Road to 150: Best Things To Do In British Columbia

Road to 150: Best Things To Do In British Columbia

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We’re in British Columbia on our 11th stop
on our 150-day road trip across Canada. Home to high mountains, dessert, rainforest,
the Pacific Ocean, and world-class cities, British Columbia is one of Canada’s most diverse
and beautiful provinces. We started our trip in the north, making our
way down from the Yukon to Liard Hot Springs, where we took a break in the second largest known
hot springs in Canada. With steam rising off the water, it felt like
we were walking through a jungle in a tropical paradise. It’s impressive how hot the water gets and
it was a great way to soothe our muscles before beginning the long drive to Vancouver. Some of the things that make Vancouver one
of the most beautiful cities in the world is the variety of parks, beaches, coast line,
and natural attractions that can be found all over the city. The most famous park of them all is Stanley
Park, a 400-hectare natural west coast rainforest in the heart of the city. We spent some time hiking through the forest
admiring Beaver Lake and riding our bikes along the beautiful sea wall, a paved path
that circles the perimeter of Stanley Park right next to the ocean. This is such a beautiful trail, we got to
see incredible views of the city skyline, the Lionsgate Bridge, the Pacific Ocean, and
a variety of sandy beaches. Next, we moved to north Vancouver to walk
across Capilano Suspension Bridge. A 460-foot long suspension bridge that sits
230 feet over a scenic river. While the bridge itself is a major tourist
attraction, there is a lot of things to do in the area as well, including a canopy walk
and a cliff walk . After exploring some of Vancouver’s natural
attractions, we moved into the city to start exploring Robson Street and then Gas Town,
Vancouver’s oldest district. Here, we found an array of beautiful buildings,
cobblestone streets, and even an old steam clock We also took a walking tour to learn about
the days of prohibition, the opium riots, and some of Vancouver’s darkest days. It was a great way to learn about the beginnings
of this great city. The next day we continued to learn about the
area by visiting the Museum of Anthropology, which houses thousands of artifacts from the
Northwest coast First Nations as well as other cultures from all over the world. It was impressive to see the collections of
the artwork and to go through some of the interactive exhibits that introduced us to various art
forms such as Japanese calligraphy. After a couple of days in Vancouver, we took
the ferry to Vancouver Island, an area known for its wilderness and adventure. We started in Victoria, BC’s capital city.
Named after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, Victoria is a beautiful coastal city with
a variety of heritage homes, legislative buildings, and a vibrant food scene. To get a better taste of city, we took a
walking food tour through the heart of the city, including the second oldest Chinatown
in North America. Not only did we learn so much about Victoria’s
history but we got to try delicious food such as premium olive oils, perogies, meat balls,
italian baked goods, and the famous Victoria cream chocolates, which are sent to the Queen
of England every year. And in the evening we went to an in-house brewpub,
where we got to try a beer and chocolate truffle pairing. It was delicious! Victoria is also known as the garden city,
which is quite apparent as you are walking along the streets, however the most magnificent
garden of them all is The Butchart Gardens, which is now a National Historic Site of Canada. With over 900 variety of plants, we could
quickly see why this has become a world famous attraction. It was so impressive to look down at the Sunken
Garden, view the various water fountains, step though the peaceful Japanese Garden,
walk through the Rose Garden, and admire the hard work and passion that went into this
55 acre garden. Next, it was time to explore the island’s
wild side. We started the adventure off in Port Renfrew,
which in nestled between the famous West Coast Trail and Juan de Fuca Trail. Here, we hiked to Botanical Beach to see the
beautiful tidal pools and to Sombrio Beach, where we found a small trail leading to a
spectacular waterfall. The water may have been cold but that didn’t
stop us for taking the chance to go into the waterfall. I mean, it’s a waterfall in the middle of
the rainforest, how could you not? Another thing Vancouver Island is known for
is whale watching so we jumped on a boat, cruise out into the Pacific Ocean and had
one of the best whale watching tours of our lives. First, we saw dozens of orca whales breaching
the surface with their amazing black dorsal fins pointing out of the water to the backdrop of the mystic west coast. We even saw them jump off right out of the
water, something we’ve never seen before. Then, as if that wasn’t special enough, we came
across a massive meeting of humpback whales. We must have seen between 50 to 70 of them,
breaching the water, showing us their huge tails and swimming right next to the boat. What an unbelievable experience! Next on our island journey was Campbell River,
