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Travelling in British Columbia

March 2016, Issue 16 

Visitors E-Newsletter 


Plan a Vacation to Galiano or Texada Islands in
British Columbia's Gulf Islands
Oceanview from Galiano Island
British Columbia's Gulf Islands offer up a stunning scene of unrivaled beauty. Nestled between the BC mainland and Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and surrounding waters are a recreationist's paradise. Sailing, kayaking, diving and fishing are just some of the reasons for the area's popularity. Galiano and Texada Islands are just two of the islands that will draw you to their shores for hiking, biking, exploring and for some quiet relaxation. Read more on Galiano and Texada Islands.
Plan a Summer Vacation in Stewart in Spectacular Northern British Columbia
Salmon Glacier, Stewart
Stewart, British Columbia is a small border town located in spectacular northwestern BC across from Alaska's Misty Fjords National Park. Situated at the end of the Portland Canal, this natural fjord extends from the open seas of the Pacific Ocean via Portland Inlet at Pearse Island, 115 km (71 mi) northward to Stewart, British Columbia, and Hyder, Alaska. Read more.
 Ferry Trip Prince Rupert to Port Hardy
Prince Rupert 
John has enjoyed a successful career in the tourism industry. He is co-author of "Paralyzed without Warning" and is now semi-retired, living with his wife Suzan, on Vancouver Island.

I had heard that the BC Ferries trip from Prince Rupert in the north to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island is like taking a cruise at a fraction of the price. As Prince Rupert is nearly 54 degrees latitude, mid-June is a wonderful time to do so, being light from early morning to late evening. I was heading south to my home on Vancouver Island. Read more.  
Special Offer: Fairmont Vacation Villas Mountainside February 14 - June 10, 2016     
Fairmont Vacation Villas Mountainside
Fairmont Vacation Villas Mountainside, located in Fairmont Hot Springs in the magnificent Kootenay Rockies, is offering several vacation getaways between February 14 and June 10, 2016. Packages range from 3 to 7 nights and include either one or two nights free based on package purchased. Offer details.

This four-season resort area offers golf, hiking, kayaking, skiing and much more. More on Fairmont Hot Springs.
Tips & Useful Information When Traveling to
British Columbia
Currency: Visitors can exchange money into Canadian dollars at a bank or foreign currency exchange, or withdraw money with their debit card from ATM machines showing the Interac logo. More details.
Speed Limits: Canada uses kilometers. Speed limits are: 30km/hr school zone; 50km/hr built up areas; 80 km/hr rural roads; 110-120km/hr major highways. Maximum speed limit in BC is 120km/hour. Details here.
Electrical: Canada operates on 110V, 60 cycle power (same as the US). Non-north American visitors should bring a plug adaptor for use with items such as a hairdryer, razor, laptop. More details.
Still Time to Attend a Consumer Show in BC to Start Planning Your 2016 BC Vacation

Pet Lover Show,
Tradex, Feb 27-28

BC Boat & Sportsman Show, Tradex, Mar 4-6

Island RV Show, Nanoose Bay, Apr 8-10

Interior RV Show, Penticton, Apr 22-24
Whilst there, pick up a Super Camping/Select Lodging Guide which includes a comprehensive list of campgrounds, RV parks and lodging.

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