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There’s no location quite like the glorious region of British Columbia. I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting such a place, but have relatives who’ve ensured that we all know what we’re missing out on. My cousin moved out to Canada in 2014 and has spent a large portion of his time enjoying the lush, wonderland of the region. His images alone are enough to see just how beautiful British Columbia truly is. From the Gulf Islands to the countless rivers, woods, and lakes. The lush forests, magnificent fjords, flowing rivers, and towering mountain peaks are among the world’s most picturesque. And after being locked in Ireland for two years, I’m more than ready for a change of scenery!
For those of you who aren’t familiar, here are just some of the most picturesque towns of British Columbia.
Three of the most picturesque towns in British Columbia.
Whistler is well-known around the world as a premier ski resort. It’s known for both skiing and snowboarding and attracts over 2 million visitors each year. But there’s so much more to see and do here than just that! Tubing, snowshoeing, and winter zipline adventures are available on the mountain. They have a record-breaking bobsled center, the opulent Scandinave Spa, and museums all located on the outskirts of town. Although Whistler Blackcomb is famed for its skiing, the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, which attracts adventure seekers from all over the world, is a must-see location in the summer. Hiking trails to local lakes and across nearby mountain ranges abound.
Whistler also has one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world. From the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, you can take in panoramic views as well as fresh vegetables from the monthly farmer’s market. Considering moving to Whistler? Whistler is a well-known tourist destination in Canada, so you may find it a little pricey at first. However, when compared to Canada’s major cities, real estate for sale in Whistler and the average cost of living tends to be lower, and with a constantly robust economy, life in Whistler can be fairly comfortable and pleasurable.
Often referred to as Canada’s bohemian backwater, Tofino is quite literally at the end of the road. Tofino is at the end of highway four and, being surrounded on three sides by the ocean, there’s nowhere else to go but by boat. Despite its popularity with summer tourists, this is a fascinating alternative culture to explore. The inhabitants are friendly, and the town is relaxed, outgoing, and unpretentious. Even if it seems cliché, the individuals who choose to live in Tofino seem to view employment as a means of survival rather than the other way around. In a community without malls, clubs, traffic lights, and only one bar, superficial materialism, and the desire for more have no place. Tofino’s proximity to actual nature and the sense of freedom that comes with it is one of the city’s most appealing features. Despite the hundreds of tourists that go to Tofino during the summer, the landscape remains wild and rugged. Sea kayaking, hiking, fishing, isolated camping, bear and whale viewing, beach fires, and even trips with local float aircraft are all possibilities. There are numerous possibilities, particularly if you remain a little longer. It’s humbling to have such easy access to nature and an undisturbed environment, and it makes you appreciate the place even more. All you have to do now is seize the opportunity.
Ucluelet is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the top saltwater fishing destinations in the Pacific Northwest (halibut, salmon, cod, even BC Spot Prawns and Crab!). This historic fishing community is ideal for those who value their environment and desire to live a full and fulfilling life. Ucluelet offers plenty of activities for recreation, cultural excursions, and relaxation, as well as lovely homes tucked away in a natural wonderland. Although Ucluelet is roughly 30 minutes from Tofino, it is still accessible to all of the beaches that are famed on this side of the Island. Florencia Bay is about 15 minutes distant, while the remainder is easily accessible by car. Although Ucluelet boasts one of the nicest and most accessible trails on Vancouver Island, Tofino has access to a greater number of them. For example, the Lone Cone Hike and Big Tree Trail are located on Meares Island, which may be reached by water taxi from Tofino.
Are you from or have you visited British Columbia?
If money was no object I, for one, would be there in a heartbeat! The thought of being surrounded by rolling hills and crystal clear lakes is enough to ward anyone off modern, concrete jungles. Or perhaps you’re lucky enough to already be a resident of this gorgeous region? No matter the case, I’d love to hear from you in the comments!