities in the surrounding communities of Metro Vancouver.

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  • 6 StevestonVillage Its no wonder visitors flock to the

    picturesque seaside village of Steveston. Located in Richmond, this quaint village is full of historic homes and tempting eateries. Theres always something fun to do, whether its taking a whale watching tour, watching the fishing boats dock in the busy marina, or visiting the year-round Farmers & Artisans Market (happening every other Sunday) to discover artistic treasures and homemade treats.

    7 ComoLake Featuring a 1-kilometre (0.6-mile) loop

    trail, lakeside benches, picnic amenities and a variety of bird and wildlife species, Como Lake offers a rich park experience. This little known gem located in the heart of Coquitlam is also a popular fishing hole for anglers. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout, making for great fishing opportunities in the spring and fall.

    8 RiverMarketatWestminsterQuay

    Feast and fun come together at the River Market, where the hungry and curious gather to eat, shop and play. Showcasing independent restaurants and shops, this 7,000-square-metre (75,000-square-foot) marketplace on the banks of the Fraser River has become a hub for community life and pioneered a food-focused revitalization in New Westminster.

    9 GeorgeC.ReifelMigratoryBirdSanctuary

    Forming part of the Fraser River Estuary in Delta, this 300-hectare (740-acre) protected area is home to over 250 avian species. Bird lovers flock to Delta every October to see the arrival of the snow geese. Resembling a cloud of thick white smoke, these magnificent creatures form dense flocks of up to 20,000 birds, which feed, rest and fly high above the sanctuary.

    WhiteRockBeach White Rocks seaside location has made

    it a year-round vacation spot. Its famous promenade runs almost the entire length of the beach, offering plenty of access points for swimming, kayaking and exploring the tide pools. Marine Drive runs parallel to the water and bustles with patio restaurants and specialty shops. After a day by the sea enjoying beautiful views of Mount Baker and the San Juan Islands in Washington State, stay for a breathtaking sunset.

    GolfinginSurrey Home to four fantastic tracks, Surrey is

    a hackers haven and the perfect place for pros to work on their craft. Catering to golfers of all skill levels and price points there is a course for everyone. Boasting some of Metro Vancouvers best, its no wonder golfs elite chose to make Northview Golf & Country Club an annual stop on the PGA Tour from 1996 to 2002.

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    Whistler is an all-season wonderland located just a couple of hours from Vancouver, making it a perfect one-day getaway. The following are just a couple of suggestions to help you discover the great outdoors and really soak up the vibe of this resort community.

    1 Peak2PeakGondola You havent seen anything like this

    before. In fact, the Peak 2 Peak Gondola broke a world record for the longest unsupported lift span at 3.024 kilometres (1.88 miles), and an elevation of 436 metres (1,430 feet). Board the engineering marvel that links Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain, and enjoy an incredible 360-degree view. If youre the adventurous type, wait for one of the two glass-bottom cars.

    2 Hiking From the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, you

    can access over 50 kilometres (31 miles) of hiking, running and interpretive walking trails. Keep your eyes open for chipmunks and marmots, and make sure you keep a camera handy for capturing the rugged mountain vistas.

    3 SquamishLilwatCulturalCentre The Squamish Lilwat Cultural Centre

    in Whistler embodies the spirit of partnership between two unique Nations who wish to preserve, grow and share their traditional cultures. Admission includes a welcome song, guided tour, captivating film and a fun craft activity. Each ambassador guide has a unique story to tell, which uncovers the meaning behind traditional regalia, legends, carvings, art, songs and ceremonies. Wind down your visit with lunch at the Thunderbird Caf.

    4 ScandinaveSpaWhistler Surrounded by towering spruce

    and cedar trees and offering up incredible mountain vistas, this unique 20,000-square-foot spa is located in a gorgeous setting on the edge of Lost Lake. Relax your body and mind as you breathe in the invigorating mountain air, while taking a dip in the Scandinavian baths.

    5 VillageStroll Lined with specialty shops and

    restaurants, the Village Stroll is a pedestrian-only walkway located in Whistler Village. Along the stroll youll come across Whistler Olympic Plaza, which plays host to concerts and performances during the summer, and is transformed into an outdoor ice skating rink in the winter.

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    epic day of skiing or snowboarding, but in Whistler you can make it a celebration of anything you like. Whether its aprs shopping, aprs hiking or aprs skating, youll find more than enough options for relaxing on a restaurant patio with some appetizers and drinks as you recount the days events with your family and friends.

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  • The Sea to Sky Highway is a legendary route that winds all the way from West Vancouver to Lillooet. The scenic drive reveals spectacular views of Howe Sound glittering deep blue with jagged mountain peaks framing the sky. Whistler tends to draw a lot of the traffic, but there are several other charming communities along the highway, such as Squamish and Pemberton. There are incredible things to see and do at just about every turn in Sea to Sky Country.

