Bowen Island is always a go-to favourite for visitors and locals alike. A quick 20-minute trip aboard a BC Ferry will land you at this sweet spot surrounded by picturesque seaside life. Book into a B&B or stay at a beach house, or opt for the Bowen Island Lodge if you like. Expect no shortage of offerings or activities while there. Check out the island’s own brewery, dine al fresco, rent kayaks or cruise the scene via bike – Bowen pretty much has everything you’d want for a quick escape. For more info and ideas be sure to check this site out.
Another island worth checking out for the weekend is Galiano Island. It’s an outdoor-lovers paradise, offering expansive oceanfront views, plenty of activities, a totally different geographic environment and plenty more. If you go, be sure to check out the ferry schedule in advance and book yourself a spot at the stunning Bodega Ridge for the ultimate escape in your very own log cabin. Pack your bike, and yoga mat for that matter (they often host retreats), and plan on doing a whole lot of nothing. Find your fuel at the Sturdies Bay Bakery and Cafe and be sure to venture out for a hike or two – they’ve got plenty of options.
If you’re looking to avoid the ferry, not to worry. Travel by car will still land you a great weekend escape that is only 20 minutes past Whistler. Ditch the skis and board for a few days of low-key (much needed) mental recharging at this picturesque locale. Pemberton played host to the likes of Coldplay and Jay-Z a few years ago during the Pemberton Valley Music Fest… and a spotlight was forever aimed at this rural gem. Stay at the Pemberton Valley Lodge where you’ll be completely spoiled by stunning sea-to-sky views of snow-capped mountains and wildlife. Be sure to bring Fido too – they’re pet-friendly and offer great access to loads of local trails your pooch will love. Chill out in their heated pool while enjoying the backdrop, grab a massage before heading into town for some eats courtesy our Notable pick: The Pony.
Photo courtesy Bowen Island Beach House