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Tourism & Culture

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Port Alberni
Melissa Edwards

Port Alberni is a city of some contradiction: seemingly in the middle of Vancouver Island, it’s actually a deepwater Pacific port at the tip of long Alberni Inlet; where news reports feature social issues and a struggling resource industry, residents see a tight-knit hidden gem full of friendly people who...

May 3, 2018
B.C. City Guide 2018: Parksville
Melissa Edwards

You probably know about Parksville’s sandy beaches, hefty retiree cohort and tourism industry, which runs full-tilt all summer only to hunker down over the winter months. But it might surprise you to hear about the Vancouver Island city’s fast-growing film industry—complete with a new 32,000-square-foot studio and prop shop—that hit...

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

When B.C.’s towns and cities were being named, residents of the Kootenay region were clearly the most creative of the bunch. In the West Kootenays, within the Selkirk Mountains and at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia rivers are a plethora of towns with unique handles. Take Raspberry, for...

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

Ask anyone from Nelson, and they’ll tell you the same thing: what makes the city great are its people. There are nearly 11,000 of them, and to say that they’re all on a first-name basis is just slightly stretching the truth. Nelson runs on Kootenay time (no one is ever...

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

Most famous in some circles as the birthplace of hockey legend Steve Yzerman, Cranbrook is a city in the East Kootenay west of the Kootenay River. With just under 27,000 residents, it’s the most populous community in the East Kootenay region and a two-hour drive to Alberta. Its slogan is...

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

A city between two rivers (the Quesnel and Fraser), Quesnel first made it onto the map as Gold Pan City, thanks to its status as a gateway to gold-mining centre Barkerville. It quickly became the commercial axis of the Cariboo gold rush, which lasted from 1860 to 1863. Four years...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Williams Lake
Nathan Caddell

Halfway between the Kamloops sun and the Prince George snow lies Williams Lake. Incorporated as a city in 1929, it takes its name from a nearby lake that in turn was named in honour of Chief William of the Sugar Lake Indian Reserve. For many years, Williams Lake’s economy leaned...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Prince Rupert
Nathan Caddell

Tradition runs deep in Prince Rupert. More than a third of the 12,000-plus people who call the city home identify as Indigenous, and with that sense of history comes a respect for nature and the land. One of the best ways get to Prince Rupert is via the longest route offered...

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

Some places naturally inherit a vibe that ends up defining them. Smithers, sandwiched between the two largest cities in the province’s Northwest region (Prince George and Prince Rupert), has made the most of its surroundings. B.C.’s first incorporated village officially became a town in 1967, and its success as a regional...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Prince George
Nathan Caddell

The largest population centre in northern British Columbia, Prince George is located smack-dab in the middle of the province. It’s also far bigger than any other city in the region. Prince George owes its prominence to a 1908-14 land boom linked to the construction of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway...

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