It’s no secret that Vancouver summers are some of the most beautiful times of the year, but nothing compares to the charming atmosphere of visiting a small town in the fall. From cafe hopping to hiking through stunning fall foliage, there’s plenty to do at these scenic small towns in BC – so let’s get into it.

Here are 6 charming small towns you can visit in BC.



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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.

Outdoor enthusiasts can also take advantage of the town’s extensive network of hiking trails, mountain bike trails, and horseback riding opportunities.

And come wintertime, Nakusp transforms into the ultimate destination for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.



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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.

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A mountain town through and through, Smithers has a ton to offer road trippers by way of outdoor scenery and recreation. Visitors can enjoy a mix of hiking, fishing, skiing, and exploring the town’s thriving arts and culture scene – which includes several art galleries, live music venues, and the annual Smithers Art and Music Festival.



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Another spot located in the Okanagan Valley worth visiting is Penticton – a thriving hub for endless outdoor opportunities and arts and culture events. Visitors can enjoy swimming in warm waters, camping, mountain biking, hiking, and perusing the town’s local shops, museums, galleries, and theatres. Oh, and if you want to check out a bit of local history, consider visiting the S.S. Sicamous Heritage Park!

Harrison Hot Springs 

In addition to being a world-class hot springs destination, Harrison Hot Springs is home to a stunning clear-blue lake (Harrison Lake) and plenty of lush forests to explore. Go for a late-summer dip, fishing, or boating on the lake before summer ends, or get cozy at the resort. Those interested in local history can check out the Harrison Hot Springs Museum and stroll through the Native Village.



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Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies is Fernie, a one-stop destination for skiing, snowboarding, fishing, hiking, and mountain biking. The town’s quaint downtown shops and thriving arts and culture scene are also worth checking out, as is the Nelson Museum Archives and Gallery.

So there you have it, BC! Your next adventure awaits.