British Columbia, Canada is a breathtaking region filled with diverse wildlife and natural beauty. The scenery alone will make anyone keep coming back for more. Out of all the provinces you can visit in Canada, British Columbia or BC is well worth a visit. Here are some of the places you can check out along the way.
Vancouver is often the first stop of first-time and returning visitors to Canada. It combines the beauty of nature at its finest with the sophistication of an urban city with world-class amenities. Bikers, campers and hikers love Vancouver’s picturesque and extraordinary wilderness in it’s backyard.
Golfers also flock to Vancouver due to its designer golf courses. Visit Mayfair Lakes Golf and Country Club, Meadow Gardens Golf Club at Pitt Meadows and Northview Golf and Country Club. There are scenic golf courses as well that will make your golfing experience extraordinary. Check out Furry Creek Golf and Country Club near Lions Bay. It is best to go between April to October for the best weather.
Skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing are also popular activities in BC. In the city, Vancouver’s well-known mountains: Grouse, Seymour and Cypress are a just a short drive away whereas Whistler hosts world-class skiing and is approximately an hour and a half drive. The four other large ski resorts in BC’s Interior are Big White Ski Resort (Kelowna), Apex Mountain Resort (Penticton), Sun Peaks Resort (Kamloops) and Silver Star Mountain Resort (Vernon).
The capital of BC is Victoria: Western Canada’s oldest city. Fans of cultural activities will love the various art, historical museums and galleries. Visit the region’s heritage sites like the Empress Hotel and the Parliament Building. They have been well preserved over the years and are worth seeing.
Victoria is also the home of the second oldest and largest Chinatown in North America. Stop in at the Silk Road Tea shop and experience an authentic tea parlor with a tea master making your tea.
Then head towards the famous Butchart Gardens for a little piece of nature. The gardens boast a variety of flora within the city. Try visiting the city in the summer season, Butchart Gardens is a site to behold. It’s a great place to watch the fireworks display every Saturday night too.
Fall in love with the Kootenay Rockies, BC’s most diverse wildlife region, too. Canada’s scenic views are prominent in every angle. From rushing rivers to stress-relieving hot springs, lakes, waterfalls, beaches and more can be found here. Visit the Grizzly Bear Refuge and the Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Center. It’s the best place to see wildlife in their natural habitats and even get up close in personal. History lovers will definitely love the Yoho National Park. The facilities in the national park are perfect for sightseeing.
Vancouver Island is also a great place to visit if you want to experience Canada’s diverse wildlife and ecosystems. Visitors will be amazed at the lush rain forests and meadows.
The breathtaking mountains and beaches in the area are very relaxing. These places also serve as the home for various wildlife that you can only see in Canada. Whale and bear watching; as well as salmon and bird watching are a must do activity. Many visitors state that watching these species in their natural habitat and undisturbed is a unique experience.
If you want to taste wines made in Canada, the place you must visit is the Okanagan region. It has the largest number of wineries and vineyards in British Columbia and it is reported that the wines made in here are the best in North America. Throughout BC you can visit family-run wineries such as those in the Fraser Valley just outside of Vancouver or Kelowna’s vineyards in the Okanagan. Tours are available for enthusiasts.