British Columbia is a true outdoor paradise. From the soaring Canadian Rockies to the gorgeous shores of the Pacific Ocean, this Canadian province boasts a bevy of natural beauty and urban adventures. If you love the outdoors, here are three cities that you must visit on your trip to this diverse province.
This bustling international city has something for everyone. The vibrant downtown area offers a host of dining and shopping opportunities, delivering a fun vibe and an abundance of energy. The heart and soul of Vancouver is Stanley Park. Boasting nearly 1,000 acres of green space, this urban oasis is an ideal respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Animal enthusiasts will appreciate the opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of marine life at the renowned Vancouver Aquarium. Granville Island is also a popular destination with its waterfront location and myriad of unique shops and cafes.
Kelowna is nestled in the Okanagan Valley in the interior heart of British Columbia. It’s a fast-growing city, with a temperate climate, and surrounded by pristine lakes and beautiful orchards, vineyards, and wineries. Regardless of the time of year, you will find something new around every corner of Kelowna. During the summer, outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the chance to hike, mountain bike, get out on the water, and golf in this oasis. The nearby Big White Ski Resort is the perfect place to let loose on the slopes and revel in the beauty of the Canadian Rockies.
The heavy influence of Great Britain is evident in this quaint city, located on Vancouver Island. Victoria is easily accessible from Vancouver or by ferry from the state of Washington. Butchart Gardens is a 55-acre paradise that is a must-see attraction while in Victoria. You could also spend days exploring the Inner Harbor area, featuring the informative Royal BC Museum, the Parliament Buildings, and a host of tourist attractions. Be sure to make time to indulge in the quintessential afternoon tea experience of Victoria. The Fairmont Empress hotel is a marvelous place to take in the history of this city with a cup of tea and a plate of scones.
Steeped in history and culture and exploding in natural beauty, it is easy to see why so many tourists flock to British Columbia. A marvelous time awaits you with a trip to these three prime destinations.
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