British Columbia – As Nature Intended….

British Columbia – As Nature Intended….

One of the world’s most stunning landscapes – thank you to MyDestinationInfo for an insight into the beautiful region of British Columbia…

To be walking in a place where man suddenly becomes secondary to nature is an extremely humbling and profound feeling and one that can easily be experienced while touring British Columbia; the furthest west province of Canada. Whether you are surfing on the beaches of Tofino or camping in the Banff backcountry, (remember to buy bear spray!) the sheer presence of nature is overwhelming and one of the top reasons people holiday here or travel for months on end to enjoy the unique atmosphere.

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Fly into Vancouver, which has been consistently recognised as one of the most liveable cities in the world, and immediately step into Stanley Park where you will find forests and botanical gardens galore to explore. In the afternoon/late evening make your way back to the city centre and join in with the exuberant Canadian nightlife that can be found in abundance in the city – particularly on Granville Street where you will find a few clubs to keep you entertained well into the early hours.

After a few days in Vancouver, take a BC ferry over to Vancouver Island, situated on the most westerly point of North America. The British Columbia capital, Victoria, is a hub for environmentalists and artists from all over North America. You cannot escape the hippy vibe that floats around the city and you will soon find yourself eager to search for killer whales around the coastline or explore one of the many surrounding tiny islands – such as Saltspring, the largest of BC’s southern Gulf islands.

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Once you feel truly at one with nature on Vancouver Island where you will have visited Tofino for surfing and hiked and camped at Goldstream National park – you are ready to make your way back to Vancouver and on the easterly journey towards Whistler for famous British Columbia skiing. Then across to the legendary Banff and the lesser known Jasper.

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Although Banff is a stunning sight to behold with the imposing Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, it can be quite commercial and if you want to experience a more off the beaten track, provincial side of BC then Jasper is the place to move swiftly onto.

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Make sure you experience a horse trail through the mountains above the sleepy town – but more fool you if you believe the stories of the ice-blue waters of the lakes being drained and painted in the winter – apparently many tourists fall for it!

For a full overview of BC and things to do visit mydestination.com/britishcolumbia

By Harriet Chubb

Some great ideas there on what to do in British Columbia. If you, like Harriet, have any tips on stunning destinations around the world, please share them here!

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