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British Columbia

An unforgettable experience

Overview

Whisk yourself away on holiday to British Columbia, the incredible West Coast province bursting with energy and action packed activities, spectacular scenery, enchanting wildlife, buzzing cities and out of this world experiences.

Vancouver is one of the most diverse and multi-cultural cities in the world, and perfect for a city break holiday. Every inch of the city is bursting with life, world-class shopping districts, restaurants, nightlife, beaches, wildlife, and sightseeing. Vancouver is one of the few cities in the world where you can both ski and sail in the same day. Sample Dim Sum in Chinatown, shop 'til you drop on Robson Street, relax on trendy patios in Yaletown, and wander through the historic cobblestone streets of Gastown. We love Granville Island Public Market for a quirky day out. It displays a myriad of stalls, showcasing unique products and gastronomic delights, all fresh from the oven, sea or field. Tantalise your taste buds with an Edible Canada Tour and learn about the products on offer, taste the local delicacies and watch the professionals at work. This really is 'foodie' heaven!

Victoria is BC's capital and a quaint Victorian town perched on the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island. Most commonly paired with a Vancouver city break or a scenic island fly drive. Victoria is one of the best places to embark on a thrilling whale watching tour to meet some of the local marine life.

Vancouver Island is bursting with marine and wildlife for you to discover on your holiday. One of our favourite things to do when driving from the south of Vancouver Island to north or west is to pull into Qualicum Beach for a bite to eat at the Shady Rest Pub which is right on the shoreline. Here you can sit out on the deck on a sunny day and enjoy your lunch, and you may even be lucky enough to see the local sea otters, seals and dolphins swim past with the Coastal Mountains as a backdrop. Campbell River is where to head if you would like to see a grizzly bear! Include a stay at the Knight Inlet Lodge on your travels where you can see grizzly bears in their natural habitat in the 'salmon capital of the world'.

Whistler is an easy and spectacularly scenic 1.5-hour drive from Vancouver airport. The pedestrian village of Whistler is quaint, with everything that you need and a generous choice of restaurants, bars, cafes and nightclubs to keep the evenings lively, if you have any energy left over from a fun-filled day in the mountains. The best way to see both mountains is aboard a scenic ride on board the Peak2Peak Gondola, which unveils over 50km of alpine hiking trails, interpretive walking trails and jaw-dropping views.

One of the world's most popular ski destinations in the winter, the slopes and trails turn into Whistler Mountain Bike Park, with something for every level of rider, and you can ride or learn at Whistler from mid-May to mid-October. Find out more about skiing in Whistler.

The Okanagan Valley is known as the main wine growing region in Western Canada, but is also a prime holiday destination in British Columbia's green expansive countryside that gets extremely hot in the summer months.

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Things to do

Popular things to do in British Columbia

  • Capilano Canyon Suspension Bridge and Park Admission

    £22pp

    Breathtakingly suspended 230 feet above and 450 feet across the Capilano River, Capilano Suspension Bridge takes you into towering evergreens, serene trails and the Treetops Adventure attraction. Seven suspension bridges, some reaching as high as 100 feet, take you high into the treetops for this adventure. Located on Vancouver’s North Shore this makes an excellent day out for the whole family.

    Departures: daily except Dec 25

  • Granville Island Market Tour

    £40pp

    Vancouver’s destination for lovers of food, art and culture, offering local, seasonal product you will see Vancouver’s top chefs shopping for their menu’s. Around 20 tastings is included within this tour from duck confit, cheeses, melt-in-your-mouth donuts, world class coffee and chai to name but a few.

    Departures: daily Jan 2 to Dec 30, 2015 (with the exceptions of Jan 5 to 7, 12, 19 and 26, Jul 1, Dec 24 to 26)
    Duration: 2 hours

  • Hop on Hop off Big Bus tour of Vancouver – 2 day pass

    £25pp

    See Vancouver from a vintage double decker or retro open top bus. Explore at your own pace over two days, with over 20 localities around the city where you can hop on or hop off, including a free ferry ride over to Granville Island.

