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British Columbia holidays - Adventurous, eclectic and dramatic

Home to varied landscapes, explore British Columbia and you’ll find vibrant, bustling cities nestled between vast sceneries of mountains, forests and gorgeous lakes. Whether you come for the orca whales, the windsurfing or the outstanding wildlife-spotting tours, British Columbia holidays offers something for everyone and includes a fantastic mix of exciting sports and natural beauty.

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Western Canada is something of a natural playground and holidays to British Columbia offer the opportunity to try everything from bungee jumping to caving, from some of the world’s best ski resorts to summer vineyard tours.

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Outdoor activities are extremely popular in both the north and south of British Columbia that complements the bustling urban cities and towns, which are packed with restaurants and attractions. From the totems of Stanley Park to the impossibly-blue waters of Moraine Lake, British Columbia holidays offer an impressive blend of cultural and natural beauty.

The province offers a variety of attractions to suit any kind of holiday itinerary; Vancouver is a vibrant city of culture and outdoor spaces; Victoria is known for its beautiful gardens and milder climate; the town of Field offers breathtaking mountain scenery; Kamloops is a fast-growing destination set in ranching country with amazing golf courses and hiking trails; Kelowna sits on the shores of Lake Okanagan and is known for its vineyards; Muncho Lake is known for its constant blue hue and abundance of wildlife; Whistler is one of the world’s most popular ski resorts and Prince George is a bustling city known for its excellent shopping opportunities as well as outdoor sports.

British Columbia has some of the greatest diversity of aboriginal cultures in Canada, which are celebrated at a number of very popular cultural sites throughout the province. The University of British Columbia's stunning Museum of Anthropology boasts an acclaimed collection of artifacts. Exhibits include traditional canoes, masks, jewellery, carvings, longhouse replicas and totem poles. The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler is the result of a partnership between the Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations, the traditional inhabitants of the Whistler Valley. Guests can learn about the distinct culture, history and arts of the two nations.

Holiday highlights

  • Vancouver
  • Whistler
  • The totems of Stanley Park
  • Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver
  • Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, Whistler
  • Haida Heritage Centre, Haida Gwaii
  • Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre, Osoyos
  • Quw’utsan Cultural Centre
  • The Kootenay Rockies
  • Thompson Okanagan

When to go to British Columbia

The weather in British Columbia is heavily influenced by its position, having the ocean to its east and the Rocky Mountains to the west. Coastal British Columbia is characterised by its proneness to heavy rainfall and milder temperatures. In Victoria, summers see average temperatures in August reach 20.1°C while in winter, the average lows drop to around 3°C in January. Average summer temperatures in Vancouver reach 22°C in July and August experiences winter lows averaging 1°C in December and January.  

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