If you’re going to British Columbia, think big.
Canada’s westernmost province sprawls over 366,255 square miles it’s more than twice as big as California. Yet most of B.C.’s 3 million people are clustered in the southwest corner of the province, around Vancouver and Victoria. Beyond those cities, a wilderness of fiords, forests, lakes and mountains takes over, punctuated only by the occasional town.
Like Washington and Oregon, B.C. is blessed with a rugged Pacific coast, majestic mountains and high, dry plains.
Tourism is one of B.C.’s biggest industries, from urban getaways to outdoors trips - river-rafting, boating, fishing, hiking, scenic drives and whale watching. And, of course, skiing.
Given the favorable exchange rate - one Canadian dollar cost 73 cents U.S. - American money goes a long way in Canada. Counselors at the province’s tourism office can provide advice, mail travel guides and make hotel reservations: phone (800) 663-6000.