North Central, B.C.

I touched down in the Quesnel Airport, just two hours from YVR, collected my checked bag, and walked over to the Quesnel SkyFest counter.  

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It was barely a month ago that I visited Horsefly, BC for the first time. Turning off Highway 97 at 150 Mile House and heading East, I rounded the bend by the General Store about 45 minutes later. Across the street, sitting outside the Community Hall by the Horsefly River, was Brandon Hoffman, Artistic Director for Arts on the Fly.  

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Joel Klinger sights down the length of the new skateboard deck he’s just finishing, freshly sanded and embossed. “There’s musical resonance in everything,” he says. “It’s called tap tone. It’s understanding the material properties of the wood, the Fibonacci sequence. I find it beautiful.”

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We rolled down Highway 97 from Williams Lake and turned off toward the Chief Will Yum campsite that had been transformed into a festival ground. There were tents, camper vans, kids playing on the grass, and the aroma of concession fare tickled my nose.

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This is a tale of two types of horsepower: My four-legged horse, General, and Phil Pogue’s 1937 Dodge Rumble Seat Coupe – with the power of about 245 horses – in 100 Mile House, BC. Both were fun to ride (I got the rumble seat in the coupe) and both showcased the Cariboo region, past and present. #ExploreCariboo  

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MoM, formerly known as Music on the Mountain is now held in Fort St. James, B.C., is no exception. This year it goes Aug. 19 to 21.

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I rolled into Horsefly, B.C. on a sunny Sunday afternoon, passing the General Store and parking at the Community Hall, after about 50 minutes on the road from Williams Lake. Across the street, crowds were gathering at the firehall for a pancake breakfast. The sweet aroma of maple syrup wafted across town. I met up with Brandon Hoffman, artistic director of the Arts on the Fly festival who would be my guide for the day. #ExploreCariboo  

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Downtown Summerfest is the time to belly up for a street-style grub crawl and sample the areas best restaurants. Presented by the Downtown Business Improvement Association of Prince George this not-to-be-missed event happens downtown on Sunday, July 17.

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For me, learning the history of Prince George started with putting a canoe in the water.

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In the 1860s and 1870s, Barkerville in B.C.’s Cariboo was the largest town west of Chicago and north of San Francisco. This was thanks to the Gold Rush brought on by the explorations of prospector Billy Barker – the town’s namesake. #ExploreCariboo

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Usually people enter Ms. Lorea’s College of Esthetics and Nail Technology to look and feel beautiful, but I was attending that day to look my absolute worst.

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On a bright summer morning, Williams Lake - the Mural Capital of the Cariboo - was buzzing, and the Cariboo Arts and Culture Centre was the main hive of activity.  

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Swift-flowing water propels our canoe along the Nechako River near Prince George B.C. As I gaze up at scree slope, leafy canopy and blue sky framing this northern B.C. water highway the swift water—and the powerful arms of Maja Jacobs propels us down the river.

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