About British Columbia
From the stunningly beautiful Rocky Mountains to the tranquil wilderness of Vancouver Island, British Columbia has something for everyone.Vancouver Island also has a flourishing arts scene and is home to the film industry. For the more adventurous, hiking is very popular, and skiing is possible in the major ski resort of Whistler Blackcomb, host of the Winter Olympics in 2010.
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Currency: Canadian Dollar
Summer temperatures can climb above 30 degrees Celsius, although, at the coast it rarely reaches 28 degrees.
During the winter months (November to March) temperatures are below zero and snowfall is frequent. At the coast, it’s a lot more temperate during this period and any snowfall can quickly disappear.
Leisure & Activities
The Rocky Mountains stretch for 3000 miles from British Columbia to New Mexico in the USA. There are various ways to discover this spectacular range, including hiring a bicycle and organised hikes. For the less adventurous, you can take a trip on the Canadian Rocky Mountaineer Railway.
Separated from the mainland by the Strait of Georgia, Vancouver Island is known for its flourishing arts community and mild climate. It also has large areas of protected unspoilt wilderness, making it the perfect destination for such activities as bird watching, whale watching and fishing. There are many organised wildlife excursions which can be taken with experienced guides to direct you.
Pacific Rim National Reserve
The ideal place to visit if you’re looking for a sense of adventure. Try your hand at surfing, hiking, or kayaking in this stunningly beautiful park of Canada. Hiking is very popular and you have the chance to hike the 75 Km West Coast Trail, described as “the hike of a lifetime”. You will pass through wide expansive beaches and cross magnificent suspension bridges which traverse over streams and rivers.