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British Columbia Holidays

British Columbia is an impressive province that stretches from the wide expanses of the Pacific Ocean to the snow-capped mountains of the Canadian Rockies and north to the wilds of Yukon and Alaska. With some of the finest, and most accessible, scenery in Canada, British Columbia is best explored by road and numerous wilderness areas and state parks can easily be reached from cosmopolitan and urbane Vancouver. This welcoming city has it all – great food, lovely parks, excellent shopping and world-class museums and galleries. From here it is also a short journey to the winter sports capital of Whistler as well as neighbouring Vancouver Island with its history and unrivalled marine life. The interior of British Columbia, with its vast mountain ranges, dense evergreen forests and pristine turquoise lakes offers breathtaking scenery at every turn and there are few better ways to experience this than on the iconic Rocky Mountaineer train. For outdoor enthusiasts there is excellent hiking and abundant wildlife whilst, for the less intrepid, the pretty Okanagan valley is renowned for its vineyards.

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When to visit British-Columbia

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Warmed by ocean currents, British Columbia has a milder climate than the rest of Canada and benefits from balmy summers and less severe winters. It is generally considered that the best time to visit British Columbia is from mid-spring to early autumn, however, Vancouver and Vancouver Island can be visited the year-round. Warmer weather heralds the arrival of spring – wildlife emerges from hibernation, wildflowers bloom and, despite the occasional shower, this is an excellent period to experience the great outdoors. Summers, which run from July to early September, are warm, sometimes hot, and mostly dry with very little risk of rain. September, in particular, is an excellent time to travel to British Columbia with the lovely weather coinciding with fewer visitors. As September draws to a close, temperatures begin to cool, however, October and November witness spectacular autumnal colours and clear skies for fabulous mountain views. The winter months of December, January and February are cold and damp with freezing temperatures and snowfall at higher elevations.

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We create a holiday tailored to your specific requirements, including:

  • When you go
  • Duration
  • Time spent in each place
  • How much you want to spend

We offer our experience and knowledge to help create your perfect, tailor-made itinerary

What to do in British Columbia

From epic landscapes, breathtaking ocean vistas and eye-catching high mountain scenery to cosmopolitan cities, world-class galleries and an exceptional culinary scene, British Columbia is an ideal introduction to Canada and the wider Pacific Northwest. Cultured and sophisticated, Vancouver is far and away the largest city in British Columbia and serves as the main entry point to the region. With so much to see and do, explore the different neighbourhoods, spend time in Stanley Park, brave the Capilano Suspension Bridge or visit some of the excellent museums and art centres. Head to picturesque Whistler, setting of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, which is renowned for its outdoor pursuits or cross the Strait of Georgia to beautiful Vancouver Island. This large island is both uncrowded and rugged. It is also one of the world's best places for bird watching and seeing marine life including whales, seals and sea lions. British Columbia’s interior covers a colossal, largely remote, area punctuated by snow-capped peaks and forested valleys. Highlights include Manning Provincial Park, the Okanagan Valley, Glacier National Park and Marble Canyon Provincial Park.

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