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    1 PorteauCove With waterfront campsites and

    spectacular views of Howe Sound, Porteau Cove is the ideal setting for a family picnic or overnight stay. Swimming, windsurfing and boating are popular activities here, but a series of artificial reefs, including two sunken ships, make this a favoured destination for scuba divers.

    2 BritanniaMineMuseum Climb aboard a mine train at the

    Britannia Mine Museum in Britannia Beach to go deep inside this once functioning large-scale copper mine. Tour guides will tell you stories of early mining efforts with actual working drills and a mucking machine. Afterwards, you can even try your luck at gold panning.

    3 SeatoSkyGondola The views are so nice that we had to

    mention them twice! The Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish is the perfect place for outdoor adventure, culinary delights, and of course, spectacular views. For expert-level mountain enthusiasts, there are also a number of backcountry experiences to be had. The gondola has become a gateway for world-class backcountry skiing and hiking trails that were once virtually inaccessible.

    4 Flightseeing Ancient explorers would be envious of

    todays adventurer. Whether its by fixed wing or whirly-bird, nowadays, visitors can explore the region by flightseeing from the sky above, discovering destinations that others only dream of visiting. Get up close and personal with the glaciers and mountain peaks of the Tantalus Range, or take off on a seaplane adventure to see the glacier-fed waters of Howe Sound, North Americas southernmost fjord.

    5 SquamishSpit The word Squamish actually translates

    to mother of wind in the local First Nations language, so its easy to see why this area has become one of the worlds preeminent windsurfing and kiteboarding destinations. The Squamish Spit, where the Squamish River meets the waters of Howe Sound, affords some of the most consistent winds making it the perfect place to get into the sport.

    6 BrandywineFalls Located in Brandywine Falls Provincial

    Park near Whistler, this spectacular 70-metre (229-foot) waterfall is best appreciated from the same viewpoint that offers amazing views of Daisy Lake and the surrounding mountains.

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    A visit to Whistler wouldnt be complete without a paddle down the River of Golden Dreams. The journey begins at Alta Lake and continues through the Whistler wetlands, down a scenic glacial river and finally out into magnificent Green Lake. Take a guided tour or rent kayaks, and make your golden dreams come true.

    8 ViaFerrataTourinWhistler Everyone knows that Whistler is one

    of the best places in the world to ski down a mountain. But how about climbing up? A Via Ferrata (Italian for iron way) is a vertical pathway that uses a lanyard system to allow climbers with little to no climbing experience to scale impressive peaks. Starting from the top of the Whistler gondola, guides provide detailed instruction as climbers make their way up to the 2160-metre (7086-foot) summit where incredible views await.

    9 GolfinginPemberton Pemberton offers two spectacular

    18-hole golf courses at the base of Mount Currie. The two courses sit side-by-side in the valley along the Coquihalla River, with mountain vistas in every direction. Offering stellar golfing and unbeatable views, its no wonder that Big Sky Golf & Country Club is consistently ranked as one of the best public courses in the province.

    NorthArmFarm North Arm Farm in Pemberton is a

    24-hectare (60-acre) organic farm. Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are just some of the delicious highlights in a full selection of seasonally available fruits and vegetables. Take a stroll around the farm and get a better glimpse at whats being grown and how. And dont forget to visit the farm animals including sheep, pigs and chickens.

    HorsebackRidinginPemberton If you are a horse lover, youll feel right

    at home in Pemberton, which proudly boasts more horses per capita than any other area in BC. With miles and miles of horse trails, guided tours along the river and complete outfitting for the new or experienced rider, the whole area is a horseback riding haven.

    KaohamShuttle This scenic train ride takes sightseers

    from Lillooet to Seton Portage along a beautiful stretch of the CN Rail Line. Only a two-hour round-trip ride, the lone train car travels through the narrow Seton River Canyon before winding its way along the shores of Seton Lake. Towering peaks, steep, rocky cliffs, and wildlife, including bighorn sheep, deer, bears and eagles, make for some spectacular photo opportunities.

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    No matter where you are in the region, opportunities to spot wildlife are everywhere. Whether you prefer to explore the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region on your own or follow a guided tour, the odds are youll discover some of BCs most majestic and iconic species.

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    1 BaldEagleViewing Each year, between November and

    January, Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park in Squamish plays host to one of the largest congregations of wintering bald eagles in North America. The Squamish River watershed provides an abundance of food in the form of salmon, and the surrounding trees offer the necessary security for roosting and perching. The results are spectacular eagle viewing opportunities. Bald eagles can also be spotted in Harrison Mills. To celebrate the natural spectacle of thousands of bald eagles congregating on the Harrison River, the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival was established in Harrison Mills in 1995. While some bald eagles are present on the Harrison River all year round, the greatest gathering runs from October to February, and peaks just in time to coincide with the festivities in mid-November.

