Now that Canada’s 150th birthday has come, many people are thinking about the country.
All over the country, there’s a lot to see and do. We’ll start in British Columbia, which is a province. When we asked travel bloggers in British Columbia what they thought, a lot of them said this.
TEN AWESOME THINGS TO DO IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
HIKE THE WEST COAST TRAIL
Because of its popularity, a lot of people hike the West Coast Trail. The 77-kilometer path along the southwestern coast of Vancouver Island goes through old-growth forest, rocky headlands, sandy beaches, and the lush British Columbia rainforest.
Still, getting up that mountain is no easy task. Your muscles will hurt after seven days of slogging through mud and roots and climbing up and down ladders, but your spirit will soar.
On the trail, it’s impossible to know how the day will go because each day is different. There’s a chance you’ll see whales jump out of the water or bald eagles fly high above.
In the middle of the day, Tsusiat Falls is a great place to cool off and soak your tired feet. Maybe Monique will invite you over to Chez Monique for a burger made from scratch.
Even if you reach the end of the journey, you might not be the same person when you get there. By the time you finish the WCT, you’ll be sure you can handle any challenge, thanks to your experience with the rough Atlantic weather and course.
Even though your body is tired, the beautiful nature around you has refreshed your mind and spirit to the point where you feel like you can do anything.
In British Columbia, the beauty of the West Coast can be seen by anyone with a boat, car, or plane. But if you hike the WCT, you’ll have a deep connection with the wilderness and learn to appreciate the unique wildlife, plants, and stories of the area.
WINE-HOPPING IN THE OKANAGAN VALLEY
Did you know that British Columbia has an area where wine is made? The Okanagan Valley has a great climate for growing grapes because it is between the Cascade Mountains to the east and the Coast Mountains to the west.
It is also close to Lake Okanagan. In the summer, anyone visiting the west coast must spend a weekend in the Okanagan Valley, which is the second-largest wine region in Canada.
There are more than a hundred wineries to choose from in this area, and many of them are close to each other.
Mission Hill and Quails Gate are two well-known wineries in this area, but there are a lot more to check out. You can buy a tour, but it’s easy to make your own route based on what you want to see (just be sure to have a sober driver).
From the wineries, there are many beautiful views of Lake Okanagan. I like going to Vibrant Vine Vineyard and Rollingdale Winery, but any of the local vineyards will be a lot of fun.
VISIT STANLEY PARK, VANCOUVER
Stanley Park is right in the middle of Vancouver, but it gives a very different view of the city than anywhere else.
Before you even get to Stanley Park, you can tell it’s something special. On the way to the park, there are many places to rent bikes, as well as cyclists.
But Stanley Park has a lot more to offer than just riding. You can do anything in Stanley Park that you can do in a park.
Highlights included formal gardens, streams with animals and quiet places to stop and enjoy the view, and even a sandy beach on the harbor.
My favorite part, though, was the most rustic, English-like scenery. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride to see the park in style.
I didn’t have enough time to hike through the park’s many wooded trails, but I know exactly where I’ll be spending my time on my next trip.
CRAFT BEER TASTING IN VANCOUVER
Even though Vancouver’s beer scene isn’t as big as those in Northern California and Portland, it is on the rise.
The growing craft beer scene in Western Canada means that another group of beer lovers will find something to like there. Start at Parallel 49, where the names of the beers on tap, like Gypsy Tears Red Ale and Jerkface 9000, are just as creative as the tastes.
In 2014, a tasting glass only cost $1, which was enough to buy a good flight. Next, go to the very experimental Storm Brewing.
They have changed all the rules of beer by adding handcrafted infusions, juices, and extracts to their base ales and lagers to give them new flavors.
From a sex on the beach wheat to a sweet black forest cake ale, there are many kinds of beer to choose from. CRAFT Beer Market is a great place to end a night of trying different beers because they have over 100 on tap (both domestic and foreign).
Going on a tour of a local craft brewery is also a great way to meet new people who love beer as much as you do. It’s a lot of fun and can get pretty wild.
HIKE BEACON HILL, VICTORIA
Almost as much as I love the rest of British Columbia, I love Beacon Hill Park. This park in the middle of Victoria is quite big and takes up several city blocks. There are green areas where you can have a picnic and rocky areas that remind me of Africa.
