It’s not called ‘beautiful British Columbia’ for no reason. This province is rich with nature and culture rich places to visit. Looking for an adventure? Perhaps a luxury getaway with hot springs and five star spa accommodations? This list of twenty five getaways in BC during March has you covered.
1. Harrison Hot Springs (Resort and Spa
Address: 100 Esplanade Avenue
Skiing? Tubing? Snowboarding? Snow shoeing? Check. Whistler has it all. This picturesque town is nestled at the base of Whistler Blackcomb. March is prime conditions for perfect powder on the slopes and sunshine in town while you wander and explore the shops and many restaurants and pubs. Picturesque lakes, hiking trails, tours, and exceptional dining experiences await.
3. Sparkling Hill (Kelowna)
Sparkling Hill is a dazzling resort with one special feature: swarovski crystals. If you’re looking for something with some sparkle for a special getaway with your sweetheart, this is it. Go for a dip in the pool or indulge in a plunge in your own private in suite jacuzzi. Psst! There’s swarovski crystals everywhere!
Address: 888 Sparkling Place, Vernon
4. Big White
The perfect combination of luxury alpine resort living and winter sports. Spend the beautiful afternoons skiing, snowboarding and tubing, and come back to the lodge to soak in the hot tubs and enjoy a hearty meal before returning to your five star hotel room. Big White is Canada’s Favourite Family Resort with something for everyone. If you’re here on March 20th the Family channel will be there to present Big White’s Jr. Chef Challenge!
Address: 5315 Big White Road, Kelowna
At Silverstar you’ll find yourself surrounded by snow covered mountains. The colourful mid mountain village is nothing short of magical. Stop into local shops for shopping or some specialty coffee before hitting the slopes. Let yourself breathe in this winter wonderland and leave your troubles at the door.
-“Ski where you can breathe”
Address: 123 Shortt St, Silver Star Mountain
6. Victoria – Fairmont Empress
The Fairmont Empress is as impressive as she sounds. Tucked in tight against Victoria’s shimmering inner harbor, this getaway spot can be whatever you make it. Spend your mornings and afternoons wandering the city. With a prime downtown location the Empress is in walking distance of shops, restaurants, cafes, and Craigdarroch Castle, a National Historic Site and historic House Museum. If you fancy a bit of history with your getaway, this is the place for you! Proceeds of admission go to funding restoration of the castle, which was originally built between 1887-1890.
Address: 721 Government Street, Victoria
8. Cold Fire Creek Dog sledding
Are you a big softy for our furry canine friends? Have you always wanted to grip the bars of a dogsled and cry “mush!” as your team of dogs pull you through the snow and deep into the Canadian Rockies? If the answer is ‘yes’, look no further. Cold Fire Creek Dogsledding takes you along a hundred year old trapping trail with a campfire stop for lunch. Consider staying at the Mico Mountain Lodge, just ten minutes from the sled site. Tips: Dress as if you were going skiing, don’t forget your camera, and be prepared to give a lot of ear scratches!
Address: 11865 Hwy 16, Valemount
9. Emerald Lake Lodge
Emerald Lake Lodge is the place to be if you’re looking for the perfect combination of scenic nature and rich history. Take a tour of the lodge and see the century old fireplaces and the oak bar, salvaged from an 1890 Yukon Saloon. Take in the vast mountain peaks all around, the famous sparkling lake, and warm up in the lodge’s outdoor state of the art steel hot tub. This destination is sure to remind you that this earth we call home is a wondrous place, and we are but small specks on its journey.
Address: 1 Emerald Lake Rd, Field
10. Assiniboine Lodge
A warm welcome awaits visitors to Canada’s first backcountry ski lodge. If the hustle, bustle, and grind of daily life is weighing heavily on you, unplug at Assiniboine Lodge. Ski the same trails guests travelled ninety years ago. Revel in the solitude of the several surrounding turquoise lakes. Bask in the afternoon sun as it glistens on the snow covered meadows. Turn in for an evening of hearty meals and star gazing, and leave ready to tell your friends and family about this magical stay.
Address: Assiniboine Park
11. Salt Spring Island
Kick off early spring on the succinctly named Salt Spring Island. Are you a foodie? Well. This is the right place for you. Explore local eats and markets as Salt Spring wakes up from its winter slumber. Enjoy leisurely strolls down the beach to spot marine life, or push yourself to do some more challenging uphill hikes, where you’ll discover inspiring fauna during all seasons of the year.
12. Nimmo Bay Resort
Are you seeking peace and solitude? Nimmo Bay is it. Experience this all inclusive resort tucked in the wilderness of the southern Great Bear Rainforest. Accessible only by float plane or helicopter, this getaway is sure to reconnect you with nature and fill you with peace (and fresh air). Tip: pack lightly and with layers (and don’t forget your swimsuit!). The resort provides necessary items like hiking boots, fishing gear, rain gear, water storm suits and much more. PS. There is an option for larger groups to book the entire lodge, since it’s a small and intimate property.
