Party of 4 planning visit to B.C. in May/June 2012....looking for outdoors experiences
Definitely hit up Vancouver Island. Victoria is such a funky city. Next head on over to Tofino for some surfing. On your way stop in Port Renfrew for some hiking. A great place to stay in Port Renfrew is Big Fish Lodge. Hope this helped a bit! almost 8 years ago
The whole excellent ring road trip from Vancouver via Whistler to Kamloops, Banff & north to Jasper & back via Kelowna possibly is worth doing. If you want to visit the city of Calgary, Alberta, it is not too far from Banff.
As mentioned Vancouver Island is very beautiful & Tofino on its north west coast is definitely worth doing. You can take a boat trip out to some island from there where you can hike & soak in hot springs. The capital Victoria ia worth seeing and you can take a large seaplane from there back to Vancouver, try to bags the co-pilots seat.
Then there is the Inside Passage ferry trip. Travelling north you take it from the north tip of Vancouver Island at Port Hardy. Travelling south you take it from Prince Rupert (just south of the Alaskan panhandle), it rains alot there. Even after all the trouble of doing this bear in mind there is no guarantee of good weather & you may see breathtaking scenery or you may see nothing. It will require the expense of one if not two internal flights.
At Port Hardy I stay at the Hudsons' Home Bed and Breakfast
http://www.bbcanada.com/hudsonshome Though I barely had time to enjoy this lovely couples wonderful hospitality, the B&B has gorgeous bedrooms & they lay on a magnificent breakfast. I think it has a hot tub too overlooking the forest to the rear of the property. It would probably be worth spending a few nights in Port Hardy exploring the area after going to all the trouble of getting there.
If you see a mountie let us know, they may be a symbol of Canada, police officers dressed in ceremonial dress, but the're a more endangered species than the bear. almost 8 years ago
Look into taking your car on the ferry network that runs along the west coast. 6 weeks is a fabulous amount of time to explore the huge area that is BC. Vancouver Island has been mentioned, but then if you sail to Prince Rupert you can hit destinations along the Stewart Highway, heading up to the Alaskan highway with destinations like Mucho Lake, the Liard River Hot Springs and Watson Lake unmissable.
If you really want to go crazy and head as far north as Haines Alaska, the Haines Highway is the greatest drive I've ever done. The time frame you have could achieve that and leave you with time to get back to the Okanagon too. almost 8 years ago
Stroll Vancouver, starting at the Airport; then take the skytrain downtown to check out the Granville Island Market and Robson St. heading towards English Bay.
Go to Boston Bar taking the Full-Monty Nahatlatch River Classic vacation, with "REO Rafting Resort".
Get back on VIA Rail and check out the confluence of two rivers at the wild beaches of Lytton. You can go gold panning, check out Hell's Gate, and go geocaching as well.
Rent a car, take the number 12 highway North to Lillooet to get rugged-climbing the local mountains, but check the Visitor Center to find out which mountains and what you need for safety.
Take the 99 to Mt. Currie and learn crafts with the Lil'Wat Nation. There is lots to do around Pemberton area. If you're feeling spry enough and get there in late May, enter the technical marathon xc bike race, "NIMBY 50"; otherwise take the trails on your own time. There are many local Lodges or you can camp at Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park, and add a nice drive through the Meadows, or fishing in the local lakes. Maybe you'll find some pumice like they used for the floating bridge.
Whistler is next. There is rock climbing, biking and hiking trails, lots of golfing, skate boarding, and fun shops to explore, with a multitude of activities from adventure backcountry to zip lining. You will not want to leave Whistler.
In Brackendale, stay at local Tantalus Provincial Park and canoe, climb, fish, hike, hunt, and swim until you can't anymore. Find out what a Yurt is there.
Stop along the way at the newly renamed Britannia Mine Museum, and see the history of toughness in BC. Perhaps, dare the slopes of Furry Creek...
Take a detour over to Gibsons Landing. Enjoy the fresh sea air, and see where The Beachcomber's series was filmed for television. Go to the Jazz Festival, take part in zero-waste art lessons, cruise the daily markets, or just enjoy the unique shops.
Bowen Island might take you longer. Become one of the early 'Summer People'. Take the trail behind the Steamship Company Marina and just keep going. Come back to the village for food. You'll enjoy it.
Tour the village(s) Horseshoe Bay, North Vancouver, and then back to the airport. almost 8 years ago
Definately see the Island but you way also want to consider heading from Vancouver to Hope via highway 1 then take Highway 3 through Manning Provincial Park to the Okanagan Valley. Highway 3 joins onto Highway 97 which will take you right through the Okanagan Valley to Vernon. At This point, most people tend to favour going through the Shuswap to Revelstoke and on to Banff. Instead of doing this, I would suggest taking highway 6 from Vernon to Nakusp and the Arrow Lakes and Kootenays district. If it's rivers and Lakes you're looking for, this is the route you want. Highway 6 takes you along a remote mellow little road along Arrow Lake to Nakusp and from there, through a small community called New Denver and into Nelson and the Kootenay lake region. Combine that with the Okanagan Valley and its days and days of Rivers and Lakes with all the camping and kayaking you could ever want. It also gives you a chance to hit up Kootenay National Park, Yoho National Park and Banff. The cool thing about driving in BC is there are so many loops to choose from, you can pick any direction and it will eventually meander along to where you want to be. For hiking depending on your level of health, check out the Emerald Triangle in Yoho National Park. It will drop your jaw for sure!!! If you like, here is a link to my flickr page with photos of the drive I just mentioned. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tritone510/collections/72157627064925738/ over 7 years ago