Tourism & Culture

Dec 4, 2019
Abbotsford the Hub of the Fraser Valley

BCBusiness + City of Abbotsford Abbotsford is the largest municipality in British Columbia by land area and the fifth largest by population. With affordable residential real estate, accessibility to parks and recreational facilities, 62% of citizens both live and work in Abbotsford. Abbotsford continues to attract the attention of investors and developers...

Dec 2, 2019
Border War: How American nationalism is having a big impact on B.C. entrepreneurs and professionals
Dee Hon

Buy American and Hire American. That’s the title of the executive order President Donald Trump signed in April 2017. Now the directive is sowing confusion and turmoil for B.C. and other Canadian business travellers trying to enter the U.S. Trump ordered...

Dec 1, 2019
Township of Langley Poised for Success

BCBusiness + Township of Langley The Township of Langley, Metro Vancouver’s fastest growing municipality, is expected to double its 126,000 population by 2040, and that’s not surprising—home to Fort Langley, which is considered the “birthplace of BC”, and just a 40-minute drive to Vancouver, the Township offers diverse business and lifestyle...

Dec 1, 2019
Fort St. John: B.C.'s Best-Kept Secret

BCBusiness + City of Fort St. John Fort St. John, with 20,155 residents, is British Columbia’s best-kept secret. We think we have the best of everything—recreation at our doorstep, affordable living, and big city amenities, all in a small, friendly town. Here, you can spend less time commuting and less money on housing...

Nov 29, 2019
Carry On: Hotel trends to watch for in 2020
Charlene Rooke

LAYOVER ALERT: OPUS VERSANTE Opus was one of the early boutique hotels, opening in Vancouver’s Yaletown in 2002. Next year it will open a sister property, Opus Hotel Versante, at Richmond’s International Trade Centre at Versante, a new business hub close to the airport and Bridgeport station—just down the Canada Line...

Nov 22, 2019
Inventory: B.C. First Nations creations from clothing to decor
Felicity Stone

ROOM SERVICE Each of the 18 boutique hotel suites in Vancouver’s Skwachàys Lodge and Residence is unique, but all were conceived by Indigenous artists in collaboration with local interior designers. A fair trade gallery at street level showcases Indigenous artistic and cultural work. The proceeds from the hotel and gallery go to...

Nov 22, 2019
Go Figure: We carve out some numbers on B.C.'s alpine economy
Melissa Edwards

B.C. has 13 ski resorts20 local ski hills50+ Nordic skiing areas Whistler Blackcomb is North America’s largest ski resort by both visitation: 2.4-2.6 million skiers and snowboarders annuallyand area: 8,171 acres of skiable terrain $299.2 million Annual economic impact of snowmobiling in B.C.18,000 km of snowmobiling trails$257 Average daily spending per snowmobiler Membership of Mountain Equipment Co-op when founded in...

Oct 25, 2019
Carry On: The value of Indigenous tourism
Charlene Rooke

FIRST MOVERS “Tourism is one of the fastest-growing industries in B.C., and a key economic driver,” says Brenda Baptiste, chair of Indigenous Tourism BC (ITBC). In 2017, it contributed more to provincial GDP than any other primary industry, according to Destination BC. A three-year ITBC study showed 33-percent growth in the number...

Oct 9, 2019
After Hours: What to do in October 2019
Felicity Stone

Billed as Canada’s largest harvest festival, Harvestland brings activities for all ages to the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver this month. Look for the family-friendly Bavarian Village (axe-throwing, pumpkin catapult, swordplay), Kinder Farm (pumpkin carving stations, tractor rides), Woodland Labyrinth...

Sep 9, 2019
The BCBusiness 2019 Corporate Retreat Guide
By the Editors

Your next company retreat doesn’t have to be a descent into hotel-meeting-room hell. Here are 10 B.C. options with character to suit every budget, from wilderness escapes to a hilltop winery. Perfect for: Those who want to find their true nature Setting: Former...

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