Take the plunge at one these must-swim gems that are within a few hour drive from Vancouver. Perfect for a day trip or a quick weekend getaway.
Best Swimming Holes In BC
Lynn Canyon 30 Feet Pool, North Vancouver
Escape to this spot that is easily one of the North Shore’s best swimming holes. You can find it by traveling along the trail leading to Pipe Bridge. The bridge eventually crosses over the canyon and goes to the top of Lynn Valley Road. Swimmers can enjoy a refreshing dip while being absolutely immersed in nature. But keep in mind, you should not be cliff jumping here, as it’s extremely dangerous.
Location: Near Park Rd, North Vancouver, BC
Pitt River Hot Springs, Pitt Meadows
This lesser-known hot springs is quite a bit of a trek, but it’s totally worth the journey. Eager adventurers have to drive along Lougheed Highway towards Pitt Meadows and eventually Pitt Lake. Then it’s a 45-minute boat ride to the north end dock, followed by just over 20 km of biking on a flat logging road. From there, it’s a short 5-minute hike, with a steep rope descent to the secluded hot springs.
Location: Check out this spot near Pitt Lake in Pitt Meadows
Taylor River, Fanny Bay
You have to check out this spot the next time you’re visiting the Fanny Bay area of Vancouver Island. The river features intoxicating blue-green waters that will take your breath away. It winds through lush, forested riverbanks with several rope swings to discover along the way. It’s an idyllic spot to go sun tanning and then cool off in the water.
Location: Find it in Taylor Arm Provincial Park, which is off Pacific Rim Highway 4 on Vancouver Island
Lower Myra Falls, Campbell River
Find this hidden gem in Campbell River at the serene Strathcona-Westmin Provincial Park. It’s a short 1.5 kilometre hike that takes about 15 minutes to complete and leads you to one of the most beautiful waterfalls (and swimming holes) in the province. Once you arrive, you’ll be treated to its pristine impossibly-blue waters. It also gives you a great vantage point to take in views of Buttle Lake.
Location: It’s part of Strathcona-Westmin Provincial Park in Campbell River
Wally Creek, Near Tofino
Discover one of the most magical freshwater swimming experiences in BC at this scenic creek. It’s nestled in the beautiful woods that line the journey to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. The water is often referred to as being “Kool-Aid” because of its unreal colour. There are also many places where the creek runs quite deep, making it an ideal spot for a summer dip.
Location: Roughly 75 kms out of Tofino on Highway 4 on Vancouver Island