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...
The Loden Hotel
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Steps away from Vancouver's picturesque harbour, the boutique Loden Hotel offers sanctuary from the bustling city. The hotel is beautifully decorated in a contemporary yet cosy style, reflecting the natural surroundings of coastal British Columbia.
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At the Loden, personal touches combined with sophisticated interiors make for an unforgettable stay. With the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver at your fingertips, you can enjoy its proximity to the best attractions including the seawall, Gastown and Stanley Park with the hotel's complimentary cruiser bikes.
Rooms at the Loden are understated, with an emphasis on comfort and convenience over glamour and elegance. The rooms are well-appointed, modern and stylish with views of Vancouver's cityscape. The Loden is also a great option for families, as the signature doubles include two doubles, bath toys, games and even children-sized robes and slippers!
The Loden boasts a wonderful restaurant; Tableau Bar Bistro, which is popular with locals as well as guests. You can expect seasonal in-house cuisine as well a great selection of cocktails and a relaxed atmosphere. In the morning, help yourself to the Nespresso coffee bar until 10am and relax in the lobby with a complimentary newspaper before heading out to explore.
When to go
Vancouver is arguably most famous for being the wettest city in Canada. However, unlike other cities, it doesn't get that cold in winter and only experiences small amounts of snow. The best time to visit is during the summer months, when the weather warms up considerably. The months of June, July and August are also the driest, but be sure to pack for light rain and chilly breezes, especially if you're heading up to the mountains.
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Things to do
Attractions Trolley Tour (Hop on/off)
The Hop-On, Hop-Off City Attractions Tour is the easiest way to enjoy Vancouver’s most popular areas: Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island and more!
Grouse Mountain Skyride Admission
Ticket admission to Grouse Mountain including a scenic roundtrip on the Skyride.
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.
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!
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.
Ultimate Day Tour
This is the ultimate day trip for whale watching and sightseeing in Victoria. Visit the Butchart Gardens, have lunch at Victoria's historic Inner Harbour and enjoy a Gulf Islands cruise on your return to Vancouver.
Whistler and Sea to Sky Gondola Tour
Traverse from the scenic coastline of Howe Sound fjord to the lush forested peaks of the Coast Mountains. This escape from the city is an ideal way to experience the natural wonders surrounding Vancouver and Whistler.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Calgary, Lake Louise, Jasper, Kamloops, Vancouver
This combination of road trip and world-class train ride starts with a scenic self-drive from Calgary through the awe-inspiring glacial landscapes of the Icefields Parkway to Jasper, before boarding the legendary Rocky Mountaineer train where you’ll receive the VIP treatment on route to Vancouver.
Calgary, Banff, Jasper, Clearwater, Ashcroft, Whistler, Vancouver
For those that want to explore the Rockies and British Columbia in depth, this journey explores both iconic Rocky Mountain sights and lesser visited parks, as well as off-the-beaten track cowboy country. It is just the ticket for an epic summertime holiday in the great Canadian outdoors.
Whistler, Ashcroft, Vancouver, Great Bear Rainforest, Vancouver
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.