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BC Vacation: 9 Places To Visit That Will Make You Feel Like You're On A Tropical Island

We are back at it again with the hidden gems around B.C. that you need to know about. From misty waterfalls and lush forests to beaches that literally look like you’re in the Caribbean, we found some enchanting hidden spots that you need to hit up on your next B.C. vacation

B.C. is incredibly diverse and has so many little corners to explore. 

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It would seriously take a lifetime to see it all but you have to start somewhere.

Altogether, we came up with nine places around the province that are just as good as going on a tropical vacation. 

Just because flights are taking place doesn’t mean you need to get on a plane. Put some gas in the tank, pack a bag, and hit the open road. 

These places have everything including secluded white sand beaches, lush forest, and even gushing waterfalls. 

If you don’t find something on the list that tickles your travel bone, then we don’t know what will. 

Enchanted Forest

Address: Cowichan Valley, BC

Why You Need To Go: This B.C. trail has enormous trees that are over 30 metres tall. The trees are about 1,000 years old and walking around them feels like you’re in a rainforest.

Wilson Creek Falls 

Address: New Denver, BC

Why You Need To Go: This gigantic waterfall is a short hike away so you don’t have to spend all day on a trail. The misty water will feel legendary after your spicy hike in the sun.

Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park 

Address: Vernon, BC

Why You Need To Go: The Okanagan is known for having amazing lakes and Kalamalka is a turquoise blue lake where you can actually surf on the water. Who needs Hawaii?

Ta Ch’ila Provincial Park 

Address: Stikine Region, BC

Why You Need To Go: No, you’re not looking at a picture of the Bahamas. This beach in B.C. is a tropical paradise and you don’t even have to go on a plane to get there. Be sure to pack a bathing suit or two.

Emperor Falls

Address: Mount Robson Provincial Park, BC

Why You Need To Go: This massive waterfall plunges 43 metres down the cliff of Mount Robson. For a real vacation, consider staying at the park for a couple of days to take in all the sights.

Little Hawaii 

Address: Tribune Bay, Hornby Island, BC

Why You Need To Go: What screams tropical vacation more than a white sand beach? This spot is named “Little Hawaii” for a reason. Equipped with soft sand, blue water, and a volleyball net, this beach is all you need.

Honeycomb Caves 

Address: 501 Duke Point Hwy., Nanaimo, BC

Why You Need To Go: A hiking trail in Nanaimo will take you to a massive cave that looks like a honeycomb. Take a picnic and sit while you have a bite to eat. It’s dinner with a view.

Wreck Beach

Address: Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: One of B.C.’s nude beaches is super accessible in Vancouver. Laying there will make you feel like you’re on a tropical shore making sure you get no tan lines.

Retreat Cove 

Address: Retreat Cove Road, Galiano Island, BC

Why You Need To Go: Retreat Cove is a hidden sandstone cave situated right along the ocean shore. During the summer months, this cave is the best to sit in and watch the sunset.

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.