The Bright-er Side: Local travel

Nothing beats a local change of scenery

Illustration of Gondola cars going up cables with snowy mountains in the background.
ILLUSTRATION: Victoria Lo / The Peak

By: Izzy Cheung, Arts & Culture Editor

With work, school, and a variety of other commitments, who has the time to take a month-long trip to Europe? Even finding a week to chill on a tropical beach can be difficult, which is why setting aside a few days for local travel can do wonders for a mental reset. Chances are, if you’re looking for a short break mid-semester, you won’t be able to hop off the plane at LAX. A long weekend is much better suited to enjoying the natural beauty offered by a quick stay on Clayoquot Sound

Imagine this: you wake up, peel open the blinds, and enjoy a coffee on the balcony while taking in the majestic view of Cwítima/Kacwítima (Líl̓wat language) or Skwik̲w (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh language), otherwise known as Whistler Mountain. You don’t even have to drive here — a 2–3 hour shuttle ride can land you in this ski town that rivals places like Banff and Aspen. Some of the best adventures can be held in our own backyard! 

There’s no better place to visit than Salt Spring Island when you’re craving a quaint, cozy weekend getaway. SYOW̱T (Ganges Harbour) is home to most of the island’s restaurants, markets, and shops, while Tl’elhum (St. Mary Lake) and Ts’uween (Mount Tuam) can be found farther inland.

Regardless of where you go, travelling is always a fun experience. For less stress and more rest, keep your journeys close to home and visit a local gem! 

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