BRITISH COLUMBIA

B.C.'s Tackiest Towns (PHOTOS)

09/26/2013 10:32 EDT | Updated 10/18/2013 02:46 EDT
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Coombs famous goats on the roof, Coombs, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Here in B.C., we're pretty blessed, geographically. The mountains tower overhead, you can drive for hours through dense, colourful rainforest. Plus if you live near the coast, the ocean breeze scents the air.

It's beautiful out here, so it's not surprising that tourism forms such a big part of the province's economy. According to stats from the Tourism Industry Association of B.C., tourism revenue jumped almost 50 per cent from 1999 to 2009.

But sometimes towns go a little bit too far to bait tourists. While we have a stubborn love for the Coombs Country Market, the Platzl in Kimberley, and the murals in Chemainus, sometimes the endless gift shops, pioneer villages and tour guides in period costume get a bit wearying.

So we've rounded up six cities and towns with notorious reputations for being kitschy tourist-traps, even if they're fun.

Take a look:

B.C.'s Tackiest Towns

Do you have any to add? Disagree with a town being called tacky? Tell us in the comments below.

CORRECTION: A previous version of the slideshow included the Royal London Wax Museum as a tourist attraction in Victoria. The museum closed back in 2010 and is no longer in operation.