Five ways to cozy up to fall in BC

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As October tips into November, the fall weather cools and we arrive in a classic shoulder season. But there's still great adventures to be had before winter comes!

Especially in BC, fall can linger a little longer. And when the weather turns cool, saunas and storm watching, Indigenous cultural experiences, fall comfort food, hiking and hot springs bathe your senses in a different kind of warmth. 

Here are five ways to snuggle up with the seasonal comforts of autumn, in BC, and get cozy!

Sauna & storm watch in Tofino 

Luxuriate with a steam at Tuff City’s oceanfront sauna. Treat yourself to local chocolate. Hike the local trails and watch fall storms rise off the coast. And all of it while supporting the rise of Indigenous tourism in Tofino, with a stay at Tin Wis Resort.

The resort is owned by the local Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, and their bonus card offers savings on many Tofino experiences that are part of their Tribal Park Ally program, so you can feel good about indulging a little.  

Learn breadmaking on Gabriola Island 

Breadmaking is such a quintessential fall experience but taking a breadmaking workshop on Gabriola Island levels it up by about a thousandfold.

Imagine yourself kneading dough, the scent of baking bread all around. Outside, the rich rainforest greenery of Gabriola drips with moisture and aroma. Fall comfort and ritual come together with Gabriola AG Coop’s workshops on offer through November. 

Combine your visit here with some island hopping to #exploreBCruralislands and uncover art collectives, Indigenous culture and rich natural beauty across five friendly coastal communities. 

Hike the fall trails in Vernon

Now is the time to get in one more fall hike. Crunchy leaves, crisp air and autumnal solitude will nourish your spirit and purify your senses as you enjoy Vernon’s extensive trails, lakeside or through Ellison or Kalamalka Provincial Park.

Before you go, read up on these tips for stocking some tasty treats for the trip. It may be getting cool for a picnic, but there’s nothing like some fancy nosh to reward yourself at the top of a trail after a few brisk kilometres of elevation gain.  

Connect to Indigenous culture in Ktunaxa

Go hiking or skiing (very soon!) in the Ktunaxa Rockies and pause to appreciate the landscape and its importance. These are #Ktunaxahomelands, and the mountains, waterways and hoodoos you adventure in here have a special story to uncover. Read more in this story. 

Soak in hot springs in Arrow Lakes

Sip on some mead, tour wineries, enjoy handmade wood-fired pizza and baked goods. The cities and towns of Arrow Lakes and the Slocan Valley abound with fresh produce and homemade flavours. But there are few better ways to top off a fall day than a soak in the soothing waters and commanding mountain views from Halcyon Hot Springs. 

Fall is a great time to take a quieter, more relaxed approach to life and travel. Often, without the summer crowds, you’ll find it’s easier to connect to local community and gain a greater appreciation of the place you’re in. Why not reward yourself with a little fall indulgence?

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