- Wandering Vancouver's West End: Vancouver is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, and wandering the streets, people-watching, and sipping cappuccinos at street cafes can fill an entire weekend. Stroll up Robson Street with its busy boutique-shopping scene, turn down cafe-lined Denman Street, then stride into 405-hectare (1,001-acre) Stanley Park, a gem of green space with old-growth cedars, miles of walkways, and the city's excellent aquarium.
- Taking Tea in Victoria: Yeah, it's a little corny, but it's also fun -- and delicious. Tea, scones, clotted cream -- who said the British don't know good food? The afternoon tea at the Empress is world-renowned, a little stuffy, and very expensive; if that doesn't sound like fun to you, we'll show you other places where tea is more reasonably priced and a lot less formal.
- Ferrying through the Gulf Islands: The Gulf Islands, a huddle of cliff-lined, forested islands between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland, can be reached only via ferry. Hop from island to island, staying at excellent country inns and B&Bs; pedal the quiet farm roads on your bike, stopping to visit artists' studios or to quaff a pint in a cozy rural pub. The romantic getaway you've been dreaming of starts and ends right here on these idyllic islands.
- Traveling the Inside Passage: The 15-hour Inside Passage ferry cruise aboard the MV Northern Adventure takes you from Vancouver Island's Port Hardy along an otherwise inaccessible coastline north to Prince Rupert, near the southern tip of the Alaska Panhandle. Orcas swim past the ferry, bald eagles soar overhead, and the dramatic scenery -- a narrow channel of water between a series of mountain islands and the craggy mainland -- is utterly spectacular.
- Wine Tasting in the Okanagan Valley: The Okanagan Valley in central British Columbia has some of the most arid climatic conditions in Canada, but with irrigation, grape varietals like merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and pinot blanc flourish here. Vineyards line the edges of huge, glacier-dug lakes and clamber up the steep desert-valley walls. Taste delicious wines, go for a swim, play some golf, eat at excellent restaurants, and do it all again tomorrow.
- Skiing the Canadian Rockies: You can hit all three ski areas in Banff National Park with a one-price ticket, using the frequent shuttle buses to ferry you and your skis from resort to resort. The skiing is superlative, the scenery astounding, and -- best of all -- you can stay at Banff's luxury hotels for a fraction of their astronomical summer rates.
- Riding Herd at a Guest Ranch: The edge of the Great Plains nudges up to the face of the Canadian Rockies in Alberta, making this some of the most fertile and beautiful ranching country anywhere. For more than a century, ranches have welcomed guests to their rustic lodges and cabins, offering trail rides, cattle drives, evening barbecues, and barn dances that'll keep you entertained whether you're a greenhorn or an old hand.
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