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  • Something Delicious is Brewing in BC

    Something Delicious is Brewing in BC
    For those who like to unwind with a pint of the best, BC is a paradise of cosy brewpubs, craft breweries, beer festivals and all things hoppy, yeasty and fizzy.

 With its traditional British heritage, it's no surprise that the province has long been home to a vibrant pub culture. But now a new generation of artisans is brewing up creative ales, bitters, lagers, stouts and porters, and dishing up great eats and lively events along the way. After all, beer culture is all about enjoying life, especially here in beautiful BC.

  • The Pacific Rim Whale Festival

    The Pacific Rim Whale Festival
    Every March spring splashes into Canada with the Pacific Rim Whale Festival and it is one of the most fascinating animal migrations in the world. On the shores of Vancouver Islands wild west coast, up to 20,000 grey whales migrate from Mexico’s Baja Peninsula to Alaska's Bering Strait and beyond, a journey of approximately 13,000km.
  • The Kamloops Cowboy Festival

    The Kamloops Cowboy Festival
    Unless you are from British Columbia, you’ll probably have absolutely no idea what the Kamloops Cowboy Festival is all about. However, you could probably work out it has something to do with cowboys, and you’d be right in thinking that. Heading into its 18th year, the Kamloops Cowboy Festival runs from March 13th-16th, and it showcases the best cowboys in the country.
  • Top Ways to Revive Olympic Fever in British Columbia

    Top Ways to Revive Olympic Fever in British Columbia
    With the 2014 Olympic Winter Games kicking off in Sochi, Russia, on Friday 7th February, fond memories of British Columbia’s time in the limelight are inevitable, not to mention irresistible. When you’re overcome by nostalgia, though, don’t weep into your red mittens while cradling your Quatchi plush toy. Instead, get out there and enjoy gold medal-calibre experiences that live on in BC.
  • Win a Trip to British Columbia

    Win a Trip to British Columbia
    We’ve teamed up with Canadian Affair and Waitrose to offer you the week’s trip of a lifetime. We’ve brought together the best of British Columbia with four nights in Vancouver, two nights in an award-winning wonderful wilderness lodge, and a night in an oceanfront resort. And to make things a little better, the competition isn’t just for you but for two people! Who wouldn’t want to win that!?
  • Quirking Camping in British Columbia

    Quirking Camping in British Columbia
    BC boasts a huge variety of camping facilities, with seven national parks, approximately 900 provincial parks and protected areas, and more than 1,200 recreation sites. When it comes to quirky camping however, you’re probably looking for something a little more different. And when we say different, we really mean it. Here are our top quirky camping sites in BC.
  • Ski Events in British Columbia

    Ski Events in British Columbia
    If you’re looking for ski and snowboard events in BC then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got everything you need from now until the end of the season – they hardest thing will be deciding which events to go to! It doesn’t matter whether you ski or snowboard – in fact, it doesn’t matter if you ski at all! – there are plenty events to choose from to keep you occupied until Spring.
  • Hitting the Griz Bar

    Hitting the Griz Bar
    There are many legendary après ski bars in Canada and the United States, but only one stands powder deep above them all – The Griz Bar. Where do you find this wondrous watering hole? At Fernie Alpine Resort in British Columbia, that’s where. Matt Mosteller, author and adventurer, had the pleasure and honour of hitting the Griz Bar and seeing what it was all about.
  • Talking About the Whistler Biathlon

    Talking About the Whistler Biathlon
    The expression on people’s faces when they try out biathlon for the first time ever, and doing what the athletes did during the 2010 Winter Games, is unbelievable. It’s one of the things that I absolutely love about my job. As the director of Whistler Olympic Park, a cross country Nordic ski area just south of Whistler, I feel honoured to see those vivid expressions every single day.
  • The Benefits of Being Jet Lagged

    The Benefits of Being Jet Lagged
    The UK is a world away from British Columbia. Well, about half a world really. The thing is, it only takes about 10 hours to fly there, as you go over the world, rather than around it (up via Greenland, then down to the West Coast). This of course plays havoc with your body clock. With the time difference being -8 hours that of the Britain, you arrive just under two hours after you leave.
  • Love Food? Love Wine? Love BC!

    Love Food? Love Wine?  Love BC!
    For anyone that considers food and wine to be among the better things in life (and we're among those who do), you would be crazy to ignore what British Columbia has to offer. From the best wine in the world (yes, from the Mission Hill Estate in the Okanagan wineries), to one of the leading lights in the street cart movement, BC really does have it all.
  • Skiing for Families

    Skiing for Families
    Whether you’re looking to shred the slopes with the little ones or in a big group, you won’t be short of options in British Columbia. With spectacular scenery, varying runs, a veritable bevy of restaurants and available accommodation all season, there’s something for everyone. So, if you’re looking to get away this season with the loved ones, here are some of the best places to go in BC.
  • Hit the surf as well as the slopes in British Columbia

