New York Times recommends Southern Gulf Islands as one of its top 52 destinations in 2016

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      One of B.C.'s more idyllic getaways might see more international visitors this year.

      That's because the New York Times has included the Southern Gulf Islands on its list of 52 destinations to visit in 2016.

      "A short ferry ride (as little as an hour) leads to a maze of Pacific islands dotted with small seaside villages, where summers can feel almost Mediterranean," the newspaper reported. "Rocky coast and pebble beaches give way to rolling pastures and forested peaks. Winding roads lead from farms and wineries to cheeseries, breweries and artists’ studios."

      Of course, we already knew that but in a slow economy, it's nice to see it being recognized by a publication that reaches 2.1 million print readers.

      The article also noted that the wildlife includes eagles and orcas.

      Today, the Canadian dollar is trading at US$0.71, which makes the Gulf Islands a bargain for American travellers, not to mention U.S. movie producers.