BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA: CITY OF VANCOUVER AND VANCOUVER ISLAND
I love British Columbia in the summer! The water and skies are so bright and clear. The nature so pristine and full of wildlife (bears, eagles, and whales to start!) and the possibilities to explore by land, sea and air are endless.
I am, for now, really only talking about a tiny portion of the southwest of the province but there are enough options here for plenty of visits. Whether you are staying at a campsite, rustic inn or luxury lodge, you can kayak, fish, hike, swim, eat, read, whale-watch, beach walk, surf or just relax and enjoy the most gorgeous scenery. Here are some of my favorite places that make for a great family vacation!
VANCOUVER A vacation to BC can be as easy as a flight to Vancouver and this would make for a terrific vacation in itself! You can fill days with fun visiting the city’s beaches like Kitsilano, shopping in Gastown, indulging at the market at Granville Island, and exploring Stanley Park. You can also enjoy one of the many summer festivals like Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival or the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Short excursions out to Grouse Mountain or the Capilano Suspension Bridge are great day trips from Vancouver.
WHISTLER A little further afield is the ski resort area of Whistler with its beautiful mountains and lakes. Depending on the time of year, there are great options for skiing, hiking, biking, boating and many other outdoor as well as cultural activities.
VANCOUVER ISLAND To really appreciate this part of BC, you should try get off of the mainland. Vancouver Island (not the same as the city) is a short ferry ride from Vancouver, with or without a car. The quaint town of Victoria offers beautiful views, museums, concerts, high tea, whale watching, boating, craft beer and a great botanical garden.
If you have the time to explore Vancouver Island further, check out the salty surf town of Tofino in the south, Strathcona Park in the center, or any number of the coastal towns along the north side of the Island. If you really want to splurge for beauty and adventure, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort will transport you via seaplane from Vancouver or boat from Tofino to their luxurious island accommodation in remote wilderness.
You could spend weeks having a blast on and around Vancouver Island. This was just a taste. Stay tuned for some more remote and adventurous BC experiences. For now, here are a few great places you can stay while on your trip. Let me know if I can help make it happen!