Snow-capped peaks, vibrant and colorful cities, beautiful lakes, the rugged Rockies and a great diversity of animal and bird species: Canada has a surprise in store every day. British Columbia is Canada’s westernmost province and occupies the entire west coast. The landscape is dominated by the rugged mountain ranges of the Rocky Mountains, fjords, rivers full of salmon and beautiful ice-blue lakes. As far as we are concerned, British Columbia is a gem, and the place for the ultimate tour through Canada. Curious about how you can get the best out of your tour? Then read about the 6 highlights in British Columbia that you should definitely not miss!
Your trip through British Columbia is of course not complete without a visit to the metropolis of Vancouver, rightly one of the highlights of British Columbia. Most travelers choose to start or end their journey in Vancouver. This rugged city is nestled between mountains, vast valleys and temperate rainforest. We are huge fans of Vancouver, especially because this is one of the few places on earth where you can ski, surf and spot orcas while hiking. And all that in one day! Tip: be sure to visit the gigantic Stanley Park. This is a city park of 1,001 hectares. You can discover the park on foot or in Dutch: by bicycle. Don’t forget to stroll along Beaver Lake, the crown jewel at the center of the park. With a bit of luck you’ll spot another beaver!
Route 99 is a breathtakingly beautiful car and motorcycle route that cuts through British Columbia. It is a fairly winding mountain road that is also known as ‘Sea to Sky Highway’, ‘Squamish Highway’ and ‘Whistler Highway’. The highway number is derived from the former US Route 99, which this highway originally connected to. The road is a scenic route that runs from Greater Vancouver through the popular ski resort of Whistler to the junction with Highway 97 near Cache Creek. During the route you will pass the most spectacular places that are definitely worth a photo opportunity. Think the scenic coastal town of Lions Bay, Britannia Beach and Shannon Falls Provincial Park.
Haidi Gwaii Islands
Formerly called the Queen Charlotte Islands, the misty islands of Haida Gwaii are 300 km long and are 100 km off the northwest coast of British Columbia. The rainforests, wetlands, sand dunes, beaches, rugged mountains and lakes of Haida Gwaii have an extensive population of plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth. Because so many unique life forms have emerged, the islands are even called the Galapagos of Canada. This is a true paradise for nature and animal lovers! Here you can go kayaking on the ocean, diving, spotting wildlife, hiking or cycling.
Okay… The Columbia Icefield may officially be located on the border between British Columbia and Alberta, but in our opinion it is certainly a highlight that you should not miss. Discover the power of nature on the Columbia Icefield Adventure – the must-do experience for any visitor to the Canadian Rockies . At the heart of the incredible Icefields Parkway is one of the largest ice fields in the world. Here you will travel on a huge Ice Explorer to the spectacular Athabasca Glacier. Tip: would you rather skip the crowds of tourists? Then drive your own car to the glacier itself, there is a parking space. Then you can climb to the foot of the glacier yourself.
Great Bear Rainforest
What’s so great about the Great Bear Rainforest? For starters, it’s a vast expanse of pristine wilderness, roughly the size of Ireland. It includes a quarter of the world’s temperate coastal rainforest. And it is the only corner of the planet where you can see the white Kermode bear, also known as the ‘Spirit bear’. But that’s not all. There is also an abundance of other wildlife such as eagles, grizzlies, sea otters, dolphins and whales. With very few roads, the Great Bear Rainforest is primarily accessible by boat or seaplane.
Yoho National Park
Yoho National Park is located on the border of the states of British Columbia and Alberta. Although Yoho National Park in British Columbia is slightly less known, it is certainly not inferior to the national parks of Jasper and Banff. We even think it is one of the most beautiful national parks in British Columbia! The most famous landmark in Yoho National Park is Emerald Lake. As the name suggests, the water of this lake has a bright green color. Tip: rent a canoe and discover the beauty from the water. In addition to Yoho National Park, British Columbia naturally boasts plenty of other beautiful national parks. After all, that’s what British Columbia is known for. So plan your trip well and take the time to discover the beautiful nature of this region.
Would you like to go on an adventure in British Columbia? You should not miss out on these six must-see items!