The Canadian wilderness is home to some of the world’s most incredible wildlife. In a day, you can witness grizzlies fishing for salmon, come face to face with a majestic moose and watch a breaching humpback whale off the coast. For wildlife photographers, the dramatic landscapes of Canada provide the ultimate setting whilst nature lovers are bound to be blown away by the diverse flora and fauna that awaits around every corner.
Canada’s landscapes are primed for a hiking adventure and its many thousands of trails are fit for any age and ability. Whether it be heli-hiking in the mountains, or a gentle stroll around one of its many alpine lakes, no matter your fitness or walking preferences, there is bound to be something that appeals to everyone.
Canada’s formidable scenery is primed for discovery on four wheels. Roads skirt majestic mountain passes, shimmering blue lakes and endless wilderness making for a journey you and your loved ones will never forget. Whether its that of a sparkling ocean, a lush pine forest, a thundering waterfall, a craggy peak or a gurgling stream, there is a postcard perfect view awaiting at every turn in the road.
The soaring mountains and thick forests of inland British Columbia are a thrilling wilderness where hikers roam through flower-filled meadows and grizzly bears fish for salmon, but venturing to the coast provides just as much fun and adventure. Our specialists have handpicked their favourite ways to spend their days in Coastal BC.
A pristine wilderness on a scale difficult to imagine, Canada’s glaciated Rocky Mountains are a true adventure playground with a huge range of activities on offer. From hiking to horse-riding and of course wildlife spotting, there is no end of things to do. Here’s our lowdown on the top ten ways to spend your days in this grand region, which spans the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia...
Active British Columbia
Whistler, Ashcroft, Vancouver, Great Bear Rainforest, Vancouver
Best for: Imagine Favourites, Riding, Spectacular scenery
British Columbia is a nature and outdoor enthusiasts paradise. This itinerary gives you everything you'd want from an active holiday, including mountain adventures, a western ranch stay and a spectacular Vancouver Island wildlife lodge.
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For those with a passion for the outdoors and being active, this British Columbia itinerary really has it all. Begin by heading straight to the mountain village of Whistler for fresh alpine air, and endless opportunities for hiking, biking, zip-lining and river rafting to name a few options. Then it’s onto cowboy country, where you can enjoy true western hospitality and explore the Canadian wilderness whilst living out your dream as a cowboy, or cowgirl. Next, a night long city break in Vancouver, a jumping off point for your flight to Vancouver Island, for a stay at a remote wildlife lodge where you’ll explore the untamed landscapes of Berry Island, on the lookout for grizzly bears, breaching orcas, fishing eagles and bobbing seals. Finish with a couple of nights to explore Vancouver properly on foot or by bike, and indulge in the city’s vibrant foodie scene.
Days 1 - 3 : Whistler, British Columbia
Stay at Nita Lake Lodge for 2 nights
The adventure begins with a one-hour, 30-minute drive or private transfer to the mountain village of Whistler. An ideal place to recharge, there are endless activities to be enjoyed here, with lakeside and mountain hiking, downhill biking, white water rafting and zip-lining to name just a few. You’ll be staying at peaceful Nita Lake Lodge in Creekside, the property offers complimentary bikes to borrow to cycle into the village, as well as canoes and paddle boards to enjoy on the lake.
Days 3 - 6 : Ashcroft, British Columbia
Stay at Sundance Guest Ranch for 3 nights
A spectacular guest ranch awaits on the second leg of your adventure, offering incredible hospitality and cosy, rustic accommodations but most importantly, some of the best riding in British Columbia. With riding for all levels, heading out on the trail is an idyllic way to explore the spectacular scenery of cowboy country. After a long day riding, what better way to relax than indulging in a delicious three course dinner and some local Okanagan wines.
Day 6 - 7 : Vancouver, British Colombia
Stay at The Loden Hotel for 1 night
Next it is a night in Vancouver, where we recommend award-winning boutique hotel the Loden for a nights respite, before a morning flight to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island.
Days 7 - 10 : Great Bear Rainforest
Stay at Farewell Harbour Lodge for 3 nights
On arrival in Port Hardy, you’ll be picked up and driven to Alder Bay for your boat ride to Farewell Harbour Lodge. Located in the Great Bear Rainforest, and in a marine conservation area, the lodge is fantastic for both bear and marine wildlife viewing. Spend the next three days exploring this beautiful untouched wilderness, by boat and on foot, in search of our favourite animals including grizzly bears, black bears, eagles, orcas and sea lions, all dependent on the time of year.
Days 10 - 12 : Vancouver, British Colombia
Stay at The Loden Hotel for 2 nights
Finish back in the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, with its picturesque setting at the base of Grouse Mountain and surrounded by a bay frequented by playful seals, Vancouver is a must on any BC itinerary. Enjoy cycling around magnificent Stanley Park or take the Skyride gondola for some alpine hiking and spectacular views of the city. After all this action, enjoy this foodie rich city, with a guided tour of the famed Granville Market or we can make reservations at the city’s best hot spots.
When to go
British Columbia is blessed with long summers to enjoy the great outdoors. May signals the start of spring in BC but there is still a chill in the air and many lodges on Vancouver Island aren't open yet including Farewell Harbour Lodge. June is considered the best month to visit for wildflowers, pleasant temperatures and fewer crowds. July and August are the most popular months for travel, particularly for families. We encourage early booking to confirm preferred lodges. These summer months are fantastic for outdoor activities, including bear viewing, whale watching and ocean activities. Whilst temperatures throughout BC are consistent (low to mid-twenty degrees Celsius), temperatures can get significantly higher in the interior ranch country. The very end of August, as well as September and October are fantastic months for bear viewing at Farewell Harbour Lodge, but bears can be seen at other times too.
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Things to do
Granville Island Market Tour
Granville Island is Vancouver's destination for lovers of food, art and culture. Eat your way through one of Canada's most loved markets and hear the intriguing stories behind the tasty creations made and sold by some of the locals.
Salmon Bake by ATV
Enjoy a unique dining experience journey by ATV to the Crystal Hut, perched atop Blackcomb Mountain at 6,000ft and overlooking the beautiful scenery.
FlyOver Canada is located on the Canada Place pier in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Buckle up your seatbelt and prepare for the flight of your life!
Peak 2 Peak Gondola
Spanning three kilometres between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, the world record-breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola is a breathtaking journey with 360-degree views. Access via the Whistler Village Gondola.
Whistler Bear Viewing
Rising above Whistler Village are the vast coastal hemlock-cedar forests of the Whistler Blackcomb ski area. These forests, interspersed with ski trails, provide diverse food and shelter for curious black bears.
From $5915 per person
International economy class flights and airport taxes from the UK
All meals and selected activities and wildlife viewing at Farewell Harbour Lodge; all meals and riding at Sundance Ranch
All internal flights, transfers and hire car
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.