A British Columbia vacation can give you, majestic mountains, a beautiful seashore, where mountains plunge into deep blue waters, the panorama can be breathtaking. Add in tall forests, great rivers, rare birds, whales, salmon, bears, boats and small villages, and you’ve got an idea of what you’ll find along the west coast of British Columbia.
With these attractions, as well as the mountains, forests and lakes that lie inland, a British Columbia Vacation will prove most irresistible to those travelers who love the outdoors. You don’t have to be a wilderness buff to appreciate the wonders. The province has lots of boat trips, train rides and well-maintained roads that allow you to see the sights in a good comfortable way.
Those who have no desire to look at even a single eagle or glacier on a British Columbia Vacation, will find the cities of Victoria and, especially, Vancouver to be urban jewels almost as outstanding as the province’s natural resources. These cities are still within gazing distance of the mountains and the sea, and trying to escape the scenery in British Columbia is no easy task.
On your British Columbia vacation, taking in Stanley Park in the main city of Vancouver, North America’s third-largest park which draws millions of visitors per year, many of whom may skate or walk past you on the Seawall, a scenic, 5.5-mile path running along the water on the park’s perimeter. It’s just one of many trails among the park’s 1,000 acres, which also house an aquarium, nature center and other recreational facilities.
Whistler/Blackcomb is another must on your British Columbia Vacation, a year round resort area that offers top-notch downhill and heli-skiing during the winter and early spring, and alpine hiking and glacier skiing during the warmer months, with many summer activities for the whole family.
Another popular stop on your British Columbia Vacation, is visiting Victoria on Vancouver Island which is more traditional than neighbouring Vancouver, it resembles a genteel English port town, but it’s just as beautiful in its own way. English gardens, ivy-covered mansions, afternoon tea in the famous Empress Hotel, that’s Victoria, as the city’s appeal is decidedly British. Also on your British Columbia Vacation, try visiting Butchart Gardens, the internationally acclaimed botanical gardens that are organized around themes, such as the Rose Garden, the Japanese Garden and the Italian Garden. The gardens have over one million plants, all artistically arranged with not a blade or petal out of place. Special coloured lighting illuminates the gardens on summer evenings and musical entertainment fills the air, always a tourist favourite.
While in Victoria on your British Columbia Vacation, visit a world-famous museum, the Royal BC focuses on the land and the people of coastal British Columbia. Diorama exhibits are popular here, ranging from life-like wilderness animals to rain forests, seacoasts and other settings. Three galleries – Natural History, Modern History and First Peoples Native art, as well as an IMAX theater and totem pole workshop, make for a varied and stimulating experience.
Today, British Columbia has a rich blend of cultures, a result of the province’s location on the Pacific Rim: Large communities of Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos, Malaysians, South Pacific islanders, East Indians, Pakistanis, Vietnamese and Thais live among the descendants of English, Scottish, Irish and Welsh pioneers. It’s an ethnic diversity that’s evident in fabulous restaurants, varied shopping, interesting neighbourhoods and an overall cosmopolitan ambience.
Many tourists include a trip to the Okanogan on their British Columbia vacation, with the city of Kelowna as the most popular which has a reputation for wild summer fun that centers on its bars and beaches on Okanogan Lake. The surrounding Okanogan-Similkameen area is a popular holiday destination with an abundance of fast-food restaurants and hotels. The area is one of the major fruit bearing areas in North America, you’ll find lots of roadside produce stands from June to October. Wine is another product of the region, and in the past 20 years it has grown from a cottage industry to a high-volume business that draws many travelers for winery tours.