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A seaplane flight over British Columbia’s fragmented coastline reveals shards of forested land scattered across the Pacific, the surrounding waters plied by orcas, humpbacks and dolphins. On land, old-growth rainforests provide habitat for black, grizzly and spirit bears, which you can see from dedicated bear-watching lodges. As you journey eastward, the gentle, vineyard-covered hills of the Okanagan Valley give way to mountains, and the Canadian Rockies loom in the distance. Our Canada specialists have visited each corner of this popular province and will use their first-hand experience to plan your holiday to British Columbia around your interests.

The provincial capital, Victoria, is known for its manicured public gardens and streets lined with British-colonial buildings, which you can see from a horse-drawn carriage. You can learn about First Nations culture on Haida Gwaii — a string of sparsely populated islands that are the ancestral home of the Haida people. Then there’s Vancouver, a cosmopolitan metropolis of skyscrapers, multicultural restaurants and designer shops where you’re still never far from green parks, sandy beaches and snowy peaks. Wherever you want to explore in British Columbia, our specialists can recommend things to see and do that will suit your tastes.

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Places to visit in British Columbia

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting British Columbia, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring British Columbia

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in British Columbia, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Places in and around British Columbia

    Accommodation choices for British Columbia

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit British Columbia. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • The Lounge at Ocean House, Haida Gwaii

      Ocean House

      First Class

      This intimate floating ecolodge sits in an isolated inlet on Haida Gwaii’s pristine west coast. Its setting, combined with the variety of activities it offers and its commitment to preserving Haida heritage makes it one of the finest hotels in Canada.

    • Hastings House, Salt Spring Island

      Hastings House

      First Class

      Hastings House is a peaceful, sophisticated retreat, set among landscaped gardens on the waterfront near Salt Spring Island's Ganges Harbour. Staying here, you can enjoy superb dining and attentive service.

    • Twisted Timber Guesthouse, Fernie

      Twisted Timber

      Simple

      Nestled in the hills close to central Fernie, this Canadian timber-frame home is run as a guesthouse by owners Andre and Susan. It’s hidden away enough to feel off the beaten track, and puts you in close reach of the Rockies experience.

    • Cross River Cabins, Kootenay National Park

      Cross River Cabins

      Simple

      Cross River Cabins are a real find. Located in a spectacular area of Kootenay National Park, they offer a great blend of adventure and relaxation, together with warm hospitality from the owners, Rob Patenaude, his wife Marilyn and their son Troy.

    • Hedgerow House B&B, Salt Spring Island

      Hedgerow House B&B

      Simple

      An intimate guesthouse on Salt Spring Island, Hedgerow House B&B offers inviting rooms, personal service and hearty, three course breakfasts made from local produce. There's also a yoga studio and sauna on site.

    • Black Rock Oceanfront Resort, Ucluelet

      Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

      Medium

      The Black Rock Oceanfront Resort sits atop a cliff overlooking the rugged Pacific Ocean. The clever use of rock, wood, glass and steel in its construction means it blends in beautifully with its rugged surroundings.

    • Burrowing Owl Estate Winery,Osoyoos

      Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

      Medium

      Burrowing Owl Estate Winery combines state-of-the-art technologies with proven, classic winemaking traditions. Its adjacent guest house provides ten spacious rooms, each with a private balcony or terrace and views of the 140 acre vineyard.

    • Cathedral Mountain Lodge, Field

      Cathedral Mountain Lodge

      First Class

      A beautiful glass and timber lodge in a stunning natural setting, a stay here places you within close proximity of all the attractions of the area, including Lake Louise and Banff and Yoho National Parks.

    • Emerald Lake Lodge, Field

      Emerald Lake Lodge

      Simple

      This simple rustic lodge enjoys one of the best locations in Yoho National Park, overlooking beautiful Emerald Lake.

    • Wolfwood Guest Ranch, Clearwater - Wells Gray Provincial Park

      Wolfwood Guest Ranch

      Simple

      Situated a short drive from many of Wells Gray’s most impressive waterfalls and hiking trails, this four-cabin family-owned property is set among peaceful, extensive grounds. Paddle a canoe on the private lake, or sit watching hummingbirds from your porch.

    • Alpine Meadows Resort, Clearwater - Wells Gray Provincial Park

      Alpine Meadows Resort

      Medium

      Alpine Meadows Resort is located in one of the world’s richest outdoor destinations, just an hour’s drive from Wells Gray Provincial Park, offering a truly authentic Canadian wilderness feel.

    • Blue Grouse Country Inn, Wells Gray Provincial Park

      Blue Grouse Country Inn

      Simple

      Situated in the remote surrounds of Wells Gray Provincial Park, the Blue Grouse Country Inn is a ranch-style bed and breakfast with dramatic views of the surrounding forests and the Cariboo Mountains.

