The best places for a weekend with friends in British Columbia this summer

Escape the city this summer for a weekend with your best friends in one of these beautiful places in the province!

From wine and dine in the Okanagan to the ultimate spa day in Whistler, these scenic BC destinations won’t disappoint. So pack your bags and hit the road.

whistler

Just a two-hour drive from Vancouver, Whistler is an idyllic weekend getaway during the hot summer months. There’s something for everyone, whether your friends like to spend time relaxing indoors or venturing outdoors.

Spend a rejuvenating day with hot and cold baths (and time in a hammock) at the luxurious Scandinave Spa. Or opt for something a little more adventurous, like ziplining, mountain biking, or a scenic ride on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola.

If all else fails, spend some time exploring the village. There are a plethora of must-visit shops, as well as places to eat and drink. The Bearfoot Bistro offers a fun experience for groups, where you can experience vodka tasting in their unique (and very cold) Ketel One Ice Room.

Bowen Island

This serene island is just over an hour from Vancouver. This is a relaxing girls getaway where you can spend lots of quality time with your BFFs outdoors.

Bowen Island is known for its outdoor recreational activities, such as nature walks, biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, beach walks and more.

It is also home to the beautiful Nectar Yoga Retreat, which offers modern cottages in nature, as well as daily yoga and meditation classes. This is the perfect place to stay (and practice) if you and your friends are yogis and are hoping for a more soothing stay.

Victoria

Board a ferry to Victoria for an unforgettable weekend getaway. There’s plenty to see and do in BC’s capital, especially with your best friends by your side.

Take a scenic stroll through Butchart Gardens or have an Instagrammable moment or two with afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress, located directly on the harbor. Other popular activities in the area include whale watching, ax throwing and the iconic Fan Tan Alley.

Or you can just eat and drink across town. Some of the best restaurants in town are Little Jumbo Restaurant and Bar, Bodega, and Red Fish Blue Fish.

Harrison Hot Springs

Whether you’re staying at one of the hotels on the Strip or a lakeside Airbnb, it’s hard to beat a getaway to Harrison Hot Springs. Plus, it’s less than a two-hour drive from Vancouver.

Once there, go for a swim in the hot springs or take part in one of the many other water activities, including the resort’s bumper boats or the epic floating water park.

For bites and sips, look no further than the many restaurants that line the lake. The Black Forest restaurant is a must if you fancy steak and schnitzel, or opt for Milos Greek Taverna if you fancy the Mediterranean.

The Okanagan

Friends who drink wine together, stay together. Travel to the Okanagan this summer to experience the province’s best wineries.

Oliver is actually known as the wine capital of Canada, and it’s home to nearly half of BC’s vineyards and over 40 wineries. But there are plenty of other wineries to visit, including Kelowna, Summerland, Penticton, Osoyoos and of course, the Naramata region.

Plus, the Okanagan is just a fun place in the summer months with plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, from hiking to paddle boarding.

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