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A predicted boom for British Columbia tourism

B.C. is expected to see a record-breaking increase in tourism for 2019, with more visitors returning to the province for sightseeing and camping

photo of waterfront park walkway
Vancouver Island is home to so many beaches and hiking areas. — Danielle Cameron photo

According to CBC and the staff at Destination B.C., the province of British Columbia is expected to see a record number of visitors this year. More people have been discovering the natural wonders, pristine campgrounds, outdoor recreation, arts and culture and historical sites that typify this part of the country.

The numbers are predicted to increase as more RVers and other travellers fall in love with this destination. It's not surprising, really - there is something for every age demographic and interest group if you know where to look.

Avoid the crowds

With an increase in popularity comes more crowding in famous locations. Avoid this by choosing a community that is off the beaten path, not yet inundated with tourist activity.

There are excellent places to go RVing up north in B.C., such as Prince George. Or, you could head to the Kootenays and delve into artsy hubs like Nelson and Christina Lake.

Of course, there's always Vancouver Island - pleasant all year round, and blessed with some of the most impressive beaches Canada has to offer. There are several smaller islands surrounding Vancouver Island, which make for picturesque day trips or multi-day camping adventures (ensure you have the necessary supplies, as some of these areas are remote, unserviced and accessed by ferry only).

For more information, check out this article on the CBC website.

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