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British Columbia Vacation: Coronavirus Information

Most British Columbia hotels offer free cancellation. Consider booking refundable hotels rather than non-refundable ones. Just look for the ‘free cancellation’ message during your hotel search. Prices can vary, but right now we believe that flexibility matters.

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British Columbia

From picturesque beaches, to alpine skiing resorts, to a world-class cosmopolitan city, this Canadian province offers a diverse range of activities to enjoy.

British Columbia features an appealing blend of natural wonders and modern cultural attractions. Visit museums in Vancouver, relax on the shores of Tofino or take the ski lift up to Whistler’s slopes for stunning summit views and exciting downhill terrain.

Explore the busy streets of Vancouver, British Columbia’s main metropolitan hub, which promises both outdoor adventure and urban amenities. Cycle through Stanley Park to admire sea and rainforest views as well as First Nations’ art including totem poles. Take in a full panoramic view of the city from the Vancouver Lookout.

Vancouver’s thriving cultural scene is also worth exploring, with enriching museums such as the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Museum of Vancouver or Museum of Anthropology waiting to be discovered.

Escape from the city life at Tofino, a resort town on Clayoquot Sound. Surf the waves, relax on the beach and hike through beautiful scenery. Continue your nature appreciation in Okanagan Valley, a fertile area covered with vineyards and orchards. Other highlights include the Okanagan Lavender Farm, where lavender fields erupt in violet bloom during summer.

The alpine village of Whistler is a world-famous ski resort. Take a ride on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola or race down the slopes of the Blackcomb Peak. In the summer, hike through the mountains, visit the Audain Art Museum and shop for fresh produce and local trinkets at the Whistler Farmers’ Market.

Take a ferry to the enchanting Vancouver Island, a patchwork of alpine meadows, caves and sandy beaches. See orcas off the coast and spot grizzly bears in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Five international airports serve British Columbia, the most popular being Vancouver International Airport. Most towns have comprehensive bus and rail systems, though driving is the easiest way to travel around the province. Admire the abundant wildlife from a distance and remember that feeding wildlife is strictly prohibited.

British Columbia is a charming province blessed with majestic mountains, verdant valleys and spectacular coastline. Experience wild Canadian landscapes and learn about the area’s heritage in its towns and cities.

Q: Should I book a car while on vacation in British Columbia?

A: If exploring the hidden treasures around the region of British Columbia or elsewhere is your top priority this vacation, booking a rental car is a smart move. With our handy guide to Cheap Car Hire in British Columbia, you'll be able to pick up a quality ride and travel around the countryside anytime you want. If you're looking at spending the majority of your time in the cities of Vancouver or Victoria, public transportation (or ride-sharing) is an easy way of getting from one place to another.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a vacation to British Columbia?

A: Below is a list of airports that service flights into and out of British Columbia:

  • Vancouver, BC (YVR-Vancouver Intl.): 3,902 international flights per month.
  • Victoria, BC (YYJ-Victoria Intl.): 118 international flights per month.
  • Kelowna, BC (YLW-Kelowna Intl.): 74 international flights per month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a vacation to British Columbia?

A: There's no shortage of choice when it comes to accommodations in British Columbia. The most popular style are hotels. But if that doesn't suit, you can also pick from motels, condos, bed & breakfasts and much, much more.

Q: What does a British Columbia vacation booking with Expedia include?

A: Experiences and attractions close by? Check. Flights? Sure thing. A snazzy vehicle? Of course. At the end of a long day of sightseeing, you'll be longing for a stylish hotel where you can rest up. We've got them all covered. Lock in what you want and get set for an unforgettable British Columbia vacation.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my vacation to British Columbia?

A: Were you aware that Expedia offers discounts simply for bundling your Flights, Hotels, Activities and more? Start planning your ideal getaway and discover just how much you'll save by choosing a package. Watch out British Columbia, here you come!

Q: What are the best things to do in British Columbia?

A: You'll have tons of options — Burrard Inlet, Lost Lagoon and Prospect Point are some to start with. These well-loved landmarks are situated in Vancouver.

See more during your stay in Victoria — make tracks for Sandcut Beach, Lower Johnson Street and Port Sidney Marina.

And if your final destination is Kelowna, we'd recommend making time for Kelowna Centennial Museum, Gallagher's Canyon Golf & Country Club and Fintry Estate & Provincial Park.

*Savings based on all vacation package bookings with Flight + Hotel on Expedia.com from January through December 2020, as compared to price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages. For Free Flight or 100% Off Flight deals, package savings is greater than or equal to the current cost of one component, when both are priced separately.


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The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler $104
Reviewed on May 25, 2020
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The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler

The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler

4090 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC
     
    4.3 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    The staff was amazing! Very friendly and welcoming. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience

    Fairmont Vancouver Airport In-Terminal Hotel $253
    Reviewed on May 25, 2020
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    Fairmont Vancouver Airport In-Terminal Hotel

    Fairmont Vancouver Airport In-Terminal Hotel

    3111 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond, BC
       
      4.7 of 5
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      It was nice and clean. Truth be told, this is what I expect in a hotel. A pleasant surprise was the quality of toiletries in the room but that's about it.

      SPIRIT RIDGE - in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt $130
      Reviewed on May 21, 2020
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      SPIRIT RIDGE - in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt

      SPIRIT RIDGE - in the Unbound Collection by Hyatt

      1200 Rancher Creek Rd, Osoyoos, BC
         
        4.4 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        The room is spacious and amenities are great. I’ll definitely stay here again for vacation.

        Pan Pacific Vancouver $181
        Reviewed on May 14, 2020
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        Pan Pacific Vancouver

        Pan Pacific Vancouver

        999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
           
          4.6 of 5
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          I Would recommended this hotel. The view was amazing

          Watermark Beach Resort $152
          Reviewed on May 4, 2020
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          Watermark Beach Resort

          Watermark Beach Resort

          15 Park Place, Osoyoos, BC
             
            4.5 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Jennifer is a great hostess, called us before the arrival, helped to find a great accommodation and was very nice overall. Great place.

            Lonsdale Quay Hotel $95
            Reviewed on May 28, 2020
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            Lonsdale Quay Hotel

            Lonsdale Quay Hotel

            123 Carrie Cates Crt, North Vancouver, BC
               
              4.0 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Very clean place rooms clean and staff was very friendly

              Hotel Blu Vancouver $166
              Reviewed on May 12, 2020
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              Hotel Blu Vancouver

              Hotel Blu Vancouver

              177 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC
                 
                4.7 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Always love this place to stay over and so friendly service. Clean room and interior design

                Eldorado Resort - Manteo $130
                Reviewed on May 22, 2020
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                Eldorado Resort - Manteo

                Eldorado Resort - Manteo

                3762 Lakeshore Rd, Kelowna, BC
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Great room got upgraded to waterfront room.Very roomy and very bright. The only thing I was a little bit disappointed in was the bathroom. The bathroom was very small , you had to close the door before you could sit down. For the rest great place

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