Spring is finally here!
To celebrate the season, we’ve partnered with some of the province’s most unique destinations to highlight exactly where you should spend this season’s weekends and vacations days.
With dramatic sunsets, crisp mountain air and blossoming flowers as far as the eye can see, spring may really be the best time to travel in British Columbia. So pack your bags and set your out-of-office reply, it’s time to start exploring! Here are 8 destinations to check out this spring in beautiful B.C.
Located on the Sunshine Coast, West Coast Wilderness lodge is perfect for those looking to escape to the pristine wilderness of BC’s West Coast. This spring, you can enjoy a two-night getaway at West Coast Wilderness Lodge for $280 pp dbl occ. Your package includes: Accommodation, breakfast daily and standard room (forest view or ocean view), valid during May 2019. Stay in the heart of Egmont and go explore the many scenic hiking trails in the area. Venture out to the Skoocumchuck Rapids, (considered one of the fastest tidal rapids in the world), or rent a kayak and explore the inlets. Cap it all off by sitting back and enjoying the ocean views from the unbelievable cliffside patio back at the lodge.
The Nisga’a territory encompasses 2,250 sq km from the Nass River to the Hazelton Mountains of the Nass Valley. It is a place of aquamarine waters, soaring snow-capped mountains, and an enormous lava field that can be discovered during a gorgeous 18-stop auto-tour along 100 kilometres of the Nass Valley. The tour takes visitors to culturally significant stops, all within an easy walk of the Nisga’a highway. Stops include the HlguIsgwit hot springs, waterfalls, the Nisga Museum and the four Nisga’a villages of Gingolx, Laxgalts’ap, Gitwinksihlkw, and Gitlaxt’aamiks. The story of the Nisga’a people is written on the land, so visitors to the territory are offered more than breathtaking scenery—they are given the opportunity to experience Nisga’a culture.
Vernon is a fantastic destination for outdoor enthusiasts of any skill-level to come and enjoy stunning views from the region’s vast network of trails and grasslands. Ellison Provincial Park boasts three beaches, camping, some of the best bird watching in the province and the opportunity for visitors to explore the shoreline by canoe or kayak. This park features the only marine dive park in the Okanagan for snorkelling and scuba diving. Alternatively, visitors can enjoy Vernon’s distinct flora and fauna by biking, hiking or walking through Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, or from the Okanagan Rail Trail, which take visitors along the full length of the pristine Kalamalka Lake. If you enjoy the outdoors in a more manicured setting, be sure to check out Vernon’s exceptional golf clubs and courses.
Located just 90 minutes from downtown Vancouver, nestled among magnificent mountains and the sandy beaches of Harrison Lake, Harrison Hot Springs is one of the best places to hike, bike or paddle in B.C. Known for its leisurely days and friendly ways, the region has something to offer visitors of all ages. Food enthusiasts can enjoy the local Circle Farm Tour, while water enthusiasts can take advantage of the largest lake in South Western B.C. Finally, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy some of the finest hiking in the Fraser Valley, while also making use of a wide variety of restaurants and accommodations that suit each and every budget.
With a dependable reputation as one of the province’s must-visit destination for outdoor adventure activities, including hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking, Hope also attracts cultural explorers in the form of film tourism, as a shooting location of over a dozen theatrical productions from “First Blood” to “Sweet Virginia”. With two mountain ranges, two rivers and an abundance of trails and parks, Hope is truly one stunning town. Welcome to the gateway to the Fraser Canyon and Manning Park!
With historical landmarks, gorgeous gardens and ocean views that will make even lifelong Vancouverites jealous, Victoria should definitely be on the top of your list for places to visit this spring. V2V Vacations will take your directly from Vancouver to Victoria’s in harbour in less than three hours. V2V’s ’s 242-passenger catamaran boasts a full concierge service that allows guests to make bookings from an exclusively curated list of cultural and authentic attractions. This spring, you can sail away with V2V’s Friends and Family Rates! Receive 50% off all premium class travel between March 15 – April 30, 2019.
Leavenworth is a Bavarian-styled village in the Cascade Mountains, located about 4 hours from downtown Vancouver. Many visitors come to Leavenworth for the German-styled storefronts and year round festivals, but skiers, snowmobilers, hikers, mountain bikers, rock climbers, birders and anyone yearning for a more relaxing getaway will find plenty to enjoy. Accommodations range from campgrounds to luxury hotels and cozy bed and breakfasts, complete with both traditional old-world architecture and modern amenities. With spectacular scenery, exceptional old-world hospitality, and fun activities for all ages – everyone enjoys “Washington’s Bavarian Village”.
Kamloops is home to four local wineries that are pioneering the Thompson Valley. As BC’s newest wine region, the area boasts superb, semi-arid growing conditions that produce bright, acid-forward, award-winning wines.
Monte Creek Ranch Winery, Harper’s Trail Winery, Privato Vineyard & Winery, and Sagewood Winery are all set in the heart of Kamloops’ river valleys. They offer several options for wine enthusiasts and anyone looking to savour the scenery and local wildlife as they sip through tasting rooms, tour vineyards, and linger on patios. With intimate settings, few crowds, and wine tours ranging from 3 hours to full day outings, Kamloops offers a wine experience unlike anything else in BC. This is truly a place to sip, savour, and repeat.