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January 23, 2013 | By Jay Jones
A new indoor market in downtown Victoria, Canada , will open in the spring, making Vancouver Island's abundant produce available year-round. The Victoria Public Market at the Hudson will be home to goods produced by bakers, butchers, fishermen and florists, among others. Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. It's about 60 miles from Vancouver and about a three-hour (or less) ferry ride from Seattle. The new market will be in what was once the Hudson's Bay department store.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, who has faced mounting pressure in her own province to do more to support the film industry, quietly paid a visit to Hollywood last week. During a trade mission to California, Clark stopped by the Hollywood offices of Prime Focus World, the Indian-owned 3-D conversion and visual effects company that recently expanded its Vancouver facility, where it employs about 200 people. In a meeting Wednesday with Prime Focus World executives, Clark said her government was considering expanding the province's support for the post-production and digital animation sector, according to people familiar with the private meeting.  VIRTUAL TOUR: Hollywood's Walk of Fame British Columbia offers a 33% rebate on labor expenditures in the province and an additional 17.5% credit on labor costs for digital animation and visual effects projects.
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NEWS
October 19, 2011 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times staff writer
We've had so much response to our story on Nelson that we thought we'd give you an extra look at some pictures from there and fill you in on the backstory of my quarter-century quest to  visit. That tale begins with a road trip I took with my buddy Rick back in 1986. The prime destination was the World Expo in Vancouver , and that was fine. But as we steered the VW van through the forests of British Columbia and Alberta, we kept hearing about this great little town called Nelson.
TRAVEL
January 10, 2014 | By Margo Pfeiff
GULF ISLANDS, Canada - "I'm not ashamed to say it," Colin Griffinson says, as he scans the island-dotted Strait of Georgia, "I have wooden boat disease!" And as he spins the very big wheel of his 1943 Pacific Yellowfin, one of a string of wooden boats the Dublin, Ireland-born captain and master carpenter has bought and restored over the years, he looks like a kid playing with his favorite toy. And so do we, eight passengers cruising British Columbia's Gulf Islands aboard this floating toy box stacked with mountain bikes, mopeds, kayaks, golf clubs, fishing rods, shotguns for skeet shooting and a water slide, with a hot tub on deck and a speed boat with wakeboards and water skis.
NEWS
August 31, 2012 | By Brian E. Clark
United Express will begin offering year-round daily service from Los Angeles to Kelowna, British Columbia, starting Dec. 19, which will make Big White the closest and most accessible Canadian ski and snowboard resort to the L.A. region. Flights will leave LAX at 6:40 p.m. and arrive in Kelowna at 9:44 p.m. The Village Center of Big White is roughly 45 minutes from the Kelowna airport. Big White is the second-largest ski resort in British Columbia, after Whistler-Blackcomb.
NEWS
June 1, 1987 | Associated Press
Picket lines sprang up across British Columbia today as thousands of union workers staged a one-day strike to protest a proposed change in the province's labor laws.
NEWS
November 12, 2012 | By Jay Jones
If palm trees and sunshine don't put you in the holiday spirit, Grouse Mountain might. The year-round Canadian playground is just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. Upon arrival, visitors are whisked to the 3,700-foot summit in bright red Skyride gondolas that will be decorated with antlers and a red nose as part of the resort's Reindeer Games theme. The Peak of Christmas festival runs Nov. 24 to Dec. 24 and includes interacting with real reindeer in a natural habitat, caroling during sleigh rides through the snowy woods and ice skating on an 8,000-square-foot pond.
NEWS
July 1, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Summer is a great time to explore ski resorts in the off season. The luxury Fairmont Chateau Whistler at the Canadian ski resort in British Columbia has a package for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts who like the view from the top.  It includes free tickets to ride the spectacular gondola that connects Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. The deal: The Peak for Free Gondola Package starts at $235 a night plus tax. Guests receive two tickets per night to ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola , a roughly 2.5-mile course.
TRAVEL
January 23, 2005
Tom and Julie Desmond of Monterey Park head to British Columbia, Canada, twice a year to schuss down its snowy slopes. Last month at the Whistler Blackcomb ski area, Tom found a different way of photographing the Coastal Mountains -- courtesy of Julie's goggles. For tips on travel photography from a Times photo editor, see Page 23. * Send to "My Best Shot," L.A. Times Travel section, 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; travel@latimes.com.
