British Columbia provides an overwhelming diversity of recreation and outdoor adventure in the 24,000 lakes, rivers and streams; temperate forests, rainforests and mountains; provincial and national parks; and over 6,000 islands and islets. The varied terrain provides unlimited exploration, from BC’s west coast and Vancouver to the interior plateaus and highlands of the Cariboo and Chilcotin, from the Tompson Okanagan to the Kootenays and majestic BC Rocky Mountains in the east.
Vancouver Island offers a rich diversity of topography and landscapes, ranging from magnificent rainforests and sandy beaches along the coast to spectacular mountains that form the spine of Vancouver Island. This diverse playground offers a fabulous selection of outdoor recreation and adventure in its remote wilderness regions.
This region of British Columbia incorporates the city of Vancouver, the resort town of Whistler, the BC Sunshine Coast, and the Fraser Valley on the BC Lower Mainland. The Coast Mountains that run from Vancouver’s North Shore right up to Northern BC provide appreciable opportunities for recreation and outdoor adventure.
You can’t really say you know British Columbia until you’ve travelled this area, certainly one of the liveliest in the province. A series of gentle mountain ranges rolls between the Thompson Plateau in the west and the Shuswap Highlands to the east, then rises dramatically in the Selkirk and Monashee Mountains.
Dominated by mountains and water, the Kootenays region of British Columbia is cradled between the Monashee Mountains and the Selkirk and Purcell Mountains. Between these ranges are the enormous Arrow and Kootenay Lakes. The BC Rockies present some truly extraordinary landscapes to explore and thrilling whitewater rafting and kayaking adventures.
The Central Coast of British Columbia delights adventurers with some of the most beautiful terrain in BC. The Chilcotin Plateau east of the Bella Coola Valley can rightfully claim to be the true bastion of the range rider, with vast expanses of the Chilcotin being worked by large ranching outfits. Thousands of lakes and rivers offer superb recreation possibilities.
The boundless wilderness of Northern BC is larger than the state of California. The North West is filled with the standard BC fare of deep fjords, dramatic canyons, sheer mountains, rivers thick with salmon, old-growth forests, and an abundance of wildlife. The Rocky Mountains and their foothills dominate the North East, as the Rockies cut a vast swath across the northern half of BC.