Looking for an exciting way to explore BC this summer? Check out this list of new experiences that include adrenaline inducing whitewater, mountain adventures, unique places to sleep, and coastal getaways.
Newly opened Mineral Mountain Ziplines at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort is one of the only places in Canada where you can zipline below the headwall of the Rocky Mountains. Also newly opened, Valley Zipline Adventures at Radium Hot Springs offers eco-adventures for all levels.
For an entirely new level of adventure, surf the rapids of the Upper Elk River on a 17-foot paddleboard with Mountain High Adventures.
The ultimate in adrenaline rafting. This tour is heart-racing from the moment you take to the sky, with class four rapids surrounded by towering vertical rock walls.
Kids (1.5 years and up) can learn new skills on fun obstacles at Beaver Lodge Kids Bike Park . Be sure to lean out over the Nels Nelson decommissioned ski jump for a breathtaking view to Revelstoke below.
Descend 279 vertical metres (915 feet) on a high-speed rail through the forest. For adrenaline junkies, one ride won’t be enough. Luckily you can purchase a discounted pass for multiple rides.
Glaciers cover 3% of British Columbia (that’s about 17,000 glaciers). Take in their grandeur from the air with one of many glacier flight tours around the province, including departures from Squamish and Whistler. Whistler also has a popular glacier walk, and the conditions are just right this year for glissading.
This unique hotel is an ideal place to stay when exploring Port Hardy and Northern Vancouver Island. Kwa’lilas hotel is located in the traditional territories of the Kwakiutl people and combines chic style with Aboriginal artistic expression.
The newest nano-brewery in Qualicum Beach may just be BC’s smallest. Formerly a tiny home, and then converted to a hobby brewery, Love Shack Libations now has a small tasting room serving four specialty beers. It’s also a stop on the new Mid-Island Ale Trail.
It’s hard to beat a sunny day cruising Bowen Island on a retro scooter. Explore quiet roads surrounded by nature, beach hop, and discover breathtaking viewpoints. Zoom Zoom Bowen started renting scooters from Snug Cove in 2016 and has increased their fleet of scooters for 2017.
This family owned bed and breakfast recently received Gold Level Certification for Green Tourism. It’s an ideal base to explore Kelowna wine and golf or relax on the beach. With the delicious home-made breakfasts and cozy décor, you may not want to leave your room.
The Fitzpatrick family has a reputation for producing award-winning wines and their history in Okanagan agriculture dates back to 1913. Their most recent focus is a sparkling wine vineyard overlooking Okanagan Lake. For great food and sparkling wine with a view, visit the FITZ Bistro or The Sparkling Bar.
The gondola trip to the summit is a stunning ride, but you can also hike to the top with the Rise & Climb group every Saturday morning July 1 to September 2. Mountain Top Yoga classes (June to the end of August) and the Mountain Music Series (Friday nights from June to September 22) are back again this summer. New this year, try your hand at axe throwing with the Axewood Crew, climb the Via Ferrata with Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures, or take the Talking Trees Tour hosted by local First Nations interpretive guides.
The Lost Boys Alpine Camping experience starts with a ride on the Timber Chairlift. Enjoy champagne when you arrive and your tent already set up. You’ll camp on the mountain, enjoy a guided hike, a delicious dinner, s’mores by the fire, and wake up to breakfast.
The University of Northern British Columbia offers guided educational travel experiences via jet boat. Explore the iconic Skeena or Fraser rivers to visit historic canneries, tour ghost towns, or travel to remote coastal estuaries to view grizzly bears.
Bucktail Adventures now offers fishing charters on Shuswap Lake. The covered aluminum boat is the perfect place to spend a day fishing with your friends.
Take a helicopter tour to base camp and explore the mountain, then settle in for the night in your furnished and heated tent. See for yourself with this virtual tour of the heli-sites and glamping tent.
The Blackcomb Ascent Trails are uphill hikes on Blackcomb Mountain. At the top, you have the option to save your knees by downloading on the chairlift. Heart Burn, the third and final trail in the series, opened in July.
Not so new, but noteworthy. It’s a big birthday for the Alaska Highway, celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2017. There’s no better time to road trip one of North America’s most scenic stretches of highway.
Featured image: Two caribou on the Alaska Highway in Muncho Lake Provincial Park. Photo: Andrew Strain
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