British Columbia is a place of immense natural beauty that boasts dozens of spectacular places to explore. In Canada's westernmost province, you can expect towering mountain ranges, stunning coastlines, dense forests, icy blue lakes, and abundant wildlife. This is one place where I was actually stunned by the number of trees growing everywhere. Some googling and I found out that two-thirds of the land - 60 million hectares - is covered in trees. We traveled to Vancouver, Vancouver island, Whistler and Banff.
The interior of BC is every bit as spectacular as the Rocky Mountains to the East and the Pacific and Coast Mountains to the West. Don’t just drive through on the Trans-Canada (Hwy-1) or Hwy-3 – the real attractions lie in the two north-south routes. The Easternmost of these goes through the Kootenay region, an idyllic assortment of mountains and lakes and peaceful towns from the grand Glacier and Revelstoke national parks all the way south to the US border near the attractive old mining town (and skiing and biking haven) of Rossland. Roughly parallel to the west, the next major highway system travels along the arid Okanagan Valley: a Californian-like enclave of orchards, vineyards, warm lakes and resort towns, whose beaches and scorching summers draw hordes of holidaymakers from all over Canada and the western US. Kamloops is the Okanagan’s northern gateway. It’s also on the doorstep of the laidback Shuswap region (an area of lakes and rivers) and the magnificent Wells Gray Provincial Park, a remote collection of exceptional waterfalls and perfect canoeing lakes.