Canada's most westerly province, British Columbia is sandwiched between the Rocky Mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Its location on the Pacific Rim not only endows it with a diversity of topography but also ensures a rich blend of cultures, with cities and towns replete with both cosmopolitan ambience and indigenous heritage.

It is especially attractive to outdoor enthusiasts, who are able to access all of the province's spectacular wildernesses thanks to its great transport infrastructure of ferries, chartered boats, trains and well-maintained roads.

British Columbia is home to four national parks, seven provincial heritage sites, many nature reserves and the scenic Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, popular for its beautiful fjords and canoeing. The volcanic mountains of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park provide trekking opportunities, while the Kootenay Rockies boast some of the best skiing and snowboarding in Canada.

The provincial capital of British Columbia is the city of Victoria, situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. But its largest and most populated city is Vancouver, blessed with incredible vistas of forested mountains and staggering ocean views.