10 of the most beautiful places to visit in British Columbia, Canada
British Columbia has ten mountain ranges that push west from The Rockies until they fall into the Pacific and thousand year old trees that deftly divide the light falling on an impossibly green forest floor.
Higher up, mountain passes link whole ecosystems, and watersheds. It’s a wild place where Mother
This abundant, nurturing landscape has sustained societies for 10,000 years. And today, some of those settlements have grown into cities that cling to the edge of wilderness. Canada's most western province sure has a lot to offer, let's check it out:
1. The Okanagan Valley
The Okanagan Valley is known for its wineries and fruit orchards and features some of the top restaurant experiences in the world. Kelowna, it's main city, is on on the shore of the huge Okanagan Lake is surrounded by a pine forests and provincial parks. The region enjoys it's own awesome climate and offers breathtaking views for the adventurers and is a must see if you plan on visiting Canada.
2. Haida Gwaii
Haida Gwaii means "Islands of the People." and the area consists of more than 150 islands of varying sizes which have a mystical feeling. It is the most remote archipelago in Canada, located parallel to the northwest coast of mainland British Columbia, 100km/62mi across the Hecate Strait from Prince Rupert. The island has several remote fishing lodges and it's charm comes from its laid back, simple yet full lifestyle and is one of the most beautiful places in BC.
Nelson's offers picturesque settings with it's shelf of land overlooking the dark blue waters of Kootenay Lake, it's beaches and Parks which can be found along its waterfront. The town itself is home to more than 350 heritage buildings constructed between the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of these well-preserved buildings have been converted into cafes, quirky galleries, and offbeat boutiques. Nelson’s charm nurtured a youthful and artsy culture and is touted as having more artists per capita than any other town in Canada.
The town is located at the confluence of two important rivers and is home to some of the continent’s highest back country lodges and the longest freestanding timber frame bridge in the country. With five national parks found in the area, Golden is perfect for wildlife-viewing, mountain biking, rafting and offers plenty of breathtaking views. The town also offers some great restaurants, including one that’s said to be set at the highest elevation in Canada.
5. Mount Robson Provincial Park
First attempted in 1907, it was not until 1913 that humans finally stood on the summit of Mount Robson. On that clear, cold day guide Conrad Kain, W.W. Foster and A.H. McCarthy beheld a view no person had ever seen before. At 3,954 metres, Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, towers over the lesser surrounding peaks; winter or summer, it offers a gorgeous view in the Rocky Mountains. Designated as a part of the Canadian Rocky Mountains World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990, Mount Robson provides everything from developed, vehicle-accessible camping to remote valleys that seldom see a human footprint.
Aside from having hosted the Winter Olympic & Paralympic games in 2010, Whistler Blackcomb is consistently named North America’s #1 ski resort and it’s not hard to understand why. The incredible mountain views, the terrain variety, the off-hill activities, the lodging and après are all ranked very high at Whistler. It's a must visit!
7. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park
Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are no roads that penetrate this unspoiled wilderness, trails are the only land access. Camping, hiking, mountain climbing, fishing, horseback riding, and ski touring and enjoying the mountain sceneries are the main activities here. The Provincial Park features magnificent shimmering lakes, glistening glaciers, sky scraping peaks and sun-dappled alpine meadows. Mount Assiniboine, at an elevation of 3,618 metres, is situated along the continental divide near the south east corner of the park and has defined mountain splendour in the Canadian Rockies for over 100 years.
The Milky Way, as seen above Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park (Callum Snape photo)
8. Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
Imagine the sand between your toes, eagles soaring overhead and the ocean stretching off as far as the eye can see. Or turn inland and walk among ferns the size of a small child rising from a bed of moss, with old-growth Sitka spruce, Western red cedar and Western hemlock towering above. Paddle a pristine maze of islets accessible only by water. Take the hike of a lifetime through verdant old-growth forests and along unspoiled pebble beaches. Or enjoy a relaxing stroll along a sandy beach, pausing to explore tidal pools teeming with colourful sea life. Doesn't sound too bad right?
Vancouver is one of Canada's warmest cities in the winter. Vancouver's climate is temperate by Canadian standards and is classified as oceanic or marine west coast, which under the Köppen climate classification system is classified close to summer Mediterranean Climate, making it one of the best places to live in the world. It developed extremely fast and quickly became the most densely populated city in Canada but also one of the most beautiful and vibrant city in the world.
22 meters high, this magnificient waterfall in located near Hamilton. Many waterfalls can be found around Hamilton, but the Webster's Falls are the most beautiful and popular. The waterfall is accessible via a short car ride or a walking trail. For more information on the Webster's Falls and the other waterfalls in the area, click here.
We hope you got as inspired as we did to explore the beautiful province of British Columbia. If you have a place to suggest feel free to leave it in the comment below!