The Best Scenic Winter Road Trips From Vancouver

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The Best Scenic Winter Road Trips From Vancouver

Winter is coming, but don’t let the season deter you from going on a mini getaway. B.C. and even just across the border, have a plethora of magical getaways and a scenic route to get to them. 

Hit the road and escape Vancouver for an adventure at these seven gems.

Winter Road Trips From Vancouver

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Whistler

scandinave spa

Photo: Scandinave Spa/Facebook

It might seem like an obvious choice, but nothing can really top the scenery to see along the Sea to Sky Highway. There are also a lot of places to stop along the way. Check out Shannon Falls or Brandywine Falls as you make your way to the bustling village. While there, hit the slopes or spend some quality time at the Scandinave Spa, if that’s more your style.

Nelson

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Photo: nelsonbritishcolumbia

A quaint town that is just brimming with charm. Nelson is a winter wonderland during this time of year—therefore it’s the perfect place to soak up the best the season has to offer. Go for a stroll in the picturesque village or get your fill of winter activities in the region, as it’s known for skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.

The Sunshine Coast

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Photo: Sworldguy / Flickr

West coast is the best coast, especially during the winter. It’s super easy to hop on a 40-minute ferry and see all the serene places to Sunshine Coast has to offer. Take a drive through Gibsons, Robert’s Creek, Sechelt, Halfmoon Bay and more to take in all the breathtaking scenery and beautiful properties along the way.

Tofino

storm watching

Photo: Wickannish Inn / Facebook

Storm watching, anyone? Tofino is the best place to go when the weather is cold and dreary. They have plenty of amazing accommodations where you can take in the surroundings outside from your warm and cozy suite. Have a bath, read a book and just relax. Isn’t that what a getaway is all about? Not to mention, the gorgeous drive to get there from the ferry. Make sure to make a stop in Coombs to see the goats on the roof of the market.

Harrison Hot Springs

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Photo: Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa

Another gem, just 1.5 hours away from Vancouver. Go for a trail walk, explore the adorable village, collect some souvenirs, eat at one of their incredible restaurants and of course, you have to go for a dip in the hot springs. The springs are the best place to be during the winter—so soak it up.

Portland

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Photo: Jenny Wall/iFly Portland

Winter road trips across the border offer a great opportunity to explore the Pacific Northwest. Portland is a trendy hipster city that serves as a great place to indulge in comfort food (food trucks and Voodoo Doughnuts), find the best craft beer and maybe even go on a coffee shop crawl. It’s also great in the winter because there’s lots to do. Spend a day exploring the massive Powell’s City of Books store or go indoor skydiving.

Coos Bay

Bay Point Landing - winter road trips

Photo: Bay Point Landing

Nothing beats a road trip along the coast. But first, make a shopping stop in Seattle before heading for the stunning sights Long Beach and Seaside have to offer. Make a pit stop at Cannon Beach to watch the waves crashing ashore, before heading over to the beautiful area of Coos Bay.

Is there any notable winter road trips we might have missed? Let us know in the comments below! For more amazing places to see, check out our Travel section.

 

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