British Columbia

British Columbia Travel Guide

In the Victorian neighborhood of Gastown, this three-story Native American art gallery showcases ceremonial masks and totem poles, limited-edition prints, and bentwood boxes. The beaded moccasins and hand-carved “talking sticks” make for great souvenirs.

What started as a tiny consignment shop in the indie district around King Edward Avenue has grown into the neighborhood’s premiere boutique for all things antique and secondhand. Find vintage leather clutches and bags alongside baby toys, kitchenware, printed stationery, and more.

The winery comes alive each summer with a sunset concert series and a restaurant serving game sausages and other wine-friendly food at lunch.

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 red cedar by indigenous artist Susan A. Point, is a mammoth example that represents the art of the Coast Salish, a First Nations tribe.

Vancouver’s enviable natural setting places this annual fireworks “competition” above most others in the world. International teams light up the sky over English Bay with the latest and greatest in fireworks, all set to music (the soundtrack is also broadcast on local radio).

It’s great fun to watch the takeoffs and landings of Vancouver’s numerous floatplanes (which locals use for quick transport to Victoria—B.C.’s provincial capital—and regional islands). It’s much more entertaining, though, to actually sightsee from one.

Stop in at Tugwell Creek Honey Farm & Meadery to sample the excellent honey and strong mead.

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 within a half-day's drive.

The Canadian company that created the U.S. Olympic team uniforms for the 2002, 2004, and 2006 Games has stores across Canada and Asia (but, ironically, only four in the U.S.).

Girly dresses, fitted tees, tailored suits, and even, on occasion, handmade shoes, from Canadian designers pepper the racks in this Mount Pleasant boutique set in a former mercantile shop.

Engagingly out of place among the skyscrapers of downtown, this 1895 Gothic-style cathedral features some of the most expertly crafted stained-glass windows in North America.

From sporting events to summer festivals, this year-round, open-air facility touts the biggest cable-supported retractable roof in the world. Originally opened in 1983, the stadium underwent a massive renovation and reopened in 2011.

Wearable art from B.C. designers and Norway's Oleana.

Camping has its charms, but a wet tent and a hard mattress don't always add up to the pampered vacation you deserve. Don't you just wish you could take a cushy hotel room right along with you to the countryside?

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 plane takes off.