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Canada's westernmost province includes Pacific beaches, world-class rivers teeming with salmon that attract fishermen from around the world, and world-class skiing year-round on the glaciers of Whistler-Blackcomb, where the ski and snowboard events of the 2010 Winter Olympics were held. Other competitions will be in Vancouver, a scenic two-hour drive on the Sea to Sky Highway. There's a rich Native American heritage here, too — referred to in Canada as First Nations — and Haida, Kwakiutl and Salish tribal art abounds as part of city architecture and decor, and in art galleries. The British heritage survives, as well, especially in Victoria, ...

Canada's westernmost province includes Pacific beaches, world-class rivers teeming with salmon that attract fishermen from around the world, and world-class skiing year-round on the glaciers of Whistler-Blackcomb, where the ski and snowboard events of the 2010 Winter Olympics were held. Other competitions will be in Vancouver, a scenic two-hour drive on the Sea to Sky Highway. There's a rich Native American heritage here, too — referred to in Canada as First Nations — and Haida, Kwakiutl and Salish tribal art abounds as part of city architecture and decor, and in art galleries. The British heritage survives, as well, especially in Victoria, where afternoon tea at The Empress is a tradition. The Okanagan Valley in South-Central B.C. is the fruit-growing capital of Canada, including the fruit called grapes. Vineyards abound, and there's even a Wine Museum in Kelowna.

Evelyn Kanter
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Evelyn Kanter is a contributor to Fodor's NYC and Fodor's Canada, editor of the Michelin Green Guide Switzerland, and author of Great Destinations: The Hudson Valley.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: British Columbia, also commonly referred to by its initials BC is a province located on the west coast of Canada. It is also a component of the Pacific Northwest, along with the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington.
  • Language: English, French
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia
  • Weather: Daylight | Rainfall