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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.

10 Day Cross Canada By Rail

Duration: 10 days (9 nights)
$4442

Explore six of Canada’s provinces by rail and motorcoach on this epic adventure. View majestic […]

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10 Day Freedom to Explore

Duration: 10 Days (9 Nights)
$2175

Immerse yourself in nature and experience this action packed adventure, including horse-back riding, white-water rafting, […]

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10 Day Oceans to Mountains

Duration: 10 Days (9 Nights)
$4066

This itinerary offers a shorter version of the Ultimate Western Discovery, giving you the best […]

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12 Day Rail, Rockies & Ocean Explorer

Duration: 12 Days (11 Nights)
$4029

Departing and returning to Vancouver this comprehensive Western Canada itinerary combines Rocky Mountaineer, VIA Rail […]

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12 Day Ultimate Canadian Rockies

Duration: 12 Days (11 Nights)
$5455

Travel through some of the most spectacular scenery in Canada on this fully escorted journey […]

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12 Day Western Canada Luxury Resorts & Rail

Duration: 12 Days (11 Nights)
$6415

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14 Day Ultimate Western Discovery

Duration: 14 Days (13 Nights)
$4645

Our most popular package, this comprehensive itinerary combines the renowned Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tour across […]

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14 Day Western Canada Discovered

Duration: 14 Days (13 Nights)
$2265

This comprehensive self-drive combines the highlights of the Rockies and exploring areas that you cannot […]

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18 Day West to East Cross Canada by Rail

Duration: 18 Days (17 Nights)
$5185

Rail is a relaxing way to view the spectacular changing scenery as you travel across […]

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21 Day Alaska and the Yukon: Full Circle

Duration: 21 Days (20 Nights)
$7230

This comprehensive tour travels with a professional driver-guide and small group through Alberta, British Columbia […]

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3 Day Victoria City Stay

Duration: 3 Days (2 Nights)
$435

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4 Day Vancouver City Stay

Duration: 4 Days (3 Nights)
$755

A vibrant metropolitan city on the west coast, Vancouver is nestled between majestic mountains, sparkling […]

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5 Day Great Escape to Victoria

Duration: Classic Tour - 5 Days (4 Nights)
$1135

A wonderful trip to Victoria, a place that is green all year round, where flowers […]

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5 Day Vancouver & Victoria Combo

Duration: 5 Days (4 Nights)
$1049

Combine the highlights of these two scenic cities. Explore the vibrant metropolitan city of Vancouver, […]

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5 Day Okanagan Wine Trail

Duration: 6 Days (5 Nights)
$1545

The best of the Okanagan Valley in harvest season: orchards, wineries and beautiful rolling hills.

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7 Day Ranches, Wildlife & Lodges

Duration: 7 Days (6 Nights)
$1685

Surrounded by wide open spaces, tranquil wilderness and wildlife, this itinerary explores friendly western heritage.

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7 Day Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast

Duration: 7 Days (6 Nights)
$2620

The beauty of the Pacific coast is revealed as you travel the Sea-to-Sky Highway, explore […]

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7 Days Okanagan and the Kootneays

Duration: 7 Days (6 Nights)
$690

This comprehensive self-drive combines the highlights of the Rockies and exploring areas that you cannot […]

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6 Day Vancouver Island Self Drive

Duration: 6 Days (5 Nights)
$1195

Vancouver Island has one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems with rainforests, marshes, meadows, beaches, […]

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7 Day Haida Gwaii

Duration: 7 Days (6 Nights)
$2625

Visit Haida Gwaii and experience a world of intrigue, adventure and undeniable breathtaking beauty!

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7 Day Okanagan & the Rockies

Duration: 7 Days (6 Nights)
$989

Drive through the picturesque Okanagan Valley, know for its warm climate, sandy beaches, lakes and […]

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8 Day Coast Mountains to Snowy Peaks

Duration: 8 Days (7 Nights)
$3695

Enjoy some of the most breathtaking and varied rail scenery found anywhere in the world […]

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8 Day Exploring Vancouver Island & Whistler

Duration: 8 Days (7 Nights)
$1625

Here you will experience what they call -island life. The island’s very diverse eco-system, mountains, […]

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8 Day Rail and Coach Circle

Duration: 8 Days (7 Nights)
$3195

See the Rockies from 2 different perspectives; travel out by rail and return by guided […]

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8 Day Rails, Peaks and Glaciers

Duration: 8 Days (7 Nights)
$2519

Travel by train through some of the most spectacular scenery in Canada on this week […]

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8 Day Ultimate West Coast Explorer

Duration: 8 Days (7 Nights)
$1804

Combine the highlights of these three scenic cities. Explore the vibrant metropolitan city of Vancouver, […]

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9 Day Best of the Canadian Rockies

Duration: 9 Days (8 Nights)
$3935

Come and explore the Canadian Rockies. Discover the city of Calgary before heading to Banff, […]

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9 Day Rocky Mountaineer and VIA Rail Combo

Duration: 9 Days (8 Nights)
$3289

Experience the 2 day/1 night train through the Rockies before joining the VIA Rail for […]

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Victoria City Stay

Duration: 3 Days (2 Nights)
$465

Victoria is a unique blend of old world charm and new world experiences. As an […]

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12 Day Winter Highlights of British Columbia and Alberta

Duration: 12 Days (11 Nights)
$3415

Step out and meet winter face to face in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Imagine your […]

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5 Day Winter Highlights of Vancouver and Whistler

Duration: 5 Day (4 Nights)
$1339

Incredible cross-country skiing terrain, dog-sledding fun and snowshoeing excursions in Whistler, just a short drive […]

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5 Day Vancouver and Yukon: Aurora Viewing Package

Duration: 5 Days (4 Nights)
$998

This tour combines Vancouver a vibrant, lively city, and Whitehorse where you will stand under […]

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12 Day Spectacular British Columbia & Alberta: Canadian Rockies, Rail and Inside Passage

Duration: 12 Days (11 Nights)
$4715

Journey through the stunningly diverse landscape of British Columbia and Alberta; from the rugged Rocky […]

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10 Day Cascadia and the Pacific Northwest

Duration: 10 Days (9 Nights)
$4045

This tour highlights Vancouver, Seattle and Portland, which are undoubtedly some of North America’s most […]

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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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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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