Things to Do in British Columbia

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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... Read More

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

Straight out of National Geographic--or Ripley's Believe It or Not--this kooky collection of travel mementos occupies a back room at a Main Street... Read More

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 Yaletown... Read More

The Audain Art Museum opened in 2016 and houses pieces by artists like Emily Carr and Edward J. Hughes, as well as British Columbia art, 19th century... Read More

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

Located just two blocks from the park entrance, this West End rental shop gears up sightseers for two wheeled adventures through the trails of Stanley... Read More

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

The iconic “five sails” of this waterfront, multi-use complex welcome thousands of arriving cruise-ship passengers on summer days—and... Read More

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... Read 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. But... Read More

Vancouver’s enviable natural setting places this annual fireworks “competition” above most others in the world. International teams... Read More

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

Engagingly out of place among the skyscrapers of downtown, this 1895 Gothic-style cathedral features some of the most expertly crafted stained-glass... Read More

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... Read More

You don’t have to know how to ski or snowboard to enjoy the mountain. The Coca-Cola Tube Park is located on Blackcomb Mountain, and offers seven tube... Read More

Young music lovers and older fans of Art Deco architecture share an affinity for this restored, historic (built in 1929) venue in the middle of the... Read More

Since 1971, this nonprofit public art gallery has featured contemporary art from local and international artists such as Christopher Williams, Steven... Read More

Olympic Pedigree: Snowboarding and freestyle skiing in 2010, and site of Shaun “Flying Tomato” White’s likely total domination of the... Read More

The namesake owner of this 1995-opened gallery is passionate about the First Nations artists whose work he carries. Some of the finest modern work from... Read More

This classically designed 'scholars' garden in Vancouver's Chinatown was the first of its kind built outside of Asia. Named in honor of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen,... Read More

Sample local products at the Duncan Farmers’ Market, held every Saturday in Duncan, the valley’s workaday hub. Read More

A single- or two-person sea kayak paddle around False Creek is a terrific way to spot some of Vancouver’s landmarks—including the still... Read More

Edible BC, situated in its own room within the market, features tables and shelves stocked with delicious locally produced gourmet foodstuffs&mdash... Read More

Girly dresses, fitted tees, tailored suits, and even, on occasion, handmade shoes, from Canadian designers pepper the racks in this Mount Pleasant... Read More

Head to the Skier’s Plaza on any Sunday between December and March to witness the the Fire and Ice Show at 8 p.m. Whistler Blackcomb Snow School's pros,... Read More

Instead of hiking up north Vancouver’s infamous Grouse Grind, First Flight Paragliding offers a more adventerous alternative: soaring 4... Read More

What started as a tiny consignment shop in the indie district around King Edward Avenue has grown into the neighborhood’s premiere boutique for... Read More

Statue of John "Gassy Jack" Deighton, located in the Gastown District, where Vancouver was born. Gastown started with only one lumber mill in the... Read More

A well-dressed, 40-is-the-new-30 crowd gathers nightly at this slick lounge, set along Yaletown’s trendiest shopping strip. The doorman stationed... Read More

This Vancouver International Airport (YVR) shop is located pre-security on level three in the international departures wing. The open-air retail space... Read More

Operating in False Creek since 1982, this ferry service is the original one providing transport aboard its fleet of 10 vessels, which... Read More

Many of Granville Island’s most interesting shops are actually located outside the boundaries of the Public Market. Among our favorites are... Read More

Housed in the historical Crawford Block building in Edmonton, Gravity Pope has supported local fashion designers and collections since 1992. The 1800... Read More

A pleasant alternative to the ubiquitous newsstands of airportland, this shop has a sizable stack of fiction by Canadian authors (including Carol... Read More

Canadian artist Lutz Haufschild created this 131-foot-long stained glass panel inspired by the iconic Hokusai painting The Great Wave off Kanagawa.... Read More

Just a 15-minute drive from downtown, Grouse Mountain has attractions that can be enjoyed long after ski season concludes. If you're really fit,... Read More

Vancouver’s closest mountain for skiing and hiking sits eight miles north of Downtown, and it’s open year-round. A modern tram brings... Read More

Situated in waterfront Vanier Park, this educational center houses interactive space-related exhibits that include a virtual voyage to Mars, a touchable... Read More

It’s great fun to watch the takeoffs and landings of Vancouver’s numerous floatplanes (which locals use for quick transport to Victoria... Read More

What this Hermès boutique in the Vancouver International Airport lacks in size, it makes up for in the grand quality of its signature scarves,... Read More

In the Victorian neighborhood of Gastown, this three-story Native American art gallery showcases ceremonial masks and totem poles, limited-edition... Read More

North America’s oldest corporation—established in 1670!—Hudson’s Bay Company (known locally as just The Bay) has long been known... Read More

Set on the main drag of trendy Gastown, this high-end showroom carries contemporary furniture, lighting, and accessories from high-end brands like B&... Read More

Shrine to the rock God Jimi Hendrix, whose roots are in Vancouver—his grandparents immigrated to the city in 1911. The shrine used to be part of Vie's,... Read More

What to Expect: Backed by the snow-capped North Shore Mountains, this stretch of gray sand is a haven for active types looking to do more than just lie... Read More

Located in Kitsilano Beach Park on the edge of English Bay, this seasonal public pool features panoramic views of the downtown skyline backed by the... Read More

Pick up croissants at this Kelowna bakery before spending the day in wine-tasting heaven. Read More

