Writing the travel section of WL's summer 2021 issue was a challenge—with print deadlines set months before restrictions lifted, most of us hadn't ventured outside our neighbourhoods in over a year. So instead, we looked back at some of our favourite local destinations: places we could see ourselves exploring once COVID was more under control. The following is our picks of the best spots in B.C. (all a roadtrip away!), and we're happy to say that now, we can visit them once again.

comox beach houseStacey McLachlan

1. A Comox Beach House

A beautiful home on the beach becomes headquarters for a gal pal vacation. More on this getaway here.

Victoria's Inn at Laurel PointVince Klassen

2. Modern Architecture in Victoria

An architectural tour of Victoria's modern marvels. All four downtown destinations here.

wayne and fredaDestination BC / @vancouverfoodie

3. A Penticton Coffee Shop with a Great Origin Story

Why is Wayne and Freda called Wayne and Freda? More on the name and the food they're serving here.

J and L drive in

4. A Classic Port Alberni Drive-In

You can still get a burger for less than $5, but you have to venture to this Port Alberni spot.Fraser RiverDestination BC / Michael Bednar

5. Spectacular Views in Lillooet

The first time contributor Frances Bula went to Lillooet, it was an accident. Now, this trip is a treasured tradition.Saltery Bay Provincial ParkTomas Jirku

6. Two Ferries to Powell River

Gorgeous landscapes, a farmers' market, tacos and Canada's oldest movie theatre make the journey to Powell River more than worth it—full details here.