British Columbia is the last province of Canada in its west. It is situated between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. It is the only province, which shares two borders with the USA. Its name was given by the Queen Victoria in 1858 because of the British component in Columbia district. It is one of the largest provinces in the world. The name of its capital is Victoria, which is located on Vancouver Island. British Columbia is rich in the natural beauty of green forests, rocky mountains, awesomely clear lakes and Pacific beach. This natural beauty attracts tourists from all over the world.
10) Great Bear Rainforest
You might haven’t heard that the Great Bear Rainforest is the largest temperate rainforest in the world. It is located along the western coast of British Columbia. Its wilderness has expanded to 21 million acres of the landscape. This rainforest has a vital and glorious ecosystem. It is the home of abundant wild species and its water teems with abundant marine life. It is the only place in the world, where Kermodei Bears are found, which are also known as spirit bears. It is a great place for explorers, tough adventurers and tourists who want to explore the beauty of the nature in different ways.
9) Columbia Icefield
Columbia Ice-field is located in the rocky mountains of Canada. It divides the border of British Columbia and Alberta. Its depth is about 100 meters to 365 meters and it encounters 7 meters snow per year. The Ice-field parkway is considered one of the best natural scenic roads in the world. A 90 minute ice explorer trip operates from the Columbia Ice-field center by the Brewster transport after every 15 minutes. Skywalk of the Athabasca Glacier along the Sunwapta Valley shows many beautiful natural views. People have spotted some bears, moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goats during this trip.
8) Alaska Highway
The Alaska Highway is a famous and a historic road in the world. It starts from the Dawson Creek in British Columbia and ends at the Watson Lake in Yukon. It was constructed during World War 2 in 1942. It was a tough driveway at that time, but now it is well maintained, comfortable and dual lane highway. It is still on the top of the list of many adventurers. It is surrounded with beautiful nature scenes, view of snow covered mountains and abundant wildlife. Its natural wilderness includes deep forests, wild flowers, plants, bears, eagles, moose and much more. Its cultural attraction, beautiful natural scenic views and adventurous journey is unforgettable for all the tourists.
7) Capilano Suspension Bridge
Capilano Suspension Bridge is a bridge, which is a crossing path of the Capilano river in the north of Vancouver, British Columbia. It is an award winning suspension bridge, which was originally built in 1889. It is one of the top attractions of Vancouver. Residents and the tourists around the world enjoy the thrill of crossing this 137 meter long bridge, which is swinging 70 meters above the Capiano river for a long time. The bridge shows the magnificent view of river flow and beautiful old grown tall trees underneath the bridge. Over 800,000 visitors enjoy this bridge per year.
6) Science World at Telus World of Science
Science World at TELUS World of Science is situated in Vancouver, British Columbia at the end of False Creek. It is under the administration of a non-profit organization. It is engaged in promoting science and inspiring the visitors with technology that can play a role in the future of science. It is a world of science and fun for the people of all age groups. Its building includes an ancient dome, which attracts tourists towards its architect. Science World welcomes group tours, educational trips, different instructional exhibitions and scientific activities for children. It includes many wonders of science, eye-opening science demonstrations, a lunch room and an incredible OMINAX theatre, which has covered half of the inner surface of the dome.
5) Emerald Lake
Emerald Lake was discovered in 1882 and was named because of its fascinating emerald colored water. It is one of the most beautiful places of Yoho National Park in British Columbia. Many climate sensitive species of plants and frangible wild orchids are found in its surroundings. The area of Emerald Lake has abundant animals and many bird species. Beautiful and huge mountain range on its sideways increased its beauty to maximum level. Visitors can enjoy hiking, swimming, canoe and row boating at Emerald Lake. While in winters, cross-country skis and snowshoes are famous for visitors.
4) Victoria Bug Zoo
Victoria Bug Zoo was opened in 1997. It is situated in Downtown Victoria, British Columbia. It is one of the must visit place in British Columbia. It is a two-room mini zoo, which shows many tropical bugs and insects from the whole world. These insects are kept in special tanks. More than 40 interesting species of insects are available here. It has largest tropical bugs collected in North America and largest ant farm in Canada, which has leaf-cutter ants. Skilled and knowledgeable guides entertain children and adults in a very good way. Visiting this place provides real thrill for everyone.
3) Craigdarroch Castle
This Historical Victorian Mansion is situated in Victoria. It is a most attractive landmark of Victoria. It was built on a hill in 1890 by the richest man in west Canada, Robert Dunsmuir. It has covered an area of 25,000 square feet, in which 39 rooms are included. All these rooms are furnished luxuriously by Victorian Architect, elegant stained glass windows, graceful woodwork and Victorian antiques. When a visitor enters in its circular room, his self-guided tour begins. Translation of this self-guided tour is available in simple Chinese, Korean, Japanese, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese and Turkish languages.
2) Vancouver Aquarium
The Vancouver Aquarium is Canada’s largest public aquarium, which is located in Stanley Park in Vancouver. More than 70,000 marine creatures are living in this aquarium. Beluga Whales, dolphins, sea otters, anacondas and eels are some prominent marine species in Vancouver Aquarium. It is not only a tourist attraction place, but also an educational & informational point for naturalists and the marine life researchers. Children and curious adults enjoy this place for entertainment and for the source of knowledge.
1) Royal British Columbia Museum
Royal British Columbia Museum is a merger of British Columbia’s Natural & Human History Museum and British Columbia Provincial Archives. It is a significant cultural treasure of Canada. The title of “Royal” was approved by the Queen Elizabeth II in 1987. The museum is situated besides inner harbor of Victoria. There are three galleries, which show natural history, modern history & first nation’s history of British Columbia. The museum exhibits ancient artifacts, documents and specimens of British Columbia to prove its history to the world. It also organizes temporary exhibitions of artifacts from other countries and places in a very authentic way. Some tourists have commented that they have always found some new exhibits except of some old ones with every visit.