Rivers, roads, activities and craft beer converge in Kamloops

All roads in BC seem to lead to Kamloops. Named T’kemlups, “meeting of rivers” by the Secwepemc First Nation, this Interior city is where the North and South Thompson rivers converge, while the Coquihalla, Yellowhead, Trans-Canada highways and Highway 97 all connect here. Many simply drive straight past Kamloops, which has made it a bit … Continued

Explore Fresh Hop Beers at the BC Hop Fest

There is nothing fresher than a fresh hop beer! At the end of each summer breweries make a very special style of beer that reflects the hop harvest like no other beer. Fresh hop beers (also known as “wet hop” beers) are brewed with hops that are fresh from the harvest, which gives them a … Continued

Breweries, Pubs and Tasting Rooms on the BC Ale Trail

The West Kootenays are a stunning region of eastern British Columbia, cloaked in dense forests, hemmed in by majestic peaks, and ribboned by the dazzling water of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers. Travelers on the BC Ale Trail get to enjoy all of that …along with a few pints of tasty locally-brewed ales and lagers, too. Coming in from the … Continued

Hands-on with Hop Harvesting on Vancouver Island

September marks the beginning of the new school year, and also the graduation of freshly harvested hops into popular fresh-hopped beers. The craft beer community in British Columbia is ravenous for these beers. While most beers are traditionally brewed with dried hops, some breweries will prepare a beer during the late-summer hop harvest that involves … Continued

Exploring Abbotsford, From Farm to Table to Glass

Abbotsford is in the heart of the Fraser Valley and an easy day trip from Vancouver. What started out as a Sunday drive in search of berry farms and lunch with my mom ended up being a foray into exploring part of the Ale Trail, with brewery hopping and feasting on locally sourced fare. All … Continued

Hops Among Friends: Ross Thompson of Cannery Brewing

There’s the beer. Great craft beer. And the breweries. Amazing breweries all around this province working together to grow the craft beer scene. Plus there are fantastic craft beer and cask events where we go and try an incredible selection of these beers. But behind all of these breweries and events are the inspiring, passionate … Continued

Following the Ale Trail “Up Island”

If you know anyone who lives on Vancouver Island – or if you’re an Islander yourself – you’ll be familiar with the term “up island.” This can mean anything from a half-hour’s drive north of Victoria over the Malahat to the five-and-a-half hour long haul up to Port Hardy. And there’s a whole lot to … Continued

Behind the Scenes on the BC Ale Trail

Let’s go “behind the scenes” as our photo/video team visits breweries in the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. A lot of work goes into producing the BC Ale Trail. We start off by researching and consulting with the breweries and local tourism agencies to determine the activities and sites we will feature. Then, we send out our video-photography team … Continued

Ale Trail Takes Shape Along the Pacific Rim Highway

There are two sides to Vancouver Island, geographically speaking; two distinct coasts whose characters are defined by the seas that erode their shores. The tranquil east coast on the Strait of Georgia has the bulk of the Island’s industry, agriculture and population; the west coast is wild, battered by Pacific storms and relentless waves. Highway … Continued

Kelowna’s Craft Beer Scene Comes of Age

Blending an agricultural past with a new reputation as a tech centre, Kelowna is rich in history, innovation and fermentation. The Okanagan Valley’s largest city is situated in the heart of wine country. It’s home to Calona Vineyards, the province’s longest running winery, which turns 85 this year. It’s also home to two craft beer … Continued

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