For some reason, summer feels shorter than all the other seasons so it's imperative that you make the most of your summer this year and squeeze as much fun out of it as possible. With summer right around the corner, we're on the lookout for incredible spots to show our besties!
We put together a list of secret spots around BC that you should definitely plan to check out with your friends. From hidden beaches and hiking trails to mini-getaways and spas, there's something for every pair of BFFs on this list to have a blast together this summer.
Here are 17 secret places in BC that you can bring your BFF to this summer:
If you and your BFF love hiking together, then you have to head out to Norvan Falls in Lynn Valley for an afternoon. The bravest hikers among us can even take a dip in the pool right underneath the falls!
French Beach Provincial Park
One of the most unique and little-known beaches in the province, French Beach is great for camping and the sunsets are unreal. Explore this expansive, blindingly white sand beach at your leisure this summer with your besties for an unforgettable time.
The Audain Art Museum
This Art Gallery in Whitler is simply amazing. If you haven't heard of it or checked it out yet then you have to bring your BFF here to see the incredible architecture and the collections. This is the perfect outing for BFFs who love to take photos for each other's Instagram!
This secret spot is one of those "blink and you might miss it" kind of tiny places that only your coolest friends would know about. It's a vegan nail spa and the aesthetic here is so on point. If you and your BFF like to catch up over manis and want a little privacy, then you have to go here ASAP. Plus, with summer coming it's time to treat your feet for sandal weather!
Old Mount Baldy Hike
Take a trip to Vancouver Island and do this easy hike with your BFF! There's even a secret swing at the top. The rumour about this swing is that a man built it for his wife for their anniversary because they loved doing this hike together so much. Talk about cute!
The Burrard Hotel
Did you know that this mini-oasis existed right in the urban heart of Vancouver? Treat you and your BFF to a staycation this summer and pretend that you're in Palm Springs together at this colourful hotel.
Caffè La Tana
If you and your BFF are a sucker for a good old-school coffee and fresh, tender pasta then you have to go to this adorable secret spot on a quiet stretch of Commercial Drive. It's an Italian style restaurant/cafe/grocery mart that serves up addictive Italian eats and almost too beautiful to eat pastries.
Serving up French-Indian food, this spot in Vancouver is one of the most gorgeous places to go for a meal or drinks with your BFF! It's so colourful and perfect for summer.
This cidery on Vancouver Island is so adorable. You can explore their orchard, sip in their tasting room, wander around the country-style farm and even book a stay in their yurt for a mini-getaway!
East Sooke Park
This secret beach has rocks instead of sand, but it's one of the most breathtaking spots you can go for fresh, ocean air and watching the waves. There is over 50 km of trails nearby so this is the perfect place to take your BFF who loves outdoor adventuring.
The Workshop Vegetarian Cafe
Bring your health-conscious friend to this Japanese-inspired vegetarian cafe! There are two locations: one in East Vancouver and one in North Vancouver so depending on which neighbourhood you guys are exploring you can fit in a lunch at this cute spot!
This spot is the first Indigenous-owned winery in North America and it's absolutely stunning! Your BFFs who say things like "oaky" and "stone fruits" taste different notes in wine and love trips to the Okanagan will adore this winery with its unique story and picturesque vines on rolling hills.
Campbell Valley Park
This park in Langley is the perfect day trip for you and your BFF. There's even a fun boardwalk trail to discover. Next time you're visiting Langley, add this pa this to your itinerary to stretch your legs and explore!
Elephant Garden Creamery
Summer is all about the ice cream in Vancouver and if you're already bored of our local classics like Earnest and Rain or Shine then it's time to try this newcomer on Commercial Drive. Splurge on an ice cream flight since you'll obviously need a chance to try all of their flavours at some point anyway.
East Side Flea Market
Long, hot, lazy summer days lend themselves perfectly to shopping at markets! Sure, the shopping mall has A/C but you won't find unique or handmade stuff there. Plus, these markets are more like excuses to drink beer while you shop and listen to music with friends while chowing down on food truck fare.
Bad Dog Bread
Best friends eat carbs together. This secret bakery in North Vancouver has what you need to make your weekend together carborific. It's totally adorable and you'll never want to go back to wonderbread ever again after a hit of this stuff.
There are two Tracycakes in Langley and in Abbotsford and both of them are basically made hanging out with your BFF! Whether you want to go for lunch or splash out on high tea, this spot has amazing treats and eats that will impress even the pickiest of best friends.