    Hit the surf as well as the slopes in British Columbia
    British Columbia is famous for its skiing, but did you know that it’s also famous for its surfing too? The surf culture in Canada has been slowly growing year after year, and the surf spots on the west coast of Vancouver Island and Haida Gwaii in northern British Columbia, are among some of the best surf spots in the world. If you’re looking for some incredibly secluded spots you can’t go wrong with BC.
  • Visit the Vancouver Christmas Market

    Visit the Vancouver Christmas Market
    Located on the Plaza at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the Vancouver Christmas Market is returning on November 22nd until December 24th 2013, and it’s all set to be another superb spectacle.
  • Airline news

    Airline news

    Getting to BC is only the start of your adventure. From 13 May Icelandair is introducing twice weekly flights from London to Vancouver via Reykjavik making it possible to enjoy a unique two-centre holiday. In other airlines news, Air Canada is launching 5 new 777 planes in March 2014, introducing a new premium economy product and upgraded first class cabin on the London-Vancouver route.

  • Everyone Needs A Little Island Time!

    Everyone Needs A Little Island Time!
    Vancouver Island is a land of extremes offering leisurely outdoor adventures - hiking through old-growth rainforests, kayaking with whales, watching grizzly bears in their natural habitat, fishing, surfing or getting pampered at any number of fabulous spas.
  • The Okanagan Valley

    The Okanagan Valley
    The Okanagan Valley in BC has produced wine since the first vines were planted by missionaries in the 1860s. With abundant sunshine and glacial lakes, the valley has many picturesque wineries. Now a wine from the valley, Mission Hill Family Estate, has won a top international award at the Decanter World Wine Awards, held recently in London – proof that BC wines are world class!
  • Latest Offers

    We are delighted to tell you that we have joined up with four tour operator partners to offer you some amazing itinerary ideas for your next summer holiday to BC:

  • Vancouver set to host "Bollywood Oscars"

    Vancouver set to host

    Vancouver, British Columbia has been selected as the host city for the Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA), a global celebration of the best in the Hindi film industry. These ‘Bollywood Oscars’ are presented at the industry’s leading awards ceremony, taking place in Vancouver from April 4-6 2013.

  • 24 Perfect Hours in Vancouver

    Despite having lived all 27 years of my life in Vancouver, I still stumble across under-the-radar experiences that most visitors wouldn’t even know to check out for themselves. My ideal 24 hours in the city would combine visiting some of these lesser known hotspots with revisiting – yet again – my all-time favourites. The whirlwind tour starts here…

  • Celebrate Canada Day, 1 July 2012!

    Celebrate Canada Day, 1 July 2012!

    Join us to celebrate Canada Day, London, at Trafalgar square and sample musical talent, meet the Mounties and plan your trip to Canada.

  • British Columbia, festivals for all seasons

    British Columbia, festivals for all seasons

    Whether you’ve a hankering to sample a seasonal wine festival, test out your taste for adventure, or sample the cultural scene, British Columbia has flamboyant festivals, quirky gatherings and a west coast welcome to suit all tastes…

  • BC's Capital rings in 150 Years in 2012

    BC's Capital rings in 150 Years in 2012

    British Columbia’s provincial capital and ‘Garden City’, Victoria, located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2012. Why not join in the celebrations this summer by sampling our top five Victoria highlights?

  • One from the cart: Vancouver's street food scene

    One from the cart: Vancouver's street food scene

    Intrigued by stories of Vancouver’s burgeoning street food scene, I had accepted an invite to experience a day of kerbside cuisine western Canada-style.

  • Five of BC's Best Beach destinations

    Five of BC's Best Beach destinations

    Which way to the beach? British Columbia has every type of beach imaginable: remote, urban, sand, pebble – even nudist! Here are a few highlights…

  • Romance BC-style...

    Romance BC-style...

    Wills and Kate may have had their own Canada hideaway, but for true romance BC style, can I recommend Vancouver Island’s west coast? But then as ‘Elopement Coordinator’ at the Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, I may be a little biased!

  • Truly chilled on Salt Spring Island

    Truly chilled on Salt Spring Island
  • Shop 'til you drop Vancouver

    Shop 'til you drop Vancouver

    p.When I shop, I want something different. That’s why I’m in Gastown, known as the ‘birthplace of Vancouver’, where cobbled streets play home to a cosmopolitan choice of boutiques.

  • Cosmopolitan Vancouver

    Cosmopolitan Vancouver

    The memories and excitement of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics will linger in British Columbia for a long time, along with some more concrete benefits.

  • BC tastes great

    BC tastes great

    The Okanagan Valley ranks among the most scenic wine regions in the world.

  • Grape expectations

    Grape expectations

    Last summer, wine guru Jancis Robinson wrote that wines from British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley “… show quite extraordinary directness of fruit; they almost punch you between the eyes with their frankness.”


New 2013 BC Ski eGuide available now!


With 13 resorts to choose from, deciding where to hit British Columbia's slopes can sometimes prove your biggest dilemma. The new BC Ski eGuide is here to help.

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