The 6 Best Destinations in British Columbia Aug 24, 2017 by Nicole (Awesome Escape Blogger)
The West Coast of Canada, British Columbia, is known for incredible biodiversity, gorgeous mountains and beaches, and relaxed and friendly people. The province has many different regions that play a part in making it special. Ranging from vineyards and fruit orchards in the Okanagan desert to fresh seafood and local produce at farmers' markets on Vancouver Island. 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 destinations are a great place to start.
Vancouver is the center of nightlife and entertainment on Canada's West Coast. Vancouver is divided into several suburban neighborhoods that fan out over the Lower Mainaland. It is also the transportation hub for all of the islands to the north and west of the city, including Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, and cruise ship traffic that travels north to Alaska. The most activity happens in the downtown core along Granville, Smithe, Richards, or Cambie Streets. Here guests have an opportunity to watch a hockey game, see world-class acts at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, or take in some craft beer at one of the many bars and nightclubs located on this festive pedestrian-only strip.
Known for its spectacular beaches and surfing community, Tofino, British Columbia is one of the westernmost municipalities on the far edge of Vancouver Island. The town itself is quite small, being populated by just under 1,900 residents. But the community is host to tons of tourists at hotels, cabins, and campgrounds in the area during the breathtaking storm season during the winter and stunning waters with warm temperatures during the summer. Tired of busy Tofino? Try 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 and a gorgeous waterfront. The city can be found on the southeastern tip of Vancouver Island and is visited by those taking ferries or seaplanes 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 and fun shopping in Chinatown.
Queen Charlotte City, BC
Queen Charlotte City is a small community on Haida Gwaii, a group of islands to the north of Vancouver Island. 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 for travelers to the islands. There are also fishing charters available in this area or focused excursions that take visitors to Gwaii Haanas National Park to see spirit bears, whales, and sea lions. Take the time to leanr about the indigenous people of the area and their heritage, as they create and steward the island's pristine condition.
Savary Island, BC
While there are many islets on the South Coast that are all fitting vacation spots, Savary Island is by far the front-runner when it comes to fabulous scenery and quaint cottage-like accommodations. Savary Island is situated in the northern region of the Strait of Georgia and can be reached by ferry and plane. The island is only a kilometer wide in most places and 7 kilometers long, making for small-town serenity and a short walk to Mermaid Beach from Savary Island Resort. Sunsets and walks along the quiet beach here are some of the most beautiful in the world.
Whistler is one of the premier ski resorts in the world. It's around an hour and a half from the District of North Vancouver to the montain town along the Sea to Sky Highway. This resort community offers world-class skiing and snowboarding in the winter as well as mountain biking, hiking and rock climbing during the summer. Whistler Blackcomb operates in the town and has ski-in privileges during the snowy months. Many championships and other sporting events are held on this sprawling mountain, which played host to the Winter Olympics in 2010.