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Top Chef Winner Brooke Williamson Travels to Canada to Sample The British Columbia Effect

Destination British Columbia releases short film featuring the travels of Top Chef winner Brooke Williamson

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We invited LA chef, restaurant owner, and Top Chef winner Brooke Williamson to discover the healing power of nature on a memorable trip to BC (and her first visit to our province).

Watch Brooke’s transformation in a five-minute short film, which launched worldwide on January 15, 2020, documenting her three-day experience in the wilderness of British Columbia.

Inspired by the scientific proof that as few as three days spent in nature can have significant impact on our well being, the film follows Williamson’s travel journey from LA to Vancouver and the transformation she experiences from spending time immersed in BC’s diverse landscapes—from rugged coastlines to ancient rainforests abundant with life—that that invite visitors to engage with the present moment, tap into a sense of calm, and awaken a renewed perspective on the world, and themselves —what locals have dubbed the British Columbia Effect.

Watch a one-minute preview below.

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Preview: Discovering the British Columbia Effect

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“I feel very lucky to have been able to take this journey, to experience British Columbia and all of its beauty.”

– Brooke Williamson, Top Chef winner and restaurant owner

The short film encourages travellers to explore BC’s stunning natural scenery in the spring and fall when they can get closer to nature—and their happier, more creative selves. This research dovetails with wellness travel, a trend which is growing more than twice as fast as tourism overall (Source: Global Wellness Institute).

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