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Welcome to British Columbia

Coastlines, mountains, and forests abound in British Columbia, Canada's westernmost province. Amid these striking natural landscapes lies cosmopolitan Vancouver, the capital city of Victoria, Whistler—arguably the world's best all-season resort—and a host of smaller towns and cities. Make Vancouver your launch pad in order to watch whales in the Atlantic Ocean, cross the exhilarating Capilano Suspension Bridge, stroll through Butchart Gardens, and see the snowcapped peaks of the Rocky Mountains. In March and April, visitors might even catch a glimpse of the northern lights illuminating the sky over Whitehorse's arctic wilderness.

Top 10 attractions in British Columbia

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Stanley Park

Stanley Park

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Vancouver’s Stanley Park enjoys a stellar natural setting, surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean and set against the backdrop of the snow-capped North Shore Mountains. At nearly 1,000 acres (405 hectares) in size, it offers a combination of coastal red-cedar forest, lakes and lagoons, and scenic meadows. A walk along the public park’s seawall is an essential Vancouver experience.More
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Downtown Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver

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Surrounded by water on three sides, downtown Vancouver is the place to go for sea views, bright lights, and action. The city’s commercial core, it encompasses several distinct areas including shop-lined Robson Street, the green expanse of Stanley Park, historic Gastown, and one of the largest Chinatowns in North America.More
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

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Admire Vancouver's natural beauty at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, a quintessential British Columbia experience and one of the Pacific Northwest's most popular attractions. The highlight includes walking out onto the 450-foot (137-meter) suspension bridge as it sways between the temperate rain forest over the rushing Capilano River below. With plenty more to see and do besides, it’s a must for adventurous visitors in Vancouver.More
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Gastown

Gastown

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One of Vancouver’s oldest and buzziest districts, Gastown is packed with Victorian architecture and cobbled streets. Named after John “Gassy Jack” Deighton, an English mariner who opened a saloon in the area in the 19th century, the district is filled with heritage buildings now hosting boutiques, coffee shops, hip restaurants, and bars.More
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Granville Island

Granville Island

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Overflowing with art studios, theaters, restaurants, and kid-friendly activities, Vancouver’s Granville Island is a popular spot for both tourists and locals. The “island”—really a small peninsula—is an ideal getaway from the bustle of city life, with waterfront views, scenic alleyways, and a thriving food and art culture.More
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Canada Place

Canada Place

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Opened in 1986, Canada Place is hard to miss: The complex was built to look like a ship, and its five large fiberglass “sails” are visible above the Vancouver waterfront. This is the city’s main cruise ship terminal, and the complex is also home to a convention center, a hotel, and FlyOver Canada, a flight-simulation ride.More
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Lions Gate Bridge

Lions Gate Bridge

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The impressive Lions Gate Bridge spans the Burrard Inlet, connecting North and West Vancouver with the downtown area. This suspension bridge originally opened in 1938, and is designated as a National Historic Site of Canada. At the bridge’s south end is leafy Stanley Park, another major attraction in Vancouver.More
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Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

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Butchart Gardens, established in 1904, treat visitors to an enchanting floral show that changes with the seasons. Covering 55 acres (22 hectares) on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, the botanical space is intricately laid out into separate themed gardens with landscaping that impresses and inspires gardeners and nature lovers alike.More
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Stawamus Chief Provincial Park

Stawamus Chief Provincial Park

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Squamish’s Stawamus Chief Provincial Park is home to one of British Columbia’s most iconic landmarks: The Chief. The popular rock­-climbing and hiking destination towers 2,300 feet (700 meters) above Squamish and is the second­-largest granite monolith (freestanding piece of rock) in the world. Though it might be hard to believe from looking at the steep rock face, hiking to the top is a relatively moderate, two­-hour hike. The Chief doesn’t get as much snow during the winter as the other nearby mountains and so enjoys a fairly long hiking season. The summit is usually clear of snow in the early spring, making The Chief a great warm­up hike for the summer months ahead. There are three peaks, each accessible from the single trailhead. You can hike up each one individually, or summit all three if you’re feeling ambitious. Hikers should be prepared with sturdy footwear, clothing, food and water.In addition to being a popular hiking destination, Stawamus Chief Provincial Park is a rock-climber’s paradise. There are hundreds of granite walls and multi-­pitch crack climbing routes, the most well­-known being The Apron and The Grand Wall. Even the most advanced rock climbers come from all over the world to be challenged during the busy summer season by these routes.More
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Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains

Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains

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The biggest ski resort in North America and mountain host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains feature 8,171 acres (3,306 hectares) of terrain and over 200 trails. With lift-accessed mountain biking, hiking, and more in the spring, summer, and fall, Whistler-Blackcomb is a world-class resort year-round.More

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How to Spend 2 Days in Victoria

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Top activities in British Columbia

Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
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Small-Group Victoria and Butchart Gardens Day Trip from Vancouver
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Whistler and Sea to Sky Gondola Tour

