As well as being home to some of the world’s most beautiful and varied ski terrain, British Columbia is both a relaxing escape and a thrill-seekers mecca- you will never run out of things to do!
There is so much to do in British Columbia, it’s unreal. If you’re committed enough, you can hike, ski, bike, swim and skate all in one day (although the swimming will probably be a tad cold!) But even if adrenaline-pumping activities aren’t really your thing, you can bet Beautiful B.C. still has something for you. The mountains here create some of the most tranquil and serene spots in the world, you just have to go and find them! So, without any further adieu, here are some of our top tips for a trip to British Columbia:
For the thrill-seekers out there:
- Whitewater Rafting – The frenzied rivers running through BC provide incredible rafting opportunities. Head up to Squamish or Whistler to join a group.
- Cliff Diving – Top spots are Lynn Canyon in North Van, Capilano Granny’s Cove, Lion’s Bay north of the city, and at Green Lake in Whistler.
- Para-gliding – Takeoff from Grouse Mountain with views over Vancouver and land in Cleveland Park.
- Rock Climbing in Squamish – One of the most popular rock climbing spots in the world, see if you can make it to the top of The Chief!
- Sasquatch Zipline – The longest zipline in Canada and the US at over 2 kilometers!
- Snowmobile, Dogsled and ATV Tours – Canadian Wilderness Adventures will take you on these absolutely unforgettable tours around Whistler Blackcomb.
- Whistler & Blackcomb Ski Resort and Bike Park – Shred fresh powder in the winter and rip steep lines in the summer at North America’s biggest resort.
- Heli-ski – Want to hit steep lines like in The Art of Flight? Whistler Heli-ski gives you multiple runs in the freshest untouched powder around.
- Whistler Sliding Centre – Feel the rhythm (and feel the rhyme), as it’s bobsledding time at the world’s fastest ice track, which hosted competitions at the 2010 Olympics.
- Tube Park – Fly down the hill in a big red rubber ring (winter only!)
- Panorama Ridge – Hike up to Garibaldi Lake, chill by the glacial meltwater then continue to this beautiful lookout spot with breathtaking 360-degree views.
- Joffre Lakes – Three lakes at various heights along this beautiful, casual hike near Pemberton.
- The Chief – Unmistakable rock face towering over Squamish. Climb it, hike it or take the Gondola for stunning views of the village and lakes below.
- Three Brothers – Take in the beautiful alpine meadows, dazzlingly colourful wildflowers and scramble the rocky ridges, starting from the Heather Trail at Blackwall Peak in southwest BC.
- Mount Steele – This is the hike in the Tetrahedron Provincial Park, rewarding hikers with jaw-dropping views when they reach the peak.
Activities and Visits:
- Whale Watching – The BC coast is one of the few places in the world you can see wild orcas, so hit up one of the many Whale Watching tours in Vancouver and Vancouver Island to witness these majestic animals in their natural habitat (screw you, Sea World!)
- Salmon Fishing – The rivers running through the BC mountains are teeming with wild salmon. Take out a permit and hook some sockeye!
- Capilano Suspension Bridge and Salmon Hatchery – Take a stroll through the treetops and absorb nature’s beauty from this Ewok village-style setup. They’re currently lit up with Christmas lights which is quite spectacular in the dark!
- Vancouver Seawall – Walk, run or cycle the Seawall route around Stanley Park, a must do when visiting Vancouver!
- Granville Island – This small island beneath the Granville Street Bridge houses its own brewery and a bustling market filled with food, drinks, art, gifts and a whole load of history.
- Museum of Anthropology – Learn and explore BC’s rich history and heritage; this is a beautiful insight into BC’s First Nations.
- Whistler Train Wreck – After this freight train derailed by the Cheakamus River decades ago, seven carriages were never cleared and have now become a hub for stunning graffiti-artwork, and make for an interesting and enjoyable hike.
- River of Golden Dreams – Float along this seasonal glacial melt river in your blowup boat and chill out with a few beers and good music.
- Lost Lake – There are a number of gorgeous lakes throughout BC, but Lost Lake in Whistler is a local’s favourite, hidden deep amongst the trees. The water is warm and clear, the beach never too busy, and the dock is a relaxing place to watch the stars (and the Aurora, if you’re lucky!)
- Disc Golf – Stumble around the mountain forest throwing frisbees into metal buckets. It’s a lot better than it sounds!
- Scandinave Spa – Relax in luxury at this beautiful mountain spa.
- Vancouver Canucks – You can’t visit Canada and not go to a hockey game, eh?
Obviously, there is a lot more to do in BC than what’s listed above, but those are just some personal favourites of our travellers. Think we’ve missed anything out? Get exploring and let us know in the comments below! Even if you don’t visit our suggestions, we’re sure you will have a great time in one of the world’s most beautiful places. But don’t take our word for it, go see for yourself!
Safe travels, and enjoy beautiful BC!!!