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TOUR OF CRAIGDARROCH CASTLE

Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, British Columbia, is a historic, Victorian-era Scottish Baronial mansion, designated a National Historic Site of Canada. It was constructed in the late 19th century as a family residence for the wealthy coal baron Robert Dunsmuir and his wife Joan and the building later served as a military hospital, college, offices, and a conservatory, before it was re-purposed into a historical museum in 1979. The museum is currently owned by the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society, which is a private non-profit society, and receives 150,000 visitors a year.

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Website: http://www.thecastle.ca/

Location: 1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria, BC V8S 3L5

FORT RODD HILL & FISGARD LIGHTHOUSE

Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site preserves the history of artillery batteries used during war time to defend the Esquimalt Harbor. Just next door is Fisgard Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse on the western coast of Canada.

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Website: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill

Location: 603 Fort Rodd Hill Rd, Victoria, BC V9C 2W8

HAYNES HISTORIC RANCH

Visiting the abandoned remains of the Haynes Historic Ranch. Beginning in about 1865 John Carmichael Haynes began to acquire large amounts of ranch land in the Osoyoos and Oliver area. It was one of the first cattle ranches in the Okanagan Valley and he eventually amassed about 22,000 acres. Haynes also was judge as well as customs officer for the Osoyoos/US border crossing. These buildings, on the east side of the Okanagan River date from the pioneer cattle ranching era. The house dates from 1860, built for Judge John Carmichael Haynes, who died in 1888. A later addition in 1875, and again in the last years of use, it was last inhabited in 1963.

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Location: Okanagan-Similkameen A, BC V0H 1V7

Ashcroft BC: Pioneer Gold Rush Town

Ashcroft was founded in the 1860s, during the Cariboo Gold Rush, by two English brothers named Clement Francis Cornwall and Henry Pennant Cornwall, who emigrated to Canada from Ashcroft, at Newington Bagpath in Gloucestershire.The brothers had originally come in search of gold; however, on hearing stories from failed gold searchers they decided to found the town to give future gold searchers a place to saddle their horses. They sold flour to packers and miners, helping to make the community. The Cariboo Road ran nearby but on the west bank of the Thompson River. The Canadian Pacific Railway reached Ashcroft in 1884 and the town became a division point and service centre for the rail line. The province built a bridge across the river in 1890 so travellers could ride the train to Ashcroft then board a stagecoach for a journey north. In 1920, when the Pacific Great Eastern Railway (now BC Rail) was partially built, running from Squamish to Clinton and Williams Lake, Ashcroft lost strategic importance as a supply centre and transit point for the north. After this, the townsfolk started to rely on farming to sustain the community. Despite being dry, farming was very successful because of water from the Thompson River and hot sun. During the 1920s the small but successful Chinese community made money by testing the growing of potatoes and tomatoes.

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Website: http://ashcroftbc.ca/museum/

Location: 404 Brink St, Ashcroft, BC V0K 1A0

Myra Canyon Trestles

Known as McCullochs Wonder, the Myra Canyon Trestles near Kelowna were part of the Kettle Valley Railway. Consisting of eighteen trestles, two tunnels and three deep rock cuts, this section of the railway is known as one of the greatest feats of railroad engineering in the world. Many of the original trestles were destroyed by wildfires in 2003, but have been rebuild and now attract thousands of tourists and recreationists each year.

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Website: https://www.myratrestles.com/

Location: Myra-Bellvue Provincial Park

Abandoned WWII Buildings: Point Grey Battery

The remains of the abandoned WWII buildings are still visible at Point Grey on the grounds of the University of British Columbia. Port Grey Battery was a World War II defense installation constructed to help secure the Vancouver harbor from incoming ships. The location of the Port Grey Battery is now home to the UBC Museum of Anthropology, but the historic remains can still be found just outside and down below on Tower Beach.

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Haunted Vancouver: Waterfront Station Ghosts

Vancouver's Waterfront Station, built by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), opened in 1914 as the Pacific terminus for the CPR's transcontinental passenger trains. Today, Waterfront Station is a major intermodal public transportation facility in Vancouver. Although 12 million people pass through the building annually, this historic building is also known to be one of Downtown Vancouver's most haunted locations with workers and patrons experiencing a variety of spectral and poltergeist activity at the hands of Waterfront's several resident ghosts.

