9 Amazing Road Trip Destinations To Explore In BC
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British Columbia is full of vast wonders and breathtaking sights. It's easy to forget how much beauty and how much diversity the province has. Want to visit wine country? BC has it. Want to go surfing? There are so many spots. Visit Canada's only desert? Check.
Time to grab your car keys, bring some snacks, crank up the tunes and hit the road. Whether it's for a day trip or weekend getaway, this beautiful destinations will hit that sweet wanderlust spot. Share your adventures with us using #narcityvancouver on all your awesome Instagram pics. Happy spring!
Road trip time from Vancouver: 5 h 30 min (2 hr ferry ride)
Tofino is one of theIt's perfect for a surf trip with your friends, weekend getaway or romantic escape. It offers amazing surfing, surreal scenery, wild west coast beaches, hiking, hot springs, wildlife viewing and more! Still not convinced? Check out of the surf town.
Othello Tunnels // Hope, British Columbia
Road trip time from Vancouver: 1 h 15 min
Don't have time for a weekend getaway? Othello Tunnels makes for the perfect day trip. A super neat experience, you'll get to walk on abandoned tunnels and alongside a beautiful canyon. Plus it’s free!
Botanical Beach // Port Renfrew, British Columbia
Road trip time from Vancouver: 4 h 48 min (2 hr ferry ride)
Who knew BC had such cool tide pools? You can easily see all the different marine species living within the pools, but please DO NOT disturb the wildlife and eco-sensitive areas. The beach is also absolutely beautiful. You can truly experience the wild oceans and even see grey whales and orcas. Be extra cautious because the waves and tides can be unpredictable and strong.
Kelowna // Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Road trip time from Vancouver: 4 h 10 min
Hello wine country! If you haven't been to the Okanagan, we honestly don't understand what's keeping you. A wine lover's paradise is only a few hours away from Vancouver—but even if you don't like wine, the Okanagan has so much more than that! Beautiful small towns, spectacular scenery, pristine lakes, ski resorts, beautiful beaches and not to mention the picture perfect drive up on the Coquihalla highway.
Mayne Island // British Columbia
Road trip time from Vancouver: 2 h 23 min (1 hr 30 min ferry ride)
Want a sweet escape? Spend your days on island time at Mayne Island, which is home to around 1100 people. If you want a quiet getaway with beautiful west coast scenery, check out Mayne Island. There are several beautiful, unique AirBnbs to make your stay unforgettable—like the one pictured above and Canada’s most popular AirBnb, a unique cob cottage.
Penticton // Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Road trip time from Vancouver: 4 h 26 min
Float on! In the summer, Penticton has a super popular 7 km river channel that tubers can float down. No floaty? No problem. You can rent one from Coyote Cruises, which is located at the launch site. Aside from having an awesome lazy river, Penticton is also part of wine country and has a huge variety of water activities available.
Yoho National Park // Field, British Columbia
Road trip time from Vancouver: 8 h 9 min
We're sure you've heard how all Canadian National Parks are free for 2017 — so what better time to explore the Canadian wilderness? Yoho National Park boasts the iconic Emerald Lake Lodge (which you can stay overnight at), pristine lakes, incredible waterfalls and 28 peaks. Make sure you sign up to get your free pass before you hit the road!
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Galiano Island // Gulf Islands, British Columbia
Road trip time from Vancouver: 2 h 15 min (1 h 20 min ferry)
Want to see the stars in their full glory? Get away from the city? Galiano Island is your BC answer. One of the Southern Gulf Islands, Galiano is an easy, fast, beautiful getaway from Vancouver. You can relax and go hiking, have your pick of water activities and more!
Sombrio Beach // Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Road trip time from Vancouver: 4 h 31 min (2 hour ferry)
Calling all surfers and beach bums! Sombrio Beach offers some of the best surfing on the southern side of Vancouver Island. The trailhead to the beach is located around Kilometre 29 of the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail. Hikers can also enjoy exploring the trails around the beach and campers can enjoy wilderness camping at the designated areas.
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