A wildlife-lover’s dreamscape, British Columbia is a diverse land of momentous scenery, adventure-fuelled impulses and wild sensuality. Occupying an arresting position between the province of Alberta and the striking Pacific Ocean, British Columbia is Canada at its brightest.
This captivating region is luxurious yet hedonistic, offering everything from five-star resorts and indulgent spa services to rustic cabin hideaways and adrenalin-pumping adventure.
The beautiful capital of Victoria is a genuine visual treat; from the elegant mansions, sweeping gardens and glorious castles that fill its streets, to the whale watching opportunities that abound off its coastline, the city is a delight to explore. Despite its modern spas, trendy boutiques and cutting-edge museums, Victoria still manages to maintain an old-town feeling.
The streets can still be explored by horse-drawn carriage, scooter and bicycle, making the journey to reach some of the city’s most charming neighbourhoods remarkably entertaining. The up-market Oak Bay Village has a wonderful high street, sensational seaside cycling route and several sandy beaches.
North of Victoria lays the Vancouver Island region, including the Gulf Islands and a portion of the Canadian mainland in its boundaries. A majestic meld of rainforest, meadows, beaches, mountains and rivers, this sprawling region is a wonderful location for whale watching and trying your luck at salmon and trout fishing. Blessed with a deeply artistic heart, Vancouver Island is home to some truly unique galleries, studios and antique stores boasting locally produced treasures undiscoverable anywhere else in the world.
This region also creates the perfect port of call for rest and relaxation, with an indulgent “spa trail” stretching from Malahat Mountain to Tofino which affords lucky travellers an amazing pampering experience alongside a truly spectacular West Coast view.
On the mainland, world-renowned Vancouver is a patchwork of adventure attractions and laid-back streets splashed with multicultural flavour. A truly diverse city, Vancouver invites travellers to snowboard down its world-class slopes, hike its tremendous mountains and play its scenic golf courses.
Indulgent shopping can be found on the glamorous Robson Street alongside trendy restaurants and dainty cafés, or pop over to Granville Island for atmospheric farmer’s markets, street performers and artisan studios.
Vancouver is also home to the glorious waters of Indian Arm; a panoramic fjordic landscape of alpine lakes, waterfalls and creeks dotted with impressive waterfront homes and interesting wildlife that makes for an amazing day’s sailing.