There’s love in the air this month, and now is the perfect time to whisk your Valentine away to a quaint, romantic town in BC. From charming towns with natural hot springs to places with renowned dining options, here are some of the most romantic small towns you can visit in BC.
Harrison Hot Springs
In addition to being a world-class hot springs destination, Harrison Hot Springs is home to a stunning clear-blue lake (Harrison Lake) and plenty of lush forests to explore. Go for a late-summer dip, fishing, or boating on the lake before summer ends, or get cozy at the resort. Those interested in local history can check out the Harrison Hot Springs Museum and stroll through the Native Village.
This is the place to take your date if they’re a film/TV buff. Just a 40-minute ferry ride from West Vancouver, the quaint town of Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast is best known as the location behind CBC’s longest-running show “The Beachcombers.”
Visitors at Gibsons Landing can check out the iconic yellow-and-blue Molly’s Reach restaurant, which now offers a West Coast-inspired menu and revamped interior, according to Sunshine Coast Tourism. That said, the beloved spot still retains its heritage and coastal charm, so be sure to snap a photo if you visit!
Situated in the Selkirk Mountains in southeast BC, the town of Nakusp is truly a hidden gem, complete with stunning lakes, forests, and mineral-rich hot springs to explore. Visitors can unwind at a number of private hot springs or check out several public pools and spas, as well as spend the day at the nearby Arrow Lake.
Outdoor enthusiasts can also take advantage of the town’s extensive network of hiking trails, mountain bike trails, and horseback riding opportunities.
And come wintertime, Nakusp transforms into the ultimate destination for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
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Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies is Fernie, a one-stop destination for skiing, snowboarding, fishing, hiking, and mountain biking. The town’s quaint downtown shops and thriving arts and culture scene are also worth checking out, as is the Nelson Museum Archives and Gallery.
Another spot located in the Okanagan Valley worth visiting is Penticton – a thriving hub for endless outdoor opportunities and arts and culture events. Visitors can enjoy swimming in warm waters, camping, mountain biking, hiking, and perusing the town’s local shops, museums, galleries, and theatres. Oh, and if you want to check out a bit of local history, consider visiting the S.S. Sicamous Heritage Park!
So there you have it, BC! Your next romantic adventure awaits.