100+ Things to See and Do in British Columbia

When we moved from Alberta to British Columbia in September 2010, I was excited to start exploring. BC really is “beautiful British Columbia,” as their license plates claim, and there is so much to do here! We’ve had a lot of fun hiking, camping, playing, learning, exploring, and visiting many places around this amazing province. Whether you also live here, or are planning a visit, here’s a list of 100+ things to see and do in British Columbia.

100+ things to do and see in British Columbia

No, I haven’t done everything on this list. (I wish!) I started my list with all the places we’ve been and loved, and then I asked my fellow BC bloggers to share their favourites. So this is my bucket list too!

Things to See and Do on Vancouver Island

Around Victoria, BC

Visit historic Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse

Take a ride around the harbour on the Victoria Harbour Ferries

Explore Craigdarroch Castle

Hike around Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary

Mallards on bridge at Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary

Explore past and present at Miniature World

Stay at the Oswego Hotel

Walk the Breakwater at Ogden Point

Visit the Victoria Bug Zoo

Camp in an oTentik

Explore the Royal BC Museum

See the salmon run at Goldstream Park

Climb Mount Finlayson

Learn about BC’s seafaring history at the Maritime Museum

Hike Mount Work (BONUS: read about Chief Factor Work and his family)

Play at Beacon Hill Park

Relax at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel Spa

A view of the seaside pools at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel

On the Peninsula

Take a trip to the tropics at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Explore the local ocean at the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre

Splash in Coles Bay

Ride the ferry to Sidney Spit Marine Park

Wander through Butchart Gardens

Towards Sooke and Beyond

Explore the tide pools at Botanical Beach

Hike East Sooke Park

Day trip to China Beach

Play at Sombrio Beach

Tour Hatley Castle and Gardens

Taste the mead at Tugwell Creek Honey Farm & Meadery

Explore Mystic Beach

Seal in the waves at Mystic Beach

Over the Malahat and Further North

Camp at Rondalyn Resort

Ride the train at the BC Forestry Discovery Centre

Hike the Morden Collieries Trail

View the Totem Poles in Duncan

Go underground at the Horne Lake Caves

See the Murals in Chemainus

Spend a day on the farm at Little Qualicum Cheeseworks

Walk to the Kinsol Trestle

Kinsol Trestle

Tofino and the West Coast

Visit Tofino

Explore Ucluelet

Soak in Tofino’s famous hot springs

Take a walk through a rainforest

Ride the Port Alberni Steam Train

Hike the Englishman River Falls

Explore Port Renfrew

Take a whale watching tour

Learn to surf in Tofino

Things to See and Do around Vancouver, BC

Bike the Stanley Park Sea Wall

Tour the Lighthouse Park Adventure

Visit the Vancouver Aquarium

Watching the jelly fish at Vancouver Aquarium

Explore Granville Island

Watch a Vancouver Canadiens baseball game

Get a bird’s eye view from the Vancouver Lookout

Learn and play at Telus World of Science

Visit the Old Hastings Mill Store Museum

Explore the Bloedel Conservatory

Take a staycation in downtown Vancouver

Flyover Canada

Explore Deep Cove

Do the cliff walk at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Play at 6-Pack Indoor Beach

Walk around Rice Lake

Explore the Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Spend a day at Wesbrook Village (UBC)

Cross the suspension bridge at Lynn Canyon

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge

Around Greater Vancouver

Hike Tynehead Regional Park (Surrey)

Ride the carousel at Burnaby Village Museum

Explore Surrey Bend Regional Park

Play at Barnet Marine Park (Port Moody)

Jade playing at Barnet Marine Park

Explore White Rock

Hike Admiralty Point Trail (Coquitlam)

Dress up at the Gulf of George Cannery (Richmond)

Taste the honey at the Honeybee Centre (Surrey)

Pick berries at Krause Berry Farms (Langley)

Toddler picking blackberries
Ride the simulators at Richmond Olympic Experience

Learn and play at the Surrey Museum

Cool off at Williams Park (Langley)

Snowshoe at Cypress Mountain

Snowshoe Trail on Cypress Mountain

Daytrip from Vancouver

Hike Joffre Lake

Ride the cable car at Hell’s Gate

Splash and play at Harrison Lake

Hike the Othello Tunnels

Othello Tunnels

Ride the Westcoaster Slide in Whistler

Visit the Apple Barn in Abbotsford

Ride the Sea to Sky Gondola

Get pampered at the spa in Whistler

Visit Harrison Hotsprings

Hike the Stave Dam Interpretation Trail

Be electified at the Stave Falls Powerhouse

Play in the snow in Whistler, BC

Snowshoe at the Sea to Sky Gondola

Ride the Superfly Ziplines

Picnic at Shannon Falls

Visit the Vancouver Zoo

Pet the bunnies at Taves Family Farm

Stay at the First Tracks Lodge in Whistler

Dig for copper at the Britannia Mine Museum

Smell the flowers at the Abbotsford Tulip Festival

Go downhill skiing on Whistler Mountain

Pan for gold at Fort Langley National Historic Site

Girls panning for gold at Fort Langley National Historic Site, BC

Things to See and Do in Central British Columbia

Tour the Enchanted Forest

See the Spiral Tunnels

Plan a Girls’ Weekend in Radium, BC

Ride a horse at the Sundance Guest Ranch

Eat out in Prince George

In the Okanagan

Pet the animals at Kangaroo Creek Farm

Take an eco-retreat at Athena Organic Farm

Eat at the Restaurant at Watermark

Visit Davison Orchards

Ride the Kettle Valley Steam Railway

Play at Rattlesnake Canyon

Visit the Hillcrest Farm Market

Stay at the Watermark Beach Resort

Explore Summerland

Go on a winery tour in the Okanagan

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What are your favourite things to see and do in British Columbia?

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