British Columbia Attractions

Places to visit, points of interest and top things to see in British Columbia

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The Canadian Pacific Rim National Park, located in British Columbia,Canada. It spreads across 511 km sq surrounded by Vancouver Island Ranges and the Pacific Ocean. Popularly described as temperate rainforests, the park is open between mid March and October to the amalgamation of three regions - Long Beach, the Broken Group Islands, and West Coast Trail. The weather here is humid with coastal climate and home to wildlife, marine mammals and over 300 species of birds. It's a perfect setting – beaches, wildlife, flora and fauna a well as history with archeological sites.

Long Beach is the most visited region popular for being James Cook landing site. With adequate camping facilities and the educational Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre, it is a key attraction. Broken Group Islands comprise of 100 islands reachable by boat only. With no fresh water access, this region is popular mostly amongst kayakers... read more arrow
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Butchart Gardens is considered as one of the beautiful gardens situated at Brentwood Bay, near the city of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. The garden claims to entertain millions of visitors every year.

Butchart Gardens was owned by Robert Pim and Jennie Butchart, husband and wife team that settled in the west coast. Their primary objective was to take advantage of the rich limestone deposits that they needed for their cement production, since Butchart's main business was manufacturing of Portland cement, which they opened in Owen Sound, Ontario in 1888.
In 1904, Butchart family home was finally established near the quarry located at Tod inlet, Saanich Peninsula, Vancouver Island.

The year 1906 is the time that the Butchart first created their Garden in Japanese style. Then as soon as the quarry was finally exhausted on 1909, Jennie Burchart turned the quarry into a Sunken Garden... read more arrow
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Stanley Park is stretched in 1, 001 acres and situated at the border of downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is recognized as the greatest park, and in fact has been awarded the sixteenth position as being one of the best around the world, and the sixth in North America.

Stanley Park is the first in Vancouver and the main attractions of the city. The natural atmosphere of the park brought by fir trees, cedar, hemlock, wildlife and lagoons all appeals to many plant lover and environmentalist.

The park opened for public in 1888 by then Lord Stanley, Governor-General in Canada. Stanley Park is 10% larger than Central Park of New York, and half of Richmond's Park of London. There are a projected eight million visitors each year, and this includes tourist and locals that comes for the nature attributes and recreational facilities of the park.

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Science World, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is an appealing and remarkable science exhibit housed in the Expo Centre geodesic dome from the 1986 World's Fair. After World's Fair closed, with government backing, a massive fund raising campaign began, and in 1988 the new Expo Centre's latest expansion opened to over 300,000 visitors. Old and young visitors alike will find many activities in the feature exhibitions, galleries, OMNIMAX theatre, and science theatre; consequently finding many choices of how to spend the day.

There are several very fascinating exhibits in Science World, and include the following:

1. Treasure! A demonstration of amazing discoveries on the planet, such as under sea, buried treasures, gold rushes, and treasures found in the home.

2. The OMNIMAX theatre is an incredible 360 degree film experience presenting some of the most intriguing shows, including a wide variety of nature and human interest stories... read more arrow
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Situated in Greater Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, the Victoria Butterfly Gardens is an exciting tourist destination to visit! Being the abode of various species such as moths, butterflies, fishes, and birds, the Victoria Butterfly Gardens turns agile for a colorful, exciting visit. Formulated with 12,000 sq ft area, it serves as a riot of aromas, panoramic view and tropical color. This flora land flickers bright with 3000 colorful butterflies where the visitors can enjoy their trip with real pleasure. The mesmerizing beauty of the place, flamingos, exclusive tropical birds, Koi swimming and the multihued butterflies makes the place very special. Victoria Butterfly Gardens will be a real retreat to individuals haunting for a discovery voyage, and as well for the ones who enjoy breathing visual feast!

The garden is completely computer controlled for maintaining the light, moisture, mist, temperature change, and humidity level. While wandering all the way through the itineraries, the sensational aromas from those blossoming flowers and plants are just hard to forget! On your walks through the garden, you can enjoy watching the colorful butterflies that creates the mood of happiness and delight... read more arrow
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Sea to Sky Highway, being winded with 5 trenchant biogeoclimatic zones starting in Vancouver, Mountain and Coast region of BC through costal rain forest on the Horseshoe Bay, all the way via Squamish, Provincial Park, and finally the Resort Municipality of Whistler. With intense picturesque look, Sea to Sky Highway intersects 2 significant and historic routes namely the Pemberton Trail and as well the Gold Rush Heritage Trail.

