British Columbia is a huge province. Vancouver Island alone is larger than all the British Isles! This wonderful place is home to hidden gems waiting to be found.
There's more to B.C. than hiking, beaches and untamed wilderness. This creative province is home to many places to explore, eat and stay.
Whether you're looking for your next outdoor adventure or just want to find a new spot to check out with your friends, you're sure to find a gem or two on our list that calls out to you.
Explore Lillooet River in Pemberton on horseback with Copper Cayuse Outfitters for an unforgettable experience this Fall. Though Pemberton has been gaining notoriety in recent years, it's still totally undervalued as a destination. Pemberton is more wild (and more affordable) than nearby Whistler and there are plenty of opportunities to explore and discover!
Have a far-flung adventure in B.C. at Mount Robson where you can find crystal blue waters and a massive glacier! The Berg Lake Trail at Mount Robson is an amazing spot. It might not be a hidden gem because it's hard to hide an entire mountain, but it's still worth visiting! There are opportunities for newbies and serious backcountry hikers along this incredible trail.
A visit to the Spirit Bear Lodge is the opportunity of a lifetime. This place is hidden in Klemtu, an Indigenous reserve on Swindle Island on the B.C. coast. With waterfront accommodations and eco-tours of the Great Bear Rainforest, you'll seriously get in touch with nature and discover a new part of B.C. here!
Stone Mountain Provincial Park is way, way up there in the northern Rocky Mountains. Those who are brave enough to travel there are treated to spectacular natural majesty and wildlife encounters. You can hike and bike the trails on Summit Ridge for cinematic panorama views of the mountains!
This magical, laid-back hidden gem in Victoria is a garden with a teahouse. Head here with your bf or besties for photo ops and serious Jane Austen vibes. This garden is basically hidden in the city of Victoria and they offer guided tours and an amazing high tea service.
The Vancouver Biennale is a showcase of world-class art in public spaces around Metro Vancouver. This open-air museum counts as multiple hidden gems around Vancouver, like an art scavenger hunt! This Fall, wrap your blanket scarf extra tight and hit the pavement in search of the newest outdoor art exhibits.
Wya Point in Ucluelet has a myriad of totally fun options for accommodation! Whether you prefer to look up at the stars through the roof of your yurt or prefer to sip hot coffee in a bathrobe in a luxury lodge, Wya Point has something perfect for you!
The Dinghy Dock Pub & Floating Restaurant is Canada's only floating pub—you can't get any closer to the water than this! Serving local beer and pub fare with an enduring pirate theme, this is one kitschy hidden B.C. spot!
You can eat lunch with goats at this market on Vancouver Island! Fill up on local eats, shop the artisan stalls and laugh at the hilarious goat antics at this spot in Coombs. Pro tip: the goats like to hang out on the rooftop so get your camera ready for some crazy shots!
Up in the Northern Sunshine Coast, you can pretend you're at Costa Rican eco-retreat at this Cabana resort in Desolation Sound. The rich wood interiors of the cabanas and the proximity to nature make a stay here totally refreshing and off-the-grid!
Blink and you might miss this out-of-the-ordinary pizzeria in Shirley on Vancouver Island. Part general store and part pizza shop, you'll want to spend a few hours here at this unique spot. If it's dry enough, sit up on the rooftop patio and sip beers while you wait for your fresh pizza to cook in their wood-fired oven.
The Cassiar Cannery is just 25 minutes from Prince Rupert, but you'll feel like you're in a different province, or even another country when you arrive here! The Cassiar Cannery hasn't been canning fish since 2006. These days, former homes of cannery managers have been transformed. You can stay at one of the colourful guesthouses along the mouth of the Skeena River for a unique getaway!
Fraserhood is definitely the most hidden gem neighbourhood in Vancouver. Where Fraser Street intersects with Kingsway you'll find some of the coolest shops and restaurants. Grab a coffee and a fresh loaf of bread from Matchstick and then shop at the gorgeous Harlow where they make their own natural skin care products. Coming late at night? Grab an Italian dinner at Osteria Savio Volpe and head around the corner to Bells and Whistles for beers.
You might have your favourite tea shop in B.C., but you won't get anything fresher than here at Westholme Tea. This place near Duncan on Vancouver Island is actually a tea farm—they grow, harvest, and roast their own tea leaves. The farm has a teashop, gallery and tea room open to the public. This place is an absolute must for tea lovers!
