British Columbia is Canada’s westernmost province, bordered by the Alaskan Panhandle and the Yukon and Northwest Territories to the north, and by Washington, Idaho, and Montana to the south. Alberta lies to the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the west.
Ten mountain ranges push west from the Canadian Rockies, and ancient temperate rainforests hug the coast. In between are rolling grasslands, lush valleys, tens of thousands of lakes, glacier-fed rivers, and even semi-arid desert.
Connect with Indigenous cultures to gain a deeper understanding of how the people and the land are intertwined. Explore ancient coastal villages with an Indigenous guide, learn about traditional plant medicines and healing techniques in nature, and more. There’s no better way to truly understand this beautiful province than to immerse yourself in the rich living cultures and traditional knowledge of the land’s original inhabitants.
As biodiverse as it is beautiful, British Columbia is home to colorful flora that you can appreciate year-round at spots such as the Butchart Gardens in Victoria. Whale-watching tours are easy to take from cities like Victoria and Vancouver. Protected wilderness areas like the Great Bear Rainforest boast spectacular wildlife viewing. Birdwatchers and both freshwater and saltwater fishers can follow their passion to countless spots in BC.
Choose an adventure that feeds your soul, whether that’s hiking and camping in a provincial or national park, soaking in a hot spring, or strolling through an interpretive forest on Vancouver’s North Shore. BC’s cities are perched on the edge of wilderness, so you don’t need to go far to reap the rejuvenating benefits of nature. Or, go remote and be rewarded with a vista all to yourself.
The easiest way to explore British Columbia’s natural beauty, small towns, and wildlife is by open road. Whether your tastes run toward wine touring, a round of golf, a history lesson along the Gold Rush Trail or exploring the vast wilderness of Northern BC, there’s a route for you to explore. And if you’re lucky, you’ll find a journey that takes you somewhere you never expected to go.