14 Best Day Trips from Vancouver, BC: Complete Planning Guide
Vancouver, BC is ideally situated close to jaw-dropping mountains, beautiful stretches of coastline, and a myriad of quirky towns and cities to suit all interests. There are many places you can scramble up a peak in the morning then beachcomb and kayak all afternoon before treating yourself to a well-deserved dinner and drinks in the evening.
You don’t have to drive far to have some seriously epic day trips from Vancouver – in fact, all of the locations listed in this guide involve under three hours driving, round-trip.
I’ve spent the last few years exploring the west coast of Canada, largely in search of great trails and tasty ales (I’m European so we take beer very, very seriously) and I have found some absolute gems that I’m excited to share with you!
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The 14 Best Day Trips from Vancouver, B.C. (Outdoor Adventures + Charming Towns)
Here are 14 day trips to help you discover and plan your next day out from Vancouver.
Day Trips for Outdoor Adventures
If you’re looking to escape the city for a day and get into the beautiful mountains in British Columbia, here are a couple of options for you to choose from .
Distance from Vancouver: 1 hour / 40 miles
Getting There: From Downtown Vancouver: head north on Highway 99 to Squamish, following the Sea-to-Sky Highway up to Squamish.
In all honesty, I could write this entire article about Squamish – there is so much to do. It is a historic First Nations town laden with history, and is the staging-post for the best outdoor adventures close to Vancouver.
Hiking, skiing, biking, boating: you won’t be disappointed with a day trip here! The drive is also breathtaking, as the Coast Mountains loom over the highway with their snowy peaks and sheer cliff faces.
Hiking in Shannon Falls Provincial Park
Shannon Falls is BC’s third highest waterfall and tumbles an impressive 1,000 feet down the cliff-side. This is a great place to stop en route to Squamish, just one mile south of the town. Get there early to avoid the masses!
The hike to the base of the waterfall is an easy half-mile out-and-back just off the highway, if you just want to see the falls and surrounding forest. For the more adventurous folk who want a full day’s hiking, then test your strength with the Upper Shannon Falls Trail.
A challenging 10-mile out-and-back with over 3,000 feet of elevation gain is not everyone’s cup of tea; but the views of the mountains and ocean around you are so worth the effort!
Psst: Read the next section about Garibaldi Provincial Park for some more great hikes super close to Squamish!
Squamish is a world-renowned hub for climbing, attracting thousands of would-be Alex Honnolds to the slabs, cracks and crevices which surround the town. The Chief is probably the most popular spot, offering a myriad of routes for every level of climber.
The Smoke Bluffs are another favorite, and a great way to test your skills on some fearsome granite walls.
If you’ve never climbed before, check out the Via Ferrata which is a guided tour up one of Squamish’s impressive slabs via a series of iron rungs (with a special harness, don’t worry!). This is great for kids and adults alike who want to experience the thrill of climbing in a world-class location.
Rent a bike in town and head out to some of the area’s legendary cross-country and downhill trails. Brackendale is well-suited to beginners with a variety of relatively flat trails; Diamond Head is the best place to find a variety of trails for those wanting to test their skills, and is located just north of Quest University outside of Squamish.
You’ve possibly even heard of the area’s Half Nelson which attracts novice and expert alike, surrounded by some pretty insane views of the mountains and Howe Sound!
Eating and Drinking in Squamish
Downtown Squamish has a host of excellent places to eat and hangout after a full day adventuring. With the town’s outdoorsy demographic, it is perfectly acceptable to turn up for dinner in your Arcteryx and hiking boots!
Howe Sound Brew Pub – This local gem has been around since the 90s, and offers a delicious affair of appies, good ole’ pub grub, and even handmade pizza with their signature beer-infused dough. Oh, and a whole bunch of on-site beers, naturally.
Zephyr Cafe – I came here on a roadtrip with a vegan friend, and was sincerely impressed with their range of healthy vegan foods (quinoa cereal, anyone!?) and the most vibrant green smoothie I’d ever laid eyes on. The space is cozy and funky – perfect for fueling up before the afternoon ahead.
