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North Americans catching onto gap year trend

Taking a gap year, long a practice in Europe, is starting to catch on in North America.

An adventure along BC's beautiful coast, captured in photos

While I haven't been using my camera much these days, I did bring it with me to Victoria.  I had a generally glorious few days - even the locals were impressed with where we live.  Sharing...

VolunTourism: seeing the world to save the world has unexpected complexities

Emily Chan graduated from high school and became a "VolunTourist" in rural India. Now she looks back.

Vancouver's The Travel Guys to air in Canada

They've gotten up close and personal with panda bears in Xian, China, snorkeled along the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and dressed as samurai warriors in Osaka, Japan. All in a days work for...

Kumsheen Rafting Resort’s Teen Adventure Camps offer non-stop fun and on-the-job training

Kumsheen Rafting Resort's teen camps are about more than just having fun: they provide essential training for the community's youth, many of them First Nations.

Hastings House on Salt Spring Island, BC: country inn bliss, food nirvana

Hastings House on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia offers  luxury lodging, fine dining, and old world  charm in a gorgeous Southern Gulf Island setting.  Foodies will find their...

Top 8 Day Trips from Vancouver: Wine Tours in BC's Okanagan Valley

Boasting some of the best wines internationally, British Columbia's beautiful Okanagan Valley is only a drive away.

Top 8 Day Trips from Vancouver: Art Gallery Tour in Vancouver, BC

Art galleries in Vancouver BC showcase cutting edge modern art, aboriginal art, and classic and contemporary art from rising stars and internationally-known artists like Ken Lum.

Top 8 Vancouver Day Trips: Shopping Trip in Victoria

Victoria, British Columbia offers travellers and vacationers great shopping opportunities, from book stores and tea shops, to ancient rainforest within an hour's drive of the city limits.

Top 8 Vancouver Day Trips: Surfing in Tofino, British Columbia

Surfing in Tofino, British Columbia makes for a brilliant getaway. Ride the wave and immerse yourself in Canada's best-known surfing community.