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What better way to embrace autumn than a short getaway close to home? Whether you fancy a scenic coastal escape or a cozy mountain hideaway, you’ll discover relaxing activities, charming lodges, and rejuvenating resorts all within a short distance of Vancouver. 

Hoteliers, retailers, and restaurateurs are keeping guest safety top of mind this autumn, with extra cleaning procedures and additional measures in place. Your fall getaway might be slightly different than years past, but one thing remains: a change of scenery filled with good food and a dose of adventure can do wonders.

Roberts Creek Provincial Park | @glamouraspirit_

Sunshine Coast

(40 minutes from West Vancouver) 

Plan a relaxing seaside stay on the Sunshine Coast, home to a flourishing food scene, buzzing arts community, and laid-back vibe. Embrace their version of “island time”—while it’s technically still on the mainland, the coast feels like a world away from the bustle of the city 

Stay on southern Sunshine Coast between Gibsons and Egmont to explore beaches, provincial parks, hiking trails, mountain biking, and waterfalls dotting the 80-kilometre stretch of shoreline. Book a boat ride to Princess Louisa Inlet with Sunshine Coast Tours, where you experience its soaring granite walls and up to 60 cascading waterfalls (Chatterbox Falls is the crown jewel). There are also three breweries, a distillery (plus one brewery/distillery), two cideries, and an abundance of restaurants to sample (Sechelt’s El Segundo and Batch 44 Brewery and Kitchen are new to the dining scene this year). 

 

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Tour art galleries and tasting rooms with Sunshine Coast Art Tours—the Artistry Lives Here Tour is a highlight. The coast’s marquee annual arts event, Sunshine Coast Art Crawl, takes place October 23-25 and has been re-imagined for 2020. Crawlers can pre-register to visit the artists in their venues and studios in new and interesting ways (check online in early October to book your visit.)

Historic Bonniebrook Lodge is tucked away in a quiet neighbourhood close to the beach, but only a short drive to shops, dining, and adventure. The Sunshine Coast Resort and Marina is centrally located, making it the perfect basecamp for exploring the coast. 

Check out Tin Hat Mountain for a scenic hike. Fall and winter conditions can change drastically so plan ahead, and visit Adventure Smart to prepare. 

To get to the Sunshine Coast from Vancouver, take the 40-minute BC Ferries ride from Horseshoe Bay (reservations are recommended) or fly into Sechelt with Harbour Air.

Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre | Blake Jorgenson

Whistler

(1.5 hours from Vancouver)

Head to the mountains and watch the seasons change—a popular Whistler pastime in the autumn as the snowline begins its slow dance down the mountain. Fall in Whistler is fun and effortless, with galleries, dining, and outdoor adventure to enjoy.      

Embark upon a visual journey at the Audain Museum, home to 200 permanent works (face coverings are required). Learn about the vibrant living culture of the Líl̓wat7ul and Sk̲wxwú7mesh Úxwumixw when you visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre—be sure to stop at the Thunderbird Café for Indigenous-inspired fare. Adventure-seekers can hit the Whistler Mountain Bike Park (open through to October 12) or bike the Valley Trail to Rainbow Park to see the fall colours. If you’re looking to relax, a soothing soak at Scandinave Spa Whistler is the epitome of rejuvenation (be sure to check out their safety measures before arriving).    

 

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Celebrate the fall harvest with a carefully crafted seasonal menu and wine pairings at Alta Bistro. Try Bar Oso for Spanish-inspired tapas and an extensive cocktail menu, or Stonesedge Kitchen for a rustic-chic atmosphere and great Caesars paired with an elevated bistro menu. On-trend with the grazing table phenomenon, Picnic Whistler and Good Grazing Whistler supply a mouth-watering selection of curated goodies to enjoy al fresco or in your hotel.

There are plenty of amazing Whistler hotel deals on offer this fall—take your pick. Book a luxury escape in the Upper Village in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler or stay in the heart of Whistler Village at the Westin Resort and Spa. For a quieter getaway backed by fall foliage and lakeside views, call it a night at Nita Lake Lodge in Creekside. 

An aerial view of Hope | Christian Ward

Hope

(1.5 hours from Vancouver)

Hope—often a pit stop on the way to BC’s Interior or the Similkameen Valley—is a gateway to the Fraser Canyon and the scenic Cascade Mountains. See this familiar favourite through fresh eyes when you stay a night or two. 

