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Travel Guide: British Columbia

Canada's westernmost province, British Columbia is home to sophisticated cities in the south, wilderness parks in the north, the salty spray of the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the snow-cloaked peaks of the Rocky Mountains to the east.

Whether your passion is mountain-climbing, skiing, fishing, beach-combing or hiking, BC is one of the most enticing adventure destinations on the planet.

Here’s why you’ll want your next adventure to be set in Canada’s most beautiful province:

  • It's naturally spectacular

    When Mother Nature was busy working her magic, it’s likely that she started with British Columbia first. The diverse landscapes and terrain prove that BC’s nickname – Beautiful British Columbia – is 100% accurate. There’s picture-perfect mountains, waterfalls, streams, wooded forests and lush green landscapes for days. Even within the cities you’ll find yourself surrounded by natural wonders, so you never have to travel far to escape to the outdoors.

  • Canada's adventure capital is here

    It might have a strange name, but Squamish is synonymous with adventure. Nestled between Vancouver and Whistler, Squamish provides an action-packed day trip from the city. Rock climbing, fishing, hiking and mountain biking are all on the agenda in this sprawling green region. Through spring and summer, you can even soak up all the breathtaking scenery from above on the Sea to Sky Gondola.

  • The Rockies

    The Canadian Rocky Mountains span between British Columbia and neighbouring Alberta and are considered one of Canada’s most awe-inspiring natural attractions. On the sunny BC side, there’s golf, fishing and forests to explore – perfect for the outdoor adventurer. For a dip with a view, you can’t get better than the Fairmont Hot Springs. These natural, mineral-rich waters will warm your soul while you take in the panoramic views over the Rockies.

  • There's surf and snow

    Yep – you can hit the waves AND the mountains in this diverse province. Grab a board and paddle out for a wave in Tofino on Vancouver Island – a beautiful ferry ride and bus trip away from the bustling seaside city of Vancouver. In the opposite direction within easy reach of the city, you’ll find the famous ski resort town of Whistler. While it’s primarily a winter destination for the unusually long snow season, you can visit Whistler year-round to ride the gondola, hike and bike up the mountain or explore the shops and restaurants of Whistler Village.

  • The people

    Hands down, Canadian people are some of the nicest on the planet. So it’s no surprise that BC is full of happy, friendly and hospitable locals who will be all too keen to share their love of their home province with anyone who visits. Whether you are heading out on an adventure-filled tour or winding down at a local bar to watch a hockey game, no matter where you go in BC, the Canadian locals will go out of their way to make your stay even more memorable.

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Sunchaser Vacation Villas at Riverview

Sunchaser Vacation Villas at Riverview

Fairmont Hot Spr/Panorama, British Columbia, Canada

Located on the warm side of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the Fairmont Vacation Villas is a purpose-built resort that will meet a variety of vacation needs. Located in the middle of a championship golf course and beside the Columbia River, this resort offers year-round activities and an on-site recreation center. <br /><br />One- and two-bedroom condominiums have kitchens for your comfort and views of the mountains and river to inspire you. Fairmont Vacation Villas is ranked by Vacation Ownership magazine as one of the world's top 20 holiday destinations. Each villas accommodation offers access to all onsite amenities; attractive, comfortable furnishings; decks with barbecues; two televisions per suite; and DVD players. All the comforts of home include washers and dryers and wireless internet at the Recreation Centre and most Riverside villas. <br /><br />The resort offers ski trails, triple chairs, and snow-making, with world-class skiing at nearby Banff, Lake Louise, and Panorama. On-site, guests can enjoy two golf courses, tennis courts, snack bar, clubhouse, and three hot mineral pools. <br /><br />A comfortable retreat in breathtaking surroundings, Sunchaser Vacation Villas at Riverview is an ideal location for a memorable vacation. Winter or summer, pack your bags for fun!

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St Ives on Shuswap

St Ives on Shuswap

Sicamous, British Columbia, Canada

St. Ives is located in the Thompson-Okanagan region of beautiful British Columbia, Canada. Nestled on the sunny north shore of Shuswap Lake, surrounded by the Monashee Mountains and Shuswap highlands, St. Ives resort is truly a vacation paradise. <br /><br />The resort features 17 comfortable units overlooking beautiful Shuswap Lake. Each unit features a cozy living area with satellite TV, dining area, bathroom and fully equipped kitchen. St. Ives takes great pride in providing outstanding service and clean, comfortable accommodations for both owners and guests. Units are completely furnished and contain all linens, towels, kitchen supplies and deck chairs. The kitchens are equipped with stoves, fridges, and microwaves. Several units also feature dishwashers. <br /><br />Home of the world famous Adams River salmon run and the beautiful Shuswap Lake Provincial Park, the North Shuswap is an outdoor adventure playground. Travel time by car from Kamloops is one-and-a-half hours, three hours from Kelowna and a five-and-a-half hour drive from Vancouver. It is a four-season destination that prides itself on offering something for everyone. Whether you enjoy the speed and exhilaration of water skiing, a peaceful early morning fishing trip or walk on the beach, your holiday dreams will come true. We are also "pet friendly" for all our animal lovers! <br /><br />Soak up the wonderful ambiance of the Shuswap at beautiful St. Ives Resort!

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