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15 places in British Columbia you should start putting on your summer bucket list

Editor’s Note: Our goal with all content is to help spark ideas for future adventures. We urge you to follow all provincial guidelines and limit non-essential travel outside of your health authority. For the latest information on British Columbia’s response to COVID-19, click here.

Not far this summer? No worries, there is plenty to explore in your own backyard.

Start planning your visit to one of these bucket list-worthy places in British Columbia when it’s safe to do so.

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Davidson’s Pool, Maple Ridge

A dip in a swimming hole is the perfect way to cool off. Check out this lazy river in Maple Ridge that ends in a beautiful swimming hole. With crystal clear, aquamarine waters gently rippling in the summer breeze, you’ll probably want to stay here and float for hours.

Lussier Hot Springs, East Kootenays

Discover this magical place nestled in the wilderness of Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park in the East Kootenay region. Its rustic exterior surrounded by rocks and lush vegetation make it a destination worth seeing.

Additionally, hot springs are known for their beneficial health properties, including their ability to help relieve pain, reduce stress, and promote sleep.

Haida Gwaii, near Prince Rupert

Haida Gwaii features the best natural beauty in British Columbia. Formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, the archipelago consists of 150 islands spread over approximately 3,930 square miles.

The islands are home to a population of less than 5,000, about half of whom are indigenous, and the islands have an arts and culture scene that reflects this.

Sandstone caves, island of Galiano

These sandstone caves are an enchanting place to walk. And it might make you feel like you’ve been transported to a much more tropical place. It’s one of the area’s most photographed attractions, and it’s easy to see why. The unique formations are a true testament to the beauty of Mother Nature.

Johnson Lake, Barrier

This serene corner of paradise is best known as the clearest body of water in the province. Its crystal clear waters are similar to what you would find in the Caribbean, making you feel like you are in a faraway tropical location. But in fact, this lake is in Barrière, just over 60 kilometers north of Kamloops.

Botanical Beach Tidal Pools, Port Renfrew

Find this beautiful spot in Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island, just a two hour drive from Victoria. You will find a plethora of magical sandstone pools and incredible geological features. It is part of the picturesque Juan de Fuca Marine Trail and the corresponding Juan de Fuca Provincial Park.

Pitt River Hot Springs, Pitt Meadows

It is a lesser known place which is a bit of a trek (you will need a boat) but well worth it. Just as the name suggests, the hot springs can be found next to the picturesque and bustling Pitt River. Once you arrive, you can enjoy the natural benefits of hot springs in one of the most beautiful settings in our province.

Golden Ears Provincial Park, Maple Ridge

Escape to nature at this scenic location. With its towering lush trees, this is perhaps the best possible place to practice the Japanese art of forest swimming. And there are plenty of trails for hikers and bikers.

Wildpod, Tofino

One of Tofino’s most sought-after glamping spots features pods nestled along the waterfront. Each has their own distinctive style where you can enjoy all the views from the comfort of bed. If you’re lucky, you might even spot whales.

Golden Skybridge, golden

This exciting new tourist attraction in Golden will give you the ultimate. It features two suspension bridges which are the tallest you can find in Canada. The two bridges stand at a breathtaking height of 130 and 80 meters.

Malahat Skywalk, near Victoria

It’s been going on for a while, but the wait is almost over. The impressive Malahat SkyWalk will open on Vancouver Island in July. Located just 35 minutes north of Victoria, the attraction consists of a 600-meter-long elevated walkway through lush forest. It then leads to an architecturally stunning 10-story spiral tower gazebo, which is a first of its kind in the province.

Alexandra Bridge, near Spuzzum

This one-of-a-kind gem is located near the tiny town of Spuzzum. It is located on the Fraser River and offers incredible views of the area. Plus, the bridge itself has such a beautiful design, which makes it the perfect addition to your Instagram feed.

Scandinave Spa, Whistler

This magical place is probably the closest to heaven on earth. The spa has many amenities, including saunas, steam rooms, hammocks and other rest areas. But the main idea is to bathe in cold and hot baths, Scandinavian style. It also doesn’t hurt that everything is located outside overlooking lush trees.

Trainwreck Trail, Whistler

Check out this must-see 2 km hike in Whistler. The popular trail features the remains of a train wreck dotted around the forest, which happened in 1956. It also offers incredible views of the Cheakamus River as you cross a suspension bridge.

Teapot Hill, Chilliwack

Enjoy a whimsical walk on the trails of this popular Chilliwack spot. The 5 km round-trip trek includes several lookout points where you can admire breathtaking views of Cultus Lake and its surroundings. There are also lots of lovely little teapots scattered along the trail that you can discover along the way.

For more places to explore in beautiful British Columbia, check out our Travel & Outdoors section.

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