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Wanted: Picnics next to pristine, glacial-fed lakes, skiing first tracks on fresh powder at a higher elevation than ever experienced, grizzly bear sightings (from afar!), fly-fishing in remote rivers with nary a soul nearby – all this, with a side of internationally influenced cuisine, incredible local wines and fun shopping opportunities in a strikingly beautiful city. Far-fetched? Not quite. On a British Columbia vacation, this is simply the beginning.

For many, this westernmost Canadian province holds a magical allure, with its promise as one of the last true wilderness settings. Adrenaline junkies will find everything from white-water kayaking to heli-skiing, while weekend warriors may settle for floatplane tours and day hikes to a luxury lodge. Back down at sea level, Vancouver awaits, a truly blessed urban oasis, with farm-fresh dining, Asian-infused delicacies, the world-famous Stanley Park and gateway to Whistler’s Olympic-caliber peaks.

We will craft your British Columbia family vacation to take advantage of everything this spectacular province has to share, with nature-centric activities for all ages, all interests and all tastes, from the quirkiest villages of the Gulf Islands to the most remote fishing villages of the northern coast, and every glorious mile in between.

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BRITISH COLUMBIA HIGHLIGHTS

VANCOUVER


VANCOUVER

We have yet to meet someone who has visited Vancouver and come away without that, “What will it take to uproot and move here?” internal monologue. This friendly, glittery, nature-centric and active city is as beguiling an urban center as they come. From its walkable neighborhoods to its renowned Asian cuisine, from its immediate mountain access to world-class shopping on Robson Street, a Vancouver family vacation has something for everyone. Stanley Park’s encircling seawall is nearly reason enough for a visit. Whether you have a day or a week, we will craft a Vancouver vacation that takes full advantage of this cultural, culinary capital of the west coast, with the outdoor wonderland that is British Columbia right in its backyard.

WHAT WE REVEAL
Get ready to explore – you’ll want to make the most of every moment of your Vancouver vacation. Brave the gravity-defying Capilano Suspension Bridge, embark on the Grouse Grind to the top of the mountain that looms just across the harbor from downtown or hop a water taxi to Granville Island Market, a smorgasbord of fresh produce, glistening seafood and hearty baked goodies – as well as artisan workshops. Still hungry? Head to Chinatown, a feast for all your senses, from Japanese neighborhood pubs to juicy wild salmon. Stroll with local residents through English Bay, the city’s urban shoreline and find out why they love living here. And, of course, play all day in the city’s jewel, the thousand-acre Stanley Park. Fresh powder at dawn, sushi by the seashore at dinner – this is the life of a Vancouverite.

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> Whistler
> San Juan Islands

WHISTLER


WHISTLER

Sandwiched in the verdant valley between Blackcomb and its namesake mountain, Whistler is a four-season outdoor playground. Whether you come for the adrenaline rush of heli-skiing or to bike leisurely through lush virgin forest, whether you’re traveling with young children or several generations of family, Whistler is sure to dazzle and delight all the senses. You’ll carve fresh tracks under blue skies in the very place winter Olympians trod in 2010, dine on hearty farm-fresh fare to fuel the action-packed days of your Whistler vacation and sleep soundly in everything from quaint lodges to world-class resorts.

WHAT WE REVEAL
Whistler family vacations are among our favorites to arrange – so much to see and do for all seasons, all ages and all interests. Any time of year, stroll through charming Whistler village, with its myriad art galleries and shops. Come winter, there’s much to do both on and off the slopes – starting, of course, with 8,100 acres of skiable terrain. Swish along Callaghan Valley’s Olympic-level Nordic ski tracks or embark on a dogsledding adventure, a decidedly Canadian way to embrace the winter wonderland. Tube down thrill-inducing runs or wander about the 2010 Winter Olympic sites. The après-ski is legendary, with award-winning restaurants and lively bars boasting fresh, organic fare, microbrews and local wines. When the mercury rises, search for black bears, tee off on four championship golf courses, swim in refreshing lake waters, whitewater raft on the lively Green River, fly-fish for rainbow trout and salmon and take in lively music and dance performances. Our knowledgeable local experts guarantee an off-the-beaten-path Whistler vacation showcasing the region’s spectacular natural beauty and inherent friendliness.

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> Vancouver
> Vancouver Island & Gulf Islands

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK


GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

We’re talking about the other Glacier National Park, the Canadian version, often eclipsed in conversation by the GNP stateside. This was the second national park in Canada, after Banff, and one could argue that it’s the birthplace of recreational hiking in North America. Back in 1888, two British mountaineers took to the region’s lofty peaks we’ve been trekking ever since. Today, those with a penchant for brisk alpine air continue to flock to Glacier National Park. British Columbia’s Selkirk and Purcell mountains and spectacular Rogers Pass are some of the most coveted views. Ski enthusiasts have long loved the area for its 30-plus feet of fresh snow annually and deep-powder trails. Summer months bring endless miles of hiking beneath moss-draped, old-growth trees in the world’s only inland cedar rain forest.

