Travel to British Columbia, heading for the great outdoors

Before you leave

Located in the far west of Canada, British Columbia is intertwined between the Rockies and the Pacific Ocean. This province, almost twice the size of France, is a magnificent adventure park for all those who go there. The discovery often begins in Vancouver. Every year, this city ranks among the top 10 most pleasant cities on the planet. Yet, travellers arriving to these remote parts of Canada are often in search of fresh air, nature and the greatest change of scenery. All you have to do is leave the few quiet cities that dot the landscape to blend in completely with a most unspoilt environment. On the menu for your trip to British Columbia: River walks, hikes through huge fir forests, northern safaris in search of large specimens of local wildlife. In winter, skis, snowshoes and sled dogs take over. In short, a stay in British Columbia offers a wide range of activities that are exciting to discover!

Advice from the editorial staff

If the east coast of Canada is French-speaking, here, we speak English and only English! Don’t forget to revisit the few memories you have of Shakespeare’s language. Otherwise, don’t leave without a small pocket dictionary!
Be sufficiently equipped if you travel to British Columbia during the winter. The climate is harsh, temperatures are rarely positive between November and March!

The pros

  • +The calm and relaxed atmosphere of the streets of Vancouver
  • +The magic of landscapes with different shades
  • +Nature preserved over most of the territory

The cons

  • -The harsh climate during the winter months (October to March)

Cooking

Local cuisine is not particularly well known. Of course, you will find all the elements of classic North American cuisine. Some specialities must be tested, such as surf and turf, a set of fish and meat dishes, bread rolls called Bannocks or toasted seaweed.
British Columbia is also known for its vineyards and wine route. There are two wine regions in the southern part of the province: the Similkameen Valley and the Okanagan Valley. The relatively mild climate of these valleys allows the vines to flourish and the wines produced from them are known to be of good quality. Be sure to soak your lips in a 2007 Chardonnay Estate River or Sun Rock Shiraz.

WEATHER COMFORT INDEX

Discover the weekly weather forecasts for British Columbia. Different criteria provided by Météo France allow us to accurately display the best period to leave British Columbia. The temperature, weather, sunshine and wind indexes will allow you, thanks to an overall score, to choose the most suitable activities for the weather and thus make your holidays a success.

Remembrance and crafts

Indian handicrafts offer pleasant souvenirs: sculptures, trapper’s snowshoes, calumets, moccasins, jewellery and skins. You will also find beautiful handmade pottery. Go directly to the reserves, it’s nicer and the money goes directly to the producers and craftsmen! To be sure of the origin and manufacture of a sculpture, for example, you only need to ask for the authenticity sticker, issued by the government. Stores are generally open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Convenience stores (neighbourhood grocery stores) are open later and sometimes 24 hours a day.