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Introducing British Columbia

British Columbia covers a huge territory, with around 16,000 miles (26,000 km) of Pacific coastline that rises inland to the dramatic glacier-topped mountains of the Canadian Rockies. While British Columbia is the perfect destination for outdoor adventure, you'll also discover great wine in the Okanagan Valley, a rich indigenous heritage and gold rush history, and a vast pristine wilderness to explore.

When is the best time to visit?
There are two main seasons for traveling—the winter season, which is best for skiing at resorts or in the backcountry or visiting hot springs, and the spring-through-fall season, which is best for road trips, urban exploring, and hiking, biking, and sea kayaking in the outdoors. Learn more

Where should I go in British Columbia?
For a true wilderness experience, head to northern British Columbia to explore a sparsely populated region full of wildlife, remote lake chains, mountains, and countless rivers to canoe or raft. Southern British Columbia is more developed and thus has more options for road trips: for dramatic mountains, head to the Canadian Rockies; for great wine and food, head to the Okanagan Valley; and for coastal rainforest, head to Vancouver Island and the Great Bear Rainforest. Learn more

How many days do I need?
People are often surprised by the scale of British Columbia (it's twice as large as California). It takes multiple weeks to cover more than one region without feeling too rushed, so plan your trip accordingly. If you have 3-7 days, stick to one region. With 2 weeks, you can combine 2-3 regions, and with a month or more you can visit the main highlights of the entire province. Learn more

Getting around British Columbia
The best way to get around British Columbia is by rental car or RV. There are numerous routes, campgrounds, and amenities that make this easy and car ferries will shuttle you between islands. Expect to take multiple ferries if you're exploring the coastline or chartered floatplanes if you're flying into the more remote regions. Domestic flights are also a great way to combine regions that are far apart.

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British Columbia Tours & Itineraries

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Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park
Map of Canadian Rockies Road Trip: Banff, Lake Louise, & Jasper - 7 Days
Canadian Rockies Road Trip: Banff, Lake Louise, & Jasper - 7 Days

One week is just enough time to explore the Canadian Rockies without feeling too rushed. Designed for those looking to get up into the mountains, this route starts and ends in Calgary and focuses on providing the best access to amazing trails as well as lesser-known regions that evade the crowds. The ideal season for this route is May through September. 

Trail to Helen Lake, Banff, National Park
Map of Canadian Rockies Road Trip: Banff, Lake Louise, & Jasper - 5 Days
Canadian Rockies Road Trip: Banff, Lake Louise, & Jasper - 5 Days

With just three full days, this is the minimum amount of time you'll want to get a great feel for the Canadian Rockies. Besides two longer days of driving, you'll be able to focus your time exploring the countless trails and viewpoints along the scenic Icefields Parkway. After returning to Canmore on your last night, it's a short drive to Calgary for your onward journey. 

Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks
Map of Canadian Rockies Road Trip: Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, & Canmore - 13 Days
Canadian Rockies Road Trip: Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, & Canmore - 13 Days

Designed for outdoor adventure lovers, this route gets you away from the crowds into the best alpine scenery of the Canadian Rockies. You'll start and end in Calgary and drive the iconic Icefields Parkway in both directions, taking in Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper, with minimal driving time and more time in nature. 

Tod Lake near Sun Peaks Resort
Map of British Columbia Circuit: Whistler, Shuswap, & Okanagan Valley - 7 Days
British Columbia Circuit: Whistler, Shuswap, & Okanagan Valley - 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. 

Volcanic plateau on the southern flank of Mount Edziza
Map of Mount Edziza Traverse in Northern BC - 10 Days
Mount Edziza Traverse in Northern BC - 10 Days

Located in the remote wilderness of northwestern British Columbia, this is one of the most beautiful and rewarding treks in Canada. A sacred landscape for the Tahltan First Nation, visiting this plateau was both a rite of passage and journey of purification. Accessible only by floatplane, hike for five days across the alpine tundra against the backdrop cinder cones, glaciers, and the mighty Coastal Range.

