British Columbia is the kingdom of abundance. Where glaciated mountains stand over an unruly Pacific. Rainforests wrap cities. Nature shapes culture. The wild breathing life back into the wild within. This abundant, nurturing landscape has sustained ancient societies for 10,000 years. And today, some of those settlements have grown into cities that cling to the edge of wilderness, and won’t let go. People visit and live in BC to be within arm’s reach of nature’s richness. To ski world-renowned resorts, surf Pacific swells, swim in clear mountain lakes, hike to a glacier and back in a day. And all that activity breathes energy into British Columbia's culture of hospitality.
Fernie Alpine Resort is a powder-packed dream turned reality. Delivering what seems like a variety of endless terrain and vistas, uncrowded trails and a mild climate - it is a true winter playground for skiers and riders for all levels. From Legendary Powder, natural hot springs to traditional small-town bars and pubs crammed with ski bums living the ultimate winter snow dream. It's all in a day in Fernie, BC. Fernie is also adventure-packed summer destination; with an aerial park, zip-lines, whitewater rafting, hiking and world-class mountain biking, it’s the perfect place to get the adrenaline pumping; or relax at the spa or soak up summer on a patio at one of the many renowned restaurants.Read More
Recently named Best Panoramic Views, Warren Miller’s Best Ski Destination and Number 1 in Powder and Best Snow in North America– Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has impressed the world by leaps and bounds since opening in 2000. The winter season at Kicking Horse offers an integrated mountain resort experience with some of the most progressive in-bounds skiing in North America. The summers are lively and offer exciting activities for everyone. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is located 14kms from the town of Golden, a hub for year-round adventure seekers, and only 3 hours west of Calgary and 1.5 hours west of Banff.Read More
Feel it, taste it, smell it, experience it all….this is the Thompson Okanagan. Vast and varied, this is a region of mountains and valleys, of desert grasslands and ancient forests, cityscapes and pastoral countryside. Your visit will allow you to experience some of the over 130 wineries found in the Okanagan, part of an amazing array of agri-tourism businesses. Travelling through the Thompson region will take you from pristine grasslands to alpine meadows at Sun Peaks and into an inland temperate rainforest. This is home to one of the highest concentrations of black bears in North America living beneath the shadow of Mount Robson.Read More
The traditional home of the Lheidli T'enneh and Carrier Sekani First Nations people, Prince George is known as the capital of northern BC. A centre for shopping, arts and sports, visitors find great restaurants from fast food to fine dining, and choose between charming B&Bs, rugged campgrounds and classy hotels. Shoppers enjoy malls and boutiques while culture buffs love the galleries and museums. Outdoor enthusiasts take in wilderness with fresh water fishing, forests, waterfalls, lakes and rivers just a short drive away. In winter, the selection includes Nordic, downhill and heliskiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling. Excitement is never far away, so bring your gear to get the full experience that PG has to offer!Read More
Located on British Columbia’s wild and beautiful Northwest Coast, Prince Rupert is a vibrant town where nature, history, and personalities are larger than life. Legendary sport fishing, exceptional wildlife viewing, attractions that bring the Coast’s ancient Aboriginal culture and pioneer heritage alive, and the urban pleasure of good restaurants, fascinating shops, and colourful neighborhoods make Prince Rupert the ideal choice for a vacation. En route to Alaska and Haida Gwaii (the Queen Charlotte Islands), Prince Rupert is easily accessible by air, rail, cruise ship, ferry, coach, car or RV.Read More
Miles above the meeting place of the North and South Thompson rivers lays the mountain community of Sun Peaks. The air is comfortably cooler and carries a note of adventure. Local vendors’ wares bask in the sunshine in the outdoor farmers’ market, glasses clink filled with chilled white wine and opportunities for new outdoor experiences are around every bend. Home to the second largest ski area in Canada, the summer brings a remarkable transformation. People gather to experience festivals hosted in an unforgettable mountain setting paired with golf, lift-accessed hiking, and biking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, shopping and spa experiences. Only 45 minutes northeast of Kamloops in B.C.’s sunny interior, Sun Peaks is situated at the intersection of the province’s two primary highways (#1 and #5), making it the perfect stop between the Coast and the Rockies.Read More
