Adventures in Southwest Canada

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A trip to Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia is filled with beauty and adventure. This area of Canada is characteristically Victorian with its details and charm. A convenient and pleasant way to tour these areas is by rental car from Vancouver to Victoria Island via ferry so that you have transportation access to activities. You can also fly into Vancouver International Airport or take a car, RV, bus, ferry or train. Make sure you have passports and proper identification to enter Canada.

Vancouver

Lodging

Shangri-La Hotel, Hotel Blu and Delta Vancouver are downtown hotel options with a range of nightly rates.

Activities and Restaurants

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Photo by Doug Schnurr / Shutterstock.com.

First day in Vancouver, rent a bike for sightseeing and have dinner at Kobe Japanese Steak and Seafood House in downtown Vancouver. Another day, take a free shuttle to Grouse Mountain (only a twenty-minute drive from downtown) for an unforgettable gondola ride to Breakfast with the Bears, in which you’ll participate in the bears’ morning feeding with wildlife rangers. Harbour Air Floatplanes provides a twenty-minute tour over the city, landing in Horseshoe Bay. Stay and enjoy the charming village center of Horseshoe Bay for its wonderful restaurants and shops.

Science-World-shutterstock_239776249A second day’s itinerary for the sporty tourist would include Ecomarine Paddlesports Center for scenic kayaking in the English Bay. The sight of kayaks in the bay is a personal favorite example of this area’s beauty. The wine enthusiast will appreciate a trek to Metro Vancouver Wine Country showcasing the famous ice wine (eiswein) at the Lulu Island Winery, 25 minutes south of Vancouver in the historic fishing town of Richmond.

Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver Aquarium and Science World are thrilling ways to experience Vancouver’s natural treasures. Visit tourismvancouver.com for more information.

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Photo by Chase Clasen/ Shutterstock.com.

Victoria

Transportation and Lodging

The ferry ride to Victoria Island is jaw-dropping. You will pass by islets, boats and even helicopters bringing people and materials into this remote wonderland. Pacific Grand Hotel, with a large pool and gym, is located next to the Parliament Museum and main plaza and provides access to all of the area’s excitement. Victoria Marriott is another hotel option on the Inner Harbour. The view of the lighted marina can be seen from the hotels around the inlet. Shops, cafes, international restaurants, galleries, street performers, pedicabs and horse-drawn carriages adorn the plaza.

Enjoy a meal at the Sticky Wicket Pub. Inner Harbour is the centerpiece of this picturesque town, and the Victorian-era architecture gives British Columbia’s capital city a very British reputation. A three-day