    2 BearViewing What better way to witness the

    beauty of Whistlers famous black bears and cubs than in their natural habitat? From the comfort of a 4x4 vehicle, youll explore select bear viewing areas, feeding sites, daybeds and dens, and get closer than youve ever been before. Guides provide a truly incredible outdoor learning experience, bringing a wealth of knowledge of Whistlers fl ora and fauna, its ecology and bear biology along for the ride.

    3 BirdWatching The George C. Reifel Migratory Bird

    Sanctuary in Delta is made up of nearly 300 hectares (740 acres) of managed wetlands, natural marshes and low dykes in the heart of the Fraser River Estuary. The fall migration period provides a spectacular sight with the arrival of the Fraser-Skagit fl ocks of Lesser Snow Geese, numbering between 50,000 and 100,000, making it a great time to visit. The Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve in Chilliwack is a 130-hectare (325-acre) site located on the fl oodplain of the

    Vedder River. Take your time exploring the beautiful walking trails and youll be sure to spot a wide variety of wildlife. And since the reserve is home to a large breeding colony of Great Blue Herons, were almost certain youll catch a glimpse of the one bird you most likely came to see.

    4 BighornSheepViewing Many different animals live in the

    desert-like conditions that encompass Lillooet and the Fraser Canyon, including bighorn sheep. Watch for them while youre out driving, hiking or whitewater rafting the seat of a raft can offer a spectacular viewpoint to see these animals in the wild.

    5 HarbourSealViewing Get suited up and head out on a Sea

    Safari with Sewells Marina in Horseshoe Bay. Travelling through Howe Sound, youll zip across the open ocean, race beside steep cliffs, explore sea caves and get a chance to snap some otherwise impossible photos of coastal wildlife, including harbour seals at play.

  • 6 SalmonViewing Every fall, as one of BCs most iconic

    species makes its way home, completing its long migratory lifecycle back to its birthplace, the rivers and creeks become a spawning ground to millions of Pacific salmon. Its a wondrous, natural miracle that can be witnessed at hatcheries and waterways throughout the region. Some of the best places to see this influx of salmon are at the Capilano Hatchery in North Vancouver, Thacker Regional Park in Hope and Chapman Creek in Sechelt.

    7 WhaleWatching Travel around the Strait of Georgia and

    Gulf Islands in search of some of the most enchanting species known to man. Head along the coast and cross into the magical ocean world of Grey, Minke, and Humpback whales, orcas, porpoises, seals, sea lions, eagles and an array of seabirds. The best time of the year for whale watching is from April to October, but if youre lucky you can spot them year round. Set off from Steveston in Richmond, or take your pick between tours out of Granville Island or downtown Vancouver.

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    1 ScienceWorld Step inside Vancouvers iconic,

    geodesic building and witness the creativity, imagination and wonder that comes with discovering science. Check out live shows, test your skills with mental puzzles and illusions, watch exhibits come alive with the physics of water, light and sound, or be wowed by a fi lm at the OMNIMAX Theatre.

    2 VancouverAquarium Canadas largest aquarium, located in

    Stanley Park, connects visitors to the natural world, 365 days a year. With over 50,000 aquatic creatures, youre sure to have an unforgettable experience interacting with some of the worlds most elusive species. Highlights include dolphin and beluga whale shows, sea otter feedings, shark dives and the free-roaming animals of the Amazon Gallery.

    3 MaplewoodFarm Maplewood Farm in North Vancouver

    is a must-see attraction for kids of all ages. Its the last remaining farm on the North Shore, complete with goats, rabbits, cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, donkeys and ponies. Let your children go Behind the Scenes and experience what its like to be a farmer by collecting and washing eggs, helping to groom Shetland ponies, preparing animal feed, and exploring staff-only areas of the farm.

    4 BearCreekParkTrain&MiniGolf Surreys Bear Creek Park Train, featuring

    Eddy the Engine, has been delighting children since it opened. Brought over from England, Eddy is a mining diesel who loves chugging around the track carrying happy kids on a 10-minute ride. When he stops, the children have an opportunity to toot the whistle like a real conductor. Afterward, check out the 18-hole mini golf course.

    5 WildPlayElementPark Visit Maple Ridge for a recreational

    adventure thats perfect for the whole family. Get back to nature through fun games that challenge your abilities, uncover your inner monkey, and push you beyond your limits in a unique outdoor play space. Book a Monkido Aerial Adventure to explore dozens of treetop obstacles, ziplines and games

    that are suspended 2 to 18 metres (6.6 to 56.1 feet) above ground.

    6 GreaterVancouverZoo Families will love visiting this Langley

    zoo. Rent a Quadra-Cycle and pedal your way around as you visit over 800 animals including lions, tigers and monkeys. You can also watch the big cat feedings from April to September, or the Birds of Prey presentation daily from March through September.

    7 CastleFunPark Kick off your Abbotsford adventure

    on one of three themed 18-hole mini golf courses, or if you have tiny tots, you wont want to miss the Kiddie Courtyard, a place just for kids with games shrunk to size. There are also go karts, bumper cars, batting cages and hundreds of action-packed games in the arcade.

