Beautiful British Columbia is a great place for a holiday. Fly into Vancouver and from there explore everything from the rugged BC coast to the interior mountain peaks. In between, stop for a glass of wine in the vineyards of the Okanagan or some lake kayaking on one of the great lakes of the BC interior.
BC has a little bit of everything for visitors. There are stunning coastal walks on Vancouver Island and near Vancouver, where you can also combine some sea kayaking. Surfers flock to the village of Tofino, for big waves surrounded by forests.
In winter, BC is home to great ski resorts. Famed for the light champagne powder that falls here, you can choose world-class Whistler or any number of smaller regional resorts, all of which boast great ski terrain and wonderful, fun little towns nearby. Consider a trip ski touring or snowshoeing while in the mountains, a great way to enjoy some serenity in a busy world.
Summer sees hikers, climbers and mountain bikers descend on the BC mountains. Famous mountain ranges, like the Island Alps, Coast Mountains, Monashees, Purcells, Selkirks and Rockies provide enormous opportunities to explore. Many of these mountains are crossed by only a single road, providing the ability to truly get off-grid and explore.Read More Read Less
Flanked by the deep blue waters of the Strait of Georgia and the rugged, mountainous interior of Strathcona Provincial Park, Courtenay is a vibrant city that offers a healthy mix of urban accomodation and easy access to the outdoors.
E.C. Manning Provincial Park
Set in the dramatic landscape of the Cascade Mountains, E.C. Manning Provincial Park offers countless opportunities to explore the flora, fauna, and natural beauty that this region has to offer, including rugged mountain peaks, gorgeous alpine valleys, and crystal-clear lakes.
East of Vancouver
The metropolis of Vancouver is ever-growing and expanding, so it’s no surprise that East of Vancouver is the new hotspot for outdoor adventure travel—and now is the perfect time to explore.
Discover endless activities unfolding year-round in Fernie, an adventure boomtown located in the Canadian Rockies (with the Lizard Range to the west). Fernie boasts a similar image to typical Canadian towns backed by intimidating mountains, such as the ever-so-popular Banff and equally-as-stunning Jasper.
Glacier National Park, BC
Established in 1886, Glacier National Park is one of seven national parks in British Columbia.
Nestled snugly within the Rocky Mountain Trench at the point where the Columbia and Kicking Horse rivers converge, Golden is a fantastic town for exploring some of the best landscapes that British Columbia has to offer.
Kootenay National Park
Kootenay National Park is one of seven contiguous parks that form the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site.
Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park
Located along the British Columbia-Alberta border between Banff and Kootenay National Parks, Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park is a vast stretch of wilderness that offers endless opportunities when it comes to exploring the outdoors.
Known as “The Harbour City”, Nanaimo is a beautiful city that sits along the east coast of Vancouver Island and is roughly 113 kilometres north of Victoria. A popular destination on the island for people visiting from Vancouver, the two cities are connected via the Horseshoe Bay ferry, making it an easily-accessible gateway to some of the more remote parts of the island.
Vancouver’s North Shore is the perfect blend of urban city meets mountain wilderness. Surrounded by lush, alpine forest, with epic views and three ski resorts here, you can really enjoy the outdoors and the plushy perks of city living.
North Vancouver Island
Remote, wild, and breathtaking are all great words to describe the unique landscapes that can be found in North Vancouver Island.
Marvel at the vineyards backed by Okanagan Lake or the lakes nestled in the amphitheatre of hills, accessed by 4x4-ing, ATVing or the hikes that lead to a bird’s eye view of one or two of the many lakes sprawled below. (How many times can we say ‘lakes’ in one paragraph?) To put it simply: the Okanagan grants a fusion of family-friendly charm and rugged adventure, making it an ideal spot for all ages.
Surrounded by the rugged mountain peaks of Vancouver Island’s interior, Port Alberni is a charming city located on the northeast tip of the Alberni Inlet, a saltwater inlet that opens up into the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean via Barkley Sound.
Squamish is town on the Sea to Sky Highway, tucked between Vancouver and Whistler. Often viewed as a stop for snacks or gas on the way to Whistler, Squamish is booming as people realize the stunning outdoor options in Squamish, which is brimming with outdoor adventures!
Framed by the blue expanse of the Strait of Georgia to the west and the Coast Mountains to the east, the Sunshine Coast is a remote part of British Columbia despite its relatively close proximity to the major population centre of Vancouver.
A remote destination along the west coast of Vancouver Island, Tofino is a year-round haven for outdoor enthusiasts that are looking to explore the pristine coastal landscapes of British Columbia. Here, you will find a town small enough to detach from the realities of everyday living, with enough infrastructure to meet all of your needs.
Wells Gray Provincial Park
Established back in 1939, Wells Gray Provincial Park offers visitors 541,516 hectares of pristine wilderness to explore, making it the fourth largest park in British Columbia.
The West Kootenays is a stunning mountain area that includes towns such as Nelson, Rossland, Castlegar, Salmo, Nakusp and Kaslo. The region has abundant outdoor pursuits, including exceptional hiking, ski touring, mountain biking and more.
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