British Columbia

Travel Challenge: Active break in Canada

Each week, we invite three companies to offer us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a 10-day active family adventure in Canada. Prices for a family of two adults and two children travelling together. Each package includes accommodation, flights from the UK departing on Saturday 21 July and car hire.

Whistler, Cajun Country, Bilbao

Now... Canadian Ski

A week-long ski break in Whistler is £969pp, with Air Canada flights from Heathrow to Vancouver via Montreal on 7 March, transfers and a fully catered stay at the Chalet Whistler Mountain House.

Win a fantastic skiing holiday to Whistler Blackcomb, British

What better way to escape the blues of a British winter than by jetting off again to blue skies, sunshine and BC powder? And with 200 runs offering waist-deep epic snow in Canada’s Winter Olympics host resort, the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia are the perfect place to blow off that seasonally affected steam.

The Big Six: Cool campsites

A B&B with a difference: White Tail is a spacious prospector tent on a rural farm in the Kootenays. Sleeping just two guests, it offers all manner of creature comforts – Siberian goose-down pillows and duvet, plaid flannel bedding, a wood-burning stove... and Wi-Fi. There's a separate bathhouse and hearty breakfasts are served in the farmhouse. A nearby swimming hole beckons on hot summer days.

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Vancouver: Coast, mountain and warm rain make for a confusing climate

Predicting the weather in Vancouver can be a meteorologist's nightmare. The variations between the coast and the mountainous terrains, the influence of sea breezes, and the "Pineapple Express" (a phenomenon that brings warm rain in the winter and which produced the distinct lack of snow during this year's Winter Olympics) all add to the challenge.