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British Columbia is a diverse home to islands, rainforest, beautiful stretches of coastline, mountains, lakes, outstandingly picturesque cities, and numerous attractive towns and ski villages. Most visitors to the province go straight to Vancouver but there are many other gems that should be on everyone’s itinerary. Here are 5 must see destinations in B.C. 

Kayak with wildlife: Take a boat out on the clear waters of Vancouver Island North and get up close with beautiful nature and wildlife. The area’s coastline, offshore islands and saltwater inlets are filled with wild seals, sea lions, bears, eagles, humpback whales, dolphins, orcas and many other species of animals! Many local adventure outfitters offer a wide variety of guided kayak tours. These tours range from half-day trips that are suitable for kids, to multi-day adventures that allow for hiking and camping. Find a comprehensive list of kayaking options here: https://www.tourismvancouver.com/activities/water-sports/kayaking/

Visit the hot springs: Relax and recharge in the many scenic hot springs located in B.C. The Hot Springs Circle Route is about a 852-kilometer trip that will take you to eight of the most pristine hot springs in the province. The route starts in Cranbrook and will end in Ainsworth, where a horse-shoe-shaped tunnel leads to a mineral water cave pool. For more information, visit: https://www.hellobc.com/road-trips/hot-springs-circle-route/

Explore Butchart Gardens: The gardens are located in an old quarry, and offers a fabulous display of plants, trees, and flowers. Located just outside Victoria, the mild climate is perfect for changing seasonal displays. Spring through fall is a fantastic time to visit, with spring blooms, a fabulous display of summer color, and the changing leaves of autumn. Themed gardens and water features extend over the entire property. https://www.butchartgardens.com/

Drive the Alaska highway: Take a legendary roadtrip on part of the Alaska Highway, or ALCAN. The highway is one of North America’s most scenic drives and the highway connects to other great locations to explore, such as Dawson Creek and Delta Junction, Alaska! Watch for wildlife and gorgeous natural wonders while driving the 2,232 kilometer route. Have your camera ready to capture grizzlies, moose, sheep, bison and other animals living in the region. Lastly, be sure to fuel sustainably on your road trip! Find a 7-Eleven RENEW location near you in BC and reduce your emissions up to 30 percent: https://7-elevenrenew.ca/locator/

Visit Glacier National Park of Canada: The landscape is breathtaking and has jagged peaks, steep descents, and narrow valleys cut deep into the rock. There are approximately 400 glaciers in and around Glacier National Park of Canada. At lower levels, up to about 1,300 meters, the dense forests are home to some enormous old trees such as western red cedars, hemlocks, and firs. You can also find a great amount of mountain goats, woodland caribou, black bears, and grizzly bears wandering around the park. Many visitors simply drive through, but there are numerous hiking trails and camping facilities. Find directions, weather, maps, and more: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/glacier/visit

These highlights are just some of the few treasures you can find in B.C! Explore this province of Canada and be inspired by its natural beauty and wildlife.