NEWS
April 3, 1991 | From a Times Staff Writer
British Columbia Premier Bill Vander Zalm announced his resignation Tuesday, just hours after publication of a special report on his personal business dealings while in office. Deputy Premier Rita Johnson was sworn in as premier by Lt. Gov. David Lam, the queen's representative in British Columbia. She will govern until an election is held in the fall. Vander Zalm's announcement reversed a pledge he had made last week, to remain in office at least two more months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2013 | By Anthony York
SAN FRANCISCO - Gov. Jerry Brown signed a new pact Monday to formally align California's clean energy policies with those of Oregon, Washington state and British Columbia. The agreement commits all four governments to work toward ways to put a price on carbon pollution, require the use of lower-carbon gasoline and set goals for reducing greenhouse gases across the region. The nonbinding blueprint also sets new targets for electric vehicles - aiming for 10% of all new cars and trucks in the region to be emission-free by 2016 - and calls for the construction of a bullet-train system from Canada to California.
NEWS
July 2, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
We are somewhere in Canada, but I'm not sure where. Photographer Al Seib and I left Vancouver, British Columbia, at 8 a.m. Monday and traveled 300 miles east on the Rocky Mountaineer.   Think it's hot in L.A.? Come to southern British Columbia. These Canadians, truly the most wonderful people in the world, keep insisting it's only 40 degrees here in the heart of the province. Turns out that's Celsius. Forty degrees Celsius converts to -- let's see -- about 300 degrees Fahrenheit, roughly the boiling point of blood.
NEWS
May 29, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Barbie is totally over the 'bu -- at least she's acting that way. As part of a new marketing campaign, the peripatetic princess of pink is set to swing through 13 North American cities on a quest to, as the press materials state, find a new place to hang her teeny tiny hat. Fittingly, the first stop on the Barbie Mobile Tour will be at the Grove  in Los Angeles on Saturday -- barely 31.5 miles from home. Among the activities on tap: creating Barbie fashions, face-painting (presumably yours and not Barbie's)
NEWS
March 20, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Many of the world's finest curlers will gather in Victoria, British Columbia, March 30 to April 7 for the Ford World Men's Curling Championships . Although the sport isn't one that's followed closely by Americans, the United States will be among the nations' fielding teams. The games will be held at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre , where athletes using brooms will move curling stones across the ice toward a circular target. A total of 12 countries - including Canada, Japan, Russia, Scotland and Switzerland - will participate.
NEWS
February 18, 2013 | By Brian E. Clark
Families can save some greenbacks on spring break with a ski vacation at Big White Ski Resort near Kelowna, British Columbia. From March 1 to April 13, Big White is offering a deal in which kids 12 and under can ski and stay for free. Families will receive a complimentary child lift ticket with each adult pass purchased. Big White is British Columbia's second-largest resort after Whistler and has the most ski-in, ski-out accommodations in Canada. From March 10-25, youngsters and their parents (or grandparents)
NEWS
January 23, 2013 | By Jay Jones
A new indoor market in downtown Victoria, Canada , will open in the spring, making Vancouver Island's abundant produce available year-round. The Victoria Public Market at the Hudson will be home to goods produced by bakers, butchers, fishermen and florists, among others. Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. It's about 60 miles from Vancouver and about a three-hour (or less) ferry ride from Seattle. The new market will be in what was once the Hudson's Bay department store.
NEWS
August 5, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The Nisga'a Indian tribe signed a treaty that gives members self-government and land rights in their rugged mountain homeland in British Columbia province. It was a historic day not only for the 5,500 Nisga'a but for all Indians in British Columbia. None of the other 50 Indian communities has obtained a treaty in this century, and the settlement is expected to serve as a loose model for other deals.
SPORTS
June 26, 1990
Quarterback Doug Flutie, 27, a free agent since being released by the New England Patriots after last season, signed with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League Monday night. Details of the agreement weren't immediately announced. "I'm very excited and happy," the 1984 Heisman Trophy winner said. "I'm here to stay. I'm not going home after all."
NEWS
January 11, 2013 | By Brian E. Clark
Snow has been falling in buckets all over the West, but nowhere more so than on the rugged peaks along the British Columbia border with Alberta. In a normal year, the Columbia Mountains near Revelstoke would have received roughly 8 feet of snow by now. But Mother Nature has been overly generous, dropping 14 feet in December alone (5 feet more than the previous record for the month) for a whopping total of 23 feet so far this season. This isn't the "Sierra Cement" that sometimes lands on California's slopes, especially at lower elevations.
NEWS
November 12, 2012 | By Jay Jones
If palm trees and sunshine don't put you in the holiday spirit, Grouse Mountain might. The year-round Canadian playground is just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. Upon arrival, visitors are whisked to the 3,700-foot summit in bright red Skyride gondolas that will be decorated with antlers and a red nose as part of the resort's Reindeer Games theme. The Peak of Christmas festival runs Nov. 24 to Dec. 24 and includes interacting with real reindeer in a natural habitat, caroling during sleigh rides through the snowy woods and ice skating on an 8,000-square-foot pond.
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