10 Best Places to Have a Vacation in British Columbia

We live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, but most British Columbians have not seen some of the best places to have a vacation in our province.  Here are some suggestions for British Columbia Vacations you may want to consider instead of a vacation out of the country.

Traveling in British Columbia – Top 10 places to visit

1. Haida Gwaii

Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, is an archipelago off British Columbia’s west coast, in Canada. Wildlife-rich Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site includes remote islands and temperate rainforest.

2. Vancouver

Vancouver, a bustling west coast seaport in British Columbia, is among Canada’s densest, most ethnically diverse cities. A popular filming location, it’s surrounded by mountains, and also has thriving art, theatre, and music scenes.

3. The Canadian Rockies

Spanning British Columbia and Alberta, one of the largest mountain ranges in North America is a top place for hiking, climbing, wildlife safaris, skiing, and backcountry adventures. Take a road trip or whitewater rafting tour, camp, or stay at a luxe alpine lodge.

4. Great Bear Rainforest

The planet’s largest intact coastal temperate rainforest, the Great Bear is a revered and protected wilderness area. This section of BC’s Central Coast is remote and there are few roads within its boundaries, which contributes to a feeling of peace and serenity—of truly being in nature—for all who visit.

5. Whistler

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Whistler is a gem.  For the outdoor activity and wilderness lover, there is no place better to take a BC Vacation to.  Whistler hosted the downhill ski events during the 2010 Winter Olympics and is known worldwide as a ski destination.  What many do not know is that Whistler is a year-round destination with golfing, biking, zip lines, and beautiful scenery.

The Whistler Village is a modern town with upscale amenities including hotels, restaurants, and shops.  Make sure that you check out the Peak 2 Peak Gondola which joins the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.  It is a must-do for your bucket list.

6. Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

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The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, located on Vancouver Island is a popular destination.  With over 100 small uninhabited islands, a 10 mile long popular surfing beach and the 46 mile long Wild Pacific Trail, there is no shortage of things to see or do.  For storm watchers, this is one of the most popular locations, especially in the winter.

Boaters, whether it be motorboat, sailboat, canoe, or kayak, there are too many places to list to see, and the fishing is amazing.

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7. Alaska Highway

Driving the Alaska Highway is a significant undertaking, to be sure, but the payoff is huge. Literally. First there’s the distance covered—almost 1,000 km (600 mi) of this historic route are in BC alone.

8. Victoria

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The capital of British Columbia, Victoria has plenty to offer visitors.  The inner harbor serves as the hub of the city and provides excellent views, magnificent restaurants and is the launching point for people that want to head out into the water.

Victoria is the number 1 city in Canada for biking, having more cycling paths than any other city.  Grab your bike or rent one and you can explore for days.  A great British Columbia Vacation spot.

9. Okanagan Valley

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The Okanagan Valley is one of the warmest areas in Canada.  Home to cities of Kelowna, Penticton, Osoyoos, and Vernon there is a multitude of things to do and see.

There are countless sandy beaches, excellent golfing, spectacular ski resorts and, award-winning wineries for the wine lover.  With all of that an more you could spend weeks here and need to come back again to keep exploring the region.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to options for BC Vacations,  check back for part 2.

10. Barkerville

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Take a trip back in time with a visit to Barkerville.  You will see and experience what it was like to live in the era of the early miners in BC.  The town was born out of the Gold Rush and today over 60,000 people a year visit this gem.

There are 62 replica buildings and daily shows for visitors.  You can even try your hand at gold panning.

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