Sea to Sky Highway, otherwise called as Hwy 99 gives a complete outdoor fun, wherein you can spend your time with gratefulness. Also if you are a history buff and crave to know about those BC's era, this place will be worth visiting. Situated in the British Columbia in Canada, this Hwy 99 endures from West Vancouver to Whistler. Being in the improvement process, its completion was anticipated by the end of October 09. The place will ready to lift, since Winter Olympic Games will be hosted there in the year 2010 February.

Since the Olympic Games require best road access, the improvement work was carried out to bring them on par! Driving here is little risky, because accidents are quite frequent at this zone... read more arrow
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Situated in the Fitzsimmons Range in British Columbia, Canada, the Whistler Mountain is originally called as London Mountain. This awe-inspiring mountain range covers 4500 acres of terrain ski flip, which is proudly defined as one among the highest ski resorts in North America. Whistler is most familiarly known during summer months, since Mountain Bike Community visit here to have real fulfillment in this Mountain Bike Park.

On making your visit here, you can enjoy fun-filled activities such as dining, cross country skiing, heli skiing, snow shoeing, skiing, ice skating, mountain biking, fishing, biking, shopping, horseback riding, helicopter riding, swimming, nightlife, parasailing, fishing, kayaking, snowmobiling and many more. It offers absolute enjoyment whereby you would still need time more than what you have planned actually.

If you love riding, then bring your flair at this natural habitat area... read more arrow
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Barkerville is one of the best and largest historical destinations situated in British Columbia, Canada. With the thirst to experience the rich heritage attraction, thousands of travelers come here and cherish their moments along with their family and friends. Over 100 conserved historic buildings, Barkerville is defined as an interpreter of Victorian Gold Rush Era. Though this heritage attraction is open all around the year, visitors are allowed only from the mid of May until September. The site is planned to open on May 14th and has engaging festivities with special events throughout.

As defined, the Barkerville Historic Town has about 100 historic buildings and it takes at least 2 days to look at those displays. Your kids will certainly enjoy the stagecoach ride and as well find it entertaining to discover the panning for gold. With excellent shopping opportunities, travelers enjoy visiting this place with their friends and families... read more arrow
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Granville Island peninsula / shopping district, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, was named one of the world's greatest places by the Project for Public Spaces in 2004. Originally the area was connected to the mainland in 1919. It quickly became a manufacturing district. By 1949 the government began evicting people as a result of typhoid cases and a murder in the area.

Beginning in the 1970's the site began to be redeveloped by the federal government. The renovation maintained a focus on creating a people-friendly space. Plans included housing, parks, and exhibition space. It now stands as a famous tourist attraction. There is a large market as well as numerous malls. There are approximately fifty permanent vendors registered to the public market space, and additional one-hundred or so temporary ones according to sources. The space maintains regular hours from nine in the morning to seven at night except on holidays and cleaning / maintenance days... read more arrow
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This history museum was dubbed royal by Queen Elizabeth II in 1986. The history museum is the home to three permanent galleries and an IMAX theater. It is located in the tourist district between the Empress Hotel and the Legislature Building in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

The third floor is the home of Century Hall. This permanent gallery gives visitors a look at the history of the past century. The gallery tour concludes with a walk down a replica early 20th century cobblestone street. The street is complete with a number of the time's features including a silent movie theater.

The First Peoples permanent gallery is also located on the third floor. This gallery shares the history of life before and after contact with European people. There is a collection of artifacts and other materials to inform and engage visitors... read more arrow
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Twenty-eight floors high, the Harbour Center's Lookout offers a singular vision of downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. There are two ways to experience Vancouver from that vantage. There are free guided tours that provide you with interesting information about the various panoramas. There are also a number of installations that provide information for you to view on your own. Either way it is a view of Vancouver that many simply do not leave the city without experiencing, and you may never see the city the same once you have.

