Our last province, British Columbia. As the saying goes, we saved the best for last!
We start out in far southeastern BC at the town of Sparwood. Named for the lumber that went into making spars (poles) for ships, Sparwood is a mining town. As you enter town you can’t miss Terex Titan, one of the largest trucks in the world, now retired in front of the visitor center.
Eastern BC has a number of great waterfalls including those below: Helmcken, Dawson and Rearguard Falls.
The town of Lake Country BC is home to a Kangaroo Farm! It was very cool, especially holding a baby kangaroo.
High above the town of Kamloops is the Myrna Canyon Trestle Trail. Once a railway, now one of the best bike paths anywhere.
In Hope BC there is another path, much lower that goes through the Othello Tunnels. Nearby is the Bridal Veil Falls.
The Vancouver suburb of Burnaby has a great park with these native statues. The persistent rain and fog added to the atmosphere.
Capilano Park in North Vancouver has an amazing bridge (that bounces!) and a forest canopy walk, along with more totem poles.
Vancouver is one of the world’s great cities. Situated on a bay, with islands and the mountains, the views are fantastic. They have height limits on the buildings so that they don’t block the views.
The Museum of Anthropology has the largest native sculpture collection anywhere.
Vancouver is even better from the ‘Lookout’, especially after a nice walk along the harbour.
Vancouver has character!
Our final stop is Victoria, on Vancouver Island (which Vancouver is not). BC Ferries will get you there.
The city is the capital of the province, and has a great history.
It is also home to numerous gardens, including Hartley Castle and Gardens.
Our virtual trips across North America has come to an end, but there is more coming – up next Chicago – History through Maps and Photos…. stay tuned.