The Salted Vine – Amidst a sea of brewpubs and cafes, this upscale addition to the Squamish food scene has not gone unnoticed. They serve regional, seasonal foods and a range of wines for pairing. Try the twice-baked cheese soufflé. I insist.
Garibaldi Provincial Park
Distance from Vancouver: 90 minutes / 60 miles
Getting There: Take Highway 99 north from Vancouver. There are several access points to the park along the highway which are linked in each section below.
Garibaldi Provincial Park is a huge swath of alpine wonderland between Squamish and Pemberton. Impressive volcanic peaks tower 8,000 feet over the trails, and the park plays host to over 150 glaciers and a myriad of azure lakes. This place is truly a mountain-lover’s paradise, and is popular with hikers, trail-runners, and snow-shoers all year round.
Tip: July to September are the best months for hiking near Vancouver, as the higher latitudes are prone to a lot of snow. I use Mountain Forecast for hiking in this region between October to June because it offers real-time weather updates at several elevations – it’s highly accurate and so useful for planning!
Top Trails Near Garibaldi Provincial Park
Hiking is a big draw for Garibaldi Provincial Park – here are three great hikes to add to your day trip.
Garibaldi Lake Trail
Trailhead: Rubble Creek
Parking: Small parking lot at trailhead.
This iconic trail is one of the best day trips from Vancouver for hikers. It is rated as a moderate out-and-back, but with 3,000 feet of elevation gain it will still get your heart pumping! We did it in just over six hours and clocked 11.2 miles.
The lake is surrounded by snow-capped peaks and glaciers, most notably the Black Tusk which looks like it might crumble under its own weight at any moment. Well worth the effort!
Note: If you start to tire then skip the extra few miles to the main lake, and turn back at Barrier Lake or Lesser Garibaldi Lake, which both offer some stunning views.
Trailhead: Elfin Lake / Diamond Head
Parking: Parking lot at trailhead.
This is another great out-and-back which is totally doable in a day at 12.5 miles, with 2700ft of elevation gain. After the first few miles uphill, the trail opens out onto a spectacular ridge, with open views of the park’s namesake and highest peak: Mount Garibaldi at 8700ft.
The rest of the trail to Elfin Lakes is fairly steady, although there can still be snow into early July so do check local weather conditions before hiking.
Brandywine Falls and Cal-Cheak Suspension Bridge
Trailhead: Brandywine Falls Provincial Park
Parking: Parking lot at the trailhead.
This more modest hike is a great choice if you want to keep the stress off your knees, or just fancy a shorter hike.
At just over five miles and under 500 feet elevation gain, this loop will lead you to the iconic Brandywine Falls, which tumbles 230 feet to the river below; over the Cal-Cheak Suspension Bridge; and through some beautiful forested trails.
Eating and Drinking Near Garibaldi Provincial Park
There are no places to eat in the park itself so I’d definitely recommend packing your own food if hitting the trails. Stop off in Squamish on the way home for a well-deserved pub dinner – see above section for tasty recommendations.
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Distance from Vancouver: 70 minutes / 18.5 miles
Getting There: Take Highway 99 north to Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal, then ride the 30-minute ferry from Horseshoe Bay – Bowen Island.
Despite its proximity to Vancouver, Bowen Island is a haven of calm. This small island is totally doable in a day, and has a wonderful community feel in its many boutiques and locally-owned eateries. It is the perfect place to lie on a beach all day, explore the waters of Howe Sound via kayak, or meander through one of the many forested trails.
Explore the Coastline By Kayak
Wave hello to the seals and seabirds of the coast! Bowen Island Sea Kayaking offers single and double kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards to rent.
They are located just a hop away from the ferry, and even offer guided tours if you want to explore the area with a knowledgeable naturalist. Head north along the shoreline to have incredible views of the Coast Mountains as you paddle!
Climb Mount Gardner
Mount Gardner is the highest point on Bowen Island and is a respectable 2,400 feet above sea-level! There are several routes to the top where you can enjoy unobstructed views of the Coast Mountains, Sunshine Coast, and wave hello to your hotel back in downtown Vancouver!
There are actually over 13 miles of trails for you to choose from to get to the top, and I wholeheartedly recommend downloading the very thorough and free Complete Guide to Hiking Mount Gardner.