Founder Chip Wilson opened the flagship store of his global yoga apparel chain, Lululemon Kitsilano, back in 2000. The brand is known for fashion... Read More

About a half-hour drive from downtown Vancouver, Lynn Canyon Park sits on the edge of a residential street and offers several trails, some of which link... Read More

Hike through the orchards of Merridale Ciderworks, seven miles south of Cowichan Bay. Rick Pipes and Janet Docherty make their cider from English and... Read More

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... Read More

Mission Hill is one of the most impressive wineries anywhere—a reported $26 million investment by the owner of Mike's Hard Lemonade—set on a... Read More

At the forefront of Main Street's growing reputation as a design Mecca, this quirky Mount Pleasant clothing boutique stocks locally made art-house... Read More

Located on the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia, the Museum of Anthropology displays Northwest Coast First Nations art. It is... Read More

Designed by "The Golden Bear," Jack Nicklaus, who won 18 career majors, the Nicklaus North golf course is one of the best golf courses in North America.... Read More

Every night starting at 9 p.m., top-notch jazz performers riff in this intimate restaurant/lounge on the ground floor of the arty Listel Hotel. The room... Read More

International design house Obakki sells clothing for both work and play that's geared toward young (and young-at-heart) career women. Founded by Treana... Read More

There are many outfitters like Whistler Eco Tours and River of Golden Dreams offering fishing tours around town, but Pemberton Fish Finder has teamed up... Read More

The trendy South Granville shopping district is home to this popular home decorating boutique known for its feminine style. Twinkling chandeliers,... Read More

Regardless of your airline or class of ticket, passengers can have access to first-class facilities at one of YVR’s two pay-per-use lounges.... Read More

This boutique in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood carries a carefully selected collection of jackets, knits, dresses, and other casual wear for women.... Read More

Winemaker Grant Stanley grew up in Vancouver and New Zealand, and his whites split the difference between the tropical-fruit notes of a Kiwi bottling... Read More

The mountain has the longest lift-serviced descent in North America, at 5,620 feet. Read More

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,... Read More

Hand-made leather goods such as bags, boots, and accessories. Read More

Inspired by ancient Chinese tea traditions, this shop sells a wide variety of loose-leaf organic teas flavored with all-natural ingredients. Behind... Read More

Housed inside the international terminal inside the Vancouver International Airport, The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, known as the Jade Canoe, is the second... Read More

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre honors the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations. It’s an award-winning museum designed with to incorporate the look of a... Read More

Vancouverites have a never-ending love affair with this 1,000-acre spread of temperate rainforest, which occupies the entire northwest end of Vancouver... Read More

Brewmaster and owner James Walton has deliberately kept Storm small since he started brewing in 1994. The brewery and storefront in East Van can be... Read More

Share a gelato while strolling the flower-carpeted 55 acres complete with traditional Japanese, Italian, and English rose sections. Read More

The place to watch essential cinema in the city, from classics to obscure films and new releases, is The Cinematheque. In addition to movie showings,... Read More

Well-named cocktails, such as the rum-based Grass Skirt and the gin-based Buck Buck Mule. Small, elegant menu including ceviches and charcuterie, with... Read More

At the McAbee Fossil Beds site, lake sediments that formed 50 million years ago now hold the fossilized imprints of more than 50 plant varieties. Fish... Read More

In a town where martinis and serious conversation are the nighttime norm, this local haunt is—refreshingly—all about beer and laughter. The... Read More

Twenty-eight kilometers form the longest uninterrupted waterfront path in the world—Vancouver's Seawall. From the Vancouver Convention Centre to Spanish... Read More

Located in Vancouver International Airport, the Travel + Leisure store is the first of its kind in the world. The store, a partnership between... Read More

Seemingly every resident makes a daily pilgrimage to True Grain Bread & Mill, whose organic loaves you’ll smell from blocks away. Read More

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

Vancouver's vast botanical gardens showcase a collection of approximately 8,000 species of flora, and also serves as a working center for plant research... Read More

The Pacific Northwest’s cool waters are teeming with colorful, fascinating sea-life—and the recently expanded Vancouver Aquarium brings... Read More

Outposts of the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park, these two displays are situated inside Vancouver International Airport. The first, located before... Read More

Premier art gallery in the city, exhibiting classic and contemporary art. VAG is undergoing a renovation that will see it moved to a new space ... Read More

Since its modest beginnings in 1978, this summer festival has grown to become one of Canada's biggest music events. Held in a public park at scenic... Read More

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is the second busiest airport in Canada and welcomes millions of travelers each year. The airport is serviced by... Read More

One of the five largest film festivals in North America, the two-week Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) was first founded in 1982. Each year... Read More

Located pre-security on level three in the international departures wing of the Vancouver International Airport, this shop sells a selection of uniquely... Read More

Large, Art Deco lettering marks this can't-miss landmark on Granville Street, calling attention to one of the last remaining theaters from what used to... Read More

The outfitter arranges four-day guided wildlife tours with stays in a hilltop timber lodge. Read More

A man-eating trifecta of bears, wolves, and cougars call the woods around this trail home. Yet adventurers come from all over the world to hike the 48... Read More

Who needs Sundance?  Hollywood sophisticates hit the slopes (and the silver screen) during the annual Whistler Film Festival. Read More

Rent equipment and experience a variety of winter sports like Nordic skiing, ice skating, tobogganing, snowshoeing, and ski jumping at the site of the... Read More

The Sasquatch is one of the longest, highest, and fastest ziplines in North America. Founders Charles Steele and David Udow were the first to introduce... Read More

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