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The 2008 BC Escapes® Guides Offer an Insider’s View of BC


Lakeside wineries, white-shell beaches and waterfront gastro-pubs; zip trekking, mountain biking, and white water rafting -- there are always plenty of reasons to visit British Columbia.  And this year, you can add two more: the countdown to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and British Columbia’s 150th Anniversary.


2008 is a big year for BC, with more than the usual level of buzz, excitement and festivities.  Fortunately, there’s also expert travel advice available in the form of the 2008 BC Escapes guides written by BC insiders.


British Columbia Escapes 2008: Vancouver, Victoria and Whistler has details about where to stay, dine, shop, and celebrate in the province's three best-known destinations, while British Columbia Escapes 2008: Adventures and Experiences Beyond Vancouver, Victoria and Whistler offers the inside scoop on BC’s six diverse regions.


Available free from Tourism BC, both guides cover the better-known attractions, as well as such hidden gems as Vancouver Island’s farm gate wineries and Northern BC’s historic First Nations sites. An important shift this year, Tourism British Columbia is offering consumers the option of requesting electronic versions of both BC Escapes and the Vacation Planner, an eco-friendly alternative to the print guides.


Sprinkled throughout both guides are Tips from the People Who Know Best, where BC residents reveal the places and experiences they normally share only with family and friends.


In the Vancouver, Victoria and Whistler guide, for example, they’ll tell you how to see whales on the way to Victoria, where the locals bike at Whistler, who has the best coffee in North Vancouver, and how to get behind the scenes at the Vancouver Aquarium.


Open a copy of Adventures and Experiences Beyond, and you’ll learn about kayaking with First Nations guides on the Sunshine Coast, getting up close and personal with buffalo in the Cariboo, and tracking down the best chai in the Kootenay Rockies.


It gets better: both guides also list dozens of great accommodation offers, detailed festival and event listings, and helpful web links.


Also just out from Tourism BC are the 2008 editions of the British Columbia Vacation Planner and the British Columbia Outdoor Adventure Guide.  The Vacation Planner is an up-to-date primer on what to see and do across the province, from golf to wine tasting, shopping to wildlife viewing, in all regions of the province. The Adventure Guide is your key to BC's great outdoors, with coordinates for hiking, kayaking, skiing, rock climbing, scuba diving and more.  


Free, up-to-date specialized guides on golf, sport fishing, guest ranches, and First Nations tourism in BC, as well as detailed guides to each of the province's six regions, are also available. 


For free copies of these guides, or for your electronic guide alternative, call 1-877-673-4192 or click on

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