Canada’s westernmost state, British Columbia provides a recreational wonderland packed with adventure – visitors here can explore mountains, grasslands, forests and lakes, either by horseback during the summer months or at some of the top ski resorts through winter. Our Travel Specialists have first-hand knowledge and years of experience travelling to the ‘Great White North’ – read on for the expert’s guide to travelling through British Columbia.
As a year-round destination, British Columbia holidays are truly great value throughout spring and late autumn – and can also guarantee fewer crowds than during the peak summer and winter months.
Vancouver’s bustling cityscape offers countless delights from arts venues to award-winning dining venues, though many visitors head to British Columbia for its breathtaking wilderness, fascinating wildlife and plenty of nature to explore. Our Travel Specialists recommend a few days to take in all the city has to offer before heading out on an amazing adventure.
Locations like Whistler and Victoria offer a taste of the province’s vast wilderness, while each maintaining distinct landscapes and characters. Victoria, British Columbia’s capital, offers a quaint harbour and boutique shopping area, along with scenic seaplane flights, seasonal whale watching and a host of exceptional eateries. Iconic Whistler is the perfect holiday location for adventurers year-round, with its extensive skiing facilities and a range of other activities – including snowmobiling, mountain biking, ziplining, bobsledding and more. Many Whistler venues from the 2010 Winter Olympics are still in use, while the summer sees beautiful nature trails, spectacular views and even beaches to explore.
Winter sports enthusiasts can also look to Sun Peaks for adrenaline-pumping snow sports, yet are also promised incredible alpine beauty throughout the summer months. The village, whose architecture resembles that of a French ski town, is the perfect central stopping point on a self-drive holiday from Vancouver to Banff.
With a variety of options for discovering inspiring wilderness, Kelowna’s renowned wineries, beautiful beaches and rolling mountain views make for a superb holiday in nature, while the towering peaks surrounding Field, in Yoho National Park in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, allow for incredible views over Cathedral Mountain and striking Emerald Lake. Here, Cathedral Mountain Lodge provides a true wilderness retreat and the chance to spot plenty of wildlife including elk, wolves, moose and black bears (the best bear watching is during late September and early October).
For those truly looking to immerse themselves in the wintery wilderness, visiting Clearwater and Wells Gray Provincial Park provides access to some of Canada’s most stunning waterfalls, including Helmcken Falls and Dawson Falls; Alpine Meadows Resort is a top choice for a retreat nearby. Or, for exciting snowmobile excursions or dude ranch experiences, visit the Chilcotin Mountains and stay at Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa to enjoy pristine wilderness and incredible flightseeing tours that offer a bird’s eye view of Chilcotin and the Lilloet Icefields. For thrill seekers, we recommend taking part in the six-night Wolf Tracking at Chilcotin Ranch tour – track timber wolves in the Chilcotin mountains with the expertise of a local guide.
Those looking for a unique summer holiday will enjoy Canadian ranch holidays throughout British Columbia, including at the iconic Three Bars Guest Ranch located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and home to over 120 horses, or Echo Valley Ranch & Spa – which enjoys spectacular views across the Fraser River Valley and is surrounded by canyons, forests and the impressive mountain ranges.
With such a wide variety of locations throughout the beautiful province of British Columbia, you can learn more about your options by speaking to one of our expert Travel Specialists, or by visiting our British Columbia destination page.