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Visit Western Canada! Known as one of the most beautiful places in the world, British Columbia is a family-friendly destination encompassing the Canadian Rockies and Pacific Ocean. Discover a region proud of its natural beauty, historical ties, growing arts & culture community and of course, ice hockey presence. There's no place quite like, British Columbia


Kelowna, British Columbia

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When you book your accommodation in Big White with RentChalets, rest assured you made the right choice. If you're not certain, you will be within an hour of your stay.

RentChalets manages a huge selection of residences in Big White, and each reflects different budgets, sizes, and comforts. The organization is full-service, meaning that every residence is prepared to the highest standard, from the kitchen to the hot tub. Questions or concerns? During your stay you have access to the friendly staff 24-hours-a-day. As if that all isn't enough, feel free to bring Spot, Fido, or Patches along, as many residences are dog-friendly! From your deluxe accommodations you'll have easy access to the rest of beautiful Kelowna.


5350 Big White Rd, Kelowna, BC V1P 1P3, Canada

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Big White Ski Resort overlooks the majestic Monashee Mountains and has over 2,565 acres of skiable terrain covered with the famous Okanagan Champagne Powder Snow.

Fun facts

Big White has on average 7.5 meters (24.5 feet) of snowfall per year.


Tyee Lake Lodge

Mcleese Lake, British Columbia

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This lodge offers both 16 deluxe guest rooms and stupendous hospitality, flanked by some of the most beautiful natural surroundings in the world.

Tyee Lake Lodge is 12,400 square feet of Swiss architecture and unforgettable experiences. From the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast (AKA the land without limits), you'll have unprecedented access to the glorious fishing in Tyee Lake. Cruise around in a boat, kayak, or canoe and do your best to catch the big one. Tyee Lake is crystal clear due to literally hundreds of underground springs and aquifers which feed the lake creating one of the cleanest still water in BC which is great for swimming and other activities. It's truly a purifying experience!


2500, Tyee Lake Rd, Cariboo D, BC, Canada


Tyee Lake is 7km long, 1km wide, and has a depth of 142 ft.

Fun facts

For those guests who would prefer to make their way to Tyee Lake Lodge using commercial flights into the Williams Lake Regional Airport, a Tyee Lake Lodge shuttle to & from the local airport is available.


Glacier House Resort

Revelstoke, British Columbia

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Located in the heart of the majestic Selkirk and Monashee mountain ranges, Glacier House Resort is the perfect setting for your peaceful mountain getaway!

Besides the obvious ocean of tranquility you'll experience, Glacier House also has a list of amenities as tall as the surrounding mountains. These include, but are not limited to, conference rooms, indoor pool, hot tub and sauna, massage service, and direct trail access to the wealth of surrounding snowmobile, dirt bike, ATV, hiking and biking trails. It's not an exaggeration when they say that adventure is right at your doorstep! Grab a bite to eat at the onsite Gallery Restaurant overlooking Mount Begbie, and relax- you're on vacation!


1870 Glacier Ln, Revelstoke, BC V0E 2S0, Canada

Getting there

Just 10km north of Revelstoke, Glacier House has a true ‘backcountry’ feel!

Related Onsite Offerings

The cozy downstairs Gallery Bar opens at 4.30pm.


REO Rafting Resort

Boston Bar, British Columbia

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Whether you seek adventure or relaxation, REO Rafting Resort has both in excess!

REO is Canada's premier glamping and rafting resort. If you aren't aware of what glamping is, it's a portmanteau of "glamour" and "camping". In essence, it's roughing it in style. You'll glamp with the best of them, then head out on a stupendous whitewater rafting expedition! REO is one of the leading river rafting guide training centers in Canada. The Class 3-4 Nahatlatch River (see river rating scale) features 37 rapids – the most in Canada! If you're worried about safety, don't be- REO has a perfect safety record and caters to all skill levels!


