Four months ago, I moved to Vancouver. Ready to explore my new city and British Columbia. But… things have changed. While we might not be going anywhere right now, we can still dream about our future travel plans, which is why I came up with my British Columbia bucket list over the weekend. Let’s just say looking up these places gave me major wanderlust and I can’t wait to explore BC… later.
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
An escape to the beach sounds perfect right now, especially if it’s to the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Endless sandy beaches, dozens of hikes, forests… I can see why Tofino is so popular.
British Columbia has one of the highest populations of black bears in the world. They can be spotted pretty much anywhere from the coastal forests through the mountains, and I for one would love to encounter one!
Monica Meadows Hike
A scenic hike to an alpine plateau with breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks that remind me of my exchange year in Montana. There are campsites at the end of the trails so I’m bookmarking this for a future long weekend adventure.
Wait, Céline. Haven’t you already been to Whistler? Yes, I have, in February! But one visit was definitely not enough to explore the whole ski resort. I’d also love to go back in the summer.
Glacier Helicopter Tour
Something else I really want to do is go on a helicopter tour to get a bird’s eye view of the mountains. I know there are helicopter excursions to the Cheakamus Glacier and Black Tusk in Whistler so who knows… next time?
And more specifically, the panorama ridge hike that offers spectacular views over Garibaldi lake, but also Black Tusk, and the Helm lake area. It’s hard to believe that there are places like this so close to Vancouver!
Another hike with gorgeous views that figures on my list. Heiko’s trail is a 21km hike in Fernie with waterfalls, caves, cliff walls, big mountain passes, canyons, mountain meadows, and of course, wildlife. Need I say more?
The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria is known for its Neo-baroque parliament buildings, the Butchart Gardens, and the colorful fisherman’s wharf. There are many reasons why I want to visit Victoria, but let’s be honest, I also just want to take the ferry.
Recently, I’ve been making a list of all the gorgeous cabins and cottages where I’d rather be during this time. Safe to say I’ll plan an island getaway as soon as it is possible!
Spotted Lake Osoyoos
Rich in minerals, this small lake features spots that change in size and color in the summer. It’s located along the American border and a great stop during a trip to the wine region.
Okanagan Wine Region
Once upon a time, I didn’t like wine. Until I tasted a suspiciously good Chardonnay, that is. I’m not quite a wine connoisseur just yet, but I would be up for a trip to the Okanagan wine region and Kelowna in search of the best wine in the province.
I have no good excuse as to why I haven’t been to Grouse mountain yet, being so close to Vancouver. But you’ll catch me on the Grouse grind, a 2.9km trail up the mountain, as soon as it’s allowed.
Abbott Ridge Trail
Last but not least, the Abbott Ridge trail in Glacier National Park is what hiking dreams are made of. Located near Jasper National Park, I might visit the Rockies in Alberta on the same trip (hint hint: coming next, Alberta Bucket List)!
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