From the views of snow-capped mountains and the cascading Granite Falls of Indian Arm to the bustling public market of Granville Island, the Vancouver area overflows with seafaring escapes. Realizing the abundance of sandy beaches meeting lush green forests, diverse wildlife, totem poles, and charming seaside villages, the owners of Lonsdale Boat Rentals decided they needed to give locals and visitors easy access to the region's splendour. To accomplish this, they offer rentals of Hourston Glascrafts, Bayliners, and fishing boats to licensed boaters. They also create customizable sightseeing tours piloted by experienced captains who ferry passengers to Bowen Island for a coffee or to Deep Cove for dinner at a seaside restaurant. To accommodate groups, the team can charter 40- to 80-foot boats, allowing corporate outings, private parties, or the Brady Bunch's family reunion to take place in a scenic setting.
Plants aren't all that scary. Which is what makes Potters House of Horrors so unusual. Every year, when the chill of autumn fills the air and pumpkins grow on vines, Potters transforms from a relaxed garden center into a spooky maze filled with giant spiders and hung skeletons. Traveling through the 9,000-square-foot labyrinth, visitors will encounter of a series of haunted rooms where live actors and animatronics test their tolerance for fear in a setting straight out of a horror movie. Whether under cover of darkness or in a kaleidoscope of color, each room is designed to frighten everyone, from teenagers to emotionless robots who take over teenager bodies.
As the sun’s rays reach across British Columbia, breakfast is being served, coffee and all, in the middle of Shuswap Lake. Though it's been cooked aboard one of Waterway Houseboat Vacations’ watercrafts, the diners devouring their morning meal still have the overwhelming sense that this is what it feels like to spend quality time in the wild. That combination of coming together as a group while communing with nature is Waterway Houseboat Vacations’ raison d'être and has been since its founding in 1968.
Dedicated to outfitting aquatic sojourners with the most lavish, well-equipped vessels possible, the company's proprietors had their own fleet of houseboats built up in their Sicamous-based boat yard. Each masterpiece of engineering is embellished with luxurious amenities such as hot tubs, fireplaces, and gold-plated shoulder parrots, each of which fight for boater attention with lake-adjacent activities such as swimming, hiking, water-skiing, and fishing. While eager to introduce visitors to the scenic beauty of the Shuswaps, the company simultaneously aims to uphold a dedication to environmental stewardship, preserving their beloved home with initiatives that include stocking boats with biodegradable soap and spearheading a comprehensive recycling program.
Seasoned charioteers at Black Beauty Line navigate winding routes past Victoria’s most picturesque locales. The average 30-minute tour circles the neo-baroque Parliament buildings that border the Inner Harbour and clip-clops toward historic James Bay Village. Riders can snuggle under provided quilts as buggies glide past sites such as the Heritage Homes, whose snowy veils on winter rides melt away for spring rides to reveal manicured gardens and groggy lawn ornaments. Along the way, charioteers impart tales and tidbits about the tour attractions, and good-naturedly pose for photos after the ride. The well-kept carriages are also available for private event rental, often for weddings. Owner Rebecca Spray brings 30 years of caring for horses to Black Beauty Line. As a member of Carriage Operators of North America, she ensures that horses are healthy, well groomed, and not actually a horse impersonator looking for real-world experience. Pets are welcome to come along for the ride, and everyone must make reservations before the tour.
Every day, the Wilson family and the rest of the staff at Blackcomb Adventures groom their trails to ensure smooth excursions along exclusive winter terrain, including a high-alpine powder bowl at an elevation of 6,000 feet. As backcountry enthusiasts themselves, the Wilsons lead snow experiences of all types. The family owned and operated company—in business for more than 20 years—caters to enthusiasts of all experience levels, departing snowmobiling tours from the Brandywine Valley and leading showshoeing tours through the picturesque Lost Lake trails. Despite the constant pursuit of adventure, the company is committed to protecting riders’ safety, providing all the necessary gear and making sure visitors can quietly parallel park between sleeping grizzlies.
While sailing high above Vancouver Island in their ultralight planes, instructors Gary O'Brien and Steve Morley put into practice their shared mission to help students become safe and confident pilots. The Transport Canada–certified flight instructors work with students as they log hours and learn essential skills such as taking off and landing, climbing and descending, or side-slipping and turning. Their Genesis aircraft provides room for one pilot and one passenger, allowing the instructors to guide students safely without being distracted by chatty seagulls in the backseat.