Ski, Sail and Sightsee in British Columbia
Total Mileage/Average drive time
215 miles, 5 hours, 59 minutes
Come visit the beautiful southern tier of British Columbia, where you can ski in the morning and sail in the afternoon. You’ll be delighted to go from the warm ocean to the snow-capped mountains in a matter of minutes. Take in a round of golf in Victoria, visit the coffee bars of Nanaimo, check out the site of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and relax in the chainsaw capital of Canada–Hope.
1. Victoria - Starting Point
The best place to start any journey is at the beginning. Yours will start in the Capital City of British Columbia—Victoria. Here you can golf and ski all in the same day. Enjoy the British roots of the region by visiting one of the many beautiful gardens in the city or have afternoon tea at any of the Victorian tea-rooms throughout the area. Outdoor enthusiasts will also appreciate a vast network of hiking and biking trails in the region.
2. Nanaimo - 69 miles, 1 hour, 28 minutes
When you travel up the coast to Nanaimo, you’ll leave the tea behind because in Nanaimo there are 28 coffee bars that have every taste imaginable. Nanaimo is also where you’ll catch the ferry to Vancouver. While you’re waiting, you’ll want to check out the downtown district’sCedar Yellow Point Trail, featuring galleries, crafts and culinary shops.
3. Vancouver - 53 miles, 2 hours, 46 minutes
Home of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver is one of the most unique cities in North America. Here you can ski on the snow-capped mountains in the morning and take your sailboat out of the marina in the afternoon. Stroll through Stanley Park, the city’s urban wilderness or catch a hockey game. There are also loads of hiking, biking, camping and golfing opportunities.
4. Hope - 93 miles, 1 hour, 45 minutes
The last stop on your journey through southern British Columbia is Hope, the chainsaw carving capital of Canada. There are over 30 giant woodcarvings that dot the landscape through the town. Hope hosts the International Wood Carving Competition annually. Just outside of town is the Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park, home of the Othello Quintette Tunnels. These tunnels are carved through solid granite and offer hikers and bikers beautiful scenery in the lush river valley.