Sunday, June 16, 2013

Tourism BC outdoor adventures await

(News Release)

Here is a captivating collection of Outdoor Adventure Fresh Story Ideas from British Columbia.

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Northern BC: West Coast Fishing Club Celebrates 25 Years: For a quarter of a century, West Coast Fishing Club has lured outdoor adventurists with the promise of some of the finest fishing on the planet. It's simply a bonus that the club, situated in the remote Haida Gwaii, is also in the business of luxury. Indeed, this winning combination has served the family run outdoor-adventure crew well, ensuring casters routinely return to one of the club's three properties for a chance to reel in prime catches of salmon and halibut. And this celebratory season, adventurists can expect a few added touches, like deliveries of hot dungeness crab and wine to boats on their final day of fishing. Delectable bites float your boat? There's plenty more to tempt at the Clubhouse, West Coast Fishing's flagship property on the southern tip of Langara Island. Here, culinary retreats are legend, attracting kitchen heavyweights that include mainstay David Hawksworth, who hosts his annual David Hawksworth & Friends Culinary Adventure each summer. This July, West Coast Fishing pairs the innovative chef with Edward Lee of Louisville's 610 Magnolia for a weekend of gourmet dinners, hands-on cooking classes and wine seminars. You can bet fish will be on the menu, too.

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Thompson Okanagan: Pedal for Pinot with Monashee Adventure Tours: It's tough to beat the exhilaration of two-wheeled exploration — that is, unless you indulge in sips of Pinot at select countryside settings along the way. And thanks to two brand new guided winery cycling excursions, courtesy of Kelowna's trailblazing Monashee Adventure Tours, you're bound to pedal faster. Saddle up for the West Kelowna Pinot Noir Cycle Tour and raise a glass at Kalala Organic Estate Winery before two-wheeling to Volcanic Hills Estate Winery for vanilla-and-cherry-infused sips. Then, it's a pour at Mt. Boucherie Family Estate Winery before the folks at Quails' Gate Winery top it off with a Pinot-paired lunch, courtesy of Chef Roger Sleiman. For a change of pace, and scenery, the Naramata Bench Pinot Noir Cycle Tour, which starts and ends in Penticton, kicks off with a glass of three-year-old Pinot at Serendipity Winery before routing to Howling Bluff Estate Wines for a sample of their finest. Next, it's Red Rooster Winery's delicate blend of spice and fruit, paired with lunch from Chef Darin Paterson, before swirls and sips of the oak-aged offering at La Frenz Winery. To finish, the currant-and-berry notes of Upper Bench Estate Winery & Cheese's Pinot Noir is your sweet reward for a day's work on the winery trail. When the wine is gone? It's bikes in the back of the van, as the folks at Monashee take the wheel for a final ride home. No helmet necessary.

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Vancouver, Coast & Mountains: Take a Flying Leap in Whistler: For the folks at Whistler Bungee Jumping, it's all about the rush. OK, so the view's not bad either — particularly as you stand 50 metres (160 feet) over the glacial-fed Cheakamus River, surrounded by basalt column cliffs and old-growth forest, complete with a bird's eye view of the dramatic Black Tusk peak. And that's just your jumping off point. Revered as an extreme sport in a mountain town that knows an awful lot about blood-pumping adventure, Whistler Bungee Jumping has been in the business of exhilaration for over 10 years, taking dives all year long mere minutes from the village. And that experience has served them well, as they harness up adventurers in a number of ways, be it for single, tandem, upright or head-first plunges towards a raging river. Not to worry, though. These guys have got your back, er, harness.

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Vancouver Island: Discover the Island's Wild Side with Eagle Eye Adventures: Vancouver Island shelters many secrets — be it coves, secluded shorelines or little-known, out-of-the way locales. And when you add the region's host of wild residents to the mix, there's little incentive required to rev the engines for on-the-water exploration. Here's a start: see for yourself what the region harbours on board a Zodiac with the pros at Campbell River's Eagle Eye Adventures. Eagle Eye's Whale Watching/Wildlife Tour, for example, promises a six-hour Discovery Passage journey into Johnstone Strait to seek out Orcas, also known as killer whales, along with humpbacks, grey and minke whales. You can kick the wildlife viewing up a notch with the Ocean Rapids/Wildlife Tour through the Discovery Passage and Johnstone Strait; this journey combines glimpses of ocean rapids, including Devil's Hole and Aaron Rapids, with views of whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, porpoises, sea lions and seals in their natural habitats. Or, change gears with a cruise of the cultural kind: Kla-Lee-La-Week Tours delve into local First Nations history, starting with a stroll through the Campbell River Museum followed by views of the area's ancestral clam bed and village sites — with opportunities to spot creatures of the sea along the way, of course.

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Kootenay Rockies: Hikes and Bikes at Fairmont Hot Springs: It's little wonder why BC's Fairmont Hot Springs Resort tempts families for year-round outdoor play. I mean, when your Rocky Mountain-framed backyard promises all-season soaks in the natural hot springs, plus plenty of activity to warm the blood when the temperature plunges and cool the jets when things heat up, what more could you ask for? Perhaps a bit of bonding — and problem-solving — time on a Geocache adventure or a chance to see the sights along the resort's more than 50 kilometres (31 miles) of forested trails, peppered with hidden lookouts and pretty waterfalls. If adrenalin's your thing, bring your bike (or rent one) to tour the trails, and make tracks along the expansive Columbia Valley, pausing to snap photos of the area's ancient geological formations, or hoodoos. There's plenty of indoor drama, too, whether you're sinking your teeth into a "Burning Ring of Fire" burger on the patio at the brand new Bear's Paw Bar & Grill or luxuriating in a bit of spahhh, with wraps, scrubs, massage and more. Just don't forget to top it off with a dip in the hot springs, where you can take in the view while soaking up the spring atmosphere.

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Cariboo Chilcotin Coast: New Owners Saddle up at Big Bar Guest Ranch: Big Bar Guest Ranch, set in the rolling hills of the southern Cariboo, is home to old-fashioned hospitality, a simple way of life and, since November of last year, a few fresh faces. Bryan and Amber Golat took the reins at Big Bar mere months ago, bringing their wealth of in-the-saddle experience — including Bryan's 10-year stint at the venerable Sundance Guest Ranch — to BC's cowboy country. The best part? They're just in time to lead spring trail rides through the ranch's forested expanses, wide-open grasslands and mountain meadows. That is, once they've partnered you with your horse, a process that pairs like personalities for smoother, safer rides. And if you reach your equestrian fill, not to worry; you can launch a canoe, pan for nuggets along the Gold Rush Trail, check out the local wildlife, pedal a mountain bike or hike to the top of a mountain. At day's end, sample home-cooked menus from the Big Bar kitchen before wrangling the gang at Harrison House — the ranch's log-house heart — for shuffle board and billiards. Overnights in the Sagebrush Inn, the six-bedroom Coyote Lodge, individual cabins or teepees promise sweet respite to rest saddle-weary muscles. Just the recharge needed to tackle another day on the trail.

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