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Over 2 million Canadians travelled south to Florida this year to escape the notorious winters of the Great White North that we affectionately call home.

But many stalwart Canucks are discovering that a welcome reprieve from the characteristically harsh Canadian winter can be found without ever having to crack out the passport.

Welcome to British Columbia. It's true that Canada is famously cold this time of year. The East Coast receives its annual lashing of nasty Atlantic weather; Quebec disappears into its regular deepfreeze; Ontario's lakes freeze over; the prairies howl with bitter blizzards; the Yukon and the Territories become barely inhabitable. Yet, BC enjoys some of the most temperate weather in the country. It's not that it doesn't snow here. In fact, BC enjoys a liberal dose of the white stuff every season. But the temperature never gets that extreme and if you make it as far as the coast, you'll likely be cracking an umbrella out before you'll be cracking out the snowshoes. The bottom line is this: Most of the time, you have the choice to go or not go to the snow and whether you're getting a suntan while skiing Whistler or browsing the antique shops on a rainy afternoon in Victoria, winter is better here. Just ask the 'Snowbird' tourists who have begun make this their seasonal home. From long term rentals to shorter 'escapes', British Columbia is your best bet for a frostbite-free vacation.

With a climate comparable to San Francisco, California, Victoria might be the only city in the country where a mild, sunny Christmas is always a distinct possibility. Although the city does generally experience some yearly snowfall it usually manifests as trace amounts and sometimes doesn't show up at all! In fact, Victoria at its winter worst generally means you just need to bring an umbrella while golfing - a fact obvious in the abundance of fantastic year-round golf courses in and around the city. This coastal capital on the tip of Vancouver Island can get its fair share of rain and is also known for the windstorms that whip in from the Pacific, but what better weather to enjoy a hot chocolate while watching the soaring seagulls as salty waves crash against the beautiful Dallas Road seawall... And it beats a blizzard any day! Victoria's winter vacation rentals include…

Vacation Home Rentals in Victoria BC
Victoria BC Vacation Home Rentals Eagle View - One Bedroom Condo Steps to Bear Mountain Golf Course
Bedrooms: 1 (sleeps 2)
Bathrooms: 1
Location: Victoria BC - On the Green
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North of Victoria, the rest of Vancouver Island is home to smaller, quaint cities and towns with thriving communities that have much to offer year round. From cozy fireside pubs to curiosity shops, these communities have a magic unto themselves that is even more palpable during the sleepier offseason. Beautiful wilderness abounds across the island. Whether hiking through the rich green coastal rainforests of the Carmanah Valley or watching diehard surfers tackle the famously ferocious winter waves at Longbeach or Sombreo, this season brings Vancouver Island to life in a memorable way that only the winter can provide. And for those who still enjoy their snow in manageable doses, Mount Washington in the Comox Valley is the Vancouver Island mecca for alpine sports fun. Vancouver Island's winter Vacation Home Rentals include…

Vacation Home Rentals in Cowichan Lake BC
Cowichan Lake BC Vacation Home Rentals Marble Bay Lakefront House - Amazing Lakefront 3 Bedroom House
Bedrooms: 3 (sleeps 8)
Bathrooms: 2
Location: Cowichan Lake BC - Lakefront with beach access
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Unlike its smaller sister-city, Vancouver experiences much more rain than Victoria, partially due to its proximity to the coastal mountains. But those same mountains provide all the alpine winter fun one could desire only a short drive from the milder, if wetter, metropolis. Just cross the Lions Gate Bridge to the North Shore and you'll find Cypress Bowl, Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour all promising to realize your skiing, snowboarding and backcountry dreams. At the end of the day, you can still descend into the milder climes of the big city. And with the season's shorter days come longer nights - Vancouver has the bars, pubs and nightclubs to make them worthwhile! Vancouver's winter Vacation Home Rentals include…

Vacation Home Rentals in Downtown Vancouver BC
Downtown Vancouver BC Vacation Home Rentals Sheraton Wall Centre 11 - Downtown Vancouver 2 Bedroom Executive
Bedrooms: 2 (sleeps 4)
Bathrooms: 2
Location: Downtown Vancouver BC - Downtown with mountain views
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While the Thompson Okanagan is as close as British Columbia comes to traditional Canadian winter weather, a unique meteorological phenomena sets this region apart from other Canadian winter-scapes: it's called Champagne Snow and due to a combination of seasonal weather patterns, directional winds and high altitudes, it provides the area with some of the finest powder snow to be found anywhere on the continent - all the while delivering characteristically sunny and mild weather. This may be why the Thompson Okanagan consistently features as the poster child for the most popular ski and snowboard magazines in North America. Alpine resorts such as Big White in Kamloops, Silverstar in Vernon, and Sun Peaks in Kelowna do a thriving business every year with visitors coming from all over the globe. The Thompson Okanagan is also an epicenter for other winter sports including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and in particular, snowmobiling. In fact, many of the townships in the region boast their own network of snowmobile trails. Simply put, the Thompson Okanagan is the ideal destination for visitors who are looking for some good, active fresh air during their winter vacation. The Thompson Okanagan winter Vacation Home Rentals include…

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Okanagan BC Vacation Home Rentals Sunnyside Over The Lake - Incredible 5 Bedroom Okanagan Lake View Home with Hot Tub
Bedrooms: 5 (sleeps 8)
Bathrooms: 3
Location: Okanagan BC - Lake and Mountain Views
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Home is where the heart is, whatever the season. This winter, let us sort out the details.

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