British Columbia Day 2012 (August Long Weekend)
While I have extensively travelled around and written about British Columbia (my home province for the better part of the last decade), I can’t really find photos of me IN the destinations I have travelled to! British Columbia is, without a doubt, one of the best places on Earth to live in (I seem to recall that was the motto of BC a few years ago, if I’m not mistaken). And I have, indeed enjoyed BC quite a lot.
I have flown via Helijet to Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, to enjoy martinis at the Fairmont Empress, visiting Craigdarroch Castle or enjoy a wonderful stay at the Magnolia Hotel, walk around James Bay to enjoy a view of the floating homes at Fisherman’s Wharf, or simply to have drinks at Clive’s with my close friends.
I also have spent some amazingly relaxing holidays in Qualicum Beach and Parksville, on Vancouver Island, in particular at the Tigh-Na-Mara and the Beach Club Resort.
I have had the privilege to visit Quadra Island, a lovely and quaint island whose location gives it the ability to provide visitors an amazing experience (and its closeness to Campbell River gives tourists also a fantastic opportunity to know more about the Northern part of Vancouver Island). Here I stayed at the most amazing April Point Resort.
I have taken the Rocky Mountaineer and visited Whistler to enjoy outdoors activities and fine dining even though I am not at all a snow sports person!
I have snowshoe’d in Chehalis BC, between Agassiz and Mission, at the most wonderful Hemlock Resort.
I have had some of the best dinners you can think of at Chefs Across The Water in Salt Spring Island. I stayed at one of the nicest accommodations at the beautiful Hastings House and visited several locations, including Salt Spring Island Cheese Farms.
Yes, British Columbia: you have been indeed very kind indeed, and I have enjoyed every single minute of my life in BC.
The British Columbia Day Act, R.S.B.C. 1996 c.34 was first introduced in 1974 as Bill 61 by the
Hon. Ernie Hall, the Provincial Secretary under Premier Dave Barrett. The explanatory notes prefacing the bill states: “The purposes of this Bill is to recognize the pioneers of British Columbia by declaring the first Monday of August in each year to be a public holiday known as British Columbia Day.”
From the B.C. Debates, 4th Session, 30th Parliament, May 1, 1974, the Hon. Hall states, “August 1, or the closest working day to it, is a statutory holiday in every other province in Canada. By coincidence, an Act to provide to the Government of British Columbia, which changed us from the Colony of British Columbia, was passed by Parliament in the United Kingdom on August 2, 1858….
“We feel that British Columbia, like every other province could benefit and should have a holiday around August 1. We feel that the holiday should be dedicated to the pioneers who built the colony of British Columbia into the great province it is today…”
Thank you BC for always providing me with an amazing home and wonderful opportunities to enjoy your beauty.