61755 Nahatlatch Forest Service Rd, Boston Bar, BC V0K 1C0, Canada

Getting there

The Lodge is just 2.5 hours from the Greater Vancouver area and four hours from Seattle!

Fun facts

The Lodge has been entertaining guests for more than 35 years!


Red Tree Lodge

Fernie, British Columbia

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Package a majestic setting with unrivaled amenities and you'll have guests flocking to your resort- it's worked out pretty well for Red Tree Lodge so far!

With the best value of all Fernie hotels, Red Tree draws guests like moths to a flame. What gives it such fantastic value? Start with the Lodge's hospitable staff, who are always eager to assist guests in whatever way they require. Next are the amenities, which range from bubbling hot tubs to feather beds. In fact, Red Tree offers more amenities than any other Fernie hotel! Finally, the superb location means that you'll have easy access to downtown Fernie and its wealth of shops, restaurants, and ski hills!


1101 7 Ave, Fernie, BC V0B 1M0, Canada


A walk down Victoria Avenue (2nd Avenue) provides a stunning vista of the Lizard Range framed by the architecture of the heritage buildings lining the street.

Fun facts

This region remained relatively untouched until the exploration of the Crowsnest Pass in 1873 by Michael Phillips. This discovery, and the sighting of outcroppings of coal, opened the region to the rest of the continent.


Radium Hot Springs

Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia

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At the entrance to Sinclair Canyon sits the old-fashioned town of Radium Hot Springs. Located on the ‘warm side of the Canadian Rockies’, Radium Hot Springs is one of British Columbia’s most rejuvenating resort towns.

A short drive from Calgary, Radium Hot Springs offers numerous activities, dining, natural hot springs and beautiful alpine scenery. This small town is famous for its hot springs complex from which the town bears its name. Surrounded by natural rock walls, these odorless pools soothe stress away. There is also a hot-tub sized pool nicknamed the ‘Plunge Pool’ because the water can either be hot (right from the source at 114°F) or cold from the creek running below the pools. Spend the better part of your day golfing at one of Radium Hot Springs’ nine 18-hole championship courses or six nine-hole courses. There’s also no better way to maneuver around the town than on horseback. Riding trails through the Kootenay’s are plenty, and you might just run into bighorn sheep wandering the streets! Plus, the mighty Columbia River is perfect for white-water rafting. A small town in the mountains, Radium Hot Springs combines old-world charm with the natural beauty of the Kootenay Rockies.


Radium Hot Springs has a population of 1,000.


808 m (2,651 ft).

Fun facts

The town is named for the hot springs complex that resides in it.



Nelson, British Columbia

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Following the discovery of silver, Nelson, British Columbia became a boom town. During the Vietnam War, many draft dodgers settled in Nelson - an influx of liberal, educated young people who greatly influenced the town’s cultural landscape.

These days, the ‘Queen City’ features an impressive collection (more than 350) of restored heritage buildings from its glory days that capture the Victorian style. Nelson is surrounded by beautiful British Columbia scenery with Kootenay Lake and the Selkirk Mountains posing a dramatic picture in the background. The town has also earned a respected reputation as an artistic center. With its charming natural beauty and historic perseverance, Nelson has become an idyllic home to artists from all mediums. Nelson is filled with plenty of activities. The town is all uphill, so you’d better bring your walking shoes. Or learn about Nelson’s architectural heritage with a driving tour of the town. Spend nights at the theater! Drama, comedy, dance or music – there’s always a performance occurring. And don’t miss the galleries, boutiques and festivals that draw tourists to Nelson year after year! Blooming from a boom town, Nelson has thrived off its cultural and artistic community.


Nelson has a population of 9,258.

Related activities

Skiing is Nelson’s primary outdoor activity and with the Selkirk Mountains towering in the background, you’ll have plenty of access to trails.

Fun facts

Nelson was rated the No. 1 Small Town Arts Community in Canada by the publisher of The 100 Best Small Arts Towns in America.



