Amazing places to travel in Southern BC in the winter (spoiler: they’re not ski resorts)


Since the fall of 2010 I’ve been writing stories for our Super, Neighbours travel series, exploring British Columbia in a way I never imagined I would. The trips have opened my eyes to the awesomeness of a lot of other nearby towns and cities and one of the biggest revelations I’ve had is that traveling Southern BC in the fall and winter is actually the best time to do it. In the summer we all flock to the best spots, competing for space and relaxation. But in the winter the hordes retreat and many of the crowded resorts you love in August ooze quiet December tranquility, sometimes making you feel like you’re the only guest there.

Here’s a guide to eleven places I’ve exposed in the series, traveled to in the “off” season, which I know as the “best” season. Click “VIEW MAP” to see their exact locations and make sure to get out there this coming winter.

Fall and Winter Travel in Southern BC

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A guide to some of the most awesome places to visit when the weather turns!

  • Pender Island

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    [Poets Cove Resort]( offers cottages or suites and has amazing opportunities for exploring this Gulf Island no matter which way you look.

  • Harrison Hot Springs

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    Situated on Harrison Lake, [Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa]( has it all: hot spring pools, multiple on-site restaurants, wildlife viewing from your room and tons of history to learn about.

  • Tofino

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    There's a reason why the Relais & Châteaux property, [The Wickaninnish Inn](, is consistently named as one of the best resorts in Canada, and the world (and that reason is because it is).

  • Parksville

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    The construction of the suites at [Tigh-Na-Mara Resort]( makes it feel like you're in a cabin, but it's more like a condo.

  • Vancouver!

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    A true staycation is one where you don't leave the city! Try the [Four Seasons Vancouver]( for a great, central city experience, wonderful food, and this sweet view.

  • Victoria

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    Steps from the action, the modern, LEED certified [Parkside Hotel]( & Spa might be one of Victoria's best kept secrets. The koi pond pictured is actually a part of the natural air conditioning system!

  • Squamish

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    Explore the shoreline of Squamish and the award winning brewery that lies under your suite at the [Howe Sound Inn]( There is no better place to stay in this town.

  • Cowichan Bay

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    With a view of the water and access to the tiny, quaint village of Cowichan Bay, [Oceanfront Suites]( might be the best spot in proximity to the Cowichan River.

  • Salt Spring Island

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    [Green Acres]( sits on the same lake that Randy Bachman lives on, and has multiple modern cabins to inhabit.

  • Galiano Island

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    A 55 minute ferry from Tsawwassen followed by a quick drive lands you at your own, 3-bedroom, private rental cabin at [Bodega Ridge Resort](

  • The Sunshine Coast

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    While it's not always as sunny as the name might suggest it's a quick hop over from Vancouver on a ferry, and you'll stay cozy at places like [Rockwater Secret Cove Resort](

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Bob is our founder and Editor-in-Chief. A family man and outdoors enthusiast in his 3rd decade of publishing, he steers the V.I.A. ship, hosts our 'BC Was Awesome' history TV show and co-hosts our weekly podcast.