Top Summer Getaways From Vancouver

Top Summer Getaways From Vancouver

Summer is such a beautiful time of year in Vancouver and there are so many amazing getaways and adventures to enjoy within just a few hours of the city. I always try to stick around as much as possible during the summer months as the possibilities for local travel really are endless, and even if you just have 1 or 2 days spare there's so much you can do in that time.

From outdoorsy camping/kayaking adventures to luxury stays in the mountains, to wine escapes in BC's desert and surf getaways on Vancouver Island, you're spoilt for choice with options. So if you're looking to get out of the city for a few days and make the most of the sunshine, here are some of my favourite summer getaways from Vancouver that I recommend checking out.

Top Summer Getaways From Vancouver

Sunshine Coast

If you really want to escape the busyness of Vancouver and truly escape the world, look no further than the Sunshine Coast. It's close enough for a weekend escape (or even a day trip) and has so many great activities and destinations to offer.

Distance from Vancouver: 40-minute ferry ride

How to get there: Ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale

Key destinations: Tuwanek, Sechelt, Porpoise Bay, Saltery Bay,

Nice camping spots: Saltery Bay (2 ferries from Vancouver), Porpoise Bay 

Great places to stay: Painted Boat Resort, Madeira Park

Top things to do: Scuba diving, kayaking, fishing, hiking, explore the beaches, relax! 

Do you need a car? Yes

My favourite thing to do: Kayak from Tuwanek up to the secluded beaches and camp out overnight

Top Summer Getaways From Vancouver
Top Summer Getaways From Vancouver
Top Summer Getaways From Vancouver

Saltery Bay Campsite

Fraser Valley

If you don't want to travel far, the Fraser Valley is a beautiful place to explore. Just a 40-minute drive from Vancouver, you'll find beautiful waterfalls, rustic cabins, golf courses, lakes, and beautiful mountains.

Distance from Vancouver: 1-2 hours drive

How to get there: Drive by car

Key destinations: Cultus Lake, Harrison, Golden Ears

Nice camping spots: Cultus Lake, Sasquatch Provincial Park, Chilliwack Lake,

Great places to stay: Rowena's Inn

Top things to do: hiking, fishing, canoeing, hot springs, visit the farms

Do you need a car? Yes

My favourite thing to do: I love Golden Ears Park and Rowena's Inn is a beautiful place if you're looking for a romantic escape

Top Summer Getaways From Vancouver

Cascade Falls

Top Summer Getaways From Vancouver

Whistler

Adventurous hikes? Check. Luxury hotels? Check. Great food and drinks? Check. Whether you want to kick back at the outdoor spa, kayak down the river or just take in some fresh mountain air, Whistler has it all. And it's less than 2 hours from Vancouver!

Distance from Vancouver: 2 hours by car

How to get there: Drive by car // Travel by bus - check out Greyhound, Pacific Coach, Epic Rides or Sky Lynx // Fly by seaplane with Harbour Air

Key destinations: Whistler Village, Alta Lake, Green Lake

My favourite hotel: Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Top things to do: In summer, mountain biking, hiking, glacier skiing, ATV tour, zip lining, helicopter ice cave tour. In winter, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing. Check out TAG Whistler or Canadian Wilderness for tours.

Do you need a car? No, everything around Whistler Village is walkable

Top Summer Getaways From Vancouver

Tofino, Vancouver Island

If you have 2/3 days to spare, a trip to Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island is a must. It's one of my favourite destinations in the whole of Canada and the vibe and landscapes are just magic. It can rain a lot but it's beautiful come rain or shine.

