Tourism & Culture

Jun 17, 2021
Ranking the proposed names for the Vancouver Canucks’ new AHL team
Nathan Caddell

The Vancouver Canucks finally committed to moving their farm team closer to home this off-season, leaving the confines of Utica, New York, for the considerably more fertile ground (yeah, that’s a farm joke) of Abbotsford. Although professional sports have been something...

Jun 16, 2021
8 Signature Golf Holes in Kamloops
Jessica Kirby

BCBusiness + Golf Kamloops With gorgeous views, an eight-month season, and a crowd-free, relaxed ambiance, deciding where to golf in Kamloops might be the toughest choice you make all summer. Its top courses offer relaxed play, winding parkland layouts and dramatic riverside links—and signature holes known for their challenge, diversity, and incredible...

Jun 8, 2021
It's a Good Thing: To recover from COVID-19, Indigenous tourism will draw on its culture of resilience
Matt O'Grady

Tourism is often described in terms similar to manufacturing or mining, with industry reports tallying the number of operators, employees or customers (the tourists). But for Brenda Baptiste, chair of Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC), the sector can also be seen...

May 27, 2021
Douglas Coupland gets a Vancouver highrise as his canvas
By the Editors

This isn’t just any old paint job. Since rising to international fame as the voice of Generation X, Douglas Coupland has invigorated his hometown of Vancouver with public artworks ranging from the waterfront Digital Orca to Golden Tree on Southwest Marine...

May 18, 2021
New maps of B.C. wine regions let locals and visitors drink them all in
Saphiya Zerrouk

B.C.’s wine industry is already on the map in a big way, but now enthusiasts can really get the lay of the land. Wine Growers British Columbia (WGBC), a nonprofit that has represented local wineries since 1990, just unveiled 10 high-resolution...

May 14, 2021
Opinion: B.C.’s tourism and hospitality sector desperately needs a restart plan
Mandy Farmer, Chief Clarence Louie, Brian McCutcheon, Victoria Olmstead, Nancy Stibbard and John Wilson

Of all provincial industries, tourism has been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s a huge problem for everyone. The sector is one of B.C.’s largest, historically employing more than 300,000 workers and contributing some $8 billion to gross domestic...

Apr 14, 2021
Unique Golf Experiences
Jessica Kirby

BCBusiness + Golf Kamloops Like you, we’re passionate about exploring BC—but now is not the time to travel. All nonessential travel to and within BC should be avoided. Please stay local and follow the advice of health authorities to keep yourself and others safe. Plan now to #explorekamloops soon. There is nothing quite...

Mar 29, 2021
This female-led B.C. restaurant plans to uplift women and reinvent the business
Nick Rockel

Who launches a restaurant during a pandemic? If that sounds like a crazy idea, Elizabeth Mah, Melissa Steacy and Kelly Ann Woods should convince you otherwise. The three partners will open Cordelia’s Locket, a downtown Squamish café, wine bar and pantry, in May. Besides offering career opportunities to women who have been left jobless and time-strapped by coronavirus outbreak, the female-led enterprise will take a new approach to running a restaurant, drawing on lessons learned from COVID...

Nov 12, 2020
Can B.C.’s heli- and cat-ski industry survive COVID-related travel bans?
Andrew Findlay

As Phase 3 of the provincial government’s plan to reopen the B.C. economy unfolded in June, COVID-19 considerations were keeping Beat Steiner, co-owner and CEO of Bella Coola Heli Sports, awake at night. “It’s pretty much all I’ve been thinking about,” Steiner says from his home office in Whistler. No...

Oct 16, 2020
High quality of life, employment opportunities make B.C.’s coastal cities attractive: report
By the Editors

A cheaper, chiller life on the coast. Why not? Working-age Canadians are flocking to midsized communities on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast, according to a recent report by the Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET). The study, which uses the most recent census...

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