BRITISH COLUMBIA OUTDOOR TRAVEL GUIDE
THE BEST TIME TO VISIT CANADA
British Columbia can be very wet at times so you might want to consider traveling during the warmer and drier months of April through October. With Canada being as far North as it is, you won’t deal much with it being too hot or humid, especially if you are along the coast. If you are planning to go in the winter, western Canada offers dozens of resorts to choose from.
GETTING TO CANADA
In Western Canada, Vancouver and Calgary are the largest airports with the best budget-friendly flights. Greyhound buses and Canadian trains are also available for traveling around BC but they are definitely harder to use if you are on a tight schedule with little time and/or if you want to visit some of the wilderness areas. Renting a car and driving is definitely the easiest way to get around British Columbia and Alberta, the two provinces we have visited.
TOP TOWNS IN CANADA TO EXPLORE
Vancouver is similar to Seattle and Portland and gives off a Pacific Northwest vibe. Adventure & nature lovers are the majority in Vancouver. From almost anywhere you can catch glimpses of the ocean while at the same time viewing the nearby rainforest-covered Coast Mountains. Bike paths are everywhere as well as kayakers and did we mention the food? Don’t miss some of the freshest seafood you can get in Canada.
Victoria on Vancouver Island is a town like no other. Situated right on the water but protected from the Pacific, it is a great town with an adventurous feel. The town boasts more cycling paths than any other Canadian city and is the best place to check out Orca whales. If you’re looking for some culture and history, which the city is big on, don’t miss visiting the Royal BC Museum in Victoria.
Whistler is argued continually to be one of the best ski resorts with more terrain for exploring by skis or board than anywhere else in North America. Plus the drive from Vancouver along the Sea-to-Sky Highway offers jaw-dropping views of the coastline. Ohhh, and if we haven’t convinced you yet, you can also bobsled here.
The Okanagan Valley is more and more often being referred to as the “Napa of Canada” and with warming climates in Northern California many are saying it potentially might become the new Napa. If wine isn’t your thing, the Okanagan Valley also has a large number of fresh fruit stands worth stopping by to stock up on produce right from the growers themselves.