It is only the end of July and I can already say that it has been one of those summers! I’m not talking about the amazing stretch of blue skies, bountiful berry season or lazy weekends spent soaking up the sun. This is the year that friends and family chose to visit B.C. and in particular – me. In my world, we call this VFR tourism or simply, visiting friends and relatives. In recent weeks, I have become a master at my craft, showcasing all the amazing things to see and do in my own backyard. I’ll never forget my cousin’s question this past spring when I suggested she break tradition of spending her whole summer at the cottage north of Toronto and actually leave Ontario. I thought it would be a great way to celebrate her 60th birthday by experiencing B.C. for the first time in her life. “Is there anything to do there?” she asked. The heartfelt thank-you’s, the overweight suitcase charge at the airport, and the numerous calls since she left last week telling me how much this trip touched her is every indication that we found a lot of wonderful things to see and experience.