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.
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.
Explore British Columbia
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.
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
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.
Visiting British Columbia
Holidays to British Columbia are ideal for escorted touring. The province enjoys stunning scenery and vibrant, exciting cities, with more temperate climates than its neighbours. Vancouver makes for an amazing final destination or launch pad for cruises up Alaska’s Inside Passage or for whale-watching and wildlife tours.
Touring in British Columbia
Canadian Sky’s Bear Watching on Vancouver Island is a fantastic wildlife holiday experience that packs in some of the most amazing scenery on the Campbell River and Knight Inlet.
Planning a holiday to British Columbia?
If you are planning a holiday to British Columbia, Canadian Sky can help you to organise your perfect holiday. Call our British Columbia Specialists and make the most of your next holiday.