British Columbia, Canada
British Columbia Travel Guide
Bordered by the Pacific Ocean, British Columbia is a province that crosses five mountain ranges, plus ice fields, lush vineyards, and valleys filled with wildlife and rainforests. British Columbia in Canada shares a southern border with Washington state, which for many people makes this area an easy vacation destination for world-class golf, winter sports, and getting back to nature.
For many, this westernmost Canadian province holds a magical allure, with its promise as one of the last true wilderness settings. Adrenaline junkies will find everything from white-water kayaking to heli-skiing, while weekend warriors may settle for floatplane tours and day hikes to a luxury lodge. Back down at sea level, Vancouver awaits a truly blessed urban oasis, with farm-fresh dining, Asian-infused delicacies, the world-famous Stanley Park, and a gateway to Whistler’s Olympic-caliber peaks.
We will craft your British Columbia family vacation to take advantage of everything this spectacular province has to share, with nature-centric activities for all ages, all interests, and all tastes, from the quirkiest villages of the Gulf Islands to the most remote fishing villages of the northern coast, and every glorious mile in between.
We have yet to meet someone who has visited Vancouver and come away without that, “What will it take to uproot and move here?” internal monologue. This friendly, glittery, nature-centric, and active city is as beguiling an urban center as they come.
From its walkable neighborhoods to its renowned Asian cuisine, from its immediate mountain access to world-class shopping on Robson Street, a Vancouver family vacation has something for everyone. Stanley Park’s encircling seawall is nearly reason enough for a visit. Whether you have a day or a week, we will craft a Vancouver vacation that takes full advantage of this cultural, culinary capital of the west coast, with the outdoor wonderland that is British Columbia right in its backyard.
Get ready to explore – you’ll want to make the most of every moment of your Vancouver vacation. Brave the gravity-defying Capilano Suspension Bridge, embark on the Grouse Grind to the top of the mountain that looms just across the harbor from downtown or hop a water taxi to Granville Island Market, a smorgasbord of fresh produce, glistening seafood, and hearty baked goodies – as well as artisan workshops. Still hungry? Head to Chinatown, a feast for all your senses, from Japanese neighborhood pubs to juicy wild salmon. Stroll with residents through English Bay, the city’s urban shoreline, and find out why they love living here. And, of course, play all day in the city’s jewel, the thousand-acre Stanley Park. Fresh powder at dawn, sushi by the seashore at dinner – this is the life of a Vancouverite.
Whistler is a four-season retreat that is also one of the world’s elite ski resorts. In addition to endless winter athletics, the area sports many golf courses and three glaciers that you can explore in any season. In the summer you can get to know the area with a hiking, ATV, mountain bike, or zipline excursion. Whistler Village winds around town and is an enjoyable gathering place with great shopping, restaurants, and nightclubs. Whistler accommodations range from mountainside lodges to luxury. A Whistler vacation is truly the perfect all-season family getaway.
Whistler Horizons is a premiere luxury package provider for Whistler, British Columbia. Our staff has spent many years living in and enjoying the Whistler lifestyle we know the resort inside out. We have spent countless days skiing and snowboarding the mountains, have visited and vetted all of our accommodations, and have sampled Whistler’s wider range of exclusive restaurants, pubs, and nightspots.
It remains our goal to show you why we live here and why people choose to come back year after year! We are also fully registered to operate in the town of Whistler and through the municipality of Whistler.
Important Things to Know:
Passport Requirement: Yes
Visa Requirement: No. Visa not required with stays up to 180 days
Best Time To Travel to This Destination: March to May & September to November
This Destination is Best For: Culture, Soft Adventure/Outdoor Adventure, Northern Lights.
Is This a Family-Friendly Destination: Yes
Recommended Vaccinations: Chickenpox (Varicella), Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis, Flu (influenza), Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR), and Polio Shingles.