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British Columbia is the kingdom of abundance. Where glaciated mountains stand over an unruly Pacific. Rainforests wrap cities. Nature shapes culture. The wild breathing life back into the wild within.

This abundant, nurturing landscape has sustained ancient societies for 10,000 years. And today, some of those settlements have grown into cities that cling to the edge of wilderness, and won’t let go. People visit and live in BC to be within arm’s reach of nature’s richness. To ski world-renowned resorts, surf Pacific swells, swim in clear mountain lakes, hike to a glacier and back in a day. And all that activity breathes energy into British Columbia's culture of hospitality.

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Duration: 10 days (9 nights) $4,442

Explore six of Canada's provinces by rail and motorcoach on this epic adventure. View majestic Niagara Falls before boarding Via Rail's famous Canadian in Toronto and embarking on a 3-day journey across Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Take some time to enjoy the highlights of the Canadian Rockies before continuing the rail journey to beautiful Vancouver and Victoria.

Duration: 10 Days (9 Nights) $2615

Immerse yourself in nature and experience this action packed adventure, including horse-back riding, white-water rafting, boat rides, ATV wilderness rides and a helicopter ride.

Duration: 10 Days (9 Nights) $2555

This itinerary offers a shorter version of the Ultimate Western Discovery, giving you the best of the Rockies without sacrificing any of the highlights Western Canada has to offer. You can choose to travel with Rocky Mountaineer on the daylight service which overnights in Kamloops, or with VIA Rail in a cabin, staying onboard the train.

Duration: 12 Days (11 Nights) $4,790

Departing and returning to Vancouver this comprehensive Western Canada itinerary combines Rocky Mountaineer, VIA Rail and BC Ferries to see the Canadian Rockies, Northern British Columbia, the inside passage and Vancouver Island.

Duration: Classic Tour - 12 Days (11 Nights) $5,100

Come and explore the Canadian Rockies. Discover the vibrant coastal city of Vancouver before heading to Jasper, Yoho and Banff National Parks. See the iconic resorts of Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise. Cruise on picturesque Maligne Lake, rumble over the Athabasca Glacier on a massive Ice Machine, and soar to the top of Sulphur Mountain in a gondola.

Duration: 12 Days (11 Nights) $7369

Treat yourself and experience the world renowned Fairmont properties, rich in history, resplendent in natural beauty and nestled in awe inspiring locations. Your journey through the spectacular Canadian Rockies will be complimented by these grandeur hotels.

Duration: 14 Days (13 Nights) $4009

Connecting the landscapes of snowy peak mountains, lush forests and emerald lakes with big blue skies, wide open spaces and freshwater lakes you will experience the warm hospitality of crossing the prairie provinces.

Duration: 14 Days (13 Nights) $4,785

Our most popular package, this comprehensive itinerary combines the renowned Rocky Mountaineer Rail Tour across the Rockies with the highlights of the best of British Columbia and Alberta. Explore vibrant seaside cities before travelling across the Rockies by train viewing breathtaking landscapes, majestic mountains and picturesque mountain villages.

Duration: 14 Days (13 Nights) $2,265

This comprehensive self-drive combines the highlights of the Rockies and exploring areas that you cannot access by scheduled tour services. With the flexibility of having a car you can choose to walk one of the many hiking trails, linger at the vineyards and join any of the local adventures at your own choice and leisure.

Duration: 18 Days (17 Nights) $6045

Rail is a relaxing way to view the spectacular changing scenery as you travel across each diverse province. You will experience varied landscapes and culture from the vibrancy of the Pacific Coast to the hospitality and lively music of the Atlantic Maritimes on the East Coast.

Duration: 2 Days (1 Night) $419

This itinerary combines the Rocky Mountaineer Sea to Sky climb, accommodation in a hotel of your choice, choice of a morning activity in Whistler and a guided tour back to Vancouver

Duration: Classic Tour - 21 Days (20 Nights) $6,745

This comprehensive tour travels with a professional driver-guide and small group through Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon before arriving in Alaska. Each day will offer a change of scenery and experience. See stunning lakes, mighty rivers, abundant wildlife and immerse yourself in the history and local culture of each region.

Duration: 3 Days (2 Nights) $405

Located in southern British Columbia, only 4 hours from Vancouver, the Okanagan Valley is one of the warmest regions in all of Canada. Locals flock to the area's renowned orchards and vineyards, sandy lakeside beaches and golf courses. Visit Osoyoos, a small and friendly resort town rich in culture and history. The town is home to Canada's only true desert and boasts the warmest lake and hottest, driest climate amid a valley of stunning beauty.

