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Best Time to Visit British Columbia: Seasons, Travel Tips, & More
Best Time to Visit British Columbia: Seasons, Travel Tips, & More

British Columbia covers a huge territory, stretching from more than 620 miles (1000 km) of Pacific shoreline to glacier-topped mountains, the rolling hills of Okanagan wine country, and the temperate urban center of Vancouver. While winter brings cold weather and plenty of snow to the interior, British Columbia’s coast is warmed with Pacific Ocean currents, making it temperate year-round. Planning a trip requires some thought into both what region and season to target for a British Columbia visit—this guide outlines your best options.

Temperate rainforest hugs Stanley Park's Seawall Promenade outside downtown Vancouver
Coastal British Columbia: Vancouver, Whistler, Tofino, & Victoria - 11 Days

On this 11-day itinerary, you'll explore the alpine lakes and dramatic peaks of the Coastal Range, the old-growth rainforests of Vancouver Island, and the rough-and-tumble shoreline of the Pacific Rim. Start with two nights in Vancouver before dedicating a week to the outdoors on Vancouver Island where you can go whale watching, stroll driftwood-strewn beaches, and take in the Victorian-era architecture of the province's capital.

Two Jack Lake at the gulf of Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park
Map of Canadian Rockies to Vancouver: Banff, Revelstoke, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 15 Days
Canadian Rockies to Vancouver: Banff, Revelstoke, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 15 Days

From craggy snow-capped peaks to icy-blue glacial lakes and rushing streams, this epic road trip features a trio of Canada's famed national parks—Banff, Yoho, and Revelstoke—that highlight the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Starting in Calgary, you'll pass through the mountain resort town of Banff and Lake Louise before venturing into the dramatic landscapes of the less explored (and equally stunning) national parks of the Kootenays. Then you'll trace British Columbia's southern border and spend time in Canada's only desert, Osoyoos—the perfect locale to drink wine and discover Okanagan wine country—before ending your trip in Vancouver.

Tod Lake near Sun Peaks Resort
Map of Coast Mountains & Okanagan: Vancouver, Whistler, Sun Peaks, & Kelowna - 7 Days
Coast Mountains & Okanagan: Vancouver, Whistler, Sun Peaks, & Kelowna - 7 Days

A week-long road trip, featuring British Columbia's Coast Mountains and the wine region of the Okanagan. Starting and ending in Vancouver, you'll drive through Whistler, Sun Peaks, and then south through the Okanagan Valley to Kelowna and back to Vancouver. This route is relatively fast-paced and best suited for those who are short on time but want to cover the main highlights of the Coast Mountains and Okanagan. 

Natural Bridge, a rock formation in Yoho National Park
Map of Canadian Rockies to Vancouver: Banff, Revelstoke, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 14 Days
Canadian Rockies to Vancouver: Banff, Revelstoke, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 14 Days

Immerse yourself in the wild and rugged beauty of British Columbia on this two-week road trip that covers the province's best natural highlights. Carving an "S" through the Canadian Rockies, Kootenays, and the fruit belt of the Okanagan, you'll begin in Calgary, drive through Banff, Yoho, and Mount Revelstoke national parks, and end your journey along the southern border sipping some of the best local wines.

Autumn in Banff National Park
Map of Canadian Rockies to Vancouver: Banff, Radium, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 12 Days
Canadian Rockies to Vancouver: Banff, Radium, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 12 Days

Experience the best of the Canadian Rockies on this epic road trip from Calgary to Vancouver. Start by exploring famous Banff National Park before crossing over into British Columbia and heading south through interior lake country and historic mining communities. Finally, you'll have a few days to unwind and relax at the end of your trip by visiting some of the country's best wineries in the Okanagan Valley, surrounded by Canada's only desert. 

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Rockies, Kootenays, & Okanagan: Banff, Revelstoke, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 15 Days
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Coast Mountains & Okanagan: Vancouver, Whistler, Sun Peaks, & Kelowna - 7 Days
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Canadian Rockies to Vancouver: Banff, Revelstoke, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 14 Days
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