British Columbia Adventure Guide by Ed Readicker-Henderson, Lynn Readicker-Henderson

By Ed Readicker-Henderson, Lynn Readicker-Henderson

From early explorers and Gold Rush days to fashionable occasions, British Columbia has regularly attracted viewers. Its wealthy panorama is full of forests, glaciers and rivers that draw outside fanatics; extra rugged adventurers journey the Alaska street, an engineering wonder that cuts around the territory amid wonderful surroundings. stopover at Vancouver, the most important urban within the province, or Victoria, thought of by way of many to be the nicest spot in North the US. Scenic railways supply a different chance for secure sightseeing. Offshore are the Queen Charlotte Islands, the place kayaking is a well-liked recreation. Written via the authors of our best-selling event advisor to the interior Passage & Coastal Alaska.

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If you want good bird shots, you’ll need a telephoto lens, fast film, and some luck. Find out when fishing boats are dumping leftover bait (usually in the late evening) and head down to the docks. There’s nothing quite like watching a full-grown, 30-pound eagle hit the water at full speed. n n Other Birds British Columbia is a birder’s delight. You can watch brown creepers at campsites in the southern part of the province, or along the coast, check out the alcids: the auks and auklets, murres and particularly the puffins.

Other Beasts n 37 BC’s economy is dominated by three things: lumber, fishing and tourism. It’s also got good, healthy mining industries, and extensive agriculture, particularly in the Okanagan Valley, where there are fine wineries. Vancouver is actually the fourth-largest film production center in the world now, behind Mumbai, Hollywood and New York. If you watch a show on US television that has forest backdrop, odds are it was shot in Vancouver – The X-Files, for example, or Stargate SG-1. On our last visit to town, Robin Williams was hanging out at the Virgin Records shop, and Uma Thurman was in one of the restaurants, hoping nobody would recognize her.

And what a rich culture it was. Stretching from the southern reaches of the Fraser River, well into Alaska, totems are the faces of the landscape. Contrary to popular opinTraditional totem pole. ion, totem poles were never objects of worship. They were a heraldic emblem as well as a method of storytelling, a means of keeping a community memory. Although the poles used common elements and figures, any attempt to “read” a totem is possible only if you know the family and the story the pole commemorates.

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