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British Columbia’s Most Magical Hidden Gems You Need To Explore

Photo: Enchanted Forest

British Columbia is known for its lush forests, pristine mountain peaks and its spectacular waterfront views. There’s also an abundance of lesser known hidden gems sprinkled across the province.

Go off the beaten path and explore some of these amazing locales you just have to see for yourself.

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BC’s Hidden Gems You Must Explore

Enchanted Forest


A fairy-tale inspired forest nestled in the woods of Revelstoke, a magical place for children or those ‘young at heart’. Enjoy the whimsical trail with 350 handcrafted fairy figurines located along the way.

Free Spirit Spheres


Visit Qualicum Beach to find the most magical of places. The sphere-shaped treehouses are a truly unique type of accommodation that will give you an unforgettable and relaxing stay suspended in the treetops.

Othello Tunnels


The tunnels are not only incredible to see in person, but also carry a lot of history. They’re part of Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park near Hope, and are a must visit for outdoor enthusiasts.

Whistler Train Wreck


A lush hiking trail that is brimming with history. Walk along the trail and discover abandoned train cars from the 1950s along the way. They have since been covered with graffiti from those passing by.

The Tree on the Lake


Fairy Lake in Port Renfrew is home to the wondrous Tree on the Lake. Here you can witness a tiny Douglas Fir tree on a submerged log in the middle of the lake.

Pesuta Shipwreck


Shipwrecks are both intriguing and eerie. The historical site is located on the beautiful Haida Gwaii. A bad storm in the Hecate Strait caused it to crash in 1928.

Freedom Cove


A couple looking for a more secluded lifestyle, built their own sanctuary with a float home just northeast of Tofino. It’s complete with five greenhouses, an art gallery, a fire pit, a studio, dance floor and lighthouse tower. They offer tours throughout June to September for visitors to discover how they live so remotely.

Kay Falls


This magical waterfall can easily be missed when travelling along the Trans Canada Highway. It’s on the other side of a concrete wall near Revelstoke. A short trail will lead you right to the cascading falls.

Goldstream Trestle


Everyone must hike to the Goldstream Trestle Bridge near Victoria at least once. It’s a 3-km trek that takes about two hours to complete. It has an elevation gain of 170-metres but the bridge is so picturesque, it makes it all worth it.

For more magical places, check out these clear lakes or how to visit BC’s National Parks in one road trip.

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