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Sunshine Coast
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Harrison Hot Springs
Madeira Park
Powell River
Princess Louisa Inlet
Roberts Creek
Sechelt
Squamish
Whistler


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British Columbia, Canada
Vancouver, Coast and Mountains Travel Region

the Vancouver Coast and Mountains region, like the rest of British Columbia, comprises a vast and varied topography. Fertile farms, succulent river deltas, arid, rugged canyons, and of course, a teeming metropolis of some of the largest cities in Western Canada make up this expansive region.

More than two million people live in the Greater Vancouver Region, which includes farming and metropolitan areas like Richmond and Abbotsford, as well as the port cities of North Vancouver and Port Moody. But it also includes the stunning Sunshine Coast, which is known for its laid-back charm and relaxing summer getaways.

It is not until one has traveled B.C.'s circuitous Sea-to-Sky Highway (Highway 99) all the way to the Interior, that one gets a bird's eye view this region's diverse geography. Sandwiched between densely populated West Vancouver and the fishing town of Gibsons, Highway 99 winds along the West Coast and then turns abruptly east at Lions Bay. There it proceeds past Whistler Mountain, over Pemberton Pass to the arid outskirts of Lillooet. Elevation is precipitous and so are the overlooks, as the road winds its way down into this historic gold rush town. Here the traveler has the choice of taking the exhilarating "short cut" over the well-traveled Highway 12 (noted for its rock-studded dirt section called the "Big Slide") to Lytton, or diverting through the pasturelands and desert of Mount Currie and Cache Creek, then south again to Lytton and the Fraser Canyon.

It is this canyon that gives the region its sense of diversity with its cavernous overlooks, 19th-century gold rush landmarks and seemingly untouched pockets of pristine beauty. Well known for river-rafting opportunities and gondola rides across Hells Canyon, the Fraser Canyon offers an alternative route for experiencing the eclectic beauty of the Coast and Mountains region.

Sunshine Coast

Garden Bay

Pender Harbour Resort & Marina. 4686 Sinclair Bay Road, Garden Bay, BC V0N 1S0. Phone: 604-883-2424; Toll-free: 1-877-883-2424. E-mail

Sunshine Coast Tours. 4289 Orca Road, RR#1 Site #9 C#1, Garden Bay, BC V0N 1S0. Phone: 604-883-2280; Toll-free: 1-800-870-9055. E-mail

Madeira Park

Name: Joseph Gonsalos was harking back to his place of birth, Arquipelago da Madeira, a Portuguese colony in the Atlantic Ocean, when he named Madeira.

Ruby Lake Resort
Located near the northern end of the Sunshine Coast about two hours by ferry from Vancouver. The resort features an Italian restaurant and 10 units grouped in twos to form five cedar and brick cabins. Some units are complete with full kitchenettes (stove, fridge, sink, table, chairs, utensils). All offer full washrooms, complimentary coffee and color TV (w/free HBO). Resort has earned a 3 Diamond Accommodation classification.

Powell River

Name: Named in 1881 after Dr Israel Wood Powell, then superintendent of education and Indian affairs.

Roberts Creek

Up the Creek Backpacker's B&B. 1261 Roberts Creek Road, Roberts Creek, Sunshine Coast, BC V0N 2W2. Phone: 604-885-0384; Toll-free: 1-877-885-8100; Cell: 604-837-5943; Fax: 604-885-0396. E-mail

Squamish

Name: After the Squamish River, itself named for the "Squohomish" tribe, which may translate as "strong wind".

Whistler

ACCOMMODATIONS

Vacation Rentals

Whistler Chalets. 4360 Lorimer Road, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4. Phone: 604-905-8900; Toll-free: 1-866-938-9470. E-mail

ATTRACTIONS

Black Tusk Gallery
An art gallery located in Hilton Hotel that specializes in quality Native American artwork from the Pacific Northwest. Features contemporary jewelry by West Coast designers, masks, rattles, totem poles, soapstone sculptures, Inuit art, pottery and baskets, prints and original paintings. Site offers biographical sketches of featured artists and shows examples of their works.