Cranbrook, British Columbia

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Amidst the Kootenay Rockies, Cranbrook receives more sunshine than any city in British Columbia. With the establishment of the Canadian Pacific Railway’s Crowsnest Pass in 1898, Cranbrook became a major commercial center.

Today, Cranbrook is a preserved historical city where people raise families and retire. The town has a strong community supporting everything from hockey to high school activities. Cultural and recreation as well as sports breathe life into this small city. Cranbrook is home to the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel, an award-winning museum featuring ‘Deluxe Hotels-On-Wheels’ from the 1880s to the 1930s. Be sure to visit the living museum, the restored Fort Steele ghost town. Townspeople in period costumes wander the streets and perform staged history. Hockey is the most popular sport in Cranbrook, and is home to more than 13 retired and current NHL players. Make sure to catch Cranbrook’s own team, the Kootenay Ice of the WHL in action. If you miss the season, play a round of championship golf at one of six distinctive courses surrounding the city. A railway town, a mill town and a commercial center, Cranbrook may look like a big city but its exudes small town charm and community.


Cranbrook has a population of 18,947.


Visit the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel which features rail cars built in the 1920s.

Fun facts

Cranbrook is home to more than 13 NHL players including Steve Yzerman and Scott and Ron Niedermayer.


Salmon Arm

Salmon Arm, British Columbia

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Halfway between Calgary and Vancouver lies the small town of Salmon Arm. On the shores of Shuswap Lake, Salmon Arm bore its roots as a railway camp. The town became an official British Columbia city in 2005.

Salmon Arm is fast becoming one of British Columbia’s most popular tourist towns. The town is surrounded by stunning natural beauty which has been carefully preserved for centuries. Numerous beaches line the shores of Shuswap Lake. Salmon Arm is home to the world’s largest wooden wharf in North American where tourists often rent houseboats for their stay. Fish off the wharf for famed steelhead and Kamloops trout. Peter Jannink Nature Park is a popular reserve for birdwatching. Dogsled through town and on through the mountains. The town is home to the annual Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival which draws national acts such as The Pointer Sisters. Salmon Arm is home to a booming arts community – you’ll find theaters, museums, libraries and art galleries. And you don’t have to travel south to see alpaca. These furry animals live in town! The unfettered topography of Salmon Arm makes it a favorite destination for tourists and residents alike.


Salmon Arm has a population of 16,205.

Related activities

The Salmon Arm Bay Nature Enhancement Area is an ecological site for wildlife viewing.

Fun facts

Salmon Arm’s sister city is Inashiki, Ibaraki, Japan.



Vernon, British Columbia

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Vernon’s history begins as a trading post alongside Swan Lake. The town has grown into a strong arts and culture community ranking as one of the top six most desirable communities to retire to in North America by Consumer Reports.

With more than 100 lakes, world-renowned golf, the Canadian Rockies and so much more, this family-friendly, colorful destination is a tourist’s dream. Vernon is the largest city in British Columbia’s North Okanagan Regional District. Fast becoming a mountain biking haven, Vernon offers several parks that are developed to ‘Whistler Standards’ by the North Okanagan Cycling Society. Visit the Swan Lake Nature Reserve for great bird watching opportunities – expect to see loons, herons, sandpipers and more! Several of the top ski resorts in North America are found in Vernon. Engage your creative side! A variety of art galleries, theatres, concert halls, craft fairs and festivals make Vernon a vibrant city center. The Vernon Film Society presents live entertainment on stage. And don’t forget about the Thompson Okanagan Summer Wine Festival that takes place in Vernon. Whether you’re visiting for a day or a week, Vernon is a majestic destination in the beautiful Okanagan Valley.


Vernon has a population of 35,944.


Take in a Vernon Vipers game, one of the most decorated junior hockey teams in Canadian history.

Fun facts

Vernon is named after Forbes George Vernon, a former MLA of British Columbia who helped found Coldstream Ranch.

Named after a local farmstead, Richmond, British Columbia is known for its natural beauty garnering it the nickname ‘Garden City’. Home to the Vancouver International Airport, Richmond is one of the first places you can visit in British Columbia.

