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: Linda Krenz, Sport Tourism Coordinator
1. Which BC place do you think is a hidden gem?
If you want to get away from it all – I mean really get away, the destination is Nootka Island. Nootka Island is adjacent to Vancouver Island, separated by Nootka Sound. Here you will find BC West Coast “Wild”. From the Get West Adventure Cruises on the MV Uchuck III, a 136-foot wooden hulled maritime vessel, to the remote wilderness, spectacular beaches along the Nootka Island Trail, wildlife like wolves, black bears, whales, black-tailed deer and bald eagles, this experience is amazing!
2. What’s your favourite place to visit in BC and why?
My family cabin on Nootka Island is a wonderful, relaxing summertime getaway on BC’s west coast. The 1 ½ day journey from the lower mainland to Nootka Island is well worth it! Without cell phone and TV in such a remote destination, this vacation provides the opportunity to truly relax and get in touch with nature. Also, the unbelievable experiences with wildlife are one in a million. On my trip in July I saw a wolf, bald eagle and a black-tailed deer swam across the river to have a visit. A few of my favourite things are bonfire breakfasts (pancakes, bacon and eggs cooked on a stainless steel slab over bonfire coals), making and eating S’mores, walking the beautiful polished pebble beaches – collecting special rocks, swimming in the freshwater Beano Creek, fishing, watching wildlife, taking pictures of the incredible scenic wilderness and wildlife, and striking up conversations with Nootka Island Trail hikers. I can’t wait to go back!
3. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned about BC since you started working here?
I started working for Destination BC in December, 2011. Since then I have learned so much about travel in BC through storytelling. You can hear the passion in the voices of DBC staff when they arrive back to the office with so many stories to tell about their wonderful adventures and experiences in BC. Through their stories, I have learned about many fabulous restaurants, vacation hot spots and adventures that encourage me to explore more of what BC has to offer. From mountain biking, dude ranches, hiking trails, cycling tours, events and adventures, there is an exciting experience for everyone right here in BC.
Do you have a favourite place in British Columbia? Leave a comment below and tell us what it is!