Osoyoos rests at the south end of the Okanagan Valley
Map of Okanagan Valley Road Trip: Wine & Outdoors - 6 Days
Okanagan Valley Road Trip: Wine & Outdoors - 6 Days

This 6-day itinerary through the Okanagan Valley is perfect for wine and outdoor enthusiasts. It begins in Vancouver, where you can walk or bike Stanley Park's Seawall before driving the winding Crowsnest Highway through forested parkland to reach Kelowna. Tour a wide variety of vineyards and sample local wines after a morning spent biking, hiking, and swimming around the Okanagan.

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Lake front views from Sandifer Lake Cabin
Fly-In Wilderness Adventures around Smithers

Departing from Smithers in northern British Columbia, hop on a floatplane flight to access a number of wilderness adventures in the nearby mountains and backcountry. You'll find cabins, lake camping, and beautiful alpine basins to explore on foot with friends or family. Most of these places can be reached by a 20-60-minute flight.

Aerial view of the town of Banff (Paul Zizka)
Best Things To Do around Banff in Summer

Serving as the eastern gateway to Banff National Park, the town of Banff serves as a great basecamp for exploring the park as well as the numerous highlights surrounding the town, itself. In the summer months, the most popular activities range from hiking, mountain biking, and paddling the lakes and rivers to more scenic helicopter flights that take you high up into the Rockies. Whatever you choose to do, head out early to beat the crowds and make the most of your time in the mountains!

Paddleboarding off the coast of the Great Bear Rainforest
Map of West Coast Wilderness at Nimmo Bay Resort - 8 Days
West Coast Wilderness at Nimmo Bay Resort - 8 Days

Head off into the remote wilderness of the west coast of British Columbia with a multi-day stay at Nimmo Bay Resort. You'll immediately feel at home at this family-run resort which is located on the coast of the Great Bear Rainforest. Surrounded by pristine wilderness, you can choose from a variety of adventures each day, from sea kayaking to grizzly bear viewing to helicopter tours.

British Columbia Travel Maps

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British Columbia map: Best of the Canadian Rockies Road Trip - 7 Days
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Trip Reviews for British Columbia

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John

Well organized and Taylor rd to our needs · British Columbia - Jun 12 - Jun 22, 2022

Traveler: John R. - Local specialist: Maude Pepin

All of the trip was well organized and was Taylor’s to exactly want we wanted. Most of the hotels selected were great. All do the activities were spaced out well to give us flexibility to do things once we arrived. This was our first time using Kim Kim and we look forward to using them again! read more

All of the trip was well organized and was Taylor’s to exactly want we wanted. Most of the hotels selected were great. All do the activities were spaced out well to give us flexibility to do things once we arrived. This was our first time using Kim Kim and we look forward to using them again!

Hotel Reviews

Sunset Inn and Suites

Vancouver

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Hotel Review

The bedroom in the suite we had was tiny! It had a king sized bed but we barely had room to walk around it. We had to move our suitcases out of our way each time we needed to move. Would have rather had a queen bed if meant we had more space. The living room and kitchen were nice. Breakfast was included but had to be ordered ahead of time

Cleanliness & Comfort

Room was clean but space of the bedroom was a major draw back l. It also had a window AC unit with ductwork duck taped to the window and wasn’t very secure. Bedroom had window unit behind the curtain so it blew cold air into the curtain the whole time. Room was visible to other buildings so we had to keep it closed for privacy making the AC unit useless. Fortunately our time of year didn’t require much AC and we were still comfortable
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Moose Hotel and Suites

Banff

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Hotel Review

This hotel was amazing!!! The amenities were great! We enjoyed the rooftop hit pools and room service for breakfast was very convenient! The suite was spacious and the bathroom was really nice! We can’t wait to come back here.

Tips for future travelers

Use the included local transit bus pass. Parking is difficult and it was so nice to have convenient mass transit that was free to us as guests.

Cleanliness & Comfort

Staff

Very friendly and helpful. I lost my camera on the bus and they helped me track it down.
Authenticity & Character

Fireplace in the suite amazing balcony views
Location

It was right downtown we could walk to most Places
Activity Reviews

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Vancouver

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Explore around Banff

Banff

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We had our own gondola. We also were able to go early due to it not being busy so we got more time at the top.
Guides, drivers and staff

Gondola operates greeted us and asked were we were from. Very friendly
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Columbia Icefield Excursion

Canada

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Activity Review

A very unique experience one of the highlights of our trip.

