The westernmost Canadian province of British Columbia is one of the most popular tourist destinations. Visitors enjoy exploring Whistler, Victoria, and Vancouver among many other picturesque cities and towns.
Residents of British Columbia just like most Canadians are huge fans of snowboarding and skiing, hiking, and of course, ice hockey. Speaking of ice hockey, British Columbia is home to many ice hockey teams that compete in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, Western Canada Hockey League, and National Hockey League.
The most successful Canadian NHL team is Vancouver Canucks established in 1970. All Vancouver Canucks matches are covered by all major online bookmakers with competitive NHL odds.
To every ice hockey fan visiting British Columbia, one of the must-see places is Rogers Arena situated in the Vancouver downtown area.
- Rogers Arena
Formerly known as General Motors Place and Canada Hockey Place, Rogers Arena opened its doors in September of 1995. The multi-purpose entertainment complex replaced Pacific Coliseum that used to host most major ice hockey matches.
The most successful Canadian ice hockey team, Vancouver Canucks plays their home matches at Rogers Arena. Rogers Arena is also home to Vancouver Titans and Vancouver Warriors teams that compete in the Overwatch League and National Lacrosse League respectively.
Speaking of big events that were held in Rogers Arena, we should mention the Winter Olympics held in 2010. As expected, Rogers Arena hosted all of the ice hockey matches.
In addition to hosting ice hockey matches, Rogers Arena hosts some of the biggest WWE and UFC events. Over the years, numerous concerts were also held at the entertainment complex.
Britney Spears, Metallica, Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Adele, Miranda Lambert, and many other musicians performed here.
- Yoho National Park
Every nature lover visiting British Columbia must pay a visit to Yoho National Park. The national park is located near the Rocky Mountains, so visitors enjoy breathtaking views of rock walls and stunning waterfalls.
Yoho National Park is not only an amazing place for sightseeing, but also for hiking. It has hundreds of different hiking trails and each one of them offers a unique, spectacular glimpse of British Columbia’s natural wonders.
The national park is also home to one of the oldest fossils finds in the world and many different endangered tree and animal species. Different visitor services can be enjoyed every year from May to October, while the park is open every day.
- Butchart Gardens
When discussing amazing places you must visit when in British Columbia, we have to mention Butchart Gardens. Located close to Victoria, the Butchart Gardens historic site opened its doors in 2004.
Every single year, the stunning botanical gardens have over one million foreign and local visitors. Blossoming Butchart Gardens cover over fifty-five acres and feature over nine hundred different plant varieties.
The park also includes twenty-six greenhouses and employs fifty gardeners who work hard to preserve all those amazing plant species and keep the park nice and tidy. The park is open all year round. If you are planning to visit it, make sure you make a reservation in advance.
- Vancouver Island
Last on this list appears Vancouver Island that is famed for breathtaking mountain views, stunning lakes, coastal sceneries, and numerous other natural attractions.
Vancouver Island is also home to many smaller towns and cities, including Parksville, Port Alberni, Nanaimo, and Courtenay. Thanks to its stunning coastal beaches, visitors can enjoy surfing all year round.
Like most other places in Canada, Vancouver Island also offers numerous different walking and hiking trails, including the legendary West Coast Trail that most experienced hikers want to try out.
Pacific Rim National Park is very near, and we definitely recommend you visit it once you have explored the island.