Vancouver and the West Coast are full of hidden gems and wonders. Sometimes we don't even realize what might be right outside the city or across the border. It's never a bad time to plan your next adventure.Less
Did I just stumble upon Narnia? The Othello Tunnels in the Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park are a super neat nature experience that is one-of-a-kind in B.C. It's free and close to Vancouver!
Ever wanted to be a part of the X-Men? Pretend you are for the day at Hatley Castle, an Edwardian castle that was the set for Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. X-Men, Deadpool, Arrow and Smallville are among the films and television shows that have been filmed at this stunning castle.
If you love suspension bridges and snow, get the best of both worlds at the Cheakamus River's suspension bridge. You can wander around the trails but if you don't want to go for a hike, the suspension bridge is only a five-minute walk from the parking area of Logger’s Lake. Note that the trail tends to be covered with snow from late November to April.
This hidden gem has the coolest tide pools in B.C. The pools are crystal clear, making it easy to see all the different types of marine species living within them. This is a great place to experience the wild West Coast but be extra careful because the waves and tide can be strong and unpredictable. You also might see some wildlife in the ocean, such as grey whales or orcas.
This suspension bridge was built back in the early 1900s. Experience old-school charm at the Alexandra Bridge, which suspends over the Fraser River.
When it comes summertime, look no further than the Sooke Potholes Provincial Park for a unique swimming spot. The park features waterfalls and pools. The Sooke Potholes are deep, human-sized potholes. But make sure to be careful!
Up to go chase some waterfalls? The Columbia River Gorge features over 90 waterfalls, as well as spectacular vistas, hiking trails and world-class windsurfing. It has been named one of Oregon’s seven wonders.
A wilderness paradise, Ross Lake National Recreation Area offers hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and more. It's also one of the most accessible parts of the North Cascades, so you can enjoy all the beautiful views without all the hassle.
Only a little over an hour later and you're in the midst of a beautiful 241-acre park with waterfalls and swimming holes. There's even a super picturesque moss-covered bridge that was built in 1939.
The Enchanted Forest is a magical forest kingdom that is home to B.C.'s tallest and highest treehouse. With over 350 folk art figures and a massive cedar stump house, wandering along the main trail is like stepping into another world.