British Columbia tailor-made holidays
British Columbia is located in the west of Canada on the Pacific Ocean. Escape to one of the many islands or the Sunshine Coast to sample water sports or try your hand at fishing on the Campbell River. The mild weather also makes British Columbia travel perfect to explore the number of national parks and wildlife hotspots. And with increased sunshine on The Gulf Islands, the beaches are not to be missed.
History and Culture
Architecture, heritage and shopping galore can be found in Victoria, the current capital and political centre of British Columbia. Throughout this former British colony you can find museums depicting the history of the First Nations People. The Royal British Columbia Museum, University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology and the Kwagiulth Museum are definitely worth a visit.
National and Provincial Parks
The Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island offers whale watching viewpoints, hiking trails and adventures to The Broken Islands Group archipelago. Other great sandy beaches can be found on the islands in the Strait of Georgia. Clayoquot Sound is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and has a variety of marine life, while on the Gulf Islands there are plenty of grizzly bears and bird watching opportunities. Climb Grouse Mountain in Stanley Park for fantastic views of Vancouver. The Capilano Suspension Bridge is another option to explore the forest.
Tofino is the place to view the large number of migrating gray whales that venture only five kilometres from the shore. Long Beach offers vantage points as well as cruises and kayaking options also available. Humpback whales can also be seen alongside killer whales feasting on the large number of salmon near Campbell River. Boat trips through Discovery Passage en route to the Northern Gulf Islands will see you admiring magnificent views of the landscape.
Whistler is the largest ski resort in North America and hosted the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. It draws the crowds due to its fantastic views, slopes and unforgettable après ski at Whistler Village.
Special offers in British Columbia
Includes Rockies tour, stay and cruise
Big, bold and impossibly beautiful, the Canadian Rockies and Alaska need to be seen to be believed. Spend 5 nights succumbing to the Rockies’ striking allure and enthralling, local wildlife, including 2 days on the iconic Rocky Mountaineer.
Includes Rockies tour, stay and cruise
From the soaring ice-capped mountains and pristine alpine lakes of the Canadian Rockies, to the incredible, sheer glaciers, shrouded in mist and verdant forestry of Alaska, this is truly a journey to remember.
Special tailor-made cruise and stay
Enjoy a 10-night all-inclusive luxury Alaskan cruise followed by a Taste of the Rockies train tour on Gold Leaf standard
Top itineraries in British Columbia
Make the most of Canada’s national-park drama with this superb-value trip that combines impossibly scenic drives with plenty of included excursions. Enjoy everything from glacier walks and hot spring dips to gondola trips into Banff and Jasper’s snow-capped mountains.
Exciting wildlife viewing is at the heart of this tailor-made self-drive tour through the forests and waterways of beautiful British Columbia. Enjoy time in the stunning waterfront city of Vancouver before embarking on a wildlife adventure through the wilderness of Vancouver Island.
Travel only in daylight through the beautiful landscapes of the Canadian Rockies in style and comfort aboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Calgary, stopping along the way at some of this breathtaking region's favourite destinations, including Kamloops, Banff and gorgeous Lake Louise.
Top places to stay in British Columbia
Discover the breathtaking wilderness landscapes of British Columbia at Sonora Resort, located on a beautiful archipelago on Canada's Pacific coast.
Siwash is small yet sophisticated and a luxurious dude ranch that offers the opportunity to indulge in authentic adventures amidst breathtaking scenery.
The Wickaninnish Inn or ‘The Wick’ as it is known locally, is a superb resort in the Pacific Rim National Park on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Where to go in British Columbia
A Vancouver tour will take you past a collection of old buildings and skyscrapers such as the Harbour Centre Tower. Stop off at one of the many cafes in the largest city in British Columbia and look out to those mountains that make up the backdrop.
The Sunshine Coast has an abundance of beaches and natural parks as well as many water-based activities on offer. The mountains also lend to skiing and hiking trips. The Sunshine Coast spans from Lund to Langdale and is split into two halves.
Whistler is the largest ski resort in North America with Whistler Village nestled between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.
When to go to British Columbia
With hiking, kayaking and wildlife viewing in the summer and world-class skiing in winter, British Columbia is a classic year-round destination. Summers can be hot, with temperatures frequently topping 30ºC inland and 28ºC on the coast. Winters on the coast are relatively mild, while the interior sees plenty of snowfall. Spring and autumn are both pleasant times to visit and less expensive than the peak summer months.
British Columbia articles
Canada is a country made for train travel, given its size and variety of landscapes that travellers can enjoy from the rails. Rocky Mountaineer offers some standout itineraries for great luxury rail journeys throughout Canada's West.
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