While travelling within the past few years has needed meticulous planning, this spring is all about going with the flow. Inspired by the snowmelt, thawing waterfalls and rushing rivers we see here this time of year, this spring we’re being spontaneous while seeking easy, comfortable trips that focus on connecting to nature, wellness, and one another.
Spring in BC’s Land of Hidden Waters means dozy hibernating eyes are opening, wildflowers are beginning to bloom, and warm weather is returning. Here, you can expect endless hiking, paddling, and fishing, as well as farmer’s markets, patios, and cottage stays, all with zero crowds and zero stress.
And while we know going with the flow is about less planning, we couldn’t leave you without some inspiration! Here are 10 activity ideas for the ideal wellness-focused getaway in BC’s Land of Hidden Waters this spring.
1. BE ONE WITH THE FOREST AT CEDAR HAVEN RESORT
While Cedar Haven Resort’s aesthetic alone could convince us to stay here, did you know that there is actually scientific evidence pointing to the positive impact of spending time in forests? Not only does the soft sound of swaying trees and buzzing bees relax us but trees actually emit natural defence chemicals called phytoncides, which, when inhaled, aid our immune systems! Situated on 30 acres of pristine cedar forest primed and ready to offer you your dose of wellness, Cedar Haven has custom-built log chalets and luxury forest tents with all the amenities you need. Read that book you’ve been meaning to start, swing in a hammock, venture into Wells Gray Provincial Park for a hike, or relax the day away in their on-site sauna – whatever you choose you’ll be sure to feel invigorated.
2. TREAT YOURSELF TO SOME FARMERS’ MARKET RETAIL THERAPY
Although we usually think of relaxation when it comes to wellness, health and sustainability also fall under its umbrella. Shopping at farmers’ markets is a wonderful way to fuel your body with nutritious food, support local economies, and socialize with community members. You can find all the freshest spring goodies at the Barriere, Clearwater, Chase, and Kamloops Farmer’s Markets this spring.
3. GO FOR A HIKE
With flowers beginning to bloom, refreshing sunny days, a lack of summer crowds, and the snowmelt creating thunderous waterfalls, you can see why spring is our favourite season for hiking! A healthy and affordable activity, check out some of our favourite hikes in this region by visiting Tourism Kamloops’ Top 5 Spring Hikes article, our Wells Gray waterfall guide, or by heading to our hiking page.
4. INDULGE ON A PATIO
Maybe instead of getting active, you’re just in need of a chill day spent sipping some delicious drinks and basking in that spring sunshine… we don’t blame you! Clearwater’s Hop n’ Hog and the Painted Turtle both have delightful patios, or head to Kamloops where you’ll find multiple award-winning wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries complete with incredible patios and gardens.
5. RAISE YOUR SEROTONIN LEVELS BY VISITING CUTE SPRING ANIMALS
There’s a reason why care homes and universities are increasingly calling upon the help of animals for emotional support, time spent with furry friends is proven to boost happiness and reduce anxiety! Book a Spring or May Weekend special at Aveley Ranch’s Heritage Cabin and spend your stay interacting with their newborn lambs. Take adorable photos, help bottle feed them, and learn all about what it’s like living on a working ranch! If you’re looking for a day trip option, The Llama Sanctuary in Chase allows you to book a visit online. Dedicated to providing love and care for neglected, abused, and abandoned llamas and alpacas found within BC, these adorable animals will benefit just as much as you from a visit! For another immersive accommodation experience, book a stay at Wolfwood Guest Ranch where you can choose to take part in wilderness classes or spend your days visiting the ranch animals.
6. PADDLE YOUR TROUBLES AWAY
If you’ve ever kayaked, canoed, or paddle boarded on a serene lake, you know just how good for the soul it can be. Paddling awakens the senses and brings your awareness into the present moment which can be extremely beneficial for your mental health. The best part is that this region is home to hundreds of lakes so you’ll never have to worry about crowds. To learn more about where you can go, as well as rentals, visit our Rafting and Paddling page. For guided tours and multi-day rentals in Wells Gray, check out Clearwater Lake Tours, Murtle Canoes, and Wells Gray Adventures.
7. TRY A NEW ADVENTURE
Sometimes the best distraction from the rush of our day-to-day lives is to seek a different kind of rush… the adrenaline kind! How about a flightseeing tour of Wells Gray’s Trophy Mountains with Yellowhead Helicopters? Or perhaps an exhilarating white-water rafting trip with IWE, Riverside Adventures, or Liquid Lifestyles?
8. ESCAPE TO SIMPLER TIMES AT LUDKE COTTAGE
Secluded in Wells Gray Provincial Park, the Ludke Cottage is a 2-bedroom authentic heritage cabin that will make you feel like you’re in a Disney movie! Rather than waking up to emails and phone alarms, you’ll rise to the soft chirping of birds and the smell of fresh coffee. For those of you who would prefer having some of the modern conveniences such as wifi, a hot tub, and a gym, instead, book a room at Clearwater Springs Ranch which is owned by the same family and located on the same property.
9. HIT THE MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS
With its rugged landscape and rolling hills, this region was made for mountain biking. While the diverse trail systems in Kamloops and Wells Gray can’t be missed, another great spot is Chu Chua which lies between Barriere and Little Fort along the North Thompson River. Here, the Simpcw First Nation manages 16 km (10 mi) of epic mountain trails.
10. FIND SERENITY WHILE FISHING
Although we love ice-fishing, we’d be lying if we said we aren’t excited to see the lakes thawing and fish jumping! Fishing is a great way to increase concentration, reduce stress and connect with friends and yourself. Choose from our thousands of lakes and venture out by yourself along the Fishing Highway 24 corridor. If you’re new to the area, there are also lots of guided trips and fishing lodges. Opening June 1st, Meadow Lake Fishing Camp, for example, offers award-winning hospitality and fantastic fly and spin fishing. Get more information about fishing in BC’s Land of Hidden Waters here.