British Columbia

British Columbia Travel Guide

For winter sports lovers, Whistler is one of the most popular destinations not just in British Columbia, but in all of North America. Visitors can ski, snowboard, zip-line, ice skate, bungee jump and more in this lovely town, the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics. After hitting the slope, there’s a wonderful array of activities, too: from shopping to dining to dancing the night away at a club. Adventurous travelers looking for things to do in British Columbia will also love the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, (where they can walk along the 230 ft tall and 450 ft long bridge above the river) and the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, a gorgeous hiking route lined with beaches, tide pools, picnic areas and breathtaking landscapes.

Speaking of great views, don’t miss Glacier National Park, where mountains, caves, rivers and active glaciers create a spectacular experience. For a more low-key approach to nature, spend the day at one of Victoria’s pretty beaches, like Cordova Bay and Gonzales. For a taste of British Columbia’s most vibrant side, head to the beautiful city of Vancouver. With a rich cultural side (expect opera, theater, and film happenings, as well as art and design fairs throughout the year), excellent restaurants and bars, and an eco-friendly lifestyle, it brings together all of the greatest things to do in British Columbia.

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.

Canadian artist Lutz Haufschild created this 131-foot-long stained glass panel inspired by the iconic Hokusai painting The Great Wave off Kanagawa. Using thousands of pieces of aqua and green-hued glass, this piece reflects sunlight as if it were shining off the ocean.

Since its modest beginnings in 1978, this summer festival has grown to become one of Canada's biggest music events.

Vancouver-based chain offering yoga-inspired athletic gear.

Situated in waterfront Vanier Park, this educational center houses interactive space-related exhibits that include a virtual voyage to Mars, a touchable moon rock, and computer programs that enable visitors to maneuver a lunar robot or see what they might look like as an alien.

This Vancouver International Airport (YVR) shop is located pre-security on level three in the international departures wing. The open-air retail space is museum-like, with wooden ellipses, structural steel “totems,” and common materials from the region used throughout.

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

Many of Granville Island’s most interesting shops are actually located outside the boundaries of the Public Market.

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

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 Downtown entertainment district.

Instead of hiking up north Vancouver’s infamous Grouse Grind, First Flight Paragliding offers a more adventerous alternative: soaring 4,100 feet above sea level, straight off Grouse Mountain’s peak.

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is the second busiest airport in Canada and welcomes millions of travelers each year. The airport is serviced by 68 airlines, which connect passengers to 121 destinations around the globe.

This boutique in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood carries a carefully selected collection of jackets, knits, dresses, and other casual wear for women. The petite shop's tightly curated inventory means clothing is often stocked just one-per-size so popular items are snapped up quickly.

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