The perfect capture can be the ultimate travel memento, and British Columbia is home to a staggering number of must-see vantage points. We asked our Facebook fans to name the most photogenic spots in BC. Below are their top five picks.
5. Helmcken Falls
Helmcken Falls is among the highest in the country at 141 m (463 ft). Park your car and stroll to the nearby viewing platform, or challenge yourself to an 8-km (5-mi) hike for a closer look at these powerful falls. The view is worth every step.
Number four on the list is vibrant Kal Lake, as it’s known locally. The lake sits on the south side of Vernon, which is about a 50-minute drive from the city of Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley.
Kal Lake is a summertime mecca. Swim, waterski, wakeboard, canoe or kayak, or just marvel at the blue-green hue of the lake. The colour occurs when the water warms and limestone deposits left by receding glaciers form crystals that reflect the sunlight.
3. The Bugaboos
The rugged granite spires of Bugaboo Provincial Park came in at number three. This remote wilderness park is for experienced hikers and climbers who want to test their endurance and reach some incredible viewpoints as a payoff.
The park was the birthplace of heli-skiing in the 1960s and is a draw year-round for adrenaline junkies. It’s situated in the Purcell Mountains of southeastern B.C., between Golden and Radium Hot Springs.
2. The Okanagan Valley
The Okanagan Valley took the number two spot, with our fans singling out the amazing views afforded along the Naramata Bench, northeast of Penticton. Enjoy exceptional hiking, biking and golfing here, then cool off in the lake. And be sure to have your camera ready as you taste your way around this prime wine- and food-growing region.
1. Joffre Lakes
You can hike into the park and photograph Lower, Middle and Upper Joffre lakes, each more beautiful than the one before it. The lakes’ impressive aqua colour is caused by glacial silt. Come for the day, or pitch a tent and settle into the experience.
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