    8 BakerviewEcoDairy The fi rst of its kind in Canada, this

    Abbotsford demonstration farm showcases innovative and sustainable dairy farm practices to the public in a fun and educational way. And with views of Mount Baker in the distance, its a great place to spend a day. Start at the interactive Learning Centre and theatre, get up close with some of the friendly farm animals, meet the Vitala cows and see their robotic milker at work.

    9 HarrisonHotSpringsWaterPark Harrison Hot Springs answer to the

    popular TV game show Wipeout, this fl oating water park on Harrison Lake is a great way to cool down during the summer. A Sea-Doo shuttle escorts fun-seekers to the fl oating park in front of Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa. Life jackets are mandatory and people are encouraged to wear a wetsuit as the water can be refreshing to say the least.

    BlackcombBaseAdventureZone If hiking, biking and exploring doesnt

    tire the kids out, theres always the Adventure Zone at the base of Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler. The whole area is packed with fun for kids, big and small, with mini golf, pony rides, climbing walls and much more.

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    The culinary scene of the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region is a delicious blend of fresh, local ingredients, international fl avours and talented chefs. Agricultural hubs within the region produce everything from organic meats, fresh fruit, hazelnuts and cheese to craft beer, vodka and wine. Its a veritable foodie paradise just waiting to be explored. When youre looking for an unforgettable food and drink experience, the VCM region is sure to satisfy your craving.

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    This family-friendly, open-air event features live performances from local talent and a wide variety of food vendors from various cultures serving international cuisines.NorthVancouver The Shipyards Plaza Friday Night Market is another great option, featuring food trucks, locally made products, musicians, art and entertainment. The festivities happen every Friday, from May to October.

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    best that Whistler has to offer with one of four unique guided tasting tours, available through Whistler Tasting Tours. No matter which tour you choose, youll be in good hands. The chefs at each

    1 NightMarketsRichmond There are two night markets to choose from in this area, the Richmond Night Market and the International Summer Night Market. Both of these Asian night markets bring together an impressive cross-section of cultures and cuisines, transporting you to a world of deliciousness. Highlights include heaps of swirly hurricane fries, Japanese takoyaki, marinated beef and fresh duck wraps. For a sweet tooth, try sweet mango with cream or some fresh dragons beard candy. Open weekends, seasonally. Surrey Metro Vancouvers newest night market takes place at the Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds and is open Friday and Saturday nights during the summer.

    restaurant will take you on a culinary journey showcasing their creations along with some of British Columbias fi nest wines. Vancouver Several tour companies in Vancouver can accommodate any appetite, offering a wide variety of tasting tours. Whether youre on a tour of Gastowns hottest eateries, a food truck tour, a tour of the Granville Island Public Market, or a Main Street restaurant and cocktail tour, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Gibsons Take a guided tour with Catch Our Drift through beautiful Gibsons Landing and get to know the town with your taste buds. Youll stop at various shops and restaurants along the way to sample some of the fi nest foods Gibsons has to offer.

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    BowenIsland Hop on the ferry from Horseshoe Bay and experience the tastes of Bowen. A perfect blend of history and gastronomy, the Savoury & Sweet Bowen tour from Bowen Island Tours is a delightful way to spend an afternoon. Your local guide will provide a delicious introduction to the islands culinary scene, and along the way youll enjoy fine French cuisine, organic, handmade pies and Japanese-influenced rice bowls. And for those with a bit of a sweet tooth, the tour also pays a visit to the worlds smallest candy store.

    3 NotableFoodTrucks Home to more than 130 different

    stationary and mobile street food vendors, Vancouver is recognized as one of North Americas top food truck cities. These restaurants on wheels can be found in other parts of the region as well, just in smaller concentrations. When youre ready to hit the pavement in search of something scrumptious, keep these top Vancouver food trucks in mind. Re-UpBBQ This food cart supplies the downtown street corners of Vancouvers financial district with addictive pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches.Tacofino Tacofinos offerings include Baja-style fish tacos, burritos, tortilla soup, tuna ta-takos and local, seasonal specials.

    VijsRailwayExpress Run by celebrity chef Vikram Vij, this food truck is all about a creative and mobile exploration of the culinary diversity of India, utilizing local meats, seafood and produce. RoamingDragon Specializing in authentically unauthentic Pan-Asian deliciousness, this truck offers unique interpretations of dishes and flavours that are familiar throughout Southeast Asia. MomsGrilledCheeseTruck Serving classic home-style gourmet grilled cheese, soups and other comfort foods just like mom used to make. Japadog A Japanese-style hot dog cart that features unique toppings such as seaweed and terimayo.

    4 CircleFarmTours A Circle Farm Tour will provide you

    with a fun road map for exploring a variety of specialty farm-gate vendors, charming eateries, heritage sites and more. Each participating community has a brochure and map that outlines stops related to their areas farming heritage. There are five Circle Farm Tours to choose from within Mighty Fraser Country, including Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows, Langley, Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Agassiz/Harrison Mills.

