If Whistler is too cramped for you and Kelowna is too hot, then maybe it's time to try out a new destination this summer.

If you're looking to escape from the big city, pack your yoga pants and your closest friends into your hybrid car and head out onto the road to one of these smaller towns. They're perfect for anyone who wants to be one with nature without actually going all the way in to nature.

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1. Fernie, BC

Perfect for the history lover, Fernie is filled with tons of wooden and brick heritage buildings. It's also surrounded by mountains, which makes it awesome for hiking and biking, while the nearby water also provides and opportunity to go rafting.


Photo cred- @linshady

2. Nelson, BC

If you're more of a beach person, then add Nelson to your list. Overlooking Kootenay Lake, it's the perfect place to go kayaking, swimming, or even hiking. Once you've thoroughly explored the outdoors, stop by the town to check out all of the old heritage buildings that have since been converted into cafes and artsy shops.


Photo cred- @moonmountainman

3. Squamish, BC

Although it's not necessarily a small town, it's still definitely overlooked since it's so close to Whistler. With a perfect view of the mountains and a series of cute cafes and shops, Squamish is the perfect place to go for a relaxed weekend with friends. It's also the cheaper alternative to Whistler, while still being close enough to drive there easily.


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4. Ucluelet, BC

Ucluelet is home to all of the usual outdoor activities such as hiking and biking, but also has the perfect conditions to go surfing. After a long day on the water or in the woods, stop by one of the tons of amazing restaurants that Ucluelet has to offer for some dinner or drinks.


Photo cred- @jmaizy29

5. Coombs, BC

A popular tourist destination on the island, if you're heading over from Vancouver you'll have to take a journey on the ferry. Coombs is famous for it's Old Country Market, and the goats that live on the roof of it. The market is sure to have something for everyone, so pick up a souvenir or two on your way out.


Photo cred- @thomas.bullock

6. Castlegar, BC

With a population of less than 8,000, Castlegar is super low key. If you're looking for a hike outside of your usual selection, try Tulip Creek Falls just outside of the city for a relaxed hike and a sweet view of the waterfall.


Photo cred- @dariakepa

7. Cowichan Bay, BC

Since it's a bay, Cowichan Bay is obviously great if you're in to boating or whale-watching. Aside from that, it's also known for its seafood, cheese shops, and bakeries, so you'll have something new to try every night!


Photo cred- @kyook

8. Rossland

Once an old mining town, Rossland is now riddled with abandoned rail lines and trails which are perfect for hiking, cycling, and even horseback riding. Not to mention the town doesn't have any stoplights either which is sure to make you feel like you've gone back in time.

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