Red Leaf - Canada's Student Programs and Volunteer Experts

  • Phone: +1 905-530-0170
  • Fax: +1 905-895-2521
  • Mail: info@red-leaf.com
  • Website: http://www.red-leaf.com
  • Address: 879 Memorial Circle Newmarket ON L3X 0A8

British Columbia

Located in the West Coast of Canada, BC combines the flavor of modern and cosmopolitan cities with the tranquility and quiet of its blooming natural environment and history.


BC, as the rest of Canada, is a mosaic of cultural and ethnic contrasts where such curious and different quarters as Chinatown and Yale town cohabit within meters of each other. In Yale town we can find huge condominiums on top of brick malls next to luxury boutiques or exotic restaurants.

The natural beauty of the region is breathtaking: do not miss the amazing scenery of the Rocky Mountains National Parks,
especially Kootenay National Park.

Among these amazing landscapes where one can find forests, beaches and seafronts, mountain ranges, lakes… there are endless possibilities for activities. We would highly recommend kayaking at Queen Charlotte Islands or a Whale watching trip to see orcas, grey or humpback whales that migrate between March and April.

Major cities in British Columbia:

VANCOUVER:

Named after George Vancouver, British explorer, it is considered the city of skyscrapers, docks and bridges as well as a referent for art, festivals and modernity. It was also venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympics.

The first settlers were immigrants in search of natural riches -mainly gold- that, not being able to resist Vancouver’s tempting landscapes and climate, established themselves in the area.

One of the most famous pioneers, “Gassy Jack” Deighton, opened in 1887 the first tavern in what is Gastown area today. A stroll around Vancouver streets, contemplating its 19th century buildings, will allow the traveler to enjoy a peek of the past of the city.

Without any doubt, it is an ideal city if one enjoys long walks around the park or wants to experience the beauty of jewels of architecture such as the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

And if one is a museum fan, there is also something to do. It is possible to visit prestigious museums such as the MOV, the Vancouver Museum of Anthropology or the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

VICTORIA:

Located at the South corner of Vancouver Island, Victoria has the best average climate in Canada. It is considered one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the country, full of colorful gardens and buildings. Good example of these are Butchart Gardens and Craigdarroch Castle.

Victoria is the capital of the province and is full of hotels and charming commercial quarters. You can’t miss its beautiful Old Town, together with Government Street.

Interesting links:
National Parks of Canada
Hello BC – Vancouver
Museum Of Vancouver
City of Victoria