British Columbia



British Columbia is one of the most beautiful places in Canada. It is the westernmost province, bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean and part of Alaska and on the East by the Canadian Rockies and Alberta. To the south, British Columbia shares a border with Washington state and Montana. The Northwest Territories sits on top of this Canadian province. The landscape of British Columbia includes beaches, mountains, rivers, forests and lakes. While the temperatures here are more mild than in many parts of Canada, there is still a good bit of snow, and that makes this province a top destination for skiing.

Vancouver is one of the world's most beautiful cities. The city, home of the Cannucks hockey team, hosted the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and with good reason. It has picturesque surroundings, and there is plenty of room to ski, bobsled and ice skate. Tourists visiting British Columbia enjoy many outdoor activities, including hiking and cycling along mountain bike trails. The Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is one of the most popular British Columbia tourist attractions. The bridge is 137 metres long and 70 metres high.

Victoria, a city priding itself on its historic roots, is the home of the Butchart Gardens, a 22-hectare garden with a children's pavilion and afternoon tea service. The city also has a significant arts community and multiple theatres, including the McPherson Playhouse and the Belfry Theatre. The Royal Theatre is home to the Victoria Symphony and the Pacific Opera Victoria. There is also a thriving dance community, including such companies as Ballet Victoria. Travellers visiting British Columbia should not miss the Royal BC Museum, founded in 1886, which showcases the history of the province. Craigdarroch Castle, a Victorian-era Scottish Baronial mansion, is another popular destination.

Whistler, Kelowna, and Kamloops are also popular British Columbia attractions. Whistler, about an hour north of Vancouver, is a ski resort town. Kelowna and Kamloops, both outdoor adventure destinations, are a few hours driving distance to the east. Kelowna is also situated in the heart of British Columbia's wine country.