Mediaplanet sat down with travel blogger Julia Weber to discuss her must see destinations and activities on a trip to Western Canada.
What are your favourite spots in Fraser Valley?
With stops starting only an hour from Vancouver, Fraser Valley is an excellent spot for day trips or an addition to your trip. Fort Langley is a beautiful town that will make you feel like you’re in a Hallmark movie. Make sure to carve out some time to explore the shops and restaurants. You’ll find beautiful murals in downtown Abbotsford. Escape into nature in Harrison Hot Springs.
Fraser Valley has incredible fall experiences like Canada’s Scariest Corn Maze at Maan Farms or family fun fall experiences at Taves Family Farms.
What are some of your favourite dining experiences in Western Canada?
You’ll find lots of unique dining experiences in Western Canada. RE:VIVE Boutique Bistro is an integrated boutique and bistro where you can enjoy a next-level charcuterie board. Enjoy a cider flight with some cuddly and cute goats at Taves Estate Cidery. Enjoy charcuterie and wine in a private dome at Singletree Winery. Chew On This Tasty Tours is a great way to explore new destinations and find hidden gems. One of my favourite stops was the afternoon tea at Little White House in Fort Langley. You’ll be guided through the house to a hidden room to enjoy a selection of teas and small bites in a beautiful setting. If you’re passing through YVR, check out Salmon N’ Bannock, where you can enjoy authentic Indigenous cuisine.
Do you have any nature experiences you would recommend when visiting Western Canada?
Surf in Canada in Tofino. Not only is it a great spot to catch a wave, but Tofino has a stunning shoreline where you can enjoy yoga, biking or a vibrant sunset.
Immerse yourself in nature with Harrison Eco Tours. It’s an excellent opportunity to enjoy Harrison Lake’s beauty and spot local wildlife from salmon, seals, bears and more. They also have tour options that will bring you to a waterfall excursion or kayaking.
In the fall, Fraser Valley is home to the world’s largest gathering of bald eagles because of the spawning salmon. Stay in a luxury cabin at Sandpiper Resort, where you can enjoy mountain views from your patio and go on their Eagle Walk Trail to a platform perfect for eagle viewing.
Get a rush of adrenaline with ziplining at Grouse Mountain. The adventure starts with a Sky Ride to the top. They have a circuit of ziplines where you’ll glide up to 70km/hr while enjoying views of Vancouver and the mountain ranges.
What’s on your bucket list for your next visit to Western Canada?
The more I visit Western Canada, the more I add to my bucket list. I’d love to return and visit the Chilliwack Tulip Festival or Chilliwack Sunflower Festival, where you can enjoy beautiful fields of flowers with mountains as your backdrop.
I would love to explore more of the Indigenous experiences in British Colombia. You can immerse yourself in nature in many adventures, from bear watching to sightseeing. Klahoose Wilderness Resort is an all-inclusive eco resort where you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking scenery and have the opportunity to go on wildlife tours and learn more about Klahoose First Nation culture.
Explore the Athabasca Glacier, a 10,000-year-old sheet of ice with the Columbia Icefield Adventure. You explore in an all-terrain vehicle and can walk on, feel and drink from the glacier. Afterward, explore the glass-floor Skywalk that will give breathtaking views at the cliffs edge with Columbia Icefield Skywalk.
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