British Columbia encompasses every inch of Canada’s 15,985-mile (25,725-kilometer) Pacific coast. Much of the province has Pacific rainforest and glacier-lined mountain ranges. British Columbia also features two of Canada’s largest cities. Enjoy their history and culture before making your way into the subarctic terrain.
Start out in British Columbia’s largest city of Vancouver. This Pacific coast metropolis features a Downtown area surrounded by extensive parks and miles of pleasant oceanfront. Rent a bike and ride along the 17-mile (28-kilometer) Seaside Greenway, a path running along Vancouver’s English Bay and False Creek shoreline. Begin your ride in the beloved Stanley Park, featuring the Vancouver Aquarium with its 9,000 sea creatures. End at Kitsilano Beach, a popular beach surrounded by countercultural attractions.
From Vancouver, take a ferry to Vancouver Island, North America’s largest Pacific island. Explore British Columbia’s capital, Victoria, where the grand British Columbia Parliament and extensive Royal BC Museum tower over a delightful harbor town famous for its gardens and British culture. Outside Victoria, the island is much less civilized. Drive up the west coast through Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, consisting of forests, temperate beaches and hundreds of islands. The nearby resort town of Tofino allows you to boat between islands and join a whale-watching tour.
British Columbia features two massive mountain ranges: the Coast Mountains and the Kootenay Rocky Mountains. Ski at Whistler Blackcomb, which features over 8,170 acres (3,300 hectares) of trails in the Coast Mountain range. Alternatively, travel to the Kootenay Rockies, where four British Columbia national parks are located. Glacier National Park has a variety of scenic drives through picturesque passes surrounded by snow-covered peaks, while Kootenay National Park on the border with Alberta has large hot springs.
Fly into Vancouver to begin your British Columbia exploration. Rent a car once you arrive so you can get from the Pacific coast to the highest reaches of the Kootenay Rockies.
This contemporary downtown Vancouver hotel with atrium pool is in the entertainment district, 1 block from BC Place and Rogers Arena, and 4 blocks from historic Gastown.
Located near the Vancouver International Airport, Downtown Vancouver, UBC, and McArthurGlen Outlet. This property's complimentary shuttle picks up and drops off at Vancouver International Airport and South Terminal upon request.
Located in Richmond City Centre, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Richmond Night Market and Aberdeen Centre. Richmond Olympic Oval and Richmond Centre Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km). Bridgeport Station is only a 2-minute walk and Aberdeen Station is 22 minutes.
This all-suite downtown hotel rises 30 stories into the Vancouver skyline, 3 blocks from both the Vancouver Art Gallery and trendy Robson Street, 4 blocks from the Pacific Centre Shopping Mall, and less than 2 km (1 mi) from Stanley Park.
Rising from the Vancouver International Airport (YVR), this hotel is 4 km (2.5 mi) from the Richmond Centre Mall and 10 km (6.5 mi) from downtown Vancouver, accessible by the Canada Line Skytrain.
This downtown hotel on Burrard Inlet shares Canada Place with the Alaska cruise ship terminal and Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre. Waterfront dining, shopping, and entertainment are 2 blocks away.
This full-service boutique hotel, located near entertainment and business venues, is 1 block from Rogers Arena and Robson Street, and across from BC Lions football at BC Place Stadium; Yaletown and Gastown are within walking distance.
The iconic Fairmont Hotel Vancouver sits in the heart of downtown Vancouver, next to the Vancouver Art Gallery and a block from trendy shops and restaurants on Robson Street. Historic Gastown is 8 blocks away.