| Bowen Island | Burnaby
Coquitlam | Delta | Gibsons
| Harrison Hot Springs | Hope
Horseshoe Bay | Ladner
| Langley | Lund
| Maple Ridge
Mission | New Westminster
| North Vancouver
Powell River | Richmond
| Sechelt |
Squamish | Vancouver
| West Vancouver
| Whistler | White
The city of Abbotsford is one of the fasted growing areas in
Canada. It is bounded by the Fraser River on the north and the U.S.
border on the south. Abbotsford is one of the most productive agricultural
areas in Canada and offers the visitor a wealth of recreational
opportunities. Centrally located in the Fraser Valley along Highway
1. Abbotsford can be easily accessed from all directions; just 72
km (43 mi.) from Vancouver, 3 km (2 mi.) from the U.S. border and
68 km (40 mi.) from Harrison Hot Springs.
Bowen Island is located 12 miles Northwest of Vancouver in the entrance
to Howe Sound. It is a short, relaxing, 20-minute ferry ride from
Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. Since the early 1900ís Bowen has
been a favourite destination for Vancouverites looking for a quiet
retreat or a place to get together with friends.
Incorporated in 1892, Burnaby, was at that time an agricultural
centre. As it grow it transformed from a farming area to a residential
community. Today it's the most heavily populated district in Greater
Vancouver. Burnaby is on Hwy 99A, 12 km (7 mi) east of Vancouver.
Main entrances from Hwy 1 are Grandview Hwy, Sprott Street, Wellingdon
Avenue and Cariboo Interchange. Activities include tennis, golfing,
wildlife viewing, fishing, boating, museums, theatre, shopping and
dining. There are numerous motels and hotels, as well as bed and
breakfast places and RV parks for campers.
Chilliwack is on the Trans Canada Highway, just 92 km (57 mi.)
east of Vancouver and 50 km (31 mi.) west of Hope. Camping, swimming
and hiking are just a few of the activities that can be done at
nearby lakes, such as the popular Cultus Lake. A haven for fishers
and boaters alike it offers all manner of water sports. The mountains
draw bikers, hikers and campers. Chilliwack hosts a variety of festival
during the year offering live theatre, music and dance.
The Tri-Cities area of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody,
is a fast growing area within the Greater Vancouver District. Offering
a relaxed suburban lifestyle the Tri-Cities is attracting new residents
and businesses. Located approximately 30 km (19mi) east of Vancouver,
the area offers golfing, curling rinks, skating/hockey rinks, swimming
pools, hiking, biking, fishing, and a number of recreational centres.
Visitors will find motels, hotels, bed & breakfast, and RV Parks.
Delta and Tsawwassen are ideally located in the southwest corner
of the Lower Mainland, bordered on the north by the Fraser River,
on the south by Boundary Bay and on the east by the City of Surrey.
The name "Delta" itself is derived from the fact that
the community is located at the delta of the Fraser River. Delta
is only 22 km (14 mi.) southwest of Vancouver via the Oak Street
Bridge and the Deas Island Tunnel. The community is crossed by both
Highways #99 and #91 which provides easy access to both the Vancouver
International Airport and the U.S.
The Town of Gibsons is a thriving community known as the 'Gateway to the Sunshine Coast'. Part of the mainland of British Columbia, the community is accessed by a scenic 40 minute ferry trip from Horseshoe Bay through beautiful Howe Sound.
Located at the southern tip of Harrison Lake, north of Agassiz,
the name Harrison Hot Springs has long been assocciated with recreation
and relaxation. Offering a world class resort, complete with bubbling
hot pools, golf, dining and entertainment, Harrison has been a favourite
for honeymoons, wedding anniversaries and romantic getaways. Visit
quaint little shops, stroll along the beach, rent a boat or hike
the trails. A variety of accommodations and campgrounds are located
in the area.
Hope sits on the banks of the mighty Fraser River surrounded
by the towering Cascade Mountains. This picturesque small town is
strategically located at the junctions of Highways #1, #3, #5 and
#7, so it offers a wide variety of accommodations, services and
recreation opportunities. Travellers heading north and east can
definitely look upon Hope as a gateway to outdoor adventure. They
will find a golf course, camp grounds, fishing, hang gliding, mountain
biking, hiking, skiing, gold panning, rock hounding, whitewater
rafting, and fishing.
