PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
The province of British Columbia (BC) is the most western and the most beautiful province in Canada. It comes as no surprise that the motto of the province is “Splendour without Diminishment”. There are 7 National Parks, 35 provincial marine parks, 7 National Heritage Sites and 6 Provincial Historic Sites. The gem of the province of British Columbia is the Della Falls (Strathcona Provincial Park, Vancouver Island). It is the tallest waterfall in Canada, reaching 440 meters in height. The world’s longest suspension bridge Capilano Suspension Bridge: its length is 136 meters and a height of 70 meters is also located in BC. The world’s tallest totem pole of 52,7 meters is located in Alert Bay (British Columbia, Canada). These are just some of the sights of British Columbia. The mild climate of the province is favorable for tourism: surfing, scuba diving, whale watching and much more to benefit from your vacation.
On the west of the province lays the Vancouver Island. The island is named after the officer of the British Navy and the discoverer of the Pacific coast of Canada, George Vancouver. The length of the island is 450 km. The island has the best ship timber in the world. The climate of the island is favorable for fishing, beach recreation, boating, camping, and hiking. In the southeastern coast of the island lays the city of Victoria, the capital of the province. The city was named after Queen Victoria of Great Britain. This small British-style city is one of the world’s top tourist destination. Annually, in February, Victoria holds a Flower Show, a magnificent spectacle of about 5 million flowers that bloom in the city at the same time. The oldest building in Victoria is the British Columbia`s Parliament, built in 1897. Atop of the majestic dome of the building is a statue of Sir George Vancouver and the golden statue of Queen Victoria, who chose the name for the province. The building of the Empress Hotel is also well known to tourists. It hosts the famous English tea ceremonies. In the flower garden, called the Cristal Garden, you can enjoy stunning views, exotic plants, reptiles and birds. No less famous are the magnificent botanical gardens Butchard Gardens, which are located to the north of Victoria, near Brentwood Bay. The gardens are open to visitors all year round. Tourists are offered tea and open-air concerts. Amily Carr Gallery includes works of all Victoria’s famous artists. Tourists are also advised to visit the Totem Park, the Royal BC Museum, the Petting Zoo and the Olympic Mountains.
More than a half of British Columbia’s territory is covered by forests. Canadian Rocky Mountains occupy the eastern part of the province, and the Okanagan Valley vineyards, in the south, is known as the “Fruit Basket of Canada”. Sparkling lakes, sunny beaches, parks and gardens, vineyards attract all lovers of summer, sun, surf, tennis, swimming and fishing and it’s all here, in the Kelowna Resort. Blackcomb, Whistler and Grouse are the three world-famous ski resorts, located close to Vancouver, the largest city of the province of British Columbia. Vancouver is Canada’s third-largest metropolitan area (955 thousand inhabitants).
The city stands along the shores of Burrard Inlet, surrounded by thick pine forests, snow-capped mountains (the Coast Range to the north and east, Mount Baker (3285m in the south) and fjords, and is considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Vancouver is a city of adventurers and travelers. It was founded by gold diggers who founded gold in the upper Fraser River. Vancouver is very pleasant and very comfortable city to live in.
It is for hours that you can walk in the parks of the city. The most popular is Stanley Park, with its pristine pine forests and deep lakes. This park was opened on the peninsula jutting into the Inlet in 1886. In the center of the park, there is an aquarium with dolphins, sharks and killer whales. In summer, the city hosts festivals and sporting events (yachting regatta), in winter people come in the province to ski.
Among other well-known places in the city, there is a suspension bridge over the canyon, the Capilano Suspension Bridge, which is located near the park of Indian totems – Grouse Mountain. The top of the mountain offers a magnificent view of the surrounding area, the beautiful waterfront Marine Drive, as well as the must-visit Chinatown. Based on old patterns, the area of first immigrants called Gastown, featuring houses made of body bricks, street lamps and cobbled roadways, has been carefully restored. The area was named after the owner of one of the saloons Jack Deighton, nicknamed “Gassy”.