5 Weekend Road Trips from Vancouver to Take This Summer

Summer weather is hitting British Columbia, and with it come weekend road trips & getaways. If you are looking to get out of town this weekend but don’t want to go too far, we’ve put together a list of five weekend road trips from Vancouver that will be sure to create great memories.

Tofino, BC

Located off the coast of Vancouver Island, Tofino is home to about 2000 people. If you’re traveling from the Vancouver area and opting to drive and take the ferry, your trip could take around 6.5 hours. You can also easily fly there in about an hour. Tofino offers breathtaking views of beaches and some of the province’s best dining. With its many luxurious accommodations and stunning natural beauty, Tofino truly offers the best of both worlds. It is definitely the place to go for outdoor adventurers. Whether you want to fish, kayak, whale watch, hike, camp, or simply indulge at the spa, Tofino has it all. And if it should rain on your weekend getaway, Tofino is also a popular destination for storm watching!

Seattle, WA

Depending on border crossing waits, Seattle, WA, is about 3 hours south of Vancouver. From late July to early September, Seattle’s summers offer visitors glorious sunny weather (unlike the rest of the year, when it is known for its rainfall). While in Seattle you can choose to make a day of shopping, rent boats on Lake Union, visit the iconic Space needle, or eat to your heart’s content. Seattle offers an array of activities, and the local dining options are a foodie’s dream come true. Be prepared to make some tough decisions on where to start and what to do while you’re in Seattle, because there is so much to choose from and you won’t want to miss a thing.

The Sunshine Coast, BC

The Sunshine Coast is just a short 40-minute ferry ride from West Vancouver. As one of B.C.’s best kept secrets, it offers stunning panoramic views, endless culinary options, and no shortage of friendly faces. The Sunshine Coast stretches 180km from Gibsons up to Lund, with many inviting and quaint coastal communities in between. It is truly a Pacific paradise, with a multitude of quirky waterfront shops and an easygoing atmosphere. You can hike, canoe, fish, swim, and much more within the natural wonderland along the Sunshine Coast.

Jones Lake, BC

Wahleach Lake, commonly known as Jones Lake, is located about 1.5 hours away from the Vancouver area between Chilliwack and Hope. Jones Lake offers picturesque, breathtaking views, and is a popular recreational destination. A camper’s dream, this region offers excellent fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and swimming. It has gained popularity among local campers because of its isolated beauty.

The Okanagan, BC

The Okanagan is located about 5 hours away from Vancouver. With some of the highest mountains in the Canadian Rockies, the Okanagan offers waterfalls twice as high as Niagara Falls. Food and wine lovers rejoice in the renowned orchards and vineyards, while families love the sandy lakeside beaches. For the outdoorsy person there is biking, hiking, and golfing. The Okanagan has a rich, colourful history, with its roots tied to Aboriginal peoples and European fur traders.

Wherever the road takes you this summer make sure you and your loved ones are protected for any unforeseen occurrence whether it be auto or travel related. If you’re not sure about what coverage you need contact your nearest Sussex Insurance location. Here’s to many enjoyable weekend road trips from Vancouver!