British Columbia, Canada‘s westernmost province is where the majestic Canadian Rockies meet the Pacific Ocean. Outdoor adventures are endless with snow capped mountains, ancient forests, dramatic coastlines and glacial lakes at every turn. Here are some of the best places to visit in beautiful British Columbia.
Vancouver is a beautiful city that has often been described as one of the most liveable cities in the world. It is a vibrant, mutlicultural city bursting with culture, amazing cuisine and natural beauty. It has beautiful beaches, hiking is everyone’s favourite pasttime and it’s an easy day trip to Whistler, one of the best ski resorts in the world! You have to go to Vancouver for your holiday in British Columbia, it’s the perfect place to start your Canadian adventures!
The famous ski resort of Whistler is nestled at the foot of the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. It is the biggest winter sports area in Canada and is located only two hours from Vancouver. This stunning alpine village was the location of the 2010 Olympics and whilst popular during winter, it’s summer visitors actually outnumber the ski season visitors thanks to worldclass hiking, biking and breathtaking scenery.
Yoho National Park
Yoho National Park is home to some of British Columbia’s most rugged and scenic mountain terrain. Yoko National Park boats snow-capped peaks, crystal clear rivers, waterfalls and stunning glacier lakes, including the beautiful Lake O’Hara. It is also home to Takakkaw Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in North America! It is the perfect BC destination in summer to explore the endless hiking trails.
Okanagan is a beautiful, lush valley filled with lakes, beaches, orchards and mountains. At the very centre of the region is Lake Okanagan and the charming town of Kelowna. It’s popular year-round thanks to its long, hot, dry summers and mild winters. There are a number of iconic ski resorts as well, including Big White and Silver Star!
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park is home to jagged peaks, narrow valleys and over 400 glaciers! At a lower altitude you’ll find pristine forests filled with ancient trees, spectacular lakes, mountain goats, black bears and grizzly bears! It is a hikers paradise where you are guaranteed rugged wilderness and solitude.
Vancouver Island, the largest island on North America’s Pacific Coast is reached by a short flight or ferry ride. Vancouver Island is home to beautiful beaches that offer year round surfing near Tofino and Pacific Rim National Park. Victoria, BC’s capital city is located on Vancouver Island and there is no shortage of charming towns, mountains and lakes.
Salt Spring Island
Salt Spring Island is famous for its laid-back hippie lifestyle where you’ll find farm fresh produce, locally made products, artists studios and yoga retreats. It isn’t short on beautiful scenery.