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British Columbia Travel Guide

British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province is a paradise for campers and road-trippers with many¬†wilderness parks, lakes, rivers, mountains, a rugged coastline, and unique small towns.

Top Regions And Towns In BC To Explore

Wherever you head in British Columbia, the great outdoors will call. Here are the top regions and a bucket list of my favourite towns in BC to visit. There are many amazing road trips to choose from in British Columbia. It’s easy to find camp spots on the way and you will be in for a real wilderness adventure.

About British Columbia

British Columbia, borders the Pacific coast to the west, Alaska to the northwest, Yukon and Northwest Territories to the north, Alberta to the East, and three US States to the south.

Travelling in British Columbia Canada is a journey through a breathtaking wild landscape. From towering mountains, wildlife-packed forests, and dramatic coastlines to unique small towns there is much to be discovered. Don’t miss off-the-beaten-track treasures like steaming hot natural springs and the ghost towns of the Kootenay Rockies and discover the history and tragedies of days gone by.

You will spend time in cosmopolitan Vancouver before heading out into the backcountry. Vancouver is often the arrival port when you fly in from overseas. Victoria on Vancouver Island and Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley also have international airports.

Thompson Okanagan and Okanagan Valley

Thompson Okanagan stretches from Valemount and Mt. Robson down to Osoyoos and Christina Lake in the east to Cache Creek in the west. It’s a land of lakes rivers, beaches, and vineyards, with lots of outdoor adventures waiting

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Kootenay Rockies – West Kootenay and East Kootenay

Plan a road trip to West Kootenay, explore the hidden treasures, and visit the ghost town of Sandon.

Kootenay Rockies is Canada’s most stunning mountain scenery. The Rocky Mountains are the main attraction for many visitors to British Columbia Canada. The natural beauty and wild landscape call for unlimited recreational opportunities. Gazing up at towering glacial peaks will touch you with awe. The Kootenay Rockies are famous for their incredible ski resorts, natural hot springs, ghost towns, and abundant wildlife.

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Cariboo Chilcotin Country

The first taste I got from the untamed wilderness of the Cariboo Chilcotin was years ago in the South Chilcotin mountains on horseback. The Cariboo is the most amazing wild area you can imagine. I’ve been riding these mountains on horseback for many days. The beauty of the magnificent land will stick with me forever.

Venture along Highway 20, the Chilcotin highway, and drive the famous “Hill” into Bella Coola Valley for a memorable road trip.

The Chilcotin Country has an interesting history and pioneer stories that inspire you to go on a discovery and adventure trip.

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Northern BC

Travel along the popular and historic Alaska Highway through the untamed wilderness of Northern BC. Stop at hot springs on the way and watch out for Canadian wildlife through this remote land. Enjoy spectacular scenery in this sparsely populated land. Chances are that you will see herds of bison roaming alongside the road, bighorn sheep, and possibly mountain goats, moose, and bears. Start in Dawson Creek BC and end up at Watson Lake, Yukon.

Travel the Stewart-Cassiar Highway to or from the Yukon border for an alternative wilderness route.

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Vancouver Island

Make sure you reserve a few days to discover the treasures of Vancouver Island. Try the delicious seafood in Tofino. Go for a hike in the rainforests or stroll along one of the beaches. I went on a whale-watching trip on a floatplane a few years ago and this was just amazing. I fully recommend it if your budget allows it. Since it doesn’t take long to get to Vancouver Island from Vancouver, the island is a popular getaway for the locals during summer.

The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on the west coast of Vancouver Island is a must-see. For a multi-day challenge, check out the West Coast Trail.

Recreation

Outdoor activities in British Columbia are endless and nature is around you. Look for wilderness in the big cities when you’re stuck there for a few days.

  • Explore Stanley Park, a perfect example of wilderness in the city. This 404-hectare wilderness paradise is located in the city of Vancouver. Many old tales at Stanley Park are carved into totem poles at the park’s eastern edge. Each totem pole tells its own story. Don’t miss the extensive urban wilderness in British Columbia.
  • Sailing the Inside Passage on a BC Ferris’s day-long trip to Prince Rupert is a breathtaking experience guaranteed.
  • Consider hopping the Southern Gulf Islands. The islands of BC’s mainland are easily reached with a short ferry trip. Start your island hopping on Salt Spring Island and consider a kayak excursion around Mayne Island or a bike ride on Galiano.
  • A road trip through the Rockies is one of Canada’s most scenic driving routes. Don’t miss the world-famous Icefields Parkway located between Banff and Jasper.
  • Hikers, campers, and anglers are drawn to BC’s great parks and reserves, including Glacier National Park and the Pacific Rim National Park.
  • Take part in the Wild West actions and visit a small-town rodeo. No visit to Canada is complete without it! You will find rodeo events all over British Columbia starting in spring.
  • Plan in a few days at a Wilderness Ranch for a trip highlight you will never forget.

BC Parks

British Columbia is known to have the most extensive parks system in Canada. More than 1,000 provincial parks and protected areas, plus many more National Parks and city parks are waiting to be discovered.

You find walking and hiking trails in every park. Beyond that, there is wildlife viewing, backpacking, camping, kayaking and canoeing, swimming, fishing and boating, skiing and boarding, mountain biking, and mountaineering.

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