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July 20, 2017 -

Effective July 19, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has implemented enhanced security measures for passengers flying to the United States. These measures include heightened inspection of personal electronic devices, such as laptops and tablets. Electronic devices larger than a smartphone must be charged with enough battery power to be turned on upon request and easily accessible, with covers, cases or any other packaging removed, in preparation for screening at the security checkpoint. Any refused item will not be permitted in checked baggage. Air Transat will be unable to provide storage or assume responsibility for these items during your trip.

To allow for additional time to go through security and to ensure you don’t miss your flight, please arrive at the airport three hours prior to your scheduled departure time.

For further information, please visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website.

Plan your trip to British-Columbia

Flights to British-Columbia are easy to book with Air Transat. Before planning a trip, be sure to check the schedule below, as some routes may be seasonal.

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Vancouver
Calgary International Airport (YYC) Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
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British Columbia holidays suit all kinds of travellers

Every year over two million visitors arrive in Whistler for ski holidays. Its hills were made world-famous during the 2010 Olympics. In summer, the area turns into a green playground complete with hiking, biking, white-water rafting and more. And any time of year, the town itself is worth a walk-through. It’s won numerous design awards, and it won’t be hard to see why.

City Life on the West Coast

Ninety minutes south of Whistler is Vancouver, where flights to British Columbia arrive. Visitors looking for a more urban-centric holiday love it here: the downtown is packed with great restaurants, bars and theatres. British Columbia’s smaller cities have much to offer as well. Tofino, on Vancouver Island, is a popular spot for surf holidays and soaking in Hot Springs Cove, while Victoria, British Columbia’s capital, also on Vancouver Island is among the most picturesque cities in Canada, highlighted by Craigdarroch Castle’s stained-glass windows. Travellers can fly to Vancouver Island or take a ferry across, and shouldn’t leave without a visit to Royal BC Museum, featuring one of the most brilliant collections of Native Canadian Haida totem poles, an art form native to British Columbia. For a more authentic Haida experience, cultural buffs can make their way to Haida Gawii on the Queen Charlotte Islands, off the northwest coast of the province.

Wine tasting in British Columbia

Kelowna, in the Okanagan Valley, is a popular spot for wine tours, as it features some of the best wineries and vineyards in Canada. Oenophiles shouldn't leave without sampling Canadian ice wine—it rivals anything one would find in the Rhineland. Kelowna is a four-hour drive from Vancouver, or a quick 45-minute flight.

A holiday in British Columbia can be different for everyone. Reserve a flight to Vancouver and get your Pacific coast adventure started.

British-Columbia must-see destinations

Vancouver

Vancouver

One of the best features of Canada’s west side is the weather: from Whistler’s mountains to Vancouver Island, travellers are protected from the cold and pampered with gorgeousness in any direction they look—which is perhaps what makes Vancouver such an ideal destination, whatever the time of year.

More about Vancouver

Named the world’s third most liveable city and considered a true cyclist’s paradise, Vancouver is definitely doing something right. Discover the city by bike and learn more in our blog.

Airports in British Columbia serviced by Air Transat
Currency

Canada operates on the Canadian dollar, which UK travellers can easily purchase at most banks, foreign currency exchange offices or through automated teller machines (ATMs).

Official language

While Canada’s official languages are English and French, British Columbia is mostly English speaking. Asian languages are frequently spoken here as well.

Entry/exit requirements

To get information regarding passports and all necessary visas, please visit the Canada section on Gov.UK.

As of March 15, 2016, travellers looking to visit Canada will be required to fill out an application form (eTA). This document will be required when boarding a flight to Canada. For more details, please visit Canada.ca/eTA.

Tourist Office

To get information regarding British-Columbia, please visit the Tourist Office Website.