Tourism

Indigenous perspective continues to be shared at B.C. Gold Rush historic town and park

Indigenous perspective continues to be shared at B.C. Gold Rush historic town and park

It’s the second year at Barkerville for Cheryl Chapman and Mike Retasket

Indigenous perspective continues to be shared at B.C. Gold Rush historic town and park
Carver Ryan Villiers puts finishing touches on the lifelike chainsaw carving of John J. Rambo (played by Sylvester Stallone) before it was installed at Hope’s Memorial Park Aug. 14, 2020. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)

Sylvester Stallone gives shout-out to new Rambo chainsaw carving in Hope, B.C.

Sylvester Stallone, the star behind John J. Rambo, “very proud” of newly installed red cedar work

Carver Ryan Villiers puts finishing touches on the lifelike chainsaw carving of John J. Rambo (played by Sylvester Stallone) before it was installed at Hope’s Memorial Park Aug. 14, 2020. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)
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)
Tourism may proceed in the Valley under strict conditions and only for B.C. residents (Scott Carrier photo)

Bella Coola tourism to re-open with strict COVID-19 guidelines

Visitors are limited to B.C. residents, they must wear a mask in public and avoid community members

Tourism may proceed in the Valley under strict conditions and only for B.C. residents (Scott Carrier photo)
Chief Jimmy Lulua and other community members from the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation enjoy a paddle in their beautiful backyard. (Chief Jimmy Lulua photo)

B.C. First Nation hopes to offer new visitor experiences in 2021

Travellers reminded to check for updates on access to Title Lands if visiting this summer

Chief Jimmy Lulua and other community members from the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation enjoy a paddle in their beautiful backyard. (Chief Jimmy Lulua photo)
The Gold Rush Trail and Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association have been approved to use the World Travel and Tourism Council ‘Safe Travels’ international designation. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

International Safe Travels designation program approved for Gold Rush Trail, Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

World Travel and Tourism Council approves, businesses and communities can apply

  • Jul 6, 2020
The Gold Rush Trail and Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association have been approved to use the World Travel and Tourism Council ‘Safe Travels’ international designation. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
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
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)
A pilot surveys Spout Lake at Ten-ee-ah Lodge, about 30 kilometres northeast of Lac La Hache. (Eco Escape Travel photo)

New Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Resiliency Network formed to support survival of tourism

“We began right at the beginning knowing that this was anything any of us had gone through before.”

A pilot surveys Spout Lake at Ten-ee-ah Lodge, about 30 kilometres northeast of Lac La Hache. (Eco Escape Travel 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)
Williams Lake is the Shangri-La of mountain biking

Williams Lake is the Shangri-La of mountain biking

Located less than a six-hour stunning drive north of Vancouver, Williams Lake…

  • Apr 22, 2020
Williams Lake is the Shangri-La of mountain biking
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
Farwell Canyon near Riske Creek, B.C. is a destination spot for tourists in the Cariboo Chilcotin. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

‘Everybody’s in the same boat’: Tourism operators starting to see COVID-19 cancellations

Destination BC implementing multi-phased emergency management and recovery marketing plans

Farwell Canyon near Riske Creek, B.C. is a destination spot for tourists in the Cariboo Chilcotin. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
The Quesnel Visitor Centre (QVC) released its 2019 year-end report during the North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee meeting on March 10. According to the report, 12,209 visitors walked through the QVC doors in 2019, an increase from the 2017 and 2018 numbers but an overall decline when compared to non-forest fire years of 2014 to 2016. (Observer File Photo)

Quesnel visitation on the rise but not what it used to be

The Quesnel Visitor Centre welcomed 12,209 visitors in 2019, 21% more than 2018

The Quesnel Visitor Centre (QVC) released its 2019 year-end report during the North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee meeting on March 10. According to the report, 12,209 visitors walked through the QVC doors in 2019, an increase from the 2017 and 2018 numbers but an overall decline when compared to non-forest fire years of 2014 to 2016. (Observer File Photo)
Resorts across the province, including Revelstoke Mountain Resort, have been temporarily shut down due to COVID-19 concerns. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

Tourism industry advocate calls for emergency fund in wake of COVID-19 cancellations

Claims losses amount to hundreds of millions of dollars already

Resorts across the province, including Revelstoke Mountain Resort, have been temporarily shut down due to COVID-19 concerns. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
The survey seeking input on Forest Service Roads is open until Feb. 14. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
The survey seeking input on Forest Service Roads is open until Feb. 14. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)