Located on the western edge of Canada along the Pacific coastline, British Columbia is a province for outdoor adventure enthusiasts, nature lovers, and beach goers. Enchanting forests, breathtaking mountain ranges and a wealth of cultural attractions make this province ripe for exploring.
You could spend your days hiking the trails, visiting gardens and mazes, exploring the wilderness, and touring historical sites during your visit to British Columbia. From Vancouver to Burnaby, you’ll find dozens of unique and even unusual attractions and experiences to add to your itinerary.
Vancouver is a popular destination for rugged outdoor adventures and has grown to become a vibrant hub for activity with modern restaurants, art galleries, shopping districts, and sporting event venues. The city is home to several buildings that offer ocean and mountain views. It’s also a very walkable city and you can explore destinations including Stanley Park and Chinatown during your visit.
The waters around Vancouver are home to several untouched, natural habitats making them a haven for nature lovers. Make your way to Kitsilano Beach to enjoy the white sands and catch the orcas at play. If you’re visiting during the winter months, make your way to Whistlers Blackcomb Mountain for some skiing.
Victoria, the capital city, is located on the southern edge of Vancouver Island and is famous for its Victorian architecture and historic sites. This is where you’ll find formal gardens, manicured lawns and elegant mansions. It has the mildest climate in Canada so you’ll find flowers and greenery in full bloom year-round.
Victoria is a charming city and also a walkable one. Take a self-guided tour of the city to discover the farm-to-table restaurants, boutique shops, museums, and boat docks. Make a trip to the downtown farmers’ market to mingle with the locals or head off on a kayaking or zipping adventure to discover the island from a fresh perspective.
If you’re looking for some unique outdoor adventures, make your way to Burnaby, the third-largest city in British Columbia. Its only 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver and offers a wealth of natural attractions and outdoor activities year round. Head to Grouse Mountain for a zip-lining experience during the summer or ski adventure during the winter. Central Park is where you can spend the day golfing or exploring the region through the walking trails. The Capilano Suspension Bridge is built among the treetops and walking across it will give you a chance to take in breathtaking views of the forest.
One of the most unique attractions in this area is the Playground of the Gods. You’ll find a set of large wooden sculptures built using logs provided by the city of Burnaby located on top of a mountain. It’s inspired by Ainu animist traditions with animal totem poles that represent the gods.
Whether you're planning a getaway to explore the great outdoors or want to enjoy the city sights around Vancouver, British Columbia offers a wealth of activities and experiences for all types of visitors. Allow Best Western British Columbia to welcome you to one of Canada’s most beautiful provinces so you can make the most of your trip.