Nobody can deny the West Coast of North America is one of the most beautiful, and probably the longest, coasts in the world. You have the Pacific Ocean. The beautiful, last sunset. As being the most western part of the of the world, according to the International dateline, the west coast is the last to see the sunset everyday.
British Columbia, Canada, has the honor of being located on this prestigious coast and has some the best hotels in the world. Not to mention, BC has its own Island. Vancouver Island, home of the BC capital city of Victoria. Obviously named after Queen Victoria. Being a British colony, many cities in Canada are named after Kings and Queens, but Queen Victoria is the most prevalent. We even have a national Holiday named after her in honour of her birthday. It falls on the first ‘good weekend’ of the year.Our winters are quite harsh, so the first sign of sunny weather is cause to celebrate in and of itself. But the “two-four” weekend, as it has become known, is a major celebration.
May 24th became a national Holiday to celebrate the Queen’s birthday. Nowadays, it moves around. The Holiday is celebrated on the 3rd Monday of May. Usually close to the 24th, but always right on that day. Since it is the first long weekend after a bitter winter, it has become; open your cottage weekend. Everyone knows, opening your cottage in Canada involves a lot of beer, therefore it became known as the ’24′ (pronounced, two four) weekend. Ask any Canadian ‘when is Victoria Day?’ and they will say ’2-4 weekend’.
While in BC you might want to stay awhile. Not only is it the best winter vacation spot in the world, it has become a year round holiday spot. There is so much to do and so much too see, one weekend will never cut it. To truly experience everything BC has to offer, you need to stay a month or more. But who has that kind of time? Just go for a week or two and come back again next year. It is like Disneyland, you can not truly appreciate everything in a week, so you keep going back.
The only difference is, BC is more of a nature trek, whereas Disneyland is all man made.
But British Columbia is huge! If you have never been there, start in Whistler. Nestled between two glorious mountains, Whistler Mountain on one side and Blackcomb Mountain on the other, the views are spectacular! Accommodations are reasonable, and affordable on any budget, and so many options! You can get a private chalet , or a luxury hotel room, whatever you desire. Just make sure to check out the Fairmont Chateau before you make any final decisions. It has everything you could possibly imagine.