and after visiting the beautiful Elk Falls, we went on a tour to see grizzly bears in
their natural habitat. This started with a boat trip through beautiful
mountain scenery where we saw humpbacks and orcas before arriving to the bute inlet and
the home of the Homalco First Nations. Thanks to the salmon swimming up the inlet
to their spawning grounds, grizzlies arrive here by dozens, eating salmon to fatten up
for the winter. It was incredible how close we got to the bears
and we even saw one catching a salmon right out of the river, an awesome experience we’ll never forget! The next day we had the opportunity to go
snorkelling with the salmon. First, we hiked to a nearby canyon where tens
of thousands of them swam around us and then we went down the river with them, letting the current
take us up and over rocks and back into town. This is truly a unique way to get into nature! Next, we drove to Tofino, stopping at a couple
of beautiful waterfalls as well as Cathedral Grove to marvel at the massive 800 year old
Douglas Furs. Standing over 250 feet tall with circumference of
over 29 feet, we couldn’t even come close to wrapping our arms around it. Walking through this ancient rainforest felt
like we were in Jurassic Park and it’s one of the things I loved most about the island. Once in Tofino, we could’t leave without trying
of the activities that makes it so famous…surfing! After a great lesson, we spent hours catching
little waves and riding them back to shore. It was such an exhilarating experience to
be able to stand up and feel the power of the waves push us forward. We surfed all the way until sunset before
marvelling at the sky as it turned red, pink and orange. An amazing way to finish up our time here
in this beautiful place! After Tofino, we drove to Nanaimo, continuing
our adventures on the water by fishing for salmon and crab for the first time. Not only did we catch some crab but we got
to bring it home and cook it for dinner. What a fresh and delicious meal. The next day we jumped back in the water to
go snorkelling with playful seals and after having them nibble on our fins, we strapped
on our scuba diving gear and dove down to 60 feet to get a whole new perspective of
ocean life. We saw so much interesting sea-life including
wolf eels and a swimming scallop, which swims through the water when you touch it. This was our first time diving in Canada and
we loved every minute of it. Finally, to cap off our time on Vancouver
Island, we signed up for a bungy jump and a primal swing experience. First we got strapped into the primal swing
and swung 140 km/h through a canyon. Then we had the ultimate adrenaline rush,
a 150 foot bungy jump! Strapped by the ankles, we courageously took
the leap, falling towards the ground with nothing but a few thousand elastic bands keeping
us safe. Words cannot describe the feeling of freedom
that we felt falling through the air and the sense of accomplishment when it’s all said
and done. We then made our way back to Vancouver and
drove to Kelowna, the largest city of the Okanagan Valley. This is one of Canada’s best wine regions
and a winery tour is something that you shouldn’t miss. We had the opportunity to visit an organic
biodynamic winery, which not only produces great tasting wines but does so in a way that’s
harmonious with Earth. We were so impressed with the facility and
everything we learned about the various crops that can be grown in conjunction with grapes. Another thing the area is known for is Okanagan
Lake, a massive 135-km long lake that dominates the valley of Kelowna and other nearby towns. To really enjoy the lake, we jumped on a boat
to tour the city by water before strapping on a flyboard, utilizing the water to launch
ourselves into the air. It was such a cool experience to hover over
the water and even though we crashed a few times, once we got the hang of it, it was
such a blast. One of our favourite activities was getting
into a helicopter and getting a birds eye view of the lake, the mountains, the various
wineries, and the beautiful canyons that can be found just outside the city. We loved exploring Kelowna and experiencing
some of the wine culture, as well as other cool activities such as axe throwing, something
we’ve never considered trying before. We were so surprised by how much fun it was. With our time running out in BC, we made our
way East to the mountains, stopping in Revelstoke to ride the Pipe Mountain Coaster, an exciting
and scenic ride that brought us down the mountain and through the forest while having fun and
allowing us to take in the breathtaking views. Last but not least, we entered the Canadian
Rockies, stopping at Yoho National Park to see beautiful Emerald Lake. As you can see, British Columbia has no shortage
of incredible and varied scenery, attractions, nature, and adventure. We did so much and barely scratched the surface. From lush rainforests to rugged coastline,
to deserts, lakes, and mountains, British Columbia is one of the most beautiful places
in Canada, if not the entire world. Thank you so much for watching our British
Columbia episode. To learn more about what we did in BC as well
as other provinces during our 150-day road trip across Canada, visit MustDoCanada.com.

