Tourism

A Homalco member poses in their traditional attire. (Photo courtesy Homalco Tours)

Indigenous B.C. tour operator keeps culture alive through virtual journeys in COVID-19 era

Campbell River based Homalco Tours is also setting up live cameras for bear viewing in Orford

A Homalco member poses in their traditional attire. (Photo courtesy Homalco Tours)
B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks about economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic at the B.C. legislature, June 17, 2020. (B.C. government)

B.C. Liberals criticize Horgan’s economic recovery plan for excluding tourism sector representation

The Economic Recovery Task Force began meeting weekly on conference calls in April

B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks about economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic at the B.C. legislature, June 17, 2020. (B.C. government)
An aerial view of Gold River. (Photo/Village of Gold River)

Gold River ready to welcome visitors and restart local businesses

In contrast to single-industry remote communities, Gold River’s diversified economy might help it better survive after reopening

An aerial view of Gold River. (Photo/Village of Gold River)
(Left to right) Travis Wilson, North Island operations manager; Andrew Wilson, operations and fleet manager; John Wilson, president and CEO; and Samantha Wilson, brand manager. (Photo courtesy Wilson’s Group of Companies)

Greater Victoria tourism industry ‘can’t wait any longer’ for financial aid

Saanich mayor, business owners call on provincial, federal governments for tourism-specific aid

(Left to right) Travis Wilson, North Island operations manager; Andrew Wilson, operations and fleet manager; John Wilson, president and CEO; and Samantha Wilson, brand manager. (Photo courtesy Wilson’s Group of Companies)
Feds earmark $1.5M to support recovery of B.C., Indigenous tourism

Feds earmark $1.5M to support recovery of B.C., Indigenous tourism

B.C. money will be split between Vancouver Island and Indigenous tourism

Feds earmark $1.5M to support recovery of B.C., Indigenous tourism
The AIDAdiva cruise ship, on a 10-day trip from New York to Montreal, arrives in Halifax on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Large cruise ships barred from Canadian waters until end of October: Garneau

Last year 140 cruise ships brought more than two million visitors to Canadian ports

The AIDAdiva cruise ship, on a 10-day trip from New York to Montreal, arrives in Halifax on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Cedars Inn, Zeballos. (Contributed photo)

Historic hotel and only restaurant in remote Zeballos considers shutting its doors

Cedars Inn unsure about future after series of financial catastrophes, COVID-19 induced tourism dip

Cedars Inn, Zeballos. (Contributed photo)
Tofino Bus Service claims north island bus service is unsustainable without subsidy. (viconnector.com Photo)

Tofino Bus Service wants to cancel service to the north island

“There is no model without subsidy that makes [this service] sustainable.”

Tofino Bus Service claims north island bus service is unsustainable without subsidy. (viconnector.com Photo)
(The Canadian Press)

Beach bummer: Novel coronavirus can live in water, but is it infectious?

Living in water and being infectious in water are different things

(The Canadian Press)
Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC. (Submitted)

COLUMN: Residents should explore B.C. to help tourism industry amid COVID-19

Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC

  • May 11, 2020
Jock Finlayson is executive vice president and chief policy officer of the Business Council of BC. (Submitted)
While tourism hangs by a thread during the COVID-19 crisis, there’s always hope people will return to the wilderness to connect and heal after the crisis resolves. (Strathcona Park Lodge and Outdoor Education Centre/Facebook)

Vancouver Island wilderness tourism operator optimistic despite business dip

Christine Clarke, a Strathcona tourism operator, believes that people will want to ‘connect’ and come back to nature to ‘heal’ post COVID-19

While tourism hangs by a thread during the COVID-19 crisis, there’s always hope people will return to the wilderness to connect and heal after the crisis resolves. (Strathcona Park Lodge and Outdoor Education Centre/Facebook)
Your day trip to Victoria awaits

Your day trip to Victoria awaits

Must-see local attractions from whale-watching to a back-alley shops

Your day trip to Victoria awaits
Discover Oak Bay

Discover Oak Bay

From vibrant village centres to barefoot beach strolls, come explore

  • Apr 23, 2020
Discover Oak Bay
Discover Saanich

Discover Saanich

From forest to field to shoreline, the District of Saanich has much to explore

  • Apr 23, 2020
Discover Saanich
Discover Sidney

Discover Sidney

So close to Victoria, yet a community all its own, Sidney and…

  • Apr 23, 2020
Discover Sidney
Outdoor explorations for adventure-lovers

Outdoor explorations for adventure-lovers

Southern Vancouver Island is build for adventurers

Outdoor explorations for adventure-lovers
The Sooke Harbiur House is up for sale. (Contributed)                                The Sooke Harbiur House is up for sale. (Contributed)

Sooke Harbour House up for sale

One of Sooke’s most well-known resorts is up for grabs, likely for…

  • Apr 21, 2020
The Sooke Harbiur House is up for sale. (Contributed)                                The Sooke Harbiur House is up for sale. (Contributed)
Photo by Baneet Braich (Black Press Media)

25 Things to do in Victoria

As one British Columbia’s post popular visitor destinations, Victoria offers no shortage…

Photo by Baneet Braich (Black Press Media)
A Jimi Hendrix-inspired sand sculpture by Peter Vogelaar pictured at the Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition. The competition will now return in 2021, after the 2020 Parksville Beach Festival has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo)

Castles in the sand: Parksville Beach Festival latest big Island event sunk by the pandemic

International sand sculpting competition among events sidelined

A Jimi Hendrix-inspired sand sculpture by Peter Vogelaar pictured at the Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition. The competition will now return in 2021, after the 2020 Parksville Beach Festival has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo)
A popular tourist spot on the island, Zeballos offers travellers a range of wilderness recreational activities. (photo credit/Lyn Hawley)

Zeballos doesn’t expect to feel the pinch of COVID-19 restrictions until tourist season

With a small population, seasonal businesses and a single medical clinic, the coastal village braces for an impact, if any

A popular tourist spot on the island, Zeballos offers travellers a range of wilderness recreational activities. (photo credit/Lyn Hawley)