Travel through Beautiful British ColumbiaBritish Columbia is located in Canada's southwestern corner. The region is filled with beautiful evergreen forests, wildlife, and it is also thick with Native American heritage. From the slopes of Whistler to the hustle and bustle of Vancouver, British Columbia is filled with attractions and activities to explore.
The Whistler area is a great year-round destination. Two mountains dominate the skyline, Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain. Both of these mountains are famous for their winter skiing, which turns into great mountain biking and hiking during the summer. Fly-fishing is another excellent activity to be enjoyed during a trip to Whistler, even into November the streams are still free flowing on the lower elevations. Whistler Village is also a lot of fun for visitors. It is a charming collection of shops, restaurants, and cafes, designed to resemble a Swiss-Alpine Village.
Squamish is another unbeatable destination in British Columbia. Known for being the outdoor capital of Canada, Squamish has almost every outdoor activity visitors can think of. The Mamquam, Cheakamus, Squamish and Elaho Rivers are excellent for salmon and trout fishing. In addition, visitors can enjoy rock climbing, horseback riding, and more. The Mamquam River is also a great destination for white water kayaking. Squamish extends all the way to the coast. The recreational opportunities extend all the way into scuba-diving at the scuba-diving center of Porteau Cove.
After exploring the amazing recreational destinations of British Columbia, visitors can take a trip down to Vancouver. Vancouver is British Columbia's biggest city, and it hosted the Winter Olympics in 2010. The city is filled with arts, community, dining and shopping. The Vancouver Art Gallery has an amazing collection of art, including a great deal of British Columbian Art. Visitors can enjoy the fine dining, especially the Pacific Northwest seafood.
Vancouver also has plenty of activities for outdoor enthusiasts. There are over 200 parks and gardens, and are among the most beautiful in the Pacific Northwest. Visitors looking for some excitement while admiring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest can try a visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. This amazing bridge is located a short 10 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Another beautiful Vancouver destination is the Bloedel Floral Conservatory and Queen Elizabeth Park. The Bloedel Floral Conservatory is a huge dome, which happens to be one of the largest greenhouse domes in the world. In this Conservatory has many exotic plants and birds. The park also has an amazing Arboretum with a wide range of stunning trees.
Stanley Park is probably Vancouver's most popular destination. This park is a truly magnificent destination, it has everything to entertain visitors on its 1000 acres. Stanley Park has a visitor center, beaches, restaurants, carriage rides, forests a children's farmyard and even an aquarium. You could spend multiple days exploring all of the attractions within the Park. All of the excitement of Stanley Park can be found right on the edge of downtown Vancouver.
Continuing south in British Columbia, visitors can stop in Victoria, a small city on the coast. The city is known as a little patch of England in Canada. Visitors should be sure to stop at the Fairmont Empress Hotel for Afternoon Tea, which serves a unique blend of tea with scones, heavy cream, jam, sandwiches and pastries. Visitors can also explore the downtown area, with plenty of fun shops and stores.
Visitors to Victoria will find plenty of attractions to explore. The Maritime Museum of British Columbia has an amazing display of maritime history. The Royal BC Museum is an excellent place to learn about the rich history of British Columbia. The Pacific Undersea Gardens, with the displays of the region's undersea life is another excellent destination.
Another destination not to be missed during a trip to the Victoria are the Butchart Gardens. The exquisite gardens cover over 55 acres. Features in the park include the Rose Garden, The Sunken Garden, the Japanese Gardens and more. Every visitor should stop to see this true treasure.
Throughout British Columbia there are recreational activities, view of amazing beauty, fascinating wildlife and more. From Whistler to Victoria there are activities for everyone to enjoy. While exploring the area, visitors can ski during the winter at Whistler, walk through Stanley Park, white water kayak in Squamish and have Afternoon Tea in Victoria.