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British Columbia

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.

6 Day Explore the West Coast from Richmond

Duration: 6 Days (5 Nights)
From $1119

Richmond, home of Vancouver International Airport, is your gateway into Canada and Vancouver – located […]

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9 Day Best of the Canadian Rockies with Rocky Mountaineer

Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights
From $6530

Explore the Canadian Rockies visiting the iconic resorts of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper before […]

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22 Day Canadian Discovery

Duration: 22 Days / 21 Nights
From $8430

Beginning on the wild Pacific coast we journey through the rugged Rocky Mountains, across the […]

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4 Day Richmond City Stay

Duration: 4 Days (3 Nights)
From $599

Richmond, home of Vancouver International Airport, is your gateway into Canada and Vancouver – located […]

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Richmond Olympic Oval

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The Olympic Experience museum, embedded within the iconic Richmond Olympic Oval, is a highly interactive […]

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Vancouver Whale Watch

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Experience majestic Orcas, Humpback whales, Dall’s porpoises, seals and more. Join our professional Wildlife Guides […]

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Steveston Village

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Immerse yourself in history, and you’ll discover that Richmond’s roots are as dynamic and fascinating […]

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Pacific Gateway Hotel

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Combining convenience and luxurious comfort, The Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver Airport is your natural […]

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YYJ Airport Shuttle

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The YYJ Airport Shuttle is your direct link between Victoria International Airport and Downtown Victoria. […]

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Coast Hotel Oliver

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The Coast Oliver Hotel is a full-service hotel right on the river in Oliver, BC. […]

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13 Day British Columbia’s Wild West Coast

Duration: 13 Days / 12 Nights
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The beauty of the Pacific coast is revealed as we travel the Sea-to-Sky Highway, explore […]

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Coast Inn of the North Prince George

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On the Northern Passage Route, this downtown Prince George location is close to movie theatres, […]

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Sandman Prince George

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As northern BC’s largest city, Prince George is a burgeoning hub that attracts visitors from […]

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Sandman Hotel Penticton

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With one of the most gorgeous landscapes in BC, Penticton has an endless array of […]

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Coast Capri Hotel

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Coast Capri Hotel is walking distance to picturesque Okanagan Lake and steps from some of […]

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Sandman Inn & Suites Vernon

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The Sandman Vernon is perfectly situated between Kelowna and Kamloops and surrounded by natural mountain […]

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Coast Hillcrest Hotel

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The Coast Hillcrest Hotel is nestled between the spectacular Monashee and Selkirk Mountains, which lets […]

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Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke

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Sutton Place RMR is a luxury condo-style hotel. Located at the village area of the […]

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Sandman Revelstoke

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Centrally located with easy access to Highway 1, Sandman Hotel Revelstoke just completed a renovation […]

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Coast Sundance Lodge Sun Peaks

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Coast Sundance Lodge offers the best ski-in/ski-out location in all of Sun Peaks. This is […]

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Sandman Signature Kamloops

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Facing both Riverside Park and the Thompson River, Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel brings luxurious comfort […]

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South Thompson Inn & Conference Centre

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This 4-star riverfront boutique inn is nestled on 55 scenic acres, allowing guests to relax […]

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Sandman Blue River

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Sparkling glacier-fed lakes and breathtaking mountain views make Blue River an ideal interior destination for […]

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River Safari

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In the heart of the planet’s only inland temperate rainforest, board one of the specially-designed […]

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Peak 2 Peak Gondola

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The world record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola solidifies Whistler Blackcomb’s reputation for thinking big. Spanning […]

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Scandinave Spa Whistler

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Escape to the Scandinave Spa Whistler, the perfect destination to relax in the heart of […]

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Westcoast Aquatic Safaris

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Tofino: wild by nature! West Coast Aquatic Safaris can help you experience it all, whether […]

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Coast Discovery Inn Campbell River

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Centrally located in the heart of downtown Campbell River, this full-service hotel is situated across […]

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Coast Bastion Hotel

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The Coast Bastion Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Nanaimo with spectacular […]

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BC Ferries Connector

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Explore two of Canada’s most beautiful cities with ease, comfort and best of all, at […]

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Vancouver 2 Victoria Downtown Ferry

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V2V Vacations is a direct luxury service ferry operating between two of Canada’s premium harbour […]

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Five Star Whale Watching

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Join Five Star Whale Watching for an adventure of a lifetime – an experience that […]

