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PARADISE MINI GOLF: 30 Year Old Classic Mini-Golf Course

Paradise Mini Golf and Fun Park lets you choose from 2 exciting 18 hole golf courses. TURF 'N SURF was built in 1988, and looks as great today as it did then. Some of the features include: the old waterwheel, the lighthouse, the windmill, the village church, the Victorian mansion. TREASURE ISLAND was introduced two years later in 1990. With its pirates' theme you'll putt across the galleons deck and peek into the skeletons' treasure cave.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYOzz2xg8s8

Website: http://paradisefunpark.net/

Location: 375 Island Hwy W, Parksville, BC V9P 1A1

VANCOUVER ISLAND VISITOR CENTRE & COURTENAY PALEONTOLOGY CENTRE

The award winning Vancouver Island Visitor Center informs visitors about the cultural and recreational highlights of the north Vancouver Island. The nearby Courtenay and District Museum and Paleontology Centre collects and preserves the natural and cultural heritage of the Comox Valley highlighting fossils, geology, First Nations history, pioneer settlement history, social history of the Comox Valley. The Paleontology Centre showcases marine fossils discovered in the local area, including a full skeleton of the Elasmosaurus. The museum has been featured in numerous television documentaries, including shows on the Discovery Channel and the Knowledge Network.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOJO_whfOYk

Website: https://www.courtenaymuseum.ca/

Location: 207 4th St, Courtenay, BC V9N 1G7

TOMAHAWK BARBEQUE: 95 Year Old Diner!

The Tomahawk Barbeque, established in 1926, is a North Vancouver Tradition. This family run establishment has been featured in Diners Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri as well as You Gotta Eat Here. Part classic diner and part museum, the diner is filled with first nations artwork and artifacts, giving it an eclectic ambience that has been seen in films such as X-Files, Supernatural and Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wt1VEASg9Q4

Website: http://www.tomahawkrestaurant.com/

Location: 1550 Philip Ave, North Vancouver, BC V7P 2V8

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.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzyHcfFW2n4

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

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

NORTH ISLAND WILDLIFE RECOVERY CENTRE

The North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre is located in a park-like setting with a peaceful rustic atmosphere. When visiting the centre you will be able to view eagles, several species of owls, falcons, hawks, ravens, and black bears. Rehabilitating eagles can be viewed through one way glass in the largest flight enclosure of its kind in Canada. The Centre's mandate is the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned native wildlife, with a focus on raptors and black bears.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsywcBp_lfE

Website: https://www.niwra.org/

Location: 1240 Leffler Rd, Errington, BC V0R 1V0

VICTORIA BUTTERFLY GARDENS

The Victoria Butterfly Gardens, located in the Greater Victoria, is one of the most popular tourist sites in the Victoria area. The Victoria Butterfly Gardens are known for having different species of butterflies and moths in their indoor facility, as well as birds, fishes, frogs, an iguana, geckoes and tortoises, along with the newly added Insectarium.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsN3rpup8jQ

Website: https://www.butterflygardens.com/

Location: 1461 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J5

EQUIMALT LAGOON DRIFTWOOD SCULPTURES

The Equimalt Lagoon Migratory Bird Sanctuary is home to the incredible driftwood art sculpture, Mc Gnarly the Beach Ent. This work inspired artist Paul Lewis to create a growing collection of other driftwood creatures which reflect the variety lf bird species often found at the lagoon.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKuNO93GTkU

Location: Colwood, BC

UNIQUE CANADIAN FOOD: Exploring the Nanaimo Bar Trail

The Nanaimo Bar Trail features almost 40 shops and restaurants which serve a variety of Nanaimo Bar themed delicacies based on this unique canadian food, including Nanaimo bar lattes, spring rolls, cocktails, deep-fried Nanaimo bars, and more. The classic Nanaimo bar, named after the city of Nanaimo British Columbia, has three layers: the cool and creamy chocolate top layer, the comforting vanilla custard middle layer, and the chocolatey, coconut graham crumb base.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbnXctOSFpg

Website: https://tourismnanaimo.com/what-to-do/sip-and-savour/nanaimo-bar-trail/

Location: Nanaimo, British Columbia

Lost Attractions: Stanley Park Zoo

The Stanley Park Zoo has a long history stretching from when the park first opened until it closed in the 1990s. Today the Polar Bear exhibit sites untouched and abandoned, the last reminder of this chapter of the Stanley Park's history.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMSiOwcSWU4

