Canada's westernmost province, British Columbia, is vast and known the world over for its incredible biodiversity, scenic communities and truly west coast feel. The province has many different regions that play a part in making it special. Ranging from vineyards and fruit orchards in the desert-like Okanagan to fresh seafood and local produce at the farmer's markets of the South Coast. If you happen to be fortunate enough to spend time in any part of BC, try to point your compass to the southwestern portions of the province. Although there are fantastic places to stay at and visit everywhere in BC, these six locales are perfect for getting acquainted with this unique place. Read on to find out where to go.
Known for its spectacular beaches and excellent small-time surfing, Tofino, British Columbia is one of the westernmost municipalities in all of Canada and is situated on the western edge of Vancouver Island. The town itself is quite small, being populated by just under 1,900 residents. There is entirely no low season at hotels and cabins in the area thanks to a breathtaking storm season during the Winter and stunning waters with warm temperatures during the Summer. An alternative to Tofino is Ucluelet, a village located to the south on the Pacific Rim Highway.
An impressive harbor city and the provincial capital, Victoria has a long history, remarkable diversity, and gorgeous waterfront. The city can be found on the southeastern tip of Vancouver Island and is visited by those taking ferries departing out of both Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, BC. Many impressive features are available to guests staying in the downtown core including the Royal British Columbia Museum, the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel and British Columbia's Parliament Buildings. There's also a great deal of shopping to be done at the downtown area boutiques as well as in Chinatown on Fisgard. Which plays host to excellent Chinese shops in addition to some of the best grilled pesto sandwiches known to man at Bean Around the World Coffee Shop.
Queen Charlotte City, BC
Queen Charlotte City is a small community situated in the region known as Haida Gwaii, a seismically active area to the north of Vancouver Island off of British Columbia's coast. The area is known for its astounding biodiversity and rich ecotourism. Ferries and planes travel up to the area from Vancouver with heli-tours and boat tours being a must-see, must-do activity for all guests to this delightful area. There are also fishing charters available in this area in addition to focused excursions that take visitors to Gwaii Haanas National Park to see spirit bears, whales and sea lions as well as to learn about the Aboriginal people of the area and their heritage.