British Columbia has a wealth of outdoor activities, museums, sights and so much more you will want to stay longer and see it all.
Located in the westernmost province of Canada, British Columbia, or more commonly known as BC, is situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains. Blessed with mild temperatures the average summer temperatures reach 72F (22.2C). But its northern location makes for some chilly water.
If you are arriving in British Columbia by ship, the major ports are Vancouver and Victoria. The cruise lines that call into British Columbia include Princess, Holland America, Celebrity, Regent Seven Seas, Disney, Royal Caribbean, Crystal, NCL, Seabourne, Oceania, SilverSeas, and Carnival.
History shows human life dating back 12,000 years ago but the current area is very modern. Fort Victoria was established in 1843 and Victoria is the capital city located on Victoria Island.
British Columbia has more undeveloped areas than developed. There are numerous national parks including the well-known Glacier National Park, Gulf Islands National Park, and the Pacific Rim National Park. All of the wooded areas make for great homes to the wildlife found in BC including several varieties of beers, deer, elk, moose, caribou, sheep, eagles, and much more.
If visiting national parks is not your thing, no problem, because British Columbia has something for everyone. The outdoors beckons guests to the multitudes of parks, beaches, and green areas. As well, visitors to British Columbia can find multiple museums and galleries primarily in Vancouver and Victoria that include the Vancouver Art Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver Maritime Museum, and the HR MacMillan Space Center.
The Granville Public Market near Vancouver draws crowds from all over to this unique shopping experience. Butchart Gardens, near Victoria, has over 50 acres of beautifully maintained grounds and even serves tea and crumpets keeping the British influence. Stanley Park is a popular attraction that has seawall pathways, an aquarium, and even a totem pole display. Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park near Vancouver will literally take your breath away if you venture out on the bridges and walkways.