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British Columbia - Unique Experiences and Wildlife

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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Fernie Alpine Resort, located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, is regularly named one of the 'Top Ski Resorts in North America', with natural, legendary snowfall of up to 11 metres per winter. Combined with gorgeous, panoramic views, perfectly mild weather conditions, five legendary bowls and more terrain than you know what to do with, it is no wonder why Fernie is quickly becoming a favourite around the globe. Experience endless adventure at Fernie Alpine Resort; shred legendary powder, soak in a private hot-tub in your cabin hideaway, après-ski in the quaint ski-in/ski-out village at the base of the mountain, and experience one of the coolest towns in North America, located only five kilometres from the mountain.

This Canadian Signature Experience® explores BC’s Great Bear Rainforest aboard comfortable 68-foot expedition yachts. Guests join an expert crew and renowned naturalists in search of extraordinary wildlife like humpback whales and orcas, sea birds, black bears and grizzlies. Join First Nations guides with hopes of catching a glimpse of the all-white Spirit Bear and discover scenic Fjordland. Travelling this region by small ship is an unparalleled way to immerse oneself in one of the last tracts of coastal temperate rainforests, with its ever-changing views and opportunities to go ashore. Departs: various itineraries from late August to mid October.

A most exhilarating incredible and amazing paddling adventure. With the magnificent Cariboo Mountains as your backdrop explore along the 360 miles of shoreline ranging from the rare ancient interior rainforest to the high craggy walls of Quesnel Lake’s east arm where mountain goats balance precariously above the clear deep waters. Watch grizzlies and black bears amble along the shores in search of fish, delectable berries, and other bear delicacies. Watch for moose, mountain caribou, deer, wolf, otters and a huge variety of birds including eagles, osprey, loons and other waterfowl, kingfishers and songbirds. Stop onshore Explore the rare ancient interior rainforest with trees over 1000 years old. The lake also hosts a unique strain of large rainbow trout and one of the largest salmon runs in the province.

Located in the spectacular Purcell Mountains in British Columbia, Kimberley Alpine Resort is known for light fluffy snow, short lift lines, and an abundance of sunny days. Skiers and riders of all abilities will find fun and excitement with rolling, groomed runs dispersed throughout North America's largest gladed terrain, featuring the Black Forest, where fun and adventure await and powder stashes last for weeks. With a unique Bavarian-themed downtown and a grand assortment of on-mountain and ski-in/ski-out accommodation, including Trickle Creek Lodge located directly at the main lift base.

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.

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