WHAT WE REVEAL
Trek through towering trees and picnic in alpine meadows strewn with vibrant wildflowers. Stroll along the Hemlock Grove Boardwalk, tucking in to a cozy log cabin to warm up in the cooler months, or savoring the shade of the ancient forest in summer. Climb rock staircases on the Rockgarden Trail and snap photos of the Selkirk Mountain wilderness. Your Glacier National Park family vacation may also include rugged Revelstoke, a historic gateway to some serious wilderness. Beyond its adrenaline-infused hiking, skiing and kayaking opportunities, there’s a surprisingly vibrant artist community here to explore.

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> Banff and Banff National Park
> Jasper and Jasper National Park

VICTORIA


VICTORIA

Where else can you enjoy a spot of tea in traditional English style and take to the sea to glimpse orca whales in the same day? A Victoria family vacation will showcase the best of this provincial capital, from its bohemian shops and coffeehouses to a world-famous museum and a renowned garden blooming in riotous color. There’s an element of romance here, with the pretty waterfront, the striking Empress hotel and horse-drawn carriage rides, and we’ll put you right in the mix with the resident chefs, artists and writers who make Victoria their home. When it’s time to head from tea to trails, you’re perfectly positioned to explore rugged outdoor pursuits, from hiking to biking, kayaking to climbing.

WHAT WE REVEAL
Getting as much as we can out of this charmingly small city, your Victoria vacation will be thoughtfully orchestrated. Visit renowned Butchart Gardens, one of the world’s premier floral show gardens. Climb Craigdarroch Castle’s 87-step tower for distant Olympic Mountain views and a slice of life look at the Victorian era’s upper echelon. Bike through inviting Victorian neighborhoods, such as James Bay, The Uplands and Oak Bay. Spend a morning kayaking in the harbor or whale watching by zodiac, then wile away the afternoon at British Columbia’s finest museum, the Royal BC Museum, with its fascinating exhibits, including a colonial street you can actually walk through. Then, explore Canada’s oldest Chinatown and its notorious Fan Tan Alley before indulging in the city’s dynamic farm-to-table food scene, with some of the freshest ingredients you’ll ever enjoy.

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> Wine Country
> Olympic National Park

VANCOUVER ISLAND & GULF ISLANDS


VANCOUVER ISLAND & GULF ISLANDS

Islands bring with them a certain romantic allure, a chance to detach and disconnect from reality and savor an idyllic sense of place. British Columbia’s Vancouver Island is no exception, with its quirky, independent communities nestled amidst nearly inaccessible rain forests, craggy coastlines and rolling mountains. From the surf-dom of Tofino on the Pacific coast to the English bent of Victoria in the south, there are wonderful surprises at every turn of the island’s quiet country roads. Your Vancouver Island vacation can run the gamut from world-class dining opportunities at sophisticated lodges overlooking a churning sea (“storm watching” is an actual activity here) to backcountry camping and sea kayaking through tiny remote islands, as you search for orca whales who may just be passing through.

WHAT WE REVEAL
Fancy a spot of tea in a palatial hotel on the water’s edge? Sip the Queen’s blend in the charming provincial capital of Victoria. Craving farm-fresh produce and a peek at local artwork? Spend a morning strolling through Salt Spring Island’s magnificent summer market in Ganges. Are the big waves calling your name? Take to the sandy beaches of rugged Clayoquot Sound off outdoorsy Tofino. Your Vancouver Island family vacation is thoughtfully arranged with our local, on-the-ground experts to ensure that you’ll experience everything this compact, yet diverse island, and its neighboring Gulf Islands, has to offer, from local hot springs to fossil digs, wine tastings in the Cowichan valley to learning about traditional native ways of life at the Quw’utsun’ Cultural Centre in Duncan.

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> Vancouver
> Victoria

WINE COUNTRY


WINE COUNTRY

Quickly becoming a go-to destination for oenophiles, British Columbia’s central Okanagan Valley is brimming with excellent wineries eager to share their merlot, cabernet sauvignons and pinot blancs, all of which thrive in the region’s arid climate. Nearby, glacially sculpted lakes offer a refreshing cool-off before a gourmet dinner that showcases, of course, these delicious vintages. Your British Columbia Wine Country vacation can include as many wineries as you wish… driving between them, biking between them, whatever your energy level dictates. You’ll pass apricot orchards and fertile vineyards climbing terraced hillsides, starting, perhaps in the heart of the region, Kelowna, and moving outward, to Osoyoos and its warm-water lake, and Naramata, on the southeast shore of Lake Okanagan.

WHAT WE REVEAL
In between winery visits, your British Columbia Wine Country vacation may entail active days of boating, waterskiing and windsurfing on Okanagan Lake – at 80 miles long, there’s much coastline to enjoy. Or, bike along the famous Kettle Valley Railway Trail above historic Naramata and boasting vast valley vistas. Stop for a picnic amidst picturesque vineyards, take a dip in Osoyoos Lake and shop for local cherries, homemade jams and other goodies at family-run roadside stands. In addition, your British Columbia Wine Country vacation can include an exploration of the Langley wine region and its impressive wineries, just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Heading north from the Okanagan, one can also explore Salmon Arm, with its picturesque Shuswap Lake, forested highlands and small agricultural community feel – come for the bird-watching and biking, stay for the history and arts.

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> Vancouver
> Victoria

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