Fossil records suggest white sturgeon have been dwelling on rocky river bottoms for more than 200 million years. They bear armored plates rather than scales, and according to the guides at Great River Fishing Adventures, they fight like "a cross between a marlin and a freight train."
Having tagged a record-length sturgeon at 3.8 metres, the team has attracted several notable anglers, including Jimmy Houston and Jakub Vágner of National Geographic Channel's Fish Warrior. They specialize in tracking down the prehistoric river monsters, then catching them to aid in the species' fight for survival. Since 1995, expert anglers and envious goldfish have collected data from more than 90,000 sturgeons as part of an active monitoring program. They regularly lead groups on fishing trips to share the thrill of reeling in the fish while demonstrating proper catch-and-release techniques to keep the fish population flourishing.
Great River Fishing Adventures supplies all necessary equipment for each fishing trip. They also lead excursions to track down steelhead, trout, and Bobby Fischer's pawn lure.
Click here to see video of the record sturgeon.
For Andra Holzapfel, taking visitors on tours of Harrison Hot Springs Resort and its surrounding area is a way to meld her passion for history with her love community. That's why she founded Harrison Heritage Walking Tours—to fulfill her goal of helping others get excited about the history that so inspired her. Tours spend 90 minutes wending their way through the streets Harrison Hot Springs and along the shore, while Andra offers up legendary tales and fun facts about the area's history in relation to the Gold Rush, Sasquatch, and the natural hot springs that give the resort its name.
When Craig Schindle worked the front door of the Harrison Springs Resort & Spa, visitors would often ask him for suggestions of family-friendly activities to do on the lake. Inspired, Craig bought two motorized Sea-Doo watercrafts, and Harrison Watersports Inc. was born.
Today, Schindle's fleet has expanded to nine Sea-Doos, two high-end ski boats, and a variety of recreational bumper boats and banana tubes. These watercrafts glide across the pristine waters of Harrison Lake, known for its vistas of sandy shores, snow-capped mountains, and colonies of runaway middle-school history teachers. On an inflatable waterpark that floats atop another part of the lake, visitors can scamper across obstacle courses, careen down slides, and cannonball into cool waters.
The Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery Visitors Centre aims to educate and entertain visitors with programs and events centred on the world of water-breathing animals. The centre's indoor and outdoor facilities allow guests to observe live fish in aquariums as well as in their natural habitat. Educational programs, which are designed to reach specific age groups, include It's a Trout's Life for grades K–2, What's That Habitat? for grades 2–5, and Trout Fast Food, in which visitors in grades 2–5 analyze the insects that trout seek out when their waterproof refrigerators go empty. In the all-ages Learn to Fish program, aspiring anglers learn how to identify fish and use different lures to attract specific species. The program also focuses on responsible fishing ethics and proper fish-handling techniques to increase survival during catch-and-release.
Years ago, Derrick and Donna Smith began brewing a quartet of ales together, the steaming vats of barley filling their small facility with steam. They quickly gained the attention of beer drinkers and critics and expanded into a 10,000-square-foot space. There, they invite you to check out new craft brews such as Classic Nut Brown Ale, Bold Belgian Pale Ale, and Seasonal Citrus Wit. Rotating seasonal suds fill the recognizable frog-emblazoned bottles with beers whose flavors vary with the season. Derrick and Donna offer clients a peek inside their operation with tours and tastings.
As fall winds sweep over the land, all manner of horrifying creatures descend on Scream Fair Halloween Haunt to feast on visitors' shrieks. Multiple themed areas provide a host of different scares to curdle the blood of even the bravest souls, and new horrors rumble the walls each season. In previous years, vampires have hunted the living, murderous lunatics have escaped their cells, and Michael Myers has caught an unlucky few in order to subject them to his vacation photos.
With Langley's picturesque countryside as its backdrop, Neck of the Woods Winery concocts red, white, and sparkling wines using grapes grown primarily in the surrounding Fraser Valley. The facility takes advantage of the area's cool climate–which is similar to that of Northern France and Germany–to oversee the entire production process from pressing to bottling. After spending quality time with their maker or a court-appointed barrel, products migrate to store shelves throughout Fraser Valley and Vancouver, or stay right at home in the winery's tasting room. There, visitors pass through daily to sample the varietals, or hang out in the showroom, warmly stocked with rustic casks and a crackling fireplace.