British Columbia holiday highlights

National parks
Entrance fees for Canada’s national parks (operated by Parks Canada) are approximately CA$10 per adult per day and not are included in the price of your holiday. In many parks, admission for children 17 years and under is free. If you’re planning on visiting a national park on seven or more days, it may be worth purchasing a Discovery Pass which allows unlimited admission at over 80 Parks Canada places. For more information, see the Parks Canada website or information centres when in destination.

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British Columbia key facts

Time difference

GMT -8 hours


Provincial capital: Victoria


Canadian Dollar (CAD)

Flying time to destination

Vancouver: 9½ hours


English is widely spoken all over Canada except Québec, which is bilingual (French-English).

Passport & visas

An Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) is now required for British citizens travelling to Canada, please speak to a Personal Travel Expert for details

British Columbia good to know


Many Canadians in the service industry rely on tips to supplement their income. Tips or tax are not usually automatically added to a bill in Canada, but you should always check. Taxi drivers, hairdressers and waiters are generally given 10-15%. Bellhops, porters and doormen are generally paid Can$1 per item of luggage. It may be advisable to carry small change for this purpose. These figures are for guidance only and assume that service has been good.

Public holidays

01 January: New Year's Day
February: Family Day
March/April: Good Friday
May: Victoria Day
01 July: Canada Day
September: Labour Day
October: Thanksgiving Day
25 December: Christmas Day
26 December: Boxing Day