    5 SlowFoodCycles If you cant decide between going for a

    bike ride or going for a nice meal, Slow Food Cycles wont make you choose. There are three Slow Food Cycle tours offered throughout the region, with routes along the flat public roadways in Pemberton, Chilliwack and Agassiz. These extraordinary pedal-powered trips through the natural beauty and bounty of VCMs farmland are hosted for just three Sundays in July and August. The leisurely self-guided tours offer edible and educational experiences, with the added bonus of a little exercise. Explore farms (some that are otherwise closed to the public), meet the farmers and learn about local agriculture as you pedal from one stop to another.

    6 FarmersMarkets These festive gatherings are a great

    way to support farmers and experience local food and culture in a vibrant setting. No two farmers markets are the same, so youll want to visit more than just one to get a true sense of the regions incredible diversity.

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    1 SanduzEstateWines With close to two dozen different fruit

    wines, Sanduz has grown to become BCs largest fruit winery. Theyve also introduced a number of grape wines to their ever-increasing portfolio of table and dessert wines. Set on a 10-acre (4-hectare) berry farm, Sanduz produces about 1.5 million pounds of blueberries each year, so sampling their blueberry wine should be at the top of your list.

    2 LuluIslandWinery Named in honour of the land on which

    the winery is located, Lulu Island Winery is famous for producing ice wine. A pleasure to sip and highly sought after, ice wine is made from grapes that have frozen on the vines in the interior of BC.

    3 WesthamIslandEstateWinery Surrounded by its own fruit and berry

    orchard, Westham Island Estate Winery crafts quality wines in a pastoral setting. Award winning varietals include their peach and cranberry wines.

    4 RiversBendWinery Located in Surrey, this winery

    offers red and white wines along with a sherry-style Amber wine and a port-style Indigo wine.

    Microclimates across the VCM region make it possible for a great variety of reds, whites and even fruit wines to be produced here. Whether youre a wine lover or a connoisseur, there are countless vineyards and varietals to explore. Here are some notable wineries you should add to your list.

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    PHOTOS 6. Tourism Vancouver/Vancouver Urban Winery 11. Chaberton Estate Winery J.F. Bergeron/Enviro Foto 12. Vista DOro Farms & Winery Destination BC/Albert Normandin 13. Backyard Vineyards Jennifer Kirk

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    5 PacificBreezeWinery For an urban winery experience, visit

    the family owned and operated Pacific Breeze Winery. Just a 10-minute walk from the New Westminster Skytrain station, Pacific Breeze specializes in producing small-lot, handcrafted wines sourced from growing regions along the Pacific coastline, from BC to California.

    6 VancouverUrbanWinery Visiting all the wineries across

    the province would be a difficult task, even for the most ardent wine aficionados. Luckily, Vancouver Urban Winery has brought the best of BC and the world to their 715-square-metre (7,700-square-foot) winery, located on the outskirts of Vancouvers historic Gastown. Learn about wines from across BC and experience the new wine-on-tap feature in their state-of-the-art tasting bar.

    7 FortBerensEstateWinery Arid summers, mild winters and the

    Fraser Canyons sandy soil provide ideal conditions for growing premium grapes. Take a trip to Fort Berens in Lillooet and sample their 2014 Lieutenant Governors Award winning 2012 Riesling.

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    8 TheFortWineCo. The Fort Wine Co. got its start with

    cranberry wine, which was only natural since the berries are so plentiful around its location in Langley. Today, the winery produces 11 varieties of wine including the Ghost of the Bogs white cranberry wine and their Valley Girl blueberry wine. Make your way to the bistro for some cheese and a glass of your choice, sit in the cool shade of the garden, or sip sangria while lounging in the licensed picnic area.

    FRASER VALLEY WINERIES9 Mt.LehmanWinery Located in Abbotsford, Mt. Lehman

    Winery has won dozens of awards at provincial, national and international competitions, including the prestigious Governor Generals Award of Excellence. Their flagship wine is their 2011 Pinot Noir Platinum Reserve, crafted in a New Zealand style, highlighting red fruits like strawberries and cherries. Come and taste what everyone is talking about!

    Township7Vineyards&Winery Township 7 Vineyards & Winery, located

    in Langley, is open year round, offering self-guided tours and wine tastings daily. To really appreciate what they do, try the Reserve 7 Meritage 2011. Crafted from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and a field blend of Malbec and Petit Verdot, it is a good representation of the best red wines in their cellar. Also on the menu live music and theatre, art shows, wine seminars, a community grape harvest and stomp, and a variety of winemakers dinners.

    ChabertonEstateWinery Awarded a gold medal at the 2014

    All Canadian Wine Championships for their 2010 Valley Cab, a blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, this Langley winery wont disappoint. Overlooking the 22-hectare (55-acre) vineyard is the Bacchus Bistro, a 2013 Zagat rated Excellent restaurant serving authentic French bistro cuisine prepared with local ingredients and West Coast flair. Try the prix-fixe menu with wine pairings from a complete selection of Chaberton wines to make things effortless and delicious.