There are a number of beautiful beaches on Bowen Island. They are mostly pebbly rather than sandy, but the smooth stones are very pleasant to take a snooze on.
My favorite beach for swimming is Tunstall Bay on the west side of the island. It’s small, sloped, and is famous for great sunsets! Cates Bay Beach on the north side of the island has the most dramatic views down Howe Sound and to the Coast Mountains beyond.
The beaches around Cape Roger Curtis on the west side are the best for walking, as there’s a network of trails between the beaches and out to the lighthouse on the Cape.
Eating and Drinking on Bowen Island
Snug Cove is the best spot to grab something to eat and is right off the ferry terminal. The Snug Cafe is a favorite of mine and indeed many others for its quaint, charming atmosphere and selection of delicious bites – scones with cream and jam, anyone?!
The Rustique Bistro and bar serves primarily French cuisine and the seafood is to die for; they also have several vegan options. It’s an ideal place for a waterfront dinner before the ferry back to the big city.
Golden Ears Provincial Park
Distance from Vancouver: 80 minutes / 37 miles
Getting There: Ride Highway 1 east out of Vancouver for about 23 miles, until you see signs for Maple Ridge. Turn left down 192 Street/ Golden Ears Way, across the Fraser River and past Maple Ridge until you reach the park. I would recommend driving further into the park and parking at either West Canyon or Gold Creek, for access to the best trails and amenities.
Golden Ears Provincial Park is one of the lower mainland’s best and most accessible parks. The peaks here are lower than the alpine range of the Coast Mountains, making it much easier to summit and return in just a day. Giant Douglas Firs, Hemlocks and Western Red Cedars adorn the valleys and rivers, giving that quintessential BC hiking experience.
Bring a picnic or stop in nearby Maple Ridge for food. The park has several toilets along popular trails and the campsites.
Top Hiking Trails in Golden Ears Provincial Park
There are so many great trails in the park to suit all abilities. Here are my favorite two:
Trailhead and Parking: West Canyon Parking
Not for the faint-hearted! Evans Peak really put me through my paces but I can’t recommend it enough to anyone who loves a challenge. It’s only five miles of out-and-back, but the 3,000 foot ascent and descent is a real leg-burner.
Steep, muddy, and scramble-y with a few rope-assisted sections – come prepared! The view from the peak is astounding, even better if you catch it on a clear day. I would recommend this only in summer when all of the snow has melted, but if you’re hardcore then bring crampons. Good luck!
East Canyon Trail
Trailhead and Parking: Gold Creek Parking
Follow the meandering Gold Creek for as long as you like, on the gentle but beautiful East Canyon Trail. The trail stretches over nine miles up to Hector Ferguson Lake, but you can choose your own adventure, as they say.
Don’t miss Viewpoint Beach and the Gold Creek Falls for some of the park’s most charming views!
Enjoy the Water at Alouette Lake
Alouette Lake is the perfect spot to take a refreshing dip, laze on the beach, or hop into a canoe and explore. North Beach is my favorite for a swim, as the mountain backdrop is really quite spectacular (Yes, it’s cold. You’re in Canada.)!
Alouette Lake Canoe Rentals operate daily throughout summer and you can hire per hour or for a full day.
If you’re angling towards a fishing trip (get it?), then stop at the Hatch Match’r in Maple Ridge and pick up fishing supplies – this lake is hugely popular among angling enthusiasts – just make sure you get the necessary permit in advance.
Day Trips to Charming Cities and Towns Nearby
If you’re looking for a more laid back day trip, look at these charming cities and towns near Vancouver.
Gibsons, Sunshine Coast
Distance from Vancouver: 110 minutes / 28.5 miles
Getting There: Take Highway 99 north to Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal, then board the ferry to Langdale. Drive southwest on Marine Drive for another few miles until you reach Gibsons.
Gibsons Landing is a historic marine town in Squamish First Nations Territory, and was a hub of logging, fishing, and agricultural activity in the late 1800s.
Today, it still retains its small-town charm despite being one of the most popular spots on BC’s famous Sunshine Coast. Beautiful waterfront, cafes and local markets, museums, galleries and many more treasures are tucked into this small corner of the coast.