Horseshoe Bay serves as the terminus for BC Ferries to Departure
Bay in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, to Bowen Island and Langdale
on the Sunshine Coast. It is also the starting point of the Sea
to Sky Highway that hangs on cliffs as it winds its way along Howe
Sound to Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton.
Both Ladner and Tsawwassen are part of the Municipality of Delta.
Located in the south west corner of mainland B.C., these two urban
centres are separated by very fertile land. Ladner, a community
on the river, is older than Vancouver. Tsawwassen, is where the
B.C. Ferry Terminal is located. Ladner is a few minutes from Hwy
99 that goes from the Canada/US border through Delta, on to Vancouver
and Burrard Inlet. Tsawwassen is on Hwy 17, just 14Km (9 mi) southwest
of junction Hwy 99. There's super windsurfing off the ferry spit;
water slides; bird watching; beaches and river front walkways.
Bustling civic development and a beautiful pastoral landscape
make the community a fine place to live and to visit. Stretching
from the south bank of the Fraser River to the U.S. border, Langley
actually refers to two municipalities: The City of Langley and the
Township of Langley. The visitor should not leave the area without
a visit to Fort Langley, British Columbia's birthplace. The community
offers not only cozy cafes, quaint shops, galleries and stores but
also a historic component that is fascinating. Langley is located
45 km (28 mi.) east of Vancouver and can be accessed from Highway
1 or Highway 10.
The gateway to world-famous Desolation Sound, the waterfront Hurtado
Point Trail, and the Ragged Island Provincial Marine Park. Located
approximately 28 kilometres North of Powell River, on the Sunshine
Coast, the drive to Lund is scenic and takes about 1/2 hour of easy
driving. Lodging includes cottages, hotel, resorts, campground,
In the shadows of the majestic Golden Ears and alongside the
mighty Fraser River, Maple Ridge plays host to a variety of recreational
opportunities. Maple Ridge is 42 km (26 mi.) east of Vancouver on
Highway 7. Recreational facilities and activities include golf courses,
Golden Ears Provincial Park, Kanaka Creek Regional Park, camping,
horseback riding, biking, hiking, boating, fishing, and sightseeing
In the heart of the Fraser Valley is Mission, named after St.
Mary's Mission, founded in 1861. The surrounding lakes and mountains
provide fishing, hiking, camping and skiing for the outdoor enthusiast.
Access from Vancouver is either along the TransCanada Highway and
turning north at Abbotsford or following Highway 7 (71 km/44 mi.).
There are a number of hotel/motel accommodations in town plus private
and provincial campsite close by.
Founded in 1859, and named by Queen Victoria, "the Royal
City", New Westminster was B.C.'s first capital city. Nestled
on the banks of the Fraser River, the city retains its old time
charm, with heritage lined streets and a quaint, homey atmosphere.
New Westminster is only a short SkyTrain ride away from Vancouver
(25 km/16 mi.). It is adjacent to the Trans Canada Highway 1 and
the Alex Fraser Bridge. Situated within 32 km (20 mi.) of the U.S.
border, the ferry terminal to Vancouver Island, passenger rail stations
and the Vancouver International Airport, NewWestminster is very
easy to get to.
Overlooking Burrard Inlet, backed by the Coast Mountains is
some of the Lower Mainland's best scenery. North Vancouver's waterfront
was one of the first on the Lower Mainland to be developed and still
remains a very active port area. North Vancouver, on Hwy 99 is only
8km (5mi) north of Vancouver. To cross Burrard Inlet, take the Second
Narrows Bridge, the Lions Gate Bridge or the Sea Bus from downtown
Vancouver. Favourite activities include hiking; biking; good down
hill and cross country skiing; fishing; a petting farm; forestry
tours; dining; as well as shopping.
Pemberton is a small and vibrant community of 2,500 people and covering
320 hectares of land. The Village is the service centre for 6,000
people which includes the communities of Pemberton, Mt.Currie, Birken
and D'Arcy. The Pemberton Valley is situated 159 kilometres north-east
of Vancouver, British Columbia. The Village of Pemberton is a driving
distance of about 2.5 hours north of Vancouver, BC, 1.25 hours north
of Squamish and 20 minutes north of Whistler on the scenic Highway
Powell River is 31 km (19 mi.) north of Saltery Bay Ferry Terminal
on Highway 101. It is served by BC Ferries from Powell River to
Comox and Texada Island. The route to Comox is a distance of 27
km (17 mi.) by sea, with a crossing time of one hour and 15 minutes.
