I am so thrilled to be crowned Miss British Columbia World 2017 and to be going to Miss World Canada! For me, if I’m lucky enough to win Miss World Canada, I could be representing Canada throughout the year that this beautiful country of ours is celebrating it’s 150th birthday where festivals and celebrations are happening all year and all over!
I must admit, it is very hard to pick my FAVORITE spot in British Columbia, there are so many gorgeous areas and there is a reason they call it beautiful BC! Representing the province of British Columbia as Miss BC World is filling me with pride!
I have lived in BC for the past five years and spent lots of my growing up years exploring every corner of BC ! I’ve skied Whistler and most of the interior BC ski hills, hiked Mt Robson, Squamish and many other trails. I loved the west coast while I was living and working in Vancouver, explored the Okanagan lakes and wineries, often visit family in Victoria and Vancouver Island and the Shuswap Lake area is like my second home!
Our province is so scenic with large mountain ranges, gorgous lakes, very urban cities, orchards, wineries, ski hills, forests and farmland. British Columbia has it all!! The population of the province is approximately 4 million.
I’ve decided if I must narrow it down to one of my favorite places in BC, I choose Vancouver!! It is BC’s largest city, and the greater Vancouver area has a population of around 2, 500,000, which makes it the 3rd largest metropolitan area in Canada. It is a big city, but I’ve found so many quaint little spots such as some beaches, communities, favorite streets and restaurants where I’ve felt right at home!
My favorite area would be the English Bay area which is in the west end of downtown Vancouver just before the entrance to the world-famous Stanley Park. The view is supurb from the beach and boardwalk. I’d like to say its a peaceful spot, but it isn’t! It’s very vibrant with lots of activity as many locals and tourists alike walk, bike, rollerblade, swim and sail along here.
If you need to stay in this area, I always recommend The Sylvia Hotel which prides itself on outstanding service, friendly staff and great value. It is an older, charming hotel that is surrounded by the beauty of English Bay and is easily recognized with all the vines and ivy growing up its sides.
One of my favorite restaurants in the area is The Boathouse Restaurant, a seafood tradition in Vancouver since 1981. They have world-class fresh seafood with high quality ingredients and they now have 6 locations in the Vancouver area.
If you head north of English Bay across the Lion’s Gate Bridge you’ll get to West and North Vancouver. I resided in North Vancouver for two years while I attended Capilano University and I also would catch the Seabus across Burrard Inlet and Lonsdale Quay to downtown Vancouver when I continued my education at Blanche MacDonald Centre. It was so cool to catch a boat to school!
While living in this beautiful city, I never stopped gaping at and exploring with my friends, Vancouver’s natural and urban charms – Stanley Park, Gastown, Granville Island, Kitsilano, to name a few of its highlights. No wonder everyone wants to visit or live here!
Even though I’ve picked Vancouver as my favorite spot, I still want to fill you in briefly on the rest of our great province. The capital city of BC is Victoria, BC which is located on Vancouver Island and just an 1 1/2 hr BC Ferry ride across from south Vancouver. My brother is attending the University of Victoria and I visit him there when I can.
I currently live in the lovely city of Kelowna which is located in the interior of British Columbia. It is the third largest city in BC with a population of approximately 125,000. The Okanagan is just another gorgeous area of BC, with its lakes, orchards and wineries, that I’m having fun exploring. The people are so friendly in the Okanagan!
The province of British Columbia has a very diverse economy, some of BC’s top industries are tourism, forestry, mining, and farming.
As I mentioned, in addition to my favorite English Bay area of Vancouver, there are just so many wonderful places to visit, explore, work or live in British Columbia. I highly recommend anyone to visit!
If you are planning a trip to British Columbia make sure to check out www.hellobc.com or www.travel.bc.ca to help plan your trip! Make a reservation to stay at The Sylvia Hotel – firstname.lastname@example.org and dine just down the street on English Bay at The Boathouse at www.boathouserestaurants.ca.
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