By Donald Olson

You’ll by no means fall into the vacationer traps if you happen to commute with Frommer’s. It’s like having a pal exhibit you round, taking you to the locations locals like top. Our professional authors have already long past all over chances are you'll go—they’ve performed the legwork for you, and they’re no longer afraid to inform it love it is, saving you time and cash. No different sequence bargains candid experiences of such a lot of lodges and eating places in all rate levels. each Frommer’s commute advisor is updated, with unique costs for every little thing, dozens of colour maps, and fascinating insurance of activities, buying, and nightlife. You’d be misplaced with no us! completely up-to-date each year (unlike many of the competition), Frommer’s Vancouver & Victoria positive aspects attractive colour photographs of the attractions and stories that wait for you. The consultant is meticulously researched through neighborhood citizens, who share their favourite reveals in those crown jewels of British Columbia. You’ll locate nice locations to stick for each style and finances, from dependent harborside lodges to family-friendly motels, and the newest on eating, from leading edge Pacific Rim delicacies to standard fish 'n' chips. You’ll detect marvelous gardens, colourful neighborhoods, paintings galleries, shorelines, and more—with distinctive maps, urban strolls, scorching nightlife, and ferry journeys to close by islands. additionally featured are really good part journeys, together with snowboarding at Whistler, and nice locations for whale looking at, mountain climbing, sea kayaking, and extra. You’ll even get an internet listing that makes trip-planning a snap. If you’re exploring past the towns, you should try out Frommer’s British Columbia & the Canadian Rockies or Frommer’s Canada.

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First Sunday in January. Meet at 9am at the Art Gallery for a guided tour. 27 February Chinese New Year, Chinatowns in Vancouver and Richmond. This is when the Chinese traditionally pay their debts and forgive old grievances to start the new lunar year with a clean slate. These Chinese communities launch a 2-week celebration, ringing in the new year with firecrackers, dancing dragon parades, and other festivities. com. February 9, 2005. March Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, Vancouver.

Bald eagles gather en masse every winter near Brackendale to feed on salmon. In January 1994, volunteers counted a world-record 3,700 eagles. The 2003 count wasn’t too shabby either with 1,577 raptors tallied. The count starts at the Brackendale Art Gallery (& 604/ 898-3333). First Sunday in January. Meet at 9am at the Art Gallery for a guided tour. 27 February Chinese New Year, Chinatowns in Vancouver and Richmond. This is when the Chinese traditionally pay their debts and forgive old grievances to start the new lunar year with a clean slate.

MidAugust. 33 September Malahat Challenge (Vintage Car Rally), Nanaimo. Competitors race from Victoria to Nanaimo in an amazing array of classic chassis. An end-of-summer jazz festival occurs at the finish line in Nanaimo. For info, call the Nanaimo Tourism Association at & 800/663-7337. Early September. October Royal Victorian Marathon, Victoria (& 250/658-4520; www. com). This annual race attracts runners from around the world (half-marathon course available, too). The air is fresh, the temperature is usually just cool enough, and the course consists of gentle ups and downs.

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