The Upper Sunshine Coast, where Powell River is located, is a blend
of majestic coastal range, numerous forested islands, and seascapes
and history. Golfing, hiking, scubadiving, canoeing, fishing, hikers,
wildlife viewing, photography, and swimming are all popular activities.
Richmond is your gateway to British Columbia and home to the
Vancouver International Airport. The community of Richmond is ideally
located just a short jaunt from the US/Canada border, downtown Vancouver
and BC Ferries. Whether itís your final destination, or a stopover,
Richmondís diversions are plentiful. Visit the Historic Fishing
Village of Steveston and you will be hooked on its charm, or get
immersed in the Asian culture of the Golden Village. With an exceptional
range of accommodations, parks, attractions, international culture,
cuisine, shopping and more, a stay in Richmond is an experience
The area from Gibsons to Lund and Desolation Sound Provincial Park is known as the Sunshine Coast. The area is aptly named because of its predominantly sunny weather but it is more than just the sunshine that attracts residents and visitors alike.
Surrey offers a unique diversity of urban amenities and spacious
countryside. Parks, beaches, cowboys, shopping, history, arts and
culture; Surrey has something to offer everyone. With over 200 parks,
there is plenty of space to walk, cycle, explore or swim. Surrey
is 40 km (25 mi.) east of Vancouver on Highway 99A. There are a
wide range of hotel and motel accommodations available plus two
RV parks and campgrounds.
Driving Highway 99 north of Vancouver (60 km /37 mi.) will bring
you to Squamish. On the way, you'll pass the Horseshoe Bay B.C.
Ferry terminal ans some of the world's most breathtaking stretches
of oceanside road, on the Sea to Sky Highway (99). Local activities
include rock climbing, fishing, camping, hiking, mountain biking
and golfing. You'll enjoy a visiting the area's many parks, waterfalls
Vancouver is world-renowned for its breathtaking natural setting
and a cosmopolitan flair, complimented by parks, gardens, beaches
plus a variety of cultural and recreational facilities. Vancouver
is located 40 km (25 mi.) east of the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal
on Highway 99. The ferry gives you access to Vancouver Island while
Highway 1 (Trans Canada Highway) takes you through the Fraser Valley
and points east and north. The US border is a mere 40 minute drive
to the south. Greater Vancouver is also served by an international
airport, rail and bus lines.
One of Canada's most picturesque residential areas. Bordered
by Burrard Inlet to the south and Howe Sound to the west, West Vancouver
is along the lower slope of Hollyburn Mountain that's between Capilano
River valley and Horseshoe Bay. West Vancouver is just west of Lions
Gate Bridge, that crosses Burrard Inlet via Hwy 99. or cross the
Inlet via the Second Narrows Bridge on Hwy 1. From Vancouver Island
take one of the many B.C. Ferries to Horseshoe Bay. There are hotels
and motels as well as good camping sites.
The resort municipality of Whistler is an unparalleled year-round
destination resort, less than a two-hour drive from Vancouver. Whistler
Resort is more than just world-class skiing, its Coast Mountain
setting offers visitors a wide variety of both winter and summer
activities: golf courses, 2 world class ski mountains, downhill
,cross country and heli-skiing skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling,
hiking, swimming, fishing, boating, biking; photography, sightseeing,
camping. Whistler lies 120 km (74 mi.) north from Vancouver or 44
km (27 mi.) north of Squamish on the scenic Highway 99.
White Rock, is a colourful and yet quaint community situated
on beautiful Semiahmoo Bay. It draws it's name from the very large
white rock on the beach. Visitors enjoy walking the pier and strolling
the promenade that runs for 4.5km (4 mi) on the beach-front. Bring
your swim suit. Long stretches of sand and pastel ocean views attract
visitors to this popular seaside location. The shopping is great,
and you won't want to miss the many little shops that offer everything
from Old English style fish & chips to workks of art. White Rock
is located 45km (28 mi) southeast of Vancouver on Hwy 99.