Food and drink – so integral to our survival and enjoyment of life that one almost forgets how worthy of celebration they are – and it’s not just the food and drink by themselves or even combined but also the surroundings and the people with which we enjoy them. This is the celebration, and Tofino is the place. Read the rest of this entry »
The Vancouver International Children’s Festival is a world-renowned exhibition of live performances that has been entertaining young audiences for 36 years!
This educational and inspirational festival on Granville Island is a family tradition you won’t want to miss, with over 15 interactive arts activities for you and your youngsters to enjoy, such as Circus Skills, Interactive Dinosaur Sculpture, a Musical Maze, and Origami to name just a few.
And the performances? A host of talented artists come from all over the world for the opportunity to perform at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival. Take a look! Read the rest of this entry »
The Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre (pronounced in-ka-meep) is a state-of-the-art interpretive centre located in Canada’s only desert.
Although it is called Canada’s only desert or a “pocket desert”, you won’t see sand dunes or the large saguaro cacti here. There is some debate as to whether Osoyoos is a true desert or not because of occasional rainy and snowy spells. The climate here, however, is the same as that of Phoenix, Arizona and the area supports many desert dwellers; creatures such as scorpions, rattlesnakes, and plants like the prickly-pear cactus. Read the rest of this entry »
In the 13 years that this juried stained glass show has been produced, it has only grown in size. Each year has been larger than the last and has displayed greater, more diverse works. This year’s Radium Hot Springs Art Glass show has gained so much momentum that it should prove to be the biggest and best one yet!
The 13th Annual Radium Hot Springs Art Glass Show and Sale brings together artists from all over western Canada to display their visions in stained glass. True stained glass works of art take careful planning and skills in many fields to successfully produce, and the end results should work whether they are hung to transform light or simply to receive it. Read the rest of this entry »
Fire – it’s the food! Join in on the traditional chili tasting cook-off along with other kinds of hot foods! Yum! Hot!
Ice – it’s the sculpture! Ice carving competitions will commence, along with other, additional icy activities such as ice cream making and other “cool” foods.
What else is hot and cool? Music! Live, foot-stomping, hip-shaking entertainment from favorite local performers and recording artists. Read the rest of this entry »
Housed in a magnificent, Northwest Coast Longhouse overlooking Prince Rupert Harbor, the Museum of Northern British Columbia is internationally celebrated for the beauty of its collections and the vision of its mission.
The indigenous peoples of the Northern BC coastline – Haida, Gitksan, Nisga’a, Tlingit, Tsimshian – lived in sustainable communities for thousands of years prior to the influx of European settlers. During this time they developed rich oral and visual cultures, expressed in song, story, wood, bone, and fiber. Read the rest of this entry »
Forbidden Vancouver is a series of fascinating walking tours that explore the seamier, seedier – some would say the more interesting – side of Vancouver’s history.
The Brant Wildlife Festival is a celebration of nature, specifically Black Brant geese and those like them, that congregate on the Parksville and Qualicum beaches of Vancouver Island to feast on the spring spawning of Pacific herring.
Every spring, as the waters warm, the herring work their way up the coast of North America – and they are not alone. Black Brant geese make their own, remarkable, migratory journey from California and Mexico to their breeding grounds in the north at this same time. Along the way, they rely on coastal estuaries, bays, spits, and beaches like those found along the shores of Vancouver Island to feed and rest. Read the rest of this entry »
The Haida Gwaii Museum, opened in 1976, is an amazing, chronological collection of Haida historical treasures and contemporary art. Pre-contact, post-contact, and contemporary galleries illustrating the stages of Haida historic and modern life, display a range of beautiful artifacts such as button blankets, tools, carvings, and totem poles.
The museum’s focus doesn’t just stop at the people. The Haida see the land and other animals on it as part of who they are and this is reflected in galleries exploring the rich natural history of the Islands. Read the rest of this entry »
In 1862, a miner by the name of Billy Barker struck it rich during the gold rush in the foothills of the Cariboo mountains of what is now British Columbia. The town that sprang up around his strike was named after him and can be visited today, looking much as it did, then: Barkerville Historic Town.