Travel allows up to reconnect and grow as individual or closer to those we are travelling with. The issue that many people encounter is the price tag that comes along with vacations. Enjoying time away shouldn’t break the bank and we hope this list of 10 cheap getaway’s in stunning British Columbia will inspire your next trip.
Nakusp Hot Springs
HI Jericho Beach
Set a comfortable 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver and amongst the beauty of Jericho beach, this hostel is affordable but beautiful. Interestingly, it used to be a part of the 1930 air force barracks but where converted in 1971 to a 300 – bed hostel! It’s an awesome place to stay to enjoy all of West Coast beach vibes like paddle boarding, swimming, tanning, and caching the best sunsets in town.
Camping in National and Provincial Parks
A timeless way to experience BC on a budget is camping or RVing! Options in BC are plenty, with 7 national parks and about 900 provincial parks it’s a fun and easy way to enjoy nature. Relax around a campfire with star illuminating the night sky and enjoy activities during the day like biking, hiking, swimming or fishing! Some options to consider are Golden Ears Provincial Park, Wells Gray Provincial Park or Cape Scott!
Stay Like A Local
Find accommodation in many exotic locations in beautiful British Columbia for much cheaper rates than hotels and stay at homes of locals. You can enjoy an entire apartment so you can get a total immurement into the province allowing you to live like a local!
Located off the beaten track and family run and operated, Mussel Beach Camping is heaven on Vancouver Island! The camp ground is ocean front with eco-friendly washing facilities and wonderful 360 nature. You can be sure to expect some exciting wildlife including black bears, eagles, otters and sea lions! Find out why it’s called mussel beach by taking a stroll on the long beach!
Soule Creek Lodge
Explore the unchartered area of San Juan Ridge Above Botanical Bay on Vancouver Island in a groovy cabin or chic yurt! The lodge is run and operated by two chefs, so you’ll be sure to dine in local style. Meals including breakfast are eaten enjoying panoramic views, getting you set up for exploring the Botanical Beach, a part of the famous Juan de Fuca hiking trail. There are also interesting worldy rock pools and 73 metre Red Creek fir trees – the world’s largest!
A jem of the west coast, the Haida Gwaii Island is a must see. At the most northern tip is Naikoon provincial park, North Beach where adventurous folk can either camp on the beach or enjoy ocean front camping at Agate Beach for very affordable prices. Haida Gwaii is a must see for many people and this beach is one of a kind!
Salt Spring Spa
Located a mere 35-minute ferry ride away, those looking to relax can head to Salt Spring Spa on Salt Spring Island. On an midweek off season day, the overnight rates are reduced dramatically, allowing you to relax in the seaside chalet with mineral water hot tubs, roaring fire and various treatments in the Ayurveda spa. When you’re not enjoying the many amenities, Salt Spring is a quirky and artistic hub where you can find something unique to see and taste and explore!
Whaler on the Point Guesthouse
Prices in Tofino can be a little off putting when you want to enjoy an affordable surfing and beach trip. At Whaler on the Point you can enjoy a trip without breaking the bank plus it feels more like guesthouse then a hostel with its sauna, patio and comfortable private rooms. Nearby are boat trips to places like Jamies Whaling Station where you can visit hot springs, cedar trees and whale watch. Enjoy the locals who are known for being welcoming and grab some food at the famous Tacofino food truck for cheap but delicious eats!
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