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Advice for Visitors to Canada

British Columbia: A Vacation to Remember

Two of Canada’s most unique features are its distinctive landscape and multiple cultures. The West coast is no exception. British Columbia, the sixth province to enter the Canadian Confederation, is the gateway to the Pacific and home to the Rockies. It offers visitors breathtaking beauty and an abundance of sites to see and activities to do. A vacation in British Columbia is a memorable experience.

Vacation in British ColumbiaThe weather in British Columbia
In British Columbia, you can enjoy several climates in one day. The province’s weather system is influenced by multiple factors, including latitude, the surrounding mountains, and, of course, the Pacific Ocean. The season you choose for your vacation in British Columbia will determine your packing needs.

In winter, the coastal weather is mild and the snow does not stick around for a long time. The only thing you will need is an umbrella to protect you from the light rain. If your vacation in British Columbia includes the interior regions, there will be snow between November and March, and the temperature can be near freezing, so pack warm clothing, that is a winter coat, hat and gloves.

During the summer months of July and August, the interior area of BC experiences the hottest weather of the year, and the south of the province reaches temperatures above 86°F. Near the coast, the temperature ranges from 72°F to 83°F.

Spring and Fall are at their best during the months of June and September, respectively. You can wear shorts and dresses, but bring a warm sweater for the evenings, just in case.

Things to do while on vacation in British Columbia
There is far too much to tackle in one trip, unless your vacation in British Columbia is for an extended period of time. So, your hardest task will be trying to figure out what to see and what to do first!

Whether you are a nature lover or an urban enthusiast, the province and its regions have a variety of attractions and events to suit everyone’s taste. Take a look at some of its highlights:

  • Stanley Park: A must-see when in Vancouver; it is the 3rd largest city park in North America. You have a wide range of activities offered to you, including biking or roller-blading along the seawall which spans 8.8km and encircles the entire park. There is a petting zoo, aquarium and mini water park for children. You can play tennis, watch some theater, stroll through the gardens, or grab a bite to eat at a number of restaurants that offer international cuisine.
  • Vancouver Aquarium: Located in historic Stanley Park, the aquarium presents an opportunity to view over 70,000 animals! As the largest aquarium in Canada, it houses dolphins, sea otters and beluga whales – a thrill for both adults and kids alike.
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge: If you are looking for a titillating adventure, head 15 minutes north of Vancouver to an attraction that has been drawing visitors since 1889. Extending 450 feet in length and suspended 230 feet above the Capilano Rover, seven suspended bridges overlook British Columbia’s majestic Douglas Firs.
  • The Vineyards: British Columbia is establishing itself as one of the top wine-making regions of the world, with numerous international awards under its belt already. The biggest producing areas are the Okanagan Valley, Similkameen Valley, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Some of the most popular British Columbian wines are Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Blended Reds and Pinot Noirs.
  • Thompson Okanagan Region: Vineyards, orchards, beaches, golf and skiing are just a few of the attractions of this territory. It boasts the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies and a waterfall twice the height of Niagara Falls.

Major Cities in British Columbia

  • British Columbia - Inukshuk SunsetWhistler: This exciting destination is deemed to be one of the top four ski resorts in North America. Legendary for its impeccable skiing conditions and breathtaking views, Whistler is an experience not soon forgotten for any snow sport enthusiast.
  • Victoria: The capital of British Columbia boasts a year-round mild climate that is ideal for those who love the outdoors. The panoramic views are stunning as ocean and mountains create a natural wonderland. The list of things to see and do is endless, and includes golf, fishing, hiking, shopping, theater, and gourmet dining. The city was voted number 16 of 100 Top World Destinations in the 2008 Trip Advisor Traveler's Choice Awards.
  • Vancouver: The eighth largest city in Canada, it is bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountain Range. The city has a natural energy that is infectious. Whether you spend your days in beautiful Stanley Park, taking in views of the ocean, mountains and city, or whether you visit the aquarium and science center, you will feel relaxed. A stroll through Gastown’s cobbled streets will take you back to historical times, all the while exploring unique stores and experiencing fine dining. Vancouver is also home to one of the largest Chinese communities in North America. Take the time to visit Chinatown and its exotic food markets, including the night market held during late Spring and Summer when the streets are closed to cars once a week. If you are looking for excitement, Robson Street is the place to party and cruise - trendy bars, animated restaurants, and night clubs where the occasional celebrity can be spotted are plentiful.

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About the Author
Johnny Mangiante is an online journalist. He is also the editor and webmaster for many websites. For more information on Travel Medical Insurance for Visitors to Canada see his website http://www.visitorstocanada.com/.