Tourism

Hesquiaht Harbour. (Hesquiaht First Nation)

Visitors and non-residents entering closed remote B.C. First Nation’s territories

With limited resources, they say they don’t have any authority or power to enforce the closures

  • Aug 6, 2020
Hesquiaht Harbour. (Hesquiaht First Nation)
The view from the top of Hell’s Gate in the summer of 2020. The popular Fraser Canyon tourist attraction opened over two months late due to the COVID-19 pandemic, opening on July 1. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Hope and area tourism businesses ready for the influx of B.C. travellers

Visitor centre, area tourism businesses open doors as B.C. travel allowed by provincial government

The view from the top of Hell’s Gate in the summer of 2020. The popular Fraser Canyon tourist attraction opened over two months late due to the COVID-19 pandemic, opening on July 1. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
Visitors Center along Hwy 5 to the town of Valemount, B.C., with the Cariboo Mountain range in background. (Village of Valemount/Wikimedia Commons)

Northern communities welcome tourists as province opens to in-B.C. travellers

Officials have asked British Columbians to be careful as they travel this summer

  • Jul 6, 2020
Visitors Center along Hwy 5 to the town of Valemount, B.C., with the Cariboo Mountain range in background. (Village of Valemount/Wikimedia Commons)
B.C. accommodators need phone lines to light up as in-province travel given green light

B.C. accommodators need phone lines to light up as in-province travel given green light

Travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have decimated the tourism and hospitality industries

  • Jul 5, 2020
B.C. accommodators need phone lines to light up as in-province travel given green light
95-site RV camping to be built in Manning Park

95-site RV camping to be built in Manning Park

RV park one of first to be built in a provincial park

95-site RV camping to be built in Manning Park
B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks about economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic at the B.C. legislature, June 17, 2020. (B.C. government)

B.C. Liberals criticize Horgan’s economic recovery plan for excluding tourism sector representation

The Economic Recovery Task Force began meeting weekly on conference calls in April

B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks about economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic at the B.C. legislature, June 17, 2020. (B.C. government)
The original Bedrock City in Bridal Falls, outside of Chilliwack. (Youtube image)

VIDEO: YouTube series explores Dinotown history

Theme park opened in 1975 and used dinosaurs from Maple Ridge attraction

The original Bedrock City in Bridal Falls, outside of Chilliwack. (Youtube image)
Manning Park Resort is open again, after shutting for over two months due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Manning Park Resort photo)

Manning Park Resort re-opens after two-and-a-half month shutdown

Camping and day-use is already open in the provincial park as of June 1

Manning Park Resort is open again, after shutting for over two months due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Manning Park Resort photo)
Feds earmark $1.5M to support recovery of B.C., Indigenous tourism

Feds earmark $1.5M to support recovery of B.C., Indigenous tourism

B.C. money will be split between Vancouver Island and Indigenous tourism

Feds earmark $1.5M to support recovery of B.C., Indigenous tourism
The AIDAdiva cruise ship, on a 10-day trip from New York to Montreal, arrives in Halifax on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Large cruise ships barred from Canadian waters until end of October: Garneau

Last year 140 cruise ships brought more than two million visitors to Canadian ports

The AIDAdiva cruise ship, on a 10-day trip from New York to Montreal, arrives in Halifax on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
(The Canadian Press)

Beach bummer: Novel coronavirus can live in water, but is it infectious?

Living in water and being infectious in water are different things

(The Canadian Press)
Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC. (Submitted)

COLUMN: Residents should explore B.C. to help tourism industry amid COVID-19

Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC

  • May 11, 2020
Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC. (Submitted)
Once part of the Kettle Valley Railway, theOthello Tunnels are a beautiful, easy hike, and the area has many movie connections, too. (Canada’s Historic Places/Black Press Media files)

Hope: This rugged park is a famous movie set

The Othello Tunnels area has a deep connection to the entertainment industry

Once part of the Kettle Valley Railway, theOthello Tunnels are a beautiful, easy hike, and the area has many movie connections, too. (Canada’s Historic Places/Black Press Media files)
Manning Park, near Hope, B.C., offers stunning views and magnificent scenery. (Kristin Walters/ Amateur Photography Entry

Manning Park: This is one of B.C.’s most-popular destinations

Climate and geography make this an all-season recreation area.

Manning Park, near Hope, B.C., offers stunning views and magnificent scenery. (Kristin Walters/ Amateur Photography Entry
Discover Hope

Discover Hope

Fraser Valley town is known as a day-trippers paradise

  • Apr 22, 2020
Discover Hope
The Gwaii Haanas legacy totem pole is seen after being raised in Windy Bay, B.C., on Lyell Island in Haida Gwaii on August 15, 2013. As the COVID-19 pandemic forces remote British Columbia communities to close their borders to outsiders, Indigenous tourism companies along the coast say the federal government is leaving them behind. Tours for Haida Gwaii are normally booked well in advance due to high demand and the quota system placed on the area. The remoteness of the region also means it has a shorter tourism high season than other locations in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Indigenous tourism being ignored by federal government, B.C. operators say

Tourism associations say little to nothing has been done to help their sector during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Gwaii Haanas legacy totem pole is seen after being raised in Windy Bay, B.C., on Lyell Island in Haida Gwaii on August 15, 2013. As the COVID-19 pandemic forces remote British Columbia communities to close their borders to outsiders, Indigenous tourism companies along the coast say the federal government is leaving them behind. Tours for Haida Gwaii are normally booked well in advance due to high demand and the quota system placed on the area. The remoteness of the region also means it has a shorter tourism high season than other locations in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Tulips, daffodils and hyacinths are all part of the beauty at the Chilliwack Tulip Festival. The 2020 season of tulip festivals in Abbotsford and Chilliwack has been cancelled due to limits on large gatherings for COVID-19. (Submitted photo)

Fraser Valley’s tulips fields off limits to visitors due to COVID-19

Abbotsford and Chilliwack tulip farmers have announced their festival season won’t go ahead

Tulips, daffodils and hyacinths are all part of the beauty at the Chilliwack Tulip Festival. The 2020 season of tulip festivals in Abbotsford and Chilliwack has been cancelled due to limits on large gatherings for COVID-19. (Submitted photo)
UPDATE: Harrison Hot Springs declares state of emergency, officially closed to visitors

UPDATE: Harrison Hot Springs declares state of emergency, officially closed to visitors

Village announcement and open letter from residents express concern for community amid COVID-19

UPDATE: Harrison Hot Springs declares state of emergency, officially closed to visitors
2020 Hope British Columbia Cascades and Canyons Guide Photos by Advantage Hope

Brave these exhilarating whitewater rapids in Hope, BC

The story of British Columbia cannot be told without the story of…

  • Mar 20, 2020
2020 Hope British Columbia Cascades and Canyons Guide Photos by Advantage Hope
2020 Hope British Columbia Cascades and Canyons Guide Photos by Manning Park Photo by Jon-Ross Heliwood

Do you love stargazing? The Dark Sky Highway is a must.

How about the peace and quiet of the outdoors? Then the Dark…

  • Mar 20, 2020
2020 Hope British Columbia Cascades and Canyons Guide Photos by Manning Park Photo by Jon-Ross Heliwood