Vancouver, Coast & Mountains

Did You Know?

  • The Caren Range of old-growth forest on the Sunshine Coast (actually attached to the mainland of BC, but with no road access) is home to some of the oldest western red cedar in Western Canada.
  • The first demonstration farm of its kind in Canada, the Bakerview EcoDairy in Abbotsford showcases innovative and sustainable dairy practices in a fun and educational way.
  • Whistler’s PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is the longest continual lift system on Earth, and the highest of its kind at 436 metres (1,427 feet) above the valley floor.
  • The well-known term “100-mile diet” stems from a book written by a Vancouver-based couple, Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon, who wrote The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating, after spending a year eating only food grown within a 100-mile radius of their apartment.
  • The second-largest granite monolith in the world, the Stawamus Chief, rises above Squamish on the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway.
  • Called one of the “greatest natural spectacles in BC, the tide changes twice a day at the Skookumchuck Narrows, and the difference in water levels between one side of the rapids and the other can exceed two metres (6.5 feet). The result of 200 million gallons of water changing its course is the Skookumchuk Rapids, which provide endless fun for extreme kayakers and divers.

Nestled between the Coast Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean, the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region is a diverse blend of four unique geographical areas: Metro Vancouver (a cosmopolitan playground), Sea-to-Sky Country (including world-renowned Whistler), the mighty Fraser Country (including the Fraser River and Canyon) and the unsung, serene Sunshine Coast.

While Vancouver anchors this region, a natural playground begins within its borders, at the famed Stanley Park, and extends limitlessly from there. Think: world-class, year-round recreational activities that include skiing and snowboarding, golf, boating, cycling, hiking, climbing and kayaking.

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains is perhaps least known for one of its top highlights: extraordinary day trips. Cruise the two-hour, spectacular drive from Vancouver to Whistler, taking in soaring waterfalls, eagles and canyon vistas as you wind your way up Howe Sound, past the Stawamus Chief in Squamish, and into the mountains. Catch a short ferry ride to the Sunshine Coast, where stunning ocean views, peaceful lakes and a wealth of galleries and quaint shops, featuring local artists, greet you. Or, head east into the Fraser Valley for fantastic birdwatching, heritage sites and a taste of the growing wine region.

As a four-season destination for every age and interest, the beautiful landscapes, wildlife and nature abundant in the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains region leave no person who experiences them untouched.

Heather McGillivray
Trade & Media Representative
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains 
Phone: 250-888-5687
Heather.McGillivray@destinationbc.ca

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