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Things to do in  British Columbia

Welcome to British Columbia

Coastlines, mountains, and forests abound in British Columbia, Canada's westernmost province. Amid these striking natural landscapes lies cosmopolitan Vancouver, the capital city of Victoria, Whistler—arguably the world's best all-season resort—and a host of smaller towns and cities. Make Vancouver your launch pad in order to watch whales in the Atlantic Ocean, cross the exhilarating Capilano Suspension Bridge, stroll through Butchart Gardens, and see the snowcapped peaks of the Rocky Mountains. In March and April, visitors might even catch a glimpse of the northern lights illuminating the sky over Whitehorse's arctic wilderness.

Top 10 attractions in British Columbia

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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

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Admire Vancouver's natural beauty at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, a quintessential British Columbia experience and one of the Pacific Northwest's most popular attractions. The highlight includes walking out onto the 450-foot (137-meter) suspension bridge as it sways between the temperate rain forest over the rushing Capilano River below. With plenty more to see and do besides, it’s a must for adventurous visitors in Vancouver.More
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Stanley Park

Stanley Park

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Vancouver’s Stanley Park enjoys a stellar natural setting, surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean and set against the backdrop of the snow-capped North Shore Mountains. At nearly 1,000 acres (405 hectares) in size, it offers a combination of coastal red-cedar forest, lakes and lagoons, and scenic meadows. A walk along the public park’s seawall is an essential Vancouver experience.More
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Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

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Butchart Gardens, established in 1904, treat visitors to an enchanting floral show that changes with the seasons. Covering 55 acres (22 hectares) on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, the botanical space is intricately laid out into separate themed gardens with landscaping that impresses and inspires gardeners and nature lovers alike.More
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Sea to Sky Gondola

Sea to Sky Gondola

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During the 10-minute ride to the 2,900-foot (884-meter) summit station, passengers of the Sea to Sky Gondola are treated to sweeping views of some of British Columbia’s most epic landscapes. The floor-to-ceiling windows of the gondola cars reveal the sky-piercing peaks of the Coast Mountains and the glittering fjords of Howe Sound.More
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Granville Island

Granville Island

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Overflowing with art studios, theaters, restaurants, and kid-friendly activities, Vancouver’s Granville Island is a popular spot for both tourists and locals. The “island”—really a small peninsula—is an ideal getaway from the bustle of city life, with waterfront views, scenic alleyways, and a thriving food and art culture.More
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VanDusen Botanical Garden

VanDusen Botanical Garden

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Meandering paths weave through this tranquil green retreat in the heart of Vancouver, where more than 7,500 plant varieties grow in themed displays, ranging from a Canadian heritage garden and a Japanese garden to a formal rose garden. Wildlife species, including blue herons, ducks, and turtles, live within the garden limits.More
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Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain

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The summit of Grouse Mountain features some of the best views in all of British Columbia—from Vancouver’s downtown towers to the green expanse of Stanley Park and the entirety of Fraser Valley. Visitors can ride the Skyride aerial tram or hike up to the 3,642-foot (1,110-meter) peak for panoramic vistas and a variety of outdoor activities.More
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Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park

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Perched 545 feet (167 meters) above sea level, this well-kept park affords wonderful views over downtown Vancouver. A sunken quarry garden, a 1,500-tree arboretum, a rose garden, floral displays, and public artworks make this 128-acre (52-hectare) recreational space one of the most pleasing outdoor hangouts in the city.More
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Downtown Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver

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Surrounded by water on three sides, downtown Vancouver is the place to go for sea views, bright lights, and action. The city’s commercial core, it encompasses several distinct areas including shop-lined Robson Street, the green expanse of Stanley Park, historic Gastown, and one of the largest Chinatowns in North America.More
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Craigdarroch Castle

Craigdarroch Castle

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In 1890 Scottish coal baron Robert Dunsmuir built Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, British Columbia, to showcase his inordinate wealth. This 39-room hilltop mansion is rich with opulent details, including multiple turrets and chimneys, a red slate roof, stained-glass windows, wood carvings, antique furnishings, and gold-framed paintings.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in British Columbia

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Most memorable was I got...
MaryJoyP_C, Sep 2021
Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Most memorable was I got closer to nature and I was able to see the most visited place in BC.
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We had 2 adults and 4 teenagers...
michele_l, Aug 2016
Vancouver Biking and Hiking Tour including Lunch
As a parent, it was nice to see the kids unplugged and physically engaged.
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Wonderful experience to visit the...
Rande_R, May 2016
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Ticket
Wonderful experience to visit the Capilano Bridge.
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Amazing Whistler
DianneE_W, Aug 2018
Private Tour: Whistler Day Trip from Vancouver
But, we were still able to see a lot.
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I meant to book with another more...
Art M, Aug 2018
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
I meant to book with another more popular company on TripAdvisor, unfortunately 2 days advance booking is not good enough during summer season as they filled up fast, we wind up booking with Westcoast sightseeing.
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My wife and I cannot say enough...
Steve S, Aug 2017
The Fraser Valley Winery Tour
He came up with a number of suggestions and ended up proposing a tour that would engage the grandchildren's 6-12 years old varied interests the tour included going into a mine, climbing up to a gorgeous waterfall, riding a gondola up a mountain and taking a great hike, seeing a salmon hatchery and ending up a long day tasting many of the 230 ice creams at his favorite ice-cream stores.
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Eagle Wing Tours was FANTASTIC. We...
Rachel N, Aug 2017
Victoria Whale and Wildlife Cruise
I highly recommend this experience with this company if you want to see amazing Orcas in British Columbia.
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We enjoyed this tour and would...
BenParks_P, Jun 2016
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
Victoria is a cool place to visit as well.
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Our tour was led by Andy and Captain...
JILL M, Jan 2017
Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver
The initial commute to the whales was well spent with several interesting native animals to see along the route.
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We took this tour and we were...
Laurie S, Apr 2017
Vancouver City Tour Including Capilano Suspension Bridge
We saw so many things in one day that we would not have been able to see on our own.
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This tour was a good way to see...
plneil, Sep 2015
Vancouver City Tour Including Capilano Suspension Bridge
This tour was a good way to see sights and introduce one to the beautiful city of Vancouver BC
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Our tour thru Vancouver BC and Buchart...
Larry T, Jun 2010
Private Tour: Victoria and Butchart Gardens from Vancouver
I would recommend this private limo type of tour and Wild BC Tours to anyone who wanted to see Canada.
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