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Things to do in  British Columbia

Welcome to British Columbia

Coastlines, mountains, and forests abound in British Columbia, Canada's westernmost province. Amid these striking natural landscapes lies cosmopolitan Vancouver, the capital city of Victoria, Whistler—arguably the world's best all-season resort—and a host of smaller towns and cities. Make Vancouver your launch pad in order to watch whales in the Atlantic Ocean, cross the exhilarating Capilano Suspension Bridge, stroll through Butchart Gardens, and see the snowcapped peaks of the Rocky Mountains. In March and April, visitors might even catch a glimpse of the northern lights illuminating the sky over Whitehorse's arctic wilderness.

Top 10 attractions in British Columbia

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Kamloops BC Wildlife Park

Kamloops BC Wildlife Park

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Dedicated to the rehabilitation and protection of Canada’s native wildlife, the BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops is home to over 200 animals, including Arctic wolves, bison, and cougars, most of which have been rescued. Visitors can engage in activities ranging from observing grizzly bear feedings to holding a snake.More
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Porteau Cove Provincial Park

Porteau Cove Provincial Park

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Stretching over 56 hectares of Howe Sound, North America’s southernmost fjord, the Porteau Cove Provincial Park makes a tranquil retreat from nearby Vancouver, and is renowned for its diverse array of marine life. Taking its name from the French ‘Porte d’Eau’ or ‘Water’s Gate’, the protected area offers a serene expanse of ocean, fringed by a pebble beach and dotted with campsites, swimming spots and lookout points.While holidaymakers come for the glittering waters and dramatic sunsets, the star attraction lies beneath the ocean – an underwater playground for scuba divers, with artificial reefs, sunken shipwrecks and a diver’s float providing habitats for a colorful population of starfish, anemone and octopus. Windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing and boat tours are also popular activities.More
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Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

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Butchart Gardens, established in 1904, treat visitors to an enchanting floral show that changes with the seasons. Covering 55 acres (22 hectares) on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, the botanical space is intricately laid out into separate themed gardens with landscaping that impresses and inspires gardeners and nature lovers alike.More
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Okanagan Valley

Okanagan Valley

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British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley is bursting with vineyards, orchards, outdoor activities, and charming small towns. The latter offer wine-tasting rooms, fantastic restaurants, vibrant arts scenes, and resorts that serve as jumping-off points for adventures around the area. It all combines to make for a deservedly popular year-round destination.More
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Stawamus Chief Provincial Park

Stawamus Chief Provincial Park

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Squamish’s Stawamus Chief Provincial Park is home to one of British Columbia’s most iconic landmarks: The Chief. The popular rock­-climbing and hiking destination towers 2,300 feet (700 meters) above Squamish and is the second­-largest granite monolith (freestanding piece of rock) in the world. Though it might be hard to believe from looking at the steep rock face, hiking to the top is a relatively moderate, two­-hour hike. The Chief doesn’t get as much snow during the winter as the other nearby mountains and so enjoys a fairly long hiking season. The summit is usually clear of snow in the early spring, making The Chief a great warm­up hike for the summer months ahead. There are three peaks, each accessible from the single trailhead. You can hike up each one individually, or summit all three if you’re feeling ambitious. Hikers should be prepared with sturdy footwear, clothing, food and water.In addition to being a popular hiking destination, Stawamus Chief Provincial Park is a rock-climber’s paradise. There are hundreds of granite walls and multi-­pitch crack climbing routes, the most well­-known being The Apron and The Grand Wall. Even the most advanced rock climbers come from all over the world to be challenged during the busy summer season by these routes.More
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Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains

Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains

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The biggest ski resort in North America and mountain host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains feature 8,171 acres (3,306 hectares) of terrain and over 200 trails. With lift-accessed mountain biking, hiking, and more in the spring, summer, and fall, Whistler-Blackcomb is a world-class resort year-round.More
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Stanley Park

Stanley Park

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Vancouver’s Stanley Park enjoys a stellar natural setting, surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean and set against the backdrop of the snow-capped North Shore Mountains. At nearly 1,000 acres (405 hectares) in size, it offers a combination of coastal red-cedar forest, lakes and lagoons, and scenic meadows. A walk along the public park’s seawall is an essential Vancouver experience.More
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

