One of many favorite travel places in Canada is British Columbia. There are urban cities suitable for weekend getaways as well as magnificent landscapes which the country is famous for. Secret spots in Vancouver offering non-touristy adventures would be ideal for you next time you visit British Columbia.
Treehouse – Vancouver Island
Near Qualicum Beach on the Island, Free Spirit Spheres offer new alternative accommodation. Eve, Eryn and Melody are three options for spherical tree houses that you can choose from. They stand in the enchanting coastal rainforest. In British Columbia, staying in a tree house is both exceptional and unforgettable experience. Qualicum Beach is situated midway between Victoria and Tofino; these are two of the best destinations you can visit on the Island. If by now you are wondering how to get to Free Spirit Spheres, here is the address: Free Spirit Spheres 420 Horne Lake Road, Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada, +1-250-757-9445.
Visit Haida Gwaii
Haida Gwaii is a remote archipelago of Islands in Canada. Haida Gwaii Islands are situated in Northern British Columbia and does not receive a lot of tourists. Haida Gwaii was formerly called the Queen Charlotte Islands. Within Haida Gwaii is the Haida Heritage Centre where visitors get to learn about the Haida First Nations history and culture. It is also home to world-class Salmon fishing (off its shores), SGang Gwaay (UNESCO World Heritage site), and Pesuta Shipwreck. Haida Gwaii should, therefore, receive many visitors because it has plenty to offer.
Tweedsmuir Provincial Park (offering adventure in the wilderness)
Tweedsmuir Park is located near Bella Coola and has been termed as one of North America’s most breath-taking areas in the wilderness. There are unlimited outdoor recreation opportunities within the park including camping, boating, hunting, fishing and wildlife spotting. Visitors should prepare to employ a professional guide or be self-sufficient because of the remoteness of the park. Luckily, some places organize various wilderness adventures for visitors throughout the year; Tweedsmuir Park Lodge organize grizzly bear viewing via nature walks or river drifts. Address: Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, BC, Canada, +1-250-982-2701.
The Enchanted Forest
The Enchanted Forest Park is a must Visit site situated in the middle of British Columbia. It is off Trans-Canada Highway close to Revelstoke. This tourist attraction site was built in the 1950s and ‘60s by the Needham family, but it is currently run by a different family. The Needham family made everything by hand. These include the Candy Cane House, all the hand-crafted figurines and the castle. If you are looking for a place to visit with your entire family, the Enchanted Forest present a magical site for you. Address: The Enchanted Forest, 7060 Trans-Canada Highway, Revelstoke, BC, Canada, +1-866-944-9744.
The Discovery Islands (Discover for yourself)
The Discovery Islands sit further north of Gulf Islands but are less popular than the Gulf Islands. The Gulf Islands include Salt Spring, Hornby Islands, and Pender. The two main Islands which are also inhabited Islands are Quadra and Cortes. Most popular activities to engage in the Discovery Island BC include fishing, golfing, hiking, biking, diving, Kayaking, and wildlife spotting.
Skiing at Red Mountain Resort
In British Columbia, Red Mountain Resort prides itself as the last unspoiled snowboarding and skiing resort. It is one of the oldest ski hills in North America and is situated in Rossland, off the Powder Highway. RED Mountain Resort sits on Grey, Granite and Red Mountains with 110 runs and more than 2,500 acres of skiable terrain. Its slopes are suitable for intermediate to experienced skiers, and it has season running from December until April. Address: Red Mountain Resort, 4300 Red Mountain Road, Rossland, BC, Canada, +1-250-362-7384.
The Bugaboos (Be adventurous)
The Bugaboos are mountain range located in the Purcell Mountains in South-eastern British Columbia. They are situated between Radium and the Golden Hot Springs. The Bugaboos are part of towering granite spires which were made from glaciers. This is one of the best destinations for mountaineers and climbers. Canadian Mountain Holidays and Bugaboos Lodge organizes Heli-hiking and heli-skiing for visitors depending on the season. Hiking in Canada cannot be complete without a visit to the Bugaboos. Address: Bugaboo Provincial Park, Parson, BC, Canada, +1-250-489-8540.
Canoeing in Bowron Lake Provincial Park
The Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit not only offers excellent non-touristy experience but is also one of the top canoe trips in Canada. It is situated in the Bowron Lake Provincial Park. Canoers get an opportunity to go through a chain of lake and waterways, and the Cariboo mountains, in the 72-mile (116-kilometre) circuit. The trip takes between 6 and ten days to complete, and only a specific number of people are allowed to canoe every year between May and September. Address: Bowron Lake Provincial Park, BC, Canada, +1-778-414-8014.
Visit a unique museum in Vancouver
It is true that the majority of visitors who come to Vancouver prefer visiting the Art Gallery, the Vancouver Art Museum or Science World. However, the most captivating and underrated museum in Vancouver is the Vancouver Police Museum. It is situated in the original Coroner’s court of Vancouver and the City Morgue. It is also the oldest police museum in North America. The museum houses many artifacts as well as vast information about most notorious crimes in the city, current initiatives, and Vancouver’s police force. Watching a movie in the morgue is the spookiest experience you can have. Address: Vancouver Police Museum, 240 E Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, +1-604-665-3346.
Stargaze in Osoyoos
Osoyoos is the only desert in Canada. It is situated in British Columbia and offers vast open space and minimal light pollution that is suitable for stargazing. The dark skies and the landscape in Osoyoos are perfect for gazing at planets and stars every day. Every year in August, many astronomy enthusiasts come to the town, near the US border, to take part in the Mount Kobau Star Party. Address: Osoyoos, BC, Canada.
Swimming in Secret
British Columbia has many lakes of varying color, size, and location. During summers, locals spend most of their time freestyle swimming and floating in these lakes. However, there is a mystery lake in Mount Seymour Provincial Park for visitors who want to enjoy secret swimming away from the crowds. Heisholt lake is just three kilometers hike, situated in an old quarry on Texada Island. It has stunning turquoise color and though a remote site, this photo demonstrate that the ferry ride is worth the experience.
BC Dude Ranch (experience it)
There are many dude ranches and guest ranches where you can have an unforgettable horse-riding holiday across British Columbia. The National Geographic referred to Siwash Lake Ranch as one of the unique lodges in the world. Big Bar Guest Ranch presents with an all-inclusive experience for a whole family. In addition to these, Crystal Waters Guest Ranch is sitting right in BC’s cowboy country.