Monday, May 10, 2010

2010 BC Travel Writers Association Annual Symposium

May 8, 2010: We attended the annual travel writers symposium at Robson Street’s boutique Listel Hotel. This symposium provides an opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow BCATW members. During the afternoon we were able to speak one on one with two of the travel writing panelists who were chosen to present at this event.

JOHN LEE, spoke about cultural travel. John is an award-winning travel writer whose work has appeared in the Lonely Planet Travel Guides, National Geographic Traveler, the Globe and Mail, Chicago Tribune and US Airways in-flight. As well, he has written the books Walking Vancouver and Drinking Vancouver.

LORI HENRY, spoke about ecotourism/adventure travel. Lori is the Western Canada Travel Writer for Her guidebook work includes publication in Fodor's Nova Scotia & Atlantic Canada. She has also written for Reader's Digest, Western Living, VIA destinations, West, FLARE and Western Living.

Always an enjoyable way to spend the afternoon and come away with a few gems of wisdom. This year, my wife, Kathryn, and I won two different prize draws. The first was a two day Hop-on, Hop-off, city tour of Vancouver with The Vancouver Trolley Company (

The second prize was a romantic weekend for two at Adventure B&B at Rockwood Retreat ( in Powell River, along with the choice of either doing a nature hike or an ocean kayaking adventure with a local nature tour operator. There is also a 9-hole golf course next door and Powell River's ocean shores also has some very fine scuba diving sites. We can’t wait!

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