5 Hidden BC Getaways
By: Claire Newell, Travel Expert, Travel Best Bets
If you are planning your next vacation you might want to look close to home…here are some amazing spots you can visit here in BC that aren’t your typical hot spots.
If you are a boater or avid camper you might already know about gorgeous Desolation Sound Marine Park famous for its spectacular fjords, mountains and wildlife. Getting to the area is accessible by sea plane or car and taking 2 ferries. Let me tell you, the journey is worth it. Activities include fishing, kayaking, hiking or something a little more relaxing like exploring local boutiques and galleries.
Some spots worth checking out are Lund, Squirrel Cove, Prideaux Haven, Pendrell Sound, Okeover Arm Provincial Park, Princess Louisa Inlet & Chatterbox Falls.
A little closer on the Sunshine Coast is the town of Gibsons. Once the filming location for the famous TV show, the Beachcombers, Gibsons has been a favorite summer spot for boaters, campers and travelers for decades. Getting to Gibsons is simply one ferry ride away from Horseshoe Bay on the Langdale route. In the summer time the sleepy town is bustling with gourmet restaurants featuring local seafood, bohemian boutiques and local artisan galleries. Beer connoisseurs are also flocking to the area for tastings and live music at the area’s famous Persephone Mircro Brewery.
Next on the list is Green Lake Provincial Park, a camper and cabin renter’s haven, about 5 and half hours from Vancouver. Green Lake is one of the larger bodies of water in the southern Cariboo at about 14 km long with over 50 km of shoreline. Watersport enthusiasts love Green Lake for its calm waters and large size. And there are plenty of inlets and islands to explore by kayak and paddle boards. There are over 120 vehicle accessible campsites on the lake which has warm shallow waters and turns a stunning emerald green when the wind blows. .
And about 8 hours east of Vancouver is Slocan. Originally a mining boom-town during the Gold Rush, the area now runs at a much slower pace allowing the stunning natural surroundings to be the major draw for visitors. Slocan is located at the base of Valhalla Provincial Park, with magnificent mountains, forests and 30 kms of pristine shoreline along Slocan Lake. Hiking is endless in the Slocan area and you can’t miss the interpretive Owl Walk to spot the endangered and elusive Western Screech Owl. Kayaking on the Slocan River is also an experience you can’t miss either on your own or with a guided tour.
The final spot on my list of BC Hidden Getaways is Prince Rupert. It’s about a 16 hour drive or 2 hour flight from Vancouver because it is just 66 kilometers south of the Alaskan boarder. Some attractions include the Museum of Northern British Columbia and Khutzeymateen Grizzly Sanctuary, Canada’s first protected grizzly habitat. But Bears aren’t the only animals to see in Prince Rupert. Bald eagles are practically as common as crows and nearby Work Channel is where humpbacks whales gather to feed. In town there are plenty of shops, cafes and galleries to explore as well.
So when planning your next vacation, keep an eye out for these hidden gems located right in our province!
Claire Newell, Travel Expert from Travel Best Bets shares her top 5 hidden BC getaways for families. See more BC family getaways listed on travelbestbets.com