January 23, 2013 |
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.
January 11, 2013 |
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.
November 12, 2012 |
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.
August 31, 2012 |
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.
October 19, 2011 |
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.
October 16, 2011 |
Up in the northwest forest where Washington, Idaho and British Columbia converge, there's a lazy little international border crossing called Nelway, about the size of a gas station. "Where are you headed?" a Canadian border patrol agent asked when my family rolled up a few months ago, heading north from Washington. "Nelson," I told him as he began his search of our car. "It's OK," said the officer, unenthusiastically. "Kinda hippie-ish. Very laid-back. " Not a problem, sir. The town of Nelson, semi-Victorian, substantially bohemian, sportier and more artsy than your average hamlet of 9,700 souls, sits in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia, about 30 miles north of the U.S. border.