Top 10 Sights & Landmarks in British Columbia, British Columbia

January 22, 2022 Roger Rusk

Discover the best top things to do in British Columbia, British Columbia including Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch & Guest Cottage Buffalo Tours, Covert Farms Family Estate, The Book Shop, The Butchart Gardens, Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Sea to Sky Highway, Craigdarroch Castle, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, Lighthouse Park, Steveston Heritage Fishing Village.

1. Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch & Guest Cottage Buffalo Tours

1739 Oberg Johnson Rd B.c., Golden, British Columbia V0A 1H1 Canada +1 250-344-4779 [email protected] http://www.leodowney.com
Excellent
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5.0 based on 169 reviews

Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch & Guest Cottage Buffalo Tours

Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch & Guest Cottage ~ Buffalo Tours. A working Buffalo & Guest Ranch. We offer educational buffalo tours daily May thru September. The owner, Leo Downey, does one tour every morning May 15th thru September, starting at 10:15 a.m. (Alberta Time )This includes the native fire making demonstration. We also offer year round accommodations in our fully furnished guest cottage and our peaceful cabin by the creek,, Wagon in the Woods and Buffalero's Bunkhouse in the Barn. Make yourself at home, see buffalo in their natural social order, learn about them first hand, wander the ranch and our pristine river frontage on the beautiful Blaeberry River.

Reviewed By 733brianaw - Perth, Australia

If you're visiting Golden, this is a must do! Leo is so knowledgeable and a really lovely person, operating a beautiful tour in a great country setting. My boyfriend and I visited a few days ago and got a private tour and absolutely loved it! The bison are just spectacular to see and his love of them is clear - thankyou so much Leo! :)

2. Covert Farms Family Estate

300 Covert Pl, Oliver, British Columbia V0H 1T0 Canada +1 250-498-9463 [email protected] http://covertfarms.ca/
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5.0 based on 210 reviews

Covert Farms Family Estate

Established in 1959, Covert Farms Family Estate Winery is located in Oliver, BC on 650 acres of benchland. Winemaker Gene Covert is a 3rd generation farmer who worked this land with his father and grandfather. Our certified organic estate vineyards are influenced by the majestic McIntyre Bluff and managed with biodynamic practices. We craft our estate wines with minimal intervention, using natural fermentation when possible to focus on vineyard and fruit. Our white wines display purity of fruit and a crisp natural acidity coveted by growers, and low yields result in terroir-focused artisan reds that are luscious and age-worthy. Those who love recreation dually appreciate our location at the gateway to the iconic Okanagan landmark McIntyre Bluff, which makes a great place to picnic, bike ride or hike. Secrest Organics at Covert Farms operates our seasonal fruit & vegetable stand, and visitors can get their hands dirty in the u-pick section - selecting ripe produce under the summer sun.

Reviewed By danielleaA406WO

Really beautiful family winery and farm. The Epicurean grand reserve tasting was fantastic - the host was great at explaining the wines and the background and philosophy of the organic farm. She also gave us time to enjoy the wines and didn't rush us at all. The charcuterie board that came with the tasting was really great, with local foods and fresh items from the farm. The wines were a little more expensive than some wineries, but were really interesting and unique. We were so happy that they also have a kids farm tour and tasting as well - our kids enjoyed this winery so much more than other ones with no kids' activities! It made for a much more enjoyable tasting for the adults to have the kids busy.

3. The Book Shop

242 Main St, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 5B2 Canada +1 250-492-6661 http://www.bookspenticton.com
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5.0 based on 301 reviews

The Book Shop

Reviewed By SalsaMom

An absolute MUST go for Book Lovers of all ages. Easily spent over an hour in here and would’ve spent many more had it not been for impatient kids. Loved all the unique and quirky corners and surprise finds. Left will nearly a dozen books (only because I couldn’t carry anymore)... I’ll be back.

4. The Butchart Gardens

800 Benvenuto Ave Brentwood Bay, Central Saanich, British Columbia V8M 1J8 Canada +1 250-652-4422 [email protected] http://www.butchartgardens.com
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4.5 based on 11,216 reviews

The Butchart Gardens

Come enjoy our breathtaking 22 ha (55 acres) of gardens year around. In Spring, countless tulips, daffodils and hyacinths will give you a buffet of fragrances and colours. You’ll be saying “wow” when you experience our Summer: The Rose Garden, evening entertainment, subtle night illuminations, the Saturday firework show, and boat tours to name a few of the delights. Perennial borders start their stunning show in late summer, and the Japanese maples turn to russet, gold, and red in the fall. Be captivated by the Magic of Christmas with its decorations, expansive lighting and outdoor ice skating rink. Top off the day with a ride on the carousel and a great meal. Come see why we’ve been designated a National Historic Site.

Reviewed By F2353OMnancyr - Mount Vernon, United States

You need at least 4 hours to take in this spectacular experience. Don't miss this opportunity! Gardens include the mind-blowing quarry, the Italian garden with reflecting pool, the rose garden, the Japanese garden, the dahlia garden, with sculptures and surprises at every turn, and many small inlets for solitude, reflection and appreciation. We were lucky to hear the Victoria Symphony rehearsing while we strolled under magnificent trees and took in the breathtaking views. This is a world-class garden.

5. Legislative Assembly of British Columbia

501 Belleville St, Victoria, British Columbia V8V 1X4 Canada +1 250-387-3046 [email protected] http://www.leg.bc.ca/tours
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4.5 based on 3,095 reviews

Legislative Assembly of British Columbia

Welcome to the Parliament Buildings. Home to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, visitors are welcome for free guided tours year-round. Please note, the buildings are currently closed to the public due to the ongoing health crisis.

