Focus on Vancouver and Victoria
- Best of Vancouver and Victoria
- Vancouver Island: High Tea to Low Tide
- Vancouver’s Totem Poles
- Vancouver’s Best Hiking
- Family Fun in Vancouver & Victoria
- Focus on Vancouver and Victoria
- Vancouver Weekend Getaway
- Victoria Weekend Getaway
- A Tour Through Time
- Inside Passage Cruises
- Outdoor Adventures
- Winter Fun in Vancouver & Victoria
Trying to figure out the best way to see the highlights of British Columbia by looking at a map or flipping through this guidebook can be daunting. If all you have is one week, you must face reality: You’re not going to see it all. This itinerary balances a little bit of everything—the major cities, mountains, and the ocean—without putting a ridiculous amount of mileage on your vehicle.
Head north from Vancouver airport and loop around Point Grey to the Museum of Anthropology, a wonderful introduction to the history of the Pacific Northwest. Duck through the old-growth forest behind the museum to get a feel for the city’s natural splendor. Check in to your hotel and take an evening stroll through Gastown.
Even if you hit Stanley Park as the sun first rises, you’ll find that many locals have beaten you on their morning jog. Cross to the North Shore and take the Grouse Mountain Skyride. Drive the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler. Spend the evening at your leisure exploring the resort village.
Today is a walking day, so leave your vehicle at your accommodation and make your way to the Inner Harbour. The Royal BC Museum is a must-see, Market Square and the surrounding streets are interesting to explore, and Barb’s Place is perfect for lunch. Still hungry? Head to Oak Bay for afternoon tea.
© Andrew Hempstead, from Moon Western Canada, 3rd Edition