What to do on Holiday in British Columbia, Canada
Germans are known for being amongst the top international holiday travellers. Although some prefer to visit the warmer waters of Greece, Spain and Italy, a few like to venture further afield. Although Canada may not necessarily be the first destination that comes to mind, visitors never regret the decision.
The province of British Columbia (B.C.) lies sandwiched between the pacific west coast and the Canadian Rocky Mountains, resulting in a primarily temperate year-round climate. These conditions make it one of the top growing regions in the world for blueberries and cranberries. We recommend that you visit the Okanagan region for picturesque views (and tasting) of B.C.'s fruit orchards and wineries.
British Columbia is massive, measuring 944,735 km² - just over 2 ½ times the size of Germany! Two-thirds of its landmass is carpeted in forests, with six national parks, three UNESCO World Heritage sites and over 400 provincial conservation areas and parks. The province is an ideal destination for Germans who love exploring the great outdoors.
The province's geography makes it perfect for outdoor activities, including hiking along mountain trails, kayaking/canoeing, cycling and skiing. There's also plenty of wildlife in the air, on land and in the sea. This might include larger mammals like bears, mountain lions and orca.
To cover all of this ground, you'll want to rent a car. Whistler, British Columbia, is known for some of the best hills in the world for skiing and snowboarding. It's only about 120 km from Vancouver. If you fancy a cross-border visit to the United States, Seattle, Washington, is about a 2 ½ hour drive from Vancouver.
The population of British Columbia is roughly 5.2 million, with about half of that within the Metropolitan Vancouver area. This region is home to five universities, the largest of which is the University of British Columbia (UB.C.). It's also home to a museum of anthropology that houses aboriginal works.
B.C. is home to 198 native tribes (First Nations), whose rich culture has left its mark everywhere, including majestic totem poles, art and more.
Located on the Pacific West Coast, Vancouver, British Columbia, is one of the largest cities in Canada and home to some other exciting things to do. Stanley Park is 1,000+ acres of old-growth rainforest where visitors can stroll or cycle through. The Vancouver Aquarium is one of the largest in North America, where visitors can find exciting sea mammals like beluga whales, sea lions and Pacific dolphins.
Vancouver is one of the most ethnically diverse cities globally, where one can hear many foreign languages spoken and sample many international cuisines. Germans who love their craft beers will be delighted by the burgeoning number of craft brewers. For trendy settings to enjoy European-style food and cocktails, look no further than chic neighbourhoods like Gastown, Yaletown, Granville Street and Main Street. Each has a terrific night scene, offering dancing and local bands.
If you fancy some dim sum, Vancouver is home to one of the oldest Chinatown's in Canada. While in the area, why not visit a classical Chinese garden: Dr Sun Yat Sen?
Canada generally tolerates gambling, including online casinos with low wagering requirements. There are also 17 full-service provincially run land-based casinos for those interested in. Visitors (19+ years of age) can enjoy all the classic table games and slot machines for regular players and VIP casino high rollers.
If you happen to visit Vancouver between October and April, you may even want to catch the Vancouver Canucks in action! It is the only National Hockey League (NHL) team in the province. As you probably already know, ice hockey is the beloved national sport, much like European football here in Germany.
B.C.'s raw natural beauty, culture, recreational activities, nightlife, and more make it the ideal holiday destination. Not surprising, a record 412,000 German visitors made the journey to Canada (including B.C.) in 2019. Find out what they already know.
Oct. 20, 2021, 4:20 p.m.