British Columbia is a province in Canada. It is a vast region of natural beauty and diverse wildlife. There are so many things to explore in this part of Canada that you might want to stay a little longer. Here are some of the places and adventures you don't want to miss while you are here.
Vancouver is one of the most favorite destinations in Canada. It combines the beauty of nature at its finest with the sophistication of an urban city with world-class amenities. With its picturesque wilderness in the backyard, Vancouver is a great location for biking, camping, and hiking. There are lots of walking routes and hiking trails you can choose from if you prefer the adventures of the outdoors. Golfing is another big thing in Vancouver. There are various golf courses downtown that are designed by famous architects. Mayfair Lakes Golf & Country Club, Northview Golf and Country Club, and Meadow Gardens Golf Club at Pitt Meadows are some of the golf courses worth visiting. For a more scenic course, you might want to try the Northland Golf Course in the North Shore Mountains or visit British Columbia's most scenic golf course, the Furry Creek Golf & Country Club. Located between Vancouver and Whistler, it is surrounded by picture perfect views and sceneries. Overlooking the Howe Sound's pristine waters coming from the base of the Coast Mountains, golfing here is certainly an unforgettable experience. April to October is the best time to come to enjoy the golf tournaments. Vancouver is also a great place to visit during winter for it offers spectacular settings for winter activities such as skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. The three local mountains, Mount Seymour, Grouse Mountain and Cypress Mountain, provide the city a great amount of snow and space to enjoy the season.
For another enjoyable winter experience, don't forget to visit the legendary Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort in Whistler. Thompson Okanagan (about 4 hours by car from Vancouver) is another venue for winter adventures. With its renowned and family-oriented ski resorts, you can't help but love winter. Choose from the region's four major resorts: Big White Ski Resort, Star Mountain Resort, Apex Mountain Resort and Sun Peaks Resort.
Victoria is another must-visit city in BC. Being the oldest city in Western Canada, it is a cultural haven in British Columbia with its numerous arts and historical museums and galleries. Victoria's heritage sites such as the historic Empress Hotel and Parliament Building in the Inner Harbour are well preserved and worth seeing. Victoria is also home to the second oldest Chinatown in North America. Stop at Silk Road Tea and have a good cup of tea prepared by a real tea master. Then head down to the famous Butchart Gardens where you will be greeted by beautiful displays of various collections of trees, shrubs and flowers. Be amazed by the lush and colorful beds of different kinds of flowers such as roses, tulips, magnolias, hydrangeas and also maples. This is a paradise you don't want to miss. In summer, every Saturday night watch some fireworks illuminating this magnificent garden.
For a nature trip, visit the Kootenay Rockies. This is a region where you can enjoy the famous scenic views of Canada. Rivers, lakes, waterfalls, beaches, or hot springs - you can find them all here in the Kootenay Rockies. You can also enjoy wildlife viewing by visiting the Grizzly Bear Refuge, home to orphaned grizzly bear Boo or the Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Center where you can encounter and learn more about grey wolves. For a history lesson, go to Yoho National Park.
Another region to visit to experience wildlife and diverse ecosystems is Vancouver Island. Rainforests, meadows, mountains and beaches that are found in this area provide homes to a large number of various species. The island is a perfect location for whale and bear watching, birding and even salmon fishing. Seeing these animals in their natural habitat is a priceless experience. The island also offers different water activities. Its many beaches provide great venues for kayaking, surfing and swimming. Visit Tofino and Ucluelet on the west coast of the island for surfing adventures. You can also try storm watching to complete the experience.
There are wineries and vineyards you might want to check out here in British Columbia, the South Okanagan being one of the best wine areas in North America. And just east of Vancouver, Fraser Valley family-run wineries are worth visiting. Another region of vineyards is located in Kelowna. Tours are available for enthusiasts.