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Location: 601 W Cordova St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G1

Inn at Spences Bridge

historic hotel at sunset Located along the Thompson River in Spences Bridge, the Inn at Spences Bridge is the oldest continuously operating Inn in British Columbia and is the only hotel in Canada with views of two class one railways (Canadian Pacific Railway / Canadian National Railway. The Canadian Pacific line lies less than 30 metres from the front door and the Canadian National line is just across the Thompon River. The Inn at Spences Bridge is truely a uniqe experience for Railfans and History Buffs alike.

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Website: http://www.innatspencesbridge.com/

Location: 3649 BC-8, Spences Bridge, BC V0K 2L0

Derby Reach Regional Park

wrecked car at Derby Reach Park Located on the banks of the Fraser River, Derby Reach Park has trails that wander past river and mountain views and through deeply shaded forest. Historic buildings, heritage apple trees and other reminders of pioneer days make this a memorable place.

The walking route known as the Fort To Fort Trail connects the Fort Langley National Historical Museum with the site of the original fort near Derby Reach Regional Park.

The route begins from the National Historic Museum but many people begin the route from the train crossing at Glover Road and Mavis Avenue. At the end of the Fort To Fort Trail, you can extend your route by following the Edgewater Trail or completing the Houston Trail loop in Derby Reach Regional Park before returning along the Fort To Fort Trail back to Fort Langley.

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Website: http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/derby-reach-regional-park

Location: 21801 Allard Crescent, Langley Twp, BC V1M 3W1

Octopus Tree and Cape Meares Lighthouse

Cape Meares lighthouse in front of views of Oregon Coast Cape Meares features an 1890s lighthouse, and a mile-long walking trail that winds through old-growth spruce trees, including the uniquely-shaped "Octopus Tree".

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Website: https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=park.profile&parkId=131

Location: 3500 Cape Meares Loop, Tillamook, OR 97141, United States

Tillamook Air Museum and Blimp Hangar

Concrete World War II Blimp Hangar in Tillamook Oregon The Tillamook Air Museum is housed inside a former World War II Blimp Hanger which housed K-class airships used for anti-submarine patrol and convoy escort. This hangar is almost 200 feet tall and is one of the largest wooden structures in the world.

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Website: http://www.tillamookair.com/

Location: 6030 Hangar Rd, Tillamook, OR 97141, United States

HOPE SLIDE MEMORIAL

view of landslide in Hope BC The Hope Slide Memorial was erected to remember the events of January 9, 1965 when four people were trapped beneath the mud and debris; The bodies of two of the victims have never been recovered. A further six people were killed on this site as the result of two separate plane crashes.

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Location: Hope, BC V0X 1L2

OTHELLO TUNNELS

Historic Annand Farmhouse in Campbell Valley Regional Park The Othello Tunnels were abandoned after the Kettle Valley Railway stopped running in the 1960's. The Coquihalla Canyon provincial park was established to help preserve the tunnels and make them accessible to visitors, making this one of the most spectacular day trips in the Vancouver area.

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Website: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/coquihalla_cyn/

Location: Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park, Hope, BC V0X 1L1

ANNAND & ROWLETT HISTORIC FARMSTEADS

Historic Annand Farmhouse in Campbell Valley Regional Park Exploring the Lochiel Schoolhouse and Annand/Rowlatt Farmstead historic sites in Campbell Valley Regional Park. The Southern end of the park is home to both the Rowlatt Farmstead and the historian Lochiel Schoolhouse. Both landmarks predate 1924. The Rowlatt Farmstead is occupied by a family and, although the fields and grounds are public, the fences lawn around the house is private. Lochiel schoolhouse is occasionally opened upon reservation.

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Website: https://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=6019

Location: 710 204 St, Langley City, BC V2Z 1V5

BRITANNIA MINE TOUR

View of historic multilevel mining building at Britannia Mine Museum The Britannia Mine Museum, located 55 km kilometres north of Vancouver, British Columbia on the Sea-to-Sky Highway, preserves and presents to the public information and artifacts related to British Columbia's mining industry.

The museum is the site of Mill 3, a20 story building, a gravity fed concentrator for ore processing, was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1987 an an important source of copper ore for almost 70 years and during the 1920s and 1930s it constituted one of the largest mining operations in Canada.

Visitors are given a mine tour including a train ride through an historic haulage tunnel, driven in 1914 to transport ore from the original mill buildings to the shore. The site is also a popular location for film and TV productions, most notably Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, the The X-Files, Okja, The Man in the High Castle and MacGyver

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Website: http://www.britanniaminemuseum.ca/

Location: 1 Forbes Way, Britannia Beach, BC V0N 1J0