British Columbia is the most westerly Province of Canada. It is a landscape of glacial mountains and verdant rainforests; a place where Mother Nature is queen and life is shaped around her. British Columbia is a place of boundless energy where opportunities for an outdoor life go hand in hand with high culture and world famous cuisine.
Spend time exploring this fantastic city. Browse over 10,000 artefacts at the Museum of Anthropology situated on NW Marine Drive. Here you will discover an eclectic mix of curiosities and art works from across the world dating back to First Nations, including Canada’s aboriginal past, and coming right up to the modern day. If you are feeling sporty why not take advantage of a game of free disc golf in the city’s Queen Elizabeth Park. If tennis is your thing the park boasts 18 free courts, although you provide the equipment.
See the different vistas and take in the flora and fauna of British Columbia, including the massive Redwood Trees, by taking a drive. Whilst you can of course devise your own route there are well known, timed routes ranging from a few hours to several days. If you are visiting in the summer drive out from Stewart and in just over 20 miles you will come to the spectacular blue tinged Bear Glacier. You could spend a couple of days motoring around the Pacific Marine Circle. This drive is challenging in parts with narrow roads and sharp bends. Start from Victoria, take in Sooke and skirt around the magnificent coastline of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
A culinary delight
Food and drink lovers can find much to their pleasure in British Columbia where an array of award winning chefs, working across a plethora of restaurants, produce food of the highest quality from across the globe. The Province is also experiencing a growth in real and craft ale, with over 50 breweries, plus cider distilleries, wineries and distilleries and there are lots of companies offering very interesting tours. Time your visit to coincide with one of the many food and drink festivals so that you can some sample first-hand some of the products produced by these manufacturers.
Watch the whales.
Have you always wanted to see those giants of the sea? Throughout May to October a range of specialist tours are available from providers not only in Vancouver and Victoria but also in a number of smaller locations to view the whales basking off the west coast. A number of species visit the coastline, including Orcas and Pacific Greys.
Take to the skies
If you have a thirst for risk and adventure why not see British Columbia from the sky, in a hand glider. Specialist firms situated throughout the province offer a range of safety approved options. Perhaps an appropriate time to remind you that you should always ensure you have comprehensive holiday insurance and more particularly when you are doing something with a frisson of danger attached.