The West Coast is the name given to the western most area of Canada that stretches from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, and includes the province of British Columbia. British Columbia is a land of spectacular beauty that encapsulates the sheer peaks of the Rockies that line the entire eastern border, the lakes of the interior, the stunning city of Vancouver with the back drop of the coastal mountain range and Pacific Ocean, the abundant wildlife and the fascinating historic city of Victoria, on Vancouver Island. In addition to the astounding beauty of the province visitors can immerse themselves in first nations cultures, engage in adventurous activities and more.
MOST POPULAR TRIPS FOR WEST COAST CANADA
WHAT TO SEE AND DO?
Top Things to See and Do:
• Explore the stunning city surrounded by nature, Vancouver.
• Ferry or Float Plane through the Gulf Islands
• Wine tour in the Okanagan
• Heli Hiking in the Rockies
• Great Bear Rainforest.
• Haida Gwai – First Nation Culture
• British inspired Victoria
• Wildlife tours
British Columbia is a highly hospitable environment for visitors. Its road systems are modern and well marked, it has accommodations to suit every taste and budget, and its businesses are accustomed to serving clients from all over the world.
Climate in British Columbia is influenced by latitude, mountainous topography and the Pacific Ocean. This diversity causes wide variations in average rainfall, snowfall, temperature and hours of sunshine, sometimes over very short distances. In general, however, temperatures are warmer in the south than in the north, and rainfall is heaviest along the coast and lightest in the southern interior. BC is a large province, and therefore has a number of different climatic zones.
Winter: Winters on the coast are temperate, and if snow falls it doesn’t stay long. A warm coat and umbrella are sufficient weather protection in these mild coastal climes. Most of BC’s interior, on the other hand, experiences freezing temperatures and snow lasting from November to March, so full winter wear is necessary for comfort: a heavy coat, a warm hat and gloves or mittens.
Spring and Fall: Spring and fall can often be very warm and pleasant, especially in June and September. Daytime temperatures – particularly in southwestern BC and the southern interior – allow for dresses, shorts and short-sleeved shirts; however, it is advisable to have sweaters, trousers and a light coat or jacket on hand as well.
Summer: Summers are hottest in BC’s interior, particularly in the south where temperatures frequently surpass 30°C/86°F. Nearer the coast, temperatures range from 22 to 28°C/72 to 83°F. Recommended clothing for both regions in summer is the same: shorts, short-sleeved shirts and light dresses in daytime and sweaters and trousers in the evenings.
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