Sample the Local Art and History
Gibsons Public Art Gallery is a small but vibrant gallery in the heart of the community. With a different feature each month, it plays host to Indigenous Arts, youth-led projects, environmental and abstract pieces – among many others.
The town is also home to the Sunshine Coast Museum & Archives, which is a fantastic resource for diving into the rich and diverse history of the area, from First Nations to the early settlers, and up to the present day.
Peruse the Public Market
Gibsons Public Market is a phenomenal community project, bringing together food-makers, artists, craftspeople, and educators under one roof. It has a farm-to-table grocery and bulk store, butchers, burger stalls, bakeries, and a fishmongers – to name but a few.
Naturally, my favorite stall is Fromagerie De Baie who serve some incredible cheeses and charcuterie from around the world.
There are regular yoga classes and pop-up art galleries; and the market is home to the Nicholas Sontag Marine Education Center, which features incredible aquariums and marine displays – the fish of BC are way more colorful than most people imagine!
Stroll Along the Seafront
The impressive waterfront in Gibsons is well worth a wander. The public wharf and attached boardwalks are lined with boats of all sizes, float planes, kayaks and more.
There are remnants of the town’s commercial past with old logging barges and fishing boats tied up to the docks. The impressive mountain backdrop lights up in red with the sunset, and the many beaches are perfect for a romantic evening stroll.
Eating and Drinking in Gibsons
Molly’s Reach – Arguably the most famous restaurant on this stretch of the coast. If you remember the 70s hit show The Beachcombers, then you’ll enjoy a jaunt around Gibsons and a seat at Molly’s Reach – the center point of the show! The restaurant is packed full of tasty treats (I recommend the fish n’ chips), delicious drinks, and is plastered with Beachcombers memorabilia.
101 Brewhouse and Distillery – This fairly new addition to Gibsons has become a firm favorite. They serve their own beers, vodka, and gin and have a fantastic selection of edible accompaniments. Tuck in to some tacos or zingy burgers in this refreshingly trendy spot.
Smitty’s Oyster House – if you want a real coastal dining experience, then head to Smitty’s. Located right on the waterfront boardwalk, this modern, stylish restaurant serves fresh seafood in all sorts of creative ways. They have a fresh selection of oysters daily, and I can’t recommend the chili lime prawns enough!
Note: The last ferry back to Vancouver is at 8.55pm, giving you plenty of time for dinner in Gibsons. Just don’t miss it!
Salt Spring Island
Distance from Vancouver: 130 minutes / 46 miles
Getting There: Take Highway 99 south out of the city, then follow Highway 17 to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal. Board the ferry to Long Harbor, Salt Spring Island and enjoy the beautiful views and wildlife on this 80-minute ride.
Salt Spring Island is the largest of the Gulf Islands off eastern Vancouver Island, the traditional territory of the Coast Salish Peoples.
It is jam-packed with local artistry, wellness outfits, and quirky cafes. You can drive across the island in just 40 minutes and it has such a community atmosphere that it feels like one big town, which is why I’ve included it here!
With a direct ferry from Vancouver, this relaxing slice of the coast is easily accessible and is consistently one of my favorite Vancouver day trips. Plus, the ferry ride is beautiful!
Explore Local Galleries and Studios
Salt Spring Island is famous for its many artists. There are more galleries and studios than you can count, and there is something for all tastes: pottery and ceramics, glass-blowing, ciders and wines, sculpture parks, farm shops, wood-working studios… the list really is endless.
Check out the amazing, interactive list by Salt Spring Studio Tour to help guide your visit. I particularly loved the Seven Ravens Farm Shop for their gorgeous live-edge cutting boards and organic produce, and Quail Run Pottery and Glass for some of the most intricate glass jewelry I’ve ever seen – they offer workshops, too!
Take a Little “You Time”
This is an unofficial statistic, but I’m pretty sure that Salt Spring has the highest density of spas, wellness centers, and spiritual retreats in North America. Head to Solace Organic Spa for a few hours of hydrotherapy, acupressure, or massages – surrounded by a peaceful forest and natural pools.
