New Ways to Explore British Columbia in 2019
Canada’s westernmost Province, British Columbia, boasts diverse scenery, from dense temperate rainforest to arid desert, rolling lake country to the iconic Rocky Mountains. Here are the newest, unique ways to explore British Columbia in 2019:
New ways to RV with JUCY. JUCY RV Rentals are offering visitors a choice of 100 funky Dodge Caravan RV rentals from their new Vancouver base, allowing visitors to Eat. Sleep. Explore. Repeat. in style. Mini RVs are available for a 14-night minimum rental between May and September from £55 ($94 CAD) a night.
Eco Touring in BC’s Wine Region with Power Trips. Offering S-Class TESLA rentals in the Thompson Okanagan, Power Trips are pioneering eco-touring in BC’s picturesque lake and wine country. Pick up a TESLA and drive the iconic Route 97 from Kelowna to Osoyoos. Rentals are priced from £233 ($400 CAD) per day.
Hop on (or off) in Vancouver with Landsea Tours. New for 2019, Landsea Tours will offer two premium hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tours in Vancouver. A 7-hour Vancouver Delights Tour with a stop at Capilano Suspension Bridge is priced from £76 ($130 CAD) per person and a 4-hour Morning Vancouver City Highlights Tour with a stop at the Vancouver Lookout is priced from £47 ($80 CAD) per person.
Go Off Road with Hastings Overland. Pioneering overlanding in the Province, Hastings Overland provide fully-equipped Jeeps and bespoke year-round touring itineraries to allow visitors to get off the beaten track in BC. Vehicle rentals are priced from £175 ($299.99 CAD) a night for departures in May or June 2019.
Rocky Mountaineer introduce four new packages for 2019. Among the new packages is the 10-day ‘Journey through the Clouds Mountain Adventure’ with an option to stay three nights at the CMH Cariboos Lodge, where guests arrive and depart via helicopter. This packed is priced from £244.60 per person.
See authentic BC with Via Rail’s Grandeur of the West Adventure Routes. Go North for 2019: depart from the coastal town of Prince Rupert in Northern British Columbia, before stopping overnight in BC’s Prince George. The train then travels on to Jasper, Alberta. The journey can also be made in reverse starting in Jasper between June and September. A basic economy fare is priced from £83 ($142 CAD), with Touring Class also available.
Take the Snow Train to Sun Peaks. Hop aboard VIA Rail’s ‘The Canadian’ and travel with ease this winter to Sun Peaks, Canada’s second largest ski and year-round mountain resort. The Canadian by VIA Rail, now offers a four-night package that sees visitors spend two nights in resort and two nights aboard train when travelling before April 2019.
Bluewater Adventures are expanding their departures from Northern Vancouver Island for 2019 and plan to introduce a new 5-day Desolation Sound cruising departing from Campbell River in 2019 (prices tbc) – the first operator to offer high end nature cruises in the area. An ‘Orcas, Totems & Grizzly Bears’ cruise departing from Port McNeil is priced from £2,721 ($4,665 CAD) based on July 2019 departures and a ‘Whales & Totems of Johnstone Strait’ cruising departing from Port McNeil is priced from £2,128 ($3,650 CAD) in October 2019. Notably, Bluewater has also launched a new 85’ luxury motor-sailor, “Island Solitude” to bring their fleet up to three 12-passenger overnight vessels.
Coast through BC’s Glacial Meltwater with Compass Heli-Tours. New in 2018, Compass Heli-Tours continue to offer exclusive heli-excursions between June and September to discover BC’s glacial landscapes. Tours include a scenic 60-minute helicopter flight over Golden Ears Provincial Park and a chance to kayak or paddle-board on crystal blue meltwater and glacial lakes. Half day excursions include a local picnic lunch from Lepp Farm Market and are priced from £2,946, based on a group of four.
For more information on British Columbia, visit: www.hellobc.co.uk
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