The temperate Pacific coast of Canada is a nature lover’s dream
British Columbia is Canada’s westernmost province, nestled between the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Rocky Mountains to the east. This geography makes for moderate temperatures, endless ocean coastlines, and lush green forests.
May is the ideal time to visit, as springtime is in bloom, and the plants and wildlife are re-emerging as the temperatures climb. Get in touch with your GAC broker today to plan your trip to this jewel of the Pacific Northwest.
British Columbia is a prime destination for whale watching, as various whale species inhabit the cool waters of the Northern Pacific Ocean. Whales are most active between May and October. And May is a perfect time for whale watching as whale populations in the region begin to shake off their winter doldrums and become more active in the warming ocean.
The waters in the region are teeming with sea life, attracting hungry whales. Venture to the west coast of Vancouver Island, and you’re likely to spot orcas (killer whales) and humpback and gray whales. Witnessing these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat is nothing short of extraordinary.
Vancouver Island is a nature lover’s paradise. Hike the West Coast Trail and Rainforest Trail to explore the island’s rugged terrain and temperate rainforests. Surf the waves off the island’s western shoreline, where the diverse coastal terrain provides ocean access to surfers of all experience and skill levels.
If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, go spelunking in the Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park, where you can join a guided tour or set out with your own caving partners.
When you’re ready to rest and recharge, visit British Columbia’s capital city, Victoria, on Vancouver Island. This picturesque harbor city is known for its historic charm and natural beauty.
Victoria is home to the world-renowned Butchart Gardens, a meticulously manicured floral showcase spanning over fifty acres. The Butchart Gardens are open year-round and feature different plants and flowers depending on the season. Visit in May to see the bright pastels of springtime tulips, or wait until October to witness the vibrant reds and golds of the changing autumn foliage.
Victoria has several options for travelers looking for a cozy bed and breakfast or a quaint and charming hotel. You may never want to leave with so much to do on Vancouver Island.
Not to be confused with Vancouver Island, the city of Vancouver is on the mainland and can be reached from Vancouver Island by ferry or by air. If your excursion to British Columbia will take you between Vancouver Island and Vancouver, talk to your GAC broker about including that leg of your journey in your flight experience.
Vancouver is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a culturally diverse population. A thriving art scene and world-class museums and restaurants. Don’t forget to visit Stanley Park, an urban oasis spanning thousands of lush greenery, meandering hiking trails, and unspoiled beaches. The centerpiece of Stanley Park is the famous Seawall, a 14-mile-long pathway that affords visitors striking views of the mountains, the ocean, and Vancouver’s skyline.
Journey to the Great Bear Rainforest
The Great Bear Rainforest is a remote, pristine expanse of wilderness along the northern coast of British Columbia’s mainland. This region is home to the elusive spirit bear, a rare subspecies of black bear that features white fur. Visitors can also spot other wildlife, including grizzly bears, wolves, and even whales frolicking in the nearby ocean. If you’re a novice, join a guided tour of this awe-inspiring ecosystem to ensure a safe and satisfying expedition.
Flights to British Columbia
British Columbia is a sprawling region, with territory both on the mainland and the nearby island. Global Air Charters has experience serving the smaller airports on Vancouver Island and the larger airports on the mainland.