I’LL START WITH A CONFESSION: I have never been to a tropical place for a vacation. Maybe I will one day, but I’m not in a hurry. It’s not that I don’t like white sandy beaches, luscious green forests and all the perks tropical destinations come with. I do, but truth is, I cannot forgo summertime in British Columbia and especially vacations spent in the Gulf Islands which have now become a beloved family staple.
Our family has collected countless memories from many road trips around the province, from crazy rainy camping trips in Wells Gray which did not send us running home but only added to the adventure, to discovering ghost towns in the Kootenays and some wickedly well-hidden wild hot springs on our way there. The boys were too young to remember it all, but photographic proof helps revive their memory and the side effect is that they are planning their own road trips as soon as they are able to do it.
Many local businesses are opening up, proper social distancing rules in place, and we’re being told that the B.C. tourism industry is counting on us residents to plan for vacations in the province. I have heard some bemoan that, but seriously, according to the rightful brag found on each B.C. license plate, we’re in the perfect place for ‘stacations.’