British Columbia Travel Guide
Welcome to beautiful British Columbia, Canada!
This is our home, when not accidentally getting sand in our suitcases on trips – oh, bad joke! But seriously, having lived in BC for years (first Vancouver, now Victoria), we know the province really well. And we can tell you that BC is absolutely one of the most stunning places in the world!
So we’re jazzed to share with you all the best places to visit in British Columbia – including popular tourist attractions and lesser-known local spots – in our British Columbia travel guide.
Below you can find travel information on accommodation, eating, what to do in BC, getting around and travel tips.
Practical BC Travel Tips
Unmissable British Columbia destinations
Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria is the capital of British Columbia.
Don’t forget to explore the Gorge waterway on a fun pickle boat ride with Victoria Harbour Ferry.
Taking the ferry to Victoria?
See our complete guide on the ferry from Vancouver to Victoria – from which Vancouver terminal is best to bus-and-ferry options.
One of the world’s most beautiful cities, Vancouver is famous for its ocean-fringed vistas, mountain backdrop, fresh local salmon, delightful neighborhoods and healthy outdoor vibe.
(And just to confuse you, it's not on Vancouver Island, but on the mainland.)
Wander around the cobbled streets of Gastown, possibly Vancouver’s trendiest district.
Maybe catch a musical or play at the historic Stanley Theater?
Cruise from Vancouver
Vancouver is a major gateway for cruises to Alaska. See what it’s like sailing away from the Vancouver cruise port.
Two epic mountains. How to choose?
Whistler or Blackcomb: Which has better skiing?
Summer is perfect for canoeing and kayaking in Whistler
Paddling Whistler’s River of Golden Dreams
Check out this hike near Whistler!
Hike Joffre Lakes: An amazing hike to 3 beautiful lakes
Looking for a short picturesque forest walk?
Brandywine Falls: A walk in the park
Secret places in British Columbia
Southern Gulf Islands
Want to hike through forests with fairy houses? What about bioluminescent kayaking at night? These are just two of the magical things to do in Salt Spring Island and Galiano Island!
Sniff, swirl and sip your way through 200+ Okanagan wineries! Many have seriously good vineyard restaurants overlooking Okanagan Lake, serving organic food with local ingredients.
Parksville and Qualicum Beach
Hey, you can see goats on the roof on a store in Coombs, splash about in warm shallow waters and explore Horne Lake Caves. There are more crazy fun things to do in Parksville and Qualicum Beach too.
BC’s gorgeous gardens
We have lots of beautiful gardens in British Columbia.
And for the mother of all urban parks, don’t miss Stanley Park! The best way to explore it? Rent a bicycle and go biking around Stanley Park on its oh-so scenic Seawall.
You’ve probably also heard about the famous Butchart Gardens, right? It’s one of the 5 best gardens in Victoria on Vancouver Island.
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