It’s road-trippin’ season, and we can’t wait to get on the road and see some amazing places in BC now that the weather is heating up. Vancouverites are blessed with many options when it comes to summertime destinations and day trips within arm’s reach – so let’s get into it! Here are 8 scenic road trips you can take from Vancouver this summer.

Tofino

Tofino, BC road trips from vancouver

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Duh, we have to start with the road trip classic, especially for those wanting a taste of California this summer. Fill your car with surfboards (or just rent them when you get there) and head out on a quintessential BC summer road trip. The scenic journey will begin with a ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay to Vancouver Island, and end with a drive through massive old-growth forests on the way to the surf capital of the country – as well as the home to one of the greatest beaches in the world!

Where: Vancouver Island, BC
Drive time from Vancouver: 5.5 hours

Vernon

Lake Kalamalka Vernon, BC road trips from vancouver

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Bordered by the beautiful Okanagan Lake and Lake Kalamalka, Vernon is a BC hot spot for many reasons. Hike along the rail trail, stay afloat on one of the three inviting lakes, go wine tasting, bike your way through the challenging bike trails, sunbathe at the beach or take a stroll along the cute little downtown street.

These are just some of the many amazing things you can do in Vernon, the less crowded cousin of Kelowna, that’s totally worth a trip. Before you head out, make sure you take a look at the fire conditions in the area!

Where: Okanagan Valley, BC
Drive time from Vancouver: 5 hours

Osoyoos

osoyoos bc road trips from vancouver

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Even warmer than Vernon is the cute town of Osoyoos, home to Canada’s only desert. Apart from the unreal views all around, two things make Osoyoos perfect for a chill-cation: great wineries and sunny beaches. Everywhere you look, you’ll find a lake which means you can dip (the lakes are warm here), fish, kayak and paddle to your heart’s content.

Where: Okanagan Valley, BC
Drive time from Vancouver: 5 hours

Kelowna

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Whether you take the oft-travelled Trans Canada Highway or opt for the extra scenic Highway 7 to Highway 1 route, Kelowna is a hot spot for foodies, wine enthusiasts, and folks looking for their next outdoor adventure. Regardless of whether or not you fall in love with BC bubbly while you’re there, there’s still plenty to do by way of hiking, swimming, and eating.

Feel like switching things up? Take a quick detour to Merritt, BC – the country music capital of Canada! The small town has all the charm, history, and friendliness you’d expect, and they’re very proud of the slew of iconic artists who have performed there. Think Keith Urban, The Dixie Chicks, and Tim McGraw – the classics.

Where: Okanagan Valley, BC
Drive time from Vancouver: 4 hours

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Lillooet

Lillooet camping

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Lillooet is your typical BC beauty lined with mountains, lakes, and rushing creeks scattered in the hilly areas. Naturally, there are enough trails and water activities to keep you busy all day long, plus a ton of first-come-first-serve campsites that are perfect for getting away from the city and enjoying a good campfire and smores set up. After all, the town slogan is ‘guaranteed rugged’ for a reason!

Golf enthusiasts will especially enjoy the Sheep Pasture Golf Course, a 9-hole course with some fun obstacles to keep you on your toes. Did we mention that there will be sheep grazing as you play??

Where: Northeast of Vancouver, BC
Drive time from Vancouver: 3.5 hours

Alouette Lake

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At just over an hour away, this crystal blue water is definitely one of the top road trips folks take from Vancouver, and for good reason. Whether you want to soak up some Vitamin D at the beach, take a quick dip in the lake, explore the waters canoeing & kayaking or feel the wind skiing & surfing, Alouette Lake has got you covered.

Where: Golden Ears Provincial Park, BC
Drive time from Vancouver: 1.25 hours

Harrison Hot Springs Village

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Soothing hot waters, quiet spas and relaxing massages are what pop in mind when thinking of Harrison Hot Springs. While that picture is not wrong, it certainly isn’t complete. The small town of Harrison is only 90 minutes away – and the resort town has much to offer road-trippers by way of golfing, hiking, mountain biking, and various water adventures.

Check out the Wipeout-inspired Floating Water Park, the bumper boats, banana tube ride, jet ski, and rent a quadricycle – just because they’re cute & why not.

Where: Fraser Valley, BC
Drive time from Vancouver: 1.5 hours

Skagit Valley Provincial Park

Skagit Valley Provincial Park

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Did someone say wildflowers galore?? Skagit Valley Provincial Park is a stunning place to set up shop for a day or two – and it’s not just a hike-bike-fish-boat destination. Of course, you can do all of those things and have a marvellous time, but this provincial park offers guests an interesting twist.

The park actually has two different climate zones, so you’ll first encounter a fir and fern-covered damp rainforest along the coast. As you climb higher, however, you’ll find yourself treading the dry, rocky, pine-lined forest. Definitely a worthwhile adventure, if you ask us!

Where: Hope, BC
Drive time from Vancouver: 4.25 hours

Well, there’s our list of classic road trips to take from Vancouver! Happy road-tripping, folks, stay safe & explore some gorgeous places around B.C.