North east of Vancouver in the southern centre of British Columbia, between the small towns of Squilax and Scotch Creek is a point where the Adam's River narrows. From late September through to late October millions of sockeye salmon push their way here, creating one of largest concentrations and most important breeding grounds of sockeye salmon in North America. Visitors can walk the trails that run along the river, and see the salmon fill the rivers from various purpose built viewing platforms.
25. Adam's River Salmon Run
Off the northern Pacific coast of the Canadian mainland, along the famous inside passage are the Queen Charlotte Islands, an archipelago known today as Haida Gwaii, literally meaning Islands Of The Haida People. Separated from Alaska's Alexander Archipelago in the north by the disputed Dixon Entrance, the islands are defined by large untouched forests and rugged coastline. Inhabited for thousands of years by the Haida people, at its southern end lies Anthony Island and the Ninstints Haida Village, recognised as a national historic site of Canada, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
24. Haida Gwaii
Just north of the city of Vancouver in the North Shore Mountains, sitting 1,200 metres (4,100 ft) above sea level, is Grouse Mountain. Operating as an alpine ski area in the winter, the summer months bring hikers and a whole heap of summer activities, including shows, mountain biking, disc golfing, zip lining, paragliding, helicopter tours and much much more. Serviced by aerial tramways all year round, the peak of Grouse Mountain offers visitors an incredible view over Greater Vancouver.
23. Grouse Mountain
North of the city of Vancouver, within the southern Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains is the resort town of Whistler. Home to the largest ski resort in North America, it's famous for its alpine skiing and snowboarding. With a village that has won numerous design awards, its natural mountain surroundings make it a picturesque location in all seasons.
South of the city of Vancouver on the southern tip of Vancouver Island lies the capital of British Columbia, Victoria, named after Queen Victoria Of The United Kingdom when the area was part of British North America. As one of the oldest cities of the Pacific Northwest, Victoria has retained a large number of historic buildings, including three of its most famous landmarks, the Parliament Building, the Empress Hotel and the Christ Church Cathedral.
Pictured is Victoria Harbour.
North east of the city of Vancouver, directly east of Whistler is the 1,071 square kilometre (414 square mile) Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux Heritage Park, an important area of spiritual land for the people of the First Nations. Encompassing an area of the southern Coast Mountains, hikers can get lost in this wonderful landscape of high peaks, open valleys and small lakes.
20. Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux Heritage Park
In the far northern centre of British Columbia, located at the northern end of the Northern Rocky Mountains Provincial Park is the 257 square kilometre (99 square mile) Stone Mountain Provincial Park. Easily accessible where the nearby Alaska Highway cuts through the Northern Rocky Mountains, it is another favourite landscape among Hikers.
One of the most popular hikes is the Summit Peak Trail. Roughly 6.7 kilometres (4.2 miles) in length to the upper viewpoint of Summit Peak, visitors should expect a 3.5 hour journey up and a 1.5 hour hike back down.
19. Stone Mountain Provincial Park
Between Vancouver and Whistler in the south west of British Columbia is the 1,950 square kilometre (753 square mile) Garibaldi Provincial Park, encompassing an area of the southern Coast Mountains. Easily accessible from the Sea To Sky Highway, the park consists of steep rugged volcanic mountains, glaciers, dense forests and lakes. The parks most famous sites are the aqua blue Garibaldi Lake and the 2,678 metre (8,786 ft) Mount Garibaldi, one of the most recognised peaks of British Columbia.
Pictured is Garibaldi Lake.
18. Garibaldi Provincial Park
Opened in early 2018 to the south of Whistler is the Cloudraker Skybridge, sometimes referred to as the Whistler Peak Suspension Bridge. Spanning 130 metres (426 ft) between Whistler Peak and the equally tall West Ridge, it hangs visitors 2,181 metres (7,155 ft) above the Whistler Bowl. Tickets also allow access to the Ravens Eye Cliff Walk where a panoramic viewing platform allows for one of the finest views in the southern Coast Mountains. As of 2018 the price of admission was a pretty steep 58 Canadian Dollars.
17. Cloudraker Skybridge
Between Vancouver and Whistler along the Sea To Sky Highway is the small community of Squamish, a wonderful little town set among the Coast Mountains and the Howe Sound fjords. Attractions in the area include the Stawamus Chief, a huge cliff faced granite massif that has become a favourite among climbers and hikers from around the world. From its high vantage point it offers fantastic views over Squamish centre, Howe Sound and the surrounding Coast Mountains.
