Family walking adventure in Whistler, Canada

Snow To Sea In British Columbia

15 February 2018
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Canada is a holiday destination for all seasons and whether you seek snowboarding and skiing action or want to go hiking and biking in the summer months, the province of British Columbia on the west coast has your family getaway all squared away. With direct Air Canada flights now from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne non-stop to Vancouver, getting to Canada and North America is as easy as ABC. Here's how to make the most of your BC break, all year round.

Vancouver city at night from Grouse Mountain Downtown Vancouver looks simply magical from Grouse Mountain in the wintertime.

Vancouver

Visitors big and small to the major city of Vancouver are blessed with panoramic views and a wide range of year-round outdoor activities from skiing to bear watching, especially at Grouse Mountain – just 15 minutes from downtown. Another fantastic attraction is Stanley Park, which features two swimming beaches, the Vancouver Aquarium and plenty of kid-friendly rollerblading paths and open spaces to play in. Considered one of the greatest urban parks in North America, plan a visit between September and November to see the 400ha haven erupt in a red and gold blanket of autumn leaves.

A family ski holiday in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada Grab the family and hit the slopes at North America's biggest ski resort – Whistler Blackcomb.

Whistler

BC’s mountainous mecca is a favourite for mums, dads and kids with its bounty of outdoor adventures in all seasons. The twin mountains of Whistler Blackcomb - one of the world's top ski destinations - is a 120km drive from Vancouver via Highway 99 aka the scenic Sea to Sky Highway. Ride the Peak 2 Peak gondola for views of stunning surrounds; and hit the slopes with lessons for littlies, black runs for renegades, snowmobiles for adrenaline junkies or snow tubing for the less coordinated. Kayak through the River of Golden Dreams when it’s warmer or race through the forests with Ziptrek Ecotour. Hike or bike myriad trails in summer or go off-piste on a crosscountry snowshoe walk when the snowflakes are falling.


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Southern resident male killer whale in Juan de Fuca Strait, Victoria, BC Don't miss spotting orca frolicking in Victoria's Juan de Fuca Strait in season from May to October.

Victoria

Located on Vancouver Island and BC's capital, the city of Victoria offers an abundance of excitement in a spectacular setting. Visit Beacon Hill Park and walk with wild ducks, roaming peacocks or visit the petting zoo; pack a picnic for a day of hiking or biking with breathtaking mountain and ocean views as your backdrop; or get that adrenaline pumping with a zip-lining adventure or bungee jump plunge. Or you could explore the ocean – Victoria’s waters are home to many species of marine wildlife and spotting an orca or minke whale is something the whole family will never forget.

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Jess Holmes

Jess Holmes refers to herself as a walking contradiction, yearning for life's little (or large) luxuries one minute, eat-drink-treking her way through offbeat destinations another.  She's just as happy exploring the street(food)s of Oaxaca, putting her body through its paces atop Peruvian mountains, and sunning herself on Sri Lanka's secluded beaches as she is wandering through Napa Valley vineyards, indulging in NYC's best spa treatments or sipping Chianti on the Amalfi Coast.