Missing those summer road trips already? Well, that carefree feeling doesn't have to go away — while it's still warm why not have some fun in the sun and go on a mini getaway? 

Pick a destination or two on this list, make a playlist, round up your crew and you're good to go. Put that countdown to your next vacation on hold and go for a mini-cation in beautiful BC. Happy road tripping!

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1 to 3 hours away

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Sunshine Coast 

Road trip time from Vancouver: 1 hour 52 min

Ready to switch to island time? The Sunshine Coast stretches 180 km and it sure is beautiful from edge to edge. It offers breathtaking scenery, lakes, trails, beaches and more! Ruby Lake is a must-see. You can also stay at the Painted Boat Resort which offers a relaxing spa and heated pool.

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Road trip time from Vancouver: 50 min

Not even an hour away from Vancouver is this beautiful mountain town. The Chief is a Vancouver hiking staple, but Squamish offers much more than just that — you can also check out the Sea to Sky Gondola, Garibaldi Provincial Park, Shannon Falls, go white water rafting, visit the Britannia Mine Museum and more!

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Hatley Castle // Victoria, British Columbia

Road trip time from Vancouver: 3 h 14 min (2 hr ferry ride)

Located in Victoria, this Edwardian castle will make you feel like you were transported to a different era. Fun fact: it also doubled as the set for X-Men, Deadpool, Arrow and more.

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Road trip time from Vancouver: 4 h 10 min

Get a taste of that small town charm (and some delicious wine) in Kelowna. Home to Canada's wine country, there are so many reasons why you should visit Kelowna — here are just 15 of them.

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Mystic Beach

Road trip time from Vancouver: 4 h 26 min

This hidden gem is a must-see in BC. Who doesn't love hanging out on rope swings that overlook beautiful beaches? Mystic Beach is located in Sooke —explore a less frequented but incredibly beautiful side of Vancouver Island.

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Road trip time from Vancouver: 4 h 20 min

Did you know Canada is home to a desert environment? There's only one in the whole country and that's Osoyoos, which also features Canada's warmest lake. In autumn, the foliage here is especially remarkable so what are you waiting for?

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5+ hours away

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Road trip time from Vancouver: 5 h 30 min (2 hr ferry ride)

Tofino is a must add to your road trip list. This beach town tops the list as one of, if not the, most beautiful places in the province. From surfing to hiking to whale watching to beaches and more, Tofino is the place to go.

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Yoho National Park 

Road trip time from Vancouver: 8 h 9 min

Before Canada's 150th anniversary comes to an end, make the most of the free entrances into Canadian National Parks for the year. Yoho National Park is one of the most beautiful parks in BC. It's home to Emerald Lake Lodge, lakes, waterfalls and an astounding 28 peaks.