If you need to persuade your other half then send them straight to the photo gallery – it will 100% work.
The Salt Spring Center of Yoga is a non-profit community and is dedicated to true yoga practice, as opposed to just tight leggings and gratuitous down-dog.
If you’re looking to deepen your connection with the self and attain a little more peace, their knowledgeable yoga leaders offer several different classes and workshops throughout the week which are open to the general public.
Explore the Island
Like most places in BC, Salt Spring has a great expanse of outdoors to explore!
There are a huge number of beautiful beaches and connected trails, and several lakes dotted around which are great for swimming. They actually get quite warm in summer, too! I loved small Cusheon Lake for swimming because it has a great dock for diving off and it’s not too busy.
There are also a good number of trails for you to check out whether you want an easy stroll or something a little more strenuous. For the latter, check out Mount Erskine – Salt Spring’s highest peak – for incredible views of the Gulf Islands, their connected waterways, and the Olympic Mountains in the distance!
Eating and Drinking on Salt Spring Island
The island is a hub of artisan cafes, local breweries, and fine sea-front dining.
Beachside Cafe – Hands down the best place to sit by the ocean! I loved tucking into a smoothie bowl on a covered picnic bench, watching the boats roll by. You can also rent kayaks here if you want to work up an appetite beforehand!
Salt Spring Island Cheese – If you love cheese, look no further. Their farm store offers an incredible selection of crafted goat cheeses, and the on-site cafe serves delicious pizzas, soups and salads topped with – you guessed it – cheese.
Salt Spring Island Ales – I had such a great afternoon sampling these locally-brewed ales. The outdoor patio is gorgeous and the staff are super friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely head here for a drink or two!
Distance from Vancouver: 70 minutes / 63 miles
Getting There: Take Highway 1 east all the way to Chilliwack.
Chilliwack attracts thousands of visitors each year for its idyllic surroundings, agricultural farmsteads, and multitude of cultural activities. It has all of the benefits of a big city yet is seated in the beautiful wetlands of the Fraser River Valley. It is so accessible from Vancouver and has something to suit outdoor enthusiasts, families, and culture-lovers alike.
Farms and Flowers, Everywhere!
There are a huge number of farms offering tours, stores, tasting sessions, on-site breweries… this region is quite famous for farm-hopping! I’d recommend reading up on the self-guided Circle Farm Tour in advance of your trip.
If you travel in spring or summer, you must stop in at the world-famous flower festivals. In spring, the Chilliwack Tulip Festival lines over 6.5 million tulip bulbs in the most ornate, colorful rows you’ve likely ever laid eyes on.
In late summer, the same farm hosts the Chilliwack Sunflower Festival where fields of golden sunflowers dance in the summer breeze. The festivals promote harmonious living with the natural world and have welcomed thousands of visitors from all around the globe.
Discover First Nations Art and Culture
Chilliwack lies on the historic territory of the Stó:lō First Nation, and there are so many places in the city to explore this timeless past. There are a number of guided tours via bus, water, and on foot offered by Stó:lō Cultural Tours, and countless murals around the city depicting Stó:lō stories and artwork.
In fact, the city’s tourism board has put together this neat interactive map, showing the locations of the many downtown murals, for a self-guided walking tour.
Cultus Lake Provincial Park
The large district of Chilliwack encompasses many awesome outdoor spots. The Cultus Lake area is a fantastic day out, with many opportunities for awesome hikes, relaxing rambles, and plenty of activities for kids.
The Cultus Lake Water Park & Theme Park is a must-do for families (and for big kids, too) with state-of-the-art attractions, a huge splash zone, and loads of great places to eat. Teapot Hill is a fantastic, short hike and is famous for the various teapots that people leave at different parts of the trail – bizarre, but it has become a real hit, especially with the little ones.
Stop off at Beethoven’s Pizza or Frosty’s Ice Cream before you head back – you’ve earned an indulgence!
