The world is too big to stay in one place. We all need to shake things up and escape city life now and then. We found 12 adorable B.C. small towns that feel like stepping into a fall Hallmark movie.

You have everything you need for your next adventure. So pick your music playlist, set the destination in your GPS and hit the open road.

Departing on an epic road trip is one of the best feelings. What we love is some of the best sights are the ones you weren't planning on.

Who knows what you might discover while wandering around? You might walk into a new charming cafe, or find a postcard-worthy giant cuckoo clock.

Just a few hours away, you can travel back in time to the Gold Rush era at Barkerville. Some must-try experiences are eating old school desserts at the confectionery, visiting the blacksmith, and getting a photo of the horse-drawn carriages.

Or if you'd rather be in Europe right now, you should check out Waterton. It is like a slice of Austria, right in Canada, where you can enjoy high tea at the Prince of Wales Hotel fit for royalty.

Check out all you can discover in our province with just a tank of gas:

Revelstoke, BC

Distance From Vancouver: 6 hours

Why You Need To Go: Not only does the town have gorgeous architecture, but there are several breweries and distilleries to discover. Nearby you can also soak in Halfway River Hot Springs or Halcyon Hot Springs.


Waterton, AB

Distance From Vancouver: 12.5 hours

Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like you are in the film The Sound Of Music. The tall mountains and majestic Prince of Wales Hotel look straight from Austria.


Osoyoos, BC

Distance From Vancouver: 4.5 hours

Why You Need To Go: You can go on a tasting tour to all the local wineries like NM'MIP Cellars, Lakeside Cellars and LaStella Winery.


Abbotsford, BC

Distance From Vancouver: 1 hour

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy some classic autumn fun, drinking apple cider or visiting a pumpkin patch. Two must-stop locations that are just a few minutes away from each other are Maan Farms and Taves Farms.


Coombs, BC

Distance from Vancouver: 3 hours

Why You Need To Go: You'll have an incredible time seeing the friendly goats roaming on the roof and getting some sweet treats at Billy G's Doughnuts.


Fernie, BC

Distance From Vancouver: 11 hours

Why You Need To Go: Stroll down the main street to see all the different shops and cafes. Just a few minutes outside of town, there are ample hiking trails with some leading to waterfalls.


Fort Langley, BC

Distance from Vancouver: 40 minutes

Why You Need To Go: You can spend the afternoon visiting all the cute boutiques and cafes. Some local favourites include Little White House & Co, Blacksmith Bakery, and Pinkavo Cafe.


Penticton, BC

Distance From Vancouver: 4.5 hours

Why You Need To Go: You can go on a boozy tour as they have 170 wineries, three distilleries, one cidery, and six craft breweries.


Barkerville, BC

Distance from Vancouver: 8 hours

Why You Need To Go: You can experience life in the Gold Rush era at the Barkerville Historic Town And Park.


Cowichan Bay, BC

Distance from Vancouver: 3 hours

Why You Need To Go: You won't want to miss this adorable waterside village and seeing the Fisherman's wharf. While here, make sure to try some of the fresh seafood.


Kimberley, BC

Distance From Vancouver: 10 hours

Why You Need To Go: It is a pedestrian-friendly town with water fountains and an eye-catching cuckoo clock.


Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Distance From Vancouver: 1.75 hours

Why You Need To Go: After exploring the little lakeside town, you can treat yourself to a spa day and soak in the steamy hot springs.


Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.


 

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