In the north west of British Colombia, encompassing an area of the Cassiar Mountains is the 6,961 square kilometre (2,687 square mile) Spatsizi Plateau Provincial Park. Supporting a large population of wildlife, it is one of the most important habitats for woodland caribou, moose, black bear, brown bear, wolves, beavers and marmots. The main highlight of the park is the Spatsizi Plateau itself, a great open valley surrounded by steep rugged mountains.
15. Spatsizi Plateau Provincial Park
In the extreme southern centre of British Columbia, along Highway 3 within the Similkameen Valley, close to the border with Washington State is the highly alkali Spotted Lake. Richly concentrated with various minerals, when the water evaporates over the summer, large spots of colourful mineral deposits form on the lake bed, creating this bizarre natural spectacle.
14. Spotted Lake
North west of Vancouver in the central western area of British Columbia is the 9,810 square kilometre (3,787 square mile) Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park. Among the rugged mountains and vast forests hides the Hunlen Falls, with an unbroken drop of 259 metres (850 ft) it is the third highest waterfall in Canada. Another beauty spot is the Chilcotin Plateau, sometimes referred to as the Rainbow Range. The volcanic mountain range, torn apart by glaciers over thousands of years and with a high concentration of unique minerals in the soil give the mountains an array of unusual colours.
Pictured is the Hunlen Falls.
13. Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park
In the eastern centre of British Columbia is the 5,250 square kilometre (2,027 square miles) wilderness area of Well's Gray Provincial Park, encompassing the highest regions of the Cariboo Mountains. The main features of the park can be accessed via the Clearwater Valley Road, with visitors able to stop at Spahats Falls, Clearwater Valley Overlook, Trophy Mountain, Moul Falls, Dawson Falls, Clearwater Lake and the Helmcken Falls, the jewel of the park. One of the countries most powerful waterfalls, with a drop of 141 metres (463 ft) it is also the fourth highest in Canada.
Pictured is the Helmcken Falls.
12. Well's Gray Provincial Park
In the south east of British Columbia, west of Kootenay National Park in the Purcell Mountains is the 2,651 metre (8,698 ft) high Mount Nimbus. Measuring 60 metres (197 ft) across, suspended 600 metres (1,968 ft) above the valley floor is the Via Ferrata, Italian for Iron Road, the longest mountain suspension bridge in North America. The view from the top is certainly one of the finest in the Canadian Rockies, though it comes at a price. Extremely remote, the only way to access Mount Nimbus is by booking a stay at the Bobbie Burns Summer Lodge, only accessible via helicopter, a three night stay starts from $2,825. Ouch!
11. Mount Nimbus Via Ferrata
In the extreme south west of British Columbia, bordering Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta to the east, and US Glacier National Park in Montana to the south is the Akamina-Kishinena Provincial Park, sitting at the narrowest point of the Rocky Mountains. Relatively small at 109 square kilometres (42 square miles) the landscape is one of high rocky peaks, high alpine ridges, great open valleys and huge forests. Preserving and protecting the habitat of the last self sustaining grizzly bear population in North America, as part of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, Akamina-Kishinena Provincial Park has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
10. Akamina-Kishinena Provincial Park
In the far northern centre of British Columbia, encompassing 6,657 square kilometres (2,570 square miles) of the Canadian Rockies, is the Northern Rocky Mountains Provincial Park. To the south of the Alaska Highway, the only access into the park is by boat, plane, on horseback or by hiking. Its remoteness compared to British Columbia's more well known protected parks makes the Northern Rocky Mountains Provincial Park a less touristy choice, but still offers great snowy peaks, glaciers, vast forests and enormous valleys with the potential for wildlife at every turn.
9. Northern Rocky Mountains Provincial Park
In the extreme northwest corner of British Columbia, bordering the American State Of Alaska to the south and west, and Yukon Territory in the north, is the 9,580 square kilometre (3,700 square mile) Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park. Nestling between Kluane National Park and Glacier Bay & Wrangell St. Elias National Park, its landscape is one of the most untouched in Canada. Dominated by dense forest, plateaus and high mountains it makes for some of British Columbia's most perfect natural untouched scenery. Connected across the borders by the more well known and spectacular neighbouring parks, this vast landscape that include Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Park.
