Power down and get outside on a great B.C. day trip
Can't get away for the weekend? Try a fabulous one-day adventure
Summer is just around the corner, and it's not just time for British Columbians to get outside to explore, it's also the time when the BC Hydro community team gets set for travelling across B.C. Not only is our team well versed in ways to reduce household energy use, our time on the road has also made us quite the savvy travellers.
To encourage you to power down those electronics and take advantage of the incredible day trips in our own backyard, here are four of my favourite places to visit in B.C.
1. Neck Point Park & White Sails Brewery, Nanaimo
One of my go-to spots when in Nanaimo, Neck Point Park is acclaimed for its pristine ocean views and a vast coastal mountain backdrop. This trail offers easy walking passages for all skill levels, and 36 acres of waterfront to explore. The northern section of the park is also a great lookout point for orcas, sea lions and otters.
Consider finishing the day with a taste of great local beer at White Sails Brewing. I highly recommend the Belgian White IPA, but try the sample flights to get a broader taste of what they have to offer.
2. Regional farmers market & Riverside Park, Kamloops
Enjoy a relaxing Wednesday evening or Saturday afternoon browsing the Kamloops Farmers' Market, which features a fantastic selection of local produce, prepared food and artisan crafts. Grab some snacks for a picnic at Riverside Park, just off the downtown core along the Thompson River. Every Wednesday night in the summer the park has Music in the Park free concert series at 7 p.m.
3. Whyte Lake, West Vancouver
One of the North Shore's best kept secrets, Whyte Lake is a serene getaway in the hills of West Vancouver above Horseshoe Bay. An easy five-kilometre trail featuring giant old-growth trees along Nelson Creek takes you to the lake and a small floating dock. This is my favourite North Shore swimming hole because it doesn't get as busy as its more accessible counterparts. Pack a cooler and park yourself on the dock for a blissful day at the lake.
4. Sunshine Coast Trail, Powell River
Often referred to as the "hidden gem" of B.C., the Sunshine Coast is a mere 40 minutes from Vancouver by ferry. The Sunshine Coast Trail spans 180 km along the coast from Lund to Saltery Bay. This hut-to-hut hiking trail is rather ambitious to tackle in its entirety, but the number of access points along the trail allow it to be broken up into shorter day hikes. While exploring the trail you'll encounter old growth trees, waterfalls and tranquil lakes all while taking in the breathtaking ocean views. I would highly recommend finishing the day off at Nancy's Bakery in Lund, where the he view is as incredible as their freshly baked blackberry cinnamon buns.
Dayna Isber is a member of BC Hydro's community team.