About British Columbia
British Columbia has Canada's mildest year round climate and many people move there to take advantage of not having a winter season that is dominated by snow. Because the coastal range of mountains extends close to the major cities even though at sea level the weather is mild and snow seldom appears you are only a few hours away from some of the finest winter sport areas including skiing in all North America. We have listed a sample of British Columbia Hotels in a format to help you quickly understand what is available.
In British Columbia you can indulge in exhilarating alpine skiing and boarding as well as Nordic (cross-country) skiing, snowshoeing and dogsledding on mountains renowned for their copious snowfalls, endless verticals and champagne powder. Twelve extraordinary world class resorts are found in BC, from the family friendly and endlessly sunny ones of the Thompson Okanagan, to the spectacular powder powerhouses of the Kootenay Rockies, to Vancouver, Coast and Mountains’ legendary Whistler Blackcomb. There are hotels to suit every taste and budget.
The expression used for years to identify British Columbia is "Supernatural" and it is so very appropriate. Where else can you find a world class city with a mild climate that has North Americas number 1 rated ski resort area located within 100 miles. From the rugged and untouched to the amenities of a beautiful city by only driving a few miles. Victoria is also known as the garden city and a visit will quickly establish why. Flowers in February in Canada would be unheard of in any other part but thats when they start coming out in beautiful Victoria.
The coastal forests are actually lusher in mid winter than in the summer as they thrive on the moist fresh air created by the proximity to the sea. Taking the ferry on the BC ferry system is an experience not soon forgotten as they wind their way past islands and passageways.
One of the spectacular events is to go whale watching either oalong the West coast of Vancouver for grey and killer whales or in the Strait of Juan de Fuca for killer whales. it is quite an experience to watch their fins cutting through the water as they rise from the depths into a rolling dive.
Golfers of the world unite in British Columbia. Thanks to a temperate climate in the Pacific Northwest, golfing can be indulged year-round in the Vancouver area, Vancouver Island as well as parts of the Thompson Okanagan. This sport is taken seriously throughout this province, reflected in its myriad world-class courses. Aside from superb greens, golfers can expect breathtaking ocean and mountain vistas as well as lush settings on municipal and semi private courses.
If you're looking for a peaceful interlude in your vacation that includes some serious pampering, then head for a spa. There are many different kinds in British Columbia. While most offer traditional spa treatments, many have their own unique, West Coast touch, such as purifying algae, rare muds and even "vinotherapy" massage in the wine region of the Thompson Okanagan. No matter the treatment, all are designed to revitalize the body and spirit.
B.C. is the most western province in Canada and the third-largest.
Alberta is to the east, and the Yukon and NWT are north .
The Pacific Ocean is to the west.
There are many islands off the coast that are also part of B.C.
Victoria, the capital city is on Vancouver Island.
Vancouver is the third largest city in Canada.
B.C.'s flower - Pacific Dogwood, bird - Stellar's Jay, tree - Western Red Cedar.
motto - "Splendour without diminishment"
We have chosen to present information on this selection of hotels because of their reputation for excellence in the hotel industry. By visiting the city sites you will find descriptions, information and photos of some of the following hotels.
The Aerie Resort
Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel and Marina
Dominion Grand Hotel
English Inn & Resort
Fairmont Empress Hotel
Gatsby Mansion Inn & Restaurant
Hotel Grand Pacific
Inn on Long Lake
Laurel Point Inn
Magnolia Hotel and Spa
Marriott Grand Hotel
Poets Cove Resort & Spa
Queen Victoria Hotel & Suites
Royal Scot Suite Hotel