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How to Experience British Columbia Like on Vacations of the Brave

Haida Gwaii, British Columbia - Vacations of the Brave

How to Experience British Columbia Like on Vacations of the Brave

British Columbia (BC) is where the Pacific Ocean meets bustling city and towering forest; where mountains give way to picturesque valleys, and where vibrant urban life is fused with the nature that surrounds it. In Vacations of the BraveExternal Link Title, friends and fashion designers, Angela Luna and Autumn Beckens, abandon the familiarity of their urban world for the rugged beauty of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. In the shadow of towering, 1000-year-old cedar trees, the young women learn about the true strength of their own spirit.


Inspired to start planning your own trip to British Columbia? This list of experiences will help you get started.

The sacred hot springs of Gwaii Haanas, British Columbia - Vacations of the Brave
The the sacred hot springs of Gwaii Haanas.

Immersive Indigenous experiences


The remote Haida Gwaii region visited by Angela and Autumn is a unique and spectacular destination. Home to the Haida First Nations people, the area includes more than 150 islands and more biomass per square yard than anywhere else on the planet. While the tropical wilderness and bountiful wildlife are captivating, it's the rich Indigenous history of Haida Gwaii that makes this a truly unforgettable experience. The spiritual center of the region is GwaiiExternal Link Title Haanas National ParkExternal Link Title. Immerse yourself in the colorful history of the Haida First Nation as you discover ancient carved totem poles and fallen longhouses. Then there's the sacred hot springs of Gwaii HaanasExternal Link Title, a dozen nature warm pools historically used by the Haida for their healing properties.


Of course, the Haida are only one of more than 50 First Nations of British Columbia, and there are so many more immersive experiences to enjoy. In Northern BC, the 'Ksan Historical Village and MuseumExternal Link Title is a re-created Gitxsan village. Seven longhouses, the first of which was built in 1959, replicate a community that stood on the same riverside site for hundreds, or possibly thousands, of years. Love to be on the water? In Tofino, Canada's surfing capital, paddle a traditional ocean-going canoe on a First Nations Canoe TourExternal Link Title. Or, if you like to experience new cultures through food, Vancouver's Salmon n'Bannock BistroExternal Link Title provides a gateway to local Indigenous communities with delicious, traditional meals.

Richmond Night Market, British Columbia - Vacations of the Brave
A chef at the Richmond Night Market.

Vancouver's worldly cuisine


Vancouver is unquestionably a must-visit city for foodies. From food trucks to fine dining, this city loves to eat. And, thanks to its multicultural makeup, Vancouver's food scene is extremely varied, with countless global influences mixing and mashing to create something beautiful.


As Angela and Autumn experienced, the Richmond Night MarketExternal Link Title is an amazing place. The city of Richmond is actually home to "the best Asian food in North AmericaExternal Link Title," and is worth a visit at any time of year. If you're looking for a quick bite in downtown Vancouver, the pork buns at Chinatown's New Town BakeryExternal Link Title or the seaweed-covered Japanese hot dogs at celebrity-favorite JapaDogExternal Link Title are both good options, while Bao BeiExternal Link Title and Miku VancouverExternal Link Title provide high-end alternatives. If you want to saddle up alongside fellow foodies, there's ChambarExternal Link Title for Belgian food, Bauhaus RestaurantExternal Link Title for German, Vij'sExternal Link Title for Indian, and SuperbabaExternal Link Title for Middle Eastern. And we've only just scratched the surface. All you need to do to find a great meal in Vancouver is to head outside and follow your nose.

The Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, British Columbia - Vacations of the Brave
The Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver.

A museum for every taste


As far as incredible museums go, British Columbia has more than its fair share. The spectacular Museum of AnthropologyExternal Link Title (MOA), visited by Angela and Autumn, is certainly a great starting point. Located at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, the MOA contains one of the finest displays of Indigenous art in the world. Their artwork is the first thing to greet you as you walk through the front doors, and as you enter the Great Hall, you'll be awed by massive, intricate totem poles. More than 10,000 culturally significant objects from around the world are on display in the museum's galleries.


Vancouver is also home to a fantastic science museum, Science WorldExternal Link Title, which is great for families. Only a few hours north in Whistler, the two-year-old Audain Art MuseumExternal Link Title houses the captivating private collection of philanthropist and arts patron Michael Audain and wife Yoshi Karasawa: almost 200 works reflecting BC art from the 18th to 21st century. The angular building itself, set in the trees beneath stunning Whistler mountain, is a piece of art itself. British Columbia's capital city of Victoria is also a great stop for museum lovers. The Royal BC MuseumExternal Link Title is home to some 7 million artifacts and items, and allows you to walk through a recreated Victoria in the late 19th century, see a wooly mammoth in its habitat, and learn about the ceremonial masks of local First Nations, all under one roof.


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