British Columbia is Canada’s most westerly province and lies on the Pacific coast of North America. It has some of the most diverse and breathtaking scenery in Canada. Its rugged coastline stretches for more than 16,780 miles (27,000 kilometres), including its thousands of islands and breathtaking fjords. More than three quarters of the Province is mountainous; the Rocky Mountains run its length, forming its eastern border with Alberta, and are flanked by a series of companion ranges – the Columbia, Monashee, Cariboo, Selkirk, Purcell, Cassiar, Omineca and Skeena. The province is also home to Canada’s only desert, lying just north of the US border near Osoyoos.
Vancouver is the gateway city and where most itineraries start or finish. Surrounded by water and mountains, it is one of the most picturesque cities in the world. It is also a hub of activity, with Stanley Park a haven for walkers and cyclists, the shoreline for water sports and the mountains for skiing and hiking. It’s a cosmopolitan city, with a great choice of shopping, bars and restaurants. From Vancouver it is an easy drive to the activity hub of Whistler, a ski resort in the winter but perfect for an activity holiday in the summer with watersports on the lakes, hiking and biking mountains, plus zip wiring and quad biking. Further north head you can drive along the Sunshine Coast to some charming townships in quiet bays sheltered by the mountains.
A short ferry ride or seaplane flight away is Victoria and Vancouver Island. Victoria is British Columbia’s capital city and the perfect base for whale watching. The rest of the island is scattered with small townships in small inlets, beautiful islands and wild coastlines, home to some of Canada’s finest luxury resorts.
Inland you’ll head through the wine and lakes region of Okanagan, north to the Chilcotin Mountains and ranch country and finally reach the Canadian Rockies where the settlements of Field and Kicking Horse are the perfect base to explore these stunning mountains.
The roads are perfect for a self drive or you could consider one of the famous train journeys on either the Rocky Mountaineer to Jasper or Banff or the Via Rail overnight train to Jasper.
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