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.