#Top5Tuesday: Long Weekend Destinations near Vancouver

Time to book your May Long Weekend Getaway

Long weekends can make you truly appreciate how much extra time you have if you just don’t go to work. This past Easter weekend I went almost all of Saturday feeling that it was Sunday. There are few greater feelings than being able to not set an alarm, and enjoy the little things. Unfortunately for those of us in the real estate game, we’re usually working on weekends (so don’t judge us if we’re golfing on a Wednesday). Though we’re just coming out of the Easter Long Weekend, it feels adequate enough to set our sights on BC Day, or the May Long Weekend. Also known as the official kickoff of summer, here are the top 5 destinations to escape to from Vancouver, in no particular order.

Whislter, BC  – 121km from Vancouver

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This staple for Long Weekends. Whistler is just a short drive up the Sea to Sky Highway, and offers plenty to keep you occupied. With the winter we had there most likely will still be some skiing available. But also be sure to reach your inner zen at the Scandinave Spa, play a round of golf at Nickalus North, or enjoy the resort life of Whistler Village.

Gibsons, BC – 46km from Vancouver

Just a short ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay, Gibsons is a beautiful seaside town on the Sunshine Coast. Close enough to the mainland to make it a quick trip but far enough away to unplug, Gibsons is the perfect long weekend getaway. Explore the waterfront area, adventure the hiking trails, or take a spin in a kayak.

Harrison Hot Springs – 131km from Vancouver

If the weather continues with the wet rainy trend that we’ve seen all year, Harrison Hot Springs will be the ideal long weekend location. However, the area is much more than just Harrison Lake and the Hot Springs resort. A full resort municipality of 1,500 people. There are plenty of hiking trails, and quaint shops and restaurants to keep you occupied for the weekend.

Victoria, BC – 114km from Vancouver

Experience island life, BC style. Although Victoria doesn’t offer the tropical weather normally associated with that term, you’ll notice the laid back feeling of relaxation and stress free living on Vancouver Island. Greater Victoria is BC’s second largest Metro Region, although it sure doesn’t feel like it. Experience the diverse Downtown Victoria, while also strolling around the inner harbour taking in sights of the BC Legislature and the historic Empress Hotel.

Osoyoos, BC – 400km from Vancouver

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A little farther from Vancouver than our other choices, but the drive is worth it for the May Long Weekend. As Canada’s warmest and driest climate, Osoyoos is tucked away in the Interior of British Columbia on the Canada/USA border. Built around Osoyoos Lake, the town’s population swells in the summer months. Since the lake is so shallow it is also the warmest in Canada, makes swimming nice and easy. Lot of hotels, camping, watersports, and golf courses to make sure your long weekend is on point.

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