Tourism & Culture

May 30, 2022
The Ultimate B.C. Staycation Guide: Cycling the Kettle Valley Rail Trail
Nick Rockel

That beer is going to taste so good. As a motivational mantra, the phrase does lack elegance. But hey, whatever works. It’s been several hours since the four of us set out by bike from Chute Lake Lodge, a rustic retreat tucked...

May 30, 2022
The Ultimate B.C. Staycation Guide: Hiking Mount Work
Stephen Hui

Round trip: 6 kilometresElevation gain: 300 metresLocation: Mount Work Regional Park (northwest of Victoria) From the park’s main entrance in the Highlands, start up the wide path. Quickly, fork right for the Summit Trail. As you ascend, the mixed forest thins...

May 30, 2022
The Ultimate B.C. Staycation Guide: Paget Lookout hike
Stephen Hui

Round trip: 7 kilometresElevation gain: 520 metresLocation: Yoho National Park (east of Field) An old fire lookout located partway up Paget Peak rewards hikers with sweet views of the Kicking Horse River, the Continental Divide and the Rocky Mountains. Find the trailhead...

May 30, 2022
The Ultimate B.C. Staycation Guide: How to portage through Powell River
Neal McLennan

I'd like to say that I came to the Powell River Canoe Route because it had long been on my outdoor-pursuit bucket list, but the truth is that I hadn’t been in a canoe since I was 12 and my connection...

May 30, 2022
The Ultimate B.C. Staycation Guide: Audain X Alta in Whistler
Neal McLennan

We’re allergic to hyperbole so when we say this Whistler dinner might be the greatest event in the West this summer, please don’t snicker. Bear with us as we convince you. On the one hand, we have Eric Griffith and...

May 30, 2022
The Ultimate B.C. Staycation Guide: 3 days in Sooke
Tyee Bridge

Let’s get this straight—you’re not here for culture; you’re here to leave all that in the rear-view mirror. So, first things first: stock up. If you’re coming from the Swartz Bay ferry, hit up Four Quarters Meats in Sidney for...

May 30, 2022
The Ultimate B.C. Staycation Guide: A Victoria hotel for every type of design lover
Neal McLennan

Everybody knows about Victoria’s historic side—and, if you ever forget, the flanking classical beacons of the Empress and the Legislature (both the handiwork of Samuel Maclure) are always there to remind you. But with a little exploring, the creative visitor...

May 30, 2022
The Ultimate B.C. Staycation Guide: An ode to Tulameen
Stacey McLachlan

Tulameen has one store (the Trading Post), which happens to be the gas station and a restaurant (also called the Trading Post). Inside, you can stock up on beer, buy a floatie shaped like a dolphin and grab an ice-cream...

May 30, 2022
The Ultimate B.C. Staycation Guide: Camel Pass hike
Stephen Hui

Round trip: 17.5 kilometresElevation gain: 1,090 metresLocation: South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park (north of Gold Bridge) Take a hike on the High Trail to experience a corner of this backcountry paradise in the Coast Mountains. Set off from the Gun Creek logging...

May 30, 2022
The Ultimate B.C. Staycation Guide: Yasodhara Ashram in the Kootenays
Anicka Quin

Back in 2019, a visit to an ashram wasn’t that high on my travel wish list. I mean, I’ve read Eat, Pray, Love, so I get the appeal. But I’ve always thought that my mind is too busy, too distracted...

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