On a gorgeous sunny day, the last thing you want to do is stay indoors. Instead, it is prime time to grab your car keys and start exploring. So the next time you find yourself with a day off, pick a spot from our list below. We've gathered up B.C. road trip ideas from Vancouver that aren't to Kelowna.

While there is absolutely nothing wrong with Kelowna and all its amazing wines, if you are anything like us, you've been going here on repeat. It is hard not to love the vineyards and beaches, but it is always fun to go somewhere new.

The sunny days ahead are the ideal time to start exploring only a short drive from home. There is no need to leave the province when so many spectacular sights are so close to home.

There are all the summer essentials listed, from hiking to visiting waterfalls.

Or you could make a splash at a secret swimming hole where you can cool off. No summer is complete without splashing in a natural pool at least once.

Meanwhile, for a super chill day, there is always trying out tubing on the Cowichan River. You won't have to do a thing for hours as you coast along the blue water.

Full Bloom Lavender

Address: 2926 248th St., Langley, BC

Why You Need To Go: You'll want to see this massive garden if you can't get enough of the relaxing scent of lavender. You'll be able to walk through row upon row of the beautiful purple blooms.


Davidson's Pool

Address: 23700 128 Cres., Maple Ridge, BC

Why You Need To Go: You can escape the heat and swim at this refreshing pool of water.


Lower Myra Falls

Address: Myra Creek, Comox-Strathcona D, BC

Why You Need To Go: It only takes a quick 1.5-kilometre hike to reach this cascading waterfall that is also a swimming hole. 


Starlight Drive-in

Address: 5341 BC-97A, Enderby, BC

Why You Need To Go: You can watch a movie under the stars and fill up on snacks at this retro drive-in that is playing blockbuster movies all summer long.


Butchart Gardens

Address: 800 Benvenuto Ave., Brentwood Bay, BC

Why You Need To Go: In the summer the gardens are overflowing with colourful blooms. While here you'll want to check out the different themed areas like the Italian or Japanese garden.


Cowichan River Tubing

Address: 109 S Shore Rd., Lake Cowichan, BC 

Why You Need To Go: You can kick back and float down a river for the ultimate lazy day.


Harrison Watersports

Address: Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Why You Need To Go: There is so much to do here. You can rent a BBQ boat, or tackle the floating obstacle course that looks like so much fun.


Bosumarne Falls

Address: Fraser Valley E., BC

Why You Need To Go: You don't need to walk for long to reach this eye-catching waterfall.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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