STANLEY PARK: Vancouver's Top Tourist Attraction

Stanley Park is the top tourist attraction in Vancouver and was named the world's best urban park by Trip Advisor in 2014. I'm heading on a Stanley Park Tour around the seawall (part of the longest continuous seawall in the world) and will share with you the history of it's many sights and attractions.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-w-32ftsp0

Royal B.C. Museum: Becoming BC and First Peoples Galleries

Founded in 1886, the Royal B.C. Museum consists of The Province of British Columbia's natural and human history museum as well as the British Columbia Provincial Archives. The Royal BC Museum includes three permanent galleries: Natural History, Becoming BC and the First Peoples Gallery. The museum’s collections comprise approximately 7 million objects, including natural history specimens, artifacts, and archival records.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4waAzT1hrg

Website: https://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/

Location: 675 Belleville St, Victoria, BC V8W 9W2

SHAW CENTRE FOR THE SALISH SEA

The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is a not-for-profit aquarium and cultural learning centre that focuses on the ecosystem of the Salish Sea and is located in the Sidney Pier Building on the waterfront in the Vancouver Island town of Sidney, British Columbia. The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is a highly regarded environmental education centre and popular attraction with locals and tourists alike. The centre has won numerous awards including being named "One of Canada's Top Ten New Attractions" for summer 2009 by Where magazine.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JbY3QDBCQw

Website: http://salishseacentre.org/

Location: 9811 Seaport Pl, Sidney, BC V8L 4X3

Old Country Market: Goats on Roof

Old Country Market in Coombs BC, also known as Goats on Roof, is one of the most famous sod covered buildings in the world. In the summer months their resident goats stand and feed on the grass roof above visitors. Inside is an eclectic market featuring unique goods that you're unlikely to see anywhere else.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpEcVawsR7I

Website: http://oldcountrymarket.com/

Location: 2326 Alberni Hwy, Coombs, BC V0R 1M0

MINIATURE WORLD VICTORIA BC: The Greatest Little Show on Earth!

Miniature World Victoria BC has been one of Victoria's most popular tourist attractions since 1971. Tucked away inside the Fairmont Empress hotel, the museum has 85 different scenes and dioramas depicting historic moments, construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Frontierland, Fantasyland and more. In 2014 the museum was expanded to include all new dioramas telling the story of Camelot.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHmYRGERO6A

Website: https://miniatureworld.com/

Location: 649 Humboldt St, Victoria, BC V8W 1A7

Incredible Lego Exhibition at the Museum of Sidney BC

The Sidney Museum is holding it's 15th annual Lego Exhibit which showcases a huge number of rare and unusual Lego kits with topics including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Minecraft, Batman, Lego Friends, Beatles and more! Learn about the history of Lego as we explore this increadible collection.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0YdOMBswHI

Website: http://www.sidneymuseum.ca/

Location: 2423 Beacon Ave L-3, Sidney, BC V8L 1X5

WINTER WALKING TOUR OF VICTORIA BC

We take advantage of a snow day to tour Victoria BC, the capital of British Columbia. Around Victoria's Inner Harbor are several incredible buildings including the BC Parliament Buildings and the Fairmont Empress hotel. Then we head over to Victoria's Chinatown to see Fan Tan Alley, Canada's narrowest street measuring only 35 inches across!

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HtVGfB58xM

ROYAL B.C. MUSEUM: Natural History Gallery

Founded in 1886, the Royal B.C. Museum consists of The Province of British Columbia's natural and human history museum as well as the British Columbia Provincial Archives. The Royal BC Museum includes three permanent galleries: Natural History, Becoming BC and the First Peoples Gallery. The museum’s collections comprise approximately 7 million objects, including natural history specimens, artifacts, and archival records. The natural history collections have 750,000 records of specimens almost exclusively from BC and neighbouring states, provinces, or territories.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCHNwGKlvqs

Website: https://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/

Location: 675 Belleville St, Victoria, BC V8W 9W2

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.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QpgD6X2QPU

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

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

GREATER VANCOUVER ZOO

Dedicated to education and conservation, the Greater Vancouver Zoo is home to many rescued, donated and orphaned animals. The mission of the Greater Vancouver Zoo is to inspire appreciation of our ecosystems and support conservation efforts by engaging the community. Discover the sights and sounds of 140 species on 120 acres in the heart of the Fraser Valley.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXcmEFccj7o

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.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I0HA4RzVz8

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

Location: Myra-Bellvue Provincial Park