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British Columbia is the most westerly province in Canada. From beautiful rocky mountains to spectacular Pacific islands, the province is nestled between sea and mountains. The hakai beach is in there only.

We have been lucky enough to travel a few times in this region of majestic glaciers, rain forest, typical ranches, vineyards and orchards.

Vancouver Island

The Vancouver Island emerges from the Pacific Ocean to the southwest of the province. From Vancouver, take a ferry to one of BC Ferries ‘ many ferries .

For gourmands, note that the region has just developed a gourmet circuit “mouth watering” that aims to discover the culinary riches of the region: cider, honey, tea culture, traditional Native American cuisine, sea lettuce, balsamic vinegar, goat cheese, seafood of course and more.

South of the island: Victoria

Southern Vancouver Island is charming and calm. Victoria , as a gateway to the island, is the capital of the province. This charming British town is known as the city of flowers, because, in the spring, the cherry trees that line its streets are covered with pink flowers and, all summer, the city is decorated by nine hundred hanging baskets, each containing twenty-five kinds of flowers that scent the surrounding air.

You can not go through Victoria without visiting Butchart Garden and the Royal BC Museum, which tells the story of the first peoples in a very original way.

Center of the island: Ucluelet and Pacific Rim National Park

  • If you go to British Columbia, we will not allow you to go to Pacific Rim National Park. Among other things, do not miss a hike in the long beach area, on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. The landscapes are idyllic.
  • Not to mention Tofino which is a beautiful little fishing village. This is the starting point for many deep sea fishing trips.
  • Finally, you can not leave the area without going to Cathedral Grove to go for a walk in this fabulous ecosystem, with its huge 800-year-old Douglas fir trees. For the Indians, Cathedral Grove was a sacred place! You will quickly understand why.
  • Quadra Island is home to the Kwagiulth Native American culture, which has been living here forever. The region is steeped in spectacular scenery of sea and mountains. This is the perfect place to discover the richness of this indigenous people.

Not far from there, visit the remote remote village of Vancouver Island, Telegraph Cove . This small village will charm you with its period houses on stilts connected by a long boardwalk. Without a doubt, the best place in the world for watching killer whales.

Before sunset, go to the grizzly bear watching at the famous Fish Creek. From July to September, recognized as one of the best natural viewing sites in America, “Fish Creek” becomes the scene for the largest gathering of pink salmon in Alaska arriving here to spawn. From a protected platform and long sidewalk, you can photograph black bears and grizzlies gathered by the dozens along the stream to eat salmon.

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