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Our most recommended British Columbia Day Trips

Jasper: Columbia Icefield Skywalk

1. Jasper: Columbia Icefield Skywalk

Get an entry ticket to Columbia Icefield Skywalk, a cliff-edge walkway 918 feet (279 meters) above the valley floor. See giant glaciers perched above you and the spectacular Sunwapta Valley below with this experience. Make your way to the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center in Jasper, then board the shuttle to get to the skywalk. Upon arrival at the observation platform, collect your audio guide and embark on your adventure. Step onto the glass floor of the Columbia Icefield Skywalk to begin the scenic 1-kilometer walk, surrounded by fantastic views. Marvel at crystal-clear waterfalls, admire the mountains and glaciers above and keep a lookout for wildlife native to the Candian Rockies.

Victoria, BC: 3-Hour Ultimate Whale & Marine Wildlife Tour

2. Victoria, BC: 3-Hour Ultimate Whale & Marine Wildlife Tour

The waters off Victoria, British Columbia are known as the Salish Sea. Discover its wonders and rich marine environment with this ultimate whale and marine wildlife tour. Board a brand new high-speed coastal explorer boat and set sail to look for orcas (also known as killer whales), humpbacks, harbor seals, California sea lions, and over 127 species of marine birds!  Take a tour of the west coast aboard a luxurious coastal explorer, with two outside viewing areas and a fully heated cabin. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate as you set off on an adventure to learn all about the local marine wildlife and important landmarks. From playful orcas to giant humpbacks, your experience is sure to be memorable. Discover the marine wildlife in the waters off Victoria with the help of marine biologists and learn about efforts to establish Victoria as a world-renowned whale watching destination. 

Nanaimo: Panoramic Seaplane Tour

3. Nanaimo: Panoramic Seaplane Tour

Experience the excitement of seaplane flying with this 20-minute flight. Depart from Nanaimo’s historic waterfront on this ideal introduction to seaplane aviation. Explore your surroundings from a new perspective and take in panoramic views of Harbour City with Mount Benson as its backdrop. Enjoy aerial vistas of some of the southern Gulf Islands including Newcastle Island Provincial Park located right offshore. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for wildlife such as seals and sea lions on the rocky coastlines along the Strait of Georgia.

Victoria Panoramic Seaplane Tour

4. Victoria Panoramic Seaplane Tour

Fly high above scenic Victoria BC and explore its beautiful scenery by seaplane. This thrill-a-minute tour will reveal a spectacular landscape and unforgettable aerial views. The Panoramic Seaplane Tour of Victoria will glide over the Olympic Mountains and along the Victoria waterfront to the white sand beaches of James and Sydney Islands. From here the tour heads north to the Saanich Peninsular and over the famous Butchart Gardens before returning back to Victoria Harbor. It is an experience not to be missed, especially if time is limited in Victoria and the photo opportunities just cannot be bettered. A fantastic day out for aviation lovers.

Whistler Valley Tour by Seaplane: 20-Minute Flight

5. Whistler Valley Tour by Seaplane: 20-Minute Flight

Venture further than the majestic mountains and valleys surrounding Whistler as you fly high over the scenery on this 20-minute seaplane flight.  Get an introduction to seaplane aviation as you depart from Green Lake, Whistler. Then, enjoy stunning vistas of the Whistler Valley, including Whistler village and monuments from the 2010 Winter Olympics. Get a bird's eye view of the Olympic Rings at Whistler Olympic Plaza, along with the Olympic Park and other Olympic venues. Fly over the spectacular cascades of Brandywine Falls and watch the water plunge into Brandywine Creek. What started as a 2 plane operation in 1982 to service the British Columbia forestry sector has now grown into North America’s largest seaplane company and only fully carbon neutral airline. With a showcase fleet of Canadian-made De Havilland aircraft, you’ll fly aboard a DHC-3 Turbine Single Otter, DHC-6 Twin Otter or DHC-2 Beaver. Let’s fly!

Whistler Zipline Experience: Ziptrek Eagle Tour

6. Whistler Zipline Experience: Ziptrek Eagle Tour

Meet your professional and fun tour guides in Whistler Village then get geared up for your adventure. This tour is accessed via the Whistler Village Gondola with a short walk to the first zipline launching at an elevation of 3,280 feet (1,000m) right on Whistler mountain. From here, your adventure continues with 5 breathtaking ziplines and 4 treetop bridges. The first zipline is side-by-side so you can zip next to a friend and the last zipline brings you right back into Whistler Village. This tour is perfect if you've ziplined before or crave an adrenaline rush!

