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Here’s how to plan for your next epic B.C. getaway this summer

It’s time to explore and have unforgettable summertime experiences!
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Bowen Island, B.C.

It finally looks and feels like summer has arrived in B.C., which means it’s finally time to venture out and see all that our beautiful province has to offer!

From lakeside vacations and rainforest retreats to the latest gear for your outdoor adventures, here are some ideas to inspire your next local getaway in B.C.

NITA LAKE LODGE IN WHISTLER, B.C.

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Guests enjoy complimentary paddleboards, canoes, kayaks, and bicycles. Photo by Mirae Campbell

Nita Lake Lodge is Whistler's only lakeside hotel and spa, making it the perfect choice for a Whistler getaway, away from the hustle and bustle of the village (which is just a quick 5 minute drive away by the resort’s complimentary shuttle service). 

During the day, you can immerse yourself in the natural beauty of your surroundings through outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding. The resort even offers complimentary lake gear and bicycles, exclusive for guests. Then, unwind at The Spa at Nita Lake Lodge for a truly transcendent wellness experience and dine at Cure Lounge & Patio — all situated right by the lake. 

B.C. residents can enjoy exclusive savings of up to 25% off this summer*! Go to nitalakelodge.com/bc-residents-special to book your getaway now.  

*Terms & conditions apply. Book mid-week for the best rates and availability.

BOWEN ISLAND, B.C.

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Bowen Island, B.C. Photo by Jelger + Tanja Photographers @jelgerandtanja

For a destination celebration that’s still close to the Lower Mainland, Bowen Island is the place to be.

The small island in the Salish Sea boasts beautiful forest and ocean settings that bring everyone close together for whatever you’re gathering to celebrate. The stunning scenery makes Bowen Island the ideal spot for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, corporate retreats, wellness retreats, and other special events. 

The 2022/2023 Bowen Island Event Planner, published by Bowen Island Undercurrent, provides a comprehensive overview of the local service providers, from West Coast-inspired venues to speciality food and drink offerings, that are dedicated to making dream events a reality. Only on Bowen can you find the kind of personalized attention that comes from working with small business owners and artisans, from farm-to-table wedding receptions to company team building in the rainforest at Bowen Golf. 

To learn more about Bowen Island’s event service offerings, check out the latest Bowen Island Event Planner

PENTICTON, B.C.

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Penticton, B.C. Photo via Visit Penticton

One of the many beautiful things about Penticton is the plethora of fun and active ways to explore the heart of the South Okanagan.

Penticton offers several walking, running and hiking opportunities, including the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) Trail, Penticton Creek Trail, and Munson Mountain, to name a few. Penticton offers tons of mountain and road biking venues, from the Campbell Mountain single-track trail for adventurous bikers to the Kettle Valley Railway Trail for something a little more lowkey. And because you can’t visit lake country without taking a dip. Penticton is beautifully nestled between two stunning lakes, Okanagan and Skaha, offering ample opportunities for beach-goers and water-lovers to make a splash. 

For more information on activities and planning your trip to Penticton, visit visitpenticton.com

RICHMOND, B.C.

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Learn from local community groups like the Steveston Maritime Modellers. Photo via Richmond Maritime Festival

The 19th annual Richmond Maritime Festival is returning to the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site in Richmond, B.C., from Aug 20-21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

The city's biggest nautical celebration of the year, guests are invited to come and spend the weekend exploring maritime history and heritage through live music, performances, installation art, storytellers, and, of course, beautifully restored wooden boats! 

Did we mention that this event is completely free with no advanced booking required?

There's something for everyone, from puppets for young kids to local food trucks for those with discerning culinary tastes. The two day-event takes place across the eight-acre historic site, comprising a vibrant and diverse program. New this year will be a series of themed areas, including a family-friendly Octopus Garden, where children can interact with favourite festival characters Rikki the Rat and Lulu the Mermaid, to the Captain's Quarters, where visitors can participate in hands-on workshops. 

To learn more about this fun-loving, family-friendly event, visit richmondmaritimefestival.ca!

CAMPING GEAR FROM YETI

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YETI. Photo via YETI

YETI's limited edition line of camping gear comes in the perfect springtime yellow — Alpine Yellow — adding a splash of fun to their rugged outdoor gear for your collection of camping essentials. Inspired by high-altitude adventure and legendary peaks, this colourway is sure to make your gear stand out and is available for drinkware, coolers, and bags. 

To check out the full range of YETI’s Alpine Yellow collection, visit yeti.com/alpine-yellow.