Best Weekend Road Trip Destinations For A Winter Escape In British Columbia

For Canucks looking to hit the open roads to enjoy the season’s cooler temperatures, cue up your favourite playlist while navigating through British Columbia’s expansive lands for a quick weekend getaway. From lingering along the boardwalk at Victoria’s harbour to sampling decadent local wine in Kelowna, here are BC’s top road trip destinations to escape your winter blues.

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1) Whistler: Make the two-hour drive from downtown Vancouver to Whistler and enjoy the stunning sights of snow-capped peaks and rolling mountains on route. For avid skiers and snowboarders, glide down the slopes at this top-ranked mountain resort for the ultimate winter playground. After hitting the trails, stroll through the village for some high-end boutiques and first-class dining.

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2) Victoria: Hop on the ferry from Vancouver and explore BC’s capital city for picturesque oceanside views and mountain vistas. Victoria’s rich British history is highlighted through its brick buildings, double-decker buses, horse-drawn carriages and tearooms. Also known as the “City of Gardens,” Victoria is home to many vibrant and multi-coloured flower gardens, adding to the city’s charming appeal. Whether you’re looking to discover the city’s dynamic culture through museums and historical castles or looking to bask in its mild climate through biking, fishing or hiking, Victoria offers an array of activities for you and your family to enjoy.

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3) Nelson: Head over to the shores of Kootenay Lake where you’ll find the best of both a vibrant and thriving city and a scenic mountain coast setting. Nestled in the rocky peaks of Selkirk Mountains, its 19thcentury charm with its heritage brick buildings and Victorian archways is home to an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars and cafés. With the lush mountains and mild climate, Nelson makes the perfect skiing paradise for winter enthusiasts. Whether you’re looking for an adventure or aiming for a relaxing retreat, make Nelson your next road trip destination.

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4) Kelowna: For foodies looking to expand their palate, visit Kelowna city to sample different local cuisines. Located in Okanagan Valley, Kelowna is known for its vast orchards and wineries set against a dramatic lakeside view. During winter, it is sprawling with various trails with powdered snow perfect for skiing and snowshoeing. If you’re planning on a romantic weekend getaway with your partner, go on a wine tasting tour while savouring local flavours and fresh produce with the city’s artisanal farming and visit the town’s museums and galleries for a fun afternoon date.

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