BC Summer Getaway Ideas
Find seasonal inspiration in British Columbia.
Discover BC through the eyes of its locals! Each week we #exploreBC through a different Instagrammer who shares their favourite local spots and experiences.
“Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park. Carmanah is one of the most beautiful parks I’ve seen on Vancouver Island. From giant spruce trees to the endless flora and fauna, it is easy to see why a section of the park is referred to as “Heavens Grove”. With some of the largest spruce trees on earth and low lying clouds, it appears as if the trees are connecting heaven and earth.”
“Della Falls. To make it to the falls requires a bit of hard work, but it is well worth the pay off. To get to the trail head, you must make it down Great Central Lake (45 km/28 mi) either by power boat or canoe/kayak. Once at the other end, their is a dock and boat racks for your equipment, then you must start the 15 km (9 mi) hike in. We did this trip over three days providing a day to hike up the Love Lake – Mount Septimus Trail that provides great views of the falls from across the valley.”
“Golden Hinde. Arnica Lake is located on the trail to the Golden Hinde, the tallest mountain on Vancouver Island. The hike to the Hinde provides breathtaking views of endless mountain ranges and great wilderness once lower on the mountain.”
“North Coast/Cape Scott Trail. Located at the northern tip of Vancouver Island, Cape Scott is home to some of the most beautiful and rugged landscapes on the island. With the weather changing every 5 minutes, it is important to be well prepared while hiking in this amazing place.”
“Port Alberni. Just across the highway from the candy shop in Port Alberni is one of the town’s best hikes. After crossing the highway, follow the trails down to a river and some beautiful waterfalls. Also don’t forget to grab a treat from the candy shop!”
“Rays of Rain. While heading out to a hike in Qualicum, we came across some of the most incredible weather we had ever seen. It went from a sunny summer day to a rainstorm in a matter of seconds and the strange thing was that it was only raining above us. It was like being in a cartoon but with better lighting.”
Tom is a photographer born and raised on Vancouver Island, and spends his time hiking & discovering new spots to explore.
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No matter what outdoor activity you are planning, you must be prepared. Remember to follow the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials. AdventureSmart is a great resource to get informed before heading outdoors.
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Emma Choo from Vancouver and Priscilla Banh from Calgary reunite for a getaway to the Okanagan. Follow along on their journey.
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