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British Columbia Holidays Guide

Capital City: Victoria

British Columbia is a mountainous region and the westernmost province of Canada, flanked by the Pacific coast along its western border. BC (as its commonly called) is the home of the majestic Canadian Rockies, beautiful lakes and rivers, world renowned ski fields and stunning National Parks.

Victoria, the state capital, is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, just off-shore from Vancouver. The stately elegance on display everywhere throughout the city bears testimony to its colonial history.

Like most of Canada, BC is large, being approximately four times the size of Great Britain, but with less than 10% of the population. Most of the people live in the southern parts of the province, with the beautiful city of Vancouver having the highest population of any of the BC cities.

The sparsely populated northern regions of British Columbia contain huge reserves of natural gas and oil and many of the small towns scattered throughout the north are essentially service towns to those industries.

Visitors will find there is something for everyone in BC and you will definitely want to travel beyond the main cities.  This is a place for enjoying natural attractions and combining that with action and adventure. Eco-tourists will be in their element is this part of Canada. BC is a spectacular adventure playground with an wide mix of cultural diversity. Over 50% of the Vancouver population do not speak English as their mother tongue. 

Things To See & Do

Try free falling on your first bungee jump, zip-trek through forests of Douglas fir, go caving to view crystal formations, take a flight tour over the preserved parks of Haida Gwaii, see the surviving collection of majestic totem poles, take a kayak out for an evening paddle and try a hot-stone massage in a grotto spa. If you have ever considered trying white water rafting, BC is the place to do it.

Ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, the world’s highest and longest unsupported lift span, that will take you from Whistler to Blackcomb in just 11 minutes, ski some of the world's best runs and explore untouched nature where some of the world’s largest predators, grizzlies, black bears and orcas, still thrive.

The beautiful waterside city of Vancouver will provide you with a culinary treat, ranging from Victoria’s colourful Chinatown, through to traditional English high tea. Do a spot of window shopping at the up-market designer boutiques on Burrard, Granville and Robson streets.

Enjoy spectacular views from Vancouver’s 61-storey Shangri-La Hotel. Vancouver city tours are plentiful and provide great opportunities to explore one of the world's most captivating cities. If time permits, travel a little way in from the coast to visit Canada's fruit bowl, the temperate Okanagan, to enjoy a mix of beautiful lakeside retreats, relaxing spas and wine tasting experiences.

Highlights

Here is just a small selection of some of British Columbia's most popular natural attractions.

  • British Columbia Festivals & Events - the top 10 festivals and events held annually throughout Canada

  • Glacier National Park

  • Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve

  • Kootenay National Park

  • Manning Provincial Park

  • Mount Robson Provincial Park

  • Pacific Rim National Park

  • Salt Spring Island

  • Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park

  • Yoho National Park

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