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Known locally as The Ragged Group, the 437-hectare

 Copeland Islands Marine Provincial Park

archipelago comprises four of the islands and 14

 islets that protect narrow Thulin Passage, the main

 passageway for boats and kayakers travelling between

 the Discovery Islands and Desolation Sound.

Wilderness camping and fabulous kayaking attracts

 outdoor enthusiasts to this group of small, moss

 covered rocky islands.

 Other leisure pursuits in the area include swimming,

 fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving.

The Copeland Islands and Savary Island lie offshore

 from Lund on the Malaspina Peninsula of the

 Sunshine Coast.

You can see the white sandy beaches of Savary

 beckoning in the distance, while the Copelands lie

 out of sight to the north, 2 kilometres northwest

 of Lund and southwest of Bliss Landing.

Paddlers wishing to reach the Copelands should head

 north from Lund, hugging the steep-sided coastline.

 Marine traffic in Thulin Passage can kick up quite

 a sizeable chop…

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Bike 2

The Big Bike is hard to imagine until you see it for yourself. 

Check out the bike built for 30 in action! 

Also for more information and to register online please check

out our website www.bigbike.ca.

I have also attached a Challenge Form that can be altered to fit a

challenge to another team or participant …

if you thought someone might react to something like that J.

I have also attached a handout that you can use

(both jpeg and word doc format).

With that I wanted to mentioned that you can pick a fun team

name when you register online and I am happy to change this

buckslip for you based on that!

How to get started

Someone would take on the Captain position for the team

(you can also have a co-captain to help to support).

This just means that they are the person to register…

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Bike 2 The Big Bike is hard to imagine until you see it for yourself.  Check out the bike built for 30 in action!  Also for more information and to register online please check out our website www.bigbike.ca. I have also attached a Challenge Form that can be altered to fit a challenge to another team or participant … if you thought someone might react to something like that J. I have also attached a handout that you can use (both jpeg and word doc format). With that I wanted to mentioned that you can pick a fun team name when you register online and I am happy to change this buckslip for you based on that! How to get started Someone would take on the Captain position for the team (you can also have a co-captain to help to support). This just means that they are the person to register your team online and recruit/ encourage riders for fundraising. Getting registered online is super easy, thanks to our new website! Follow this link to explore the website further: www.bigbike.ca. As the captain you will click the ‘Start a Team’ button and follow the instructions from there. It will prompt you to pick a location and date for your event from the drop down menu. Once you have your team online you can easily send recruitment emails from there or just simply use the templates to send to people and get them to ‘Join your Team’ on the website (or verbally if they are not online people). Sidney date – June 15th. We ride from 8am to 7:30pm. You will want to choose your date and time as soon as possible to ensure you get the best time that works for you! I am here to support you 100% of the way which means I can help you get online, I will provide you with a captain kit that contains useful materials to support you and your team and to help you with different ideas for fundraising and team success! Big Bike Info The Heart& Stroke Big Bike is one of the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s most successful, longstanding programs in the community. This event is dedicated to creating community awareness and raising funds in support of life-saving research, health promotion, and advocacy. Your participation in Heart &Stroke Big Bike this year is the first step towards making your hearts stronger and improving your health! The Big Bike is hard to imagine until you see it for yourself.  Check out the bike built for 30 in action!  Also for more information and to register online please check out our website www.bigbike.ca. The BIG BIKE … 1 bike. 30 seats. 20 minutes. 2kms. The Big Bike is coming to Sidney June 15th!

  • It’s a fantastic TEAM BUILDING OPPORTUNITY for your company
  • Proceeds raised go directly towards life-saving Heart & Stroke research
  • Participation in the event helps to project a POSITIVE IMAGE
  • for your company within

your community

  • It’s a free event … there’s no registration fee.
  • You just have to fundraise
  • The entirety of the event itself only takes about one hour

It only takes a gathering of 29 individuals to make a team and the fundraising part is easy! I will be there to support you the whole way through!   About the Heart and Stroke Foundation In just over 60 years the Heart and Stroke Foundation has invested more than $1.35 billion in vital heart and stroke research, making it the largest contributor in Canada after the federal government. With the support of donors, the foundation is achieving their mission of preventing disease, saving lives and promoting recovery. Every day, your contributions are helping to create more survivors and tangibly improve the health of more Canadians. Decades of research advances and breakthroughs have greatly improved Canadians’ heart health and changed the typical heart patient. More Canadians than ever are surviving heart disease.

