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5 Adorable Small Towns In BC To Explore At Least Once

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Small town, big personality. The season of road trips is almost among us and sometimes the best places to go are the ones that are a little more under the radar.

Check out the most quaint small towns in BC that are just brimming with charm.

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Adorable Small Towns In BC



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Walking through this little town you’ll see why despite its small size, it has so much to offer. Nestled in the Elk Valley region of the East Kootenays—it’s a little slice of heaven near the Canadian Rockies.

The mountain town is at its peak in the Winter months with skiers and snowboarders, but Summer months are also a great time to visit. Walk around the town, go cliff-jumping at Silver Springs Lake, find some goods at the Fernie Mountain Market, go mountain biking or just enjoy the beauty of the Elk River.



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This small community is on Vancouver Island, just west of Parksville. Its “claim to fame” so to speak is its Old Country Market, which brings in a lot of tourists. Not only is it a farmer’s market with everything under the sun, but it also has goats on the roof.

Most people just pass through but it’s a cute spot to stay awhile. Its relaxed and low-key vibes are a nice retreat away from the city life. It’s also home to a butterfly garden, hobby farm and the largest network of caves isn’t too far away.


In the Southern Interior of the province, you will find this charming little city in the Selkirk Mountains. It’s considered a good place to go all seasons of the year and Summer is no exception.

Nelson is home to over 350 heritage buildings, a thriving arts community and serene landscapes. Go rafting down the Salmo River, hike up the Kokanee Glacier or just soak up the sun at Kootenay Lake.



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Tucked away high in the Monashee Mountains, this spot is right in the West Kootenay region. During the Summer months, it’s the perfect destination for mountain biking, hiking, golfing, fishing, ziplining and horseback riding (just to name a few).

Spending time here you will find the beauty in living life a little slower and appreciating the beauty of the nature that surrounds you.

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A small town on the east coast of Vancouver Island, near Duncan. The historic waterfront community has something for everyone. It has the perfect blend of eateries, shops, piers and floating homes.

The most popular Summer activities to take part in here are boating, kayaking, diving and whale watching. The town also has some amazing restaurants serving lots of fresh seafood and local wines to wash it down with.

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