    Departures: daily except Dec 25
    Duration: 2 day pass

  • Vancouver City Tour & Capilano Suspension Bridge

    £54pp

    Departing from individual hotels across the city, you’ll enjoy a narrated tour picking out all the major downtown attractions and districts. The tour stops in Stanley Park before heading over to Cleveland Dam and Capilano Suspension Bridge in the North shore Rainforest. The tour includes a stop on Granville Island with its public market. Departures: Apr 1 to Mar 31 Duration: 5 hours

  • Vancouver Trolley Attraction Tour and Look Out Tower – 2 day pass

    £31pp

    Climb aboard a San Francisco style trolley for a fully commented city tour. Sightsee at your own pace as you hop on and hop off at 34 of Vancouver’s main attractions. Make sure you enjoy the incredible views at the top of the Harbour Centre Tower as the admission is included. You have two days to make the most of this pass and so many highlights to enjoy!

    Departures: daily except Dec 25
    Duration: 2 day pass

  • Victoria day trip from Vancouver

    £89pp

    Departing Vancouver you’ll enjoy the 95 minute ferry ride to Vancouver Island. You’ll experience the exhilarating scenery and picturesque charms of historic Victoria ‘Capital city of British Columbia’. An insightful commentary is provided by the driver and admission to spectacular Butchart Gardens is included. You’ll have free time to wonder the quaint streets of Victoria and the Inner Harbour.
    Departures: daily from May 1 to Oct 14, 2015 and May 1 to Oct 16 2016
    Duration: 13 hours

  • Whale Watching in the Strait of Georgia with transfers (Explorathor)

    £91pp

    Embark on an exciting whale watching excursion on the new Explorathor. Your trip will take you through the Gulf Islands region and professional wildlife guide will explain all there is to know about the majestic killer whales, porpoises, sea lions, seals, bald eagles and other wildlife.
    Departures:Daily from May 12 to Sept 14 2015 and May 15 to Sept 15, 2016
    Duration: 4 hours

  • Whale Watching in the Strait of Georgia with transfers (Express)

    £91pp

    Embark on an exciting whale watching excursion through the Gulf Islands region with a professional wildlife guide who will explain about the majestic killer whales, porpoises, seals and sea lions. Travelling on an open air zodiac vessel this is an exhilarating experience.

    Departures:Daily from May 12 to Sept 14 2015 and May 15 to Sept 15, 2016
    Duration: 4 hours

  • Jeep Mountain Top Salmon Bake

    £104pp

    Experience the ultimate off-road adventure as a 4X4 vehicle takes you to new heights in comfort and style. Sit back and enjoy the ride as you journey 1800 metres up Blackcomb Mountain to our world famous salmon bake. Sing along with the live entertainment while aromas of cedar planked, maple glazed wild BC salmon fill the air.

    Departures: Daily from Jun 15 to Sep 15, 2015. Except from Tues and Thurs.
    Duration: 4 hours

  • Mountain Explorer ATV Tour

    £65pp

    Take a guided ride on an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) through the Hidden Valley between Whistler and the Blackcomb Mountains. Experience spectacular views of surrounding valleys, glacier peaks, forest canopy and the unique local wildlife. This tour is a perfect introduction to ATVs for first-time riders and a great mix of easy riding and spectacular scenery.

    There is a minimum age of 16 years to drive, minimum age 6 years to ride as a passenger.

    Departures: Daily from May 15 to Oct 31, 2015.
    Duration: 2 hours

  • Tree Trek Canopy Walk

    £26pp

    This Canopy Walk is perfect for those who would like to experience the stunning treetop Vistas of the river valley, but aren’t quite adventurous enough to take the Ziptrek. Embark on a fully guided ecology based tour that takes guests through the treetops on a series of Suspension bridges and observation platforms. While on course, guests are able to see first Hand the varieties of forest composition between the ancient, old growth forests and the Second generation forests also in the area. This is the ideal site for interactive learning and Outdoor adventure exploration - come discover secrets of the ancient rainforest from your Bird’s eye view in the treetops of magnificent cedars. Perfect for all ages with no zip lining required!

    There is a minimum age of 6 years.

