Thursday, July 31, 2008

Kicking Horse Bridge

Last week we went as far as Golden and had a chance to see the new Kicking Horse Canyon bridge - for some reason blogger and my pic file are not coordinating and I am getting it sideways only......

I am impressed with this bridge, it is the most significant single highway structure in BC outside of the lower mainland. It feels very European to me. The time saved is about 30 minutes, quite an improvement over a 8 km section.

How to find interesting things to see

I love finding interesting things to see when traveling around the province. A nice small waterfall, a valley overview, hoodoos, a bridge, a mountain and more.

The problem is that no one in tourism seems to be care about letting anyone know about the little treasures that are out there. Towns make tourism websites that promote the local businesses but not what there is to see.

On our way back from Salmon Arm I was looking for some sights to see between Kamloops and Hope along the Coquihalla. But there was nothing I could find online. There have to be some amazing spots out there, but I do not know how to find them.

In the Salmon Arm area I am surprised that Margret Falls are not better promoted. They are especially amazing in the winter in the snow. The Pritchard bridge is a fairly unique old one lane wooden bridge, but we do not hear about it.

BC Tourism could take the initiative and make a website of surprise treasures in the province.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Reversing the Tide - Successful Strategies for Rural Communities

Reversing the Tide: Strategies for Successful Rural Revitalization – This conference, to be held in Prince George October 6-8, 2008, will convene world class organizations from BC, Canada, and abroad, to share their tested strategies for successful rural revitalization.

Join delegates from all levels of government, First Nations, economic development and community economic development practitioners, interior BC business & finance organizations, academics, and non-profit organizations to learn about real life success stories that can be taken back to interior BC communities.

Delegates will learn about economic, environmental, and social well-being issues that contribute to vibrant rural communities via plenary sessions and small workshops. Topics will include, but not be limited to current thinking on future economic and social trends relevant to interior BC communities, effective regional rural investment, affordable housing to support in-migration, and effective partnerships between Aboriginals/non-Aboriginals.

For more information and to register for the conference please visit, Early registration is highly recommended since space is limited.