Once spring arrives, all you'll want to do is get outdoors and enjoy the warm weather. But instead of staying in the city, Saturday and Sunday are the perfect time to go on a road trip. Our favourite "friend group" trips in B.C. will make you want to pack up the car ASAP and your BFFs will thank you.
We know you want to make the most of your time off, especially on long weekends like Victoria Day. There's so much to do that you'll definitely want to fill the tank.
If you absolutely love flowers, you won't want to miss seeing all the blooming tulips at the Chilliwack Tulip Festival or head to the island and wander through Butchart Gardens.
For an extended getaway, why not go camping or glamping? Jones Lake Campsite offers free campsites that anyone can enjoy.
Or if you are looking for a more luxurious experience, you could try the eye-catching resort where you can sleep in tiny cabins that have dreamy hot tubs out in the forest.
It is time to start planning what you will do first as soon as the warmer weather of spring arrives. Here are 21 weekend adventures you are going to want to treat your BFFs to:
Hike To A Cascading Waterfall
Address: Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park, Rosedale, BC
Why You Need To Go: If your friend hates hiking, this is the trail to bring them on. It is less than a kilometre round trip and will bring you to the breathtaking Bridal Veil Falls.
Plus, if you wish to extend your stay, it is also possible to go camping within the park too.
Tip Toe Through The Tulips
When: April (exact start date TBA)
Address: 41310 Yale Rd., Chilliwack, BC
Why You Need To Go: You won't believe your eyes as you walk through what seems like endless fields of blooming tulips. This flower festival is the ultimate spot to celebrate spring.
Together with your friend, you'll be able to swing over flowers and take cute selfies together.
See Out Of This World Tide Pools
Address: Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, Port Renfrew, BC
Why You Need To Go: Head to the beach at low tide to see the tide pools that look like they belong on the surface of another planet. Inside, you might see all sorts of colourful sea anemones and starfish.
Visit Adorable Alpacas
Address: Kensington Prairie Farm, 1736 248 St., Aldergrove, BC
Why You Need To Go: There is nothing like seeing a bunch of fluffy alpacas to put a smile on your face. In the spring Kensington Prairie Farm offers tours on Saturday, which you will need to book in advance.
Explore The Treehouse Of Your Dreams
When: Friday, May 1 to Monday, October 12, 2020
Address: 7060 Trans-Canada Hwy., Revelstoke, BC
Why You Need To Go: Here you can see a towering 50 feet tall treehouse that looks straight from a fantasy story.
While at the Enchanted Forest, you'll also want to go on the nature walk that takes you through an 800-year-old cedar grove and do the self-guided boat tour through wetlands.
Enter A Tropical Paradise
Address: Victoria Butterfly Gardens, 1461 Benvenuto Ave., Brentwood Bay, BC
Why You Need To Go: At the Victoria Butterfly Gardens, you can see thousands of butterflies fly through the lush gardens filled with flowers.
But there is so much more than just butterflies, you will also be able to see tropical birds, ducks, flamingos, and even iguanas.
Discover Sandstone Caves
Address: 245 Retreat Cove Rd., Galiano Island, BC
Why You Need To Go: If you haven't already you, need to see the unique sandstone caves on Galiano Island. They are just a short ferry ride from Vancouver and make for a great weekend adventure.
See An Illuminated Forest
When: Until Monday, April 13, 2020
Address: 4293 Mountain Sq. #211, Whistler, BC
Why You Need To Go: There is still time to visit Vallea Lumina. Here you'll follow the illuminated trail through an enchanted forest, where every twist and turn will fill you with wonder.
Cross A Suspension Bridge
Address: Cascade Falls Regional Park, 36421 Ridgeview Rd., Deroche, BC
Why You Need To Go: This one-kilometre trail is perfect for a lazy afternoon. Along the path, you'll get to cross a stunning suspension bridge that goes over a creek and provides a fantastic lookout to a 30-metre waterfall.
Climb A Mountain
Address: Saint Marks Summit, Greater Vancouver A, BC V0N 1G0
Why You Need To Go: This 11 km hike is worth the five hours it will take you round trip. From the top, you can soak up the spectacular views of Howe Sound.
Enjoy A Camping Getaway
Address: Jones Lake Campsite, Fraser Valley D, BC
Why You Need To Go: Did you know you can go camping for free at Jones Lake? All you need to is load up the car with your camping gear, and you are ready for a relaxing weekend away from the city.
Visit A Castle Fit For Royalty
Price: Free, $18.50 for a tour
Address: 2005 Sooke Rd, Victoria, BC
Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like royalty as you tour the majestic castle and garden. Movie buffs will also enjoy how plenty of movies and television shows have been filmed here like Deadpool, Arrow, X-Men and Smallville.
Sleep In A Mini Cabin
Address: 709 Canal Rd., Pender Island, BC.
Why You Need To Go: Woods On Pender offers a ton of unique places to stay including mini cabins that come with private hot tubs. Or if you are travelling with a larger group, you can get a cottage next to a retro airstream camper.
See Abandoned Train Tunnels
Address: Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park, Hope, BC
Why You Need To Go: Along the three and a half kilometre hiking trail, you'll get to enter the early 1900s train tunnels that pass through a mountain.
Celebrate All The Blooming Flowers
Address: 800 Benvenuto Ave., Brentwood Bay, BC
Why You Need To Go: The lush gardens are bursting with colourful blossoms in the spring. Here you'll be able to see tulips, cherry tres, crabapple trees, and much more.
Drink Wine At A Vineyard
Address: 1730 Mission Hill Rd., West Kelowna, BC
Why You Need To Go: This grand estate will make you feel like you are in Europe. Here you will be able to drink wine with your friends enjoying the view of Okanagan Lake.
Find The Perfect Beach
Address: Mystic Beach, BC
Why You Need To Go: In the spring, thousands of whales migrate near this beach. So if you are lucky, you might see someone. There is also a fantastic beach swing that you'll want to try.
Have An Old School Movie Night
When: From May 2020 (exact date TBA)
Address: 5341 BC-97A, Enderby, BC
Why You Need To Go: It's always fun to enjoy a retro drive-in movie with your friends. You can bring a bunch of pillows to make a bed, and see blockbuster films with friends this spring.
Relax At A Surreal River
Address: 4840 Regent Rd., Campbell River, BC
Why You Need To Go: It is a hidden gem hiking trail that will take you past a river with jaw-dropping rock formations.
Sleep In The Trees
Address: 420 Horne Lake Rd., Qualicum Beach, BC
Why You Need To Go: You can sleep in the trees at this world-famous accommodation. The giant domes are a one-of-a-kind stay that you need to try at least once.
Soak In A Hot Spring
Price: $5.00 day pass ($15.00 per campsite)
When: Sloquet Creek Hot Springs, Fraser Valley C, BC
Address: Sloquet Creek Hot Springs, Fraser Valley C, BC
Why You Need To Go: For a weekend you won't forget you can relax at this budget-friendly hot spring. Conveniently there is also camping sites right next to it, so you can easily stay for the weekend if you want.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.