After the holiday season, you might be feeling extra broke. But that doesn't mean you need to stay indoors and be bored. There is a winter wonderland outside, so go put on your warmest clothes and start exploring. To help you figure out what to do next, here are some cheap things to do in B.C. this winter.

When it comes to the summer, it always feels like there is something to do. Yet once the snow arrives, if you aren't into skiing or snowboarding, you might be unsure what to do. 

Now that the snow is forecasted to arrive, it is time to make some budget-friendly wintery plans. 

You don't need to drive far to find hiking trails that will take you to stunning lookouts, giant snow craters, or frozen waterfalls. Or instead, you could lace up your skates and glide on the world's longest skating trail.

For a more low-key activity, you could relax at one of the nearby steaming hot springs. It is the perfect way to help you warm up and relax.

No matter what you pick, you are going to have an incredible time. So it is time to stop binging Netflix and embrace all winter has to offer.

Here are 14 budget-friendly winter activities to do in BC this month:

Hike to Frosty Margaret Falls

Price: Free

Address: Herald Provincial Park, Sunnybrae-Canoe Point Rd, Columbia-Shuswap C, BC

Why You Need To Go: The four and a half kilometre route will give you an up-close view of Margaret Falls.

Hike to a Geothermal Pool

Price: Free

Address: Hot Springs Cove, BC

Why You Need To Go: For an easy hike you can follow a one and half kilometre boardwalk trail through the forest till you reach one of the seven hot springs. You'll need a boat to take you there, though.

Skate Through the Forest

Price: $4.00 (or $11.00 with skate rentals)

Address: Apex Mountain Resort, 1000 Stray Horse Rd., Hedley, BC

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy gliding on a gorgeous one-kilometre trail through a peaceful forest. 

See a Frozen Waterfall

Price: Free

Address: Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, North Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: Within Lynn Headwaters Regional Park you can spend an afternoon hiking to the frozen Norvan Falls. The temperature will need to really drop for them to be truly frozen, but it's still gorgeous.

See a Giant Snow Crater

Price: Free

Address: Wells Gray Provincial Park, 416 Eden Rd., Clearwater, BC

Why You Need To Go: Wells Gray Park's Helmcken Falls creates an unbelievable giant snow crater in the winter that you need to see.

Discover an Enchanted Illuminated Forest

Price: $29.99

When: Until April 20, 2020

Address: Free shuttle leaves from 4293 Mountain Square #211, Whistler, BC

Why You Need To Go: You'll be able to see breathtaking multimedia light displays as you follow the trail through the forest.

Snowshoe on a Mountain Trail

Price: $14 ($34 with snowshoe rentals)

Address: Cypress Mountain

Why You Need To Go: The 11-kilometre trail will take you past forests, mountains and snow-covered meadows.

Hike to a Mountain Top Swing

Price: Free

Address: Mount Baldy, BC

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy incredible panromantic views while swinging.

Go Tubing Down a Mountain

Price: $25.00 per person

Address: 1700 Mt Seymour Rd., North Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: You'll be able to enjoy an exhilarating ride sliding down the mountain with your friends.

Relax in a Hot Spring

Price: Free

Address: Lussier Hot Springs, Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park, Cranbrook, BC

Why You Need To Go: You can warm up this winter at an all-natural hot spring where you can enjoy views of the snow-covered evergreen trees.

Skate on a Frozen Lake

Price: $5.00

Address: Lake Windermere, BC

Why You Need To Go: In the winter you can skate along the Lake Windermere Whiteway which is the world's longest skating trail. Make sure to check their Facebook page before you leave for trail conditions.


Cross a Snow-Covered Suspension Bridge

Price: Free

Address: Cheakamus River Suspension Bridge, Squamish-Lillooet D, BC 

Why You Need To Go:  You can go hiking or snowshoeing along the two-kilometre roundtrip trail to cross a suspension bridge that provides a stunning lookout.

Visit Shipyard Skate Plaza

Price: Free

Address: 125 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: There is a new covered 12,000 square foot rink that you need to check out.

Discover the Kettle Valley Railway

Price: Free

Address: Kettle Valley Rail Trail, Kelowna, BC

Why You Need To Go: Here you can follow a boardwalk trail that will take you over 18 bridges where you can enjoy amazing views.

There are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.

Comments are now closed.
Account Settings
Share Feedback
Log Out

Register this device to receive push notifications