Whistler and Sea to Sky Gondola Tour

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Vancouver Seaplane Tour
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Vancouver Seaplane Tour

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Vancouver Harbor Sunset Dinner Cruise

Vancouver Harbor Sunset Dinner Cruise

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Seaplane Flight to Victoria with Ground Transport and Butchart Gardens Admission
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Ticket
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North Shore Day Trip from Vancouver: Capilano Suspension Bridge & Grouse Mtn
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Zipline Adventure in Whistler
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Zipline Adventure in Whistler

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Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver
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Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver

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Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Stanley Park
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Vancouver to Victoria by Seaplane and Ferry
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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria
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Vancouver to Victoria Seaplane Flight
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Vancouver to Victoria Seaplane Flight

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Recent reviews from experiences in British Columbia

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Best day in VC
Morten_B, May 2022
Independent Bike & E-bike Tour of Vancouver
Great way to experience Vancouver - beautiful 40 km ride around Stanley Park and through downtown, English Bay, Kitsilano, Granville Island, Spanish Banks, and UBC
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Although it was a...
Raquelle_E, Jun 2022
Whistler and Sea to Sky Gondola Tour
Although it was a freezing and rainy day we would still highly recommend this trip if you want to see as much as possible while visiting BC!
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Truly a must do tour!
Sally_R, Jun 2022
Victoria Guided Food and History Tour
Such a great way to see and taste the beauty of Victoria!
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Great Excursion into the Clouds!
Alan_B, Jun 2022
Whistler and Sea to Sky Gondola Tour
Whistler is a nice place to wander around but it’s basically a modern a ski resort with lots of eateries so unless you want to try your hand at local activities such as mountain biking there’s not much to do for a casual visitor so a few hours there is perfect.
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Awesome Experience
Angela_H, Jun 2022
Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria
We look forward to traveling back to the BC area in the fall to do it again!
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A wonderful experience
Grant_R, Jun 2022
Granite Falls Zodiac Tour
We got to see eagles, seals, jellyfish, a hovercraft, three waterfalls, an old powerstation and many many other points of interest, complete with some history to contextualize what we were seeing.
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Lovely day visit to Victoria City from Vancouver
Cynthia_L, Mar 2022
Vancouver to Victoria by Seaplane and Ferry
We had a good time, but I was especially disappointed not to have been able to visit Bushertz Gardens - not enough time.
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I am a bird in the wind
Aja_P, Mar 2022
Zipline Adventure in Whistler
It’s just as beautiful and wonderful as you would expect to sip in the winter, and the tour starts with a gondola ride half way up the mountain and then is all down, so it never gets colder than at the beginning and it is ALL down.
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MaryJoyP_C, Sep 2021
Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Most memorable was I got closer to nature and I was able to see the most visited place in BC.
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Beautiful Coastal and Mountain Views
Kim_W, Oct 2019
Whistler Small-Group Day Trip from Vancouver
Shannon Falls and the stop in Squamish were beautiful stops along our way to Whistler.
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Tim Tells All About Whistler!
Randal C, Jun 2019
Whistler Small-Group Day Trip from Vancouver
We saw a bear and a beautiful waterfall---3rd highest in British Columbia (but maybe the best)!
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Rande_R, May 2016
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Ticket
Wonderful experience to visit the Capilano Bridge.
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michele_l, Aug 2016
Vancouver Biking and Hiking Tour including Lunch
As a parent, it was nice to see the kids unplugged and physically engaged.
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Sea to Sky
susan_P, Jun 2022
Whistler and Sea to Sky Gondola Tour
I am falling in love with British Columbia.
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Amazing Whistler
DianneE_W, Aug 2018
Private Tour: Whistler Day Trip from Vancouver
But, we were still able to see a lot.
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Art M, Aug 2018
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
I meant to book with another more popular company on TripAdvisor, unfortunately 2 days advance booking is not good enough during summer season as they filled up fast, we wind up booking with Westcoast sightseeing.
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My wife and I cannot say enough...
Steve S, Aug 2017
The Fraser Valley Winery Tour
He came up with a number of suggestions and ended up proposing a tour that would engage the grandchildren's 6-12 years old varied interests the tour included going into a mine, climbing up to a gorgeous waterfall, riding a gondola up a mountain and taking a great hike, seeing a salmon hatchery and ending up a long day tasting many of the 230 ice creams at his favorite ice-cream stores.
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Donna B, Aug 2017
North Shore Day Trip from Vancouver: Capilano Suspension Bridge & Grouse Mtn
This is a wintertime ski mecca and a breathtaking summertime wildnerness experience.
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Eagle Wing Tours was FANTASTIC. We...
Rachel N, Aug 2017
Victoria Whale and Wildlife Cruise
I highly recommend this experience with this company if you want to see amazing Orcas in British Columbia.
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Madonna_N, May 2017
Butchart Gardens Tour from Victoria
Once there we were given our ticket to visit the Gardens.
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All about British Columbia

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Canadian Dollar (CA$)
Time Zone
PDT (UTC -8)
Country Code
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Language(s)
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