The beautiful Olympic Peninsula can be seen from where the ocean meets the land. Also, it is home to the world’s tallest totem pole. A must-see when you’re in Victoria, which is a destination in and of itself!
STREET ART TOUR, CORDOVA STREET, VANCOUVER
In the back alleys of Downtown Vancouver, not far from Cordova Street, we found one of the most amazing collections of street art murals we’ve ever seen.
Half of the alley is taken up by a huge mural that was painted by the Cold War group. From Van Gogh to Shakespeare to Cheech and Chong, people from all walks of life give new perspectives on art.
On the other side of the alley, there are smaller murals with symbols from First Nation/native tribal groups and comments about some politicians.
But you can find great street art all over the city, not just in the alley off Cordova Street. The city is full of street art and graffiti murals, and Vancouver is known as one of the best places to see this kind of art.
WHISTLER’S PEAK TO PEAK GONDOLA
In Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, you have to ride the Peak to Peak Gondola. It gives you access to more than 50 km of beautiful hiking trails and beautiful views of Whistler’s natural beauty.
Riding the world’s longest and steepest lift up Whistler and Blackcomb slopes and then taking a gondola with a glass bottom between the two peaks is a thrilling experience.
If you want to see the best views, your ticket price includes a ride on an open-air chairlift to the top of Whistler Mountain. On our trip, we were able to take a picture of a beautiful rainbow.
We hiked through beautiful alpine scenery and picked some beautiful wildflowers. The name of the town comes from a hairy marmot, which we saw and heard and which gave the town its name.
At 6,000 feet, at the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain, we had a delicious barbecue dinner to end a great day in the mountains. Everything was perfect, from the delicious food to the beautiful scenery.
BEAR WATCHING FROM A KAYAK, VANCOUVER ISLAND
If you go to Vancouver Island, which you should, you must go on a kayak tour with Jamie’s Whaling Station and Adventure Centers in Ucluelet to see wildlife.
The 2.5-hour tour is great for people who have never paddled before because it goes around Ucluelet Harbor, where the waves are calm and you can focus on taking in the sights. This trip is perfect for you if you like being in nature and getting close to amazing animals like bald eagles and black bears.
If a traveler is lucky, they might even see seals and sea lions. Your trip to British Columbia might be most exciting if you get to see a wild black bear up close. Don’t get too excited and drop your camera in the water.
This kayaking trip is a great way to spend a day or two and is available from June 1 to September 30.
CAPILANO BRIDGE, VANCOUVER
You don’t think you’re afraid of heights, right? The Capilano Suspension Bridge Walk might make you look at things differently. It’s amazing to cross this bridge 70 meters above the Capilano River Canyon, and it’s fascinating to watch other people try to do it.
A few brave people choose to walk the whole length of the 140-meter suspension bridge, which moves back and forth as they walk.
Most people, though, walk slowly and hold on to the railing in case the bridge shakes more than usual. Still, some people seem to be doing fine at first, but then they get an irrational fear that makes them freeze in place until a kind friend helps them.
No matter who you are, the trees on the other side are worth the trouble. And don’t forget to bring your camera, because the views are beautiful.
Matt says that if you want to save money, you should use the suspension bridge at Lynn Canyon Park instead of the one at Capilano.
KILLER WHALE WATCHING, VANCOUVER
Killer whales can only be seen in their natural environment in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. Even though you can’t count on seeing them, the chances are pretty good, especially in the spring, summer, and fall when it’s warmer.
That day, we were so lucky to see so many that we lost track. We saw two kinds of killer whales: those that lived there and those that moved around.
Seeing these whales break the surface of the water was a once-in-a-lifetime chance, and I highly recommend you do the same if you’re in the area.
SO MANY THINGS TO DO IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
The truth is that this list doesn’t even scratch the surface of all the great things to do in BC. Places like the northern mountains and the southern deserts, which were not even mentioned above, are two examples. British Columbia is one of the most beautiful places in the whole country.
It has a lot of mountains and is on the Pacific Ocean, so it has landscapes and activities that you can’t find anywhere else in the country.
I hope this list gives you some ideas, whether you want to go on an adventure on Vancouver Island or explore the exciting city life of lovely Vancouver.