Get cosy at an adorable cabin in Brackendale this Fall! Sitting right on the spot where two rivers meet, the nearby area is perfect for hiking. You can go on an eagle viewing float trip with the resort and chill out at their Fergie’s Cafe where they serve homemade treats and meals.
You'll find the Rainbow Range Trail hidden in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park the West Chilcotin region. If you can find it, you'll be treated to a hiking experience like no other. You'll hike through an old burnt forest where colourful wildflowers flourish and get picturesque views of the Coastal Mountains. Don't forget to watch out for grizzlies!
This heated rooftop pool at the Fairmont Pacific Rim is a luxury oasis in the Fall when the rest of the city is cold and grey. You'll have to be a guest to use the pool here, but we promise this pool is totally worth it.
This cute spot is just in Richmond, not far from Vancouver. The London Heritage Farm has a farmhouse built in the 1890's surrounded by a garden and wandering chickens. If you visit on a weekend, check out their teahouse and gift shop!
B.C. is home to the best chocolate bar in the world. That's not hyperbole—in 2014 their 'Mermaid's Choice' bar won the top prize at the International Chocolate Salon! Hidden among office buildings in downtown Vancouver, Mink sells chocolates, coffees, fondues and pastries that you won't want to miss out on!
These eco-friendly cottages hidden the quaint B.C. town of New Denver are right next to Slocan Lake. People come here to the WestKootenays to use the domes as a base camp for exploring nearby the provincial parks. A stay at these hobbit-like dome-shaped cabins is completely rejuvenating.
In the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Tumbler Ridge is a UNESCO Global Geopark where you can find dinosaur tracks, fossils, and a landscape that's 600 to 60 million years old! The Geopark is full of hidden gems like hiking trails, the beautiful Bergeron Falls, and the Lost Cabin.
Khutzeymateen provincial park is a hidden gem because you must go with a guide into the forest here, but when you do, you'll probably find grizzlies! This place is the world's first grizzly bear sanctuary and it's probably the most Canadian adventure you can have.
You'll find this curious bookstore in the heart of Vancouver's Kitsilano neighbourhood. They sell everything imaginable for your soul and wellbeing! From Himalayan salt lamps and Tibetan singing bowls to books on self-help and spirituality, you'll find something incredible and maybe even life-changing at this shop!
This vintage hotel is a must-see in Vancouver and even though its right in the middle of Downtown, it's often looked over. Their Bacchus restaurant serves afternoon tea and brunch and it's a hot spot for celebrities looking for some calm.
Tucked on the second floor of a faded Chinatown building, this hidden restaurant has an unusual concept—blending the warmth of Italian food with delicate Japanese flavours. This hidden gem makes an unforgettable date night that's sure to impress. Just give yourself extra time to get to the restaurant since it's a little hard to find!
This little gem defies all expectations! From the street, it just looks like an ordinary house in a sleepy Vancouver Island suburb. When you get up close you see there's more to it. The entire first floor of the house is a spa and hair salon. Downstairs, there's a hidden shop selling all kinds of funky housewares, natural body care and jewellery. Be sure to grab a latte from the barista bar in the gift shop and enjoy it outside in the magical garden.
Hungry for eggs benny and locally roasted coffee? The Bluebelle Bistro is a great place for brunch and live music in Kaslo. They also have an in-house baker making sweets and treats inspired by the seasons. Bluebelle is a must-see for anyone travelling to Kaslo and it has plenty more to discover inside!
If you want to stretch your legs in Victoria, then check out the breakwater at Ogden Point. This walkway extends into the ocean giving you a unique perspective of the city. Spot ocean wildlife, check out the lighthouse at the end of the point and fill your Instagram with fun shots at Ogden Point!
Stroll through the vineyards without the 5-hour drive to the Okanogan by checking out Backyard Vineyards in Langley. Fall is harvest season for a vineyard so there's lots to see on a tour. When you do your tasting, you'll probably be treated to new wines to celebrate the new season!
In the newly branded Salt Flats neighbourhood of Vancouver, right by the new Emily Carr campus, you've probably seen this barn-shaped gallery before. The Equinox Gallery is just one of many hidden gallery spaces in Vancouver. You'll see new works by local emerging artists and be wowed by the incredible gallery space.