british columbia canada self drive

British Columbia Canada

British Columbia, Canada’s most westerly province is a territory of stunning landscapes and diverse attractions. There’s skiing, golfing, hiking and wildlife watching, unspoilt wilderness and sophisticated city galleries, museums and festivals abound.  At the heart of British Columbia lies Vancouver, with its vibrant, laid-back Downtown area, while Vancouver Island is home to the capital city Victoria with amazing beaches, forests, beautiful valleys and a warm welcome.

Step further into nature and explore the endless possibilities of British Columbia’s awe-inspiring vast landscapes – all with the freedom of a flexible self-drive. From massive mountain ranges to windswept beaches and cities on the edge of wilderness, to ancient rainforests overflowing with life and lush wineries.  Explore lively towns and neighbourhoods and be amazed by their profound connection to the wild as you discover how the untamed nature of this incredible setting shapes their people and culture.   If it’s winter sports you are looking for then look no further than Whistler where skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling can all be found.

 

Valley and Vineyards Circle self-drive
Vancouver l Fraser Valley l Kelowna l Osoyoos
Travel through the fertile Fraser Valley, take in dramatic scenery on your way to tour and taste offerings from British Columbia’s renowned local wineries, visit some of the best and oldest vineyards, enjoy a picnic platter of gourmet cheeses and crackers, gaze at the scenic shoreline of Okanangan Lake, visit yet more wineries along the Black Sage and Golden Mile, stop at roadside fruit stalls and witness the wonder of the Great Bear snow shed.
Flights with Air Canada from Glasgow,  Selected sightseeing and car hire for the full duration.
7 days/6 nights from £1,339pp. Valid for departures 13 – 29 Oct 2019.

 

Sunshine Coast Circle self-drive

Vancouver l Sunshine Coast l Quadra Island l Desolation Sound l Tofino l Victoria
Experience stunning fjord-like waters, glaciated mountain peaks, ferry
rides, a chance to see Black Bears in their natural habitat, 800 year old
Douglas Fir and Cedar trees, whale watching, wildlife spotting, inspiring
local art and turn-of-the-century architecture, as you journey along the
breath taking Sunshine Coast, traversing the Strait of Georgia and taking in
the majestic scenery. Flights with Air Canada from Glasgow,
Selected sightseeing and car hire for the full duration.
10 days/9 nights from £2,139pp
Valid for departures 19 – 22 May 2019.

With so much extraordinary scenery and breath taking landscapes, British Columbia is the perfect destination to be explored by the open road.  Discover the endless possibilities of British Columbia’s awe-inspiring vast landscapes, connect to nature, gaze at cascading waterfalls and colossal snow-capped mountain peaks and make everlasting memories.  Visit an abundance of wineries and marvel at the incredible connection of the urban playground to the wondrous wilderness.

 

Hiking Trails of British Columbia self-drive
Vancouver l Manning Provincial Park l Kelowna l Myra Canyon Hike l Sun Peaks l Whistler
Explore Vancouver at your leisure, before hiking to The Lower Falls in Golden Ears Provincial Park taking in panoramic vistas, varied landscapes, historic sites and valley views as you hike around Kelowna. Marvel at Sun Peaks, do some bird spotting, look out for bears and coyotes as you go alpine hiking and stretch your legs at Nairn Falls. Then explore the charming alpine village of Whistler, take a gondola ride with yet more scenic views, hike across High Note Trail, and enjoy the three peaks of the Chief.
Flights with Air Canada from Glasgow,
Selected sightseeing and car hire for the full duration.
Valid for departures 13 – 21 Jun 2019.

Nature shapes culture in this incredible vast and varied landscape where wilderness is only a few steps away and lively towns and cities are endlessly fuelled by the wild that surrounds them. From the freedom of the open road, you’ll experience breath taking scenery in the form of cities framed by lush green forests, glistening lakes, magnificent mountain ranges, sandy beaches, awe-inspiring views and stunning accommodations.

Tailor-made British Columbia holiday 

british columbia canada self drive
British Columbia Tailor-made Self Drive

Explore the city of Vancouver at your leisure before departing for Osoyoos where you can visit Canada’s warmest freshwater lake and explore a number of wineries. Next stop is Nelson, where heritage, adventure, and spectacular views await you.  The summer and winter destination of Invermere offers year round activities and Golden is surrounded by six of Canada’s most stunning national parks.  Explore the historic railroad town of Revelstoke and be spoilt for choice with activities in Sun Peaks. Unwind from your travels at Harrison Hot Springs before you head back to Vancouver.
Departs 4 Nov 2019. 14 nights from £1,869pp. Flights with British Airways from Glasgow
Includes low rates and car hire for the full duration. Accommodation room only basis.

  •  Century Plaza, Vancouver, 2 nights
  • Watermark Beach Resort, Osoyoos, 1 night
  • Prestige Lakeside Resort, Nelson, 2 nights
  • Copper Point Resort, Invermere 2 nights
  • Prestige Golden, 2 nights
  • Glacier House Resort, Revelstoke, 1 night
  • Sun Peaks Grand Hotel, 2 nights
  • Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa, 1 night
  • Century Plaza, Vancouver, 1 night

For unparalleled mountain views, staggering scenic sights and acres of untamed countryside, British Columbia’s Interior is the place to be.  Sample fine food and visit well-stocked wineries against a backdrop of spectacular scenery, from plain to mountain to sea and back again.

 

Wines and Vineyards

British Columbia is a major wine destination that pairs award-winning wines with spectacular scenery. Take a self-guided or guided wine tour of BC, from family-run vineyards in British Columbia’s Interior to magnificent estate wineries set amongst sparkling lakes and golden deserts in the Okanagan Valley.

 

Make this year’s holiday, one filled with adventure! British Columbia offers a wealth of options:

  •  Wildlife expeditions ~ Watersport activities
  •  Whale & bird watching ~ Hiking & biking
  •  Fishing lodges ~ Cultural experiences
  •  Ranching ~ Culinary & winery tours

 

Don’t leave without

  •  Taking time to discover the Okanagan area, which includes the cities of Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Osoyoos. Lie on the lakeside beaches here in the summer when the sun is high and the weather warm, or sample some of the world’s best snow as you ski during chillier months.
  •  Walking the hiking trail along the former Kettle Valley Railway, through to Myra Canyon. It’s located south of Kelowna on Okanagan Mountain Park. Or if climbing is your passion, Skaha Bluffs is the perfect area for you. Just south of Penticton, on a hillside above Skaha Lake there are three parallel canyons just waiting to be discovered and explored.

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