7 Natural Wonders That You Probably Had No Idea Existed In BC & They're Breathtaking

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7 Natural Wonders That You Probably Had No Idea Existed In BC & They're Breathtaking

If you know where to look, you can find the most incredible natural wonders in B.C. that will transport you to a different world.

Just looking at the photos of these natural wonders, they seem totally surreal — so imagine what actually being there is like. If you have a spark for adventure, it might be time to take a trip through B.C. to hunt down these breathtaking spots.

You'll have memories — and photos — that will last a lifetime if you do.

Whether you're in the province for a short visit and have to pick just one or are planning a big road trip, you won't be disappointed by these magical sights.

So get out your bucket list, because you'll want to add every one of these to it!

Cheewhat Giant

Price: Free

Address: Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, BC

Why you need to go: This is actually the largest tree in all of Canada — and the photos don't even do it justice. The massive tree towers over you, and it's set within a spectacular rain forest.

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Burgess Shale fossils

Price: $10.50 for park entry + $57.50 to $73 for a guided hike into an excavation site

Address: Multiple locations in Yoho and Kootenay National Parks, BC

Why you need to go: The Canadian government website says that these unique fossils are actually "the oldest evidence of complex life on Earth."

They even existed before dinosaurs! For being over five hundred million years old, they are incredibly well preserved.

You can take guided hikes to these fossil sites in Yoho and Kootenay National Parks.

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Haida Gwaii

Price: Free

Address: Haida Gwaii, BC

Why you need to go: These stunning islands have so much to explore. They have an incredible diversity of animals and plant species that are unique to the land. The archipelago's been nicknamed the "Canadian Galapagos" because of this, and there's a rich history there.

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Spotted Lake

Price: Free

Address: Osoyoos, BC

Why you need to go: This gorgeous lake is super unique and has colours ranging from blue to green and yellow. It looks totally unreal, but it actually happens in the summer due to the level of minerals in the water.

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Farwell Canyon

Price: Free

Address: Riske Creek, BC

Why you need to go: You'll feel like you're in the middle of a desert when you see this sand dune. According to Destination British Columbia, it is actually the biggest in the province and one of the few natural sand dunes that exist in Canada.

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Hunlen Falls

Price: Depends on method of travel

Address: Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, BC

Why you need to go: This is actually Canada's waterfall with the third-tallest single drop, and it's totally stunning. Unlike some other super-high waterfalls, it is one single flow of water dropping down.

Getting here is not for the faint of heart, though. You'll need to take a 32.8-kilometre hike or a floatplane for a view of the falls.

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Great Bear Rainforest

Price: Free

Address: Bella Coola, BC

Why you need to go: If you go at the right time of year, you can explore this tiny town that is filled with grizzly bears. There are so many that they have observation decks for tourists, so you can stay safe while looking.

They also have hot springs, glaciers and incredible hikes here.

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Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.

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