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9 Amazing Weekend Trips From Vancouver, BC

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Best Weekend Getaways from Vancouver

Are you looking to plan an amazing weekend trip from Vancouver? Feeling like getting out of the city to explore somewhere new? Vancouver is surrounded by loads of amazing places to go for the weekend which is one of the reasons we moved here. In fact, we have probably seen more of Vancouver’s surrounding “weekend trip” spots than Vancouver itself! (or at least the city part of Vancouver).

There are cozy cabin stays in the middle of the forest, surfing getaways, hiking trips in the mountains and so much more!

We have been exploring BC a lot over the past 2 years and done LOADS of weekend trips. We put a list together of the best weekend trips from Vancouver and now I’m sharing them with you!

sunset over the mountains in Mount Baker

All of these trips would also be perfect for a long weekend trip from Vancouver. For all long weekend trips that fall on statutory holidays, we recommend booking your accommodation super far in advance so that you don’t miss out on the best deals and cutest cabin stays! In fact, as soon as you know when you want to go (long weekend or not), just book that accommodation because I feel like literally EVERYWHERE gets booked out these days.

In this guide we will share our list of the best weekend trips from Vancouver for outdoor lovers as well as a list of things to do in each location so that you can start planning your own weekend getaway.

All of trips are based around the Summer, Fall or Spring and don’t include specific Winter activities.

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Best Weekend Trips From Vancouver, BC For Outdoor Lovers

Vancouver is a great place to base yourself if you love the outdoors because there are loads of great places to go for the weekend in both British Columbia and Washington State that are a short drive from Vancouver.

Since moving to Vancouver in 2021, we have been on a mission to explore as much as we possibly can in and around British Columbia.

Here is our list of the top 9 weekend trips from Vancouver!

Jordan River or Sooke – Vancouver Island

Travel Time

Driving time from Vancouver: Approx. 3.5 hours including ferry over to Vancouver Island

Couple standing at the hidden waterfall at Sombrio Beach Vancouver Island

About Jordan River

Jordan River is a tiny town located on the South West Coast of Vancouver Island. It is a place full of beautiful beaches, loads of wildlife and cozy cabins as well as some awesome trails for hiking along the coast.

Jordan River is a place that often gets overlooked because Tofino is the place that everyone knows to go to when visiting Vancouver Island. When compared with Tofino, Jordan River is much more low key, less touristy and a hidden gem of Vancouver Island.

About Sooke

Sooke is Jordan River’s neighbour and a bit of a larger more liveable town. If you are looking to get out of cell service zone, you might prefer Jordan River.

If you want to stay closer to a town with lots of restaurants, then Sooke is the place for you. Both of these towns are located near all of the same attractions so you won’t miss out either way.

Where to Stay in Sooke and Jordan River

There are loads of cute cabins in Sooke and Jordan River.

A couple of our favourites are The East Sooke Treehouse and Fern Gully Cabins. If you want to stay in one of these amazing cabins, make sure you book well ahead of time because bookings fill up quickly.

There are also some other amazing places!

Orca View Cottage If you are looking for a beach front getaway, then this is it! The Orca View Cottage is located right on the shoreline so that you can literally whale watch from your front window!

Handsome Dan’s at Otter Point – Handsome Dan’s at Otter Point is a lovely 3 bedroom rustic log lodge with a hot tub and a beautiful sun room.

Tofino – Vancouver Island

Travel Time

Driving time from Vancouver: 5.5 – 6 hours including the ferry over to Vancouver Island

Cox Bay Lookout

About Tofino

Tofino is the most popular beach and surf destination on Vancouver Island. Not only is it a great place to surf or learn to surf, but the sunsets in Tofino are on another level! Just imagine the rainbow skies, low fog over the ocean and gorgeous lighting on the beaches at sunrise and sunset.

Tofino is one of the best places for surfing in British Columbia and it is THE thing to do if you visit. You don’t even need to have your own surf board. You can get lessons or rent a board from Pacific Surf Co while you are there.

You can also have a great time in Tofino in the Winter. Storm watching is a popular pastime.

Where to Stay in Tofino

Pacific Sands Beach Resort – This gorgeous resort is located on Cox Bay Beach which, in my opinion, is Tofino’s most beautiful beach and is absolutely stunning!

Cox Bay Beach Resort – Located only 1 minutes walk from Cox Bay Beach, this resort has a yoga studio, outdoor hot tub, fitness centre and sauna!

The Shoreline TofinoAt The Shoreline you can stay in the cutest AFrame cabins with a sea view from the balcony.

