British Columbia is a beautiful area to visit almost any time of the year. From large cities to small towns, to remote forested locations, sandy beaches, isolated islands, and world class ski resorts, this is one place that really does have something for everyone. If you are lucky enough to get to go to British Columbia, but are stuck for where to go once you get there, check out any of these five unforgettable destinations.
The city of Vancouver is a very special place with a lot to offer the traveler. This is a major international city so when you go there you should expect to see all the things that draw people to the big city. Vancouver is also a coastal seaport. This means you will have ample opportunity to get out on the water or at least enjoy a few activities alongside it. With a long list of great art galleries, museums, theatre venues, parks, and even professional sports teams, it is easy to find something to do in Vancouver. When you go there you will also have a whole world of great lodging and restaurant choices available to you too. You simply cannot go wrong with a visit to Vancouver.
Located in southern British Columbia, Whistler is a popular resort town that is famous with locals, those around the region, and in a limited way even internationally. This is a town of about 10,000 permanent residents that swells up during the different tourist seasons. Whistler is located just a short drive north of Vancouver and more than two million people make their way there each year. If you’re going there in the winter it is for the alpine skiing and snowboarding. If you are traveling there instead during the summer it is most likely for the hiking and mountain biking. It really is just a wonderful place to get outdoors. There are also special events held there regularly and the community is home to some unique and inviting lodges, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, and bars. You are sure to love your time visiting Whistler, British Columbia.
Vancouver Island sits just off the mainland of British Columbia, protecting it from the Pacific Ocean. The most major city on Vancouver Island is Victoria. Victoria is a very special place to visit where you can see some well preserved examples of colonial architecture and a historic waterfront district. Vancouver is 290 miles in length though and 50 miles wide so there is much more to it than the fantastic city of Victoria. As you tour the island you can stumble upon resort towns like Tofino and Ucluelet, along with other locations that all offer great beach experiences, as well as opportunities to try your hand at surfing, fishing, and whale watching. Much of the island remains undeveloped and protected too so there are also a lot of hiking opportunies and other inland activities as well. It’s easy to go to Vancouver Island and find plenty to do to fill up your vacation itinerary.
Salt Spring Island
While Vancouver Island is the 43rd biggest island in the world, and the largest island on the west coast of North America, Salt Spring Island is much smaller. That does not mean you can’t have a great time if you are lucky enough to visit there though. This is one of the many channel islands located between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia. Salt Spring Island attracts a lot of hiking enthusiasts and has a number of trails that allow you to explore the island fully. The island also offers plenty of opportunity for you to get out on the water too, including charter fishing trips, dinner cruises, kayaking, and more. Salt Spring Island can be the perfect getaway.
Prince George is the largest city in northern British Columbia and over the years has become more and more popular as a place to get away from it all. As you drive into Prince George you will be greeted by Mr. P.G. This anthropomorphic roadside attraction is a 40 foot tall smiling and waving gentleman who welcomes travelers to the city. This friendly spirit can be felt all through Prince George and is one of the area’s top draws. The city has fun local sports teams, great restaurants, pleasing activities, interesting museums, nice places to stay, and much more. One of the number one things people come to Prince George to do though is to get out of town and explore the wilderness of northern British Columbia. There are several parks located within a quick and easy drive of town. There are also some great hiking trails, rivers for fishing and rafting, areas popular with rock climbers, and plenty of places to view wildlife too. Prince George is an excellent option for anyone wanting to see a side of British Columbia that many others don’t.