One of the best ways to enjoy all this beauty is to get out of your car and walk, bike, hike, boat, or paddle. There are plenty of great hikes in or near the cities—especially Knox Mountain Park in Kelowna or the North Shore mountains near Vancouver—as well as places to rent e-bikes and kayaks.
Join a biking and brewery tour in Kelowna, where you can enjoy a pint as you and your friends pedal the streets, fragrant with peach, cherry, and apple blossoms. Or, hop aboard the whale-watching expeditions out of Vancouver, Richmond, and Victoria. They offer glimpses of orcas, otters, porpoises, and, if you’re lucky, humpback whales on their way to their northern feeding grounds. To view even more migratory life, grab your binoculars and head to the BC Bird Trail to spot the songbirds, shorebirds, and raptors winging their way along the coast, pausing to rest in the marshes and estuaries just minutes from city centres.
Meanwhile, savour the taste of spring as the season’s first produce hits the market and the plate. Fiddlehead ferns, tender asparagus, delicate berries, the tart bite of rhubarb all announce spring is here, as does the season’s bounty of seafood, including salmon, halibut, Dungeness crab, and the buttery spot prawns that are only available for a few short weeks in May. Take a foraging tour with Swallow Tail Tours and see what’s growing in forests, fields, and other wild places—mushrooms, berries, seaweed—or join a farm-to-table feast like the ones offered by Wild Mountain in Sooke outside Victoria.
Whether you’ve explored BC’s popular urban destinations before or not, this is the year to discover something exciting and new here.