Head to the ferry dock (tel. 1 250 386 3431 or 888 223 3779) and back to the mainland for an excursion among glaciers. Disembark at Horseshoe Bay, turn north, and follow the coast road along spectacular Howe Sound, one of British Columbia’s trademark fjords. The glaciers that carved this narrow channel also smoothed the rocks on both sides, exposing valuable ore near Britannia. The copper mine here once employed 60,000 people and turned out over 50 million tons of concentrate. Now it houses the B.C. Museum of Mining (Britannia Beach; tel. 1 604 896 4044; fee).
Shannon Falls Provincial Park
A few miles (five kilometers) farther, at Shannon Falls Provincial Park (tel. 1 604 986 9371), walk the short trail to British Columbia’s third highest waterfall (1,100 feet/335 meters). The lookout point is set among tall cedar and fir, which seem big enough except for the huge stumps that tell of even greater giants that once grew here.