How can I best experience the Canadian West?
Visit Vancouver Island
With its rugged coves, clear waters and charming towns, Vancouver Island is a place that will easily capture the hearts of adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts. It also offers many activities and outdoor recreation all around the Island. While here, you will have your choice from nearly endless activities. Set out more adventurous activities like a guided boat tour to the Great Bear Rainforest where you will also see whales, grizzly bears, and if you're lucky, orcas! For the more relaxed traveller, try indulging in the local seafood cuisine with a food tour around Victoria. And in addition to the vast nature around Vancouver Island, you should also make a stop in the city of Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. Victoria is a beautiful and historic city known for its Victorian Architecture and attractions like the Butchart Gardens. A great bonus is that there are frequent ferries out to Vancouver Island from the mainland coast.
Hike in the Canadian Rocky Mountains
In addition to the Pacific Coast area, the Canadian Rocky Mountains also define the landscape. With breathtaking and snow covered peaks, crystal clear lakes and an abundance of wildlife, the Rockies are a bucket-list worthy stop every traveller should see. All around the mountains, you can partake in hiking and mountain biking trails, canoeing and even horseback riding.
While in the Canadian Rockies, a visit to the world heritage site, Jasper National Park is also a must. Jasper is the largest national park in the Rockies, and is home to North America's largest population of both grizzly bears and moose. Discover the endless trails through the pristine wilderness, as well as the scenic drive Icefield Parkway that passes glaciers and stretches between Jasper National Park and Banff National Park in Alberta.