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20 new ways to explore British Columbia in the summer


20 new ways to explore British Columbia in the summer

A version of this post originally appeared on the Hello BC blogExternal Link Title.


Looking for an exciting way to explore British Columbia in summer? Check out this list of 20 new experiences that include adrenaline inducing whitewater, mountain adventures, unique places to sleep, and coastal getaways.

1. Zipline and natural hot springs in the Kootenay RockiesExternal Link Title


Opened in July of 2017, Mineral Mountain ZiplinesExternal Link Title at Fairmont Hot Springs ResortExternal Link Title is one of the only places in Canada where you can zipline below the headwall of the Rocky Mountains. Also opened in July, Valley Zipline AdventuresExternal Link Title at Radium Hot SpringsExternal Link Title offers eco-adventures for all levels.


2. SUPsquatch River TourExternal Link Title in FernieExternal Link Title


For an entirely new level of adventure, surf the rapids of the Upper Elk River on a five-metre paddleboard with Mountain High AdventuresExternal Link Title.

3. Heli-raftingExternal Link Title on Kicking Horse RiverExternal Link Title


The ultimate in adrenaline rafting. This tour is heart-racing from the moment you take to the sky, with class four rapids surrounded by towering vertical rock walls.


4. New mountain bike parks


In late July, SilverStar Mountain ResortExternal Link Title (near VernonExternal Link Title) opened BeowulfExternal Link Title. The highly-anticipated 21 mile cross-country trail takes riders along mountain ridges and through the forest. Near KelownaExternal Link TitleBig White ResortExternal Link Title opened a new mountain bike parkExternal Link Title this summer, and on Vancouver IslandExternal Link TitleMt. Washington Alpine ResortExternal Link Title's bike park reopened after a three-year hiatus. Finally, children can learn new skills on fun obstacles at Beaver Lodge Kids Bike ParkExternal Link Title. Be sure to lean out over the Nels Nelson decommissioned ski jump for a breathtaking view of Revelstoke below.

5. The Pipe Mountain CoasterExternal Link Title at Revelstoke Mountain ResortExternal Link Title


Descend 279 vertical metres on a high-speed rail through the forest. For adrenaline junkies, one ride won't be enough. Luckily you can purchase a discounted pass for multiple rides.


6. Glacier flight tours


Glaciers cover 3 per cent of British Columbia, representing about 17,000 glaciers. Take in their grandeur from the air with one of many glacier flight tours around the province, including departures from SquamishExternal Link Title and WhistlerExternal Link Title. Whistler also has a popular glacier walkExternal Link Title, and the conditions are just right this year for glissadingExternal Link Title.


7. Have Dinner in the Sky in VancouverExternal Link Title


See the city from new heights. For the first time in Vancouver, you can experience Dinner in the Sky. A unique dining experience where you'll be lifted almost 150 feet off the ground by a giant crane. Keep an eye out for the next edition of this unforgettable event.

8. Cruise from Vancouver to VictoriaExternal Link Title


The V2V EmpressExternal Link Title is a new service connecting downtown Vancouver and Victoria with daily sailings through the scenic Southern Gulf IslandsExternal Link Title. Combine your trip with an overnight packageExternal Link Title and go whale watching, play golf, or have afternoon tea.


9. Kwa'lilasExternal Link Title Hotel on Vancouver Island


This unique hotel is an ideal place to stay when exploring Port HardyExternal Link Title and Northern Vancouver IslandExternal Link Title. Kwa'lilas hotel is located in the traditional territories of the Kwakiutl people and combines chic style with Aboriginal artistic expression.

10. Love Shack LibationsExternal Link Title


The newest nano-brewery in Qualicum BeachExternal Link Title may just be BC's smallest. Formerly a tiny home, Love Shack Libations was converted into a hobby brewery and now has a small tasting room serving four specialty beers. It's also a stop on the new Mid-Island Ale Trail.External Link Title


11. Retro style on Bowen IslandExternal Link Title


It's hard to beat a sunny day cruising Bowen Island on a retro scooter. Explore quiet roads surrounded by nature, beach hop, and discover breathtaking viewpoints. Zoom Zoom BowenExternal Link Title started renting scooters from Snug Cove in 2016 and increased their fleet of scooters in 2017.


12. A View to Remember Bed and BreakfastExternal Link Title


This family-owned bed and breakfast recently received Gold Level Certification for Green Tourism. It's an ideal base to explore Kelowna wine and golf, or relax on the beach. With the delicious home-made breakfasts and cozy d?cor, you may not want to leave your room.

13. Fitzpatrick Family VineyardsExternal Link Title


The Fitzpatrick family has a reputation for producing award-winning wines and their history in Okanagan agriculture dates back to 1913. Their most recent focus is a sparkling wine vineyard overlooking Okanagan Lake. For great food and sparkling wine with a view, visit the FITZ Bistro or The Sparkling Bar.


14. The Sea to Sky GondolaExternal Link Title in SquamishExternal Link Title


The gondola trip to the summit is a stunning ride, but you can also hike to the top with the Rise & ClimbExternal Link Title group every Saturday morning during the summer.  Mountain Top YogaExternal Link Title classes (June to the end of August) and the Mountain Music SeriesExternal Link Title (Friday nights from June to September) are back again this summer. New this year, try your hand at axe throwingExternal Link Title with the Axewood CrewExternal Link Title, climb the Via FerrataExternal Link Title with Mountain Skills Academy & AdventuresExternal Link Title, or take the Talking Trees Tour hosted by local First Nations interpretive guides.

15. Top of the mountain glamping at Fernie Alpine ResortExternal Link Title


The Lost Boys Alpine Camping experience starts with a ride on the Timber Chairlift. Enjoy champagne when you arrive and your tent already set up. You'll camp on the mountain, enjoy a guided hike, a delicious dinner, s'mores by the fire, and wake up to breakfast.


16. Northern BCExternal Link Title Adventures


The University of Northern British Columbia offers guided educational travel experiences External Link Titlevia jet boat. Explore the iconic Skeena or Fraser rivers to visit historic canneries, tour ghost towns, or travel to remote coastal estuaries to view grizzly bears.

17. Go fishing on Shuswap LakeExternal Link Title


Bucktail AdventuresExternal Link Title now offers fishing charters on Shuswap Lake. The covered aluminum boat is the perfect place to spend a day fishing with your friends.


18. Heli-hiking with Bulkley Adventures External Link Title


Take a helicopter tour to base camp and explore Hudson Bay Mountain, then settle in for the night in your furnished and heated tent. See for yourself with this virtual tourExternal Link Title of the heli-sites and glamping tent. 

19. Heart Burn Trail in WhistlerExternal Link Title


The Blackcomb Ascent TrailsExternal Link Title are uphill hikes on Blackcomb Mountain. At the top, you have the option to save your knees by downloading on the chairlift. Heart Burn, the third and final trail in the series, opened in July.


20. Road trip the Alaska HighwayExternal Link Title


Not so new, but noteworthy, it's a big birthday for the Alaska Highway, celebrating its 75th anniversaryExternal Link Title in 2017. There's no better time to road trip one of North America's most scenic stretches of highway.


Ready to explore? Visit the Hello BC website.