Four Beautiful Days in British Columbia

posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 1:18:49 PM

Come explore beautiful British Columbia with us this week for a Vancouver vacation:

Day One: You arrive on time and head to your home base for the next several days: the beautiful Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel. The atmosphere is vibrant here, and the room views are pretty amazing. Unpack your bags and get organized a bit, then head right back out for one of the most popular (and regionally unique) things to do in the Pacific Northwest: a seaplane tour. The flight departs right from the waters of Vancouver's bustling harbor and takes you for a very scenic ride around the city's skyline, with magnificent views of the mountains in the distance. You’ll be visiting these mountains in days to come, but for now, you’ll touch back down with an exhilarating spray of water, having gained a birds-eye perspective of one of the world’s great cities, and its surroundings. The fun has already begun.

Day Two: It’s your first full day in Vancouver and time to get to know the city. The day begins with a walk around Stanley Park and the Lion’s Gate Bridge, with stops at various viewpoints and some Native American totem poles. Next is a stroll through Chinatown (Vancouver’s is the second-largest on the continent), with lunch at one of the area’s many eateries. Next, head to Gastown, which was once Vancouver’s original business district, and today has been lovingly restored with a wide range of galleries, shops and boutiques to explore. Take a selfie at the Lookout Observatory, with the entire city providing the backdrop, then head over to Granville Island, which has become something of an art and fashion mecca. Stop for a warm cup of coffee, while you consider dinner options and scroll through the day’s photos.

Day Three: This morning you’re headed North to SKI Magazine’s number one-rated ski resort: Whistler Blackcomb. With tickets in hand, you’re thrilled to find more skiable terrain here than on any other mountain in North America – there’s so much to explore and no less than 37 lifts! Tackle Whistler in the morning, then take a break for lunch in the charming village at the foot of the slopes. Gear up for the afternoon by taking the unique PEAK 2 PEAK gondola, which connects Whistler and Blackcomb mountains and enables skiers to easily tackle the best runs on each mountain the same day. The average annual snowfall and lengthy season ensures that your well-planned trip to British Columbia has included an exhilarating day of skiing, and the ride back to Vancouver allows the day’s adrenaline to subside a bit.

Day Four: Just minutes from downtown, the Capilano Suspension Bridge spans the Capilano River below, and enables you to breathe in the cedar-scented rainforest air as you make your way across. The nearby “Cliffwalk” juts out from a granite face above the river and provides a series of cantilevered and suspended walkways. Once the Cliffwalk has been completed, a Treetops Adventure offers a squirrel’s eye view of this thriving forest area. Venture from one magnificent Douglas fir tree to another on a series of elevated suspension bridges, some reaching as high as 100 feet above the forest floor. Then descend back to flat ground a hike past tranquil trout ponds and majestic evergreens. It’s a great, outdoorsy way to conclude a visit to a place full of natural wonders and charm.

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