5 enchanting outdoor destinations you need to experience this spring in B.C.

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With shimmering lakes and blooming mountainsides punctuating the entirety of the province’s diverse landscapes, spring is truly an incredible time to discover your new favorite outdoor getaway.

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From cascading canyons to hotel rooms on stilts, there’s plenty to still discover in B.C.

While the sun may have you yearning for your favourite outdoor destinations, spring is all about rebirth, renewal and embracing what’s new. With that in mind, we’ve partnered with Helly Hansen to highlight the most unique outdoor destinations B.C. has to offer in the spring.

Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or avid traveller, these destinations are sure to be a welcome addition to your spring travel bucket list.

Broken Islands – Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

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It’s officially the perfect time of year to bundle up and get out on the water! Located just south of Ucluelet, the Broken Islands are comprised of 90 islands set within in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. With picturesque views, wildlife sightings, stunning rock formations and scenery so spectacular you’ll feel like you’ve discovered something new at the edge of the world, this is one of the most incredible outdoor destinations B.C. has to offer. There are campsites available on specific islands, but this trip does require significant preparation, so be sure to consult the Parks Canada website to adequately prepare for your journey.

Radium Hot Springs – Kootenay National Park

Built as part of an agreement to construct a new road across the Rockies in the 1920s, Kootenay National Park is home to a diverse array of landscapes and terrain including stunning canyons and hot springs. If getting steamy if your thing, be sure to check out the nearby Radium Hot Springs, a small village of under 800 people that’s known for its soothing mineral water pools, which also offer views of Sinclair Canyon’s dramatic rock cliffs.

Halfmoon Bay and Secret Cove – Sunshine Coast

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Halfmoon Bay is one of the smaller communities on the Coast, but boasts some of the most striking coastlines and beaches in the province. With sheltered waters that are ideal for anchorage and plentiful marinas, the nearby Secret Cove is a haven for boaters. If staying in the area, be sure to check out Rockwater Secret Cove Resort, which offers luxurious treehouse-style accommodations on stilts which look over Halfmoon Bay.

Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve – Haida Gwaii

Gwaii Haanas is a protected area overseen by Parks Canada and the Haida Nation. Teeming with lush, old growth rainforest and symbols of ancient Haida ancestry, including some of the oldest known examples of First Nations villages in the province, Haida Gwaii is a mesmerizing destination in the truest sense. With an incredible array of wildlife (including eagles and Sitka Deer), flora and cultural artifacts, this a must-visit for anyone looking to experience B.C. in its out natural form.

Berg Lake Trail – Mount Robson

This might just be one of the best views in the province! The Berg Lake Trail is a world-famous backcountry hiking trail reserved for experienced hikers only. The trail is renowned for its epic view of Mount Robson, also known as the tallest peak of the Canadian Rockies. You’ll see plenty of glaciers, icy blue water and brilliant ice and rock formations along the way.

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Whether you’re hiking, strolling or paddling through the B.C. safety and preparation are an absolutely essential part of enjoying the outdoors. Founded in Norway, Helly Hansen makes professional grade gear to help people stay and feel alive in the world’s most challenging environments.

With three locations in B.C., including stores in Vancouver and Whistler, Helly Hansen offers outdoor enthusiasts outerwear, footwear, base layers and outdoor essentials that will ensure you’re safe and protected, wherever you find yourself in B.C. As a company that specializes in sailing, hiking and outdoor wear, it’s a must- visit for anyone looking to spend the season outside.

Helly Hansen Retail Locations

766 Granville St, Vancouver

4295 Blackcomb Way, Whistler

4090 Whistler Way (The Westin Resort)

To learn more, visit hellyhansen.com