British Columbia travel guide: what to see and what to do

British Columbia (BC) or British Columbia is Canada's westernmost province and one of the most beautiful areas to vacation in North America. There are so many things to do and see, as well as visiting the beautiful and large city of Vancouver.

Like much of Canadian territory, the spaces and distances are enormous, and it is necessary to plan well the itineraries with a good one travel guide. Just think that British Columbia is about four times the size of Great Britain, with less than a tenth of the population.

Much of British Columbia's land is mountainous, with a series of major ranges extending north to south, from the coast to the Alberta border. Some of these Mountain ranges include the Rocky Mountains, the Selkirks, the Purcells and the Coast Range. And it is right here, on these mountains that the main ski resorts of Canada.

Most places in the region offer something for everyone to see or do. This beautiful Canadian tourist area conveys a great desire to spend wonderful days outdoors, outside the main cities. British Columbia is an unforgettable travel experience at any time of the year.

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For lovers of active and adventurous holidays, there are many excursions you can do. L'ecotourism it is the most popular form of tourism in this part of Canada. Among the main ones Things to do we find: trekking in the majestic forests or on the mountains of the coast, kayaking among the numerous groups of islands, or skiing on the slopes of the wonderful ski resorts.

Main tourist areas

Vancouver Island (North, Center, South): it hosts the capital of British Columbia, Victoria, and is the main tourist destination in the area, where you can do numerous marine activities.

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Lower Mainland (Vancouver, Southern Suburbs, North Shore, Mare a Sky, Sunshine Coast, Fraser Valley): home to the city of Vancouver, an internationally prominent tourist resort and Whistler resort, famous for skiing and winter sports (and more) .

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Thompson-Okanagan (Okanagan, Thompson-Nicola, Shuswap, Similkameen): sun, fun, wineries and the beautiful beaches of the Okanagan, summer boating in the Shuswap, rivers, waterfalls and mountains in the Thompson River valley, a perfect area for those looking for active holidays .

Kootenays (western Kootenays, eastern Kootenays, Columbia-Rockies): lakes, deep valleys, hot springs and internationally renowned ski resorts.

Canyon e Cariboo (Cariboo-Chilcotin, Fraser Canyon): A great area to retrace a piece of history through the narrow confines of Fraser Canyon, explore Cariboo's ranchlands and historic parks.

North and Central Coast: the area is famous for fishing, unspoiled nature and its culture of origin.

Northern British Columbia: the eastern part of the region offers mountains, forests and wild nature. In the area we find the beginning of the mighty Fraser River and limitless views. In the northern part the famous Alaska Highway “flow”.

Main cities

Vancouver it is by far the largest city in British Columbia. This great metropolis offers many attractions and things to see.

Victoria is the capital of the province. It stands on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.

Kelowna is the largest city in inland British Columbia.

Nelson is a renowned tourist center for lovers of culture and outdoor activities.

Penticton is an important summer destination on Okanagan Lake.

Prince George is the largest city in northern British Columbia. The area is the center of the forest industry.

Prince Rupert it is the wettest city in Canada, as well as being the hub of the North Coast.

Whistler it is a summer tourist destination for outdoor activities and in winter a popular holiday resort and winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding.

British Columbia travel guide: what to see and what to do
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Main national parks

With its abundance of mountains, coastlines and wilderness, British Columbia offers many interesting destinations outside of population centers. The nine major national parks of the region are:

Glacier National Park

Gwaii Haanas Reserve National Park

Kootenay National Park

Manning Provincial Park

Mount Robson Provincial Park

Pacific Rim National Park

Salt Spring Island

Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park

Yoho National Park

To see

Il International Buddhist Temple in Richmond it is the most authentic example of traditional Chinese palatial architecture in North America. It is a building with a Chinese past, very similar to the authentic times that can be found along the banks of the Yangtze River. Within this magnificent place you can discover traditional Chinese art, Buddhist culture and philosophy. Admission is free.

Il Yoho National Park is located in the eastern BC area, bordering Banff National Park on the Trans Canada Highway.

Il Glacier National Park it is located in the mountainous area of ​​Selkirk. Here the Trans Canada Highway crosses the mountain range via Roger Pass.

Il Butchart Gardens nei pressi in Victoria it offers over 22 hectares of gardens and splendid flower beds.

Lo Stanley Park in Vancouver it is not just an urban park. Here you can walk through dense forests, visit the aquarium, have a look at the totem poles, and stop at various points of historical interest.

Il Royal British Columbia Museum of Victoria, one of the main museums in the country.

Lo Science World in Vancouver, beautiful and interesting for children, but also for adults. It also has an IMAX theater.

Il Capilano Suspension Bridge Park North Vancouver complete the destinations not to be missed.

To do

Tour in kayak between the Queen Charlotte Islands.

Gorgeous climbing in the Rocky Mountains or on Cape Stawamus in Squamish.

Surf in winter along the splendid beaches of the coast.

Go to ski in Whistler-Blackcomb, the largest ski area in North America. Or on other excellent ski areas such as Kimberley, Fernie, Nelson, Kelowna or Rossland.

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