Beyond The Ride

What Sets Canada Apart

Friendly people, abundant wildlife and spectacular landscapes.

Great equipment and excellent roads are only the beginning. Western Canada has so much to offer: a welcoming culture, widely varied geography, 
unparalleled wildlife and nature viewing, an internationally praised wine country, and a wide selection of heritage sites. 

Beyond The Ride

Canadian Culture

We think one of the standout aspects of your trip will be how friendly and welcoming everyone is. You'll feel right at home while you explore.

The Canadian identity is not easily defined. Our institutions uphold a commitment to peace, order, and good government, a key phrase in Canada’s original constitutional document, the British North America Act. Beliefs in ordered liberty, enterprise, hard work and fair play have enabled Canadians to build a prosperous society in a rugged environment, so much so that poets and songwriters have hailed Canada as the “Great Dominion.” Canadians pride themselves on being polite, accepting of others, hardworking and of course on their love for hockey. 

BC's Cultural Diversity

Today, BC's population is wonderfully diverse. More than 40 major Aboriginal cultural groups are represented in the region. The province's large Asian communities have made Chinese and Punjabi the most spoken languages after English. There are also sizeable German, Italian, Japanese and Russian communities – all creating a vibrant cultural mosaic in which distinct cuisine, architecture, language and arts thrive. 

Diverse Wildlife

Home to more than half of Canada’s wildlife and fish species, BC is the most biologically diverse province. Moreover, with its mix of temperate rainforests, dry pine forests, alpine meadows, and even a desert, BC is also the most ecologically diverse province.

1 in 4 North American grizzly bears are found in BC. Also, with a population estimated between 120,000 and 160,000, BC is home to one quarter of the black bears in Canada.  Khutzeymateen Provincial Park in Northern BC is Canada's only grizzly bear sanctuary.

When taking a break from riding, look for wildlife while enjoying the scenery: go bird watching; join a whale watching tour; or spot grizzly bears pawing for salmon on a bear watching tour. Bald eagles often soar above, while mountain goats, moose and caribou, and many other species roam BC's parks.

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Region

Mountains, oceans, lakes, rivers and beaches – this region boasts them in breathtaking abundance and beauty.

The spectacular setting provides a venue for a vast array of outdoor adventures, such as biking, hiking, camping, kayaking, golfing, skiing and snowboarding. Don't miss the West Coast special: ski in the morning, golf or sail in the afternoon!

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Vancouver Island Region

The Vancouver Island region is a large, sparsely populated area, encompassing Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, as well as a portion of the mainland.

It has one of the world's most diverse ecosystems: Rainforests, marshes, meadows, beaches, mountains, oceans, rivers and lakes create habitats for multitudes of wildlife species. In fact, the region is one of the world's premier locations for whale watching and birding, as well as salmon and trout fishing.

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Thompson Okanagan Region

The natural landscape of the Thompson Okanagan includes mountains, valleys, desert, and everything in between.

The region is perfect for growing fruit, grapes being one of the main crops. BC’s thriving wine industry attracts winemakers from all across the globe.  Each of these talented individuals have brought something fresh to our community and helped to shape a style that is uniquely from British Columbia. Last year BC won over 2,000 medals and the industry continues to grow each year. B.C. wine is internationally praised with good reason, we have some of the most fertile land in the world and perfect temperatures for wine making.

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Northern British Columbia Region

Northern BC's vast wilderness is larger than California or Japan, and twice the size of the United Kingdom.

It is a land of unlimited adventure filled with jagged mountain peaks, roaring rivers, serene lakes, green valleys, rugged coastlines and ancient island archipelagos.

The mountain ranges, which dominate the northern landscape, were shaped by volcanic fire. The rugged, heavily forested valleys between them were carved by glaciers, which at one time covered most of the province. 

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Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Region

The vast landscape of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast stretches from the wildness of the Pacific coast to the rolling Cariboo Mountains. Set in between are forests, hidden lakes, craggy peaks and golden plains. Tweedsmuir Provincial Park - BC's largest - calls this region home.

This is a region with a past rich in the spirit of adventure, a land settled by entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts, artists and explorers. Hit the trail at one of the many guest ranches, chat with a costumed interpreter at an historic site, or pick up something beautiful at a studio or gallery in an artistic little town. Canoe the legendary Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit, kayak the central coast, or catch a whopper along the Fishing Highway.

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Kootenay Rockies Region

The Kootenay Rockies is a pristine region of rivers, lakes, waterfalls, beaches, mineral hot springs, alpine meadows and snow-capped mountains.

Four of British Columbia's seven national parks are located here, and wildlife flourishes. During the winter, the region is home to some of the continent's finest powder.

Outdoor pursuits here are epic. The area is one of Canada's pre-eminent destinations for hiking and mountain biking, as well as for whitewater rafting. Golf courses are the perfect combination of challenging and stunningly beautiful, and the region is internationally renowned for its abundant fishing locales.

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