From sweeping seas to soaring mountains, the Canadian province of British Columbia is a naturally spectacular place. Here, pristine forests blanket the rugged Pacific coast, flanked by a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. In addition to its natural beauty, BC is home to some of Canada's most cosmopolitan destinations, particularly the large and lovely city of Vancouver. With great cuisine, a growing arts scene, and lots of charming neighborhoods to explore, Vancouver has become an international destination of choice.
In the winter, you can come to British Columbia for world-class skiing, snowboarding, sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, snow tubing, and ice skating in and around the gorgeous mountain ranges of the Rockies. In the summer, you can go rafting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, bird watching, deep sea diving, kayaking, and mountain biking. The region is also among the most famous in Canada for golfing. If you'd like spend a day on the green, there are 25 courses in the Kootenay Rockies alone. With its clean and cosmopolitan cities, scenic wilderness, and unspoiled coast, you could spend a lifetime exploring British Columbia.
When planning your trip, consider these must-see destinations:
-Victoria: British Columbia's capital, Victoria is filled with historic architecture, pretty gardens, cool cafes, and contemporary boutiques and galleries.
-Nelson: A former mining town in the Kootenay Rockies, Nelson is home to a lively mix of people and a surprisingly upbeat cultural scene.
-Whistler: Whistler has an amazing mountain for skiing, accompanied by an adorable small town.
-Vancouver Island: Much of the pristine wilderness on this beautiful Pacific island has been designated parkland by the Canadian government.
-Okanagan Valley: With some of the sunniest weather in Canada, this pretty region is home to numerous wineries, golf courses, sandy beaches, and great restaurants.
If you are planning a trip to British Columbia, consider a vacation rental in one of the region's amazing cities or towns. An apartment rental or condo in downtown Vancouver can be a great way to enjoy a cosmopolitan vacation, while still enjoying the natural beauty of British Columbia's surrounding mountains and sea. A cabin in the town of Nelson or the Bella Coola Valley will give you unbeatable access to nature while a luxury villa or beach house along the British Columbia shoreline will put you on one of the most beautiful stretches of the Pacific Ocean.