    VistaDOroFarms&Winery Vista DOro Winerys flagship,

    DOro 2007, is a fortified walnut wine made with a blend of North Okanagan Marechal Foch, Central Okanagan Merlot and Cabernet Franc, Fraser Valley Green Walnuts and Okanagan Brandy. Vista DOro Farms has also created a seasonal line of artisanal preserves, using fruits from their heritage orchard in Langley and traditional cooking methods combined with distinctive flavour pairings. Served on a cheese board, with fresh baked scones or hot buttered toast youre in for a special treat.

    BackyardVineyards Located in south Langleys picturesque

    Campbell Valley Regional Park, Backyard Vineyards serves up top-quality single-varietal, blended and sparkling wines from 100% BC-grown grapes. Equipped with picnic tables, a large covered gazebo and a tasting room that accommodates groups of up to 50 people, this is the perfect place to relax with family, friends or business partners.

    BlackwoodLaneVineyards Situated on over 12 acres (4.8 hectares)

    of beautiful south-facing slopes in the heart of the Fraser Valley, Blackwood Lane should not be overlooked. Adhering to old-fashioned techniques during the winemaking process, this boutique winery makes use of its favorable microclimate and unique terroir to create delicious premium wines. Enjoy a fantastic selection of wines and spectacular views of Mt. Baker in their posh tasting room.

    The secret of Fraser Valleys wine country is out. Although the area has been producing wine for years, it has only recently gained international recognition. In less than an hours drive from Vancouver, you could be taking a guided tour through an intimate vineyard with a stunning backdrop and enjoying some truly great wines.

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    BREWERIES & DISTILLERIESThe region is full of local craft breweries and small-scale distilleries creating a wide variety of beers and small-batch aged liquors that are uniquely BC.

    1 Steel&OakBrewingCo. A city steeped in brewing tradition, it

    was only a matter of time before the craft beer revolution hit New Westminster. Using a variety of brewing techniques styled after some of the worlds most esteemed brewing nations, Steel & Oak has become the toast of the town since it opened in the summer of 2014.

    2 ArtisanSakeMaker Located in Vancouver, Artisan

    SakeMaker produces a range of artisanal sakes, including the Fraser Valley Junmai Sake the first Canadian Sake made from organic rice grown in British Columbia.

    3 Parallel49BrewingCompany Parallel 49 serves up some interesting

    brews with equally interesting names. Try the Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale, Lord of the Hops IPA or the Seedspitter, a seasonal Belgian-style Witbier with a watermelon twist.

    4 BigRidgeBrewingCo. Big Ridge brews beer solely for

    consumption in their pub in Surrey, and produces lagers and ales to serve fresh to their customers. Along with flagship beers like their Rodeo Red

    and Chimney Hill Wheat, a variety of fresh seasonal beers can be found on the menu.

    5 TheLibertyDistillery This Granville Island distillery

    produces a white whiskey called the Railspur No. 1 White. Unlike most white whiskies, which use a base of corn or sugar, Railspur No. 1 uses 100% BC organic barley to produce a smooth-tasting spirit.

    6 CentralCityBrewers+Distillers Just blocks from the Skytrain station,

    this Surrey brewer produces a line of Red Racer beers, including their signature Red Racer IPA, but theyve also made a successful foray into distilling gin and vodka.

    7 LongTableDistillery This Vancouver-based distillery produces

    a unique vodka, distilled with fresh lemon grass in a copper pot still. It is then polished over a bed of local Texada Island limestone, creating a smooth, mineralized texture.

    8 TownsiteBrewing Powell Rivers Townsite Brewing has a

    selection of craft beers that are worth

    a try. Their Suncoast Pale Ale is only available on tap in the Sunshine Coast area, but that just gives you an excuse to visit!

    9 PembertonDistillery For the Pemberton Distillery, the

    focus is on using fresh, local produce, like potatoes, to make their vodka, gin, absinthe and apple brandy.

    WhistlerBrewingCompany Visit this well-known Whistler brewery

    and try a frosty glass of the Whiskey Jack Ale or the Bear Paw Honey Lager (fermented with BC honey).

    TheHoweSoundInn &BrewingCompany This award-winning craft brewery

    in Squamish offers daily tasting tours of up to 26 different ales and lagers. They serve up northwest-inspired pub fare using their own beer in many of the recipes.

    PersephoneBrewingCompany Just up the hill from the ferry terminal,

    this Sunshine Coast brewery takes the craft process a step further by personally growing the hops for every beer they make.

