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...
British Columbia with Teenagers
Vancouver, Ashcroft, Whistler, Sunshine Coast
Best for: Family, Self Drive, Spectacular scenery
This two-week, self-drive adventure in British Columbia will leave the entire family with amazing memories as you explore vibrant Vancouver, an authentic western ranch, the mountain town of Whistler and a remote coastal adventure lodge.
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Perfectly paced and designed with families in mind, this self-drive holiday offers incredible experiences from horse-riding in cowboy country, zip-lining in whistler and whale watching on the Sunshine Coast. With its outdoor lifestyle, friendly people and adventure potential, British Columbia makes a fantastic destination for families with older kids and teenagers..
Days 1 - 4 : Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Begin in the vibrant city of Vancouver on British Columbia’s coast, with interactive museums and summer festivals, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained. Highlights include Granville Island with its regular live waterfront entertainment, fresh fudge and donuts and the Kids Market which sells all kinds of offbeat educational toys. Alternatively head across to North Vancouver and experience a squirrel’s eye view of the coastal rainforest and totem poles as you walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge, the world’s highest. No trip to Vancouver would be complete without biking around scenic Stanley Park through ancient forests.
Days 4 - 7 : Ashcroft
We then then suggest driving into BC’s Cowboy Country where Sundance Guest Ranch offers a fully-inclusive family-friendly western ranch experience. With 100 beautiful horses, Sundance offers scenic horse riding for all levels from novices to the accomplished. We pretty much guarantee that you’ll spend a lot of time laughing as you spend your days with the patient, courteous and good-humoured wranglers on trail rides, relaxing by the pool and enjoying the authentic hospitality.
Days 7 - 10 : Whistler, British Columbia
Stay at Delta Whistler Village Suites for 3 nights
Heading back towards the coast, we suggest stopping off for a couple of nights to experience the fun mountain town of Whistler. Known as a winter sports mecca, in summer the area becomes a paradise for hiking, biking, white water rafting and zip-lining. Soaring above rugged mountain creeks, crags and crashing rivers is an experience you will never forget. It is also an excellent place for bear watching, where we can organise fantastic guided tours to spot black bears, often seen on the mountain sides foraging for fruits.
Days 10 - 13 : Egmont
Stay at West Coast Wilderness Lodge for 3 nights
Finally, it is a scenic drive and ferry crossing to end your holiday on the staggeringly beautiful Sunshine Coast at the superb West Coast Wilderness Lodge. Inclusive of meals and certain activities dependent on your package, there is plenty of adventure potential. Take a zodiac boat trip to Princess Louisa Inlet, where you can spot First Nation rock paintings, thundering waterfalls and orca whales if you’re lucky. You can shoot rapids in a kayak, explore remote inlets by jet-ski and trek along ancient rainforest trails. Depending on your preference you can get out and experience it all, or simply soak up the wonderous stillness of the place. West Coast Wilderness Lodge offers an idyllic place to end an incredible family adventure.
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 are just opening for the summer season. 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 and whale watching. 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 in key spots in BC due to the salmon run.
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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.
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!
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.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Walk across the magnificent Capilano Suspension Bridge, rise high above the canyon along a new granite Cliffwalk and climb through old growth fir trees on the Treetops Adventure. Don't forget to take a complimentary guided nature walk.
From $3260 per person
International economy flights including taxes from the UK
Based on a family of four on a room only basis in Vancouver and Whistler
All meals and riding at Sundance and breakfast and dinner and some activities at West Coast Wilderness Lodge
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.