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The Fairmont Empress

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Located on picturesque Vancouver Island, Fairmont Empress is the ideal location to explore all the […]

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Sandman Victoria

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The gorgeous city of Victoria is filled with amazing history, architecture and a vibrant arts […]

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Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina by APA

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This Victoria hotel features a spectacular oceanfront location, providing one of the most captivating views […]

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Full Day Victoria Tour

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Explore Victoria’s highlights on this small group day trip from Vancouver. Enjoy a one-and-a-half-hour cruise […]

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Vancouver to Whistler Tour

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Travel from Vancouver to Whistler via the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway featuring breathtaking views […]

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Peak and Canyon Tour

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This half day, pre-cruise excursion will take you into the stunning nature that surrounds the […]

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North Shore Tour With Grouse Mountain

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Explore the amazing temperate rainforest on Vancouver’s North Shore with this half day light adventure […]

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Sea to Sky Gondola & Whistler Village Tour

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Join Pacific Coach Lines for a must-see tour in British Columbia! Start the day by […]

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Victoria Day Tour Including Butchart Gardens

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Enjoy a full day excursion from Vancouver to Victoria including a cruise on board BC […]

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Transfer to Whistler

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Relax… enjoy the journey with Pacific Coach Lines from downtown Vancouver or YVR Airport to […]

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Sea to Sky Gondola

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Your adventure starts with a ten-minute gondola ride to 885 metres above sea level. The […]

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Sewell’s Marina

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Step aboard the Sea Safari for a two-hour tour of Howe Sound, where you will […]

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Sea to Sky Tour

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Vancouver’s rugged wilderness is literally right around the corner and now more accessible than ever […]

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Vancouver Delights Tour

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Explore both Vancouver and its neighbouring North Shore all in one day. This fully-narrated, seven-hour […]

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Vancouver City Highlights

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The City Highlights Tour is the best way to see this West Coast gem. Explore […]

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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Gardens

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Named the World’s Top City Garden by National Geographic, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden […]

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FlyOver Canada

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FlyOver Canada utilizes state-of-the-art technology to reveal some of Canada’s most awe-inspiring sights as you […]

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Vancouver Harbour Tours

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Vancouver Harbour Tours is a unique Vancouver experience offering unparalleled panoramic views of the city […]

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Fernie

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.

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Kicking Horse

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.

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Okanagan

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.

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Prince George

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!

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Prince Rupert

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.

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Sun Peaks

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.

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Vancouver

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.

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Vancouver Island

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.

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Victoria

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.

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Whistler

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.

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Richmond

Richmond, home of Vancouver International Airport, is an island city lies on the shores of the Strait of Georgia and mighty Fraser River. It is defined by the dynamic convergence of Pacific culture and authentic Canadian coastal experiences.

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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

  1. A CITY IN WILDERNESS: On one side, Vancouver’s glass towers reflect the peaks of the Coast Range and on the other, the deep blue of the Pacific. A multicultural urban environment that satisfies diverse tastes in all things from gourmet dining to world-class shopping to endless outdoor activities, from sidewalk to mountaintop, in a spectacular natural setting.
  2. THE JOURNEY IS THE REWARD: From Vancouver, a ferry or float lane can take you south through or over the pastoral Gulf Islands to the history and tradition of Victoria. Or take the Sea to Sky Highway by car or train along the Howe Sound fjord to Whistler, widely regarded as one of the best four season resorts in North America
  3. WHERE THE WATER TURNS TO WINE: The Okanagan Valley, with its chain of deep blue lakes, is home to over 100 wineries. Their vineyards rise from the lakeshore to thick forest in the north, and desert sand in the south. The views are spectacular. The wines, superb. And the luxurious waterfront resorts and spas, the perfect complement.
  4. THE CANADIAN ROCKIES: The rise dramatically from their deep valleys and lakes to awe-inspiring peaks along the Continental Divide. And the highways that wind between the feet of these giants bring a wilderness within reach. Or start at the top, with a heart-pumping heli-hiking experience.
  5. GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST:British Columbia’s Central Coast is home to the rare, white-coasted “Spirit” or Kermode Bear. Isolated yet luxurious wilderness resorts afford adventurers all the comforts of a 5 star experience, while guided excursions offer intimate encounters with these forest lords in their natural habitat.

Travel Tips:

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.

Weather/ Climate:

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.

For more information, see:

http://www.hellobc.com/british-columbia/about-bc/climate-weather.aspx

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