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Things to do in British Columbia

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in British Columbia. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite British Columbia attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in British Columbia to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in British Columbia.

  • 18Karat

    Flanked by art galleries, this design shop carries covetable goods at reason-able prices—handwoven baby alpaca throws from $186 and mouth-blown gla... More
  • Absolute Spa

    Every treatment on the menu at this full-service spa lists a duration time—so you’ll know exactly how much pampering you can squeeze in before your... More
  • Alexander Lamb Exotic World Museum

    Created in the style of a traditional European "cabinet of curiousities," the back room of Alexander Lamb's Wunderkammer Antiques displays unique m... More
  • Aquabus

    This short-haul ferry service/mini tour offers an easy and inexpensive way to take in Vancouver's False Creek waterfront with stops in trendy Yalet... More
  • Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

    The largest professional Shakespeare festival in Western Canada, Bard on the Beach was founded by artistic director Christopher Gaze in 1990. Every... More
  • Bayshore Bike Rentals

    Located just two blocks from the park entrance, this West End rental shop gears up sightseers for two wheeled adventures through the trails of Stan... More
  • BC Place Stadium

    From sporting events to summer festivals, this year-round, open-air facility touts the biggest cable-supported retractable roof in the world. Origi... More
  • Caban

    Caban, part of the Club Monaco chain, mixes contemporary furnishings, linens, and tableware with spare, sleek designs. More
  • Canada Place

    The iconic “five sails” of this waterfront, multi-use complex welcome thousands of arriving cruise-ship passengers on summer days—and also serve as... More
  • Carmelis Goat Cheese Artisan

    Create a picnic with a sweet, nutty parmesan or raw-milk chèvre from Carmelis Goat Cheese Artisan. From Carmelis, all the area's wineries are withi... More
  • CedarCreek

    The winery comes alive each summer with a sunset concert series and a restaurant serving game sausages and other wine-friendly food at lunch. But C... More
  • Celebration of Light

    Vancouver’s enviable natural setting places this annual fireworks “competition” above most others in the world. International teams light up the sk... More
  • Chi Spa

    This self-described "wellness center" in downtown's Shangri-La Hotel offers Asian-style spa treatments in a sensual space. Completed in Vancouver i... More
  • Christ Church Cathedral

    Engagingly out of place among the skyscrapers of downtown, this 1895 Gothic-style cathedral features some of the most expertly crafted stained-glas... More
  • Coast Salish Spindle Whorl

    A spindle whorl is a stone disc that serves as a weight to maintain the momentum of a spindle in a spinning wheel. This one, carved out of Canadian... More

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