Its cities consistently rank among the worlds’ best for their high quality of life, and its natural beauty is rugged and alluring. Welcome to British Columbia, an enviable stretch of Canada’s western coastline where the Pacific and Rocky mountains come together. ‘BC’ is an international LGBT-friendly hotspot that legalized same-sex marriage in 2003. Whether you want to hit the slopes in luxurious Whistler Blackcomb or explore the award-winning vineyards near Vancouver, British Columbia has endless options and natural beauty to enjoy.
Same-sex marriage is legal in British Columbia. You must be at least 19 years old and show identification such as a birth certificate, passport, Canadian citizenship card or driver's license. Divorce and death decrees are required if applicable. Refer to your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist for more details.
Travel Documents, Language & Currency
Passports are required for visitors entering Canada. If you are a citizen of the US, visit travel.state.gov for more information on travel documents needed.
Both French and English are widely spoken and understood.
The official currency is the Canadian dollar.
Climate & Beaches
Climate in British Columbia shifts quickly depending on mountainous topography and the Pacific Ocean. In general, temperatures are warmer in the south than in the north, and rainfall is heaviest along the coast and lightest in the southern interior. BC is a large province and therefore has a number of different climatic zones.
There are spectacular ocean beaches along the BC mainland coast as well as on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Queen Charlotte Islands. Inland, many of the regions boast warm lake waters on scenically rugged settings, making them popular for water recreation.
Activities & Tourist Attractions
If you’re a winter sport-lover, consider a visit to Whistler-Blackcomb, a chic mountain resort with luxurious amenities and fabulous après-ski lounges. For outdoorsy travelers, there are plenty of ways to take advantage of BC’s natural beauty. Along the Pacific coast, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, river rafting and diving offer spectacular vantage points and wildlife viewing opportunities. For city lover’s, BC’s capital city, Victoria, offers loads of British charm and a thriving arts scene.
Vancouver, home to Canada’s third largest gay neighborhood, has style and substance, with excellent restaurants and dozens of premier bars and clubs to keep you going all night.
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