    Departures: Daily from May 1, 2015 to Apr 30, 2016
    Duration: 2 hours

  • Whistler Bear Viewing tour

    £130pp

    Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains support a population of up to 50 black bears plus many other wildlife including black-tailed deer, coyotes and a variety of birdlife. Travel in comfortable 4 x 4 vehicles that traverse the ski hills, walk to bear feeding sites, daybeds and where bears have hibernated during the winter. This tour gives a great insight into the habits of these wonderful creatures.

    There is a minimum age requirement of 10 years.

    Departures: daily from May 15 to Oct 31, 2015
    Duration: 3 hours

  • Whistler Blackcomb’s PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Sightseeing Experience

    £31pp

    Not to be missed is the 3 kilometre gondola linking Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains; you’ll enjoy unparalleled views of the spectacular mountain and its stunning Valley.

    Departures: daily from May 28 to Oct 10, 2016
    Duration: 2 hours

  • Zipline Adventure Bear Tour

    £78pp

    Discover the mountain ecology that combines adventure and excitement with education. Ride on a series of cables and suspension bridges, and explore the hidden beauty of Fitzsimmons Creek and the picturesque forest valley between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Tours run regularly throughout the day, and in almost all weather conditions. This tour is perfect for families and those who have never zip lined before.

    Departures: Daily from May 1, 2015 to Apr 30, 2016.
    Duration: 2.5 hours

  • Tofino Whale Watching Cruise by large cruiser

    View grey whales, humpback whales, transient orcas and a myriad of other marine wildlife and discover the beauty of Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Travel in a large cruising vessel with indoor and outdoor seating with superb viewing from upper and lower decks. Commentary is also given by an experienced and knowledgeable crew. Departures: daily from May 1 to Oct 31, 2015 Duration: 2.5 hours

  • Deluxe Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Tours

    Discover Victoria’s rich history and scenic beauty on a guided tour. Highlights include the city centre and the surrounding area including a visit to the beautiful Butchart Gardens, entrance included.

    Departures: daily from Apr 1 to Dec 31, 2015 except Dec 25
    Duration: 5 hours

  • Victoria Whale Watching by Zodiac

    An exhilarating excursion in search of orcas, minke whales, grey whales, porpoises, harbour seals and other marine wildlife. A certified Marine biologist will provide information on these wonderful creatures.

    A minimum age of 5 years is required.

    Departures: daily from Apr 1 to Oct 31, 2015
    Duration: 5 hours

Holidays

Browse our amazing range of holidays in British Columbia

Popular British Columbia holiday ideas

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    Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre

    from £38

    Situated in the heart of the theatre district, The Sandman Hotel has a contemporary style with many onsite facilities.

    The rooms are elegantly...see more

  • Outdoor Swimming Pool

    Sandman Suites on Davie Vancouver

    from £45

    Set a little away from the bustle of the city, this all-suite hotel is a great base for those who would like more space or a longer stay in Vancouver....see more

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    Rosedale Hotel

    from £38

    This all-suite hotel has a great location in downtown Vancouver. The rooms are classic and comfortable, all with a separate living area and kitchenette....see more

  • Delta Whistler Village Suites

    from £52

    Enjoy the warmth and charm of authentic alpine accommodation with the amenities of a full service hotel. The Delta Whistler Village Suites are ideally...see more

  • Inn at Laurel Point

    from £40

    Perched on the end of Victoria’s harbour the Inn at Laurel Point is surrounded by water on three sides, giving it a truly unique island feel.

    The...see more

  • Lounge

    Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites

    from £35

    Chateau Victoria is located in downtown Victoria a short walk from the harbour and shopping areas.

    The hotel offers a large proportion of suites,...see more

  • Aava Hotel

    from £

    38

    The modern and trendy Aava Whistler Hotel is located steps away from the main village streets and offers a good range of rooms and suites to suit your...see more

  • Indoor Swimming Pool

    The Sutton Place Vancouver

    from £88

    One of our favourite hotels in Vancouver, The Sutton Place is an elegant five star boutique hotel with a sophisticated finish. The guest rooms are large...see more

  • Fairmont Chateau Whistler

    from £100

    Located right at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, close to Whistler Village, the luxurious Chateau Whistler fulfils your every desire.