Take your time getting to Hope and you might discover unexpected treasures along the way. While in town, hike to the Hope Look Out for commanding views of the valley and visit the Japanese Friendship Garden in Hope Memorial Park. You can also take a self-guided tour of Hope’s impressive selection of 80-plus chainsaw carvings, including a new Rambo statue (inspired by the town’s starring role in the action film First Blood). About 10 minutes west of town, you’ll find the Syéx̱w Chó:leqw Adventure Park, where nature walks and mountain biking await.

 

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Drive north along Highway 1 through the scenic Fraser Canyon to explore Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park, an old crossing for the Cariboo Waggon Road. You can also check out Yale Historic Site (open through October) to learn about BC’s pioneer and Gold Rush history.   

Come September, Hope will be home to its first brewery, Mountainview Brewing Co, so be sure to swing by for a pint. If you’re feeling peckish, visit the quirky Owl Street Cafe or try fresh-baked goodies at Rolling Pin Bakery. American Creek Lodge, just five kilometres out of town, is a spectacular setting in the Fraser Canyon, overlooking the mighty Fraser, with mountains as far as the eye can see.

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Harrison Hot Springs/Harrison Mills

(2 hours from Vancouver)

The village of Harrison Hot Springs is a hidden gem along the scenic Highway 7. With a prime location on Harrison Lake it’s a great place to enjoy nature and seek off-beat adventures. 

Take the scenic route as you make your way along the Circle Farm Tour between Agassiz and Harrison Mills. Detours include a cheesemaker, a coffee roaster/basketry studio, and farm stalls. You can also visit Kilby Historic Site, a museum documenting rural life in BC (open Friday-Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. until late-October).

 

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While in town, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy and Harrison Eco Tours offers a thrilling jet boat tour up Harrison River (their boat is heated and has a covered passenger area). After a day of exploring, pop by Muddy Waters Cafe or Harrison Corner Cafe for a farm-fresh bite. You may also notice a mysterious presence—this is home to the Sasquatch, after all. According to the Sts’ailes people, who have called this area home for thousands of years, the sa:sq’ets (a spirit being) co-exists with humans and protects the land. Learn more at the Sasquatch Museum, and be sure to visit Qwólts Park to see the striking sa:sq’ets mural. 

After a day of activity, head for a soothing soak—after all, the name says it all. The healing mineral pools at Harrison Hot Springs Resort are open to guests only (all the more reason to stay the night!) If you’re looking for a secluded getaway, stay in a luxury cottage at Rowena’s Inn on the River, located 20 minutes away in Harrison Mills.

Victoria's Inner Harbour | @lindsayrobertson93

Victoria

(3 hours from Vancouver)

Victoria, with its casual atmosphere, fall gardens, and eclectic dining scene, is a relaxing seaside city escape. Find new ways to rediscover BC’s beloved capital city: explore the streets at night on a ghost-themed walking tour or learn about Victoria’s historic neighbourhoods on a bike tour. A visit to Victoria’s iconic attractions might also be in order: see the radiant fall colours at The Butchart Gardens or learn about the West Coast’s vibrant Indigenous Culture at the Royal BC Museum

The city’s exciting culinary scene never disappoints and indulging in afternoon tea is a quintessential Victoria experience. Reserve a tea service at Hotel Grand Pacific, White Heather Tea Room, or Abkhazi Gardens for a new take on this old tradition. Sample fare from the farms, forests, and oceans around Vancouver Island at Olo Restaurant; and, continue exploring local producers with a visit to Cowichan Valley’s wine region, dubbed the “Napa of the North.” Cap off your tour-de-tastebuds by hitting a few of Victoria’s Ale Trail stops (West Coast lifestyle-inspired Whistle Buoy Brewing Company in downtown’s Market Square is a fun one).

 

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With so much to do in Victoria’s downtown core, why not stay in the heart of the city? Parkside Hotel and Spa, offering e-scooter rentals and a private rooftop marshmallow roast, is a solid choice. Or, try the Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort for a modern, upscale hotel experience with views of the waterfront. In addition to daily BC Ferries sailings, there are also flights into Victoria from YVR Airport and Downtown Vancouver. 

Featured image: Boats in the marina at Pender Harbour | Albert Normandin

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Amber is a freelance storyteller and outdoor adventurer who has spent nine years living in the beautiful Sea-to-Sky Corridor. When she's not writing, she spends her spare time snowboarding, hiking, biking, and SUPing her way through the wilds of BC. Fun Fact: Amber spent the first seven years of her life living on a sailboat and travelling the world with her family. Now, she has the best of both worlds, splitting her time between ocean and mountains—and loving every minute of it.

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