About British Columbia - British Columbia is a diverse province that really does have something for everyone. It is Canada’s most westerly province and is a mountainous area whose populations is mainly clustered in its southwestern corner. BC is Canada’s third-largest province after Quebec and Ontario and is a land of diversity and contrast within small areas - coastal landscapes, characterized by high, snow-covered mountains rising above narrow fjords and inlets, contrast with the broad forested upland of the central interior and the plains of the northeast. Looking for accommodations for your BC trip? This is the place to start for all types of lodging!
Where to Stay & Why - From ranch homes to condo rentals, cozy homes, and cottages, or maybe mountain retreats - you name it, you’ll find the kind of vacation rental that is suited for you and your loved ones or friends. You can choose a home that has two bedrooms or more, and one bathroom or more. There’s a lot of space for you to relax and enjoy both inside and out. The homes are beautifully decorated and well-appointed spaces give you the opportunity to unwind while enjoying the amazing lake, valley, and/or mountain views.
The living room is relaxing and has lots of seating, a flat screen TV, fireplace, and a pull out sofa bed for extra lounging/sleeping space. The kitchen is fully equipped with plenty of glassware, plates, utensils, and cookware to meet all your cooking needs, adjacent to a spacious dining area. There’s an expansive landscaped deck and/or courtyards with sun chairs, outdoor terraces, and BBQ grill. Other amenities you can enjoy are the free WiFi, parking lot, laundry facilities, some vacation rentals have an office area, recreational rooms, and provide staple kitchen supplies and beach supplies/toys so you can take full advantage of all that the place has to offer.
What to See & Do - Wherever you head, the great outdoors will always call. Don’t just point your camera at it. Hike at the fantastic hiking trails across British Columbia, like the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island or the Iceline Trail in Yoho National Park in the Canadian Rockies. Experience Canada’s most mild winters or visit Victoria’s attractions like the Butchart Gardens and Hatley Castle. Have a drink in the Okanagan Valley or have an adventure in Squamish. Enjoy world-class ski resorts like Whistler Blackcomb, Fernie Alpine Resort, Big White, and Sun Peaks Resort. Go whale-watching from May until October or surf and storm-watch in Tofino. See the spirit bear (Kermode) in the Great Bear Rainforest or witness the Northern Lights in Muncho Lake Provincial Park, Sakinaw Lake, Dawson Creek, and more. Cruise the Inside Passage or see the other side of the Rocky Mountains. If you have a lot of time, explore all the islands or do all the outdoor adventures that British Columbia has to offer.
Where to Eat & Drink - BC has a dynamic food and drinks scene, with a huge variety of international influences and a strong focus on farm-to-table menus. Restaurants dish up everything from fresh salmon and sushi, to raw foods and tapas.
For drinks - red and white wine, sparkling and ice wines are produced in the Okanagan Valley, and several other regions have fledgling wine industries. BC’s craft beer industry is booming, with new micro- and nano-breweries opening up across the province on a regular basis. An increasingly inventive list of beers, with creative labels to match, includes seasonal brews such as pumpkin or peach ales.
How to Get Here & Getting Around - Vancouver Airport is the major international airport of the province, which is served by most major international airlines. If you’re traveling by car, there are a number of land border crossing from the US into BC from Washington State. There are also land border crossings into BC from Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. BC is also connected to Alberta and Yukon by a number of major highways.
Driving is the easiest way to see the province as BC has an excellent highway system that is well-maintained, map, and signed, plus plenty of scenic driving routes. There are also rental car companies that can be found in cities and towns. All cities have airports and most towns are serviced by bus or rail. The Greyhound and VIA Rail offer scheduled service to more than 200 locations in the province. BC Ferries serves almost 50 ports of call along the BC coastline.
When to Go - British Columbia welcomes most of its visitors between months of June through August. Fall and Spring are excellent times to visit because the tourist areas are less crowded. Although it rains in the coastal areas during the winter, it’s still a good time to visit BC, especially for skiing and snowboarding.
Wherever you go, unspoiled beauty will be around. If you want to know more about amazing British Columbia, take a look at our travel guide and you’ll be convinced to visit and come back for more!