Welcome to British Columbia & The Canadian Rockies

Grand Outdoors

A large, lung-filling intake of breath is the usual response upon encountering this region’s sparkling diorama of sawtooth peaks, dense forests, ethereally colored lakes and crenulated coastlines ever-whipped by dramatic ocean waves. It’s the vast scale of this seemingly infinite wilderness that strikes most visitors, triggering a humble response in the face of nature’s grand scheme. There has never been a more persuasive argument for blissful tree-hugging – but of course when it comes to the area’s astonishing wildlife, from whales and grizzlies to wolves and moose, it’s best to keep the hugging to a minimum.

Epic Adrenaline Rushes

Steely calved West Coasters have been discovering ways to interact with the outdoors for decades, and there are hundreds of operators here that can help you do the same. From skiing or mountain biking on Whistler’s spectacular slopes, to hiking the flower-studded alpine meadows in Banff National Park or surfing with the beach nuts in Tofino, there are more ways to work up a sweat here than you can swing a paddle at. Which reminds us: these are prime kayaking waters, with tree-lined lakes and rough-and-tumble ocean routes that will call your name like a siren song.

Urban Adventures

It's easy to be seduced by the outdoors but this region also offers sparkling city action. Urbanites will enjoy the Edmonton arts scene and Calgary's contemporary cowboy vibe, but it's British Columbia that offers the best city-based shenanigans, with two very different approaches. Provincial capital Victoria frames its increasingly cool scene with a backdrop of historic buildings, while Vancouver, Western Canada's largest city, provides a full menu of tasty neighborhoods that are ripe for exploration. From slick Yaletown to hipster-haven Main St and from cool Gastown to the 'gayborhood' of West End, you'll never run out of places to explore on foot.

Foodie Explorations

Discovering its local foodie mojo in recent years, this region serves up a full menu of juicy seafood, velvet-soft ranchland steaks, and abundant fruit and vegies piled high at an ever-expanding array of seasonal farmers markets. Restaurants fall over themselves to showcase these delicious local ingredients, but it’s Vancouver, possibly Canada’s top dining city, that leads the way. Alongside the Okanagan Valley and its wine-producing satellite regions, and a surge in regional artisan distilleries, there’s been a sudsy tidal wave of lip-smacking new microbreweries, making BC the country's top destination for traveling beer fans.

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$164.77 Day Trips & Excursions

Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour by Bus

Your tour begins with pickup from Vancouver (select hotels only) for a scenic, relaxing 1.5-hour cruise to Vancouver Island. Upon arrival, take a scenic drive south by comfortable coach through exclusive residential areas and parks to downtown Victoria. You'll be given a comprehensive overview of Victoria and will then have about 3 hours of free time to explore on your own by foot. Top landmarks include the Royal British Columbia Museum, Miniture World, the Bug Zoo and the IMAX Museum. The highlight of your tour will surely be world-famous Butchart Gardens. A National Historic Site of Canada, this 55-acre (22-hectare) sprawl of floral gardens offers endless stunning views. During your 1.5 hours of free time, stroll down the winding walkways and capture photos of this impressive landscape. You'll be taken back to Vancouver after your tour. Please note: You must include hotel information at checkout and call tour operator ahead to confirm.

$122.62 Day Trips & Excursions

Vancouver North Shore Tour: Capilano Bridge, Grouse Mountain

Your Vancouver North Shore day trip starts with pickup from Vancouver or Richmond (select hotels only) and a drive over the Lions Gate Bridge, a 5,890-foot (1,823-meter) suspension bridge that offers unparalleled views of Vancouver Harbor, and beyond. Once you get across to the North Shore, continue on a short drive up the mountain to the Capilano Fish Hatchery (11am departure only). Learn about the life cycle of salmon from your guide and, depending on the season (July - August), watch as they leap their way upriver. Next, head to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, where you'll meander along the surrounding temperate rain forest and learn the traditions of the Indigenous People. Then, walk across the 460-foot (140-meter) bridge to the other side of the river, where you can climb to the canopy and walk through the Treetops Adventure walkway high above the canyon and river below. For those seeking a more thrilling experience, try the Cliffwalk, the newest attraction at the bridge. This adrenaline-pumping journey will take you through the rainforest on a series of suspended walkways jutting out from the granite cliff face to unexplored territories of the park. At the Grouse Mountain Skyride, hop on the tram and travel to a 3,937-foot (1,200-meter) viewpoint above the city and enjoy nature’s spectacular view. In the summertime, you can see Mount Baker and Vancouver Island off British Columbia’s coast. You can also get up-close views of grizzly bears at the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife. After your North Shore experience, relax on the drive back to Vancouver. Please note: You must include hotel information at checkout and call tour operator ahead to confirm.

