The great outdoors: British Columbia certainly has plenty of it. The province encompasses some 948,600 square kilometers (366,250 square miles) of land area and a convoluted coastline totaling 25,000 kilometers (15,500 miles). With spectacular scenery around every bend, millions of hectares of parkland, and an abundance of wildlife, the province is an outdoorsperson’s fantasy come true. Hiking, mountain climbing, fishing, hunting, boating, canoeing, white-water rafting, scuba diving, downhill and cross-country skiing—it’s all here. For specific recreation information, contact Tourism BC (250/387-1642 or 800/435-5622, www.hellobc.com).
© Andrew Hempstead, from Moon Western Canada, 3rd Edition