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100 Comments

  1. Hello
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    I'm Sukhdev,from India. I want are come in Canada for work.please tell me way,come in Canada.and help me. Thank you

  2. Honestly, the city is cool, but they didn’t show the open road views which are one of the best things about bc. And they missed out on some killer white water rafting in Revelstoke 👀👀

  3. Thanks for highlighting the wonderful places British Columbia has to offer. It truly is a beautiful place to be in..

  4. what a waste of a show…there is more to B.C. then the fricking lower mainland and coast….try Kimberly , clinton ,100 Mile house , Prince George ,ETC….

  5. I'm an active viewer of your channel. You are doing a great job. However, i have some suggestions that may help you to improve the quality. : The background music's sound of your videos are higher than or similar to the narrator sound. It would be more beautiful If you can make this change. Again thank you for your valuable information about CANADA.

  6. over all a nice video with some good shots and info. Just one thing, about those grizzlies shown, don't no where that was taken but there are no grizzlies on Vancouver Island. Only black bears and not very big at that.

  7. BC: The last place to visit, EVER!!! Boring, smoke every year, fires, slowest traffic you'll ever encounter and fruit farms owned by east Indians not Canadians.  Semi driving morons at every angle too………. most of the Semi driving morons are east Indians from Vancouver who ride the yellow line……and who are also Racists…..They drive for…CPX – PANNA – VOVO – to name a few. I know I'M A BIG RIG PROFESSIONAL…..These east Indians can't even back up to the dock straight. USELESS RACISTS!

  8. I moved to Nanaimo Vancouver Island 4 years ago. Vancouver Island has lots to offer especially for those who enjoy nature!! Lots of campgrounds and hiking trails, and you can always go to a lake or beach whenever you want 😊

  9. Vancouver is great for shopping it has great selections on Hugo boss Prada Versace and more brands
    U should have mentioned the luxury in downtown it's unique and most of the hollywood movies are filmed here

  10. B.C. is beautiful!!! So thrilled to live here. The Kootenays are nirvana. Beautiful natural scenery, fascinating history, incredible wildlife & awesome people. Come visit us🤩

  11. Showing Elk Falls as you say "starting in Victoria" may be ok for those who don't know, but for locals, it seems a little out of timeline/location ……….but non-the-less, a good way to attract attention to our island…..

  12. I would have to say you missed plenty on Vancouver Island. The Broken Group, sprout lake, and the Alberni Valley with stunning mount Arrowsmith .

  13. These guys showing how beautiful earth is specifically British Columbia. But a 178people earth destroyer who dislike the video. Everything they showed to us was a wonderful scenenery.

  14. I live in Vancouver. Most overrated place on planet. Too expensive, people are not friendly. You can do all its activities in 1 day. After that there’s nothing to do. Travel somewhere else! This place doesn’t even hold a candle to the rest of the world!!

  15. I m Canadian born citizen living in Montreal QC been thinking about moving to BC for a long time now and after watching videos like this make just want to do it.

  16. Mountain ranges stripped of trees. Dead lakes and rivers. Ecoli so high you dare not swim. Remember to hike 'the highway of tears'. It's special. 😊

  17. an 11 minute video could never scratch the surface of what BC has to offer. the province is so big that after 45 years of exploring i still have pages of things i would like to see and do. Vancouver, the Island, and the rest of the lower mainland only make up 1 % of the total area of BC that leaves a whole lot to explore.

  18. you know islanders want to shut down the whale watching completely saying it destroy this magnificant creature. In the mean time complain about too few ferries causing inconvenience despite way more ferry traffic in this area! talking about hypocrite.

  19. Hello I am from BC and would have loved to have seen in this video northern BC because that is the part of the province I live in
    To get to where I live from Vancouver is about a 13 hour drive and is feathery north than Jasper

  20. I live in British Columbia. Thank you for show casing our beautiful province. However, for us locals who are living a reasonable life style it is not possible to visit all these places due to the cost. Hence, it was really nice to see your video and get a sense of the natural beauty of this land. Hopefully in time we will be able to visit some of these places. Excellent video.

  21. Vancouver was an awesome city until about 30 years ago.. I was born there in 1963 and lived there most of my life.. now it is over crowded, over priced, over taxed, over regulated and full of foreigners.. when you take picture of people in places you wouldn't realize it was Canada anymore.. I have left there and will likely never return.. Vancouver Island is amazing and knot a majority of foreigners

  22. video is good but too much background music very noicy i stopped watch just after 2 min, a slow decent background music may be ok

  23. You forgot laundering dirty money through an off-shore tax haven and numbered company which you use to purchase property in a country you have no citizenship in.

  24. Great content from Prince George here. Can’t beat Vancouver island. Vancouver itself isn’t worth much more then a visit IMO

  25. WOW SHOW BC FROM THE EYES OF A FOREIGNER WHO HAS NO IDEA WHAT CANADA IS ABOUT NEVER MIND SHE GOT TO HIKE IN NATURE BUT FUCKING DEAL

  26. British Columbia proud to live here if you wanna go for a walk go to the confederation park trains parking lot and take the trail in Burnaby next to vancouver

  27. Have to say that I certainly don't take it for granted that I live in this diverse and wonderful province. It's true what they said at the end. They barely scratched the surface…Great video…👍😉

  28. I’ve been all over BC, lived on Gabriola, have worked on boats all up & down the Coast & I still say the Skeena Hwy between P.R. & Terrace is as pretty & dramatic as it gets. 👍

  29. what about ghettin riped, smoking weed naked on a coastal beach while grilling steaks and screaming belligerently at Ontario peoples kayaking with their chihuahua… because that's how you make true BC memories 🙂

  30. Worst thing to do in B.C. : getting hurt. Because the B.C. is so Union-Protected, there is NO accountability or recourse for malpractice and the medical professionals there not only know it, they take full advantage of it. Trust me, I DO have paperwork.

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