British Columbia Discovery Guide

Overview

If thinking of Canada as a vacation resort leaves you cold, then you have never been to British Columbia. This beautiful Canadian province, British Columbia is a western province on the pacific coast of Canada. The central-eastern part of the province is covered with the Rocky Mountains. It's largest city is Vancouver which will be the host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

If golfing really is your sport, then British Columbia is the perfect destination for you, actually, having been named the Best Golf Destination in North American for the year 2007 by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators. The entire province is dotted with world class courses, which are great for anyone who is not too easily distracted by beautiful mountain vistas or views of the Pacific Ocean. Check out year round golfing destinations in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island as well as in several parts of the Thompson Okanagan for world class golf and a vacation that will leave you sated.

Don’t forget that if you are vacationing with someone else who is not so interested in the golfing aspect of the vacation, that there are plenty of things to do near those world class courses as well. For example, golf on the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast while your loved ones explore the gold rush history of the area, and perhaps do some panning in the local waterways. Head to the Kootenay Rockies for tee time, and your loved ones can busy themselves watching wildlife and relaxing all day in the natural hot springs. Putt on the greens of Northern British Columbia, and your family can spend their time enjoying the rich Aboriginal culture of the area. Surely you get the idea; no matter where in British Columbia you choose to spend your time, there are plenty of things to do for any kind of person, and there is likely to be at least one great golf course as well.

If you are a fan of the sea, then don’t discount British Columbia, either. This Canadian province butts right up against the Pacific Ocean at the southern half and at the northern tip, and offers you everything from remote beaches to ones right off the urban sprawl, and every kind of beach there is, too, from rocky beaches to pebbles to fine sand to lay your blanket out on. The water may be a bit cool for your casual swimmers, but it is perfect for boating and whale watching, and you can spend hours sunning yourself on the sand before retreating in to the resort again.

If you are looking to get wet, then head just a little bit inland and find a warm water lake – there are plenty of them! Enjoy hours of swimming in the beautiful waters, or take yourself out on a boat if you prefer and play. You can challenge yourself a little more if you head out in a rowboat, kayak, or canoe, or take out a speedy boat and hook up the water skis for some family fun on the lake. When your family is done on the water itself, consider a picnic on the shore to relax everyone and simply enjoy being out in nature, or take a hike into the wild areas around the lake to see what you can see and maybe spend some time at one of those amazing British Columbia waterfalls.

If you are looking for a little more excitement in your water sports, then don’t discount British Columbia – this Canadian province has opportunities for white water rafting or white water kayaking as well, and whether you have plenty of experience in the rapids or you want tot try it for the first time, there is a section of rapids somewhere in British Columbia for you. If you can spare a moment to look away from the water, you might even see some incredibly beautiful landscapes as well!

Looking for a little more civilized adventure? From bird watching to bungee jumping and from checking out one of British Columbia’s historic castles (yes, castles!) to visiting one of their historical museums, there is plenty in British Columbia to appeal to those who would rather stay closer to the urban side of things as well.

Entertainment in British Columbia ranges all over the map, from harbor cruises and romantic dinners to amusement parks, and casinos for a little bit of something for everyone. There are tours of breweries and cideries, mining tours, and train tours for those who want to be shown a good time, and there are theaters for those who would prefer to spend a night with the performing arts.

If you prefer your alcohol a little classier, then go on a wine tasting tour and enjoy the beautiful wineries and vineyards like those on Vancouver Island, where you can also get yourself a fresh pint of mead if you have a taste for it. Another wine producing region, Thompson Okanagan, is home to 80 wineries, and is nickednamed “Napa of the North” for good reason, including the excellent wines created there.

If you are looking for a place to vacation, then you have an entire province’s worth of entertainments and pleasures to take from British Columbia. From wine tasting to roller coasters and from whale watching to snoozing on a sunny beach, this province offers plenty of pleasures for you to enjoy. Go golfing for a day (or for a few days), explore the rich history of the area, or set out for an adventure on a warm water lake, all in British Columbia.
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