British Columbia is a province with a population that can’t sit still. If it’s not a quick ski before work, it’s an evening kayak, a half-day hike through rainforest-clad canyons, or a long weekend on ‘the island’.
Of course, this being Canada, the vastness of the landscape is mind-boggling. ‘The island’ is Vancouver Island – a playground of rainforests, surf beaches, salmon rivers and orca-friendly coves that takes six hours to drive from top to bottom. Back on mainland British Columbia, there’s 1,590km of road between the most southerly city, Vancouver, and the most northerly ex-trading post, Fort Nelson. The mountains include 10 branches of the sky-scraping Canadian Rockies.
There’s a joke that children in British Columbia are born with a canoe paddle in their hands and skis on their feet.
So how do you unleash the kids on this wild province? Easily, as it turns out – especially if you let an expert tour guide lead the way through the expansive terrain. After all, British Columbians are folks who learn bear safety alongside their ABCs and send their kids to ski schools while they’re still in preschool. That means this province is fully prepared for families who fancy meticulously well-kept trails, smooth roads through grandstanding mountains, and waterfall-side picnic spots.