British Columbia Holidays

From mighty mountains and glaciers, to rugged rainforests and coastlines, British Columbia is a natural utopia that bursts with wilderness waiting to be explored. Whether it's a city stay or exploring the great outdoors, British Columbia holds it all. This is where you'll find mountain peaks meeting the Pacific Ocean. 

You’ll experience a holiday like no other as you meet incredible wildlife, including bears, whales, eagles and wolves, and discover the traditions and totem poles of the First Nations people. Travel through British Columbia in style aboard the famous Rocky Mountaineer train, or try your hand at hiking, biking, kayaking or skiing your way through the landscapes. For an even more unforgettable experience, head to Dawson Creek to witness the breathtaking Northern Lights. From Whistler's ski slopes and the Okanagan Valley famed for its wine, to the complete wilderness that can be found on Vancouver Island there is so much to discover. 

Combine your trip to British Columbia with the rest of Western Canada; Vancouver is known for its beautiful parks and neighbourhood feel, while Calgary is alive with Wild West spirit. Or, twin your Canadian stay with the paradise of the Hawaiian Islands, sublime beaches of California or the US national parks such as Yosemite for a truly memorable holiday. 

Destination Highlights
  • Explore the National Parks
  • Visit wineries and distilleries
  • Spot incredible wildlife
  • Learn the history of the First Nations
  • Revel in the outdoor adventures
  • Journey the sea to sky highway

Time Zone

GMT -8 hours

Flight Time

Approx 9.5 hours; direct flights from the UK are available

Currency

CAD - Canadian Dollar

Visa Information

Ensure you have a valid ETA prior to arrival

Language

English

Health Information

No vaccinations required

With British Columbia offering so much to do, we recommend you that you plan ahead to be able to fit it in. British Columbia is an outdoor playground and waiting to be explored from the air, water and land. With so much to offer you'll have to come back again and again.

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    Spot wonderful wildlife

    Canada's wildlife is a sight to behold, and British Columbia is no different. Home to an array of animals and bird life, you'll be spoilt for choice during your stay. Expect to see anything from black bears and moose, to killer whales and sea lions. If you're a keen bird-watcher, you'll be in heaven as you spot American kestrel, kingfishers, hummingbirds and eagles; while beneath the surface, British Columbia plays home to everything from wild salmon and whitefish to trout and sturgeon. Whale watching is a highlight of any British Columbia trip; keep your eyes peeled for orcas, humpback and pacific grey whales as you take to the waters in search of these majestic creatures.

  • Hiking on Blackcomb Mountain

    Outdoor adventure

    The stunning beauty of Canada's westernmost scenery is a playground for active travellers. Brimming with mountain trails and coastal paths, British Columbia offers plenty of opportunity for hiking and mountain biking we recommend heading to Vancouver Island, home to some of the best hiking routes in Canada. On the water, Kayaking is a great way to see the local wildlife and white-water rafting will give you a true Canadian rush. But let's not forget Whistler, one of the world's best winter ski resorts. With over 200 runs as well as snowmobiling, dog sledding and horse-drawn sleigh rides, you'll be spoilt for choice on ways to enjoy the snow.

  • Rocky Mountaineer

    The Rocky Mountaineer is so much more than just a train, this is a luxury experience like no other. Board the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver and head to Jasper, Lake Louise or Banff, see some of the most spectacular scenery as you sit back and relax on the train. Journey through the Canadian Rockies with panoramic views, five-star, gourmet dining, attentive Rocky Mountaineer hosts and listen to the fascinating commentary. You may even be lucky enough to spot a grizzly from your seat.

  • British Columbia First Nations

    Learn about the First Nations of British Columbia, you'll be able to visit many museums and interpretive centres across the province. We recommend you head to Haida Gwaii, where you can participate in captivating guided tours that showcase the magnificent landscape and reveal the history and culture of the Haida Nation. Whilst staying in Vancouver make sure you visit the Museum of Anthropology or the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre in Whistler. This is your chance to adsorb the distinct culture and rich history of the First Nations.

  • British Columbia's National Parks

    British Columbia's National Parks are all completely unique in their own way, from Mountains to rainforests and glaciers to beaches. Explore Yoho National Park with its turquoise lakes, thundering waterfalls and hiking trails located on the slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains or perhaps visit the Pacific Rim National Park reserve and it lush green rainforests and endless sandy beaches.

  • Cruise Canada

    Exploring British Columbia

    It has never been easier to explore British Columbia whether by car, motorhome, floatplane, rail or ferry, each giving you a different view point of this magnificent province. For a family holiday we recommend hiring a motorhome, this gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace and will be a road trip the children will never forget.

  • Jessica, Destination Manager

    Jessica

    Destination Manager

    "Travelling through British Columbia I have seen some of the most spectacular wildlife, from grizzly bears, eagles, humpback whales and seals. Make sure you pre-book your wildlife tours before you travel to make the most of your time."

  • Taylor

    Destination Manager

    "I would recommend travelling through British Columbia by motorhome, the freedom to explore the province at my own leisure allowed me to make stops I hadn't planned for."

Our British Columbia destinations

Cycling along the Seawall and Stanley Park, Vancouver

British Columbia

Vancouver

Vancouver
High Note Trail, Whistler

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Whistler
Vancouver Island

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Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island

Types of British Columbia holidays

Northern Lights

British Columbia Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Self Drive British Columbia

Self Drive British Columbia

British Columbia Rail Holidays

British Columbia Rail Holidays

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