4 Places in BC to Roadtrip to this Holiday
Whether you prefer to spend your holidays in the presence of fresh pow, or would rather watch a winter storm from the comfort of an ocean-front spa, these 4 BC winter getaways offer something for every fair and foul-weather traveller.
Wickaninnish Spa Getaway
If a busy week has you yearning for down pillows rather than downhill skiing, or if that last trip up the mountain left your back in knots, indulge in a weekend of rest and relaxation at Tofino’s Wickaninnish Inn.
Greet the morning with a yoga class in the private Rainforest Haven studio, before choosing from a variety of treatments and packages at the Ancient Cedars Spa. Soak in a bath of seaweed salts, try a mani/pedi, or loosen your muscles with a hot stone massage.
Once your mind and body are at ease, return to the tranquility of your room and take in the majesty of the Vancouver Island coastline before you. All rooms boast ocean views, which become even more impressive in the winter as gale force winds and 10-foot breakers turn the ocean into a raging storm before your eyes. (Special rates start at $220 during storm watching season.)
Kids and pets are also welcome. The Wickaninnish offers special pet-friendly rooms and dog sitting. And when it comes time for that much needed massage or glass of wine, babysitters are available to entertain your little ones.
Alpine Adventuring in Revelstoke
Journey to the edge of the BC Rockies with Revelstoke Alpine Adventures for some extreme winter recreation that will have you traversing through miles of untouched terrain or climbing your way up the side of a frozen waterfall.
The mountain peaks surrounding Revelstoke offer unique alpine adventuring that makes the 6.5-hour road trip worth the mileage. Strap on your gear and hike hut to hut on the high level Wapta Traverse. This glaciated trek will take you to four different alpine huts over the course of five days and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain range.
Alternatively, you can try your hand at ice climbing, using some of the best frozen waterfalls on the planet as your winter playground. Experienced guides will lead you along ice routes that scale the sides of mountains and bring you face to face with nature’s frozen force.
Ainsworth Hot Springs
If bundling yourself up for an early day on the mountain is not your winter style, then Ainsworth Hot Springs offers an alternative way to relax this season.
Dip your toes into the warm natural mineral waters of the lounging pools, or explore the hot spring cave with its stalactites and stalagmites. This unique horseshoe-shaped stone cave is where the waters first enter Ainsworth and is the hottest pool on site.
Once you're hot enough to require cooling, grit your teeth in the stream-fed cold plunge. Later, take a scenic hike through the surrounding forest trails or continue the relaxation with a nice dinner in the Springs Dining Room.
Skiing on Mount Washington
Just because the sun goes down before dinner, doesn’t mean your day on the mountain needs to end, in fact, it can be just the beginning! Vancouver Island’s Mount Washington Ski Resort offers night skiing on both alpine and nordic runs throughout the season.
Known for its stellar skiing, Mount Washington makes hitting moguls or cruising terrain even more enchanting when experienced under a canopy of stars.
With runs of all skill levels open into the evening, snow bunnies and serious skiers alike can stay strapped in until 10 pm (Friday & Saturday) (9 pm Thursday & Sunday).And if carving down the Coaster isn’t enough for the alpine adventurer, the Terrain Park also stays open during those hours.