When you discover a new place in the world that strikes a chord with you, it is such an amazing feeling. From there, having the ability to take the time to really and truly experience it is a privilege. I discovered beautiful British Columbia, Canada in January 2019 for the first time on a snowboarding trip. This is where and when I met Lianne, who had been living and working here on her 2-year work visa. I came back at the end of June to spend the summer and wanted to share some of the things that we think you should see and do if you have a chance to come here in the summer as well.
Spend a day at the beautiful and gigantic Stanley Park in Vancouver. Most journeys to BC start in Vancouver and if you have a day or two there, Stanley Park is a must see. Because of its size we think the best way to check it out is by renting a bike and going about, but walking around aimlessly works just as well if you have the time. Enjoy the views of massive old trees, salt water bays and stunning mountains as you explore this 400-hectare park.
Take some time to explore BC Wine Country! Time to go explore a different part of BC in the Okanagan Valley. All along the shores of the massive Okanagan Lake are fruit farms, wineries and scenic drives. You can get out on the boat, play some golf, or join a tour and hop from Vineyard to Vineyard to experience amazing views and even better tastes. We were pleasantly surprised at the quality and flavors of the wines made in the region.
Take a trip to Vancouver Island. Rent a car or RV and take the BC Ferry over to this amazing and unique island that is full of adventure and life! In one day, we hiked through a temperate rainforest, basked in the sun on Long Beach, got brunch and walked around Tofino, surfed some clean breaks and had some amazing seafood for dinner in Ucluelet. There is so much more to do and explore here so take your time and try and spot some of the ever-present wildlife!
Hike and mountain bike around Whistler. Known to many as a skier and snowboarder’s dream trip, Whistler maintains its status as an action sports mountain town during the summer months as well. With its world famous bike park and endless hiking trails nearby, there is plenty to do to exhaust you every day! We suggest challenging yourself and taking a day to hike to Panoramic Ridge. It can be done in a very difficult 10+ hour day (as we did) or splitting it in two by camping at one of the many dispersed campgrounds nearby. It will challenge even the most determined hikers, but the views at the top are worth it!
This is just scratching the surface of what BC has to offer. If you have the opportunity to make your way during the summer months, we are sure that you will be able to find plenty to do to make the trip worthwhile and enjoyable. There is so much to do and see here that allowing yourself plenty of time will be beneficial. We are sure that you will leave wanting more and we know that BC can give you just that!
Bonus Tip: If you are looking for a more relaxed trip, look into taking a multi-day train ride through the region on the Rocky Mountaineer.