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British Columbia

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British Columbia is probably Canada's most physically and culturally diverse area. Traveling in British Columbia with kids, go inland to the Okanagan Valley, with its long lakes, or west to Vancouver Island with its old growth forests and the charm of Victoria, or north along the rugged coastline of the Georgia Strait, or east to the magnificent Rocky Mountains. No matter which way you turn, British Columbia is filled with unbelievable scenic beauty and a unique cultural blend of First Nations tribes, Europeans and Asians.
    Vancouver Island
    Sea to Sky Highway - Whistler
family hotels british columbia

Travel for Kids has so many fun things to do with kids in British Columbia, but you'll need a fun place to stay.

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels for Vancouver and Victoria, all styles and price ranges, in neighborhoods comfortable for families, and near to places you'll want to explore:

Vancouver family hotels
Victoria family hotels
kids books british columbia
A Pod of Orcas childrens books british columbia  
A Pod of Orcas
Sheryl McFarlane, Kirsti Anne Wakelin

A lyrical counting book of British Columbia in rhymes and pictures – a lonely lighthouse, sail boats on the breeze, children looking for treasure, seals in the bay, a pod of orcas – counting up, and down, at the end of a summer’s day. (Picture book)



Primrose Squarp is an unconventional girl, who loves wacky foods – butterscotch noodle cookies, and waffles with everything. When her parents are lost at sea, Primrose adventures are just beginning with Miss Perfidy, her quirky Uncle Jack, and the snobby school counselor. A hilarious read, and a great British Columbia story. (Chapter book)

And, don't miss the next super adventure: One Year in Coal Harbor


fiction kids british columbia Everything on a Waffle
Raven - Trickster Tale Pacific Northwest british columbia kids  

When all was the world was in darkness, clever Raven stole the sun and gave it to the people. Raven flies to the shining house of the Sky Chief and tricks him into showing where the ball of light is hidden. Beautifully told, with fabulous illustrations. (Picture book)


Frog Girl
Paul Owen Lewis

The songs of the frogs are silent, but one frog calls to the chief’s daughter to follow her under the lake. There, a house shakes with fire and smoke, and the girl meets Volcano Woman. Gorgeously illustrated. (Picture book)


first nations kids british columbia Frog Girl
Storm Boy british columbia myth kids native american  
Storm Boy
Paul Owen Lewis

A storm washes the Haida chief's son into a strange village, the realm of the killer whale people. Finely dressed people give the boy a blanket to wear, fish to eat, and they dance and feast, until the boy thinks of his own home. This is a gem. (Picture book)


A Whale Tale
Frieda Wishinsky

Whisked back in time to the West Coast in 1778, Emily and Matt land in a Nootka village, where they dance at a potlatch festival, paddle in a canoe to hunt whales, and meet Captain Cook. (Easy reader)

For more British Columbia adventures back in time: All Aboard!


A Whale Tale history british columbia kids
 nature childrens books british columbia Garden of the Spirit Bear  
Garden of the Spirit Bear
Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, Deborah Milton

The old-growth rain forests are home to a rare bear, the creamy white spirit bear. Discover the First Nation legends and rain forest habitat of this mysterious and rarely-seen bear, unique to British Columbia.
(Picture book)


Emily Carr: At the Edge of the World
Jo Ellen Bogart, Maxwell Newhouse

Discover one of Canada's best-loved artists, Emily Carr, who captured the majesty and mystery of British Columbia in her paintings. Immense cedar forests, shimmering sky, monumental totem poles, reflect Emily's kinship with her homeland. (Chapter book, illustrations)


kids books artist british columbia Emily Carr
childrens books british columbia facts S is for Spirit Bear  
S is for Spirit Bear
G. Gregory Roberts, Bob Doucet

British Columbia from A to Z in quick rhymes and fun facts, plus beautifully detailed illustrations. "O is for the Ogopogo from the Okanagan Lake. Although the monster’s rarely seen, only few think he’s a fake" (Picture book)


(More children's books on other British Columbia pages)
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