Vancouver & British Columbia Travel Guide

West is best! Cities, wine and wildlife

Vancouver & British Columbia Travel Guide

Canada’s Pacific Coast is home to the westernmost province of British Columbia, containing the bustling city of Vancouver and the towering forests and wildlife of Vancouver Island.

Vancouver has been voted one of the best cities to live in in the world and quite rightly so! Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Vancouver has managed to preserve many of its green spaces including beautiful Stanley ParkVancouver Island is home to the capital of British Columbia, Victoria, as well as a wide variety of attractions, activities, unique experiences and wildlife.

Explore further in search for the spirit bear in Great Bear Rainforest, enjoy Okanagan Valley’s 130+ wineries or visit the popular town of Whistler.

Plan your holiday

Discover British Columbia

Defined by its Pacific coastline and impressive mountain ranges, British Columbia’s vast landscape offers boundless adventures.

Things to do in British Columbia

  • Go dolphin & whale watching from Vancouver Island
  • Drive the memorable Sea-to-Sky Highway
  • Wander Gastown in search of the ancient steam clock
  • Walk, cycle or relax in Vancouver’s Stanley Park
  • Brave the heights of North Vancouver’s Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Enjoy the waterfront resorts of the Okanangan Valley
  • Take a guided excursion in search of the rare spirit bear
  • Enjoy the lively entertainment of downtown Vancouver
  • Wander the streets of the picture-postcard city of Victoria on Vancouver Island
  • Search for local wildlife on Vancouver Island

Getting There

British Columbia is the westernmost province of Canada.

By Air – Regular flights depart the UK to Vancouver taking about 9 hours. There are also regular flights from other popular Canadian cities, such as Toronto which takes 5 hours or Montreal which takes 4 hours 30 minutes.

By Boat – The ferry from Vancouver to Vancouver island takes around 90 minutes.

By Road – Drive time from Vancouver to Whistler 1 hour 30 minutes.

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