Trends In Urban Tourism – What to Do in The Post-Pandemic B. C.

Trends In Urban Tourism – What to Do in The Post-Pandemic B. C.

COVID-19 may have hindered urban tourism development, but it won’t stop the
inevitable. Cities worldwide are preparing for a new influx of tourists, eager to explore
what’s trending, and British Columbia is no exception.
What is Urban Tourism?
The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) refers to urban tourism as a
type of activity occurring in an urban area. This “urban” space should be an area that
doesn’t depend on an agricultural economy, i.e., manufacturing, trade, or services as
the dominant forms of economic activity.
Urban tourism activities can be any of the following:
Sightseeing and Attractions: Visiting museums, historical sites, religious sites, and
other tourist attractions.
Business Travel: This includes attending conferences, meetings, and other business
activities.
Recreation and Leisure: Enjoy restaurants, theatres, nightclubs, sporting events, and
shopping.
Hospitality and Accommodation: Stay at the finest hotels, motels, hostels,
apartments, or bed and breakfasts.
What’s Trending in Urban Tourism?
A few trends shape urban tourism, even in the post-pandemic world.
 The Rise of the Megacities: With more than half of the world’s population living in
cities, it’s no surprise that megacities are becoming a popular destination for
tourists. These cities offer an amazing array of attractions, businesses, and
recreation options, all in one place.
 Experiential Tourism: People are increasingly looking for unique experiences
when they travel. They want to connect with the local culture and feel like they’re
a part of the destination they’re visiting. This has led to a rise in experiential
tourism, including activities like food tours, wine tastings, and cultural
experiences.
 Sustainability and Eco-Tourism: As the world becomes more aware of the need
to protect our environment, sustainable tourism becomes the new normal. Eco-
tours are a popular form of sustainable tourism, including activities like hiking,
biking, and canoeing. This type of tourism focuses on minimizing the negative
impact of tourism on the environment and local communities.

How is British Columbia Preparing for Urban Tourism?
British Columbia is preparing for the growth in urban tourism by investing in new
infrastructure and attractions. The province is also working to ensure that tourism is
sustainable and eco-friendly.
Surprisingly, post-pandemic BC has a lot to offer for tourists hoping for a “restart” after
more than two years of lockdowns and travel cancellations.
Vancouver still has the Canucks, Lions, and Whitecaps to support. The arts are well
represented with theatre productions from Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival to
world-class Vancouver Symphony Orchestra concerts. If nature is more your thing,
Stanley Park still provides plenty of trails for a morning jog or evening stroll to take in
the sights and smells of the west coast.
Here’s our list of to-dos if you’re planning to visit Vancouver and other cities in BC:
1 – Fly into Mount Edziza Provincial Park.
The remoteness of this park located in the northwestern part of BC means that it’s one
of the least visited in the province. But that’s not to say there’s nothing there. There’s no
road access, which means your only hope is to fly into the park. You’d enjoy many
activities, i.e., camping, fishing, and canoeing. A trailhead will also take you up to Mount
Edziza, a dormant volcano.
2 – Visit Butchart Gardens.
This world-famous garden is a must-see for any urban tourist. The gardens feature
beautiful floral displays, sculptures, and a variety of gardens to explore. The gardens
are located in Victoria, a short ferry ride from Vancouver.
3 – Ski or snowboard at Whistler Blackcomb.
This world-class ski resort is located just two hours north of Vancouver. Considered the
largest in North America, the resort features more than a hundred trails and is a popular
destination for skiers and snowboarders. Even an urban tourist will appreciate the
beauty of the ski resort in the winter.
4 – Take a wine tour in the Okanagan Valley.
The Okanagan Valley is one of the most popular tourist destinations in BC. The
vineyard scenery in the valley is simply beautiful. The valley is home to more than 150
wineries, making it the perfect place for a wine tour. You can also enjoy other activities
like golf, hiking, and biking.
5 – Indulge in Vancouver.

No trip to BC would be complete without a visit to Vancouver. This world-class city has
something for everyone, from great restaurants and nightlife to outdoor activities and
attractions. You could easily spend a week exploring all that Vancouver has to offer.
Vancouver is undoubtedly the best representation of urban tourism in British Columbia,
highlighted by world-class hotels, restaurants, and attractions. If you’re looking for a city
to visit that has it all, Vancouver is your place.
Immerse yourself on a dinner cruise across the city’s seafront harbour and marvel at the
Coast Mountains while you enjoy a meal. Or, if you’re looking for a more thrilling
experience, check out the whale watching tour just outside of downtown. Whatever your
interests, Vancouver will not disappoint.
6 – Shop until you drop.
If you’re looking to do some shopping during your urban tourism trip, head on over to
Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. This popular street is home to high-end shops
and boutiques. You’ll also find plenty of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops here.
If one district isn’t enough for you, head to Granville Island. This island is home to an
indoor public market where you can find fresh produce, meat, and seafood. You’ll find
plenty of arts and crafts here, too.
Don’t forget Nordstrom – where you can shop for luxury and high-end items and enjoy
premium dining. Meanwhile, Main Street (also in Vancouver) offers vintage pieces,
funky items, and trendy clothes.
7 – Relax at a spa.
After all that shopping and sightseeing, you’ll need to relax. Vancouver and Victoria
have no shortage of spas to choose from. Most hotels in these cities also have spas on-
site, but you can also go to fancier spa resorts.
The KurSpa at Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon is a great option. This spa features
different saunas, a steam room, and an outdoor infinity pool. You’re offered a hundred
different services and treatments, not to mention the incredible views of Okanagan
Lake.
The Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa’s luxury Pacific Mist Spa affords a unique
spa experience with seaside elements treatments. The place is surrounded by nature
and boasts a heated pool, a couples’ suite, and an outdoor fireplace.
8 – Go golfing.
There’s no shortage of premium golf courses in BC. The Capilano Golf & Country Club
first comes to mind when thinking of golfing in the Vancouver area. This is an 18-hole
championship course that offers stunning views of downtown and Mount Baker.

If you’re looking for a golf course with more of a challenge, try the Predator Ridge
Resort. Its elevation and tight fairways make for a tough course – but the views are
worth it.

So, what’s your favourite urban tourism activity in British Columbia? Well, why not try
them all? With so much to see and do after the pandemic, there’s a lot of ground to
cover. From wine tours to city exploration, the province has it all. Get out there and
enjoy! The world stopped momentarily for the past two years, yet the post-pandemic BC
is something to look forward to.

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