With summer just around the corner, now is the time to start planning your places to go in BC for your summer vacation. British Columbia is one of Canada’s most beautiful provinces and arguably one of the most beautiful regions in the world. Here are just a few attractions in British Columbia for you to explore.
Kelowna for Wine and Golf
Kelowna is famous for its world class wineries and golf. A great way to explore many of these attractions in BC is to combine them. There are more than 40 golf courses and over 150 wineries in the extraordinarily dramatic Okanagan Valley. Get in a round of golf then head over to one of the beautiful wineries for a tasting coupled together with dinner or just some of the tasty local treats. Accommodations vary from inexpensive Bed and Breakfasts to world class resorts. Make it a romantic summer start.
Mountain Biking and Camping
There’s no better way to start the summer than with a great outdoor biking and/or camping trip. There are endless number of trails in the mountains, from easy beginner trails to the most challenging expert trails on the planet. Try the 2 day bike trip from Pentiction to Kelowna and stop at Chute Lake for an overnight stay. Or plan to get dirty in Whistler at the first Outerbike Whistler biking expo taking place from June 4 to 7 this summer. For the ladies in the crowd check out Mudderella on September 26, a fun 8 to 11 km muddy obstacle course for the ladies. If getting down and dirty is not your cup of tea explore Wanderlust Whistler from July 30 to August 3 a more spiritual adventure with yoga and meditation to calms your body mind and spirit after a hard day on the trails.
A majestic archipelago just off the coast of BC, this is the home of the magical and mystical Haida First Nation, an ancient first nations tribe. The archipelago is home to one of the most exquisite places to go in BC, an old-growth rainforest surrounded by a unique marine environment that is home to specialized wild life only found here. This is a highly protect area governed by both the Haida Nation and Parks Canada. You will witness majestic natural scenery and ancient cultural treasures such as ancient totems created by the Haidas centuries ago. This is one of the best things to do in British Columbia.
Yacht Racing in Victoria
May 23 to 25 are the dates to head over to Victoria for the Swiftsure International Yacht Race that brings in approximately 200 crews from around the world for this extraordinary ocean race. You can check out the action from Clover Point or take one of a multitude of water based guided tours of the race. Tour vessels range from zodiacs to yachts and there is one to fit any budget. Combine your ocean going tour with a whale watching session, big during this time of year. Live like a local and book one of the many vacation rentals by owner in the area.
Visit the Great Bear Rainforest
With only few access roads this is a section of the BC’s central coastline that will bring peace and serenity to any soul. As the planet’s largest coastal temperate rainforest, this is a highly protected wilderness zone – home to the rare white Kermode bear, also known as the Spirit bear – it is also home to the BC’s First Nations. The marine areas host numerous ocean species including whale, dolphins and sea otters making this another mystical place to go in British Columbia.
Surf the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
Become a temporary, or for that matter, a permanent member of the local surf sub-culture in this majestic Vancouver Island park reserve. One of the best places in British Columbia, there are 3 very large sections of magnificent beach to explore by foot or by boat. Long Beach is home to the local surf culture and boasts some of the best surfing waves in North America. Get one of the locals to give you a few lessons. In the spring witness the migration of tens of thousands of Grey Whales as the move north to their spawning grounds. Explore the serene rainforest with a hike along the epic West Coast Trail. Kayak or canoe the 100 islands and islets just off the coast – you are sure to spot spectacular marine wild like.