updated 4/5/2011 10:16:41 AM ET 2011-04-05T14:16:41

DALLAS, April 5, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- From world travel to local exploration, experiences open minds and transform perspectives. There's plenty to discover in British Columbia, including the landmark sights, activities, cultural attractions, museums and galleries, hotels, spas, restaurants, and boutiques found in the new book Experience British Columbia,published by Panache Partners, February 2011, and distributed by IPG. With a foreword by professional basketball player and BC philanthropist Steve Nash, the exquisite 272-page coffee-table book is infused with upward of 400 photos and captivating descriptions of BC destinations not to be missed. Published by Brian Carabet and John Shand, the book is the premier edition of a series that is being expanded across North America.

A must-read for serious travelers bound for the region, a source of inspiration for those casually planning vacations, and an invaluable resource for locals to maximize their quality of life, Experience British Columbia is intended for a global audience interested in what's unique, revolutionary, innovative, and life-changing about nearly 200 establishments and destinations across the province. The voyage takes readers from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland on the West Coast—including the 2010 Winter Olympics host of Vancouver—up further inland to Whistler and over to the Okanagan and beyond, showcasing where to shop, dine, explore, and relax for a full understanding of life in BC. Staggeringly beautiful photographs are matched only by fascinating stories to make a carefully curated selection of awe-inspiring experiences.

Experience British Columbia invites readers to explore zoos, aquariums, and theme parks like the Pacific National Exhibition and Vancouver Aquarium, tour well-appointed athletic facilities and gorgeous golf destinations like GolfBC courses, soak up nature at parks, gardens, and lakes, and glean facts from fascinating landmarks and fun historic sites like Capilano Suspension Bridge. British Columbia is a hub of arts and culture, so world-class museums, art galleries, theaters, concert halls, cultural institutions, talented artists, intriguing galleries, and festivals are de rigueur. In addition to some of the finest boutiques and showrooms nationwide, well-appointed luxury and boutique hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, resorts, spas, and salons like Pan Pacific Vancouver and Scandinave Spa make for the perfect vacation—or destination. Delicious restaurants and eateries populate every street and town in the province, from Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub to Into Chocolate Specialty Sweets, and innovative wineries and breweries like Sumac Ridge Estates Winery offer enticing day trip potential.

Experience British Columbiais an invaluable resource and a source of inspiration. The 272-page coffee-table bookinvites readers on a breathtaking journey through one of Canada's most beautiful provinces. The book is ideal for those who travel regularly and have long been intrigued by BC, are planning an upcoming trip, live in the area and want to maximize quality of life, or simply seek inspiration and the incentive to begin a world tour. It will inspire casual readers and seasoned jet-setters alike—anyone who has ever felt the tug to explore uncharted territory and discover new adventures—with the entrepreneurship and hospitality known so well throughout British Columbia.

Book Title: Experience British Columbia
Publisher: Panache Partners
Distributor: Independent Publishers Group
Publication: February 2011, $45, Hardcover, ISBN 9781933415925
272 pages, 9 ½" x 10 ½", 400+ color photographs

Panache Partners
Rosalie Wilson
1.469.246.6060
rwilson@panache.com

With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, Brian Carabet and John Shand are drawn to creating spectacular publications for discerning readers. The founders of Panache Partners have produced upward of 100 books and continue to redefine what it means to create sophisticated publications. Panache Partners specializes in coffee-table books showcasing luxury lifestyle subjects, including high-end interior design, custom home building, architecture, golf, wine, art, event planning and travel. For more information, visit Panache.com.

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