4 Last Minute Long Weekend Roadtrips
Well. It’s finally here. We’ve all been dreading it, but there’s no putting it off any longer: the end of summer is here and there’s nothing we can do about it. But don’t cry. You have one more weekend to get one last summertime roadtrip in. So what are you going to do with it?
If you’re faced with a weekend where you really, really, really want to get away, but you’re not quite sure where to go, we have you covered with these weekend getaways that won’t break the bank and aren't too far away.
The closest getaway from Vancouver that makes you feel like you’re still getting away from the city if a quick trip up the Sea-to-Sky for a Whistler village escape. The popular resort town is always bustling in winter, but during the summer, it’s still popular for many a reason: weekend spa getaways, mountain biking, parties, and hikes. If you want to opt for a bit of luxury, treat yourself to a few nights stay in one of the beautiful hotels. If it’s a camping weekend you’re after, then you’re in good hands. Find a place nearby, and mosey around the village to see what’s in store (don’t say no to Zog’s Dog’s poutine).
If you haven’t experienced Cultus Lake, you’re in for a treat. Boating, a big lake, hot temperatures in the valley, and water slides (who doesn’t love water slides?). There’s always plenty to do in the area. Have a picnic by the beach, sit on the dock with a few friends, or relive your childhood and go down a few slides. If you’re staying for the whole long weekend, try renting a cabin, or why not camp under the stars?
The ultimate long weekend destination, the Okanagan will take you 4-5 hours from Vancouver, but it will be worth every minute. Hot weather, sunny skies, lakes, and wineries – what’s not to love? There is plenty to do: boating, hiking, mountain biking, wine tours, pub crawls. We suggest not investing too much in a hotel: you’ll be out exploring the interior too much! Try renting a cabin, staying in a hostel, motel, or “rough” it in a tent for the weekend.
Past Hope, Manning Park is a great getaway for any time of year. With excellent access to hiking and mountain biking, there is so much to explore and see. If you’re feeling fancy, you can rent out a deluxe cabin (why not), or you can stay in one of the cheaper rooms. Take a camera (and bring your patience) and if you stay in one place for long, you might just catch a glimpse of some wildlife.