Direct Energy loves all our customers across our wide service area, so we decided to take a gander at many of the places where you live! With each stop in our Exploring Three Top Attractions in Your City series, we’ll highlight some of the best things to do and see in many of the major locales we provide service. It’s a way for us to get to know your city and inform anyone else who may be interested in visiting.
As the most western province of Canada, British Columbia is seated between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains. Living in between an ocean and mountains lends itself to many attractions and sporting opportunities for residents and visitors, especially when the province is home to over 1,000 provincial parks. With so much to do and see indoors and outdoors, it was a struggle to choose only three attractions.
1) Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Immerse yourself in the beauty of towering evergreens and an enchanting rainforest by venturing through the 27-acre Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Visitors can start by crossing over the 450-foot-long and 230-feet-high Capilano Suspension Bridge running across the Capilano River. Next, enjoy a “squirrel’s” eye view of the West Coast rainforest at the Treetops Adventure – a series of seven suspension bridges attached to Douglas fir trees 110 feet up in the air.
If that isn’t enough, take a heart-pumping journey along the Cliffwalk. A series of suspended walkways that jut out from the granite cliff face above the river, this high and narrow journey is even more exciting since some of the walkways are glass only!
Located about two hours from the capital city of Vancouver, Whistler is the center of the biggest winter sports area in Canada. While the mountain is famous for downhill skiing, you’ll have plenty to do during the summer months as well, including like hiking and biking.
For those of you who are thrill seekers, you can take a luge, bobsled, or skeleton down the actual Whistler Sliding Centre, home to the fastest ice track in the world and was also used during the 2010 Olympic games. For a slower-paced and more scenic experience, take a ride on the Peak 2 Peal Gondola that travels between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, as it offers breathtaking 360-degree views.
3) Richmond Night Market
British Columbia has natural beauty like I have never seen before. While there are countless other breathtaking natural attractions, I thought it would be fun to go another route with the last attraction on my list – the Richmond Night Market. This annual event takes place every weekend during the summer months from May 13 to October 10, 2016 in Richmond, British Columbia.
Deemed “the biggest night market in North America”, this large-scale market offers over 60 retail vendors, over 100 international food vendors, carnival games, live entertainment, and (new to this year!) 18 roaring dinosaurs. Due to the sheer size and popularity of the event, we recommend arriving as early as possible and buying the Zoom Pass for $20 so you can skip the long lines.