BC City Guides

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide: Abbotsford/Mission
Dee Hon

Abbotsford-Mission has an enviable problem: figuring out how to build on success. Its economy is projected to grow 2.5 percent in 2018, making it the second-fastest-growing census metropolitan area (CMA) in the country, according to the Conference Board of Canada. That places these two neighbouring Fraser Valley communities just behind...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide: Richmond
Aleena Deandra & Nick Rockel

To call Richmond multicultural is an understatement. Visible minorities of Asian descent are the majority in B.C.’s fourth-largest city, accounting for about three-quarters of residents, Statistics Canada reports. Although you can meet people from 140 ethnicities here, the biggest group is those of Chinese ancestry, who comprise some 55 percent...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Courtenay, Comox and the Comox Valley
Melissa Edwards

The three connected centres of the Comox Valley—the main cities of Courtenay and Comox, and smaller Cumberland—are Central Island outliers because they haven’t really had to reinvent themselves at all. Their healthy farming and tourism industries, plus 19 Wing, B.C.’s only Canadian Air Force base, which employs roughly 1,500 military...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Dawson Creek
Nathan Caddell

Dawson Creek is often thought of as the start or the end of a journey. That has much to do with its advantageous position on the Alaska Highway, which, depending on your view, begins or stops here. The Mile 0 City rose to prominence with the highway’s construction during the...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Kelowna
Nathan Caddell

The largest city in the Okanagan Valley, Kelowna often wins praise for its natural beauty and geographical attractions. What else would you expect from a place with neighbourhood names like Big White and Lake Country? In fact, it’s reasonable to think you’ve arrived in some kind of Merlot-fuelled paradise when...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Kamloops
Nathan Caddell

Kamloops bills itself as Canada’s Tournament Capital, so much so that the athletic complex near local Thompson Rivers University (TRU) is called Tournament Capital Centre. Besides hosting competitions ranging from the 2016 IIHF Women’s World Hockey Championships to the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games, the city embraces nature, as one...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Campbell River
Melissa Edwards

Like many resource towns, Vancouver Island’s northernmost city has seen tough times: layoffs in the coal industry, the closure of the pulp mill in 2010 and declines in wild stocks that haven’t done any favours for commercial fishermen in the “salmon capital of B.C.” But Campbell River has found opportunity...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Nanaimo
Melissa Edwards

For many years, the Island’s second-largest city sat comfortably in the shadows of Vancouver’s highrise gleam and the waistcoated charm of Victoria. Unpretentious, down-to-earth—maybe a little seedy in spots—Nanaimo quietly did its work, offering affordable homes, decent resource industry and service careers, and an outdoorsy lifestyle for urbanites who don’t...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Victoria and the Capital Regional District
Melissa Edwards

Greater Victoria—the centre of the Capital Regional District at the southern tip of Vancouver Island—once held to a simple but stable diet of tourism and government. Rich with students, retirees and starter-home families, the city had a reputation for offering little in the way of mid­­-career growth outside the civil...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Maple Ridge
Dee Hon

Maple Ridge’s pace of life has always moved a little slower than in most of Metro Vancouver. So has its pace of growth. Despite its early start in 1874 as B.C.’s sixth municipality, it remained a district until 2014 rather than incorporating as a city. Things have picked up considerably...

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