5 Reasons You Should Visit British Columbia This Summer

Now, I may be slightly biased in writing this post considering I am Canadian and have lived here my entire life, but I’ll tell you a little secret. Growing up, I absolutely hated living in Canada. Seriously! Living in Toronto, I despised the cold weather, lack of palm trees and boring city views. I spent my days dreaming of moving to California one day to live out the OC lifestyle. I was completely unaware of the beauty that was my backyard.

Isn’t it funny how the grass is always greener? As I grew older, I decided to explore my own backyard. I traveled out west to British Columbia, and I was in awe of what I saw. I fell in love with the mountains at first glance.

With this summer marking Canada’s 150th birthday, there is no better time to explore this marvelous country. Here are a few reasons you should have Canada on your travel bucket list this summer:

Breathtaking Nature

The landscapes through Calgary to Vancouver are absolutely captivating. From the ancient rainforests of Tofino off of Vancouver Island, to the sky-high mountains of Banff, the West Coast is full of natural phenomena. glacial blue lakes, dense forests, outstretched beaches and mountains are all within hours from one another, free to explore. From watching the Northern lights to stargazing at the lake- it’s all at your fingertips.

Mountain Towns

While living in British Columbia, I lived in the small mountain town of Whistler, British Columbia. This is one of the most unique experiences I’ve ever had in my life. Not only is Whistler filled with outdoor activities to do, as well as lakes and trails to explore, it’s also a wonderful place to meet people from all corners of the world. The town is made up of travelers from their 20’s to 30’s who are from all over the world; Australia, Ireland, England- you name it! Those who are in this little mountain town are there to explore, travel and have a great time.

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Active Living

If you’re traveling through British Columbia, it’s a given that you’ll be spending a large majority of your time in the outdoors. From rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, camping, stand up paddle-boarding, surfing to yoga- there’s an infinite amount of ways to experience the outdoors first hand. Exploring a province with such remarkable surroundings is a humbling experience. It gives you a refreshed perspective on the importance of preserving this marvelous place we have the opportunity to call our home.

The People

Again, I may be biased since I am Canadian myself, but I’ve found that we Canadians are a friendly bunch! I’ve met so many helpful Canadians on my travels through Canada who have been so open and hospitable to me it left me at a loss for words. Whether you need directions, travel tips, or any advice, there will be someone willing to help not too far away. Canada is a diverse country and there are so many travelers from all over the world that you can meet who are doing just what you are- exploring North America. I’ve always met many people along my travels through Canada and would definitely recommend British Columbia as being one of the best spots to do so.

150th Celebration

This summer will mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, which means celebrations on July 1st for Canada day will be larger than ever. Parks Canada is also giving a free parks pass (normally $136) in light of Canada’s 150th year. There will be celebrations all across Canada for July 1st, as well as throughout the summer for this grand anniversary. If you’ve ever dreamed of exploring all that North America has to offer, now is your chance!

Have you ever visited British Columbia or have had it on your bucket list? Share your stories below!

  • Wow, it looks so stunning, I would love to visit there!

    Danielle xx

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Danielle, pictures don’t do it justice! xx

  • – Shoppingholic

    Those photos are amazing! *_*
    I’d definitely love to go there 🙂
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    • Diana Maria

      Thank you lovely, I will most definitely check out your page! xx

  • Reading to Vancouver on Wednesday! Cannot wait 🙂
    The Fernweh Wolf / Travel & Lifestyle Blog

    • Diana Maria

      It’s such a lovely place, I’ll be there in two weeks and am so excited to be back! xx

  • BC is on my list of places to visit! My cousins live there and they always have such a grand time in the summer 🙂

    cabin twenty-four

    • Diana Maria

      You’re so lucky to have relatives there! My brother lives in Vancouver so it’s a great excuse to visit. I hope you get to see it soon Eena xx

  • Ok, this place is amazing!!!!