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Admire Vancouver's natural beauty at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, a quintessential British Columbia experience and one of the Pacific Northwest's most popular attractions. The highlight includes walking out onto the 450-foot (137-meter) suspension bridge as it sways between the temperate rain forest over the rushing Capilano River below. With plenty more to see and do besides, it’s a must for adventurous visitors in Vancouver.More
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Sea to Sky Highway

Sea to Sky Highway

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Although Highway 99 technically runs from the US border through Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler to the Highway 97 Junction just north of Cache Creek, it’s the 77 miles (124 km) from Vancouver to Whistler that is commonly referred to as the Sea to Sky Highway.While it’s easy to whiz up the highway from Vancouver to Whistler in less than two hours, it’s also possible to spend days exploring all the see-it-to-believe-it landscapes along the route. Just after passing the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal, the road begins to traverse a series of stunning landscapes: Porteau Cove and its beachfront campground on Howe Sound, the Britannia Mine Museum, the 1,100-foot (335-m) Shannon Falls, a towering granite dome known simply as the Chief, the outdoor-minded town of Squamish and a pinnacle of volcanic rock known as Black Tusk.For many, the fun truly begins when the Sea to Sky Highway reaches Whistler Village. As the basecamp for Whistler Blackcomb, it is home to North America’s best-known ski and snowboard resort, possibly the world’s most famous mountain bike park and enough entertainment, shopping and nightlife to suit any traveler.The highway does continue north to both Pemberton and Lillooet, two industry-led towns renowned for their nearby access to the Coastal and Chilcotin mountains, but after Pemberton the road is known as the Duffy Lakes Road rather than the Sea to Sky Highway.More
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Downtown Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver

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Surrounded by water on three sides, downtown Vancouver is the place to go for sea views, bright lights, and action. The city’s commercial core, it encompasses several distinct areas including shop-lined Robson Street, the green expanse of Stanley Park, historic Gastown, and one of the largest Chinatowns in North America.More

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Top activities in British Columbia

Vancouver Seaplane Tour
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Vancouver Seaplane Tour

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Zipline Adventure in Whistler
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Zipline Adventure in Whistler

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Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver
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Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver

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Vancouver to Victoria Seaplane Flight
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Whistler Superfly Ziplines
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Whistler Superfly Ziplines

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Whistler ATV Bushwacker Tour

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Granite Falls Zodiac Tour
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Grand City Small Group Tour of Vancouver
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Recent reviews from experiences in British Columbia

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Wonderful experience to visit the...
rkmread, May 2016
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Ticket
Wonderful experience to visit the Capilano Bridge.
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We had 2 adults and 4 teenagers...
eat me Twice, Aug 2016
Vancouver Biking and Hiking Tour including Lunch
As a parent, it was nice to see the kids unplugged and physically engaged.
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Amazing Whistler
diw0lff, Aug 2018
Private Tour: Whistler Day Trip from Vancouver
But, we were still able to see a lot.
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I meant to book with another more...
Art M, Aug 2018
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
I meant to book with another more popular company on TripAdvisor, unfortunately 2 days advance booking is not good enough during summer season as they filled up fast, we wind up booking with Westcoast sightseeing.
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Eagle Wing Tours was FANTASTIC. We...
Rachel N, Aug 2017
Victoria Whale and Wildlife Cruise
I highly recommend this experience with this company if you want to see amazing Orcas in British Columbia.
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My wife and I cannot say enough...
Steve S, Aug 2017
The Fraser Valley Winery Tour
He came up with a number of suggestions and ended up proposing a tour that would engage the grandchildren's 6-12 years old varied interests the tour included going into a mine, climbing up to a gorgeous waterfall, riding a gondola up a mountain and taking a great hike, seeing a salmon hatchery and ending up a long day tasting many of the 230 ice creams at his favorite ice-cream stores.
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Laurie S, Apr 2017
Vancouver City Tour Including Capilano Suspension Bridge
We saw so many things in one day that we would not have been able to see on our own.
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Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver
The initial commute to the whales was well spent with several interesting native animals to see along the route.
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Ben, Jun 2016
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
Victoria is a cool place to visit as well.
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plneil, Sep 2015
Vancouver City Tour Including Capilano Suspension Bridge
This tour was a good way to see sights and introduce one to the beautiful city of Vancouver BC
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Our tour thru Vancouver BC and Buchart...
Larry T, Jun 2010
Private Tour: Victoria and Butchart Gardens from Vancouver
I would recommend this private limo type of tour and Wild BC Tours to anyone who wanted to see Canada.
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