Brian K. Smith, MPA is an accredited member of the BC Association of Travel Writers. He is a member of Professional Photographers of Canada with a Master of Photographic Arts designation. Brian writes the Have Camera, Will Travel column and is Chief Photographer for What's Brewing.
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Along the breathtaking, world class scenic Sea to Sky Highway (99) there are many distractions - velvety snow capped mountains dropping into Howe Sound, waterfalls cascading down glistening granite cliffs and beautiful emerald colored Howe Sound itself. After traveling forty five minutes from Vancouver you pass through Squamish, with three award winning breweries. Tempting as it may be to stop here - there is so much more ahead.
This past June I visited Montreal after a 4 year absence. It was like an alchemist had been running around the city turning bad beer into good! I discovered Montreal, and Quebec as a whole, are experiencing a craft beer revolution possibly even larger than the one in B.C.
The Truck Stop Concert Series returns for a third summer of great music, beer and food! Make sure to mark your calendar for the best in parking lot fun at Red Truck Brewing on 1st Avenue in Mt Pleasant.
We in BC are blessed with one of the most spectacular scenic drives in the world. In the early years of my travels to Whistler, Highway 99 North was known as the most dangerous road in the province. After many upgrades, including the pre-Olympic mega-upgrade, the Sea to Sky highway is now a marvel of engineering that leaves you free to appreciate the beauty that surrounds you. I recently took a four-day shoulder season craft beer trip from Vancouver to Pemberton. Here's how it went.