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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
Websitehttp://www.vandusengarden.org
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 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
Websitehttp://www.richmond.ca/britannia
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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Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation - Field

201 Kicking Horse Ave
Field, British Columbia
V0A 1G0
Websitehttp://www.burgess-shale.bc.ca
Toll-free800-343-3006
Phone250-343-6006

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.

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Butchart Gardens - Brentwood Bay

800 Benvenuto Ave
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia
V8M 1J8
Websitehttp://www.butchartgardens.com
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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Canadian Adventure Company - Mica Creek

Main
Mica Creek, British Columbia
V0E 2L0
Websitehttp://www.canadianadventurecompany.com
Toll-free
Phone250-835-4516

With 20+ years experience, we are located on the western slopes of the Rockies, just above the treeline, in stunningly spectacular untouched wilderness. Experience snow, glaciers, rivers, waterfalls, alpine lakes, meadows, wildflowers & breathtaking vistas. Access available only via a spectacular 25 minute helicopter ride from Valemount.

In January 2014, we launched the Mallard Mountain Lodge which was honoured by Outside Magazine as the "Best New Lodge Runner Up" worldwide.

We offer, 3, 4 & 7 night, all-inclusive packages; winter - ski/snowboard touring; summer - hiking/llama hiking. Customized packages also available.

Our small guest capacity (7 in the winter & 8 in the summer) allows bookings of any number, from singles to a full lodge.

Future plans include optional snowmobile assistance, snowcat skiing/boarding & additional lodges (including "hut-to-hut").

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Central BC Railway & Forestry Museum - Prince George

850 River Rd
Prince George, British Columbia
V2L 5S8
Websitehttp://www.pgrfm.bc.ca
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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Crazy Creek Resort & Hot Pools - Malakwa

6162 Trans Canada Hwy
Malakwa, British Columbia
V0E 2J0
Websitehttp://www.crazycreekresort.com
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 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.

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Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area - Creston

1760 West Creston Rd
Creston, British Columbia
V0B 1G0
Websitehttp://www.crestonwildlife.ca
Toll-free
Phone250-402-6908

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.

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Discover Wells Gray - Clearwater

343 Clearwater Valley Rd
Clearwater, British Columbia
V0E 1N1
Websitehttp://www.discoverwellsgray.com
Toll-free
Phone250-674-2561

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.

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EcoDairy in partnership with Science World - Abbotsford

1356 Sumas Way
Abbotsford, British Columbia
V2S 8H2
Websitehttp://www.ecodairy.ca
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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