The province of British Columbia is a vast place in spectacular natural areas, we frequently hear it because it is very true. To take advantage of your stay to the fullest, we have made a list of the 5 places that you should not miss if you are visiting for the first time this beautiful region on the West coast of North America.
Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the park has 400 hectares of land and is literally an oasis in the city. Stanley Park is the largest park within a city in the world and is inside a natural forest, The trees, flowers and animals are the main attractions in the Park however, there are several beaches where you can swim or sunbathe in the summer. On the nine kilometre waterfront, at any time of the year, there are people running, walking or cycling. Most use paved cycling and walking paths and for those who want to walk in nature, they can enter the Park through its numerous forested trails. Further inside the park is the Vancouver Aquarium, which is the largest in Canada. There are restaurants with spectacular views and dishes, and several children’s play parks. These are only some of the attractions of Stanley Park that draw visitors from all over the world!
The Provincial Capital City of Victoria
Fort Victoria, founded in 1843, began as a fur trading post and was the beginning of a permanent British colony that served Canada and various American states. Later becoming the City of Victoria, it is well known for its location on the inner harbour with its parliament and historic buildings framing it.
The biggest attractions in this beautiful capital city are: The Empress Hotel (built in the 19th century), Butchart Gardens, the Royal BC Museum, Victoria’s Historic Chinatown and whale watching.
The Vineyards of the Okanagan Valley
With over 100 vineyards in the region, tours of the wine routes are one of the main attractions. All have a bar or tasting room and most include bistros and restaurants with delicious food and spectacular views of the vineyards and glistening Lake Okanagan. Clearly there is much more what to do for those who are not fans of wines including attractive activities like swimming in its pristine lakes, hiking and biking in the low lying mountains and valleys, hiking and biking on its network of trails and playing on any of the many golf courses throughout the region.
One of the top ski resorts known around the world, Whistler was, in fact, was one of the venues of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. In the winter it is obviously a paradise for skiers and ‘boarders’. In the summer the mountains are ideal for hiking or mountain biking. The “Peak to Peak” gondola which offers a spectacular 360 degree view to mountains, glaciers, forests, lakes and the village of Whistler is awe inspiring.
In the lovely, Alpine-styled city, there are many festivals throughout the year, shops for all tastes and a diversity of restaurants at all price levels. Whistler is also well known for its nightlife with a decent choice of bars and nightclubs. Both the village and the natural resources of the place offer an endless number of activities throughout the year.
On the Pacific Coast
The Pacific coast of Vancouver Island draws enthusiasts for a number of reasons including its fresh and abundant seafood; surfing, camping and hiking in the most natural and magnificent natural surroundings; and scenic tours where whales, bears and bald eagles are found.
This region of the Pacific includes a large number of Islands and bays that are worth exploring by road, ferry or even in a kayak!