5 Weekend Trips You Can Take From Vancouver This Winter

Posted on February 11, 2017 - After the brutal winter we’ve endured this year, Vancouverites are desperate for a vacation. We need a break! Even if you can’t make it to a tropical destination for a few weeks, getting out of the city for even a couple of days is still totally worth it.

Snow doesn’t seem so bad if you can spend your time inside by the fireplace or outside on the slopes. Basically, if you don’t have to shovel or commute, snow can actually be kind of fun. So if you need a break from this dreary weather, here are five awesome weekend trips you can take to escape Vancouver’s Winter Wonderland.

The Okanagan

Most people think of a trip to the Okanagan as a sun-drenched summer activity, but the Okanagan Valley is also an awesome winter weekend destination. Head up to Penticton, only four hours from Vancouver, for a weekend full of cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and, of course, wine tasting. Because what is a trip to the Okanagan without some wine tasting?

If you decide to stay at the Penticton Lakeside Resort, enjoy the private beach that they convert into an outdoor skating rink, the area’s only casino and lakeside dining that offers beautiful views of the wintry landscape.


Whistler is the ultimate winter weekend getaway for Vancouverites. As far as we’re concerned, it’s the only area in southern BC that needs snow. This charming, romantic and magical village is only two hours from Vancouver.

If you love outdoor winter sports, Whistler has it all from skiing and snowboarding to snow-shoeing and tubing. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can even try your luck at heliskiing or catskiing. Of course, if you’d rather pass on the outdoor adventures, there is still lots to do up at Whistler. Enjoy fine dining, shopping and the hot tubs and fireplaces at the local ski resorts and hotels.


Take off on an island escape to Tofino this winter. If you’re feeling really adventurous, and up for wearing a very thick wetsuit, you can attempt to surf the legendary Tofino waves.

Of course, if you’d rather just rest and relax, Tofino still has lots to offer. Head to the Wickaninnish Inn for yoga classes, massages, spa treatments and beautiful coastal views. And even if the weather turns ugly, you’ll love watching storms roll in from the safety of your scenic hotel room in Tofino. Bonus: Neil Patrick Harris and his husband, David Burka, stayed at the Wickaninnish Inn last summer!


Seattle is a great city escape for Vancouverites who don’t want to spend all their time doing outdoor sports or relaxing at a hotel. Seattle is the perfect place to explore, summer or winter, rain or shine.

Drive three hours, or maybe four to five depending on the notoriously bad Seattle traffic, and you’ll soon be enjoying great coffee, cool neighbourhoods and delicious food. Check out Pike Place Market, the infamous gum wall and the very first Starbucks. And then take your sights a bit higher with a visit to the Space Needle. The weather might still be grey like Vancouver, but at least you’ll be experiencing it in a cool new city.


Pemberton is a place that knows how to make a blanket of white snow look good. Better than that, this beautiful winter dream is only two hours from Vancouver. Once there, you can go cross-country skiing, snowmobiling or take part in Pemberton’s famous ice fishing scene. It’s known as the best ice fishing spot in BC where fishermen are coming up with large fish like Rainbow Trout and Kokanee through the ice.

If you’re interested, join one of the fishing tours in the area for ice fishing or river fishing. There’s also the annual Pemberton Winterfest held over a weekend in January featuring events like fireworks, live music and a polar bear plunge.

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We’ve got our bags packed! Where will you be heading for a short escape from Vancouver’s winter?

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