Explore the Best of British Columbia: Top Places to Visit in the Province

By discovercanada | August 15, 2023
British Columbia, located on the stunning westernmost coast of Canada, is a province blessed with awe-inspiring natural beauty, diverse landscapes, and vibrant cities. From rugged mountains to picturesque coastal areas, British Columbia offers a plethora of attractions that cater to every traveler's taste. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, a wildlife lover, or a culture seeker, there's something for everyone in this magnificent province. Join us as we explore the best of British Columbia and discover the top places to visit in this breathtaking province.

1. Vancouver

Vancouver – bustling metropolis of Vancouver, a city that effortlessly combines urban living with stunning natural surroundings. Take a stroll along the picturesque Stanely Park, visit the historic Gastown, and explore the vibrant Granville Island Public Market. Don´t miss the opportunity to enjoy panoramic views of the city from the top of Grouse Mountain or take a day trip to the enchanting Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

2. Whistler

Known as one of the premier ski resorts in North America, Whistler attracts adventure seekers all year round. In the winter, hit the slopes and experience world-class skiing and snowboarding. In the summer, embark on thrilling mountain biking trails or explore the beautiful alpine landscapes through hiking and zip-lining. Take a ride on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola for unparalleled views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.©Lisanne_Smeele_Whistler_June-10-scaled-e1659476045705.jpg

3. Okanagan Valley

For wine enthusiasts, a trip to the Okanagan Valley is a must. Thir region is known for its vineyards and wineries, producing some of the finest wines in Canada. Take a scenic drive through the valley, stop at wineries for tastings, and indulge in farm-to-table culinary experiences. In the summer, enjoy water activities on the pristine Okanagan Lake, or hike through the picturesque landscapes of Kalamalka Provincial Park.

4. Pacific Rim National Park 

Rugged and captivating Pacific Rim National Park, located on Vancouver Island, this park is a haven for nature enthusiasts. Explore the breathtaking Long Beach, with its endless stretches of sandy shores and pounding surf. Hike through the old-growth rainforests of the West Coast Trail or the scenic trails of the Broken Group Islands. Don’t miss the chance to spot whales, sea otters, and bald eagles on a wildlife-watching tour.©DestinationBC-YuriChoufour-PacificRimNationalPark.jpg

5. Yoho National Park 

Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Yoho National Park is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Takakkaw Falls, Emerald Lake, and the Natural Bridge. Hike along the Iceline Trail for breathtaking views of glaciers and waterfalls. And if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of the unique Burgess Shale fossils, offering a glimpse into the ancient past.

6. Victoria

Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria is the charming capital city of British Columbia. Take a stroll throu the picturesque Inner Harbour, visit the stunning Butchart Gardens, and explore the fascinating Royal BC Museum. To truly experience the beauty of the iand, embark on a whale watching tour and spot magnificent marine wildlife.

7. Cathedral Grove 

Located in MacMillan Provincial Park on Vancouver Island, Cathedral Grove is a magical place that showcases ancient and towering Douglas fir trees. Walk through the enchanting forest and feel humbled by the sheer size and grandeur of these ancient giants. It´s a place of tranquility and natural beauty that will leave a lasting impression.

8. Great Bear Rainforest

Venture into the Great Bear Rainforest, a remote and untouched gem that stretches along the central and northern coast of British Columbia. This vast, ancient rainforest is one of the largest temperate rainforests on Earth, home to a rich tapestry of biodiversity and captivating wildlife. Embark on a guided tour to witness the elusive spirit bear, a rare subspecies of black bear known for its stunning white coat. Marvel at towering ancient cedar trees, explore remote fjords, and listen to the haunting calls of whales echoing through the mist.

9. Canadian Rockies

Head east to the Canadian Rockies, where you’ll find some of the most awe-inspiring scenery on Earth. Jasper National Park, with its turquoise lakes, majestic glaciers, and abundant wildlife, will leave you breathless. Explore the famous Icefields Parkway, which stretches from Jasper to Banff, and marvel at stunning sights like Athabasca Falls, Columbia Icefield, and Lake Louise.©LisanneSmeele_Roadpic-1-scaled.jpg©DCT-LisanneSmeele-EmeraldLake.jpeg

10. Inside Passage 

The Inside Passage, true to its name, winds its way through an oceanic fjord, flanked by the majestic Coastal Mountains draped in lush greenery. It’s a rare treat to embark on an ocean cruise surrounded by such awe-inspiring mountains. Along the coastline, you’ll encounter picturesque lighthouses, remnants of old canneries, and charming First Nations villages like Klemtu, Bella Bella, and Ocean Falls – each holding their own allure and cultural significance.

Navigating through this narrow passage, sometimes just a few hundred meters wide, reveals an extraordinary geography where mountains and waterfalls are always within sight. As you sail these deep ocean waters, you’ll be captivated by the breathtaking vistas. Remarkably, despite the dramatic landscapes, the journey remains serene, making it an ideal escape for observing wildlife and enjoying much-needed relaxation. The Inside Passage is a unique haven that promises an unforgettable cruise experience.©LisanneSmeele-InsidePassage-10-1-scaled-1.jpg

British Columbia is a destination that truly has it all. From vibrant cities to aw-inspiring natural wonders, this province offers an incredible range of experiences of every traveler. Whether you´re seeking

Written and edited by DCT. Photos courtesy of ©Destination Vancouver / HarbourAir, © Destination Vancouver / Albert Normandi, ©Lisanne Smeele, ©Destination BC/Hubert Kang, ©Destination-BC/Yuri-Choufour, ©Fairmont Empress, ©Hello BC