Agassiz – Fraser Valley

Travel Time

Driving time from Vancouver: 2.5 hours

Bridal Veil Falls
Bridal Veil Falls

About Agassiz

Agassiz is a small town located in the Eastern Fraser Valley region of British Columbia, right next to Harrison Hot Springs. Agassiz is a great place to stay and then you can choose to venture out to different parts of the Fraser Valley such as Hope and Chilliwack.

If you have kids, Agassiz is a great place to spend the weekend. There are also lots of things to do in the outdoors in Agassiz and nearby.

During Summer, a floating water park is set up on Harrison Lake which consists of waterslides, swings and more! The park is set up by Harrison Watersports who also offer Seadoo rentals (which are a type of Jet Ski) and bumper boats. 

You could also go riding on the Circle Farm Tour Bike Route. This is a flat family friendly biking route with awesome views of the mountains and the countryside. The trail starts at the Harrison Visitor Centre and takes you past a few of the Circle Farm Tour stops followed by Limbert Mountain.

There are also lots of waterfalls to explore in the area such as Bridal Veil Falls. Bridal Veil Falls is a short 10-15 minute drive from Agassiz. Bridal Veil Falls is one of the best waterfalls near Vancouver and worth a visit. The walk from the carpark to the Falls is only 0.8km roundtrip and is dog friendly.

Where to Stay in Agassiz

The Lodge on Harrison Lake – The Lodge on Harrison Lake has its own private beachfront and is close to the hot pools in Harrison Hot Springs. You will also get to enjoy your own private patio with a view.

The Rockwell-Harrison Guest Lodge – The Rockwell offers adult only bed and breakfast accommodation. The building itself is beautiful and has views of the mountains. This is the perfect stay for a getaway for couples.

Bramblebank Cottages – Featuring beautiful suites and cottages, Bramblebank Cottages also has a lovely garden area with a hot tub, BBQ facilities and a firepit.

Whistler – British Columbia

Couple standing at sunset at Wedgemount Lake

Travel Time

Driving time from Vancouver: 1.5 – 2 hours

About Whistler

If you have heard of Whistler, you probably have heard that it’s a pretty famous place for skiing in the Winter. You might not have heard about all of the outdoor activities to do in Whistler in the Summer, Fall and Spring.

Whistler is an outdoor adventurers paradise. There are loads of mountain biking trails, hiking trails, beautiful lakes and a town with loads of shops to explore and restaurants to relax at the end of the day.

Some of the best things to do in Whistler include visiting Brandywine Falls, which is one of the best waterfalls to visit near Vancouver. The viewing platform to see the falls is a short 10 minute walk from the carpark. From here you can see the falls from above.

You could also go on a hike. Some of the best hikes in Whistler include Wedgemount Lake, Panorama Ridge (which is a 30km return hike), the High Note Trail and more!

Whistler is also home to the longest zipline in North America! This is a must do activity in Whistler! The zipline is over 2km long and takes you over gorgeous views of the forests and mountains. Book your spot ahead of time online so you don’t miss out!

One of the best ways to see the best views of Whistler, is to go on a helicopter tour! Check out the tours below to book.

Places to Stay in Whistler

Sundial Hotel The Sundial Hotel is located only a 1 minute walk from the Whistler Blackcomb Gondola. It has a rooftop hot tub, with private hot tubs included in some of the suites.

The Listel Hotel Whistler – This hotel is located only a 2 minute walk from shopping and dining options in Whistler village. It also has a shared indoor hot tub.

Cascade LodgeThe Cascade Lodge has an outdoor heated pool and hot tubs which sounds incredible.

Squamish – British Columbia

Man sitting on the First Peak of the Chief

Travel Time

Driving time from Vancouver: 1 hour

The suspension bridge at the Sea to Sky Gondola

About Squamish

Squamish is a great place to spend the weekend if you love the outdoors. Squamish is on the way from driving from Vancouver to Whistler and is a less busy, less touristy town.

There are loads of awesome things to do in the outdoors in Squamish such as hiking, rock climbing, whale watching tours, mountain biking, bald eagle watching and more! There are some great restaurants and breweries in Squamish which we always enjoy going to after an exhausting day of adventure.

Places to Stay in Squamish

Executive Suites Hotel and Resort, Squamish – This place looks SO SO nice! It has an outdoor swimming pool, spa and wellness centre and is surrounded by the most beautiful grounds. It also has a hot tub!

Squamish Adventure Inn – This is a really great option if you are on a budget and a great way to meet like minded travellers to explore Squamish with! It has loads of space to relax both indoors and outdoors and a shared-self catered kitchen.

Sandman Hotel and Suites Squamish – The Sandman is a really nice classic style hotel with super clean rooms and a buffet breakfast!

