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Favorite places in B.C.!
Hi Claudia! Visiting BC is going to be amazing! I am from BC and travel thru it extensively.
What sort of things are you into? BC is very diverse and offers so many different scenes. We have everything from bustling metro city-scapes to coastal mountains and rainforest, to ranchlands and deserts. Not to mention our amazing mountains that are endless! These provide breathtaking views and thousands of activities.
The coastal areas are great to see. Vancouver and Van Island offer great options. Also, getting to Bella Coola area will provide you with the remote feeling of the west coast as its just a small fishing community. There is a great BC Ferry route that you can take from Port Hardy. Working even further North you can get to Prince rupert as well if you cant get enough of the stunning coast line. Tofino for surfing, Squamish of rock climbing, Vancouver for… well just an amazing experience you can get it all here, Whistler for mountain biking and skiing and Victoria for a cool city to explore with history and beautiful views.
The Okanogan is a great place in the summer. It is typically the warmest area of BC and attracts a lot of tourists. Their lakes are warm for swimming and keeps them busy with boaters. Weekends getting very busy. There are LOTS of fruit orchards there so you can gorge on ripe berries and fruits! Very laid back area. Check out everything between Vernon to Osoyoos.
Travelling East of Osoyoos you get into the untamed Kootenay region. This area is great for backcountry activities. Its more of a BC secret. Not overly populated and very quit. Cranbrook is the largest town with many great surrounding places. Be sure to check out Nelson, a small town that presents a natural and free spirited vibe (some may call them hippies hehe). Fernie has a great mountain adventure feel with a few large ski resorts only a fe KM's away. Sparwood is a mining town with lots of history and mining roots.
Heading North you find my favourite area! These mountains truly are amazing and endless. Starting at Invermere, you will see more hot springs and mountain activities galore. Its the best spot for sail planes (gliders) and is beautiful in the summer. Golden and Revelstoke will own your heart if your a mountain lover. Two major ski hills in both of these towns and access to the best backcountry around. Great paragliding, mountain biking, whitewater rafter, mountaineering and hiking in this area. You can also sneak into the part of Alberta that I feel they stole from BC. Banff and Canmore are only a few hours away and worth a visit.
The Cariboo region (Williams Lake is the central point for this region) is great for seeing the cowboy scene. Lots of large ranches, historic gold rush trails and ghost towns. The Cariboo mountains offer plenty of places to explore and tons of mountain lakes. Camping is the best way to expereince this area. Check out Wells Gray park and Barkerville for some good history. Bowron Lakes is a must do for nature lovers. It has a large series of portage routes to paddle and is very serene. Out west are some sand dunes and acres of ranch land too.
North of Prince George starts to get pretty isolated. Communities are sparse but there are still places like Smithers and Terrace which are beautiful to see. There are some pretty remote untouched places to see. I recommend going in the fall if you head that far. Less bugs and the scenery gets very colourful!
These are some highlights. Each part of BC has much to see and do and I am sure I have omitted a LOT. Any outdoor activity you can think of, we have a hot spot somewhere for it! Hope this helps get you started. If you have any questions, let me know. I have spent most my life exploring BC so Im sure I can point you in the right direction!