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British Columbia is the westernmost province in Canada. It is bordered by the Pacific Coast to the west, the U.S. state of Alaska to the northwest, directly north by the Yukon and Northwest Territories, Alberta to the east, and the states of Washington, Idaho, and Montana to the south.

With British Columbia’s varied terrain - mountains, coasts, lakes, rivers, and forests - tourists are able to enjoy such pursuits as hiking and camping, rock climbing and mountaineering, hunting and fishing. Water sports, both motorized and non-motorized, are enjoyed in many places as well as sailing, whitewater rafting and kayaking. In winter, cross-country skiing, heli-skiing and high-quality downhill skiing are very popular. Snowboarding has mushroomed since the early 1990s.

Much of the province is wild or semi-wild and many animal species that have become rare in much of the United States still flourish in British Columbia. Mountain goats, moose, caribou, and bighorn sheep can be seen browsing by the highway’s edge. Cougar, black bear and the Kermode bear grab even more attention.

Opportunities for trail riding, often into especially scenic areas, have been established for tourists in numerous areas of the province.

British Columbia is one of the richest wildlife viewing areas in Canada. More than a million bird’s migrate on the Pacific flyway, and thousands stop over or stay through the year. 

Orcas, grey whales, Porpoises, dolphins and Minke whales grace the British Columbia coastline. 

All five Pacific Salmons species migrate far into the provinces interior. The Fraser River, with its many tributaries, boasts the largest salmon run in the world.

Besides salmon and trout, sport-fishers in British Columbia. also catch halibut, steelhead, bass, and sturgeon. On the coastlines, harbor seals and river otters are common.

For a more urban experience, a visit to the cosmopolitan cities of Vancouver and Victoria would be in order. They boast world class restaurants, accommodations, cultural and sightseeing opportunities.

Vancouver is home to Stanley Park, a green space of 1000 acres near the very core of the city. Stanley Park offers walking and biking trails, an aquarium, a zoo, fining dining and other family-oriented attractions.

Victoria is home to the world famous Butchart Gardens, 55 acres of amazing floral displays and a must-see destination.

With increased tourism from both inside and out of the province, there has been a marked increase in the number of lodges, chalets, bed and breakfasts, motels, hotels, fishing camps and camping facilities in recent years. A number of BC farmers offer visitors the chance to combine tourism with farm work.

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