Given its diverse mountainous terrain as well as its lakes, forests, coasts, and rivers, BC has been long enjoyed for pursuits such as camping and hiking, mountaineering and climbing, and fishing and hunting. Both non-motorized and motorized, water sports are being enjoyed in many places. The opportunities for sea kayaking abound on the British Columbia coast with its fjords. Kayaking and whitewater rafting are famous on many rivers inland. Sailboarding and sailing are largely enjoyed.
During winter, telemark and cross-country skiing are much enjoyed, and in the recent decades, the high quality downhill skiing is developed in the Rockies and Coast Mountain range, as well as in the southern areas of the Columbia Mountains and Shuswap Highlands. Snowboarding has mushroomed in its popularity starting the early 1990s. The downhill events of “2010 Winter Olympics” were held on the province’s Whistler Blackcomb area, while the indoor events have been conducted in some area of Vancouver.
In Victoria and Vancouver, opportunities for bicyclists and joggers were developed. Bike touring in cross-country has been famous since the 10 speed bike has become available several years ago. Starting the advent of mountain bike that is more robust, trails in wilder or more rugged places have been developed for them. Some of the retired rail beds of the province have been maintained and converted for biking, cross-country skiing and hiking. Longboarding is also a famous activity due to the hilly geography of the region.
The horseback riding is being enjoyed by many of the British Columbians. Trail riding opportunities were established for tourists in countless areas of the province. The province has also strong participation levels in some other sports which include tennis, golf, hockey, soccer, rugby union, Canadian football, softball, figure skating, curling, baseball, basketball and lacrosse. British Columbia has produced many of the excellent athletes, especially in winter and aquatic sports. Being consistent with both increased participation and increased tourism in varied recreations by the British Columbians were the proliferation of chalets, lodges, motels, bed and breakfast, hotels, park camping and fishing camps facilities in recent decades.
In particular areas, there are non-profits societies, businesses or municipal governments that are dedicated in ecotourism promotion in their region. A number of farmers in British Columbia are offering the visitor in combining the tourism with farm work.