Vancouver is one of the few places on earth where you can ski, surf, and spot orcas while hiking. And all of that in one day!
Nanaimo is centrally located on the East Coast of Vancouver Island. The harbour is the central point of the city, where seaplanes take off and land, boats come and go, and walking paths run along the coast.
Ucluelet - Vancouver Island
Ucluelet is the hidden gem of Vancouver Island. This old fishing village is partially surrounded by the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, making it the ideal base for all kinds of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, surfing, and wildlife watching.
Campbell River - Vancouver Island
Campbell River is the gateway to Strathcona Park, the Discovery Islands and the northwest region of Vancouver Island. These wilderness areas are home to a variety of wildlife, including killer whales, dolphins and bald eagles.
Telegraph Cove - Vancouver Island
The village is characterised by wooden houses and jetties, surrounded by an eye-catching landscape of pine trees. Telegraph Cove is the starting point for kayakers and whale-watchers looking for orcas in Johnstone Strait.
Desolation Sound consists of white peaks, forest-covered islands, and countless eye-catching bays and inlets. In the summer months, the water temperature rises to 27°C, making for great snorkelling, kayaking, and swimming.
The vast wilderness of the Coast Mountains has one of the largest populations of grizzly and black bears in Canada. You can also spot wolves, sea eagles, and other wildlife here.
In the winter, you can enjoy the largest ski area in North America, and in the summer months, you can indulge in the many mountain biking and hiking trails that wind through wild nature here.
The golden grasslands, forested mountains, glaciers, and rivers make Chilcotin the Wild West of Canada. Here, you can explore the wild nature like Lucky Luke, galloping on a horse.
As well as the many wine tastings, festivals, and farmers' markets in Okanagan Valley, you can enjoy numerous sandy beaches and a variety of outdoor and water activities during the summer months. Go swimming and boating at Okanagan Lake or hike to the top of Giant's Head Mountain.
Like most towns in the Fraser Valley, Chilliwack is home to many farms. You can visit them on your own with the Circle Farm Tour, which takes you to the most welcoming farms in Chilliwack.