Transport

Really fun to ride the monster truck bus!
Guides, drivers and staff

Friendly and engaging drivers answered all our questions
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Maligne Lake Cruise

Canada

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Marie Christine was super to deal with. She responded quickly to any questions I asked! · British Columbia - May 26 - Jun 1, 2022

Traveler: Sue P. - Local specialist: Marie-Christine Desjardins

Marie Christine was super to deal with. She was attentive and listened to my requests for destinations. All of our accommodations exceeded our expectations.

The only disappointment was the itinerary said breakfasts were included, when in fact most of our accommodations did not (there is a discrepancy from the itinerary and the information about the hotels.). If I had noticed this at the beginning of the trip, I may not have taken advantage of the KimKim service as pricing was now... read more

Marie Christine was super to deal with. She was attentive and listened to my requests for destinations. All of our accommodations exceeded our expectations.

The only disappointment was the itinerary said breakfasts were included, when in fact most of our accommodations did not (there is a discrepancy from the itinerary and the information about the hotels.). If I had noticed this at the beginning of the trip, I may not have taken advantage of the KimKim service as pricing was now higher than what I had expected.

Hotel Reviews

Best Western Plus Merritt Hotel

Merritt

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Hotel Review

Convenient, clean and friendly hotel. Nice to have a great selection for the breakfast which was included.

Cleanliness & Comfort

Rooms were spotless
Staff

Friendly front desk staff
Authenticity & Character

Large room, great shower!
Location

Convenient to the highway

Kelowna Bed and Breakfast

Kelowna

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Hotel Review

Fantastic place and friendly hosts.

Tips for future travelers

Book it before you miss the opportunity to stay here!

Cleanliness & Comfort

Spotless!
Staff

Made sure we knew where everything was located and made us feel at home.
Authenticity & Character

Spacious room with private patio!
Location

We could easily walk to downtown Kelowna. Beautiful neighbourhood

Fairmont Banff Springs

Banff

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Hotel Review

This is a unique hotel and the rooms are much smaller than newer hotels. We stayed here because of the history of the hotel.

Tips for future travelers

The rooms are very small - we went for the ambiance of the building and the grounds.

Cleanliness & Comfort

Spotless!
Staff

Extremely friendly and went out of their way to make us feel comfortable
Authenticity & Character

The history of this hotel is amazing.
Location

Bus stop outside the hotel can be used for free to take you into town. Otherwise it is a 15 minute walk.

Blackstone Mountain Lodge

Canmore

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Hotel Review

Lovely hotel with spacious rooms. Each room has a complete kitchen!

Cleanliness & Comfort

Spotless!
Staff

Everyone was super friendly!
Authenticity & Character

Large rooms and full kitchen
Location

Close to downtown, great coffee shops and a nice walking trail along the river.
Activity Reviews

Arrive in Kelowna

Kelowna

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Activity Review

We arranged a last minute wine tour with Gerry of Wine Boss Tours. He graciously waited while we met him at his first pick up. The tour was fun and Gerry provided great insight into the wineries we visited.

Transport

Clean van and water was provided for us!
Guides, drivers and staff

Gerry was extremely knowledgeable and entertaining!
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Banff to Lake Louise

Banff

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Activity Review

Banff is a beautiful town but busy with tourists. We enjoyed the delightful coffee shop and went there twice for the fresh breakfast sandwiches made with their “made on the premises” bread. They were delicious and so was the coffee!

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Marie-Christine Desjardins, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you so much for your review, Sue. It was a pleasure organizing your trip - it took me back a few years ago when I did the almost same itinerary! As for the breakfasts, I understand it was disapointing. It was raised to kimkim support and we are all working on a solution so it does not happen again. I am so glad you enjoyed your trip and do not hesitate to reach out if you are planning another roadtrip, maybe Eastern Canada this time? :) Take care!