British Columbia is Canada’s most western province and arguably Canada’s most beautiful province. It borders on the Pacific Ocean and includes some of the world’s most spectacular and unique islands. The Rocky Mountains form the backbone of BC and run from the US border all the way north to the Yukon, along the border with Alberta - providing some of the best places to visit in BC.
The Rocky Mountains in BC
These are one of the planet’s most magnificent mountain ranges running 4,800 km (3,000 mi) from the northwest in Canada’s British Columbia, south to New Mexico in the United States’ mid-west. Places to visit in BC Rocky Mountains include: Whistler, the Kootenay ski resorts, Yoho National Park, Mt. Robson Provincial Park, the Okanagan Valley, Glacier National Park, and many, many more. The Rocky Mountains have many summer and winter best places to visit in BC that will meet the most discriminating tourist and family needs. Vacation home rentals are also a great way to save money and live with the locals in this world of splendor.
British Columbia’s Vancouver Island
Another of British Columbia destinations not to miss is Vancouver Island, home to the capital of BC – Victoria. The city of Victoria is a classy mix of old and new world – with a mesmerizing Inner Harbour ringed by renowned restaurants, hotels and pedestrian friendly walk and bicycle paths. This is the ideal place to launch out on your first, or next, whale watching excursion. Don’t miss it – it’s one of the best things to do in British Columbia. Vancouver Island is known as one of Canada’s best retirement locations with its mild weather, yet modern conveniences. Explore your retirement options by taking advantage of one of the many vacation rentals in the area – try before you buy.
Only a 2 hour drive from Vancouver, Whistler was the home of the 2010 Winter Olympics, with participation from 82 countries and 2,566 athletes in 86 events with over 3 billion television viewers worldwide.
With its 2 mountains of Blackcomb and Whistler, it is consistently voted North America’s top ski destination year after year. Not only a winter destination, Whistler is one of British Columbia destinations for summer activities and sports including biking, golfing and hiking. Whistler and Blackcomb villages are upscale towns with vacation rentals that will meet the needs of every travel budget and requirement, from back packing students to international high rollers.
When visiting Whistler you must NOT miss the Peak-to-Peak gondola, a modern day engineering marvel. It joins the two mountains with a record breaking 4.4 kilometer gondola that provides a thrilling view and a spectacular 11 minute ride. Ride it round trip on the same ticket and enjoy one of the best places to visit in BC at both ends of this man-made wonder.
BC’s Okanagan Valley
It is a little known fact that Canada produces some of the best, award-winning wines in the world. And British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley is one of Canada’s best wine producing regions. In the interior of BC, the Okanagan is a lush valley of lakes, rolling orchards and mountains. Hot and dry in the summer, it is mild in the winter making it a top destination for both wither and summer visitors. Its delicious wines are always at your fingertips and a wonderful way to enhance any meal or snack.
The Alaska Highway in British Columbia
For those looking for a truly unique travel experience find your way up to the Alaska Highway in the north east part of the province. This 1,000 km (600 mi) stretch of isolated highway will expose you to the most rugged terrain and majestic mountains in the world. Along the way you will marvel at the bison, moose, bear and caribou wildlife – so close you can reach out and touch them.
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