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British Columbia

Getting there & around

Most travelers arrive via Vancouver International Airport, with smaller gateway airports like Victoria and Kelowna servicing domestic and US routes.

Driving – from across Canada or via the US border – is also popular, although US border crossings often have weekend and holiday queues. The province’s Ministry of Transportation runs a handy website called Drive BC (www.drivebc.ca) where you can check regional road conditions before you set off on a trek.

Greyhound Canada buses arrive in BC from across Canada, with US services connecting via Vancouver. US Amtrak trains arrive in Vancouver via Seattle, while homegrown VIA Rail locomotives trundle into the province from Alberta and points east.

Travelers are well-served within BC by planes and long-distance bus routes, while the BC Ferries (250-386-3431, 888-223-3779; www.bcferries.com) network plies the province’s waters. Driving is the best way to reach many far-flung areas. Some regional road distances:

Kamloops to Vancouver 355km

Prince George to Prince Rupert 772km

Vancouver to Victoria (via BC Ferries) 110km