Kicking Horse River: Whitewater Rafting Half-Day Trip

7. Kicking Horse River: Whitewater Rafting Half-Day Trip

Enjoy an exhilarating whitewater rafting tour on the Kicking Horse River as you brave Class 2 to Class 4/4+ waters with a guide. Take on rapids such as Hopi's Hole, Cable Car, Table Saw, and the famous Portage and Shotgun. Your experience begins at the local partner's day lodge, conveniently located on the TransCanada Highway. After a warm welcome, your crew distributes top-of-the-line rafting gear (wetsuit, wetsuit booties and gloves, spray jackets, life jackets, and helmets). In the comfort of heated change rooms, change into the provided gear before taking a quick shuttle to the "put-in" (starting point), where you receive your extensive safety briefing before jumping in the river. This is the biggest whitewater river in the Rockies. Prepare to hold on and get wet. Enjoy the canyon environment and possibly get a glimpse of a mountain goat, wolf, or bear. Following your trip, another quick shuttle returns you back to the warmth of the base. Once changed back into dry and comfortable land clothes, enjoy snacks and a selection of hot and cold beverages. Stop by the gift shop for a souvenir or photo of the trip to take back home.

Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Family Rafting with Lunch

8. Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Family Rafting with Lunch

Enjoy a family friendly rafting tour on Kicking Horse River. Suitable for kids as young as 4, and anyone who doesn't want to raft on big whitewater. Meet at the rafting base in Golden, BC. Get set up with your rafting gear and the bus will drive you to the river. Raft along 14 km on the calm Upper Canyon of the Kicking Horse River. This trip starts in Yoho National Park and will have you floating through beautiful forests and mountain scenery. There are some splashes, but it's not a big whitewater trip. You have the option to go for a swim if you're feeling up to it and will finish your tour with a riverside BBQ lunch. Choose an item hot off the grill, and from a variety of other snacks and drinks. At the end of your trip, the bus will drive you back to the rafting base where you can get changed and enjoy a hot shower.

Classic Vancouver Panorama Tour by Seaplane

9. Classic Vancouver Panorama Tour by Seaplane

Enjoy the most popular tour of Vancouver and the North Shore Mountains. This ideal introduction to seaplane aviation departs from downtown Vancouver’s Coal Harbour and provides a complete aerial view of the city, as well as its surrounding parks and beaches. As if the scenery isn't enough, the thrill of flying will really carry you away. The exhilarating spray of the water is always a highlight during take-off and landing. With over 50 aircraft currently, your hosts operate the largest all-seaplane fleet and the first carbon neutral airline in North America. DeHavilland DHC-3 Turbine Single Otters and Twin Otters service regularly scheduled flights between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. DHC-2 Beavers service the Gulf Islands. Cessna 185 aircraft are available for charter.

From Vancouver: Butchart Gardens & Victoria Sightseeing Tour

10. From Vancouver: Butchart Gardens & Victoria Sightseeing Tour

Meet in central Vancouver and take a 90-minute scenic cruise aboard the ferry to Vancouver Island. Sail through the Strait of Georgia and enjoy the scenery. Be sure to visit the outside decks as it’s not uncommon to see all kinds of sea life, including porpoises and whales. Arrive on Vancouver Island and first visit the beautiful Butchart Gardens. Explore this world-renowned botanical garden which was once a quarry, featuring the Japanese Garden, the Ross Fountain, an Italian Garden, and other floral displays. Continue the trip with a ferry ride to the city of Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Discover the main sights of Victoria with your guide, starting at Mile O. See Ogden Point, Fisherman’s Wharf, Empress Hotel, and historic Chinatown, including the famous Fan Tan Alley. Later, enjoy some free time to explore on your own or book an additional optional activity. Your guide will be on hand to assist you with suggestions on the best restaurants, breweries, shops, and hidden gems. Relax as you cruise back to the mainland in the evening, arriving back in Vancouver at approximately 9:30 PM.

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What people are saying about British Columbia

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 788 reviews

Bus driver was great narrating interesting and educational items. Shannon Falls and the Gondola ride was breathtaking. Whistler Village was a bit too long of a stay so we ended up renting bikes and riding around for 2 1/2 hours. Seeing the lakes was fun. Wish we would have known we would have time to take a dip in one of the lakes so we would have brought our swimsuits along. It was a hot and humid day so we would have enjoyed the refreshing cool lake water.

Really awesome Flight. You see so much of Vancouver and the mountains in the north. As a solo traveller I could sit next to the pilot and open the Window a bit to photograph out, which really helped. The pilot was also super nice. The whole experience comes highly recommended!

It was a great experience. The crew at wild water adventures made everything run smoothly. Simon was an awesome captain that was very knowledgeable and explained everything in detail. He made the adventure very enjoyable!

Fantastic activity. Professionally run with a personal touch from start to finish. Would highly recommend and worth every penny.

Great operation. Pilot was informative. Great scenery