  • The death rate directly related to heart disease has been
  • reduced by over 75%.
  • 95% of heart attack patients who make it to the hospital survive
  • More than 90% of infants born with complex heart defects reach adulthood
  • The average patient is now 71 (compared to 55)
  • Many patients can return to normal life within weeks, rather than months

Despite the amazing accomplishments, there is still work to be done! The Foundation’s work is more important than ever.

  • 90% of Canadians have at least 1 risk factor for heart disease and stroke
  • Up to 80% of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable
  • In Canada Heart disease and stroke takes 1 life every 7 minutes
  • An estimated 1.6 million Canadians are living with heart disease and stroke

Healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke … together we will make it happen! www.heartandstroke.bc.ca. Follow this link to find: Your donation at work  See The Difference A Gift Can Make – Together, we can create more survivors.

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  • $40 can teach an entire family how to save a life with CPR.
  • $100 can teach three classrooms of children the foundation for
  • heart-healthy living with the HeartSmart Kids program.
  • $500 can help administer an Automated External Defibrillator training
  • course that could save lives.
  • $1,000 can help equip a lab with a blood pressure monitor to help
  • keep patients healthy.
  • $2,000 can help researchers hire the summer research assistants that
  • are critical to a research study’s success.
  • $4,000 can place an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • in a community centre or hockey arena, which can increase the chance
  • of surviving a cardiac arrest.
  • $5,000 can help support e-tool development so people can access
  • health information and customized action plans online.
  • $6,000 can train a future medical researcher, which is vital to
  • improving heart health and heart medicine.
  • $10,000 supports advocacy efforts that lead to legislation on important
  • heart-health issues like smoking, trans fats and AEDs.
  • $15,000 can fund a scholarship to mentor a student in medical research.

By supporting Big Bike, you help:

  • empower Canadians to make positive changes and prevent disease
  • save lives at the moment a health emergency strikes
  • promote recovery, where and when it’s needed

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Keremeos is a vibrant agricultural community located in the beautiful Similkameen Valley of British Columbia.

The area has a well deserved reputation for producing fruits and vegetables of exceptional quality.

It does not stop there however, as the Similkameen Valley is also home to a large cattle ranching community featuring a Hereford Bull Development Station.

Horses are also prominent in the Valley, with Quarter Horses, Arabians, Appaloosas and Paints just to name a few.

The unique soil, the pure mountain water and the desert climate of the Similkameen Valley all contribute to the success of all these agricultural endeavours.

The Valley boasts one of the first “Certified Organic” organizations in B.C., as well as conventional growers.

Their produce can be bought at the farm gate or at the areas many fruit stands.

Our climatic conditions have also enticed a great number of people to come and retire in our Similkameen…

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Ucluelet, Vancouver Island – Black Rock

 Oceanfront Resort Vancouver Island Resort . . .

Luxury on the Edge.

 Escape to the natural tranquility, beauty, and

 luxury of Black Rock Oceanfront Resort – an

 extraordinary retreat on Vancouver Island’s

 rugged west coast.

 

 Our magnificent oceanfront resort in Ucluelet,

 British Columbia, combines modern luxury with the

organic energy of Canada’s western frontier

 for an enchanting vacation experience.

 

 Designed with a deep respect for the land  and sea,

Black Rock’s innovative architecture – of rock, water,

 glass, steel, and  wood – enhances and contrasts

 the Wild Pacific landscape.

 Expansive spaces, natural light and breathtaking

 seaward vistas create a passionate connection

to the freedom and serenity of the Vancouver

 Island’s magical coast and experience true luxury

 with spectacular accommodations and

 awe-inspiring views.

 Black Rock is one of the most stunning new outposts

 on Canada’s wild Pacific coast.

Artists currently on display:

Black Rock…

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If diving is your passion then you

should come to Victoria BC and check

out the Swordfish Island Dive.

The Swordfish Island dive site is  popular boat

dive site near Victoria, on the Southern tip of

Vancouver Island.

