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 travel in this stunning province in Western Canada. Select a destination in British Columbia and look for what to see, where to go and what to do in British Columbia. Our guides feature detailed descriptions along with pictures of the favourite 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 are recognized for their great fishing and hunting opportunities and offer a view into the aboriginal life and rural cultures of Canada. The Sunshine Coast and Fraser Valley both boast magnificent scenery. British Columbia will become the focus of the world when the 2010 Winter Olympics are hosted by Whistler and Vancouver.
Featured British Columbia Travel Destinations
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.
Princess Royal Island, British Columbia
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, British Columbia
This fertile expanse of British Columbia has been named by some 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, British Columbia
Salt Spring Island, one of the Gulf Islands of the coast of British Columbia, hosts their 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 is, you must “make it, bake it, or grow it" yourself in order 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.
Photo courtesy of Whistler Blackcomb
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 the 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.
Situated on the eastern shore of charming Vancouver Island, Ladysmith offers visitors all of the charm and hospitality of 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, British Columbia
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 of 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.
Tofino, British Columbia
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.
Whistler Village in Whistler
Also see Whistler Travel Guide
Whistler Village has been designed with the visitor in mind, featuring the classic west coast architecture and magnificent mountain views. The village is also a one-stop shop community with a city hall, firefighters and police, medical clinic, museum, library, and more than 200 shops and 90 restaurants. The only way to get around is to walk, when you park your car you won’t need it again (until you leave). Everything is close and comfortable. The village is safe for walkers, and children and dogs must be kept on a leash. You are never far from telephones, public toilets, or visitor centers such as the Whistler Activity Center.
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 2 industries but 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 amount 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, 8 from Calgary and 5 hours from Seattle or Spokane. Penticton is only about an hours 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, British Columbia
100 Mile House, BC can be found in the middle o 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.
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