British Columbia Vacations
With its eclectic atmosphere and lush surroundings, Canada's
western-most province, British Columbia, has something to offer
every visitor. Thrills are as bountiful as are the changes in the
landscape, making this Pacific Coast destination a great place for
city slickers, historians, nature lovers, and connoisseurs of fine
wine alike. British Columbia tours present the best of these
contrasts and allow travelers to experience each region's nuances.
A voyage that showcases British Columbia cities may feature
Vancouver, with its vibrant culinary scene and wide range of
museums and cultural delights. A visit to Granville Island Public
Market is not an experience that is quickly forgotten.
Further, a Vancouver vacation may include time on Victoria
Island, home to Butchart Gardens and Craigdarroch Castle. Venturing
north from the Vancouver region takes visitors into the vibrant
coastal rainforests and to the resort town of Whistler in the Coast
Mountains. British Columbia tour packages that reach even further
up the coast may highlight Prince Rupert's wildlife preserves and
stunning beaches or travel inland a bit to showcase Prince George.
Traveling south from Vancouver opens an entirely different type of
scenery in the fruitful Okanagan Valley. One of Canada's premier
wine regions, the valley is ideal for group tours and independent
adventures to vineyards, wineries, and orchards.
British Columbia also serves as a gateway to the grand scenery
of the Canadian Rockies. This mighty mountain range skirts the
border between British Columbia and Alberta and is a favorite of
travelers seeking dramatic scenery. Two fantastic rail lines offer
easy access to these stunning mountains and the national parklands
surrounding them: VIA Rail's Canadian and the Rocky Mountaineer.
Both trains begin their journeys in Vancouver and then proceed
inland toward Kamloops before continuing to either Jasper or Banff,
depending on the itinerary. Whether discovering the province aboard
one of these trains on a collection of small group guided tours or
embarking on an independent rail vacation, visitors are sure to
feel inspired by the breathtaking scenes of British Columbia.