Duration: 3 Days (2 Nights) $479

Duration: 4 Days (3 Nights) $835

A vibrant metropolitan city on the west coast, Vancouver is nestled between majestic mountains, sparkling ocean, rainforests and beautiful foliage. All four seasons make Vancouver one of the most beautiful cities in the world.Vancouver is a walkable city; the locals take great pride in welcoming visitors with clean, safe and vibrant streets, day or night. Ride a bike through Stanley Park, relax on the beach at English Bay or shop on the trendy Robson Street. Only 20 minutes from downtown you can be at the top of Grouse Mountain, over-looking the harbour, or explore Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and experience the spectacular tree-top walk.

Duration: Classic Tour - 5 Days (4 Nights) $1,135

A wonderful trip to Victoria, a place that is green all year round, where flowers fall out of the sky and even the lamp posts bloom.

Duration: Classic Tour - 6 Days (5 Nights) $1,355

The best of the Okanagan Valley in harvest season: orchards, wineries and beautiful rolling hills.

Duration: 5 Days (4 Nights) $1155

Combine the highlights of these two scenic cities. Explore the vibrant metropolitan city of Vancouver, see the unique white beluga whales at the Vancouver Aquarium, try the the tree-top walk at Capilano Suspension Bridge, wander along English Bay and shop on Robson street. In Victoria visit the renowned Butchart Gardens, with over 22 hectares of colourful gardens.

Duration: 6 Days (5 Nights) $989

Vancouver Island has one of the world's most diverse ecosystems with rainforests, marshes, meadows, beaches, mountains, oceans, rivers and lakes, a premier location for whale watching, birding, as well as salmon and trout fishing.

Duration: Classic Tour - 7 Days (6 Nights) $2,350

Visit Haida Gwaii and experience a world of intrigue, adventure and undeniable breathtaking beauty!

Duration: 7 Days (6 Nights) $1,089

Drive through the picturesque Okanagan Valley, know for its warm climate, sandy beaches, lakes and wine valley. Visit the Grizzly Bear Refuge at Kicking Horse Resort. Relax at Emerald Lake Lodge in Yoho National Park, offering cabin style superior accommodation surrounding the lake in breathtaking scenery.

Duration: 7 Days (6 Nights) $1685

Surrounded by wide open spaces, tranquil wilderness and wildlife, this itinerary explores friendly western heritage.

Duration: Classic Tour - 7 Days (6 Nights) $2,255

The beauty of the Pacific coast is revealed as you travel the Sea-to-Sky Highway, explore the diverse coastal city of Vancouver and experience the unique Sunshine Coast. While on the breathtaking Sea-to-Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler, you will visit the Britannia Mine Museum and the Sea-to-Sky Gondola, where you will see sweeping views of Howe Sound fjord, luscious coastal forest, and surrounding mountains.

Duration: 7 Days (6 Nights) $690

This comprehensive self-drive combines the highlights of the Rockies and exploring areas that you cannot access by scheduled tour services. With the flexibility of having a car you can choose to walk one of the many hiking trails, linger at the vineyards and join any of the local adventures at your own choice and leisure.

Duration: 8 Days (7 Nights) $4065

Enjoy some of the most breathtaking and varied rail scenery found anywhere in the world on this route.

Duration: 8 Days (7 Nights) $1569

Here you will experience what they call -island life. The island's very diverse eco-system, mountains, oceans, rivers and lakes create habitats for multitudes of wildlife species.

Duration: 8 Days (7 Nights) $3195

See the Rockies from 2 different perspectives; travel out by rail and return by guided coach. Travel through the heart of the majestic Canadian Rockies and return through the stunning Okanagan region, known for its dry, sunny climate, wineries, lakeshore communities and relaxed lifestyle.

Duration: 8 Days (7 Nights) $1975

Combine the highlights of these three scenic cities. Explore the vibrant metropolitan city of Vancouver, see the unique white beluga whales at the Vancouver Aquarium, try the the tree-top walk at Capilano Suspension Bridge, wander along English Bay and shop on Robson street. In Victoria visit the renowned Butchart Gardens, with over 22 hectares of colourful gardens. In Whistler you can join in one of the many adventure activities or just wander through this picturesque alpine resort.

Duration: Classic Tour - 9 Days (8 Nights) $3,395

Travel through some of the most spectacular scenery in Canada on this fully escorted journey from the majestic Canadian Rockies to the stunning Pacific Coast.

Duration: 8 Days (7 Nights) $2519

Travel by train through some of the most spectacular scenery in Canada on this week long journey from the prairies through the Canadian Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast.

