Are you thinking of visiting the Pacific Northwest for a getaway? If you love mountains, wildlife, and the great outdoors, then find yourself in British Columbia…even if you just want to eat at a sourdough bread bakery in Chilliwack.
1. Inner Harbour, Victoria
If you fly or ferry to Vancouver Island you must visit the capital, Victoria. The city has everything on offer from wide-open green spaces through to shopping in the Bay Centre. This city is a great place to use as your base for exploring the area or just visit for a day.
The Inner Harbour has excellent walkways and many of the most famous landmarks in British Columbia including the Parliament Buildings and the Royal BC Museum.
2. Royal BC Museum
If you love history then you’ll love the Royal BC Museum. The museum covers the human, natural, and modern history and has IMAX cinema shows that are worth watching.
3. Pacific Rim National Park
Head over to the west coast of Vancouver Island and you’ll find Pacific Rim National Park which combines Long Beach, the Broken Group Islands, and 50 miles of the West Coast trail which some say is one of the best walks on the planet. There is plenty to explore here and the park covers 200 square miles so it is best to give a few days over to this beautiful national park.
4. Lake O’Hara
Head further inland from Vancouver and you’ll find some beautiful sights One example of this is the Yoho National Park which is home to the Canadian Rocky Mountains. One of the features that you really must visit in Yoho national park is Lake O’Hara which offers peace and tranquility in abundance.
5. Peak 2 Peak Gondola
One of the best ways to travel in British Columbia is on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola. The Gondola travels between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains and, with a length of nearly three miles and the ability to transport 4000 people per hour, this is one of the best-used Gondolas in Canada.
6. Tofino Island Beaches
These immaculate beaches are perfect for both walking on and surfing. Look out for whales, as this is one of the best places in British Columbia to go whale-spotting.
7. Wild Pacific Trail
Running for just over five miles this beautiful walk starts off from the car park and combines forest shade with stunning sea views. You’ll pass through Brown Beach and you’ll hear the cascading waves.
Though this is not a circular walk, there is an alternative route back to the car park if you don’t fancy coming back the way that you came. Just make sure that you allow enough time to walk back before the sun comes down.