Address: 100 Little Nimmo Bay, Mackenzie Sound, Mount Waddington
Vancouver might be aptly known as the rainy city, but it’s also thriving with activity in the spring. Vancouver is the perfect hub to explore all the hotspots of the city: Granville Island, Gastown, Stanley Park, Robson street for shopping- you name it, Vancouver’s got it. For incredible harbor views check out the Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver’s most renowned hotel, and take a wander across the street to get up close and personal with the 2010 Olympic Torch lighting ceremony site and designated monument.
14. Haida Gwaii
Also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, Haida Gwaii is an archipelago off BC’s west coast. Rich with wildlife, this area is free from chain stores and franchises. It’s all local, and the winter and early spring is prime social time as everyone gets ready for peak tourism season. Enjoy markets and concerts and the slow paced lifestyle of the island. Home to the Haida Gwaii since time immemorial, bring your respect as you gaze upon the century old totem poles that still stand today. Accommodations range from rustic cabins to luxury lodges in the place locals call ‘the edge of the world’.
15. Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Revelstoke Mountain is experiencing it’s second snowiest winter on record. Do you know what that means? It’s time to ski, snowboard, or participate in any snow related sport your heart desires. The resort is only a ten minute drive from town, so you won’t have to waste any time getting from point A to point B, and don’t worry about road conditions, there is a shuttle available. Pop into town to explore or stay on the slopes- summer is coming, after all!
Address: 2950 Camozzi Rd, Revelstoke
16. Golden BC
Here it is, dino lovers. A getaway of the ages. Stay at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort as you visit Golden, a historic town surrounded by six national parks. Try snowmobiling or skiing, or better yet, take the forty five minute drive up to the Burgess Shale site and get a glimpse of early life 500 million years ago.
17. Hot Springs
Whether you are looking for secluded, undeveloped springs, or those that feature other services and amenities, British Columbia has a multitude of hot springs available for travellers in almost every part of the province.
19. Apex Mountain Resort
Experience the slopes and what has been coined the ‘Okanagan Champagne Powder’. The lightest snow crystals mean this snow stays pristine and light for days without fresh snowfall. The accommodations are just as wonderful. Choose from standard hotel rooms to luxurious chalets. There is something for everyone here. Check out midweek booking savings and don’t forget to do some wine tasting while you’re there!
Address: 1000 Stray Horse Rd, Hedley
20. Woods on Pender
Welcome to Pender Island! Experience a year round camping resort like no other. Take your pick from Airstream trailers with modern outfittings, cabins, Bunkie cabins, or the Woods Motel. Take a plunge in your private on site hot tub. Head down to the kitchen to enjoy a meal with the other campers. Go for hikes or on walking trails or just stay at your site and play a game of cards and sip coffee or hot chocolate as you enjoy the simple things. Find other amenities like a liquor store, bakery, cidery, local grocer, and more!
Address: 4709 Canal Road, Pender Island
21. Vancouver Island
Explore Vancouver Island by car. Take a mini road trip and enjoy the coastal views or head inland for festivals and events. Check out the Butchart gardens (you might want to bring an umbrella) and don’t forget to head down to Victoria to see the Parliament Building and book a tour.
Take a forty minute BC ferry ride to Gibsons, the home of the Squamish and Sechelt First Nations. This small boat harbor, artist rich community also played host to the hit TV show, ‘The Beachcombers’ from 1972-1990. Enjoy scenic hikes or wander through museums and art galleries. Immerse yourself in a variety of dining options and explore local markets, or go cross country skiing or snowshoeing at Dakota Ridge.
23. Manning Park
Manning Park is a rustic getaway in Manning Provincial Park. Choose between private cabins or a stay at the lodge and spend your days on the slopes or exploring the park cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Enjoy the indoor pool and outdoor skating rink and the serene tranquility of nights away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Make sure you check out the night sky. It’s beautiful out here.
Address: 7500 Hwy #3, Manning Park
24. Radium Hot Springs
Spend your days on the slopes or sledding. Head into town and wander the small community nestled in a valley; find perspective and peace as you gaze up at the mountains all around you and return to the resort for a dip in the natural hot spring pool with views that will take your breath away.
Address: 7556 Main Street, East Radium Hot Springs
Phone: 250-347-9331 or 888-347-9331
25. Spring Lake Ranch
A natural paradise near 100 Mile House. Spring Lake Ranch has something for everyone in all seasons. Horseback riding, canoeing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and ice-fishing. Nestled away in the rolling hills of the Kootneys, this getaway is sure to leave you feeling relaxed and renewed.
Address: 5770 Spring Lake Rd, 100 Mile House
Did one of these twenty five getaways inspire you to take the plunge and book a trip? Whether you’re looking for peace and tranquility or a heart racing adventure, you’ll find it in the vast landscape and mountains of British Columbia. Come explore and experience this beautiful wild wilderness for yourself, whether you’re a visitor or a local, this province promises awe and inspiration for those who come looking.