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Barkerville Historic Town (Barkerville Historic Town (Chris Harris/All Canada Photos)

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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Bloedel Conservatory - Vancouver

4600 Cambie Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V5V 3H4
Toll-free
Phone604-257-8584

Experience the colours & scents of the tropics year-round!

Bloedel Conservatory is a domed lush paradise located in Queen Elizabeth Park atop the City of Vancouver's highest point. More than 200 free-flying exotic birds, 500 exotic plants & flowers thrive within its temperature-controlled environment. Constructed through a very generous donation from Prentice Bloedel, Bloedel was dedicated at its opening in 1969 "to a better appreciation and understanding of the world of plants." Now featuring a brand new roof (2014) and volunteer docents on weekends, it is jointly operated by Vancouver Park Board and the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association. Together, these partners also operate VanDusen Botanical Garden.

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Britannia Shipyards, National Historic Site - Richmond

5180 Westwater Dr
Richmond, British Columbia
V7E 6P3
Toll-free
Phone604-718-8050

Britannia Shipyards, National Historic Site is an authentic representation of a once thriving community of canneries, boatyards, residences & stores. Tour the oldest shipyard buildings in BC & observe ongoing boat restoration projects in this active waterfront park along the Fraser River. Explore exhibits & take part in programs that interpret life on the river & the experiences of the multicultural community that called Britannia home.

Many of the buildings date back to 1885 & tell the stories of multi-ethnic residents & workers at the Britannia Cannery & Britannia Shipyard: Chinese, European, First Nations & Japanese. This collection of buildings has national value & was designated a National Historic Site in 1992 by the National Historic Sites & Monuments Board.

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Butchart Gardens - Brentwood Bay

800 Benvenuto Ave
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
V8M 1J8
Toll-free866-652-4422
Phone250-652-4422

Open year-round, this world-renowned garden occupies 22 ha (55 ac) with stunning floral displays. Enjoy the Rose Carousel & Children's Pavilion! Great dining with casual & more formal dining using many local ingredients & an extensive BC wine list. Enjoy afternoon tea year-round, complete with lovely views. The Seed & Gift Shop carries many local artists' creations. Summer offers evening entertainment, Saturday night fireworks & eco-friendly electrically-operated boat tours of surrounding waters including historic landmarks of cement manufacturing days. Christmas - phenomenal lighting, entertainment, outdoor ice rink. National Historic Site of Canada & Canadian Tourism Commission Signature Experiences Collection® See website.

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Central BC Railway & Forestry Museum - Prince George

850 River Rd
Prince George, British Columbia
V2L 5S8
Toll-free
Phone250-563-7351

The Railway and Forestry Museum is a place to explore.

Climb aboard locomotives, plows, speeders, fire engines and railcars. Ever been inside a beehive burner? Tour Penny Station and relive 1915 through the eyes of the old Station Master. The museum also has an incredible selection of chainsaws dating back to 1938 as well as the really big forestry equipment used in the early logging days of Prince George.

See the whole park on the Cottonwood Mini Rail ride and leave some time to learn about what's in our latest exhibit and visit the unique 'trains' gift shop.

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Coastal Bliss Adventures - Cowichan Bay

4865 Bench Road
Cowichan Bay, British Columbia
V0R 1N1
Toll-free800-896-9525
Phone250-715-0034

We specialize in adventures for both the novice and the experienced. Coastal Bliss Adventures specializes in active multi - day, and day tours. The famous West Coast Trail is our flagship hiking tour. We also offer shorter or less demanding hiking tours of equal beauty and interest. Our kayaking destinations include the picturesque Gulf Islands, the beautiful Broken Group Islands, and Johnstone Strait, orca capital of British Columbia. Whales and other wildlife are common sightings on all of our Vancouver Island tours. We run both scheduled and custom adventures. Our guides are professional, friendly, and well certified in first aid and food safe. We have your vacation safety and experience as our top priority. Making your adventure vacation exceptional is our business.

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Crazy Creek Resort & Hot Pools - Malakwa

6162 Trans Canada Hwy
Malakwa, British Columbia
V0E 2J0
Toll-free855-836-4097
Phone250-836-4097

Located halfway between Calgary & Vancouver along the Trans Canada Hwy 1, you'll find our glacier fed, 3 hot pools & cold plunge pool, boasting beautiful mountain scenery. These relaxing outdoor pools are geothermally heated & offer a heated deck & shower rooms. The spectacular, 2 tiered waterfall can be seen from the suspension bridge, boardwalks & viewing platforms.

For added adventure, bring your own toys & enjoy some of Canada's best backcountry sledding, ATVing, heli-skiing & cat-skiing nearby. There's also 2 kms of beach along the Eagle River, walking & biking trails & additional swimming & fishing holes within close proximity.

Relax at the High Mountain Patio and enjoy ice cream, coffee, baked goods & the gift shop including souvenirs and local products.

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Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area - Creston

1760 West Creston Rd
Creston, British Columbia
V0B 1G0
Toll-free
Phone250-402-6908

The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area is an impressive 6,800 hectare (17,000 acre) Ramsar designated wetland habitat located 11 km west of Creston off Hwy 3. From May through Oct, Naturalists are on-site at the Wildlife Interpretation Centre to provide guided canoe & walking tours (May-Aug), special programs, trail maps & information.

Easy 24/7 access to 32 km of meandering dyke trails & 2 viewing towers provide opportunities to view some of the 400 species of wildlife that call this area home. Hiking, biking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, canoeing & fishing are some ways you can enjoy this amazing wetland area.

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Davison Orchards Country Village - Vernon

3111 Davison Rd
Vernon, British Columbia
V1H 1A2
Toll-free
Phone250-549-3266

Davison Orchards is Vernon's family friendly attraction with so many things to see and do! Fresh seasonal produce is grown right here on the farm and available for sale in the Country Market or used in the soups and sandwiches sold at the Deep Dish Cafe. Take the popular Johnny Popper Tractor Tour into the orchard and get a close look at how your food is grown. These farm tours are a great activity for all ages!

You can also pick your own apples and pumpkins in the Fall, play in the Crazy Cow Kids Corral all season long, visit the farm animals, and sample some of the gourmet foods and fresh pressed apple juice made right here at the farm.

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EcoDairy in partnership with Science World - Abbotsford

1356 Sumas Way
Abbotsford, British Columbia
V2S 8H2
Toll-free
Phone604-557-5481

EcoDairy in partnership with Science World inspires young minds to discover the science and technology behind where their food comes from. Our highly interactive learning environment has been developed in partnership with Science World British Columbia, the province's leading science and technology education facility.

With help from our mascot, Vicki the Cow, you can test your skills at milking a cow, take a journey through a cow's digestive system and learn how we use cow manure to power our farm.

In our dairy barn you will meet our cows and watch Robbie the Robotic Milker show off his milking prowess!

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Fernie Alpine Resort - Summer - Fernie

5339 Ski Hill Rd
Fernie, British Columbia
V0B 1M6
Toll-free877-333-2339
Phone250-423-4655

Fernie Alpine Resort is your one-stop adventure this summer with the Aerial Park.

Don't miss the best in summer adventure. It's the latest rage in summer fun, the trying & exhilarating undertaking gets you to take the leap of faith & traverse through the rope course challenge, a high level adventure in the tree tops is guaranteed to keep the adrenaline pumping!

Fernie will also operate the Mountain Bike Park operations & guided hike program again this summer! Check our website & Facebook page for updates & other activities!

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