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6 Last Minute Winter Getaways In British Columbia

5 Last Minute Winter Geteways In British Columbia

Now that we are into December, you can’t help but count down the days until your much-needed time off. The problem? While your friends and family may be awaiting the day they head to Cancun, Italy, or other exotic lands, you may be stuck spending your vacation time here. However, to eliminate any winter woes, we have compiled a list of last-minute getaways closer to home, which will result in Facebook-worthy vacation updates!


1) Apex Mountain Resort

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 Tucked away within the Okanagan Valley is Apex, which in the past has been recognized as Canada’s Best Small Destination Resort. Offering a more intimate resort experience than ski resorts closer to Vancouver, you’ll feel right at home!

Besides its beautiful ski hills, Apex has its own unique features. For example, it is one of the few places where you can rent your own NHL sized hockey rink. So you truly can grab a group of friends and play like the pros!

Apex even gives skating a unique twist. Unlike traditional skating rinks, at Apex you can skate outside on an ice loop through the trees until 11pm, making it the perfect way to end off your evening!

For more information visit HERE.




2) Quesnel Dog sledding Adventure

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 Northern Star Kennels in Quesnel specializes in multi-day dog sledding trips, where you tough it out in the remote wilderness between tranquil dogsled rides around the Cariboo.  This trip is guaranteed to be unlike your typical vacation, teaching you how to care for your sled dog team, camp, and eat meals cooked by a fire!

For more information visit HERE.



3) Kamloops Winter Adventures

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Many Vancouverites know that Kamloops is home to Sun Peaks resort, which offers some of the province’s most talked about ski hills.

 However, even if you aren’t into the traditional winter sports of skiing and snowboarding, Kamloops has you covered! Here not only can dog-lovers explore the snow by leading their own team of sled dogs, but visitors can wander through open clearings using snowshoes, or on horseback! After the day’s adventure ends, travel to BC Wildlife Park for the 16th Annual Wildlights Festival. Enjoy the lights, make your way through the Giant Maze, and ride around the park on the miniature train!




4) Tigh-Na-Mara Spa Resort

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 What’s cozier than spending cold, winter evenings fireside in your own wood cottage? At the Tigh-Na-Mara resort in Parksville you can relax in the comfort of your own lodge, surrounded by nature. Plus, to keep you in the holiday spirit, at this time of year every room has its own Christmas tree! Of course, during you stay you also have to try the resort’s Grotto Spa, which offers a variety of treatments to help you de-stress.

If you don’t want to miss out on skiing or snowboarding, the Tigh-Na-Mara resort also brings you close to Mount Washington. Only a 45-minute drive away, it is the ideal day-time destination.

With accommodation starting at just $129/per night, you can afford to place yourself in your own winter wonderland at the Tigh-Na-Mara! To book your trip visit the resort’s website HERE.





5) Downtown Escape

5 Last Minute Winter Getaways In British Columbia

 If you fear the cold and Vancouver’s winter weather, a stay-cation in the iconic Fairmount Vancouver Hotel is suggested. While you may have hurried passed it before, it is certainly worth a look inside! With access to Absolute spa, a state-of-the-art Health Club, a fine-dining restaurant, and live entertainment you may not want to leave!  Of course, you also will be steps away from downtown’s eateries, shops, and winter festivities.

However, a night spent in the heart of Vancouver may not come cheap – room prices start at $154 and can exceed $1,000. Luckily, the hotel currently has the “Everyone’s An Original Winter Offer”, giving guests up to 25% of their stay before April 30th!  To book your room, visit HERE.




6) Whistler Blackcomb

5 Last Minute Winter Getaways In British Columbia

Much more than your typical ski-hill, Whistler is designed to entertain any outdoor enthusiast, with every winter activity you can imagine!

For example, with Blackcomb’s heli skiing, thrill-seekers can be brought to the mountain peaks by helicopter, to be guided through hills they are given exclusive access to. For those seeking a tamer and more affordable experience, the Coca-Cola Tube Park will also be open, featuring 7 1000’ lanes that each offer a unique tubing experience. Other winter favourites include: the winter Ziptrek Ecotours, sleigh rides, and Telus’ Fire & Ice show, where expert skiers and riders jump through rings of fire! To see all of what Whistler offers this winter visit HERE.

For those with cash to spend, you can even rent your own Whistler heli chalet. Located in a private neighbourhood, it comes complete with a butler, private driver, and a private helicopter, all for just $10,000 a night! Sound awesome? Visit HERE for more details.


 Written by: Kerri J

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