Welcome to British Columbia (BC), Canada
British Columbia (BC) is packed with activity that you can do regardless if it’s a short day trip visit or a week-long visit. I’ve been living here for quite a long time already and still, from time to time I feel like I am tourist. Every year, I still visit these same places over and over again, and I never got tired of time. Every visit gave me a different experience and appreciation and I am proud to be living in such a beautiful place like this. I thought I’d give you some ideas on how to spend your time in BC in case you choose to visit us. These are just some of the attractions that we have, I still have a lot to follow and I am hoping to release them little by little.
BEST Time to visit BC
We don’t get as much snow as other provinces in Canada so if snow if your problem, you can check that off now, but we do have quite a lot of rainy days here. So the best time to visit is always during summer around June – September but the peak where there is almost sun everyday is July and August. September tends to be slightly chilly but still sunny which is still good, as rain hasn’t started yet. When October starts, rain start pouring in as well. I personally prefer outdoor attraction even when I go to other places, the last thing I want is to carry my umbrella with me every where I go. So if you want to visit BC, time it during the summer to make the trip worth it. Let me show you some of the attractions that we have here. Click on each title to get to the post. Let’s get started!
Attractions in British Columbia
Best downtown place ever! Vancouver downtown is a very nice place to walk around. There are plenty of shops and restaurants and a good starting point to see other attractions in the city. Check out the link above for more details.
Harbour Cruise is a nice 3 hours lunch/dinner cruise offered during summer time. I like doing this once in a while when I just want to have a quite relaxing time sitting in the deck. Check out the link above for more details.
This place is always my favorite place to visit during summer. It’s a great place for shopping, dining, walking around and biking. Check out the link above for more details.
One of Vancouver largest park is Stanley Park. The park offers amazing breathtaking city and mountain view. The Park has a long stretch of cycling/running path, picnic area, aquarium, gardens and more. Check out the link above for more details.
Are you a garden lover like me? Vancouver have a lot of beautiful garden and most of them are either FREE or only with minimal fee. This is one garden I love to visit during the summer season. The landscape is quite impressive and the garden is not too crowded. Check out the link above for more details.
Nothing beats Vandusen Garden during summer. Their collection of plants, flowers and trees are truly impressive and beautiful. During summer time, the garden is being transformed into almost like a fairy tale land with all the beautiful flowers in the surrounding. Check out the link above for more details.
A different style all together as compare to the other two gardens above. This is a Japanese inspired garden although it a lot smaller in size it makes up for its unique landscape and a more quiet surrounding. Check out the link above for more details.
This is another Asian themed garden located in the heart of Chinatown in Vancouver. This garden is very small but has a very different style and landscape, you will feel transported into a different place when you see it. Check out the link above for more details.
Going a little bit away from downtown is Grouse Mountain. Whether you are visiting Grouse Mountain during summer or winter, there are activities for you to do. Grouse Mountain offers a short nice gondola ride up and down the mountain, 3 different dining places at the top, and some summer ground activities and shows. Check out the link above for more details.
This a small quite park in the city of Richmond. A favorite place for people around the neighborhood. Although small in size, this park provides a relaxing environment away from the crowd.
This is considered as National Historic Site in city of Richmond. Walk back in time and walk by the riverfront showcasing historic building, including 19th-century canneries, boatyards & residences.
Enjoy a quiet tea time at London Heritage Farm after a visit at Britannia Shipyard. Stroll the garden and don’t forget to get souvenirs on your way out.
If you are into biking and you are looking for a nice place to ride your bike, checkout “The Spit” located in the city of Richmond. It’s an easy ride and not so crowded with vehichles.
Here is another biking route recommendation, my favorite West Dyke located at the city of Richmond. This is a scenic route with dedicated bike lane, no crowd , no public transportation vehicles. Check out my video here.
A favorite destination for people who love seafood. It got the best fish and chips in town, but more than that, the place have nice restaurants and cafe.
My recent favorite place to visit outside of Vancouver is Sea To Sky located at Squamish area. This is only about 1 hour away and it offers absolutely breathtaking view like you’ve never seen before. There is restaurant at the top, children playground, picnic area and an easy hiking path too. If you want to truly appreciate the beauty of nature, give this place a visit. Check out the link above for more details.
About 1.5 hours away from Vancouver is Whistler village. Although it’s more popular destination during winter, summer also is a great time to visit this place without you having to wear layers and layers of clothing. Summer in Whister tends to be really hot so be prepared to have a water bottle with you. Whistler village is like a small community at the base of the mountain. They have shop, restaurant and cafe, theater, hotels and more. Check out the link above for more details.
If you are visiting longer and have couple of days spare, checkout Tofino and explore nature at it’s best. Go swimming (surfing), walk the beach and get up close with nature. I have a short video for this, click on the “Tofino” text link above.
If you are in BC during Spring season, checkout our Tulip Farm. Yes, we have them here too. Check out my separate post for the short video.
That’s about it for now, I hope you enjoy our short tour of BC. I have more BC attractions to come really soon, so stay tuned!Until my next travel adventure, this is SweetnSpicyLiving, your travel buddy!
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