There are many ways to see British Columbia. And although there's a certain amount of adventure involved in freewheeling through new town and cities, every once in a while it's nice to leave a local in the driver's seat. Tours companies abound all over the province with literally hundreds of outfits angling for your attention. Here are a few ideas to start you off…
Victoria is one of the most scenic cities in Canada with a rich history that's well worth exploring. Perhaps the most traditional mode of touring is with Tally Ho Horse Drawn Tours. For years, this Victoria institution has been treating generations of visitors to open-air city tours, courtesy of large, multi-person carriages pulled by beautiful Percheron, Belgian and Clydesdale horses. With a canopy to protect from the elements and warm blankets to combat cold, this experience is enjoyable rain or shine. The more active visitor can enjoy Victoria on two wheels as well. Cycles BC boasts Canada's largest selection of rental bicycles, scooters and motorcycles. You're welcome to venture out on your own or take advantage of the guided tours available for each mode of transportation available.
North of Victoria in Campbell River, an entirely different kind of tour awaits you. Aboriginal Journeys is a First Nations owned and operated company that features whale and Grizzly bear watching. Whether from the side of their zodiac or from one of their viewing platforms, this tour will get you up close and personal with some of the province's most beautiful scenery and the creatures that call it home.
Conversely, for those who crave the big city experience, Stay and Tour, Burnaby offers 15-person passenger van packages that include almost everything from Vancouver city highlights to local wine tours. If you're on the mainland, these guys probably have a tour for you. And they'll pick you up from numerous central locations in and around Vancouver.
Those looking for some real backcountry won't be disappointed with BC Buggy Ltd. This Hope-based company rents 1641cc Manx Style Dune Buggies with tours departing from Kawkawa Lake Resort and Campground. Taste for the tasteful? Okanagan Wine Country Tours provide amazing tours of over 60 of the Okanagan's award-winning wineries, from small estates to large international operations.
However you decide to see BC, whoever you elect to show it to you… you're in for a treat. Book a tour today!