Looking to squeeze in a little weekend getaway this fall? We don’t blame you a bit. With the weather cooling down and changing colours upon us, the most vibrant time of year has officially arrived. And we’re here to help if you need a couple of options by way of beautiful fall getaways in BC.

Liard River Hot Springs

Situated in the Liard River Hot Springs provincial park, these hot springs are the second largest in Canada, providing road trippers with a quality place to unwind after a long day on the road. Open year-round, the hot springs are surrounded by lush forests, complete with a public Alpha pool with water temps ranging from 42°C to 52°C.

From April 1st to October 31st, there is a day-use fee of $5 for adults, $3 for children or $10 for families. Annual passes are also available onsite for $10 for adults and $20 for families.

When: Open year-round
Where: Kilometre 765 of the Alaska Highway
Cost: $5 per adult

A private rustic cabin on Galiano Island

While most unique stays on Airbnb cost a small fortune to stay at, we found the perfect rustic cabin to satisfy those seeking a getaway from the city – and it’s currently only $80 a night to stay at this cozy slice of heaven.

Where: Galiano Island, BC
Cost: $90 a night (2-night minimum stay)

Gibsons 

If you’ve ever wanted to explore a piece of Canada’s nostalgic TV history, the town of Gibsons is just a 40-minute ferry ride from West Vancouver, and it’s best known as the location behind CBC’s longest-running show “The Beachcombers.” Visitors can stroll down the seawall path from Armours Beach to the famed Gibsons Public Market, which features six permanent local merchants, an award-winning bistro, and a collect-hold-release aquarium.

Where: Sunshine Coast, BC

Pender Island

And finally, we come to Pender Island – a popular choice among boaters and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Visitors can book a range of kayaking tours, golf courses at the Pender Island Golf and Country Club, and swim at Medicine Beach. As well, you can check out annual events like the Pender Island Fall Fair, Lantern Festival, and the Pender Island Blues Festival every June.

Where: Pender Island, BC

Nakusp 

Situated in the Selkirk Mountains in southeast BC, the town of Nakusp is truly a hidden gem, complete with stunning lakes, forests, and mineral-rich hot springs to explore. Visitors can unwind at a number of private hot springs or check out several public pools and spas, as well as spend the day at the nearby Arrow Lake.

Where: Nakusp, BC

Bodega Cove

 

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Looking to have a unique, memorable couple of days that are a little outside the norm? Well, the recently restored Bodega Cove might be just the fall getaway for you. It’s insanely cool, limited to only 5 iconic cabins, and not too far from Vancouver.

Where: 18680 Porlier Pass Road, Galiano Island

Invermere

With close access to both Lake Windermere and the Rocky Mountains, Invermere is a top spot for outdoor enthusiasts, though this one’s a bit of a trek from Vancouver – at an approximate nine-hour drive. But if you’re going for a weekend getaway, this relaxed, friendly town should be at the top of your list!

Where: Invermere, BC

Myra-Bellevue Park

The famed Myra Canyon Trestles has been an international destination for cyclists and hikers alike for years, who are treated to breathtaking canyon views on their journey. The path follows the old railway and provides all visitors with a front-row seat to the changing fall colours. So if you’re looking to enjoy some scenic fall landscapes, you know where to head!

Where: Stewart Road East, Kelowna, BC

Naramata

 

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A hotspot for wine enthusiasts and beach lovers, Naramata offers visitors breathtaking views and flowing wine in the heart of BC’s wine country. Situated along the southeast shore of Okanagan Lake, the town also has hundreds of trails to offer hikers as well as endless opportunities for water activities.

Where: Naramata, BC

Fort Langley

Fort Langley is fun to visit any time of the year, but the historic town really comes alive during the autumn months. Spend the afternoon at the Aldor Acres pumpkin patch and head to the quaint downtown area for brunch and window shopping.

And if you want to step into the past for a bit, we recommend checking out the Fort Langley National Historic Site, which connects to the scenic Derby Reach Regional Park. Explore the former home of the Hudson’s Bay Company and learn about how the fur traders, California gold prospects, and First Nations lived throughout the era.

Harrison Hot Springs 

Whether you’re looking for all-you-can-carry pumpkins or a relaxing day at the famous natural hot springs and spa, it’s no secret that the town of Harrison is a hotspot for day trips and getaways of all kinds.

Where: 100 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs

Scandinave Spa Whistler

With the Whistler backdrop, the hot-cold relaxation system, and Instagrammable elements pretty much everywhere, this place is impossible to ignore. We’d say the winter is our favourite season to enjoy this spa, but a crisp fall day spent in the Scandinave Spa surely won’t disappoint.

And if you’re looking for more options by way of spas and saunas – check out our roundup here.

Where: 8010 Mons Road, Whistler
Cost: Varies per package

And that’s a wrap on some beautiful fall getaways to check out in BC this year. Happy exploring!