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...
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Best for: Family, Specialist, Food Drink
A chic contemporary urban retreat in Victoria on Vancouver Island, the Oswego Hotel makes a great base for couples and families wanting to explore BC's capital. The Oswego has fabulous views and a superb restaurant, and is our favourite Victoria option.
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Easy on the eye (and on the wallet), the Oswego Hotel is a relaxed and cosy retreat in Vancouver Island’s main city of Victoria. A favourite for those in the know, the Oswego makes a great base for couples and families in a quieter part of town, but remaining within close proximity of the main harbour and downtown Victoria.A big plus at the Oswego are the sweeping views encompassing the city, the ocean and the mountains.
The Oswego is an all-suite hotel with 80 spacious studio, one and two bedroom apartments that have a rugged Pacific Coast décor of granite floors, cedar beams and oversized windows to make the most of the views. Additionally, most come with a small panoramic private balcony, perfect for sundowners or simply relaxing with a book after a day of sightseeing.
Suites also come with stainless steel gourmet kitchens and deep soaking tubs in the bathrooms, making them more like apartments than hotel rooms and ideal for families with smaller children or older couples who don't wish to be out on the town each night. Children under 18 years old travelling with their families stay for free when sharing a suite with their parents.
The Oswego’s O Bistro offers West Coast dining at its best, focussing on ingredients that are fresh, local and seasonal. In winter you can dine by the fire, or take your meal al fresco on the outside patio in the summer months and enjoy the views. The Oswego also has a fitness centre and offers in-room spa treatments.
British Columbia’s charming capital Victoria is a fun city with funky local boutiques, antique shops and its own Chinatown with a colourful mix of restaurants and quirky Asian stores. Fort Street is home to a range of fine art galleries, many specialising in local native art. For a glimpse of the area’s nautical past, the Maritime Museum of British Columbia is great. Adventure pursuits range from ocean kayaking among sea lions and otters to whale-watching trips to see the orca pods that live year-round in the surrounding waters.
When to go
The resort is open year round.
BC’s varied climate is influenced by latitude, elevation and ocean proximity but it’s generally warmer in the south and cooler in the north. Winters are mild in Vancouver and Victoria, with only brief snowfalls, while other regions – especially the north and the interior – are subject to freezing temperatures and heavy snow from November to March.
Spring and fall are often warm and pleasant but rainfall can be heavy, particularly on the coast. Summers (June to September) are mostly dry and sunny with warm temperatures, but the interior is hot in July and August, with temperatures surpassing 30°C
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Things to do
Butchart Gardens Tour
From Victoria's Inner Harbour, we take you to the stunning Butchart Gardens, named a National Historic Site of Canada in 2004. Explore gardens inspired from around the world, take a ride on the carousel or enjoy a picnic on the lawn.
Whale Watching in Victoria
You will be collected from your hotel this morning and taken to the harbour for your whale watching cruise with Orca Spirit. Vancouver Island is incredibly famous for its abundance of marine wildlife and the whale watching is brilliant.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Vancouver, Victoria, Tofino, Great Bear Rainforest, Port Hardy, Vancouver
Experience British Columbia’s iconic wildlife on this magnificent trip which includes world-class whale viewing on Vancouver Island, thrilling floatplane adventures and a stay at the spectacular Great Bear Lodge.