Our fave destinations for a long-weekend getaway (and what to do while you’re there).

Whether you want to see another province, cross the border or play tourist close to home, these six destinations offer original ideas that will easily fill your May long weekend. (Photo: Mark Townsend, AlbertaWow

1. Take to the trails in Calgary

Ditch your wellies and lace up your hiking boots! Calgary has more than enough trails to keep you busy during the long weekend. From moderate paths that will take you through canyons and past waterfalls to difficult trails that end at the top of breathtaking summits, these Calgary hikes have an unforgettable scene waiting around each bend.

2. Eat like a local in Kelowna

You could spend a whole day eating your way through downtown Kelowna—and we highly recommend you do! We have an entire day of feasting planned for you, starting with a full-plate brunch and ending with a fresh-from-the-farm dinner (with plenty of time for coffee breaks and happy hour sips along the way).

3. Explore an unspoiled stretch of the Sunshine Coast

Forty-eight hours on the scenic norther Sunshine Coast will have you rethinking life in the city. Hike the Sunshine Coast Trail, listed to a fine dining chef rock out on the guitar and stay in a tudor-style boutique hotel that doubles as a museum (perfecting for wandering through on a lazy afternoon). You’ll never want to leave!

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(Photo: Pebbleshoo.)

4. Discover the springtime side of Squamish and Whistler

The snow may be gone, but there are plenty of reasons to visit these twin mountain villages: spend the weekend ziplining above Whistler’s forests, hiking the the Four Lakes Trail, relaxing with a deep-muscle massage at the Four Seasons Spa and sipping on beers at the Howe Sound brewery. Don’t forget to check out our suggestions for where to stay—the options range from a reclaimed cabin in the woods to a luxurious lakeside lodge. (Photo: Nicole Kandi.)

5. Sample from a cocktail master’s choice list in Capitol Hill

Heading to Seattle? Savour Capitol Hill’s laid-back vibe with a drink or two. Cocktail master (and former Vancouverite) Jamie Boudrea has all the suggestions you need for a whirlwind tour of the city’s greatest bars and restaurants.

6. Eat, sleep, play and repeat on a road trip through Oregon

More than 100 state parks and recreation areas line the 584-kilometre stretch between Fort Stevens and Crissey Field—and May Long Weekend is the perfect time to explore the dunes, surf the ways and stroll the beaches along the Oregon Coast.

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