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    1 Canoeing You can also fi nd lots of canoeing

    opportunities throughout the region, whether youre a hardcore canoe fanatic or just looking to get out on the water for a few hours. The Powell Forest Canoe Route is a renowned canoe route on the Sunshine Coast, which encompasses a semi-circle of eight lakes and portages 77 kilometres (48 miles) of canoeing and 10 kilometres (6 miles) of portaging in total. Along the route youll fi nd 20 recreational campsites, well-maintained portages and conveniently located canoe rests. You can comfortably canoe the route in fi ve days, but you should leave yourself ample time to complete the trip. Its important not to rush, and to always be bear aware. If youre looking for something a little less intense, try Sasquatch Provincial Park. Located north of Harrison Hot Springs, the park consists of a series of pocket lakes, a unique second-growth and birch forest, and scenic mountain ridges, making it another great place to paddle the day away.

    2 CrossCountrySkiing With an ideal location along the coastal

    snowbelt, only 16 kilometres (10 miles) southwest of Whistler, the Callaghan Valley is endowed with some of the deepest snowfall anywhere in Canada. As such, its one of the best places to enjoy cross country skiing. Ski Callaghan offers a pass for the complete Nordic experience thats great for anyone, whether youre new to Nordic sports

    or youre an elite athlete. Dakota Ridge on the Sunshine Coast is also an ideal spot for some outdoor winter exercise and adventure. This recreation area boasts 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) of maintained, track-set cross country ski trails (classic and skate) that will take you through old-growth forests and sprawling open spaces, adding amazing views of the Coast Mountains, Vancouver Island and the Georgia Straight to every step. Manning Park also provides an extensive Nordic experience that includes over 60 kilometres (37 miles) of groomed classic and skate ski trails and over 160 kilometres (99 miles) of scenic backcountry trails.

    3 Cycling The Vancouver, Coast & Mountains

    Region is also well known for its great cycling opportunities. Right in the heart of Vancouver, the Seawall is a scenic 22-kilometre (13.7-mile) path that wraps around the citys waterfront and Stanley Park. The trail is divided into two clearly marked sections one for walkers and joggers, and one for cyclists and inline skaters. Richmond is also a great spot for cycling as a result of a system of dykes topped with 80 kilometres (50 miles) of fl at, easily-accessible, interconnected trails that meander past heritage sites, parks, wildlife areas and spectacular scenery.

    The Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region is the place to discover a range of activities for any inclination. Whether youre looking for a relaxing paddle along a calm lake or a leisurely bicycle ride through famous Stanley Park, your experience will no doubt leave you with an appreciation for nature.

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    4 Fishing The wilderness of this region offers some

    of the most spectacular settings for fly-fishing and spin fishing. From remote alpine lakes to crystal-clear mountain rivers, the Pemberton area has plenty of opportunities to hook impressive trout, salmon and steelhead. Lillooet is known for big, healthy and abundant fish especially the mighty white sturgeon. For another fishing experience, there are several trout-stocked urban lakes in Metro Vancouver. In spring or fall, visit Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam or Sasamat Lake in Port Moody both are stocked with rainbow trout. Or you can fish for white sturgeon in the Fraser River near Chilliwack and Mission, but bring your biceps because this protected species is the largest freshwater fish in North America and can weigh up to 454 kilograms (1,000 pounds). And along the Sunshine Coast, saltwater anglers should expect great peak-season salmon fishing. Or you can head to the Strait of Georgia, which is a major salmon migration route, accessible from several communities. The deep waters of Pender Harbour will also produce salmon, but what theyre really famous for is their giant lingcod.

    5 Geocaching Geocaching is a relatively new

    family-friendly activity that involves using a smartphone, GPS device or treasure hunt clues to find containers (also called caches) hidden across a defined area. Each cache is generally a small waterproof container that holds

    a logbook and small collectable items. Once geocachers have located the cache they can log their name and leave an item of their own. Gold Country, located in the southern interior of British Columbia, is a popular destination for geocaching with 72 geocaches hidden amongst its breathtaking scenery. This free recreational activity can easily be paired with hiking, making it a great way to get out and explore the region.

    6 Golfing From spectacular mountain scenery

    along the Sea to Sky corridor to the championship level courses of Metro Vancouver, theres no shortage of appealing options for the golfer inside. With over 600 parks and green spaces, Surrey is home to some of the best golf courses that attract golfers from across Canada and the globe. Challenging, award-winning layouts, with stunning mountain and water views give players an experience they wont soon forget. Youll also discover four golf courses near Whistler and Pemberton with outstanding scenic mountain backdrops. And since the regions mild climate enables many courses to stay open all year long, the area is nothing short of a golfers paradise.

    7 HorsebackRiding Whether youre looking for western

    or English riding options, there are a host of stables and ranches that will get you saddled up and on your way. Most outfitters in the region offer

    day trips that will take you through a range of scenery and terrain including secluded forest trails, along the edges of rivers, up majestic mountains and across grassy meadows. With around 7,000 horses, Langley is the epicentre for riding, and has become known as the Horse Capital of BC. Campbell Valley Regional Park, in particular, is a magnet for equestrian fans. And its no wonder with a 260-hectare (1,322-acre) park that is completely loaded with horseback riding trails and cross-country equestrian jumps. With so much focus on horseback riding in Langley there are several outfitters to choose from all of which are qualified to guide you on a trail ride through some of the areas beautiful parks and countryside. Pemberton is also a great place for riding and offers miles and miles of trails, guided tours and complete outfitting for both new and experienced riders.