Swordfish is located just off Vancouver Island in

the Strait of Juan de Fuca, around 2-1/2 nautical

 miles southeast of Beacher Bay and 6 nautical

 miles southwest of Pedder Bay

It can be a nice second dive after exploring the

 terrific but current-dependent Race Rocks dive

 site, and a Victoria dive charter operator like

 Pacific Pinnacle Dive Charters typically visits

 these and other favorite Victoria dive

 sites regularly

With its sheltered location, oval shaped Swordfish

 Island marks a good dive for intermediate divers

 with their buddy, or for all qualified divers as part

 of a dive group and you can dive here pretty

 much anytime.

However there can be a current…

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EVERYONE WILL AGREE THAT A TRIP

TO VICTORIA BC, WOULD NOT ME

COMPLETE WITHOUT SEEING THE

HERITAGE EMILY CARR HOUSE.

With an architecture described as both

 ”San Francisco Victorian” and “English Gingerbread,”

 all agree that the heritage Emily Carr House is on

 the must-see list of attractions in Victoria.

Centrally located only four blocks from Victoria’s

 Inner Harbour and the Provincial Legislature

 buildings, Emily Carr House offers its visitors a

 chance to gain an insight into Canada’s first, and

best known, independent artist and writer.

Emily Carr was born here in 1871, a scant six months

after British Columbia moved from British colonial

status to becoming a province of the world’s newest

 nation.

 She used her brushes and pens to proclaim her pride

 in this part of Canada for the rest of her life.

Emily developed a passion for nature, animals and

art, and at age seventeen studied painting first in

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journey through the clouds

Take the journey on this Canada railway experience

 through the natural wonders of the West on

 this route.

 Travel through scenic valleys, the Coastal Mountain

 Range and the Fraser Canyon with its spectacular

raging white water and dramatic landscape.

You will follow the route of the Fraser River, home

of British Columbia’s largest salmon fishing run, view

 plenty of wildlife along the way, and pass by the

Albreda Glacier and magnificent Pyramid Falls.

 The highlight of this route is majestic Mount Robson,

 the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

Your excursion begins at the Rocky Mountaineer

Vancouver Station when you board our world

 famous train.

 Continue through the rich agricultural lands of the

 Fraser Valley and have your breath taken away by the

 magnificent Coast Mountains before entering the

 Fraser Canyon.

Rejoin the Rocky Mountaineer and follow the Canada

 railway and the Thompson River through rolling…

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Our train vacation packages take you through the Canadian

 Rockies on the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer.

 Four spectacular rail routes highlight the diverse beauty

 of Canada’s West as guests relax and enjoy our renowned

service and gourmet cuisine onboard.

Whether it’s a passion for historical adventure, an

appreciation for natural wonders, or a desire to visit

 world-class destinations, we have a vacation experience

 to suit everyone’s taste.

 

 
Enjoy Canadian train travel and retrace the steps of 19th

 century explorers.

 

 Journey through the legendary Spiral Tunnels and pass

 by the spot where the Last Spike on the Canadian Pacific

 Railway was driven.

 

 This historic event is one of the most important in

 Canadian history as it united Canada from east to west.

You’ll also transverse the Continental Divide and be

 inspired  by spectacular mountains and

 dramatic canyons.

 If you’re a history-buff this route is for you.

 

Board…

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Down on the southwestern shore of Richmond sits

 the historic Steveston Village, a once-boisterous frontier

 seaport and principal port on the Fraser River, founded

 in 1880 by William Herbert Steves.

At the turn of the twentieth century, Steveston was the

 busiest fishing port in the world, with fifteen salmon

 canneries, six hotels, numerous saloons and gambling

 dens, and up to fourteen windjammers simultaneously

 loading canned salmon for world markets.

 On a Saturday night, 10,000 people thronged the

 boardwalks, including Native Indians, Japanese, Chinese,

 European immigrants, and sailors from the seven seas.

Now over 100 years old, Steveston has evolved into a

 picturesque working fishing village, home to Canada’s

 largest commercial fishing fleet, home base to more

 than 600 seiners, gillnetters, trawlers and other vessels

 that line the docks two, sometimes three, abreast.

The village, with its ambient fishing village atmosphere,

 comes to life each summer, with plenty for visitors

 to…

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