With the highest diversity of distinct First Nations in Canada, British Columbia is rich in Aboriginal culture.
Whether you want to sip a cappuccino in a luxury hotel or press your own coffee beside a mountain lake, BC has accommodations for every wish and budget.
Sophisticated galleries and museums are just the start of your cultural experience in BC.
There are few places on Earth that offer as diverse and delicious a local culinary scene as BC.
In BC, eating right and living well is part of our lifestyle.
When it comes to finding offbeat and quirky fun in Canada’s westernmost province, you need only to pack a sense of adventure.
British Columbians are known for working hard and playing even harder, and our natural playground offers an abundance of opportunity to do just that.
Canada’s vast wilderness is only a short drive from anywhere you find yourself in BC.
With ski runs that descend from the alpine, cat- and heli-ski operations galore, and endless outdoor play, we make winter count in BC.
From beaches to bungee jumping and everywhere in between, you never know where you’ll find yourself in BC.
Nestled along Canada’s west coast, the Vancouver Island region — a land mass bigger than Belgium — is a paradise of tranquil islands, pristine coastlines and emerald forests, where the ever-present Pacific Ocean shapes the scenery and softens the climate.
In addition to BC’s vibrant capital city, Victoria, you’ll find a mix of awe-inspiring views and outdoor adventure in the region, like golfing, kayaking, whale watching, bear viewing, guided caving, surfing and skiing, just for starters.
On the east coast, the gentle breezes of the Georgia Strait and the protection of the Vancouver Island mountain ranges create a moderate climate perfect for growing flora and food. The bucolic seaside village of Cowichan Bay received North America’s first Cittaslow recognition, making it a destination not just to see (its First Nations cultural offerings are captivating), but to taste, from artisanal cheese and homegrown spirits to freshly caught seafood.
Work it all off with a walk, run, hike or bike through one of the Island’s 160 government designated parks, or on the famous West Coast Trail, a 75-kilometre (47-mile) backpacking test of mettle. On the wild west coast, discover Canada’s surf capital, Tofino, which boasts jaw-dropping coastal scenery where rainforest runs right into the Pacific Ocean; soak up sun on the beaches in summer and cosy in safely beside a warm fire and watch the wild storms, outside, in winter.
With the mildest climate in Canada, any time of the year is an ideal time to visit Vancouver Island.
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