Duration: 9 Days (8 Nights) $4615

Experience the 2 day/1 night train through the Rockies before joining the VIA Rail for your 3 day journey across the prairie provinces to Toronto.

Fernie Alpine Resort is a powder-packed dream turned reality. Delivering what seems like a variety of endless terrain and vistas, uncrowded trails and a mild climate - it is a true winter playground for skiers and riders for all levels. From Legendary Powder, natural hot springs to traditional small-town bars and pubs crammed with ski bums living the ultimate winter snow dream. It's all in a day in Fernie, BC.

Fernie is also adventure-packed summer destination; with an aerial park, zip-lines, whitewater rafting, hiking and world-class mountain biking, it’s the perfect place to get the adrenaline pumping; or relax at the spa or soak up summer on a patio at one of the many renowned restaurants.

Recently named Best Panoramic Views, Warren Miller’s Best Ski Destination and Number 1 in Powder and Best Snow in North America– Kicking Horse Mountain Resort has impressed the world by leaps and bounds since opening in 2000. The winter season at Kicking Horse offers an integrated mountain resort experience with some of the most progressive in-bounds skiing in North America. The summers are lively and offer exciting activities for everyone.

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is located 14kms from the town of Golden, a hub for year-round adventure seekers, and only 3 hours west of Calgary and 1.5 hours west of Banff.

Feel it, taste it, smell it, experience it all….this is the Thompson Okanagan. Vast and varied, this is a region of mountains and valleys, of desert grasslands and ancient forests, cityscapes and pastoral countryside. Your visit will allow you to experience some of the over 130 wineries found in the Okanagan, part of an amazing array of agri-tourism businesses. Travelling through the Thompson region will take you from pristine grasslands to alpine meadows at Sun Peaks and into an inland temperate rainforest. This is home to one of the highest concentrations of black bears in North America living beneath the shadow of Mount Robson.

The traditional home of the Lheidli T'enneh and Carrier Sekani First Nations people, Prince George is known as the capital of northern BC. A centre for shopping, arts and sports, visitors find great restaurants from fast food to fine dining, and choose between charming B&Bs, rugged campgrounds and classy hotels. Shoppers enjoy malls and boutiques while culture buffs love the galleries and museums.

Outdoor enthusiasts take in wilderness with fresh water fishing, forests, waterfalls, lakes and rivers just a short drive away. In winter, the selection includes Nordic, downhill and heliskiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling. Excitement is never far away, so bring your gear to get the full experience that PG has to offer!

Located on British Columbia’s wild and beautiful Northwest Coast, Prince Rupert is a vibrant town where nature, history, and personalities are larger than life.

Legendary sport fishing, exceptional wildlife viewing, attractions that bring the Coast’s ancient Aboriginal culture and pioneer heritage alive, and the urban pleasure of good restaurants, fascinating shops, and colourful neighborhoods make Prince Rupert the ideal choice for a vacation.

En route to Alaska and Haida Gwaii (the Queen Charlotte Islands), Prince Rupert is easily accessible by air, rail, cruise ship, ferry, coach, car or RV.

Miles above the meeting place of the North and South Thompson rivers lays the mountain community of Sun Peaks. The air is comfortably cooler and carries a note of adventure. Local vendors’ wares bask in the sunshine in the outdoor farmers’ market, glasses clink filled with chilled white wine and opportunities for new outdoor experiences are around every bend.

Home to the second largest ski area in Canada, the summer brings a remarkable transformation. People gather to experience festivals hosted in an unforgettable mountain setting paired with golf, lift-accessed hiking, and biking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, shopping and spa experiences.

Only 45 minutes northeast of Kamloops in B.C.’s sunny interior, Sun Peaks is situated at the intersection of the province’s two primary highways (#1 and #5), making it the perfect stop between the Coast and the Rockies.

Vancouver. Spectacular by nature! Surrounded by ocean and a backdrop of lush rainforest, snow-capped mountains and fjords, this “city of nature” is a hip, modern and laid-back metropolis renowned for its mix of urban, outdoor and wildlife adventures. Explore diverse neighbourhoods and one-of-a-kind attractions or indulge in world class international cuisine, luxurious spas, great shopping, and unparalleled hospitality. There is no easy way to describe Vancouver. You’ll just have to see for yourself.

Welcome to Canada’s far west coast. Paddle through serene coastal waters. Backpack in majestic wilderness parks. Marvel at the furred, feathered, and finned wildlife on land and out to sea. Gaze at distant snow-capped mountains while striding barefoot along softly curving beaches. Bomb down mountain bike trails, surf the big waves and swim with the salmon. Inhale crisp, clean ocean breezes and the mossy fragrance of old-growth rainforests.

