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: Margaret McCormick, Executive Director
1. What’s your favourite place to visit in BC & why?
My new favourite place (it changes every time I explore a new part of the province) is the Shuswap. There are so many intriguing and unique things about the area starting off with the fact that the lake is actually made up of five waterways: Shuswap Lake, Seymour Arm, Anstey Arm, Salmon Arm and Mara Lake. The wide open connections allow the system to behave as one and the 500+ rivers, streams and runoffs that pour into it create a tremendous change in water levels over the season. The result? Crystal, clean fresh water! Science lesson over, a really great thing about the Shuswap is that there are so many outdoor activities to enjoy. Along with our world famous houseboats available for rent, there is a multitude of water sports happening on the lake and because it’s so large, you never feel overrun by boats or babies! A wide variety of accommodation is available for every type of experience and budget, from rustic camping to full service, culture-rich resorts; a particular favourite is Quaaout Lodge. The bannock is to die for!
2. Which BC place do you think is a hidden gem (undiscovered, underrated, etc.)?
We are excited about exploring more of the Shuswap over the summer. The gastro experience so far has been pretty impressive with a tremendous variety of farm fresh specialities to be had; we also want to try out some of the local wineries. We are especially intrigued to try Crannóg Ales, which is Canada’s first Certified Organic farmhouse microbrewery and one of only a handful of such breweries in the world. I think this could be our hidden gem.
3. Share your favourite BC travel story, any other tips or info!
Our most recent trip included a great road cycle from Blind Bay to Wild Rose Bay. A wonderful route filled with lots of twists and turns, each one unveiling a fabulous view of the lake. And the best part… stopping at the Eagle Bay General Store (they have everything!) to pick up a delicious homemade Shuswap Pie Company bumbleberry pie. Nothing like a ride for pie!
Do you have a favourite place in British Columbia? Leave a comment below and tell us what it is!