Adventures that cross cities, summits, and seasons
Discover coastlines that merge with crystal rivers and towering mountains, all within striking distance of Vancouver. Mild and temperate near the water with huge winter snowfalls in the mountains, this ocean and rainforest playground is as renowned for fine dining, art galleries, and spas as it is for its rugged outdoors. Experience multiple seasons in a single day with a morning of skiing and an afternoon on the golf course, or relax with some local wine and a freshly made meal at a Fraser Valley farm.
A gateway to the outdoors and a wonder all its own
As British Columbia’s largest city, Vancouver is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and cosmopolitan adventurers alike.
Framed by the Pacific Ocean and Coast Mountains, Vancouver’s meandering oceanside pathways are the perfect way to explore the city. Close to 30 kilometres of uninterrupted waterfront path surround Vancouver’s favourite neighbourhoods, including the seawall around Stanley Park.
Pictured: Burrard Bridge & False Creek
The reigning champion of year-round alpine terrain
This four-season destination is home to North America's largest ski resort, Whistler Blackcomb—a mountain playground with an youthful, adventurous soul.
Just beyond the comforts and cafés of Whistler, the trails and ancient forests of British Columbia’s wilderness call to casual adventurers and outdoor purists alike. Pair a morning of crisp turns on the mountain with an afternoon on the golf course, or spend your day mountain biking, hiking, or relaxing lakeside.
Pictured: Whistler Village
An island city that blends old-world charm with modern experiences
Adorned with flowers and colonial architecture, Victoria is a wanderer's paradise. Admire the beauty of the ocean and reflect on the area's history as you explore this vibrant city where students and politicians alike get around by bike.
With a nod to its English heritage, British Columbia’s capital is filled with gardens and seafront parks, stately hotels and museums, bohemian eateries, and craft brewers. It is also the gateway to southern Vancouver Island, a destination for food and wine touring, whale watching, and ocean adventures of all kinds.
Pictured: Fairmont Empress Hotel
Laid-back lifestyle on
British Columbia’s Coast
Eclectic, artsy oceanside villages dot the Sunshine Coast, the 180-km (112-mi) stretch from Howe Sound to Desolation Sound northwest of Vancouver, an area known for its mild weather and forested mountains. Popular pursuits are paddling, mountain biking, hiking, boating, and diving, or an afternoon spent gallery hopping, at a farmers market, or on a secluded beach.
Pictured: BC Ferries, Earl's Cove
Vibrant communities on the edge of nature
A wide river valley patchwork of barns, dairies, and fields flanked by steep mountains, southwestern British Columbia’s Fraser Valley is about agriculture. It’s a source for anything farm fresh, plus wineries, microbreweries, golf courses, sturgeon and salmon fishing.
Pictured: Chilliwak, Fraser Valley