You can visit the indoor heated deck day or night. Allowing you to take in the atmosphere that you most prefer, or both if that is your preference. You may want to spend some time exploring Harbour Centre as well. It is home to offices and a University, but the structure also houses shops, a food fair and a liquor store. If you get hungry, or even if you do not, you will likely want to sit in the revolving restaurant in the Centre before you leave... read more arrow
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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a full-sized Chinese garden situated "outside of China" in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This garden states the primeval techniques of Ming Dynasty. This classical park was inaugurated in the year 1986, April 24th. The tranquility of the mountain, hills, valleys and pelts of the urban sanctuary is enjoyable to visit, and as well sipping a cup of hot and flavored Chinese tea will favor the moment overlong.

For a relaxing vacation, this Chinese garden is recommended outright. Want to shop those? This place features everything you need right from Chinese treasures to the exclusive Chinese collectors goods. The building work commenced in the year 1985 and it took one year for completion. The external area of this classical garden was contrived by first-rate architects including Donald Vaughan and Joe Wai, whereas the internal area of this classical garden was designed by Wang Zu-Xin... read more arrow
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Gwaii Haanas National Park and Haida Heritage site in British Columbia, Canada, stretches on 1470 sq km area or about 15% of Queen Charlotte Islands. It is located approximately 100 km from the main British Columbia coast and comprises of 138 islands. These islands are inhabited by Haida who are famous for their rich culture and legendary existence since ancient times. In 1958, this area was declared as a provincial park and 1988 saw its merger with the national park system. There are no roads in the Gwaii Haanas area. There are no stores or fueling stations. Access to the area is limited to airplane and boat.

The marine environment over here is extremely rich in protein content and the Queen Charlotte Islands has abundance of flora and fauna including some endemic species which have actually evolved here.

There are base-camps established at points of interest. Watchmen are available at these locations to provide you with information about the living Haidi culture... read more arrow
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The park is located in British Columbia, Canada. It is a Rocky Mountain Park situated along the western slopes of the Continental Divide.

Yoho National Park offers individuals something of both nature and civilization. In addition to a wide variety of activities, this National Park also offers accommodations that are accessible for individuals with disabilities. These include interpretative displays and theaters, as well as camping sites, picnic sites, washrooms and TTY service.

For those that are interested in more than camping there are opportunities for scenic drives and photography. Backcountry camping and hiking as well as frontcountry camping and trails are available. There are also a variety of water activities that you can choose from. In winter the weather and the activities are a bit different... read more arrow
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Lynn Canyon Park is the municipal rainforest park situated in the District of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The park officially opened in the year 1912, wherein the original park's size was 12 acres (49,000 m2), but now the entire park covers about 617 acres (2.50 km2).

The Lynn Park has lots of numerous hiking spots that offer hikers varying degree of different difficulty and length, such as the Baden-Powell Trail that passes right through the park and then crossing over the famous 50 meters Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge.

A continued 10 minute walk across the bridge will bring you to a 30 foot pool, which contains deep clear waters enclosed in an isolated area and surrounded by streams that are trickling down in small waterfalls. The beautiful place offers hikers the chance to relax amid peaceful waterfalls, after a long walk.

Moreover, since it is the second most forested park, if you are lucky you can also spot different wildlife cowering on the woods... read more arrow
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The Canadian Rockies, peaking on Alberta and British Columbia in Canada, is the North American Rocky Mountain range in this region. Picturesque, serene, calm, adventurous treks all add to its charm. Known to be older mountains than the American side, these mountains are purely sedimentary rocks and glaciated.

The closest airport to reach the Rockies is the Calgary International Airport, one and half hours away, from where one can reach the mountains by road. The weather here is a mix of seasons in a day with it sometimes being sunny, sometimes a thunderstorm and sometimes hail. Depending on which town you are looking at basing yourself at in this region, there are a wide variety of inn's, bed and breakfast facilities, hotels, motels, cabins, lodges, rental and camping facilities to choose from.

Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise, Fernie, Kimberley, Waterton, Canmore, Kananaskis, Invermere, Revelstoke, Valemount and Cranbrook are some important towns in this region that have varied tourist interest and the base for most activities in the region... read more arrow

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