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British Columbia

Spectacular wilderness, iconic wildlife

British Columbia tailor-made holidays


Located in the west of Canada on the Pacific Ocean, British Columbia is a province of unmatched natural beauty. Escape to one its many islands to watch bears roaming in ancient forests, or head to the Sunshine Coast to try your hand at fishing on the Campbell River. The province's mild weather also makes its national parks prime for year-round exploration. And, on the sun-kissed 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.

Whale watching

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

Rocky Mountaineer Grand Circle Tour

14-day luxury rail journey from £3,855 pp


2019 Early Booking Bonus Offer – Save up to £300 pp
Book by: 31 August 2018

Between expert-led tours, handpicked hotel stays and, yes, an ultra-scenic rail journey, this curated itinerary showcases Canada’s dramatic landscapes in style. Along the way, you’ll step out onto glaciers, sweep alongside rushing rivers and summit national-park peaks.

Alaska to Tokyo on Silversea

23-day stay & cruise from £5,620 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Exclusive tailor-made cruise offer. Book by 31 July
Book by: 31 July 2018

This tailor-made itinerary contrasts Vancouver's natural wonders with city-slicking in Tokyo, exploring Alaska and Japan's epic landscapes in between. Stay in luxury hotels and on the spectacular Silver Shadow, where you'll enjoy opulent suites, endless amenities and all-inclusive dining.

Rocky Mountaineer and Holland America’s Canada & Alaska Explorer

16-day tailor-made journey from £4,990 pp


2019 Early Booking Bonus Offer – Save up to £300 pp
Book by: 31 August 2018

With a journey aboard the iconic Rocky Mountaineer and an all-inclusive Holland America cruise, this luxury holiday showcases the beauty and wildlife of the Canadian Rockies and Alaskan wilderness.

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Top itineraries in British Columbia

Vancouver, Whistler and the Rockies‬

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,575 pp incl. flights

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.

Grizzlies, Orcas & Black Bears Self Drive

11-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,785 pp incl. flights

Leave the urbane charms of Vancouver behind to take in the unique wildlife of Vancouver Island with ultra-scenic drives, expert-led excursions and stays in remote lodges.

Rocky Mountaineer: Canadian Rockies Highlights

7-day tailor-made luxury rail journey from £2,535 pp incl. flights

Sweep through the Canadian Rockies on a truly legendary rail journey, stopping off for scenic helicopter flights, gondola rides and guided tours of Banff and Yoho National Park. You'll even stay right on the shores of Lake Louise.

Rockies Explorer & Alaska Cruise Escorted Tour

20-day escorted tour & rail journey from £7,645 pp incl. flights

The Canadian Rockies are spectacular. Giant peaks towering above beautiful tree-covered valleys and sparkling lakes, interspersed with pretty villages and mountain resorts sit alongside an abundance of native wildlife from deer and moose to black bears and grizzlies.

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Top places to stay in British Columbia

Sonora Resort

Traditional lodge from £1,520 pp incl. flights

Discover the breathtaking wilderness landscapes of British Columbia at Sonora Resort, located on a beautiful archipelago on Canada's Pacific coast.

Siwash Lake Ranch

Traditional ranch

Siwash is small yet sophisticated and a luxurious dude ranch that offers the opportunity to indulge in authentic adventures amidst breathtaking scenery.

The Wickaninnish

Contemporary lodge

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.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Contemporary tented camp

Indulge in some luxurious wilderness glamping at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, a Relais & Chateau retreat where superb food, wine and experiences go hand in hand with a deep commitment to the land.

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Where to go in British Columbia


Vancouver is all eclectic shops, trendy streets and culinary delights, a place where green spaces abound, hipster cafes dot oceanfront paths, and world-famous art galleries lie round each corner. And it's all framed by endless snow-covered mountains and an outdoor playground so emblematic of Canada.

Canada's Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast has an abundance of beaches and natural parks as well as many water-based activities on offer, with spectacular mountains that lend themselves to skiing and hiking trips.


Whistler is the largest ski resort in North America in the looming shadow of the Blackcomb mountains. It offers spectacular skiing and snowboarding, but it doesn't only catering to die-hard alpine adventurers. Come summer, ski slopes are swapped for mountain biking, canoeing and ultra-scenic hikes.

The Gulf Islands

The Gulf Islands are rugged, carpeted atolls, peppered with hiking trails, biking routes and kayaking paths. Due to its chilly waters and somewhat remote location it doesn't draw in large crowds, meaning you'll be accompanied by far fewer tourists than in neighbouring Vancouver.

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When to go to British Columbia

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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.

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British Columbia articles

  • Rocky Mountaineer - North America's Greatest Rail Journey

    Wexas rail specialist Alison Nicolle reports back from the Rocky Mountaineer’s signature journey – a weeklong itinerary that winds up through the Rockies to link Vancouver and Calgary.

  • The world’s best journeys by rail

    Travel in style with the ultimate collection of train journeys, chosen by our rail experts reporting back from the tracks. There’s everything from such old favourites as the Orient Express to new classics as Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer.

  • Top Five Cruise Holidays for 2018

    Our specialists have put together the ultimate in cruise inspiration, from Greek island hopping in style to an exploration cruise into the glacial wilds of Alaska. As always, it’s all based on first-hand knowledge.

  • All aboard: Canada's Rocky Mountaineer

    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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