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Our most recommended British Columbia Family-friendly Activities

Jasper: Columbia Icefield Skywalk

1. Jasper: Columbia Icefield Skywalk

Get an entry ticket to Columbia Icefield Skywalk, a cliff-edge walkway 918 feet (279 meters) above the valley floor. See giant glaciers perched above you and the spectacular Sunwapta Valley below with this experience. Make your way to the Columbia Icefield Discovery Center in Jasper, then board the shuttle to get to the skywalk. Upon arrival at the observation platform, collect your audio guide and embark on your adventure. Step onto the glass floor of the Columbia Icefield Skywalk to begin the scenic 1-kilometer walk, surrounded by fantastic views. Marvel at crystal-clear waterfalls, admire the mountains and glaciers above and keep a lookout for wildlife native to the Candian Rockies.

Vancouver: FlyOver Canada Experience

2. Vancouver: FlyOver Canada Experience

Fly high above Canada's stunning landscapes on a simulated flight ride. Enjoy the longest simulated flight in the world at 8 minutes.  Inside a high-dome screen, hang on to your seat as you careen over snowcapped peaks and zoom across green valleys. Feel like you’re really there as the wind, mist, and woodsy aromas fill your senses.  Get to know the history and people of Canada during a preflight presentation. The entire experience lasts 25 minutes, a perfect, wallet-friendly activity for families and first-time visitors to Canada.

Victoria: 3-Hour Zodiac Whale-Watching Tour

3. Victoria: 3-Hour Zodiac Whale-Watching Tour

After being collected from your downtown accommodation in a comfortable shuttle bus, you will venture down to the harbor where you will meet with your boat. After meeting your guides for the day, you will then depart from Victoria, setting off on your 3-hour whale-watching tour. Between April and October, you will have a greater than 95% success rate of spotting whales, including both transient and resident orcas, humpback, minke, and gray whales. Other wildlife you may encounter include Dall’s and harbor porpoises, harbor and elephant seals, and otters and marine birds such as cormorants and bald eagles. The zodiac vessels used on your tour are definitely recommended for the more wild-at-heart. You can let the wind blow in your hair and be exposed to the true west-coast elements in an open style, 12-passenger vessel. At the conclusion of your exhilarating tour, you will be returned back to the harbor, at which point you will be driven back to your accommodation in downtown Victoria.

Vancouver: 24 or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Pass

4. Vancouver: 24 or 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Pass

See the sights of Vancouver at your own pace with a 24- or 48-hour pass for the hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus. Choose from a variety of options to suit your interests. Listen to an informative on-board commentary to help you choose where to hop off. Experience the hustle and bustle of downtown Vancouver and the serene natural beauty of the local parks. Jump off at Science World or indulge your passion for sport at the Olympic Village. Stroll the rainforest pathways of Stanley Park, enjoy a bite to eat on Granville Island, visit the iconic Gastown Steam Clock or shop 'til you drop on Robson Street. Benefit from multiple stops, including Coal Harbour, English Bay Beach, Chinatown, and the Sports District.

Vancouver: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Self-Guided Tour

5. Vancouver: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Self-Guided Tour

Only 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, take a walk on Vancouver's wild side as you stand 230 feet (70m) above the waters of the Capilano River on a breath-taking 450-foot-long (137-metres) suspension bridge. Appreciate nature from 3 breath-taking perspectives - the world-famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, the Treetops Adventure, and the thrilling Cliffwalk.  This 27-acre park was made famous by its namesake bridge, which was built back in 1889, and has been added onto with even more attractions to let you experience the temperate rainforests of beautiful British Columbia.  While the wobbly bridge and stunning location is a Vancouver landmark, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park offers an all-encompassing BC experience. History, culture, and nature are presented in unique and thrilling ways with knowledgeable staff and interpretive signage providing as much, or as little, information as guests want. The thrilling Cliffwalk hugs the granite cliffside and offers panoramic views of the thriving rainforest and canyon below. With 16 anchor points in the cliff supporting the structure and two glass platforms, this walk is not for the faint of heart. The Treetops Adventure takes guests 110 feet into the canopy of a coastal rainforest on 7 suspension bridges attached to old-growth trees. It is accessible to guests age 2 to 92. Nature guides provide hourly tours, explaining the importance of a West Coast temperate rainforest to the ecosystem. Guided Tours and seasonal events like Raptors Ridge birds of prey June to October and Canyon Lights late November through to end of January enhance the many experiences at this year-round destination.

Campbell River: Whale & Wildlife Discovery Cruise

6. Campbell River: Whale & Wildlife Discovery Cruise

Spend a day on the water and discover local wildlife on this Campbell River cruise. Visit the Salish Sea, Discovery Passage, and Johnstone Strait. With an abundance of wildlife in the area, you are likely to encounter many animals both on land and at sea. Choose from two vessel options for your cruise. A covered vessel with indoor seating offers a good option for families. Alternatively, a zodiac-style vessel offers a good option for those who like being outdoors and want to feel the wind through their hair. Hop aboard your chosen vessel, then sit back and relax. Keep an eye out for humpback whales, killer whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, bears, Steller sea lions, and more. Learn from an on-board naturalist and listen to the sounds of whales through hydrophones. While it might not be possible to guarantee you’ll see all of these animals on your tour, this tour offers a great opportunity to see everything that is possible.

