Aerial view of Clayoquot Sound

(Destination BC/Hubert Kang)

About BC

Beyond BC's Borders

British Columbia is right next door to a number of other internationally renowned destinations including the following.

Banff, Alberta, Canada

It's no wonder travellers come from all over the globe to visit Banff, home of the world's third oldest national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the heart of the park are the resort towns of Banff and nearby Lake Louise, surrounded by a classic Canadian Rocky Mountain landscape of towering mountain peaks and stunning glaciers. A four-season recreation destination, Banff offers everything from downhill skiing and boarding to hundreds of kilometres of awesome mountain trails ideal for hiking and biking. Be sure to drive the mesmerizing 230-km Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise and Jasper to an unspoiled wilderness of steep-walled peaks, glaciers, icefields, vivid blue lakes, forests, wildflower meadows and wildlife.

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Located just two hours east of the BC/Alberta border, Calgary is a city rich with oil and cowboys. It is home to the world-famous Stampede, Canada's largest annual rodeo. Take a tour of the area to experience first-hand the unforgettable landscape featured in such movies such as Brokeback Mountain and Unforgiven. Calgary was the host city of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games, and the city boasts quite a sporting legacy. Athletes come from the world over to train at Canada Olympic Park: for skiing, boarding, bobsled and luge during the winter and mountain biking during the summer.

Seattle, Washington

Just a three-hour drive from Vancouver, "The Emerald City" rises from the shores of Puget Sound, surrounded by the snow-capped Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. Like Vancouverites, Seattle residents take their outdoor pursuits seriously – from skiing and snowboarding to hiking, mountain biking and kayaking. Seattle is home to such icons as Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix and television's "Frasier", not to mention being the headquarters of Starbucks and Microsoft. The city also offers its visitors a vast array of cultural delights including galleries, museums, concerts, festivals, public sculptures and new architecture.