The westernmost of Canada's 10 provinces British Colombia is a vast place of extremes. With its highest point, Fairweather Mountain at 4,663 m or 15,299 ft, and its lowest point the Pacific Ocean, the province has a truly diverse landscape. From temperate rainforest and warm water lakes, to glaciers and jagged mountains, and the 1,000 provincial parks and protected areas, British Colombia is a hot destination for outdoors travel.
With 17,000 miles of coastline, and six thousand islands and inland lakes, BC is a haven for fans of watersports. Mountainous Northern BC is the place to head for fishing, canoeing, kayaking and whitewater rafting in both salt and freshwater. Whilst sailing and scuba diving are popular west coast water activities around Victoria Island. Heading south, the remote Haida Gwaii, or Queen Charlotte Islands, have a unique flora and fauna that has evolved over thousands of years. Visitors to the islands of the Pacific Northwest can explore the pristine white-sand beaches and temperate rainforest by foot, bike or by sea. Inland Thompson Okanagan is the province's sunny playground. It's warm climate rolling hills and mountains, and alpine lakes are a perfect place to hike and mountain bike amongst the fruit-laden orchards, or chill with a glass of the local vino.