Reviewed By l0lee123 - Vancouver, Canada

Adrienne was a wonderful tour guide on our free one-hour tour. We went during the COVID-19 pandemic so the tour only covered the outside of the building. We were also lucky in that only the two of us signed up for that time so we basically had a private tour! Adrienne was bubbly, knowledgeable - and really loves the history of not just the Legislative Building, but also other areas of Victoria too. Her passion and enthusiasm rubs off and she's a wonderful storyteller. Highly recommend this free tour of the Legislative Building - it'll add some interesting facts, stories, and context to your visit.

6. Sea to Sky Highway

Highway 99, British Columbia Canada http://www.hellobc.com/driving-routes/31/sea-to-sky-highway-route.aspx
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4.5 based on 1,492 reviews

Sea to Sky Highway

A two-lane scenic highway passes both the Pacific Ocean and rugged mountain peaks.

Reviewed By TravelinSuz - Chandler, United States

What a gorgeous scenic drive! There’s waterfalls, trials to hikes, and cold water corals for scuba divers! So worth the time.

7. Craigdarroch Castle

1050 Joan Cres, Victoria, British Columbia V8S 3L5 Canada +1 250-592-5323 [email protected] http://thecastle.ca/
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4.5 based on 3,294 reviews

Craigdarroch Castle

Completed in 1890, Craigdarroch is a stately home built by the pioneering couple Robert and Joan Dunsmuir, who at the time of its construction were the wealthiest people in British Columbia. Called a 'castle' due to its imposing exterior, the luxurious interior has been restored to look as though the visitor is a guest of Mrs. Dunsmuir during the 1890s. It features beautiful woodwork, unique Victorian artifacts, and an impressive collection of original stained glass, all within a pleasant walk from downtown Victoria.

Reviewed By 970wandak - Kelowna, Canada

The history of this house is fascinating, full of luxury, opulence and wealth. The Dunsmuir family was very wealthy from coal finds in Nanaimo, and James Dunsmuir wanted to flaunt his wealth and importance to Victoria and the world, by building the most luxurious mansion on the highest point of the city. The family was full of relationship drama, Dad died before the house was finished and Mom moved in with her 5 daughters, one of the girls was issued a "Certificate of Lunancy", Alexander died of Alcoholism, son James who became lieutenant governor of BC was sued by Mom for money and left out of her will entirely. The mansion transformed itself into a military hospital, a college, a music conservatory, and school district office before finally being a historical treasure for all to enjoy. It is mostly restored but still a work in progress, Well worth a tour!

8. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, British Columbia V7R 4J1 Canada +1 604-985-7474 [email protected] http://www.capbridge.com/
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4.5 based on 9,955 reviews

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Only 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, allow 2 - 3 hours for your visit to Vancouver's iconic Capilano Suspension Bridge, hanging 450 feet (137m) across and 230 feet (70m) above Capilano River. The park offers more than just the bridge. Its surrounding 27 acres celebrate nature, history and culture in unique and thrilling ways. No more so than with the newest attraction, CLIFFWALK. Cliffwalk hangs for 213m (700ft) and reaches 91m (300ft) high, hugging the granite cliffside and offering a panoramic view of the thriving rainforest and canyon far below. On Treetops Adventure venture from one magnificent old growth Douglas-fir to another on a series of seven elevated suspension bridges, reaching as high as 110 feet (33m), for a squirrel's eye view of the forest. Guides, signage and interactive exhibits throughout the park help you in your understanding of rainforest ecosystems and their sustainability.

Reviewed By 553steved - St Helens, United Kingdom

This place is so spectacular the suspension bridge is awesome the treetop walk is awesome the grounds are awesome you must do this and finish off on the cliff walk fantastic trip

9. Lighthouse Park

Beacon Lane, West Vancouver, British Columbia V7W 1K5 Canada +1 604-925-7275 http://westvancouver.ca/parks-recreation/parks/lighthouse-park
Excellent
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4.5 based on 446 reviews

Lighthouse Park

Named for the Point Atkinson Lighthouse located on its grounds, this coastal and rugged park is popular for day hikes. A beautiful old growth temperate rainforest along Burrard Inlet offers several easy walking trails with beautiful panoramic views.

Reviewed By juliesV9089TV - Vancouver, Canada

We went on a weekday morning and it was not very crowded, I could see that it would be popular in a sunny summer weekend though. We explored the paths and descended to East Beach and climbed the rocks at low tide. The kids learned about lighthouses and liked exploring the beach. By the time we left mid-afternoon the parking lot was jammed, so plan ahead!

10. Steveston Heritage Fishing Village

3820 Bayview St, Richmond, British Columbia V7E 4R7 Canada +1 604-275-9452 http://www.tourismrichmond.com/things-to-do/steveston
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1,314 reviews

Steveston Heritage Fishing Village

A 19th-century frontier seaport is reborn more than 100 years later into a picturesque working fishing village.

Reviewed By 6vivian - Vancouver, Canada

We went to Steveston Fishing Village for dinner at Pajo’s Fish and Chips, after a great time at Terra Nova Park playground In Richmond. Both are a great place to walk about. The Cannery Museum is an historically significant site, once one of the many salmon canneries on the BC Coast. Park on the north side of the Cannery Museum. You can’t park near Pajo’s as that is for folks who live nearby on their fish boats. In Fall there are the great pumpkin gardens and corn mazes to run in just East of highway 99 intersection with Steveston Highway.

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