    Rooms and...see more

  • Deluxe Room

    Pan Pacific Hotel

    from £

    67

    Located in a unique position on Vancouver’s waterfront, and right on the cruise terminal, the elegant Pan Pacific has a real feel of a luxury...see more

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    The Fairmont Waterfront

    from £

    125

    The Fairmont Waterfront is an elegant luxurious hotel that sits on the city’s waterfront at Canada Place.

    The guestrooms have a contemporary...see more

  • Journey Through the Clouds, Vancouver to Jasper

    from £949

    The Rocky Mountaineer train route was created over a century ago and today this historical route is recognised as one of the world's classical journeys....see more

  • Coast and Mountains

    from £1,205

    This exciting fly-drive holiday is action packed and takes you to some of the most dramatic and diverse scenery in all of Canada. Beginning and ending...see more

  • A Taste of Vancouver

    from £385

    This wonderful tour takes you on a journey to discover the best of the fabulous city of Vancouver, tasting your way through some of the most delicious...see more

  • Rocky Roundup Holiday

    from £2,179

    Discover the unrivalled natural wonder of breath-taking British Columbia and Alberta. You’ll experience beautiful ocean vistas, soaring mountain peaks,...see more

  • Great Parks of the West Holiday

    from £1,529

    Beautiful Vancouver is the starting point for this two-week circular tour that showcases the national parks of the Canadian Rockies. Eastbound from Vancouver,...see more

  • Clayoquot Wilderness Resort (4 nights/5 days)

    from £4,785

    Clayoquot Wilderness Resort is located 45 minutes from Vancouver by a scenic seaplane or a 30 minute boat ride from Tofino, a unique experience in itself,...see more

  • Vancouver & Celebrity Cruise Holiday

    from £1,535

    Choosing a Celebrity Cruise to Alaska allows you to be utterly spoilt in unspoilt surroundings... Sail away on this outstanding itinerary across the glistening...see more

  • Holland America Line - Yukon and Denali Cruise Tour (Land First)

    from £2,825

    This magnificent circular tour departing Vancouver encompasses Whitehorse, Dawson City in the Canadian Yukon and through to Fairbanks, the gateway to the...see more

Top tips

Top tips for visiting British Columbia

Top Tip 1

• Hire a bike and cycle around the beautiful Stanley Park in Vancouver. Stop off at English Bay to watch the sail boats drift in and out of the harbour at sunset.

Top Tip 2

• Take the scenic drive to the beautiful mountain village of Whistler which is an outdoor playground offering the very best hiking and mountain biking opportunities in the summer and fantastic skiing and snowboarding in the winter.

Top Tip 3

• Be adventurous and paraglide or zip-line in Grouse Mountain in the summer.

Top Tip 4

• Visit the Okanagan Valley, Canada’s beautiful wine region, and soak up the summer rays; this region receives some of the best sunshine.

Top Tip 5

• There’s so much to do in British Columbia for foodies! In Vancouver, visit the world’s third largest China town and Granville Island to wander around the Public Market. Taste some of the local delicacies - Granville is famous for its freshly caught seafood.

Top Tip 6

• Take a day trip to Victoria and Vancouver Island. A short ferry ride across the Strait of Georgia will take you to the magical capital of British Columbia, Victoria. Stroll along the Inner Harbour towards Fisherman's Wharf and see the charming floating shops and houses.

Top Tip 7

• British Columbia is the best place in Canada for spotting wildlife. Look out for Orcas and Harbour seals on Vancouver Island, or take a tour around the Great Bear Rainforest, one of the largest remaining tracts of unspoiled temperate rainforest left in the world.

Top Tip 8

• Alaska’s Inside Passage is a unique add-on to any holiday itinerary. Travel from the North of British Columbia and drive down the coast, admiring the amazing scenery and old world charm as you go.

If you’d like more information about booking your trip to British Columbia call one of our dedicated team who will help you plan the trip of a lifetime!

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