"Beautiful British Columbia!" Top 5 Page for this destination Province of British Columbia by toonsarah

Province of British Columbia Travel Guide: 9,242 reviews and 21,736 photos

Glaciers seen from Rogers Pass, Glacier NP

As a holiday destination British Columbia certainly has a lot to offer ? majestic mountains, a beautiful coastline, some lovely places to stay and a wide variety of activities.

The highlights for me were the awe-inspiring snow-clad Rocky Mountains and the week we spent on Vancouver Island, including a couple of very different but equally rewarding whale-watching trips.

I?ve made a separate page about Vancouver Island as there?s so much to say about it, so this page is devoted almost exclusively to the mainland of British Columbia: the mountain scenery of the national parks, naturally, but also some interesting historical sights, such as the Last Spike where the railroad across the continent was finally completed, and a trip back in time at Hat Creek Ranch.

We were there back in June 2002 and I?m writing this five years later in 2007, so I should warn you that some things may have changed. However I?ve checked through the internet that all the things I?m recommending are still there, and the prices I quote are the up-to-date ones based on that research. But if anyone has been more recently and spots any mistakes, I?d be glad to hear from you and to make the corrections.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful scenery, easy driving, friendly people
  • Cons:Rain can obscure those mountains
  • In a nutshell:Splendour of the Rockies
  • Last visit to Province of British Columbia: Jun 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2011 at 5:48 AM

    Hello, Sarah! Thanks for your story about British Columbia! I see it's such a wonderful place! ~

  • Oct 9, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Fantastic web site with a lot of information!

  • spitball's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2008 at 1:48 PM

    Excellent tips Sarah.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Hi Sarah, I enjoyed reading your comprehensive and enthusiastic tips on B.C. Once I took the train from Vancouver to Winnipeg, but the B.C. part was mostly at night so I didn't see very much. I don't even know if our train went through the spiral tunnels.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2007 at 2:01 AM

    Sarah, fantastic page with amazing photos. I especially like the tip about talking to a bear when you meet one in the area. So which topics are recommended to discuss with bears in British Columbia? :o)

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2007 at 9:03 AM

    Perhaps because you drive on the "wrong" side of the road is why you did the Sea to Sky backwards? ;-) Lovely page Sarah!

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2007 at 1:15 AM

    looks a stunning place to visit. let's hiope they don't add 'bernard' to the manning provincial park name !

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2007 at 6:28 AM

    Astounding beauty presented here, Sara. Between mts., a water falll, national parks, a canyon, an island, museums, and wildlife..it's compelling. 5-star tips!!Good warning, loved the spiral tunnel info.; long to see Lake Louise. Bravo!

  • sue_stone's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2007 at 8:12 AM

    Excellent page Sarah - interesting tips and some amazing photos! I think I may have to add Canada to the wish list now : )

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2007 at 1:32 PM

    Lovely page Sarah bringing back some memories for me = I see you crossed the border from the opposite direction from me. Your hotel tips might be useful to me if I find my self back here


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