Outdoor Activities in British Columbia: Eight Reason to Visit Today

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:

Squamish

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.

whale

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.

vineyard

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.