With plenty of time left to sightsee this summer, many of us are looking forward to getting behind the wheel, hitting the open road and exploring Canada’s secret treasures.

Although vacations may look a little different this year as we prefer to stay closer to home, the day trip has emerged as the preferred getaway, according to a national survey conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Toyota Canada.

Only a quarter of Canadians feel comfortable taking a plane at the moment, but 70 per cent do feel comfortable travelling by car outside of their city or town, and almost half are planning at least one day trip over the next two months. Of those planning to hit the road, most are opting to stay within a 100-kilometre radius of home.

B.C. residents are taking precautions while on the road, with almost 80 per cent limiting contact with people outside of their inner circle. Fortunately, there are still plenty of places to visit if avoiding crowds is a priority for you.

So, what are you waiting for? Pack up your vehicle and check out these lesser known—but equally exciting—day-trip destinations!

Vancouver

  • Cypress Falls Park. Why drive all the way to Whistler? Although it’s just a 20-minute drive from Vancouver, Cypress Falls Park offers hiking through forests with 300-year-old red cedars and Douglas firs – not to mention gorgeous rushing waterfalls.
  • The Backyard Farm. A foodie’s paradise can be found at the end of the beautiful “Golden Mile” just outside of Oliver, B.C. After exploring the surrounding wine country, head to this two-acre hobby orchard property and farmhouse-turned-chef’s table surrounded by vineyards, heritage fruit trees and garden beds. Offering menus and culinary workshops inspired by the seasonal bounty, you must try the chef’s table for an unforgettable experience.
  • Harrison Hot Springs. Less than two hours from Vancouver, the tranquil Harrison Hot Springs is wildly popular with health enthusiasts and intrepid travellers alike. The space boasts hot springs that are among the most mineral rich in the world due to their particularly high sulphur concentrations. Fill up your day by exploring the picturesque marina nearby, taking in local art or going for a stroll through Sasquatch Provincial Park.