8. Tatshenshini-Alsek Provincial Park
In the east of British Columbia, adjacent to Banff National Park across the border in Alberta, is the 541 square kilometre (209 square mile) Height Of The Rockies Provincial Park, a protected network area that runs along the Continental Divide. Made up of alpine forests, lakes and river valleys, the main feature of the park is high rugged snow capped mountains, with more than 25 peaks reaching 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) above sea level.
7. Height Of The Rockies Provincial Park
In the far south west of British Columbia, a stones throw north from the border with Washington State is the port city of Vancouver, the most populated city in the Province and third largest city in Canada. Consistently regarded to be one of the most livable cities in the world, the picturesque skyline of high rises, surrounded by nature in the form of calm bays and back dropped by steep mountains certainly adds to the quality of life.
In the extreme east of British Columbia, adjacent to the southern end of Banff National Park across the border in Alberta, is the 1,406 square kilometre (543 square mile) Kootenay National Park, a protected network area that runs along the Continental Divide. Encompassing an enormous region of the Canadian Rockies, the terrain is made up of high craggy peaks, enormous forests and glacial valleys. Crossed by Highway 93, most of the parks main attractions are easily accessible for most visitors, these include the Radium Hot Springs, Sinclair Canyon, Marble Canyon, Olive Lake and Numa Falls. One of the seven connected Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, the entirety of which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In the extreme east of British Columbia, north of Kootenay National Park and bordering Banff National Park across the border with Alberta is the 1,313 square kilometre (507 square mile) Yoho National Park, its name deriving from the Cree word for awe and wonder. Home to high snow capped mountains, ice fields, glaciers, lakes and dense forests, it also holds within it the Takakkaw Falls, measuring 380 metres (1,250 ft) it is the second tallest waterfall in Canada. Another highlight of the park is Lake O'Hara, considered one of the prettiest in the region. The lake and valley are accessible by, though with limited service to preserve the environment, many visitors opt for the 11 kilometre hike. One of the seven Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, Yoho National Park has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In the east of British Columbia, encompassing the northern part of the Selkirk Mountains is the 1,349 square kilometre (521 square mile) Glacier National Park, earning its name due to the impressive 131 glaciers that cover 133 square kilometres (51 square miles). Bisected by two major transport routes, the Canadian Pacific Railway and Trans Canada Highway, this amazing national park can be accessed with relative ease. Both routes through the park use the Rogers Pass, a high mountain pass that crosses the range at 1,330 metres (4,360 ft) above sea level, itself designated a national historic site of Canada. One of the three oldest protected areas in Canada, home to high peaks, large glaciers, dense forests and the countries largest cave systems, it is another jewel of Canada's beautiful national park system.
In the extreme east of British Columbia, south east of Kootenay National Park, straddling the border with Alberta is the stunning 390 square kilometre (150 square mile) Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park. Centred around Mount Assinboine, a pyramidal mountain located on the Great Divide, reaching 3,618 metres (11,870 ft) above sea level it is the highest peak in the Southern Continental Ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Because of its resemblance to the famous Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps, it has been given the obvious nickname, Matterhorn Of The Rockies. Recognised for its natural beauty, the mountain landscape of the park contains habitats of rare and endangered species, among the mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons and great valleys. One of the seven Canadian Rocky Mountains Parks, the entirety of which been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
One of the most popular treks in the park is from the Mount Shark Trail Head. The unmarked trail is around 27.5 kilometres (17 miles) with most visitors expecting to take around 8 hours to complete.
2. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park
In the extreme east of British Columbia, bordering Jasper National Park in Alberta is the 2,249 square kilometre (868 square mile) Mount Robson Provincial Park, one of the oldest protected parks in Canada. Recognised for its natural beauty, the landscape is one of mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons and great forests. The world renowned Berg Lake Trail takes visitors on a 23 kilometre (14 mile) fairly level hike through some of the Rockies most spectacular landscapes, ending at Mount Robson, the highest point in the Canadian Rockies. The view of Berg Lake with Mount Robson behind it is regarded to be one of the finest natural sights in the Canadian wilderness. One of the Canadian Rocky Mountains Parks, Mount Robson Provincial Park has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Pictured is Mount Robson, Berg Glacier, Mist Glacier and Berg Lake.