Travel British Columbia, from Rockies to Pacific

Nestled between the Rockies and the Pacific Ocean, British Columbia is nearly 4 times the size of Britain and provides a magnificent land of adventure winter, spring, summer or fall.
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Canada

Located in the far west of Canada, its discovery usually begins in Vancouver. This city features in the top 10 most attractive cities in the world every year. Yet, many people who visit this remote area of Canada are often looking for fresh air, nature and a change in scenery. However, once they leave the peaceful cities that punctuate the landscape behind, they will find themselves submerged in a well-preserved environment. Things to do during your trip to British Columbia include: taking walks along the rivers, hiking through the vast fir tree forests and taking part in a Nordic safari in search of the local fauna. In winter, skis, snowshoes and dog sleds take over the area. In short, a trip to British Columbia offers a great range of activities that you will enjoy discovering!

British Columbia: the key figures

Surface area : 944735.0 km2

Population : 4400057 inhabitants

Time difference : : The UK is 8 hours ahead. Therefore, when it is 11:00am in the UK, it is 3:00am in British Columbia.

  • The calm and relaxed atmosphere of Vancouver.
  • The magic of the colourful landscapes.
  • The well-preserved nature across most of the province.
  • The harsh climate during the winter months (October to March).

British Columbia: what to visit?

Landscapes

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    Della Falls
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    The lakes
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Coasts

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    The fjords
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    Port Hardy
  • Iona Beach Regional Park , Canada
    Iona Beach Regional Park
  • Iona Beach Regional Park , Canada

The fauna and flora

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    The western hemlock
  • The Steller's Jay , Canada
    The Steller's Jay
  • The Kermode bear , Canada
    The Kermode bear
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    Wildlife in British Columbia
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Enogastronomy

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    Surf and turf
  • Pacific halibut , Canada
    Pacific halibut
  • Pacific halibut , Canada

British Columbia: what to buy?

Indian handicrafts make great souvenirs: sculptures, trapper's snowshoes, peace pipes, moccasins, jewellery and animal skins. You will also find beautiful handmade pottery. For this, go directly to the reserves, where you will have a nicer experience and the money goes straight to the artisans!

To verify the origin and manufacture of a sculpture, for example, ask for the authenticity label, which is provided by the government. The shops are usually open from 10:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Wednesday, 10:00am to 9:00pm on Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturdays, and 12:00pm to 5:00pm on Sundays. Corner shops are open later and sometimes 24/7.

British Columbia: what to eat?

The local cuisine is not particularly well known. You will of course come across all the classic elements in North American cuisine. There are some specialities that really must be tried, such as the surf 'n turf, a dish consisting of both meat and seafood, as well as bread rolls called Bannocks and roasted seaweed.

British Columbia is also known for its vineyards and its wine trail. There are two wine-producing regions in the south of the province: the Similkameen Valley and the Okanagan Valley. The relatively mild climate in these valleys is conducive to growing vines, and the wines produced here are known for their good quality. Make sure you try an Estate River Chardonnay or a 2007 SunRock Shiraz.

British Columbia: travel tips

While French is spoken on most of Canada's east coast, English and only English is spoken in British Columbia!

Make sure you are properly equipped if you are travelling to British Columbia in the winter. The climate is harsh, and temperatures rarely reach above zero degrees between November and March!

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