British Columbia

With almost 17,000 miles of coastline, BC stands for Big Country

British Columbia offers a wealth of experiences. Including cosmopolitan Vancouver, beautiful islands and fjords and the stunning Canadian Rockies. The lakes of Okanagan. The Sunshine Coast. You can even fly to Victoria and Vancouver Island by seaplane, or take a classic railroad journey through some stunning scenery .

A coastline that edges the Pacific for almost 17,000 miles. Literally thousands of islands and fjords. A massive interior. So, where do you begin? Vancouver, of course. It’s a fine destination in its own right – with parks and city sights, sophisticated restaurants and great shopping – but Vancouver is also a premier gateway to British Columbia.

Whistler, with its skiing, hiking, biking and outdoor adventure sports is just a short drive away, and the Sunshine Coast – with seemingly endless opportunities to wander through quaint towns and picturesque bays – lies to the north. Victoria and Vancouver Island also beckon. Arrive by ferry, or make a seaplane flight the highlight of your luxury, tailor-made vacation to Canada, and you’ll be able to visit BC’s capital, take whale watching trips or explore the wild coastline and myriad tiny islands.

Once you’re ‘coasted out’ it’s time to turn inland and head for the hills. The Chilcotin Mountains and the Canadian Rockies in this case, and along the way you’ll be able to tour lush vineyards, sit beside tranquil lakes and wander around the charming towns of Field and Kicking Horse. Then take one of the world’s classic train journeys to either Banff or Jasper.

British Columbia itinerary ideas

Whether you want to try your hand at thrilling outdoor sports in Whistler, see the vibrant sights of Vancouver or set off in search of iconic Canadian wildlife, these itinerary suggestions will provide you with some inspiration for your own tailor-made holiday to British Columbia. 

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