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Northern BC Events in August Include Music, Theatre and Pioneers

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Mid-August is a delightful time to visit majestic Northern BC.  The wildlife viewing and bird watching abound.  Water sports like kayaking & fishing are at their peak.  The pristine forest and coasts beckon visitors to experience the pristine and mostly untamed wonder that is Northern British Columbia.

Premier destinations of the region this time of year include:

Haida Gwaii

Haida Gwaii

Haida Gwaii, BC (formerly known at the Queen Charlotte Islands) is a recreational playground & First Nations cultural center comprised of two scenic islands.

Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert waterfront

Prince Rupert, BC is a charming harbour town protected by the Haida Gwaii islands that run along the beautiful Inside Passage.

 

Prince George

Prince George, BC

As the largest city in Northern BC, Prince George offers a satisfying mix of downtown arts, shopping & dining along with easy access to area fishing, golfing & hiking.

There are three mid-August events at these locations that are sure to enliven your summer travels through the region:

Edge of the World Music Festival

August 10-12, 2012
Tlell, Haida Gwaii, BC

Edge of the World Music FestivalAn eclectic collection of musical styles, ranging from folk to Afrofusion, funk, rock ‘n’ roll and more are performed by nearly two dozen local, regional and international bands.

UdderFest (Udder Theatre Festival)

August 8-11, 2012
Prince Rupert, BC

UdderFest celebrates Price Rupert local theateRegional theatre is celebrated with four days of performances of eight plays at two premier Prince Rupert venues and offers a great opportunity to experience the intimacy of local theatre.

Huble Homestead Days

August 5-6, 2012
Prince George, BC

Huble HomesteadHistoric Huble Homestead celebrates both its 100th anniversary and the pioneers of Prince George with a variety of family-friendly events, period presentations, dancing and much more.

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Islands of the People

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Haida Gwaii (“Islands of the People”), formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands, is an archipelago on the North Coast of British Columbia. Consisting of two main islands, Graham Island in the north, and Moresby Island in the south, along with approximately 150 smaller islands, Haida Gwaii is quickly becoming known across the world as one of the most spectacular and astonishing places to visit. And with it in our own province, why would we not want to make a trip to see what its all about.

Being the most westerly part of Canada, Haida Gwaii is known for its breathtaking scenery, quaint villages, white sand beaches, and also being part of the Canadian $20 bill. Depicting a Haida Chief, the art work known as the ‘Spirit of Haida Gwaii’ is featured on the reverse side of the Canadian $20 bill. Although the Spirit of the Haida Gwaii is the most popular piece of art coming from the island communities, Haida art is also frequently seen on large monumental sized cedar totem poles and dugout canoes, hand-crafted gold and silver jewellery, and even as cartoons in the form of Haida Manga.

So I know you’re asking yourself; what exactly do I do while visiting this gorgeous location in the Pacific? Well, where shall I begin? Haida Gwaii is a great destination for adventurers, sports enthusiasts, or individuals, couples, and families who merely want to vacation in a relaxing environment and soak up culture. Some great activities to take part in while visiting include, but are not limited to, biking, surfing, fishing, beach combing, birdwatching, as well as trip to Gwaii HaanasGwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site  protects an archipelago of 138 islands, the largest being Moresby Island and the southernmost being Kunghit Island. While visiting this marvellous part of Haida Gwaii you will be witness to ancient cedars, hemlocks and Sitka spruce which tower over an undergrowth of salal, shrubs, ferns and moss, patterning the forest with many shades of green.

Being a fairly small part of the province of British Columbia, Haida Gwaii does not offer as much of an abundance of accommodations to its visitors as other parts of the province. But Smillies Bed & Breakfast is a great place to call home while visiting. On the shore of Masset Inlet, Smillies B&B offers three rooms set in a seaside cottage style. Breakfast is delivered to your room which also has a kitchenette and barbecue.   It is the perfect spot for a quaint and private trip to British Columbia’s most spectacular region.