Uncrowded, outdoor places to escape in BC this summer


After months being at home, a road trip sounds pretty good right about now. Dream of fresh air and good times with this round-up of BC spots where you can explore wide-open outdoor spaces.

Stay close to home and hit the road with some of these ideas in your local area. Not from around here? These might be destinations to #ExploreBC ...later.

Southern Rockies
Photo: Doc Pow

Approx. 4 hours from Calgary or 6 hours from Kelowna near the southern BC\Alberta border.

Cranbrook by the water is simply "everyday life." Within 45 mins there are over 22 lakes to enjoy. It's a paddling paradise from flat water to some of Canada’s top white water.

Read on: Splash Down into Cranbrook and the Southern Rockies Waters
Watch Splash down in the East Kootenays warm waters this summer #RockiesExploring on YouTube.
Vancouver Island
Nahmint Lake
Photo: Nancy Shields

Approx. 1 hour west of Nanaimo,

Spend an incredible day on the water down the Alberni Inlet and outflow of the Somass River where ocean tidal waters and river meet or one of the stunning nearby freshwater lakes.

Read on: Dreamy and rugged, camping along Port Alberni’s shores
Watch #ExplorePortAlberni China Creek Campground on YouTube.
South Okanagan
Oliver BC
Photo: Rebecca Bollwitt

Approx. 1.5 hours south of Kelowna.

Oliver has been proclaimed the Wine Capital of Canada while still maintaining its status as a true hidden gem. To truly get a feel for this South Okanagan community, you need to experience Oliver three ways: through its nature, art, and wine.

Read on: Oh, the things you will see in Oliver, B.C.
Watch Olivers Winery Diversity #OkanaganExploring on YouTube.
Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast
Photo: Rebecca Bollwitt

Approx. 3 hours northwest of Vancouver including a ferry.

You'll find a dream ocean fishing trip. Once on board and ready to head out to sea, it takes about 15 minutes to get out of the harbour and on to a lovely and calm introduction to the area. Take in panoramic views from the stern as you pass clusters of islets in Gunboat Bay.

Read on: Sail away for a fishing day on the Sunshine Coast
Watch How to Prawn on the Sunshine Coast on YouTube.
Sea to sky gondola squamish
Photo: Crai Bower

Approx. 1 hour north of Vancouver.

Nearly 2,800-feet above the Howe Sound Fjord, jump on the hour-long Panorama Interpretive Trail or strike out on the Mount Habrich Trail, into the Upper Shannon Creek Watershed or over to Goat Ridge or Sky Pilot Mountain for a few hours of solitude.

Read on: Squamish: Is Oh So Turned-On These Days
Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
Moose Chris Wheeler
Photo: Chris Wheeler

Approx. 5 hours north of Kelowna.

There is no way to explain the feeling of having front row seats to a moose in his natural habitat. It's an honour to be let into his world. This is what a journey on Bowron Lakes is about. When you finish the trip, somehow it changes your life in some little incremental amount; leaves you a different person.

Read on: Meeting a moose for breakfast

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