This summer will be like no other. Borders are closed and flights are unfavourable, and traveling outside BC isn’t really an option. Rather than grumble over restricted travel, we see this as an opportunity to explore our beautiful province and the treasures that have been hiding in our own backyards.

Campsites have already started taking reservations and hotels are opening their doors again. And once the government gives more guidance on Phase 3 and beyond, we may be able to carefully and respectfully venture into smaller communities in BC’s interior and on Vancouver Island.

Whether you are aching for a day trip into the wilderness or a weekend away from home, we’ve listed some options below to help you plan your summer.


You don’t have to go far to plant yourself in the middle of stunning nowhere – rugged mountains, forested trails, and deserted shorelines abound. We’re lucky to live here.

Float up the scenic waters of Indian Arm in a kayak from Deep Cove Kayak Rental – a few weeks ago, whales were spotted in this idyllic fjord. Hike to Bridal Falls near Chilliwack and enjoy a picnic by the cascading water. Explore Minnekhada Regional Park in Coquitlam – and remember to bring your bear bell. Or climb up the rocky island at Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver during low tide.

Check to make sure your destination is open before you load up the car.

Here are some more ideas that will take you into nature for the day.


Without tourists visiting Vancouver, some hotels are offering deals to locals. Spend a weekend in luxury (at a decreased price) at one of the city’s best hotels. Stay at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, Shangri-La Hotel, or Hotel Georgia in downtown Vancouver. Walk around a city that’s not packed with tourists, dine on a patio in the sun, and bike the seawall around Stanley Park.

Zoom up to Squamish or Whistler for some time in nature, take the ferry over to charming Victoria, or sink into total relaxation at Harrison Hot Springs. Again, hotels are decreasing rates to attract locals. If camping is more your style, check out BC Parks for details or scroll through Campertunity for private campsites.

Now is the best time to appreciate our province. Let’s support our communities and local businesses. But remember to listen to government guidance and be mindful outside your home – wash your hands, keep your distance, and don’t travel if you’re feeling ill.