Then there’s the scenery—the towering Rocky Mountains and mile after mile of pristine wilderness virtually untouched by humans.
And the wildlife—chances are excellent that you’ll see herds of massive bison roaming alongside the road, bighorn sheep sampling the highway’s mineral licks, and possibly mountain goats, moose, and bears. Add to this the unique history of the road’s construction, and adventurous travellers can’t resist the call of the wild.
Gwaii Haanas, a highly protected area overseen jointly by Parks Canada and the Haida Nation, is home to extraordinary natural scenery and cultural treasures, including ancient totems that are slowly decaying and being reclaimed by the land. Whether you’re strolling along the seawall, shopping on Robson Street, or exploring historic Gastown, you can catch a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean or the rainforest-covered Coast Mountains from almost anywhere in the city—so close you can practically reach out and touch them.
Rent a kayak and paddle scenic waterways, hike or ski in the North Shore Mountains, or just chill at the beach.
Fall and winter months bring dramatic storm watching, and in the spring tens of thousands of grey whales migrate through these waters.