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British Columbia is a stunning province on Canada’s west coast. From vibrant Vancouver to the mountains and Vancouver Island, discover the breathtaking wonder of British Columbia Canada.

British Columbia offers diverse experiences, from food and wine of the Thompson Okanagan region to sailing around the islands of Vancouver Island.

Love skiing? Whistler, Sun Peaks, Big White, Silverstar and a host of other world-class ski resorts are in British Columbia.

What is British Columbia famous for?

British Columbia is a known for its stunning mountains, Vancouver Island and the lovely city of Vancouver. Vancouver is one of the largest and certainly one of the most beautiful urban centers in Canada.

Why do they call it British Columbia?

The name British Columbia was chosen by Queen Victoria when it became a British colony in 1858. The name British Columbia is a reflection of the province’s origins as the British remainder of the Columbia District of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

How many cities are there in British Columbia?

There are 51 cities in British Columbia. The largest city is Vancouver while the smallest city is Greenwood.

Quails Gate Estate Winery table
Barrels of freshly picked apples, baskets piled to the brim with sweet cherries, juicy peaches, plums and vegetables. A picturesque region of vineyards, orchards, mountains and valleys set around Okanagan Lake, British Columbia's Okanagan Valley is a feast for the eyes and taste buds. A road trip through the Thompson...
CedarCreek Estate Winery (1)
You might be surprised to learn that British Columbia's Thompson Okanagan region is a favourite holiday destination for Australians, who flock to three of the area's main ski resorts – Sun Peaks, Big White and SilverStar - in winter. But if you visit this region in summer, spring or...
harry dosanj
Bartender and owner of Bar Travelling Man cocktails, Harry Dosanj, has lived in the Kelowna for the last nine years. We caught up with him to find out the top things to do in Kelowna and places to hang out. Originally from Southampton, England, Harry says the best thing about...
blueberries in bc
When visiting Canada, the classic cocktail to try is a Caeser Cocktail but next time you're at a bar or a restaurant in the Okanagan, look for a cocktail with a local twist. Did you know that blueberries are Canada’s number one fruit export? In British Columbia, blueberries are naturally...
Kelowna and area wine country Arrowleaf Vineyards
You could easily spend a week or more exploring the Thompson Okanagan region but if you only have three days to spare, here's how a local would do it. What do you think of these suggestions from author, winemaker and Okanagan food expert, Jennifer Schell? Three Days in the Thompson...
50 parallel winery
At 50th Parallel Estate, Curtis Krouzel and Sheri-Lee Turner-Krouzel welcome us at the entrance with a chilled bottle of 2015 Pinot Gris and more than enough enthusiasm to convince me that I need to spend a few days drinking wine in the region. The couple’s passion for winemaking and...


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