    8 Kayaking Kayaking is a prominent water

    activity that can be found in every part of the region. Paddle across idyllic lakes, discover untouched coastlines, explore secret islands or float through tranquil coves. Popular ocean kayaking destinations include Bowen Island, Deep Cove in North Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast. Watch for whales, sea lions and bald eagles, and keep an eye out for colourful starfish on the ocean floor.

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    9 Sailing&PowerBoating While sailing or power boating,

    the opportunities to explore serene coastal fjords, pristine marine parks, and hundreds of islands, bays and coves are nearly limitless. Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park on the Sunshine Coast is a boaters paradise, and has more than 60 kilometres (37 miles) of almost untouched shoreline. Princess Louisa Inlet is a magnificent granite gorge, which rises sharply from the waters edge to heights in excess of 2,100 metres (7,000 feet) and a depth of 300 metres (1,000 feet). Visitors from all over the world come to see this almost completely enclosed, magical fjord. Warm sun melting the mountain top snow creates more than 60 phenomenal waterfalls that cascade down its precipitous granite walls and mingle with the waters below. Beautiful Chatterbox Falls, located at the head of the Inlet, tumbles 40 metres (120 feet) making it a sight to behold. This spectacular park is only accessible by boat or floatplane, giving it the feeling of a secret hideaway. Another trip boaters might enjoy is sailing up Indian Arm, an 18-kilometre (11-mile) fjord that extends north from Burrard Inlet in Vancouver.

    StandUpPaddleboarding Stand up paddleboarding is a fairly

    new water activity that has been steadily increasing in popularity worldwide. If youre looking to try it out, Gibsons is a great place to start. Rent a stand up paddleboard near the dock in Gibsons Harbour and then spend some time

    exploring the surrounding waters. Be on the lookout for marine life as you paddle. Youll probably spot some fish and maybe even a few bright purple sea stars in the shallow waters. Or try North Vancouver, where a stand up paddleboard ride will have you floating across the tranquil ocean waters of Deep Cove. If youre a seasoned paddleboarder, grab a rental and hit the water, or if its your first time, consider taking a class to learn the basics in one of the most beautiful outdoor classrooms in the region.

    Snowshoeing Snowshoeing is a great way to get

    some fresh air, increase your heart rate and enjoy the snow in the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region. Vancouvers North Shore is a perfect place to start with three local hills offering snowshoe trails and tours, including a delicious fondue tour. What a tasty way to warm up after being out in the snow! Dakota Ridge is another great snowshoe spot that can be accessed by a 13-kilometre (8-mile) 4-wheel drive accessible forest service road on the Sunshine Coast. Here youll have 7 kilometres (4.4 miles) of trails to explore, winding through old-growth forests and wide-open spaces in a beautiful subalpine setting. Amazing views of the Coast Mountains, Vancouver Island and the Georgia Straight capture the magic of this special place. There are also many snowshoe trails in Manning Park, for all levels of difficulty. The Lightning Lake Loop, for example, is a 9-kilometre (5.6-mile)

  • PHOTOS: 1. Sasquatch Provincial Park Destination BC/Albert Normandin 2. Whistler Olympic Park Tourism Whistler/Steve Rogers 3. Richmond Dykes Bob Young 4. Fraser River near Agassiz Destination BC/Albert Normandin 5. Gold Country Terri Hadwin 6. Furry Creek Golf & Country Club The Henebrys 7. Maple Ride Picture BC/Oliver Rathonyi-Reusz 8. Desolation Sound Brian K. Smith 9. Harmony Islands Destination BC/Albert Normandin 10. Sunshine Coast Paul Kamon/Sunshine Coast Tourism 11. Knuckleheads Recreation Area Kelly Funk Photography 12. Whistler Tourism Whistler/Chad Chomlack

    DID YOU KNOW? Vancouver is one green city. Birthplace of the environmental organization Greenpeace (established in 1971), Vancouver is striving to be the greenest city in the world by 2020. Vancouver is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in Canada and in 2015 the city plans to launch a public bike share network.

    Golf in Whistler, and youll be embraced by the legends who designed the courses including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Robert Trent Jones Jr.

    moderate trail with no elevation change. It circles the entire lake if youre up for it, or you can cross at Rainbow Bridge to cut the trail in half.

    Ziplining If youre looking for a thrill, head to

    Grouse Mountain or Whistler for a ziplining adventure that will have you soaring through the air with the beauty of nature all around you. The dual-line, five-line circuit at Grouse Mountain offers an adrenaline-pumping tour across the peaks and canyons o