The Vancouver, Coast and Mountains tourism region boasts an amazing range of scenery and terrain, as well as unlimited activities and culture. From the cosmopolitan and trendy neighbourhoods of downtown Vancouver to the rainforests and secluded coves of the Sunshine Coast, a wide variety of spectacular scenery and diverse attractions are never more than a short drive away.
Vancouver, Coast and Mountains is the southwestern part of mainland British Columbia and is anchored by the glamorous cityscape of Vancouver that nestles at the foot of the stately peaks of the Coast Mountain range. The backdrop of the region is the coniferous green forest that envelops the mountains. Vancouver is a cosmopolitan city in a spectacular location on the Pacific ocean. More »
Heading northwest by ferry to Langdale, visitors can follow over a hundred of miles of rugged coastline from Metro Vancouver on up the Sunshine Coast to Desolation Sound. The stunning scenery does not disappoint nor does the exceptional fishing and scuba diving. Named for its 2,400 hours of annual sunshine the lifestyle here is relaxed and is home to internationally known artists, musicians and artisans. More »
Northeast of Metro Vancouver is Sea to Sky Country and the famous resort area of Whistler, home to many of the events for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Whistler is a skier's dream! The drive to Whistler along Howe Sound offers stunning vistas of towering rock faces that plunge into the sea, mountains of glimmering ice, sparkling lakes and immense natural forests. More »
East from Metro Vancouver is Mighty Fraser Country through which runs the Fraser River one of the world's greatest salmon-producing river systems. This area offers farming experiences, wineries to explore and great fishing opportunities. The Fraser canyon affords the visitor outstanding views and rock formations as the river cuts through the Coast Mountains. The Fraser is the focus for the area's economy, transportation and culture. Following the First Nation people, it became the Cariboo Wagon Trail, onto the Gold Rush Trail and finally the route for both the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railways. More »
Metro Vancouver is the main gateway for exploring the wonders of British Columbia and a number of self-guided circle tours have been developed to aid the traveler.
The Coast Mountain Circle Tour explores the mountains, forests and canyons that make British Columbia a world-renowned place of wilderness beauty covering almost 600 km. The tour takes two to four days. Travel through misty coastal mountains and into the province's rain shadow and dry highland plateau. Explore historic Gold Rush Country and follow the path of the gold seekers down the Thompson and the raging Fraser River. More »
The Mighty Fraser Country Circle Tour explores the valley carved out by the Fraser River. It covers 635 km and can be done in two to four days. Envision yourself surrounded by dramatic river valleys, lush vineyards, verdant forests, and abundant wildlife. This is only a taste of the wonderment that you will experience. More »
The Coastal Circle Tour explores three of British Columbia's majestic coastlines and takes three to five days. This tour will take you to quaint and cozy seaside communities, sandy beaches and the misty, wave-battered shoreline of Vancouver Island's rugged west coast. Drive up the Sunshine Coast via BC Ferries, over to Vancouver Island and down to the provincial capital of Victoria. Visit seaside villages, beaches and marinas where seafood is at its best.
The Totem Circle Tour covers over 2,500 km and can take anywhere from one to two weeks and is suited for those interested in exploring the culture of British Columbia's First Nations people. Passing through historic sites and villages that will bring you face to face with the people, their art, stories and history. Witness the province's most beautiful and awe-inspiring scenery as you travel overland through the heart of the province and sail the Inside Passage down through the coast's magnificent fjords and rainforests. More »
The Gold Rush Trail is approximately 1,900 km long and can take between 7 and 10 days to drive. Many of British Columbia's highways follow the trails used by the early gold seekers. All along these routes are artifacts and remnants of the early pioneers. Drive this tour and relive their journeys through steep canyons, raging rivers and high mountain passes. The roads are greatly improved, but the scenery is as rugged as ever. More »
The Sunshine Circle Tour is a shortened version of the Coastal Circle Tour taking two to three days. Instead of traveling out to Vancouver Island's rugged west coast, this tour explores more of the island's sandy east coast. Visit seaside villages, beaches and marinas where seafood is at its best. Drive up the Sunshine Coast via BC Ferries, over to Vancouver Island and down to the provincial capital of Victoria. More »
The Discovery Coast Circle Tour allows travelers to experience all the diversity that British Columbia has to offer. From cosmopolitan Vancouver to the cowboy towns of the Cariboo. From rainforest to the grasslands of the Chilcotin plateau. This really is a tour of discovery. For those with the urge to get out there - in a car, an RV, or a pair of hiking boots - BC Ferries presents a remarkable summer route between Port Hardy and Bella Coola. It follows a coastline so remote BC Ferries calls it the Discovery Coast Passage. More »
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