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By Chris Cheadle

The specific peeling bark at the trunk of an arbutus tree. Towering Sitka spruce timber. Migrating sandpipers in Clayoquot Sound. A grizzly endure feeding on red salmon close to Knight Inlet resort. Chris Cheadle walked the streams of the rainforests, kayaked to distant shores, sailed the inlets, explored the islands and listened to the knowledge of First international locations elders to seize the photographs during this booklet, which depict the west coast of British Columbia in all its glory.

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The obvious merits of the deep natural harbour at Burrard Inlet encouraged the Canadian Pacific Railway to locate its western terminus nearby, and in 1886 the City of Vancouver was incorporated. Over the past century, Vancouver has evolved from a western resource town to a well-known international destination and host city of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. A wide cross-section of European and Asian immigrants has enhanced the cosmopolitan flavour of the city with a multitude of specialty shops and customs.

Washington ski area or inland from Campbell River. For novice backpackers, trips into the relatively flat Forbidden Plateau Recreation Area, adjacent to the Mt. Washington ski resort, provide a fulfilling taste of the beautiful alpine setting. Well- established trails weave through a landscape of trout-filled alpine lakes that reflect the rocky peaks of Strathcona Park. Forbidden Plateau takes its name from a Comox First Nations legend that tells of women and children who, after being sent there for safety during a battle between the Comox and a neighbouring aboriginal group, disappeared without a trace.

Each year, more than 3,000 ships enter Burrard Inlet, the busiest port in the country. Cruise ships, float planes and all manner of pleasure and commercial vessels share the busy waters. To the south, the shores of the Fraser River are home to canneries, sawmills and tugboat operators. The river’s extensive, nutrient-rich flood plain provides fertile land for the bountiful farms throughout the delta and the Fraser Valley. The first Europeans settled in the Vancouver area in 1827, when the Hudson’s Bay Company established the fur-trading post of Fort Langley, 48 kilometres up the Fraser River.

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