British Columbia

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Joel Fulleda

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  • Squamish backpack
  • Rockies
  • Vancouver Island

The nature of the British Columbia is undoubtedly the absolute protagonist of this region of the Canadian Far West: from the most pristine of Haida Gwaii, where meeting the natives is certainly not an oddity, up to the extraordinary landscapes of the Rockies safeguarded in the immense natural parks.

Constellations of picturesque villages await you to offer you the most varied activities: from fossil discoveries to mining trains there will be opportunities to make a trip here truly unforgettable.

Vancouver it is the only large metropolis in the province: multicultural and naturalist, modern and anchored to its past, it is a metropolis that has been able to harmonize apparently contradictory aspects. Museums, city parks and ethnic neighborhoods will not fail to delight you here.

Squamish backpack

Da Vancouver and Squamish backpack, the journey will not be very long, but absolutely interesting and suggestively pleasant. The destination, Squamish, is an enchanting gift of nature: a happy meeting of ocean, alpine forests and river landscapes make the views of this town truly enchanting.

Shannon Falls, Canada

However, the splendor of Squamish is heralded by as many extraordinary scenarios: the 335 meters of the cascate del Shannon Falls Provincial Park, among the most impressive in British Columbia as well as the 652 meters of The Chief, the granite face to which the Stawamus Chief Provincial Park owes its fame.

In addition to nature, the surroundings of Squamish offer significant historical-cultural insights: the Britannia Mine Museum with the tour by train in the dark copper mines that were the largest in the British Empire and the West Coast Rail Way Heritage Park, an open-air museum of steam trains that will enchant young and old.

The regions east of Vancouver, ever closer to the Rocky Mountains, are a mine of charm and beauty that will not fail to impress even the least touchy.

Okanagan Valley, British Columbisa

The perfume that pervades the Okanagan Valley it will be truly intoxicating and unique in the whole province: the sunniest region of British Columbia has enjoyed the perfect climate for growing immense orchards and vineyards. For a truly suggestive overview, take a ride aboard the Kettle Valley Steam Railway a Penticton which will give you a splendid view of the surrounding orchards. The fruit festival is held in this delightful town at the beginning of August.

The mildness of the climate, in the hottest months, will allow you a regenerating dip in the waters of the Osoyoos Lake, a truly arid area that pays homage to desert flora and fauna in the Osoyoos Desert Center.

Further north, the truly impressive scenarios of the Fraser Valley: evocative glimpses of canyons worthy of the most adventurous films fill the landscape, not to be missed is a trip on a vintage train departing from Kamloops, the main center of the area, on the Kamloops Heritage Railway. Also here, you can pay homage to the courage and audacity of David Thompson, explorer of the rushing surrounding rivers, at the Kamloops Museum.


The eastern end of the province sees the absolute protagonists Rockies.

Yoho National Park, Canada

Among the various parks that protect the extraordinarily enchanting landscape, stands the Yoho National Park. Do not be discouraged by its modest size, compared to the others in the vicinity: its landscape so uncontaminated and unaffected by human work will not fear comparisons. If that's not enough, the Takakkaw Falls, the fossil deposits of Cambrian age (515 million years ago) of Mt Stephen and Mt Field, as well as Lake O'Hara - the sum of the best the Rocky Mountains can offer you - will be more than valid reasons to visit this park .

Glacier National Park, British Columbia

The parks in this area complete the picture Glacier National Park and its wooden walkway of 400 meters; the compendium of biodiversity present in British Columbia - from cacti to ice - of Kootenay National Park, habitat of the characteristic sheep of the Rocky Mountains, and Mt Revelstoke National Park with enchanting views of the Columbia River.

British Columbia's westernmost landscape offers unique island features and settings that fill the deep blue Pacific.

Vancouver Island

Further south, it develops Vancouver Island, the largest and most populated Pacific island in North America. Here, it is located Victoria, the beautiful, elegant and refined capital of the province. With distinctly British features, the Empasse Hotel, as well as the Parliament Buildings are its emblems all over the world.

Around Victoria, towns with a cultural, historical and naturalistic spirit will not fail to delight you. From what is considered the city of books, Sidney, to the one that celebrates the harsh living conditions of the pioneers, Sooke, we pass through the “four-season” gardens and butterfly collections of Brentwood Bay.

The wine produced in the Cowichan Valley it is so well known that it is also the protagonist of a festival in late summer. In addition to food and wine tours, you will be able to see the largest hockey stick in the world, preserved in Duncan; millenary spruces al Carmanh Walbran Provincial Park and a village that has minted its own currency and embellished the facades of buildings with murals, Chemainus.

On the island, there is also the best spelunking center in British Columbia, outside Parksville; the famous West Coast Trail Unit hiking itinerary in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and the possibility of a fossil tour at the Courtenay & District Museum & Palaentology Center, in the Comox Valley.

Against the backdrop of the Southern Islands, history buffs will not be disappointed with Mayne Island and its rich historical heritage due to its past as a mining stop, as will lovers of Japanese culture from Japanese garden, a tribute to the Japanese ethnic group who settled here last century. Inevitable, then, a jump to Galiano Island to admire the wider biodiversity of its still uncontaminated and unaltered nature.

Further north, about fifty of the first coasts of Alaska, is the archipelago Haida Gwaii. Don't hesitate to look for it on older maps: until 2010 it was called Queen Charlotte Islands and the change was a recognition of the Haida culture that has its homeland here. You can visit over 500 sites - including villages and burial caves - in the Gwaii Haans National Park Reserve, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, surrounded by a scenery of spruce and cedar trees among the most impressive in the world.

Biodiversity, as well as attention to minorities and the preservation of a hard and laborious past will be just some of the traits that will remain impressed upon you after visiting the wonders - natural and not only - of British Columbia.

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