Check out Vancouver

A must for all visitors to Vancouver is a walk, cycle or rollerblade along the Stanley Park seawall, a 9km paved path along the ocean which circles the massive wooded park, taking you past beautiful beaches and historic totem poles.

The beachside suburb of Kitsilano is another great place to have lunch or lap up some sun, and is a popular celeb hang-out. For shopping, head to the downtown area of Robson Street and Granville Street.

For trendy boutiques and snowboard shops, make a beeline for West 4th Avenue near Kits.

Naturists should check out Wreck Beach on the University of BC grounds.

In summer, you can climb Grouse Mountain, rent mountain bikes, go rollerblading, kayaking, canoeing, swimming and even scuba diving. The best winter sports are skiing and snowboarding, while watching a hockey game at BC Place is a favourite of the natives.

For those curious to try the famous ‘BC Bud’, head to the W Hastings St area in Vancouver and follow your nose to find the pot cafés, hemp shops and hydroponics stores.

Hit the slopes

Whistler is one of the world’s most popular ski resorts.

The town is home to some truly mind-blowing ski terrain, which will be home to the 2010 Winter Olympics. But it’s not just about skiing and boarding — get the pulse racing with a spot of dogsledding, fishing, ice-climbing or snowmobiling.

Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island lies off the coast of British Columbia,  boasting incredible, largely untouched scenery with breathtaking glaciers and lush rainforests. The city of Victoria has been described as being more English than the English.

It’s their Platonic ideal — something about misty weather, cafés serving crumpets and tea and its stately, vine-draped buildings. On the north of the island, the white sandy beaches of Tofino are prime surfing territory and a great place to kick back for some sun.

Take to the road

Heading east on Highway One towards Alberta, the road branches off in a number of directions, taking you through some incredible scenery.

The Okanagan Valley is great for camping in summer, with its glistening lakes, fruit stands and warm sunshine, as is the artsy community of Nelson, further east.

The Kootenays has glacier-shrouded mountains with loads of wildlife, popular for hiking and mountaineering, and Yoho National Park is prime for waterfalls, glacial lakes and mountain peaks. In the Rockies, stop off at Radium Hot Springs for a soak in their mineral pools.