24 November 2017
British Columbia is a fantasy destination for any intrepid traveller, boasting rugged mountain ranges, scenic Pacific coastlines, thrilling outdoor activities and intriguing cultural attractions. See what this picturesque region really has to offer by taking a 12-night tour through British Columbia.
Spend your first two nights in Vancouver, a melting pot known for its glorious natural sites. Experience the energy of downtown Vancouver by staying at four-star Westin Bayshore, where you can savour rotisserie chicken and crafted cocktails at its popular H2 Rotisserie and Bar. Experience the best of Vancouver by visiting the Capilano Suspension Bridge where you can stroll above forest canopies, try activities like cliff-walking and see indigenous landmarks such as totem poles.
While you’re here, delve into Vancouver’s legendary culinary scene by taking a special tour. Sign up to the Granville Island Foodie Tour and see the area’s famous Public Market, where you can taste local delicacies like speciality cheeses and maple-glazed salmon candy. Or why not try the Vancouver Brewery Tour, which gives you the chance to visit three local craft beer breweries in four hours, while learning about the brewing process and sampling the product!
Travel east from Vancouver to Kelowna for the next part of your itinerary. Explore the region as you go, by taking a self-guided Circle Farm Tour of the scenic Fraser Valley where you can taste treats like gourmet ice creams and flavoured honeys, buy artisan salmon products, stroll through manicured gardens and wander through corn mazes. You could also visit the world famous Harrison Hot Springs where you can take scenic boat tours, view cascading waterfalls and try water sports like canoeing.
Enjoy two nights in popular tourist hotspot Kelowna while staying at the four-star Delta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Centre, situated near the idyllic Okanagan Lake. Make the most of your location by trying various water sports on the lake such as pedal-boating, flyboarding and kayaking. Taste your way around Kelowna on an Okanagan Foodie Tour, with everything from waterfront dining to hearty pub cuisine on the menu. You could also cycle along the picturesque Myra Canyon Trestles trail, allowing you to take in one of British Columbia’s most famous wine regions.
For the next part of your holiday head to Banff, a town situated within the rugged Canadian Rockies. Stop at Yoho National Park and check out its cornucopia of natural wonders like Kicking Horse River, the vividly-hued Emerald Lake and Takkakaw Falls, where water gushes down steep rocky inclines. For your three nights in Banff stay at the four-star Buffalo Mountain Lodge, a rustic and peaceful mountain retreat hidden in dense forests where you can get away from it all.
En route to your next stop, Kamloops, visit the Quaaout Lodge and try thrilling activities. Tour this beautiful area on foot or via canoe with the help of a First Nations guide, take part in a traditional smudging ceremony and clear away your negative energy, relax in a sweat lodge or try berry picking. Another prime attraction for your itinerary is the British Columbia Wildlife Park, where you’ll come face-to-face with intriguing species like arctic wolves, coyotes, lynx, elk, bald eagles and grizzly bears.
While exploring Kamloops, spend two nights at Sandman Inn & Suites. This contemporary hotel has modern rooms, high speed internet and convenient dining in Denny’s 24-Hour Restaurant with homemade sandwiches and delicious hamburgers on the menu. Discover a new culinary experience by joining ACT Adventures for a picnic in the park, where you can snack on local cuisine alongside the idyllic Riverside Park where smooth golden sands, lawn bowling, water skiing and more await.
Explore the wider region by going on a Sun Peaks day trip. Ride across the area’s alpine terrain via segway, passing vibrantly green pine forests along the way. When you reach the Sun Peaks resort, race on its Mountain Cross Cart Course – the only one in North America – where you can reach top speeds of 35 km per hour. You could also trek across the Kamloops Wine Trail and visit three scenic wineries while tasting tantalising varietals like Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Cabernet Merlot.
Return to the Westin Bayshore for your final two nights in Vancouver. Nearby you’ll find Victoria, the British Columbian capital, which is known for attractions like its opulent Parliament Buildings and the famed Buchart Gardens which is lined with bright flowers like tulips and hyacinths. End your trip on a high note by arranging a session with FlyOver Canada. Climb into their state-of-the-art simulator and take an exhilarating eight minute journey across Canada, as the virtual wind whips across your face!