Explore British Columbia
Pacific waves tumble towards dramatic coastlines. The mighty Rocky Mountains induce superlatives. Silence reigns in deep valleys and wildlife hides in mist-enshrouded forests. British Columbia is one of the most awe-inspiring destinations on earth, a dazzling expression of untamed nature made accessible to the explorer. If you dream of spectacular Canadian nature then you’re probably dreaming of British Columbia, where adventure awaits and there’s a superb collection of top hotels to keep you comfortable. Canada’s other provinces also have stunning nature, yet for most visitors, British Columbia is the world-beating highlight where nature is never forgotten.
Getting here and around
Vancouver is a beautiful city and the key transport hub. From here you’re a 2 ½ hour drive to Whistler, 1 1/2 hours by air to Calgary, less than three hours flight to cities in California. Various domestic airports mean you can use flights to get around, although British Columbia is also an incredible destination for a road trip. When the landscapes are this beautiful, you may prefer to travel slowly and take more in.
Climate & seasons
Long sunny days make British Columbia an outdoor playground throughout summer. Ski season is from late-November to early May in popular resorts like Whistler. The months in between are more agreeable than elsewhere in Canada, especially along the coast. Vancouver has a temperate climate and can be visited year round. The contrast from Okanagan vineyards to glacier-topped mountains means there’s somewhere to enjoy, whichever month you visit.
Where to go
British Columbia’s seven national parks can feel far from civilisation yet they are mostly very accessible. For example, snow-capped Rocky Mountains are just 30 minutes from city skyscrapers and beaches. British Columbia is the best province in Canada for delivering luxury in remote locations, with wilderness lodges providing a place to really unwind and disconnect. Whistler-Blackcomb is the most famous ski resort, although the province has many slopes, with Big White and Revelstoke two alternative resorts. There’s a lot more too. Even with two weeks you won’t get close to exploring everything in this vast and beautiful province.
What to do
Even in Vancouver the experience is outdoors, both in the city and exploring Vancouver Island. Think skiing, boating, fishing, hiking, driving alpine passes and kayaking to island hot springs. The adventure is yours to define and it’s easily tailored to your interests and fitness levels. This is what makes British Columbia so great - it’s a paradise for both avid outdoor enthusiasts and those who just want to experience what nature can offer, without getting cold or dirty.
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