4 BC Road Trips to Make This August
It’s August. Which means two things: summer is in full swing and there’s a very real panic to soak up every ounce of long days, warm nights, and socially acceptable tank top weather.
But try not to fret too much about it. There’s plenty of time left to get all everything on your summer to-do list done. And if one of those was doing one last, good old fashioned BC road trip, then we have you covered.
You make the sandwiches; we’ll supply the must-see’s. Walk, don’t run, to your car for these August BC road trip destinations.
We know it’s hard to wrap your head around, but there’s more than meets the eye than vineyards galore in the always sunny, always above 30 degrees Okanagan. But it’s true. Call it the California of BC. It has beautiful weather, wineries for all your wine-touring needs, a mountain for hiking, not to mention a kangaroo petting zoo, suspension bridge, and zip-line. And lakes. Lots and lots of lakes for all your swimming, boating, Stand Up Paddle boarding needs. Between biking, climbing, swimming, and exploring, you won’t be bored, or cold, on an Okanagan excursion.
And now for a detour to the complete opposite of climates: the breathtaking Haida Gwaii. What can we say to convince you to explore the remote archipelago of mystical islands filled with old-growth rainforest? We bet not much: have you seen the pristine ecosystem of this BC gem? With beautiful, untouched wilderness, endless activities by the seaside, and ancient cultural treasures of the Haida First Nation, this is a must see for any BC road trip, and best viewed in the later summer months of July and August – perfect!
The Canadian Rockies
No road trip to-do list is complete without a tour of the Canadian Rockies. Even if it’s just a quick stopover in the Kootenays, there is nothing lackluster about these rugged mountains that form the backbone of our continent. Geography has never looked so stunning. You’ll often find these show stoppers rising above lush alpine meadows, pristine, emerald lakes, or ancient forests. And with six national parks, there is plenty to see and do. Once you get your fill of scenery and a fair share of rocks in your hiking boots, take a dip in the natural hot springs outside of Revelstoke or Fernie. You won’t regret it.
Tofinio and Ucluelet
There is never a short supply of things to do on Vancouver Island, especially if heading to Tofino and Ucluelet. From riding Pacific swells, hiking the Wild Pacific Trail, or whale watching, the west coast of Vancouver Island is a treasure trove of exploration. Learn to surf, walk the beaches in the Pacific Rim, or stay cozy in a seaside cabin for some spectacular storm watching. And what better way to round out your summer than spending it on a beach watching the sun set on the open Pacific ocean? BC - you're a stunner.