    • The Lake House, Clearwater

      The Lake House

      Medium

      On the edge of pristine Dutch Lake in the small town of Clearwater, the Lake House provides an intimate and tranquil retreat for those wishing to explore nearby Wells Gray Provincial Park.

    • Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, Clinton

      Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

      First Class

      Located in the heart of the Cariboo Mountains, Echo Valley is a little slice of heaven in British Columbia's rugged interior. It offers guests one of western Canada's best ranch experiences with horse riding, a Thai spa, mountain biking and fly fishing.

    • Nita Lake Lodge, Whistler

      Nita Lake Lodge

      First Class

      A sophisticated, boutique mountain lodge perched on the shores of Nita Lake, Whistler. Close to the base of Whistler Mountain and the Creekside Gondola, its amenities include a restaurant, lounge bar, café, and a spa.

    • Summit Lodge, Whistler

      Summit Lodge

      Medium

      The spacious, modern suites at Summit Lodge offer all the comforts of home as well as easy access to Whistler's many shops, restaurants and galleries. With the gondolas just a short walk away, it's also convenient for exploring the mountains.

    • Bugaboo Lodge, Banff

      Bugaboos Lodge

      Medium

      Bugaboos Lodge consists of 34 rooms and offers spectacular views of the Bugaboos, and the great glaciers below them.

    • Tweedsmuir Lodge

      Tweedsmuir Lodge

      Medium

      Tweedsmuir Lodge is a warm, family style lodge with all the comforts of home. Located in the Bella Coola Valley on the edge of the Great Bear Rainforest its a great place to spot grizzly bears.

    • West Coast Wilderness Lodge , Egmont

      West Coast Wilderness Lodge

      Medium

      Located on the northern tip of the Sunshine Coast, West Coast Wilderness Lodge is tucked amidst cedars and firs, with spectacular views of the Pacific coast and an excellent restaurant.

    • Kayaking at Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina

      Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina

      First Class

      Located on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast, Painted Boat Resort affords a wonderful position near the pristine islands and waters of Pender Harbour.

    • Arbor B&B, Prince George

      Arbor B&B

      Simple

      Arbor B&B is a small and cosy property, located in an area of woodland with excellent access to local walking trails.

    • Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort

      Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort

      Deluxe

      Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort is located in the middle of British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest. Guests here will find themselves exploring the beautiful pristine wilderness either on land, on water, or by helicopter.

    • Hidden Cove Lodge, Telegraph Cove

      Hidden Cove Lodge

      Simple

      Hidden Cove Lodge is set in a stunning wilderness environment where great cedars overlook the idyllic tidal inlet. Wildlife is prolific and you are likely to have encounters on a daily basis with black bears, otters, deer and eagles.

    • Deluxe harbour view room, Crest Hotel, Prince Rupert

      Crest Hotel

      Medium

      The Crest Hotel offers comfortable rooms and suites, and enjoys one of the most scenic vantage points of Kaien Island.

    • The ranch house, Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort, 70 Mile House

      Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort

      First Class

      Surrounded by 80,000 acres of pristine wilderness, remote Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort is a private and exclusive hideaway.

    • Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver

      Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel

      Medium

      With a central location offering easy access to the best of Vancouver’s attractions, the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre boasts well-appointed, spacious rooms, many with commanding views of English Bay.

    • The lobby, Wedgewood Hotel and Spa, Vancouver

      Wedgewood Hotel

      First Class

      A two minute walk to Granville Street and set opposite Robson Square, the Wedgewood Hotel & Spa is conveniently located in Vancouver's cultural city centre. This family-owned property is proud to be one of Canada’s leading luxury hotels.

    • Oceans 999 Restaurant, Pan Pacific Vancouver

      Pan Pacific Vancouver

      First Class

      A large establishment with many amenities, including different restaurants, an outdoor pool and a spa. Situated in downtown Vancouver on the waterfront, this hotel makes a good base from which to explore the city.

    • The Listel Hotel, Vancouver

      The Listel Hotel Vancouver

      Medium

      Situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the Listel Hotel Vancouver is modern, elegant and perfectly located to explore all of Vancouver’s main attractions.

    • Outdoor space at The Rosewood Hotel Georgia,Vancouver

      Rosewood Hotel Georgia

      Deluxe

      The Rosewood Hotel Georgia is an iconic hotel located in a fantastic downtown location in the heart of Vancouver.

    • Times Square Suite Hotel, Vancouver

      Times Square Suites Hotel

      Medium

      Offering spacious, well-equipped self-catering suites just a half-hour stroll from the beach and downtown area, this hotel provides a flexible base for your time in Vancouver.