Located at the mouth of the Fraser River, this coastal town is comprised of 17 islands and Steveston – the largest commercial fishing harbor in Canada. Richmond is home to a diverse population of people and neighborhoods. In fact, more than half of the town’s population is Asian. Richmond is filled with a vast amount of family-friendly, year-round activities. Visit the historic fishing village of Steveston and tour Fisherman’s Wharf and the Britannia Shipyard National Historic Site. Play at the Richmond Oval, home to several of the speed skating competitions during the 2010 Winter Olympics. And charter a whale watching excursion for an experience of a lifetime! Get close to British Columbia’s diverse marine ecosystem including porpoises, sea lions, bald eagles and seals. Discover Richmond’s cultural cuisine! The town boasts the best Asian fare and local seafood, as well as delightful international dining – Italian, Greek, French and more! Fall in love with Richmond – a multi-ethnic coastal town in British Columbia!


Richmond has a population of 174,461.


The annual Steveston Salmon Festival is held on Canada Day and includes a huge barbecued salmon sale.

Fun facts

The Richmond Oval Arena was a site for the speed skating competition for the 2010 Winter Olympics.



Kelowna, British Columbia

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Deep within the Okanagan Valley, Kelowna is natural sanctuary surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in British Columbia. Settled by a French Roman Catholic missionary, Kelowna was originally named L’anse au sable (Bay of Sand).

Today, Kelowna derives its name from a native term for ‘grizzly bear’. It’s the largest city in the Okanagan Valley; however despite its size, the city never feels or looks too crowded. Kelowna offers numerous parks and miles of sandy beaches along the shores of Okanagan Lake. Hike or bike through the mountains. Kelowna is a favorite destination for fishing with over 200 freshwater lakes! And in winter, ski or snowboard down the Monashee Mountains for thrills. You’ll discover some of the finest, freshly groomed powder in the Okanagan Valley! There are also more than 50 miles of scenic cross-country ski trails. And Kelowna’s orchards and vineyards are open year-round for seasonal delights. The spring, summer, fall and winter wine festivals attract thousands of tourists to the city. Kelowna’s cultural community has boomed in recent years with a concentration of galleries, museums, theaters and more popping up around town. Boasting all the amenities of a large city, Kelowna oozes with small-town mountain charm.


Kelowna has a population of 120,812.


Visit the Kasugai Gardens, an outdoor garden adjacent to City Hall which commemorates the friendship with Kelowna’s sister city, Kasugai, Japan.

Fun facts

Many former and current NHL stars live or have lived in Kelowna including Dany Heatley and Jarome Ignila.

Considered the gateway to the Great Bear Rainforest and the Central Coast of British Columbia, Denny Island is everything you're looking for in an exciting vacation. This vibrant coastal destination is a prime trove for wilderness and outdoor adventures or for anyone looking to getaway from the hustle-bustle of the cities. Here, you will find peace amongst the rolling waves, the relaxing island atmosphere, and small-town amenities. The Great Bear Rainforest is the world's largest intact temperate rainforest. Home to coasta wolves, grizzly bears, black bears, eagles and the Kermode "Spirit" bear, it's a nature-lover's dream come true. You can also catch sight of humpback whales, orcas, sea lions and porpoises by the coast. Denny Island's eco-tour adventures will take you through the area so you can get the full experience of one of British Columbia's most untamed areas! The Shearwater Marina is the only full-service marine hub and offers 1,500 feet of concrete floats. You can easily head out on some of the best sport fishing around, try your hand a diving trips, or head out on an ocean kayaking adventure. The possibilities are truly endless at this magical island destination!



Getting there

Denny Island is located approximately 100 nautical miles north of Port Hardy and 76 nautical miles west of Bella Coola. It's only accessible by plane and water.

Fun facts

The Royal Canadian Air Force chose the Shearwater site on Denny Island as a reconnaissance base during World War II.