There will always be people that genuinely believe that winter is for hibernation and nothing else. Even animals don’t all hibernate, so why should you? Instead, you can embrace the season and make the most out of it. How you might ask? Well, we found the hack to winter travels thanks to our friends from the Sandman Hotel Group. For the uninitiated, they’re one of Canada’s fastest-growing hospitality groups, with 57 establishments across the country. Pretty much your home-away-from-home type of deal if you will. Plus, with their new free-to-join loyalty program, RSVP Rewards, you’ll always get the best rate, receive dining discounts, earn points towards free hotel stays, and more!

Before we dive into our winter travel plans, we’ve got one hell of a surprise for you! Enter your email below to stay in the know of Sandman Hotel Group’s latest news and you’ll be entered to win their ultimate package including: 

  • 3 nights stay at any or multiple Sandman hotels across BC to create your perfect Winter Trip  
  • 1 year Diamond Tier RSVP Rewards loyalty status
  • $200 gift card to Denny’s

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Now here are our top 5 reasons why winter trips are totally worth the effort. 

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Lower Expenses 

This is probably the biggest reason that got us started on this winter travel planning project. There are some serious deals you can hop on right now to fully explore the beautiful winter season our province has to offer. And Sandman Hotel Group’s Black Friday deals are topping our list. You can get up to 40% off your resos, with an extra 10% off when you sign up for the  RSVP Rewards program. This free-to-join loyalty program also earns you cashback towards future stays at 60+ hotels in Canada, the U.S., England, and Scotland.

Fewer Crowds

Overflowing parking lots, endless lines at popular restos and millions of tourists at IG-worthy spots? Forget about all that! Traveling in winter is much quieter, offering a great opportunity to get what you came for, be it fishing, hiking, or simply getting some fresh air, without the crowds.

Winter Sports Paradise 


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Lift, cat, heli, backcountry skiing, you name it, our province has it. And if you have more energy, tubing and snowshoe hikes await. You’ll want to find accommodation options as close to these activities as possible. Our pick has to go to The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort. It sits right in the heart of Revelstoke Mountain Resort, you can’t get closer to those slopes than that. 

Northern Lights Galore 

Your 1st thought when someone mentions Aurora Borealis would probably be Yellowknife or somewhere way further north. Well northern BC can get you just as much of a show! You’ll have no trouble locating a Sandman Hotel on your route to the dancing skies as they operate in 57 Canadian destinations.

Beat the Winter Blues 


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It’s not snowy everywhere! Victoria is a hot summer destination but also offers a milder climate compared to the rest of the province in the winter. You’re also just a ferry ride away from Pender Island, our secret spot to enjoy a secluded slice of heaven, all to yourself. If you happen to miss the fluffy white stuff, refer to the above options. 

Naturally, we’ve already booked our days off and set our OOO notifications! You should do the same…just sayin’.