Beyond Vancouver and its world's fair is the rest of the majestically scenic province of British Columbia. The province, ranging north along the Pacific, covers more than 360,000 square miles of remote islands and towering mountains. But you don't have to venture far from Vancouver to find many of its most remarkable places, among them:
*Victoria. The provincial capital, Victoria is a lovely garden city at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Stately government buildings give it a very British flavor, which makes it popular with American tourists. Butchart Gardens, a former quarry, is a spectacular mass of blooms throughout the summer. Auto ferries make the trip between Vancouver and Victoria frequently.
*Howe Sound. It's a long and deep fjord off the Strait of Georgia that bites into the Coast Mountains just north of Vancouver. In summer, the Royal Hudson Steam Train takes sightseers along the shoreline on tracks that cling to the edge of the steep mountainside. The destination is Squamish, a logging town at the head of the sound.
*Whistler Village. In the winter, it is a world-class ski resort 75 miles north of Vancouver at Garibaldi Provincial Park. Summer transforms it into a luxury mountain resort, with lake and pool swimming, golf, hiking, fishing, canoeing, trail riding and sailing -- all at the base of two towering mountains.
*Thompson River. The hardy can join a two-day white-water rafting trip down the Thompson, northeast of Vancouver, where the rapids are among Canada's most exciting. A night is spent at a wilderness camp on the river. The trip is offered weekly by Whitewater Adventures of Vancouver.
*Horseshoe Bay. This is a departure point for ferries to Vancouver Island, but also a sport-fishing community with a marina where day-trippers from Vancouver can charter a private boat with crew, join a group cruise or rent a small power boat on their own. The catch is salmon and trout among the islands and coves of Howe Sound.
*The Nugget Route. Follow in the path of Canada's early gold prospectors on a 370-mile, three-day circle tour to mountain lakes and rivers north of Vancouver, a route suggested by tourism officials. The itinerary: north to Horseshoe Bay, the village of Whistler, Pemberton and the historic town of Lillooet; then south again to Lytton, juncture of the Thompson and Fraser rivers, and Hope, at the base of Fraser Canyon.