$61.31 Tours & Sightseeing

Vancouver Sightseeing City Tour with Stanley Park and Gastown

After pickup from select hotels Vancouver hotels, your 4-hour tour includes the sights of Gastown, Vancouver's historic district. Drive along cobbled streets past 19th-century buildings. Listen to engaging commentary from your guide about the popular landmarks as you pass.  Soak up the lively cultural atmosphere of Chinatown, one of North America's largest Chinatowns, and drive through Robson Street, Vancouver's trendy shopping district in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Enter the urban oasis of Stanley Park and see Brockton Point’s nine historic totem poles built by the First People in British Columbia. Ascend to Prospect Point, the highest point of Stanley Park, and capture amazing views of the North Shore Mountains, the Lions Gate Bridge and Burrard Inlet. Pass English Bay, Vancouver's sunbathing destination, and Vancouver Harbor. On Granville Island, explore Public Market's stalls selling gastronomic masterpieces and homemade goods made from glass and textiles. At Vancouver Lookout, a glass elevator lifts you up 553 feet skyward, in just 40 seconds, giving you incredible panoramas of Vancouver. Your tour ends with drop-off at your departure point. Please note: You must include hotel information at checkout and call the tour operator ahead to confirm your booking.

$111.12 Day Trips & Excursions

Whistler Small-Group Day Trip from Vancouver

Following pickup from Vancouver or Richmond (select hotels only), you'll travel by mini-coach to Whistler through the scenic Sea-to-Sky corridor. Along the way, you'll enjoy spectacular views from the peaks of the Tantalus mountains to the depths of the canyon of the Cheakmus River. Next, drive up to 2,000 feet (609 meters) above sea level to reach stunning Whistler Valley. Here there are a number of activities to add to your itinerary available at an additional cost, including zip-line adventure, snowmobile tour, ATV 4-wheeler tour, spa and more. Those feeling less adventurous can experience the charm of Whistler Village, the hosted venue of the 2010 Winter Olympics. You may browse quaint shops, walk along forest trails or simply enjoy the mountain scenery. Or why not take advantage of your free admission ticket to the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre? On your journey home you will have the opportunity to stop at Shannon Falls, the third-highest waterfall in Canada. Take a walk to the base for some great photos of this natural wonder or step back and admire the power and beauty of the cascading waters before continuing your scenic journey back to Vancouver. Please note: You must include hotel information at checkout and call tour operator ahead to confirm.

$94 Transfers & Ground Transport

Vancouver Airport (YVR) Private Transport to Downtown

Avoid hassling with your luggage, tracking down a taxi or sharing a shuttle with others when you arrive in Vancouver International Airport on your way to Vancouver. Why not pamper yourself instead with this private luxury transfer, offering the ultimate in comfort and privacy? Just enter your flight and accommodations details at the time of booking, pay in advance and show your voucher to your driver when you arrive. For international arrivals, your driver will be waiting to greet you with a sign through a set of glass doors outside of the baggage and customs area. For domestic arrivals, your driver will greet you with a sign at the luggage carousel. Your flight status is also monitored to ensure an on-time pick-up with minimal waiting. Choose from either a private car for up to 3 guests including a luxury Tesla Sedan, a private SUV that seats as many as 6, or a Mercedes Sprinter Van equipped with a gear bay, providing enough ceiling height for skis to stand upright and protected. If you are looking for a little more flash choose our 5 passenger sedan limo. Whatever option you choose, just sit back and enjoy the ride without worrying about taxi meters.

$85.83 Tours & Sightseeing

Vancouver City Tour Including Capilano Suspension Bridge

Your half-day Vancouver city tour starts with pickup in the late morning from your downtown Vancouver hotel. Aboard a comfortable coach, travel through Vancouver to Canada Place, Robson Street and Stanley Park, where you’ll stop to view the renowned totem poles. After crossing the historic Lions Gate Bridge and passing Cleveland Bridge – offering great views of Capilano Lake – make your way to the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge. You’ll enjoy bird’s-eye views of the spectacular canyon and thriving coastal forest as you cross the 450-foot-long (137-meter) bridge. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, do the Cliffwalk, which takes you on a thrilling journey by foot along a series of suspended walkways jutting out from the granite cliff face above the Capilano River! You’ll also have time at this attraction to browse the shops and enjoy lunch (own expense). Afterward, continue your coach tour to Granville Island for time to explore the public market, marinas, eateries and galleries. Your next highlights are Chinatown – the 2nd-largest in North America – and the historic Gastown district. Throughout your tour, your knowledgeable guide will offer commentary about the sites you see. Your tour concludes with hotel drop-off.