05/07/2012 12:56 EDT

British Columbia's Hidden Gems And Amazing Attractions

BC Tourism

One of the best things about travelling is getting off the beaten path. And getting off the beaten path is an easy thing to do on Canada's west coast.

According to the Province of British Columbia, the total land and freshwater area is 95 million hectares, larger than France and Germany combined. The province has nearly 1,000 provincial parks and protected areas, attracting about 20 million visits every year. Since 2001, 65 new parks have been established.

Most of us have heard of the Olympic Village, the Vancouver Lookout, and the gut-turning Capilano Suspension Bridge. But British Columbia has several other attractions that can be enjoyed, and we're betting that unless you live there you're probably unfamiliar with some of them.

To view our gallery showcasing just some of British Columbia's cool attractions, click below.

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