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British Columbia Guide


Bigger in size than all US states except Alaska, Canada’s British Columbia is, if anything, vast. Miles of mountain, coast and forest make this western province one of the country’s most scenic, but even the urban centres like Vancouver are unmissable. Nelson and Bella Coola Valley offer a healthy dose of colonial history, while the Queen Charlotte Islands draw wildlife fans with their bears and whales, and Whistler attracts skiers with its Olympic class slopes.

Hiring a Vehicle

Renting a car is a popular way to get around the province as many of the most worthwhile visitor destinations lie outside the cities and are not served by public transport. Car hire in British Columbia is best obtained in one of the key cities, such as Vancouver or Victoria, or at a provincial airport. Major suppliers, including Hertz, Budget and Thrifty, are present. To secure the best discount, compare car hire before travel.

Transport Options

Vancouver International Airport is the main gateway, with secondary international airports at Victoria, Cranbrook, Abbotsford and Kelowna. Roads lead in from the US states of Washington, Montana, Idaho and Alaska, as well as from neighbouring provinces Yukon and Alberta. Prince Rupert is the main port for ferries from Alaska, while Victoria receives ferries from Washington. Amtrak trains serve Vancouver and Greyhound buses connect most major cities.

Car Hire Driving Tips in British Columbia

Headlights must be on day and night, while winter driving conditions can be treacherous, making advance route planning recommended. Make sure to pay at petrol stations before you refuel. Drivers will want to make use of public transport rather than car rental in British Columbia when in downtown Vancouver, while car ferries connect Vancouver Island with the city.

Not to be Missed!

The province’s national parks of Yoho and Glacier, accessible via the Trans Canada Highway, offer memorable driving experiences with their waterfalls and glacier-fed lakes. While Vancouver itself offers much in the way of modern entertainment, the Capilano Suspension Bridge to the north of the city and Victoria on nearby Vancouver Island make for equally worthy stops. Skiing is best at Whistler-Blackcomb.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

Costal areas are wet and mild, while the interior sees little rain and an average temperature of 10°C. Winter (November to February) temperatures often drop below freezing, being most severe in the north and interior, with the mountains seeing heavy snowfall which makes for superb skiing. Summer (June through August) interior temperatures can reach 30°C, making spring and autumn visits well worth considering if you prefer less heat.

Practical information

  • Currency
    Canadian dollar
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    50 - 100 km/h
  • Language
    English, French

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest?

Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).

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