Distance from Vancouver: 450km, 6 hours total by car & ferry // 45-minute flight from Vancouver Airport

How to get there: Ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo, 3-hour drive from Nanaimo // Fly from YVR to Tofino with Pacific Coastal Air, 45-minute flight

Key destinations: Tofino, Ucluelet

Best beaches: Long Beach, Chesterman Beach, Cox Bay

Nice camping spots: Mackenzie Beach, Crystal Cove, Wya Point

Great places to stay: Pacific Sands Resort

Top things to do: Surfing, hiking, kayaking, Hot Springs Cove tour, whale watching

Do you need a car? Not necessarily if you fly, but it helps to have one if you want to surf at different beaches or get around without worrying about taxis/car hire

(Check out my Tofino blog posts here)

Top Summer Getaways From Vancouver
Top Summer Getaways From Vancouver

Pacific Sands Resort

Top Summer Getaways From Vancouver

Cox Bay Beach

Top Summer Getaways From Vancouver

Victoria, Vancouver Island

Victoria on Vancouver Island is a lovely getaway if you're looking for more of a city escape but with the possibility of adventure. It's one of my favourite places to mix luxury (such as Afternoon Tea and nice dinners) with outdoorsy activities like whale watching and scuba diving.

Distance from Vancouver: 3.5 hours driving + ferry // 30 minutes Helijet or Harbour Air flight

How to get there: Ferry from Tsawwassen Swartz Bay (1h 35) and drive to Victoria // Helijet from Vancouver to Downtown Victoria // Harbour Air seaplane from Vancouver to Downtown Victoria

Key destinations: Downtown Victoria, Butchart Gardens, Fisherman's Wharf, Beacon Hill Park, Craigdarroch Castle

Great places to stay: Fairmont Empress, Abigail's Hotel

Top things to do: Wander around the city, whale watching tour, eat + drink, visit Fisherman's Wharf, hiking, scuba diving, visit the museums

Do you need a car? Not in the city, but yes if you want to explore out of town. They also have Modo in Victoria.

My favourite thing to do: Stay at the Fairmont Empress, get Afternoon Tea, whale watching (with Eagle Wing Tours), sunset at the beaches and scuba diving at Ogden Point or Race Rocks

(Check out my Victoria blog posts here)

Top Summer Getaways From Vancouver

Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Empress

Top Weekend Getaways From Vancouver In Summer
Top Summer Getaways From Vancouver

Whale Watching with Eagle Wing Tours

Osooyoos

If you have a few days to spare and you want a complete change of climate and scenery, head over to the Okanagan, aka BC's wine country, to enjoy some beautiful views, hot weather, and amazing wine. 

Distance from Vancouver: 4.5 hours drive

How to get there: Drive // Fly from Vancouver to Penticton (1hr) and drive to Osooyoos

Key destinations: Osooyoos, Oliver

My favourite hotel: Spirit Ridge, Watermark Resort

My favourite wineries: Burrowing Owl, Black Hills, Stoneboat Winery, Covert Farms, Bartier Bros

Top things to do: Wine tasting and touring, cycling, cycle wine tour, eat great food, chill by the lake, boating

Do you need a car? Yes

Read my post on planning a wine trip to Osoyoos here.

Top Summer Getaways From Vancouver
Top Summer Getaways From Vancouver
Top Summer Getaways From Vancouver

Spirit Ridge Resort, Osoyoos

Top Summer Getaways From Vancouver

Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island

The perfect destination if you're looking for a romantic break or a relaxing trip with your girlfriends. Sip, savour, get outdoors and enjoy a slow-paced weekend. 

Distance from Vancouver: 3 hours by ferry + car // 1h 30 by Helijet from Vacouver

How to get there: Drive & ferry // Helijet

Key places to visit: Cowichan Bay, Kinsol Trestle, Westholme Tea Farm, Merridale Cidery

My favourite hotel: Villa Eyrie

Top things to do: Eat, drink, relax, hike, kayak, whale watching

Do you need a car? Yes

(See my 3 days in Cowichan guide for more info)

Top Summer Getaways From Vancouver

Kinsol Trestle

Top Summer Getaways From Vancouver

Villa Eyrie

Top Summer Getaways From Vancouver

Villa Eyrie

What's your favourite summer getaway from Vancouver? Let me know below!

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