Vancouver. Spectacular by nature! Surrounded by ocean and a backdrop of lush rainforest, snow-capped mountains and fjords, this “city of nature” is a hip, modern and laid-back metropolis renowned for its mix of urban, outdoor and wildlife adventures. Explore diverse neighbourhoods and one-of-a-kind attractions or indulge in world class international cuisine, luxurious spas, great shopping, and unparalleled hospitality. There is no easy way to describe Vancouver. You’ll just have to see for yourself.Read More
Welcome to Canada’s far west coast. Paddle through serene coastal waters. Backpack in majestic wilderness parks. Marvel at the furred, feathered, and finned wildlife on land and out to sea. Gaze at distant snow-capped mountains while striding barefoot along softly curving beaches. Bomb down mountain bike trails, surf the big waves and swim with the salmon. Inhale crisp, clean ocean breezes and the mossy fragrance of old-growth rainforests.Read More
Victoria is a unique blend of old world charm and new world experiences. As an island destination, Victoria offers visitors an escape from the hurried world and beams with ambience. In Victoria, heritage architecture, colourful gardens and traditions like afternoon tea mix with a plethora of outdoor adventure, authentic culinary experiences and an enviable cocktail and craft beer scene. Boasting the mildest climate in Canada we are green and beautiful year-round.Read More
Located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia just two hours north of Vancouver, Whistler is Canada's favourite year-round destination and the most consistently ranked number one mountain resort in North America. From skiing and snowboarding in winter to hiking, biking and golf in summer, the resort’s outdoor activities are complemented by a vibrant village with top hotels, restaurants, spas and exciting festivals and events.The calibre of offerings is world-class, the welcome is always friendly, and the value gained from experiencing Whistler at any time of the year is indisputable. Recreation or rejuvenation, adrenaline or indulgence - the options are as limitless as the vistas.Read More
Wherever you go in British Columbia, you’ll find natural scenery so spectacular it has to be experienced to be believed. Explore awe-inspiring mountain ranges, rolling vineyards, cosmopolitan cities, and observe wildlife in it's natural habitat. With so much to see, you'll want to stay a while.
British Columbia’s Top Experiences
British Columbia is a highly hospitable environment for visitors. Its road systems are modern and well marked, it has accommodations to suit every taste and budget, and its businesses are accustomed to serving clients from all over the world.
Climate in British Columbia is influenced by latitude, mountainous topography and the Pacific Ocean. This diversity causes wide variations in average rainfall, snowfall, temperature and hours of sunshine, sometimes over very short distances. In general, however, temperatures are warmer in the south than in the north, and rainfall is heaviest along the coast and lightest in the southern interior. BC is a large province, and therefore has a number of different climatic zones.
Winter: Winters on the coast are temperate, and if snow falls it doesn't stay long. A warm coat and umbrella are sufficient weather protection in these mild coastal climes. Most of BC's interior, on the other hand, experiences freezing temperatures and snow lasting from November to March, so full winter wear is necessary for comfort: a heavy coat, a warm hat and gloves or mittens.
Spring and Fall: Spring and fall can often be very warm and pleasant, especially in June and September. Daytime temperatures – particularly in southwestern BC and the southern interior – allow for dresses, shorts and short-sleeved shirts; however, it is advisable to have sweaters, trousers and a light coat or jacket on hand as well.
Summer: Summers are hottest in BC's interior, particularly in the south where temperatures frequently surpass 30°C/86°F. Nearer the coast, temperatures range from 22 to 28°C/72 to 83°F. Recommended clothing for both regions in summer is the same: shorts, short-sleeved shirts and light dresses in daytime and sweaters and trousers in the evenings.
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