There's a secret spot in the province that's the perfect summer oasis. It's well hidden though, and you'll want to try and find it at least once in your life. This B.C. swimming hole is the perfect spot to beat the heat during those sweltering summer days and we can't stop dreaming about jumping into that clear water.
There is something more relaxing about swimming in a natural pool. Not only is it chlorine-free, but also there are way fewer people than at the neighbourhood pool.
We love how they feel like a piece of paradise. You can float in the water and enjoy the view of the trees all around you.
One swimming spot you'll need to visit at least once in your life is Barber's Hole on Vancouver Island. Many locals don't even realize this refreshing spot exists just two and a half hours from Victoria.
It's in Nymph Falls Nature Park, an area known for a vast forest along the Puntledge River. To cool off in the water, you have two options.
You can either pick to park at the parking lot only a few feet away or the main lot in the park. If you choose the second option, you can follow a 2.6-kilometre Nymph Falls Trail that's breathtaking.
Enroute to the hidden gem you'll pass by the cascading Nymph Falls, and stroll next to the river before you reach Barber's Hole.
Here the water passes next to a bedrock ledge where you can soak your feet in the clear blue water. The water here is calm and cool in the summer, making it ideal for going for a dip with friends.
When entering the water, make sure to be careful since the rocks can sometimes be slippery with green algae.
The next time you're looking for something to do, pack up your bathing suit and towel and enjoy an unforgettable summer day.
Address: Forbidden Plateau Rd., Courtenay, BC
Why You Need To Go: You can cool off at this secret swimming hole.
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.