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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.

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

Pacific Science Center

Close up of yellow and orange monarch butterfly resting on a green leaf at Pacific Science Center Pacific Science Center Seattle is an independent, non-profit science center in Seattle Washington with a mission to ignite curiosity and fuel a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking. The center's original buildings were the United States Science Pavilion designed for the 1962 World's Fair.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTx8o0IhnHA

Website: https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org

Location: 200 2nd Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109, United States

White Post Auto Museum

Front view of burgandy colored vintage truck hood ornament and grille at White Post Auto Museum The White Post Auto Museum displays and stores classic, custom and special interest vehicles in their show room. Or, browse the field of dreams to find the perfect project car.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FkIYNaQ-FQ

Website: http://www.whitepostautomuseum.com/

Location: Trans-Canada Hwy, Tappen, BC V0E 2X0

Vallea Lumina

vibrant neon colored projection of a grizzley bear Legends speak of a long-lost trail that leads to a secret valley. Vallea Lumina is a pathway through an old-growth forest that will take visitors of all ages on a magical night walk in pursuit of hidden wonders, telling a story that unfolds in chapters along the way.

Old stories tell of the wondrous things that happen near Whistler. Between the trees, in the shadow of mountains, people say there’s a hidden place where stardust falls from the night sky, filling all living things with its pure light. There’s a way to get there, but few know how to find it. The pathway is marked only by the lingering traces of two long-ago hikers. Join an evening excursion in search of a hidden valley that’s filled with unexpected enchantment. The legends hold that its beautiful mysteries stay with those who find it long after they leave.

Our Video (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTkvzUK0yl0

website: https://vallealumina.com

Location: 4293 Mountain Square #211, Whistler, BC V8E 1B8