The locals call Vancouver "Lycra city" because they're always outside exercising — walking, jogging, ice skating — in the stretchy stuff.
Drive two hours east along the Sea-to-Sky Highway and you'll arrive at one of the world's great ski resorts: Whistler. If skiing isn't your priority, visit the Tube Park and spend hours zooming down the slopes in rubber doughnut-like tubes — great for families.
Just a short ferry journey away from Vancouver, Vancouver Island offers an ideal daytrip or weekend. It's British Columbia's whale-watching capital (killer whalers) and an ideal place to kayak with dolphins, trek through pristine forests, camp or simply stay at a lodge and enjoy a pristine beach and refreshingly cold water. If you need an urban fix, visit Victoria, BC's capital, a laid-back historic port.
Banff is a charming little frontier town high in the Rockies in the neighbouring state of Alberta. On the high street, you'll find timber buildings with cafes, book shops and boutiques and an occasional elk wandering around as if it owns the place.
Discover a winter wonderland on a five-day Canadian guided holiday with Trafalgar Tours. The adventure begins in cosmopolitan Vancouver and continues on the Snow Train to Jasper with its private sleeping compartments, gourmet meals and the 360-degree mountain views from its famous dome cars.