VISITOR INFORMATION

Twin-Peak Giants
A travel article with photos about skiing on Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. (Part of the High On Adventure web site, an online, world-wide travel magazine.)

Whistler Travel Guide
Continuously ranked first place as the best resort in North America, Whistler, Blackcomb, and the surrounding area is a prime destination for those searching for world class skiing, snowboarding, great lodging, excellent dining, and wanting to experience a host of cultural and entertaining activities that run year round.

Vancouver Area

Cordero Lodge
Cordero Lodge is located in a quiet bay, approximately 120 air miles north of Vancouver and only accessible by floatplane or large boats. Direct flights by floatplane from Vancouver airport can be arranged. There is also daily scheduled flight service between Vancouver International Airport and the Campbell River Airport.

Paddlewheeler River Adventures
Scenic Vancouver cruises and charters on British Columbia's famous Fraser River and surrounding west coast waters aboard the M.V. Native, an authentic paddlewheeler built in 1985 and modeled from the ships that used to travel British Columbia some one hundred years before her.

Transportation

West Coast Express
A commuter rail service linking Mission, Port Haney, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam and Port Moody with downtown Vancouver. (Map)

Chilliwack

VISITOR INFORMATIONN

Chilliwack Visitor Information. 44150 Luckakuck Way, Chilliwack, BC V2R 4A7. Phone: 604-702-9502; Toll-free: 1-800-561-8803; Fax: 604-792-4511.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Vacation Rentals

Ranch Park Lodge. 7850 Nixon Road, Rosedale, BC V0X 1X0.

ACTIVITIES

Chilliwack River Rafting. 49704 Chilliwack Lake Road, Chilliwack, BC V4Z 1A7. Phone: 604-824-0334; Toll-free: 1-800-410-7238; Fax: 604-824-0317.

Fraser Valley Hiking Adventures. #30-45111 Wolfe Road, Chilliwack, BC V2P 1V6. Phone: 604-795-0076; Toll-free: 1-866-999-2112; Fax: 604-795-0076.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Donair Affair. 30-45850 Yale Road, Chilliwack, BC V2P 2N9. Phone: 406-795-9779; Fax: 406-795-9779.

Hope

Skagit Motor Inn. 655 3rd Avenue, Box 908, Hope, BC V0X 1L0. Phone: 604-869-5220; Toll-free: 1-888-869-5228; Fax: 604-869-5856.

Ladner

Ladner's Landing of Yesteryear
Web site offering books of self-guided tours of Ladner, BC by author, researcher and historian Gwen Szychter.

Langley

Name:: After Fort Langley, named for Hudson Bay Company director, Thomas Langley.

VISITOR INFORMATION

Transportation

CANDAN RV Rentals. 20257 Langley Bypass 540 Meridian Road, Langley, BC. Phone: 604-530-3645; Fax: 604-530-1696.
Rents 19- to 34-foot luxury motor homes, 5th wheel trailers and trucks, vans, campers, one-way rentals and various services catering to the needs of the traveler wanting to rent vacation vehicles.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Bed and Breakfast

Secret Garden & Guest House B&B. 20382 91B Avenue, Langley, BC V1M 2G1. Phone: 604-888-3376.376.

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Harrison Hot Springs

Name::: After Benjamin Harrison, then a Hudson's Bay Company director.

Harrison Heritage House & Cottages
Bed & Breakfast offering a tranquil setting along the peaceful banks of the Miami River just steps away from Harrison Lake with it's natural beauty and fabulous beaches.

Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa
The Harrison Hot Springs Hotel is located in Southwestern British Columbia's Coastal Mountains on the shore of Harrison Lake. The hotel offers all the amenities of a full service luxury resort plus full conference facilities and meeting rooms in a BC wilderness setting.

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