Victoria is a unique blend of old world charm and new world experiences. As an island destination, Victoria offers visitors an escape from the hurried world and beams with ambience. In Victoria, heritage architecture, colourful gardens and traditions like afternoon tea mix with a plethora of outdoor adventure, authentic culinary experiences and an enviable cocktail and craft beer scene. Boasting the mildest climate in Canada we are green and beautiful year-round.

Located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia just two hours north of Vancouver, Whistler is Canada's favourite year-round destination and the most consistently ranked number one mountain resort in North America. From skiing and snowboarding in winter to hiking, biking and golf in summer, the resort’s outdoor activities are complemented by a vibrant village with top hotels, restaurants, spas and exciting festivals and events.The calibre of offerings is world-class, the welcome is always friendly, and the value gained from experiencing Whistler at any time of the year is indisputable. Recreation or rejuvenation, adrenaline or indulgence - the options are as limitless as the vistas.

Wherever you go in British Columbia, you’ll find natural scenery so spectacular it has to be experienced to be believed. Explore awe-inspiring mountain ranges, rolling vineyards, cosmopolitan cities, and observe wildlife in it's natural habitat. With so much to see, you'll want to stay a while.

 

British Columbia’s Top Experiences

  1. A CITY IN WILDERNESS: On one side, Vancouver’s glass towers reflect the peaks of the Coast Range and on the other, the deep blue of the Pacific. A multicultural urban environment that satisfies diverse tastes in all things from gourmet dining to world-class shopping to endless outdoor activities, from sidewalk to mountaintop, in a spectacular natural setting. 
  2. THE JOURNEY IS THE REWARD: From Vancouver, a ferry or float lane can take you south through or over the pastoral Gulf Islands to the history and tradition of Victoria. Or take the Sea to Sky Highway by car or train along the Howe Sound fjord to Whistler, widely regarded as one of the best four season resorts in North America 
  3. WHERE THE WATER TURNS TO WINE: The Okanagan Valley, with its chain of deep blue lakes, is home to over 100 wineries. Their vineyards rise from the lakeshore to thick forest in the north, and desert sand in the south. The views are spectacular. The wines, superb. And the luxurious waterfront resorts and spas, the perfect complement. 
  4. THE CANADIAN ROCKIES: The rise dramatically from their deep valleys and lakes to awe-inspiring peaks along the Continental Divide. And the highways that wind between the feet of these giants bring a wilderness within reach. Or start at the top, with a heart-pumping heli-hiking experience. 
  5. GREAT BEAR RAINFOREST: British Columbia’s Central Coast is home to the rare, white-coasted “Spirit” or Kermode Bear. Isolated yet luxurious wilderness resorts afford adventurers all the comforts of a 5 star experience, while guided excursions offer intimate encounters with these forest lords in their natural habitat.

Travel Tips:

British Columbia is a highly hospitable environment for visitors. Its road systems are modern and well marked, it has accommodations to suit every taste and budget, and its businesses are accustomed to serving clients from all over the world.

Weather/ Climate:

Climate in British Columbia is influenced by latitude, mountainous topography and the Pacific Ocean. This diversity causes wide variations in average rainfall, snowfall, temperature and hours of sunshine, sometimes over very short distances. In general, however, temperatures are warmer in the south than in the north, and rainfall is heaviest along the coast and lightest in the southern interior. BC is a large province, and therefore has a number of different climatic zones.

Winter: Winters on the coast are temperate, and if snow falls it doesn't stay long. A warm coat and umbrella are sufficient weather protection in these mild coastal climes. Most of BC's interior, on the other hand, experiences freezing temperatures and snow lasting from November to March, so full winter wear is necessary for comfort: a heavy coat, a warm hat and gloves or mittens.

Spring and Fall: Spring and fall can often be very warm and pleasant, especially in June and September. Daytime temperatures – particularly in southwestern BC and the southern interior – allow for dresses, shorts and short-sleeved shirts; however, it is advisable to have sweaters, trousers and a light coat or jacket on hand as well.

Summer: Summers are hottest in BC's interior, particularly in the south where temperatures frequently surpass 30°C/86°F. Nearer the coast, temperatures range from 22 to 28°C/72 to 83°F. Recommended clothing for both regions in summer is the same: shorts, short-sleeved shirts and light dresses in daytime and sweaters and trousers in the evenings.

For more information, see:

http://www.hellobc.com/british-columbia/about-bc/climate-weather.asp

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