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Travellers Companion
Quarterly Visitors E-newsletter

Issue 1
April 2012



Welcome to the first edition of the Travellers' Companion and the start of the touring season!  We can't wait to share the best of BC with you. 
In This Issue
Travellers' Tips: Start the Season
Event: Strike Gold at the Canadian Panning Championships, Barkerville
Experience: Hike with Vancouver Trails
Attractions: Go North
Partner Profile: Sunshine Valley Resort & Deluxe Cabins
Circle Tour: Rest and Rejuvenate at 14 Hot Springs
Travellers' Tips: Start the Season

It's that time of year again! Whether it's your first time touring BC, or you're searching for that next hidden treasure, these tips will help you start the 2012 season right.


The way we see it, your first trip of the season will have four phases: Preparation;Travel;Your Stay and Memories. Make the most of each phase with these tips from experienced travellers.

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Event: Strike Gold with the Canadian Panning Championships


This summer marks the 150th anniversary of Billy Barker's gold strike in Williams Creek - the start of a Gold Rush and the birth of BC's boomtowns.    

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Experience: Hike with Vancouver Trails (

Elk Mountain, Chilliwack, credit Vancouver TrailsEver wanted to plan a hike around Vancouver but didn't know where to start? Even seasoned locals can be intimidated by the prospect of planning the perfect outing. That's where Vancouver Trails steps in. launched in 2007 with the goal of sharing hikes that locals and tourists of all fitness levels could complete in a day from Vancouver. Motivated by the beauty of British Columbia's mountains, lakes, waterfalls, streams, forests, plants, and animals, their team worked hard to gather and convey first-hand accounts and experiences. 

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Attractions: Go North for Arts and Culture!
 British Columbia's north is a vast wilderness of grizzly bears, pristine glaciers, ancient totems, and raw rugged beauty. Out of the vast land of creeping glaciers and dense, ancient forests come tales of a wilderness steeped in mystery and adventure. 2012 marks the 70th Anniversary of the Alaska Highway - the perfect time to tour the region and take in all it has to offer.

Amidst this backdrop of breathtaking natural beauty, Northern BC is also rich in cultural attractions and entertainment.

This summer, why not explore all the arts, culture, and excitement that Northern BC has to offer? There's something here for everyone!  Click here to view our top ten arts, culture and entertainment picks for the region>>
Partner Profile: ATV at Sunshine Valley Resort & Cabins
ATV Family, credit Craig McMullenLocated near Hope, Sunshine Valley RV Resort & Cabins  is a year-round vacation destination. It's part of the Holiday Trails RV resorts family, a network of BC, Alberta and Washington membership-camping sites established in 1983.

Your host, Joanne is an experienced resort manager whose purpose and passion is ensuring you have an outstanding vacation experience. All guests are welcome, but the resort is well-known as a hot spot for ATV enthusiasts.
Do you have an amazing trip, tour or experience that you want to share with us?  Please contact

Joss Penny
BC Lodging and Campgrounds Association

Circle Tour:

 Rest & Rejuvenate at 14 Hot Springs

What better way to start 2012's touring season than by soaking your way through the scenic
Kootenay Rockies?  

Home to national parks, snow-capped mountains, and a quirky counter-culture, the Kootenay Rockies region is dotted with natural hot springs world-renowned for their healing qualities. These springs and pools are a great vantage point for soaking in breathtaking natural surroundings.  

Join us for a circle tour of rest and rejuvenation through this stunning landscape. The tour starts and ends in Cranbrook, is around 1.1 km in length (640 mi) and typically takes five to seven days to complete.  

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