Beautiful British Columbia: that’s the province’s official slogan. Let me tell you, the place certainly lives up to, if not exceeds, expectations. British Columbia has a wide array of activities for locals and visitors alike.
But sometimes, you want some well-deserved “me” time. Well, British Columbia has got that for you too. Let’s take a look at some outdoor activities in BC that you can do by yourself.
One of the best things to do to see BC and experience nature is to hop on your bike. Strap on your helmet and go through winding roads. You’ll pass by scenic and panoramic views during your bike ride.
There are routes you can go for a more leisurely time. You can take your time with slow cycle paths that help you relax and enjoy the moment. Check out the South End Slow Cycle in Salt Spring Island. If you want to stay closer to the city, there’s also Stanley Park Seawall in Vancouver. Other trails include Myrna Canyon in Kelowna and the International Hiking and Biking Trail in Oliver.
For more experienced cyclists, you can try out mountain biking. Sol Mountain Lodge is an excellent destination for those who want to bask in nature. Coast Gravity Park is also gaining some popularity from enthusiasts. Just remember to take extra precautions when you go mountain biking alone.
How about a more natural way of transportation? Horseback riding is another great activity you can enjoy in BC. From lodges to ranches to expeditions, you’ll be able to find an activity right for you.
The Bear Claw Lodge next to the Kispiox River gives riders a lot of options, allowing them to go through canyons, hills, and meadows. The Three Bars Ranch offers customized horseback rides to fit your interests and needs. Those who want something more intimate can learn more about natural horsemanship and handling at the Free Rein Guest Ranch.
Perhaps you’re not skilled in (or financially capable of) biking or horseback riding. There’s one outdoor activity you can always do for free: taking a walk. And BC doesn’t run out of places where you can take leisurely walks under the sun.
One of these places is a destination we mentioned earlier: Stanley Park. There’s a lot to see here. Statues, beaches, waterfront paths, a forest, and even an aquarium await you in this area. If you’re looking for something different, visit Queen Elizabeth Park. It’s situated on the most elevated point in Vancouver. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy manicured gardens while having a great view of the city as well as the snowy mountains.
If you’re not the type to go on a walk without having anything other specific to do, then consider fruit-picking. The fertile Okanagan Valley is home to fruit orchards and wineries. Here, you can enjoy picking out peaches, plums, blueberries, cherries, and whatever else is in season. Afterward, you can even make a stop to a vineyard to enjoy some smooth wine.
Maybe you’re not into the green scenery, but you still love getting your daily dose of vitamin D. BC also offers you several sunny beaches. You can sunbathe on the sand, surf, or go swimming.
Stanley Park is again a notable area with the First, Second, and Third Beaches. A famous beach is Kits Beach in Granville Island, right next to the neighborhood of Kitsilano for you to visit after. If you’re feeling extra brave, there’s also the naturist beach, Wreck Beach. Yes, by naturist we mean clothing-optional. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
British Columbia indeed is a beauty. There’s no better way but for you to see for yourself. Whether you want to get down and dirty or spend some time outdoors in the city, BC has something for every one of us. Spend some alone time with just you and the great outdoors.