Things to do within driving distance of Vancouver!
Unique Day Trips from Downtown Vancouver
Sure – there are great daytrips to be had to Whistler, Victoria and the North Shore. We can help set you up with these trips by booking tours or providing directions and other information to these destinations. There are, however, many unique places to make your trip experience different than what many people see of Vancouver and the surrounding areas. Here are a few of our ideas:
Named as a result of the 2400+ hours of annual sunshine it receives, the Sunshine Coast is part of the mainland of British Columbia – though, it is only accessible via ferry. The ferry departs from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver and arrives at Langdale terminal, which is on the outskirts of Gibsons. Enjoy the relaxing 40-minute ferry ride through Howe Sound. Once in Gibsons, grab some fish n’ chips at the docks and stroll through the town and waterfront!
Picnic, anyone? Bowen Island is a brief 20-minutes ferry from Horseshoe Bay. Grab some snacks and walk through Crippen Regional Park to Killarney Lake. If the season is right, free salmonberries, huckleberries and blackberries are to be had along the trail for dessert!
On the southern tip of Richmond is a little village called Steveston. It’s maritime history is most notably preserved by the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Once you’ve finished learning about the history of fishing – why not grab some lunch? A short drive from Steveston is the “Highway to Heaven” – for all of your spiritual needs! It features the many faiths of the people of the local area. Don’t forget to check out the International Buddhist Temple – the second largest Buddhist temple in North America!
A favourite daytrip for locals without the traffic of Grouse Mountain/Capilano. Lynn Canyon offers a large variety of hiking trails from mild to wild. You will also find a suspension bridge akin to Capilano – only not as big. It does have the advantage of being free, though!
Deep Cove is a small village on the Eastern edge of North Vancouver. Although technically part of the district, it has a distinct laid back feel to it. Enjoy the scenery while having lunch at one of the many cafés. There are places to rent kayaks to explore the cove and up towards Indian Arm.
Rainy Days Vancouver
This past June has been one of the rainiest in history – well as far back as we can remember anyway. And although rain may not be the best weather for a vacation, don’t let it dampen your spirits too much. If the thought of exploring a city with an umbrella in tow doesn’t appeal to you, then you’ll love this selection of fun filled Vancouver rainy day activities.
If you melt in the rain…
These activities will keep you dry and warm all day long, no matter the weather outside!
Although most people think that science world is just for kids, we tend to recommend it for people of all ages. Sure, some of the exhibits are targeted at the youngsters (they have a whole section called Kidspace dedicated to kids aged 2 – 6), but some of the exhibits they have definite appeal to an older audience. For example, they are currently featuring a Leonardo da Vinci exhibit entitled Da Vinci – The Genius. Running all summer long (until September 3), patrons of all ages can observe inventions created from da Vinci’s sketches – creations that he only dreamt about building, built in modern times. There are also cool interactive presentation of some of his most famous pieces, and many more exciting activities for the whole family.
Take in a Show
Vancouver has countless theatres which are showing more than just the blockbuster movies. See what’s playing at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Hamilton St. This summer you can catch terrific performances such as Mary Poppins and Jersey Boys. Or head down to Denman Street and check out the Denman Cinema, which is just a few blocks from our hotel, where you can catch the latest blockbuster hit.
Hit the Shops
Vancouver is lucky enough to be close to plenty of street shops, as well as a few major malls. The Pacific Centre is located in downtown Vancouver at Georgia and Granville, right in the heart of downtown. It features popular shopping spots like H & M, Sephora, Holt Renfrew and many more. Considered Vancouver’s “premier shopping destination” you’re sure to find all you need here. But if that’s not enough, just hop on the SkyTrain and head over to Metrotown. Metrotown is about a 20 minute SkyTrain right from the heart of Vancouver, but it’s definitely worth the trip. With over 450 stores, a full food court, and a movie theatre, there is definitely enough to do here to waste away a rainy day.
If you don’t mind a few showers…
Sure, you might get a little damp doing these activities, but just consider it part of the Vancouver experience.
Granville Island is a great place to check out rain or shine. The island has its own personal umbrella, courtesy of the Granville Street Bridge, which keeps it mostly dry. If you’re looking for a unique gift for someone back home, or maybe just a treat for yourself, then Granville Island is the place to go. Anything from an original piece of art to some funky jewellery or clothing, Granville Island has it all. And don’t forget to check out the many delicious food vendors, the only problem you’ll have there is picking which to eat at. Our favourite part about Granville Island is the Farmers Market held every Thursday in the summer. Stop by from 9:00am – 3:00pm and pick up some of the many varieties of fresh fruit and produce that the BC has to offer.
Bard on the Beach has started again for another season of Shakespeare. This year you can pick between four Shakespeare classics: The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and King John. The theatres are covered, but it does get a little chilly after sunset so be sure to bring a sweater. After the play you can finish off the evening with a walk along English Bay – even if the weather isn’t the nicest, the beach is always enjoyable.