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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2212 Main Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia
Fall in love with the diversity of life as you explore over 500 natural history exhibits & stare through the jaws of the largest creature ever to live on Earth, a 26-metre-long blue whale skeleton! The museum houses six major collections including fish, fossils, shells, insects, fungi, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians & plant specimens from around British Columbia & the world. Drop-in public programs include activity stations, tours, crafts, puppet shows & more. The museum also hosts interesting lectures, workshops & temporary art exhibits. Visit our website for more information. Also check out UBC Botanical Garden & Greenheart Canopy Walkway.
4600 Cambie Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
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 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.
5180 Westwater Dr
Richmond, British Columbia
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.
201 Kicking Horse Ave
Field, British Columbia
In 1909 Charles Walcott discovered one of the most significant fossil locations in the world - the Burgess Shale, in Yoho National Park. These amazing fossils provide a window into what the world looked like half-a-billion years ago.
The Mt. Stephen Fossil Beds hike includes a fossil splitting session before the hike begins.
Access to all fossil sites can only be visited with certified licensed guides. Phone to register well ahead of your planned visit.
800 Benvenuto Ave
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
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.
850 River Rd
Prince George, British Columbia
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.
6162 Trans Canada Hwy
Malakwa, British Columbia
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 located nearby. There's also 2 kms of beach along the Eagle River, walking & biking trails & additional swimming & fishing holes within close proximity.
Ice cream & souvenir shop at High Mountain Patio.
1760 West Creston Rd
Creston, British Columbia
The wildlife area is an impressive 6,800 ha (17,000 ac) 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 ready to inspire & educate in a fun-filled atmosphere. The naturalists provide guided canoe & walking tours (May-Aug), special programs, trail maps & loads of information.
Easy 24/7 access to 32 km of meandering dyke trails & 2 viewing towers create the possibility of viewing 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 gem.
343 Clearwater Valley Rd
Clearwater, British Columbia
Unforgettable wilderness and wildlife experiences in Wells Gray Park. We'll open your eyes to the secrets of one of the largest tracts of wilderness in southern BC. Founded by biologist Dr Gy Ovenden, Discover Wells Gray offers interpretive and adventure guided hikes and nature tours to suit all ages and abilities in varied landscapes from river gorges to alpine peaks. We lead small groups that allow us to provide personalized interpretation and close contact with nature. Half, short and full day trips include guide, snacks or lunch and 4WD transport.
5339 Ski Hill Rd
Fernie, British Columbia
Fernie Alpine Resort is regularly ranked one of the top ski resorts in North America. This season, Fernie takes Skiing to the Peak with the new Polar Peak Chairlift, adding more ski runs & more vertical! With up to 11.28 m (37 ft) of snow, over 1,006 ski-able ha (2,504 ac), ski-in/ski-out accommodations & a legendary ski town atmosphere, we offer gentle terrain for families & beginners, a wide variety of intermediate runs, glades, steeps & chutes for advanced & expert skiers. With restaurants, the Legendary Griz Bar, daycare, rentals, retail, ski school, cafes & more on-site. Fernie is your next ultimate ski & snowboard destination.
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