Barkerville Historic Town (Barkerville Historic Town (Chris Harris/All Canada Photos)
Attractions in British Columbia include beaches, museums, bungee jumping, wineries – and everything in between.
Outdoor adventurers can go ziplining in Whistler or cross the swaying Capilano Suspension Bridge. Foodies can try Aboriginal cuisine at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, sip Okanagan Chardonnay at a winery, or pick up artisan cheeses at Granville Island Public Market. Examine the gold rush at Barkerville, or get the kids giggling at the Victoria Bug Zoo.
It doesn’t end there: trains, butterflies, old-growth trees, cowboys, hot springs, enchanted forests and rattlesnakes are a sampling of more things to explore.
Solo travellers, couples, families and groups can all find story-worthy attractions in BC at any time of year.
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9851 Hwy 93/95
Fort Steele, British Columbia
With gold rush beginnings in 1864, Fort Steele has gone from boom town to regional centre to ghost town and is now one of the most important heritage attractions in British Columbia. The town site features over 60 buildings. Activities vary by season and include ice cream making, horse-drawn wagon tours, steam train rides, gold panning lessons, live theatre, museum displays and various demonstrations. See many varieties of heritage breed livestock. Fort Steele is perched on the western slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Great Bear Nature Tours
Port Hardy, British Columbia
Journey to the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest to view & photograph grizzly bears. The floating Great Bear Lodge, with a maximum of 10 guests, is the perfect place to enjoy the wildlife & wilderness of British Columbia. Experienced biologists lead the twice-daily bear-viewing sessions & activities such as interpretive hikes & boat excursions. Tours begin in Port Hardy, on northern Vancouver Island, with a spectacular seaplane flight to the Great Bear Lodge. Voted by National Geographic Adventure as one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.
3827 - 35th St
Osoyoos, British Columbia
Great Horned Owl Eco-Tours Limited offers outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, a variety of unique, educational excursions & exciting learning opportunities in & around Canada's only desert. Birdwatching & Nature Adventure Tour: multiple stops in a mecca for bird watching. Fractured Rock Gold Mine: visit the historic gold mining town of Hedley & pan for gold on the Similkameen River.The Complete Okanagan Experience Tour starts with a walk in the desert, followed by a tour of a 212 ha (700 ac) organic farm & to complete the day, wine tasting at 3 wineries. All tours include transportation, lunch & refreshments.
6400 Nancy Greene Way
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain's Super Skyride whisks you to the best in local skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing & ice skating. With 26 runs - 14 open for night skiing - the latest in lift technology & the most extensive snowmaking system around, Grouse Mountain is Vancouver's favourite winter playground. Situated 1120 metres (3,700 feet) above the city of Vancouver, Grouse Mountain's restaurants showcase some of the best of BC from fine dining at The Observatory to après in Altitudes Bistro to outdoor BBQs at Rusty Rail patio.
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3900 Horne Lake Caves Rd
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
Crystal clear water, amazing caves & spectacular scenery make Horne Lake one of the best camping & adventure destinations on Vancouver Island. Horne Lake Caves was voted the "Best Natural Outdoor Site in BC" by Attractions Canada. Explore this unique park above and below the surface. Visit Canada's only Cave Theatre and Museum. On the trails, enjoy a wide range of programs from surface geology hikes to family-oriented cavern tours or popular 3hr. Spelunking Adventure featuring ancient fossils & amazing crystal formations. For more challenge, you can self-guide two rugged caves or go vertical on the "Extreme" expeditions - rappelling down underground waterfalls!
675 Belleville St
Victoria, British Columbia
This is the largest screen in all of BC with this IMAX, you won't just see it - you'll experience it! The immense size screen & powerful, chair shaking surround sound take you to places you can only imagine! Visit with exotic animals, travel to far-flung locations, dive deep below or soar above the earth's surface. It's IMAX - come along for the adventure.
Shows play hourly throughout the day & into the evening. Hollywood feature length films are often added to the evening schedule.
Full concession & National Geographic Store gift store on site.
3 - 510 Lorne St
Kamloops, British Columbia
Spirit of Kamloops Ghost Train & Spirit of Christmas Special Events Rolling Stock: Steam Locomotive #2141 is unavailable in 2013 due to mechanical repairs being required. We hope to be back for 2014!
Journey back in time aboard our steam-powered heritage train. On the "Spirit of Kamloops" railtour, visitors enjoy reenactments of railway operations as they were in the past, including staff in period uniforms.
In 1906, just east of Kamloops, Bill Miner & his gang robbed a CPR train & made off with the loot. The reenactment of the Bill Miner Train Robbery is a big part of the trip's entertainment providing some exciting wild-west horsemanship at the finish of the journey.
Guided walking tours, seasonal events & private charters are also available.
1251 Cardero St
Vancouver, British Columbia
During the summer, Lotus Land Tours offers unique nature day tours around Vancouver with hotel pick-up. Popular are our Vancouver Kayak & Beach Barbecue in Indian Arm & our Whistler River Rafting adventure. See Grizzly bears on Grouse Mountain & cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge or watch whales with us on the way to Victoria where you see the magnificent Butchart Gardens. For details & more tours visit our website.
Knowledgeable guides accompany you always, ensure your safety & explain the sights. All our trips are family friendly & do not require experience or fitness & you don't have to be able to swim on our water trips. We have never lost anyone overboard on our kayak trip & the oldest paddler was 92 years old!
6393 NW Marine Dr
Vancouver, British Columbia
The Museum of Anthropology houses one of the world's finest displays of First Nations art in a spectacular building overlooking mountains & sea. We also host major temporary exhibits & display over 10,000 objects from around the world in our new Multiversity Galleries. Enjoy gallery tours (free with admission), exciting public programs, an elegant shop, Cafe MOA & our beautiful new outdoor reflecting pool.
1100 Chestnut St
Vancouver, British Columbia
The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) creates Vancouver-focused exhibitions & programs that encourage dynamic conversations about what Vancouver was, is & can be. Permanent exhibitions tell the city's stories from the early 1900s to the late 1970s. At the MOV you'll experience art, contemporary issues & history. Tours of exhibitions take place the first Thursday of each month. The MOV is located in Kitsilano's scenic Vanier Park along with the HR MacMillan Space Centre & Vancouver Maritime Museum, our beautiful 1960s building is a must-see for architecture lovers & is set against a spectacular vista of ocean, city skyline & mountains.