Vancouver/Coastal, B.C.

The beat of rhythmic drums rise and fall to the swaying pitches of three singers’ voices, which ring through the longhouse-inspired building. This Welcoming Song kicks off the tour that begins the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre’s most recent attraction: a Tuesday night barbeque preceded by a tour of its award-winning building.

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North America’s most iconic bird species is congregating by the thousands in B.C.’s lower Fraser Valley and this November biologists, photographers and tourists will be keeping an “eagle eye” on the action.

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Every August, close to 5,000 people descend down the rolling hills leading to Burnaby’s picturesque Deer Lake Park. With tall, green pines forming natural sound barriers and food carts providing sustenance, festival-goers go there to hear the bluesy lineup of the annual Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival.

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Slipping through the narrow emerald waters between Otter Island and the mainland peninsula in Desolation Sound, our guide turned our tour’s attention to the zunga that was coming into view.

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This year marks an extended culinary indulgence for Cornucopia. After 17 years, the all things food and drink festival is revamped and longer spanning two weekends.

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Whistler’s epic spring closer, the World Ski & Snowboard Festival celebrates its 21st year as one of the best spring festivals on the planet from April 8-17, 2016.

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For the past 25 years, attendees of Vancouver’s Honda Celebration of Light have been wowed with some of the best pyrotechnic shows the world has ever seen.

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Up and down the Sunshine Coast there are sights you’re guaranteed to see: Contorted arbutus trees clinging precariously to shoreline cliffs, families enjoying the beach any time of year, and purple banners waving outside of studios, galleries – even yurts. 

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The selection of wood for Minard’s guitar-making are as eclectic and diverse as the acts that have come through the Sunshine Coast Music Festival over its 34 years. Each is unique and all sound amazing to festival-goers’ ears. 

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WHISTLER, BC - Like many Vancouverites, I have known – and loved – the charismatic charm of Whistler in the winter. Here are the many ways to enjoy the great Canadian outdoors on the Canada Day weekend and all summer long.

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It’s a gorgeous, sunny day in the harbour and you just have to share it with the world. You pull out your phone, your camera, anything that will capture the beauty all around you. There’s a kayaker, sailboat, perhaps even some wildlife, or - if you’re in Gibsons July 26-29 - a world-renown tall ship laser and light show.      

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The Sunshine Coast is one of those idyllic places where you just want to savour every last drop of summer. That’s just one of the reasons the community of Pender Harbour, on the shores of one of the most protected harbours on the West Coast of B.C., delays the annual Pender Harbour Jazz Festival so it happens on nearly the last day of the season. 

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Entering its third year now, the Whistler Presents concert series will see performances from a mix of local musicians, up-and-coming young artists, and long-established international favourites.

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Visitors began to pour into the field set up between three stages at the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival, with the smell of grilled smokies drifting throughout the park.

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Asked why someone would travel to a somewhat isolated – others may say hard to get to – location for a music festival, the founder of the event says the answer is simple. 

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Biking, beer, hiking and more beer — sounds like our kind of festival. Hit the beautiful Sea to Sky Highway out of Vancouver and leave the bustle of the big city for Squamish and its debut beer festival.

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It was a great weekend for beer lovers in the mountain town of Squamish. On Saturday, July 11, IT hosted the first annual Squamish Beer Festival, and it was a deliciously sudsy success. 

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You’ve seen them drenched and caked in mud, grimacing from exertion, shrieking while treading through icy water, dripping in sweat while climbing a seven-metre pole surrounded by flames.

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Leaving the City of Glass behind, I set sail to the Sunshine Coast this summer to spend time with two talented artisans who make a living working with glass. Their glass however isn’t stacked high into symmetrically sculpted skyscrapers reflecting cityscapes, it’s carefully hand- fired and crafted into beautiful and accessible works of art.  

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The Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts, now in its 34th year, is the longest-running writer’s festival in the country. It celebrates Canadian writers from all corners of the country, and all genres, from mystery to poetry to non-fiction are represented.  

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Mind. Blown. Did you know that in the middle of the Pacific Northwest there’s a 50-kilometre long island with the only paved runway in the Gulf Islands?  

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It’s not all about downward dog and chanting at Wanderlust Festival Whistler, held over five days beginning July 30. Although many attendees are there to find their True North, there's a whole lot more to the festival for mind, body and soul.  

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