Canada's westernmost province is very fortunate to have some of the mildest climates in the country combined with some of the best rock and mountains around. Marquee areas like Squamish, Skaha and the Bugaboos are only the tip of the iceberg.
Vancouver is easily accessed by air from anywhere and is about three or four hours drive from Seattle. Vancouver puts you within two hours drive of vast amounts of climbing, centered on but not limited to Squamish.
Penticton, in the interior, is about a five hour drive from Vancouver and can be accessed by air either directly or by flying to nearby Kelowna. Skaha is main destination here, but there are other quality locations in the area.
The coastal range is accessed, with difficulty from Vancouver, or by boat or plane.
Vancouver Island, which is home to some good climbing, fine mountaineering, and great trails (like the West Coast Trail) can be reached by ferry from Vancouver, or by flying to the Victoria International Airport.
The more recently developed areas on the Sunshine Coast such as the Eldred Valley are accessed by ferry from Vancouver. There appears to be a lot of potential in this area for huge first ascents.
For the Rockies, which are closer to the border with Alberta, access for out-of-towners is often via Calgary, although the drive can be done from from Vancouver in seven to ten hours depending on your destination.
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|Comments on British Columbia
|By Peter Winter|
Feb 18, 2010
Climbers' Access Society of B.C. www.access-society.ca
|By Ken Trout|
From: Golden, CO
Sep 23, 2011
MOUNTAIN RANGES OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
| || |BC's MOUNTAIN RANGES
red box - Skaha
red dash - Coast Range
black - Interior Plateau
orange - Cariboo Range
yellow - Monashee Range
green - Selkirk Range
blue - Purcell Range
violet - Canadian Rockies
white - BC/Alberta
lite blue - Cascade Range
Submitted By: Ken Trout on Sep 23, 2011
For nearly a century, the Canadian Alpine Journal, American Alpine Journal, and geographic scientists have divided British Columbia's complicated mountains into three big ranges; the west side of the Canadian Rockies (Assinniboine, Robson), the Columbia Mountains/Interior Ranges (Bugaboos, Sir Donald), and the Coast Range (Waddington). South of Highway 1, about a tenth of the North Cascades range (Slesse, Steinbok,Yak). The Interior Plateau of BC has tons of climbing too (Skaha).
|By Benjamin Chapman|
From: Small Town, USA
Jul 23, 2013
Not to contradict Peter Spindloe (who, as you may note, lives NORTH of Vancouver) regarding flying into Vancouver and exploring British Columbia from there, but save yourself a lot headache and bother by avoiding Vancouver, BC altogether. Fly into Bellingham, WA, fill up your gas tank at Costco, and take Hwy. 1 east around Vancover. Vancouver is congested, there are "red light" cameras everywhere, and the citizens are rude (sorry, not all, just too many). We loved BC and everyone outside of Vancouver was helpful and friendly. Join the Access Society of BC and the Squamish Access Society. These great organizations help to keep our crags open to climbers!