Golden: Golden Skybridge Admission Ticket

7. Golden: Golden Skybridge Admission Ticket

Discover Canada's highest suspension bridges, easily reachable via several wooded trails. Stand at the viewing platform, 426 feet above the canyon, and snag stunning photos of the Columbia Valley and surrounding Rocky and Purcell Mountain ranges. The Skybridge admission ticket offers a unique adventure for the entire family. With the ticket, unlock Skybridge access as well as walking trails perfect for all abilities. The kids will love running around in the mini-adventure park that includes tree forts, a small ropes course, and slides. Parents will love the park's location in the Canyon Courtyard so they can keep an eye out while they relax and grab a bite to eat. Open-air dining is available in the park, offering casual barbecue-style favorites along with wine and craft beer. In the summer months, be sure to catch Golden Hour – live entertainment by local musicians.

Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Family Rafting with Lunch

8. Golden, BC: Kicking Horse River Family Rafting with Lunch

Enjoy a family friendly rafting tour on Kicking Horse River. Suitable for kids as young as 4, and anyone who doesn't want to raft on big whitewater. Meet at the rafting base in Golden, BC. Get set up with your rafting gear and the bus will drive you to the river. Raft along 14 km on the calm Upper Canyon of the Kicking Horse River. This trip starts in Yoho National Park and will have you floating through beautiful forests and mountain scenery. There are some splashes, but it's not a big whitewater trip. You have the option to go for a swim if you're feeling up to it and will finish your tour with a riverside BBQ lunch. Choose an item hot off the grill, and from a variety of other snacks and drinks. At the end of your trip, the bus will drive you back to the rafting base where you can get changed and enjoy a hot shower.

Whistler Zipline Experience: Ziptrek Bear Tour

9. Whistler Zipline Experience: Ziptrek Bear Tour

Meet and gear up with your professional tour guides to begin, then hop into a quick shuttle taking you to your 33-acre playground in the valley between Whistler and the Blackcomb Mountains. Enjoy up-close views of the 2010 Olympic Bobsled and Luge track on your way up to our zipline course. Take a walk on a Suspension Bridge to say hello to 'Big Doug,' the oldest Douglas Fur tree on site and then get zipping. This tour takes you on a series of four ziplines from 400 to 1100 ft in the heart of the old growth rainforest, zig zagging from the Blackcomb to Whistler mountains over Fitzsimmons Creek. You will also get to learn about the local ecology and community of Whistler along the way. This tour is perfect for groups, families and mellow zippers!

Vancouver: Grouse Mountain Admission Ticket

10. Vancouver: Grouse Mountain Admission Ticket

Grouse Mountain is Vancouver’s most visited year-round natural attraction, located just 15 minutes from downtown.You can enjoy panoramic views as you travel to the alpine aboard the iconic Skyride. Enjoy thrilling outdoor adventures, cultural activities, and educational experiences, which are available year-round. In the summer, choose from an incredible variety of activities including a world-famous lumberjack show, a "birds in motion" demonstration, a visit to the resident orphaned grizzly bears, guided eco-walks, a disc golf course, Theatre in the Sky, plus shopping and dining. You can also add to your experience with exciting adventures (at an additional fee) such as a mountain ropes course, mountain ziplines, the "Eye of the Wind", helicopter tours, and tandem paragliding. In winter, enjoy the stunning light installations on the Light Walk, the slopes at the Sliding Zone, an outdoor skating pond, snowshoeing, and more.

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What people are saying about British Columbia

It was very easy to get to Capilano via the free shuttle in front of Canada Place. It is so cool to have a rain forest 20 minutes from the middle of the city. As advertised prior to the treetop canopy walk - get ready for nature. My husband is not in favor of heights, but had no problem with any of the bridges. You feel very safe. The suspension bridge is bouncy, like the ones at playgrounds so it is fun just to watch people's reactions. The "park" is an engineering marvel. We enjoyed all three parts and did each one twice. We were there on a Friday morning and the crowds were reasonable. Many bathrooms and helpful staff. Great junior ranger type of activity for kids. Food is expensive, ($25 for a burger/fries) however. Highly recommend this activity.

It was a great experience. The crew at wild water adventures made everything run smoothly. Simon was an awesome captain that was very knowledgeable and explained everything in detail. He made the adventure very enjoyable!

WE were able to see multiple whales and Bill and Joe were very good. The open boat ride was very smooth and comfortable.

We loved this service! We were able to see so much of Vancouver in one day! The price was right, too!

Great way to get to see the city . The drivers and service was excellent .