Man sitting on the First Peak of the Chief

Mount Baker Wilderness – Washington State

Travel Time

Driving time from Vancouver: approx 2 hours

Mount Baker at sunset

About Mount Baker

Although Mount Baker is located in Washington State in the USA, it is still only a 2 hour drive from Vancouver! You can see the magnificent mountain from certain points in Vancouver.

Mount Baker is still a bit of a hidden gem as it hasn’t been over developed yet and is a lot less touristy than its neighbour, Mount Rainer. We go to Mount Baker quite a lot in the Summer to go backpacking and hiking, as there are some amazing trails that are only about a 2 hour drive from Vancouver such as Park Butte Fire Lookout and Winchester Mountain!

Places to Stay in Mount Baker

Forest View Chalet – This cute chalet is located 32km from the Mount Baker Ski Area. It sleeps 6, has a hot tub outside on the deck and is so pretty!

Heliotrope Haus – This is a 4 bedroom cabin that sleeps 8 people and is 33km from the Mount Baker Ski Area. It also has an outdoor hot tub.

Pendleton Pines Lodge – This lodge sleeps up to 10 people, is 33km from the Mount Baker Ski Area and is absolutely stunning on the inside! The living area is set against a HUGE window with a gorgeous stone fireplace. There is also of course, a hot tub outside.

Mount Rainier National Park – Washington State

Travel Time

Driving time from Vancouver: approx. 5 hours

Mount Rainier

About Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier is an absolutely gorgeous National Park with great places to go hiking. Mount Rainier is a little further to get to than Mount Baker and so I would recommend going on a long weekend to make the most of it.

It is super important to note that Mount Rainier National Park is huge and there are four different entrances to the park.

  • White River / Sunrise – North East Entrance
  • Stevens Canyon – South East Entrance
  • Nisqually – South West Entrance
  • Carbon River – North West Entrance

Mount Rainier has amazing hikes, mountain biking, viewpoints and an awesome night sky. The stars in Mount Rainier are really bright when the sky is clear.

Some of the best hikes in Mount Rainier National Park include The Skyline Loop Trail, Mount Fremont Lookout and Comet Falls.

Places to Stay near Mount Rainier National Park

Nisqually Lodge – This lodge is located in Ashford, one of the closest towns to Mount Rainier National Park.

Cozy Ashford Home – Also located in Ashford, this house can sleep up to 7 people.

Powell River – Sunshine Coast

Travel Time

Driving time from Vancouver: approx. 7 hours (including ferry waiting times)

Girl standing on Tin Hat Mountain Summit at sunrise
Kerry standing at the summit of Tin Hat Mountain

About Powell River

Powell River is located on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. It is a beautiful spot, but does require 2 ferries to get to.

Things to do in Powell River include visiting Townsite Brewing Inc, stand up paddle boarding or kayaking, visiting Savary Island and hiking. Some of the best hikes or walks that you can do include the Willingdon Beach Trail, the Seawalk, Valentine Mountain and the Sunshine Coast Trail which includes Tin Hat Mountain. Psst – Tin Hat Mountain is an absolutely gorgeous hike that can be done by itself. You can sleep up in the hut or bring along a tent and camp. I recommend the tent option as there are mice in the hut!

Places to Stay in Powell River

Ocean Views & Sunset Beach Cabin with soaker tub & fire pit This beautiful cabin sleeps 4 people and has access to a private beach!

Malaspina Strait Cottage – This cottage has a garden area, picnic area with a BBQ and private beach so is perfect for a weekend away!

Beach Gardens Resort and Marina – The Beach Gardens Resort and Marina is more like a classic hotel where every room has an ocean view and a patio. There is a restaurant on site as well as a private beach area!

Olympic National Park – Washington State

Travel Time

Driving time from Vancouver: approx. 5-6 hours

Girl staring up at old growth tree in Olympic National Park Washington

About Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park in Washington State is one of the most beautiful and diverse national parks in the USA. It has mountains, beaches AND rainforests! The park is about a 3 hour drive from Seattle and a 5 hour drive from Vancouver.

I’m actually obsessed with this park and we have been back twice now. The drive from Vancouver is kind of brutal because it either involves a ferry or you have to drive around the world to get there. Therefore, I recommend trying to visit on a long weekend if you can.

Some of the top places to see in Olympic National Park include the Hoh Rainforest, the Olympic Peninsula, Hurricane Ridge, Lake Crescent and more!

Places to Stay in Olympic National Park

Hoh Valley Cabins – located in Forks (aka the Twilight town), these cabins are cosy and have a cedar deck with a BBQ for you to cook on.

Lake Sutherland – located in Port Angeles, this holiday home has a full kitchen and a beautiful outdoor deck!

A Hidden Haven Cottages – This place looks so so nice and I would love to stay there next time we go!

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