Visit British Columbia
Glorious scenery that’s home to amazing wildlife. History, art and culture to discover. Endless beaches to stroll. Cosmopolitan cities to explore. Succulent seafood to taste. The six regions of British Columbia have so much to offer the traveller, each one with its own unique gems to find on a holiday you’ll never forget. British Columbia is Canada's westernmost province stretching from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.
From sea to sky, everything’s in magnificent proportions here. There can be few places on earth where you can be surrounded by majestic peaks, gushing waterfalls and the glories of nature one day, and in the thick of the action in sophisticated cities the next. British Columbia is a feast for the senses.
Love the Outdoors
If outdoor activity is what makes a good trip great for you, then BC doesn’t disappoint. Against a backdrop of jaw-dropping scenery in the Canadian Rockies, in the wilderness of the north, in the snow-streaked mountains and by the glorious Pacific Ocean, you’ll find more than enough attractions, natural and man-made, to keep your adrenaline pumping all day. Cycling, hiking, kayaking, fishing, horse-riding, river-rafting, golfing…all set against a backdrop that will take your breath away.
And the wonders of nature are everywhere. This part of Canada is home to a huge number of different species, from bears to moose and from whales and dolphins – all wild, and all possibilities for that extra-special photo that you’ll cherish forever. The Great Bear Rainforest, as its name suggests, is perfect for seeing grizzlies, and whale-watching tours off the coast make an unforgettable day out for all ages
British Columbia is also home to spell-binding cities. Vibrant Vancouver lies cradled amidst towering mountains, lush forests and the sparkling ocean, and is the place to go for urban culture. Dip into the best of city life – gourmet cuisine, world-class shopping, live entertainment – all within minutes of the scenic ocean and framed by a mountain backdrop.
Take the ferry across the bay to Victoria, British Columbia’s capital and a place where the youthful energy of the West Coast blends with Aboriginal history and time-honoured British, European and Asian traditions. Old and new mingle here, and it’s where you’ll find some of the best-preserved historical monuments in BC, as well as the Parliament Buildings.
And then there’s Whistler, world-renowned as a mecca for outstanding skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking and golfing. It’s a premier mountain destination, tailor-made for visitors looking to experience the wonders of this charming alpine village, its urban amenities and spectacular views.
All across this region of Canada, you’ll find a wealth of gastronomic wonders, ranging from authentic Pacific Rim cuisine to street food. And after a day in the fresh air discovering some of the many attractions that this area of the world has to offer, what better way to relax and unwind than by sampling one of the local wines, ciders or craft beers? It seems that British Columbia really does have something for everyone.