British Columbia

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This sprawling province includes some of the last true wilderness in North America—and the chance to enjoy it from a kayak, sailboat, floatplane, or hiking path before bedding down at a high-style lodge or a back-to-nature campsite. In the Lower Mainland, in and around Vancouver, British Columbia appears a brash young province with a population that sees its future in the Pacific Rim. In the north, however, are ancient rain forests, untamed wilderness, and First Nations peoples who have lived on the land for more than 10,000 years. Whistler, a short drive north from Vancouver, is as popular resort town that hosted many of the 2010 Winter Olympics events. To the east lie the vineyards and orchards of the Okanagan Valley. In the lovely Haida Gwaii, or Queen Charlotte Islands, native Haida culture is undergoing a renaissance.

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Vancouver

Vancouver is a delicious juxtaposition of urban sophistication and on-your-doorstep wilderness adventure. The mountains and seascape make the...

Victoria

Victoria, British Columbia's photogenic capital, is a walkable, livable seaside city of fragrant gardens, waterfront paths, engaging museums...

Whistler

With two breathtaking mountains—Whistler and Blackcomb—enviable skiing conditions, championship golf courses, more than 200 shops, 150 restaurants...

Tofino

Tofino combines the historical roots of the rugged Canadian frontier with the mellow rhythm of a California surf town—think Mendocino in a toque...

Kelowna and Vernon

The largest community in the Okanagan Valley, with a regional population of more than 180,000, Kelowna makes a good base for exploring the region...

Cowichan Valley

The Cowichan people were onto something when they called this fertile valley north of Victoria "the Warm Land." The region, roughly from Mill...

Granville Island

An indoor food market and a thriving diversity of artist studios as well as performing arts spaces, specialty shops (there's not a chain store...

Salt Spring Island

With its wealth of studios, galleries, restaurants, and B&Bs, Salt Spring is the most developed, and most visited, of the Southern Gulf...

Prince Rupert

Just 66 km (40 miles) south of the Alaskan border, Prince Rupert is the largest community on British Columbia's north coast. On Kaien Island...

Penticton and Naramata

With its long, sandy beach backed by motels and cruising pickup trucks, Penticton is all about nostalgia-inducing family vacations. But drive...

Oliver and Osoyoos

South of Penticton, between the southern tip of Lake Okanagan and the U.S. border, Highway 97 passes through the country's only desert and runs...

Ucluelet

Ucluelet, which in the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations language means "people with a safe landing place," along with the towns of Bamfield and...

Mayne Island

The smallest of the Southern Gulf Islands, Mayne also has the most visible history. The buildings of Miners Bay, the island's tiny commercial...

Galiano Island

With its 26-km-long (16-mile-long) eastern shore and cove-dotted western coast, Galiano is arguably the prettiest of these islands. It's certainly...

Pender Island

Just a few miles north of the U.S. border, Pender is actually two islands: North Pender and South Pender, divided by a canal and linked by a...

Summerland and Peachland

Between Kelowna and Penticton, Highway 97 winds along the west side of Okanagan Lake, past vineyards, orchards, fruit stands, beaches, picnic...

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

This national park has some of Canada's most stunning coastal and rain-forest scenery, abundant wildlife, and a unique marine environment. It...

Saturna Island

With just 300 residents, remote Saturna Island is taken up largely by a section of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and is a prime spot...

Vancouver

Vancouver is a delicious juxtaposition of urban sophistication and on-your-doorstep wilderness adventure. The mountains and seascape make the...

Victoria

Victoria, British Columbia's photogenic capital, is a walkable, livable seaside city of fragrant gardens, waterfront paths, engaging museums...

Whistler

With two breathtaking mountains—Whistler and Blackcomb—enviable skiing conditions, championship golf courses, more than 200 shops, 150 restaurants...

Tofino

Tofino combines the historical roots of the rugged Canadian frontier with the mellow rhythm of a California surf town—think Mendocino in a toque...

Kelowna and Vernon

The largest community in the Okanagan Valley, with a regional population of more than 180,000, Kelowna makes a good base for exploring the region...

Cowichan Valley

The Cowichan people were onto something when they called this fertile valley north of Victoria "the Warm Land." The region, roughly from Mill...

Prince Rupert

Just 66 km (40 miles) south of the Alaskan border, Prince Rupert is the largest community on British Columbia's north coast. On Kaien Island...

Penticton and Naramata

With its long, sandy beach backed by motels and cruising pickup trucks, Penticton is all about nostalgia-inducing family vacations. But drive...

Oliver and Osoyoos

South of Penticton, between the southern tip of Lake Okanagan and the U.S. border, Highway 97 passes through the country's only desert and runs...

Ucluelet

Ucluelet, which in the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations language means "people with a safe landing place," along with the towns of Bamfield and...

Summerland and Peachland

Between Kelowna and Penticton, Highway 97 winds along the west side of Okanagan Lake, past vineyards, orchards, fruit stands, beaches, picnic...

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

This national park has some of Canada's most stunning coastal and rain-forest scenery, abundant wildlife, and a unique marine environment. It...

Vancouver Island

With a few days in the area, you have time to explore farther on Vancouver Island than just Victoria. Sooke and the Southwest Coast, the Cowichan...

Okanagan Wine Country

If you think that "wine country" and "British Columbia" have as much in common as "beaches" and "the Arctic," think again. The Okanagan region...

Tofino, Ucluelet, and the Pacific Rim

Tofino may be the birthplace of North American storm-watching, but the area’s tempestuous winter weather and roiling waves are only two of the...

The Gulf Islands

Of the hundreds of islands sprinkled across Georgia Strait between Vancouver Island and the mainland, the most popular and accessible are Galiano...

Sooke and the Southwest Coast

The village of Sooke, on the shore of Juan de Fuca Strait about a 45-minute drive west of Victoria, has two claims to fame: it's home to Sooke...

Granville Island

An indoor food market and a thriving diversity of artist studios as well as performing arts spaces, specialty shops (there's not a chain store...

Salt Spring Island

With its wealth of studios, galleries, restaurants, and B&Bs, Salt Spring is the most developed, and most visited, of the Southern Gulf...

Mayne Island

The smallest of the Southern Gulf Islands, Mayne also has the most visible history. The buildings of Miners Bay, the island's tiny commercial...

Galiano Island

With its 26-km-long (16-mile-long) eastern shore and cove-dotted western coast, Galiano is arguably the prettiest of these islands. It's certainly...

Pender Island

Just a few miles north of the U.S. border, Pender is actually two islands: North Pender and South Pender, divided by a canal and linked by a...

Saturna Island

With just 300 residents, remote Saturna Island is taken up largely by a section of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and is a prime spot...

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