BC is blessed with an abundance of beautiful nature, and that extends to some of the most charming lake towns in the country. So as the weather continues to warm up, why not plan a couple of late-spring and early-summer day trips?

From Osoyoos to Lillooet, here are seven beautiful lake towns to visit near Vancouver.


We’re starting off with one of our personal faves when it comes to day trip destinations. Home to a rapidly growing wine and horticulture scene, Osoyoos has plenty to enjoy when it comes to food and beverage, in addition to traditional lake day activities.

Our advice? Check out Row Fourteen restaurant at Klippers Organic Acres for delicious bites and cider, and hit up these wineries in the Similkameen Valley before going for a dip in the lake – which happens to be one of the warmest in Canada!


Located on the shores of Kootenay Lake, Nelson is a town with a ton of charm and natural beauty, as well as a vibrant local arts and culture scene. Surrounded by the Selkirk Mountains, you’ll definitely have beautiful views to admire while you peruse the local downtown shops.


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!


On the other hand, Squamish is one of the closest lake towns to Vancouver on this list. A buzzing food and craft beer scene attracts plenty of visitors during the warmer months, as does its incredible hiking and camping options, and views off of Howe Sound.

Pitt Meadows

Located along Pitt River and the largest freshwater tidal lake in North America, Pitt Meadows is a great spot near Vancouver to do some fishing and boating.



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Although not technically a town per se, the District of Lillooet is well worth the four-hour-or-so trip out from Vancouver. Beautiful scenery, great food, and some of the best camping options in the province, which is a sentiment we don’t take likely in a place as beautiful as BC.

Harrison Hot Springs

Picturesque town? Check. Plenty of daytime activities? Double check. Harrison Hot Springs is just a 90-minute drive from Vancouver, and it offers every member of the family something fun to enjoy, whether that’s lounging at the mineral pools at the Hot Springs Resort & Spa, or golfing at The Falls Golf Club.

And that’s a wrap on some fantastic lake towns you can visit near Vancouver this spring. Happy day tripping!