    • Diana Maria

      Isn’t it?! Thanks for stopping by Patricia xx

  • I absolutely love Canada! I’ve only ever been twice, but both times I’ve found it’s simply a beautiful place and you’re right the people are so lovely and friendly! I can’t wait to visit again some day – and didn’t know you could see the Northern Lights over there, I’ll have to give it a try!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

    • Diana Maria

      I’m so glad you love Canada as well it’s so gorgeous isn’t it!? Thanks for reading Josie xx

  • Maddi – the girl & her threads

    British Columbia looks absolutely beautiful! The mountains and all the nature!! You’ve definitely convinced me to visit one of these days! =)

    • Diana Maria

      It’s so full of natural beauty, definitely do visit if you have the chance! Thanks for stopping by Maddi xx

  • Kate

    I think lots of us feel as though the grass is greener elsewhere at some point in our lives! The scenery here looks absolutely breathtaking – just look at the sunlight sparkling on that water! I would love to visit one day. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

    • Diana Maria

      I do too! It’s humbling when you finally realize it’s all about your thoughts and what you make of it. I hope you get the chance to see it one day Kate! xx

  • marissa

    WOW! all of these are amazing reasons! I’m packing my bags now 🙂


    • Diana Maria

      I hope you get to see it one day Marissa, it’s beautiful!

  • Wow I would sure love to visit one day!! It is so true how the grass always feels greener on the other side! 🙂


    • Diana Maria

      I’ve always felt that way, I think we all tend to think like that at some point! I hope you get to visit! xx

  • I ABSOLUTELY love BC! I’ve been there last summer and spent a day in Whistler– which was honestly way too short to spend in such a beautiful place; but I made the most out of it. It’s so funny cause I felt exactly the same as you! Girl, you’re lucky you even live in Toronto. I live in the prairies of Manitoba, and not until last year did I realize our neighboring provinces are one of the most stunning places to visit! I definitely cannot wait to go back, I’ll never get enough of BC. Couldn’t agree more with this post! ♥ Canadians are the best, no bias 😉

    • Diana Maria

      I’ve never met anyone from Manitoba but that’s amazing! I agree, I can’t believe I had no idea how gorgeous the provinces around us are- we’re so lucky! Thanks so much for stopping by Joyce, I couldn’t agree more haha!

  • I would definitely love to go there 🙂 The scenery is so beautiful!

    yuki, solivagantic

    • Diana Maria

      I hope you get to see BC one day Yuki!

  • Shivi Frnz

    I have been planning with my fiance to visit BC after wedding and I am already loving it. That water fall is so… Wow 🙂

    • Diana Maria

      That’s amazing, you’re going to have a wonderful time!

  • I don’t think anyone needs convincing. Your photos alone are enough to entice!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Jessica, it truly is stunning!

  • It looks SO beautiful!!

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you, it’s such a dream like place! xx

  • Kim

    Oh you didn’t need to give me 5 reasons to want to visit British Columbia! The pictures alone make me want to get on a plane right now! Absolutely gorgeous!

    Simply Lovebirds

    • Diana Maria

      I hope you get to visit one day Kim! 🙂

  • I had no idea it was the 150th anniversary! I’ve only been to British Columbia once and it was for a work trip, but I was blown away by Vancouver. I vowed to make another trip back some day! I also have to agree, Canadians are the best (and I’m American)! I grew up a little over an hour from the border so we regularly made trips to Ontario for skating competitions. I loved getting to visit Canada and would recommend trips vacations in various cities across the country (especially during the summer)!

    Brittany | thechicette.com

    • Diana Maria

      Haha aw I’m so glad you enjoy Ontario, I live here and absolutely love it too! Hopefully a trip to BC is in the near future for you xx

  • I am 100% with you on this. We have just returned from a road trip through BC and AB (our second trip to Canada) and it honestly feels more like home to us than the UK. We’re desperately hoping we can move out there in the next couple of years. You Canadians definitely are a friendly bunch, we felt so welcomed; everyone was lovely and started up random conversations with us. As Brits, we are not great at small talk, but we loved it and felt like we were getting the hang of it after a week.

    • Diana Maria

      That’s amazing! I hope you are able to move here, I knew so many others who were in your position while living in Whistler. It’s not easy to get the go to live here, but I’m sure you will with hard work and it will be so worth it! I’m so glad you enjoyed your experience Rosie, haha we definitely do love our small talk xx