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2021 British Columbia Visitors Guide

British Columbia is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful provinces in Canada. With the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Rocky Mountains to the east, British Columbia truly is the best of both worlds. With our guides, you can get to know the great province of British Columbia. Our travel guides will help you plan your exploration of this beautiful province in Western Canada. Select a destination in British Columbia and look for what to see, where to go, and what to do. Our guides feature detailed descriptions along with pictures of the favorite travel spots in British Columbia.

Get to know Vancouver, Whistler, Kelowna, Victoria, and more. Enjoy skiing the renowned Rocky Mountains, hiking in the majestic wilderness of the Kootenay Mountains, touring the first-rate vineyards of the Okanagan, and sailing among the pleasant water surrounding Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Central and Northern British Columbia is recognized for its great fishing and hunting opportunities and offers a view into the aboriginal life and rural cultures of Canada. The Sunshine Coast and Fraser Valley both boast magnificent scenery.

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Knight Inlet, British Columbia To spot black bears and grizzlier, head to the Knight Inlet, just north-west of Vancouver. The Knight Inlet Lodge operates from June to mid-October and offers three-day, four-day, and five-day holiday packages. A ferry takes guests to a strait overflowing with salmon and to the areas the bears’ visit.

Sunshine Coast

Located slightly north of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, this near-perfect coastal destination has everything a tourist could hope for: naturally sandy beaches, lush unexploited wilderness, a bustling cultural community, and small-town hospitality. Outdoor enthusiasts will relish the ample recreational opportunities, including The Sunshine Coast Trail, a 180-km (112-mi) hiking tour de force, which will delight hikers of all ages and abilities. Kayaking, canoeing, biking, golfing and fishing are just a small sampling of the other activities available. Urban dwellers will find themselves enticed by the plethora of funky shops and eclectic restaurants. Be sure to pay a visit to Molly’s Reach, a cultural icon in Gibsons, which was the set of a popular Canadian sitcom for 17 years. The Sunshine Coast also boasts an active art community that is strongly influenced by Aboriginal history and traditions, as well as numerous year-round festivals and events. One warning though: those who visit this gracious paradise often find it quite hard to leave.

Victoria, BC

Victoria is British Columbia’s capital city and is known worldwide for its temperate climate, stunning coastal setting, and awe-inspiring visitor attractions. Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria enjoys mild temperatures year-round, which means the flowers are always in bloom. Read more Things to do in Victoria.

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Capital Building, Victoria, BC

Princess Royal Island

Travel off of British Columbia’s coast to discover the untamed and stunning Princess Royal Island. Couples can experience this private island when the Lodge docks at its shores each year. Merging the very best of the luxury and wilderness, the floating hotel offers couples adventures such as kayaking and fishing, mixed with ocean-view or wilderness-view suites and spa treatments; the Romance and Waterfall suites are highly recommended.

Okanagan Valley

Some have named this fertile expanse of British Columbia as the “Napa North” or “the Tuscany of Canada,” features a temperate climate, with majestic rolling hills and copious nuts, fruits, and, of course, grapes. Vineyards are the major business now; with over 120 in the area, it is the perfect spot for wine tasting. Similarly, with Napa, the landscape and environment of the Okanagan Valley make it a fantastic area for biking, kayaking, and hiking. Access to the Okanagan Valley is via Kelowna, and the center of the wine region is a town called Naramata.

Salt Spring Island

Salt Spring Island, one of the Gulf Islands of the coast of British Columbia, hosts its yearly market overflowing with artists and farmers. Local artists and vendors sell their goods, chat about the island, and help create a relaxed and friendly environment to pick up a gift or just stroll around the lively tables. The one rules are, you must “make it, bake it, or grow it” yourself to sell there, so all products are handmade and produced locally.

Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler is famous for its ideal slopes and beautiful scenery, but look beyond those massive rock formations, and you’ll find an even wider range of off-hill activities. Check-out the tubing park for family fun, undertake dog sledding, soar above the resort on a zip line eco-tour, or catch a horse-drawn sleigh for a truly unique Canadian winter experience. Read more Things to do in Whistler.

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Whistler, British Columbia

Alice Lake, British Columbia

Alice Lake, surrounded by a 400-hectare park of open grassy areas, dense forests, and impressive snowcapped peaks, is particularly good for canoeing, swimming, and freshwater fishing for small rainbow and cutthroat trout. Trails around the lake beckon hikers in summer and cross-country skiers in winter. A campground with showers and picnic tables is open year-round. The park entrance is only 13km north of Squamish.

Emerald Lake, British Columbia

Emerald Lake, one of the jewels of Yoho National Park, can be found in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Covered by ice for most of the year, the lake is encircled by mountains of President Range, as well as Mount Burgess and Wapta Mountain. There is a 5.1 km hiking trail circuiting the lake. Emerald Lake was discovered in 1882 by Tom Wilson.

Ladysmith, BC

Situated on the eastern shore of charming Vancouver Island, Ladysmith offers visitors all of the charm and hospitality of a small town. Ladysmith, BC, offers top-notch recreational opportunities, a well-known trail system through striking forests, shopping and restaurants in the center area, and waterfront activities at immaculate Transfer Beach.

Vancouver Visitors Guide

Vancouver, BC is famous for the ‘West Coast Special.’ All in one day, visitors can play golf, go skiing, enjoy a world-class gourmet meal and finish it off with an NHL hockey game. Vancouver has evolved into a major city along the west coast of North America with a diverse cultural history. Vancouver is constantly ranked among the top cities in the world. Vancouver offers a safe, clean downtown with numerous chic shops. The city is the ideal destination for a holiday, a day trip from Seattle, or to start a cruise to Alaska and more.

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Vancouver Visitors Guide

Tofino, BC

Tofino is one of the hidden gems on the quiet coast of Vancouver Island, the other gem being Ucluelet, which is a world UNESCO reserve. Pacific Rim National Park, one of BC’s most popular nature reserves, is just one of the attractions near Tofino and Ucluelet. Tofino is the gateway to discover the best of BC. Read more Things to do in Tofino.

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Tofino, BC

Golden, British Columbia

713 kilometers east of Vancouver and roughly 260 kilometers west of Calgary in Alberta is where you will find Golden, British Columbia. The town was founded out of necessity due to the Canadian Pacific Railway and the logging industry. In modern days Golden’s economy is still heavily influenced by those two industries. Still, the construction of Kicking Horse Resort, as well as other adventure companies, has diversified the economy to include tourism. Just south-east of the town is Mt. 7, which is very popular with mountain bikers, hang gliders and paragliders.

Penticton, British Columbia

Between the Okanagan Lake and the Skaha Lake, you will find the city of Penticton, known as the peace city. During the summer months, the number of visitors to this city double the population to 60 000. Normally the winter months it’s very quiet, but because of the World Cup Freestyle Skiing, the winter scene is gradually picking up. From Vancouver, it takes about 4 hours, eight from Calgary, and 5 hours from Seattle or Spokane. Penticton is only about an hour’s drive south of Kelowna. The weather in Penticton is about as good as it gets in BC, with the city seeing 2000 hours of sun a year, which is more than Rio de Janeiro.

100 Mile House, BC

100 Mile House, BC, can be found in the middle of the South Cariboo and was the site of one of the first roadhouses that serviced British Columbia’s Gold Rush. The name “100 Mile House” comes from the distance to the Mile “0” in Lillooet. Located in a valley that looks out over Bridge Creek, 100 Mile House is known as a year-round outdoor playground that offers some of the best cross country skiing in British Columbia. Camping, fishing, hiking, and mountain biking are all readily available in the summer months. Many years after serving as a pit stop for Gold Miners 100 Mile House remains a fantastic vacation spot for travels in BC.