Ever visited British Columbia? If not, the next question begs being asked. What are you waiting for? There’s no shortage of epic adventure when exploring outdoor activities in British Columbia. You’re missing all of this:
Climb in Squamish
Every summer, thousands of climbers from around the world visit Squamish to test themselves on the cliffs and boulders. The result is a vibrant climbing scene best known for its finger and hand cracks. Consider hiring a guide from Squamish Rock Guides or another local company. Squamish is also a go-to destination for mountain biking, paragliding, rafting, and kiteboarding.
Cycle in Stanley Park
The 1,001-acre park is next to downtown Vancouver, so it’s an easy escape from the bustle of the big city. Consider renting bikes and going for a ride on the sea wall that runs around the outside of the park. Also, stop to check out the aquarium.
Hike the Lions
This is a serious undertaking. The Lions are the two most familiar peaks seen from the City of Vancouver. Looking up at them is nothing compared to the view looking down from on top.
Surf in Tofino
There’s no surfing in Canada, right? Wrong. Tofino!
On the Rugged West Coast of Vancouver Island, there are a dozen surf shops and schools offering lessons and gear to get you out in the mighty Pacific. In recent years, Tofino has built a reputation as a tourist destination, but not so much as to detract from the casual demeanor of the relaxed beach-side town. If surfing isn’t your game, check out the sea kayaking or whale watching tours where you might see Grey or Humpback whales.
Bath in Harrison Hot Springs
At the southern end of Harrison Lake, thermal springs leave the ground and are captured in pools for your bathing convenience. The “Potash” springs have a temperature of 104°F, and the “Sulphur” springs of 149°F. Both have a remarkably high concentration of dissolved mineral solids at 1300 ppm.
Ferry to Gabriola
Much smaller the Gulf Islands populate the straight of Georgia between the mainland and the larger Vancouver Island. These oceanic gems are places worth the visit. Gabriola’s most ancient culture can be viewed through the lens of petroglyphs carved by First Nations. The island is also home to a number of modern art galleries featuring work from eclectic local artists.
Pick Fruit in the Okanagan
The fertile land of the Okanagan Valley grows plenty of tree fruits like cherries, peaches, apricots, plums, as well as blueberries, raspberries, and corn. Go there, pick your own fruit and stop by a vineyard to get some wine for later.
Ski in Whistler
In listing outdoor activities in British Columbia, we’d be remiss not to mention this one. Whistler is a world-class skiing destination before the 2010 winter games instigated facility improvements to match the natural wonders of the surrounding mountains. The ski season in Whistler typically begins around the third weekend in November and extends into April. Be sure to also check out the village. It’s a bit like Disneyland, but for adults.