It’s no surprise the staff at Destination British Columbia love BC. So we figured it was time to introduce them. Starting every week, we’ll feature one of our staff members who will share their favourite places and spaces in BC.
This week’s featured staff member is: Leah Adams-Chute, Travel Information Coordinator
1. If you could tell a visitor to experience just one place or activity in BC in their lifetime, what would it be?
This is an easy one for me because I can’t stop raving about this trip! A whale watching sea kayak expedition in the Johnstone Straight is my must-do experience in BC. This area is home to hundreds of resident and transient Orca whales. They travel in pods up and down the channel while feeding on the abundant salmon in the area. The wilderness campsites along route are only accessible by boat, making this one of the most unique ways to whale watch in BC. You can catch fresh salmon from your kayak, watch the set over the ocean, play with bioluminescence at night and listen to the sounds of Humpback whales while you sleep.
The best time to visit is between June and September and I would recommend a 3-4 day kayak trip, camping overnight along route. There are many guided companies who can take care of the logistics for you, setting off from Telegraph Cove. For experienced sea kayakers, there is always the option to self-guide through this spectacular wilderness.
2. Which BC place do you think is a hidden gem (undiscovered, underrated, etc)?
This incredible provincial park is often overlooked, but the Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park is worthy of a visit. The diverse terrain and First Nations history in the area area make it a must-visit provincial park in my books. Hike along the trails and see evidence of First Nations village sites, impressive pictographs (rock paintings) and culturally modified trees scattered throughout the valley.
If you only have a day, it is possible to take the ferry crossing from Lytton and hike to some of the pictograph sites located just a few kilometres along the Stein River. To get the full experience, I highly recommend a multi-day hike into the alpine. There are over 150km/93mi of hiking routes in the park – taking you on cable crossings, over suspension bridges, and into remote wilderness campsites.
3. What’s your favourite BC festival/event and why?
BC is home to an overwhelming number of music festivals and it’s hard to pick just one, but someone’s gotta’ do it. I am a devoted Squamish Valley Music Festival promoter, convincing a number of friends and family to partake over the years, making this my favourite BC event! It also happens to take place in the mountain lover’s paradise of Squamish, one of my favourite destinations to escape the city. Looking for a way to spend the mornings before the music kicks off? Check out some great pre-festival activities on my personal travel blog.
Do you have a favourite place in British Columbia? Leave a comment below and tell us what it is!