The winter season is simply magical in B.C. and everything looks so gorgeous. From the snowy mountains to the outdoor activities, there's no shortage of fun to be had. In order to make the most out of it, we came up with a list of 9 winter road trips around B.C. that will give you the most epic snowy views. All you need to do is fill up the tank and hit the road.
Road trips aren’t just for the summertime. Right now, you can experience some of the best things B.C. has to offer without the high season tourists.
The awesome part is that winter in B.C. is generally mild compared to other provinces, so while it may look like a snowy wonderland outside, it doesn't get as cold here as it does in Alberta.
If you are in for a little weekend vacation, we have the perfect remedy for you. These winter road trips can be done in just a day or two.
All you need to do is pick a time, scoop your friends and get out there. Just be sure to check DriveBC before you go to ensure the roads are safe.
Hot Springs in the Kootenays
Where: Fairmont Hot Springs, B.C.
Why You Need To Go: The wintertime is chilly and stressful. Why not hop in the car and venture to the Kootenays to hit up some hot springs. Once you slip into the warming baths of the Fairmont Hot Springs, your troubles will melt away.
Winter Okanagan Wine Festival
Where: Sun Peaks, B.C.
Why You Need To Go: Wine country in the winter is gorgeous. During the Winter Okanagan Wine Festival, the valley comes to life. This 10-day festival takes place in January and has everything from food, snowshoe walks, events, and of course, wine. It’s worth the drive.
Silver Star Mountain Resort
Why You Need To Go: Silver Star is just outside of Vernon and it is seriously stunning in the winter. The village is filled with small cafes, restaurants, shops, and the cutest colourful houses ever. You’ll feel like you’re in Europe walking around.
Where: Capilano Suspension Bridge, North Vancouver, B.C.
Why You Need To Go: This suspension bridge in North Vancouver is a huge tourist attraction during the winter. You can walk among the treetops and skyline with all the twinkling lights. It will leave you feeling like you’re in a Hallmark movie.
Where: Shannon Falls Provincial Park, B.C.
Why You Need To Go: Shannon Falls is over 1,000 feet tall and is the most amazing sight in the winter. The awesome part is that during the winter months, there are fewer tourists which means you could have the boardwalk all to yourself.
Why You Need To Go: This alpine ski resort is the perfect place to hit the slopes. This mountain town lights up in the winter and it is totally romantic. We suggest taking a loved one with you on your road trip to really get into the holiday spirit.
Why You Need To Go: We know, you’ll have to take a ferry to get there. While it may not be a typical road trip, it is still worth the travel. In the winter, Victoria lights up with thousands of twinkling lights. Be sure to check out the parliament building as it looks like a castle this time of year.
Why You Need To Go: This hippy town truly comes alive in the winter. From snowboarding to snowshoeing, Nelson has all the fun winter activities. If you consider yourself a lover of all things outdoors, you'll adore this place.
Rossland Winter Carnival
Where: Rossland, B.C.
Why You Need To Go: The Rossland Winter Carnival in Rossland is adorable. The usually sleepy mountain town turns into an absolute party for four days. It has everything from bobsledding and skiing in the streets to beer gardens and great food. If you don't make it for the carnival, the town of Rossland is still super picturesque all season long.
What are you waiting for? Hop in your car and explore. These road trips will actually have you wishing that winter could last a little longer.