Eating and Drinking in Chilliwack
Downtown Chilliwack is home to so many great places to grab some food and drink. I can’t possibly list them all but here are some personal favorites:
Bricklayer Brewing – One of the many excellent breweries in Chilliwack. I loved this place for its friendly hosts, Kris and Megan, who love what they do, and the great selection of refreshing IPAs, sours, and lagers. I also opted for a soft-baked pretzel as an accompaniment and oh my, it did not disappoint.
Anita’s Bread and Coffee – I came back to Anita’s twice more after my first visit, her fresh bread is so freaking delicious! She uses organic grains and has recently opened up the space as a little cafe, with excellent coffee and pastries to sample.
Pho Galaxy – Some of the best Vietnamese food I’ve ever had! This is a cozy, humble spot for lunch or dinner and, in my opinion, is one of Chilliwack’s best-kept secrets. The menu is surprisingly affordable given how delicious the food is.
Distance from Vancouver: 90 minutes (depending on border crossing times) / 55 miles
Getting There: Take Highway 99 all the way south to the CAN – US border at the Peace Arch. From there, take the I5 south until you reach Bellingham. Don’t forget your passports!
Bellingham, Washington is a beautiful city and rated as one of the best places to live on the west coast. There are hundreds of cafes, restaurants, bars, bookstores, and shopping streets to service its student and young adult population.
It is also nestled in between the coast and North Cascades National Park, meaning that the great outdoors is never far away! It’s a fun day trip from Vancouver and easily accessible by car.
Explore Historic Fairhaven
Fairhaven is my favorite place in Bellingham, right on the southern limits of the city. It borders the ocean and is home to many Victorian Era red-brick houses, old phone booths, vintage lamp posts, and cobbled streets.
It’s a joy to wander around, perusing the local art galleries and chintzy cafes. Don’t miss the independent Eclipse Bookstore for shelves (and stairs) lined with an insurmountable selection of books. You could spend all day perusing in there!
Visit Whatcom Falls Park and Lake
Just east of downtown lies a gorgeous 240-acre stretch of green: Whatcom Falls Park. There is a network of easy trails which lead you past the park’s four waterfalls over five miles, and a 100-year old railway trestle bridge deep in the park. The iconic stone bridge over the main falls is a must-see: a fairytale sandstone bridge draped in moss and ferns, as the waters of Whatcom Creek rush beneath your feet.
Road Trip Down Chuckanut Drive
Wind down the windows, crank up the tunes and head south out of Bellingham down famous Chuckanut Drive (Highway 11). This stretch of the coast is often referred to as Washington State’s Big Sur, and makes for a truly stunning and scenic drive. Look out over the San Juan Islands or stop in for a walk at Larrabee State Park.
Eating and Drinking in Bellingham
Woods Coffee – I love this particular coffee shop mainly for its location. It sits in the heart of Boulevard Park, which spans the length of downtown Bellingham along the waterfront. A mid-morning hit of caffeine from Woods is the perfect accompaniment to a delightful stroll by the ocean!
Bellingham Farmers Market – If you’re in town on a Saturday, then don’t miss the Farmers Market at Depot Market Square for a chance to sample some of the best organic produce and ready-to-go meals, while supporting local agriculture and artists.
The Black Cat – Located in Fairhaven District on the third floor of a beautiful old building, this is a light, modern American bistro with a mouth-watering range of food and a full bar. Best crab cakes I’ve ever eaten!
Other Great Day Trips in British Columbia
As if that’s not enough, here are six other day trips that would make for an exceptional day outside of the city.
Lynn Canyon Park
Lynn Canyon Park is a great day trip for outdoor lovers, with many forested trails and a teetering suspension bridge which hangs 160 feet over the river below. There is an on-site ecology center which is a great learning resource for kids and adults alike.
The trails and bridge are typically less busier than the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (info here), and is still only nine miles / 25 minutes from Vancouver.
Victoria is BC’s capital city and my personal favorite city in Canada. Home to the world-famous Butchart Gardens; countless city parks and waterfront walkways; and a host of boutiques, cafes and restaurants along its charming streets.
It is a little far for a day trip by car and ferry, but why not take a floatplane and travel in style, for something a little different? See the impressive coastline and mountains from the air! Harbor Air offers special day-trip prices and you can be in Victoria in just over 30 minutes.
If you take a look at the western 49th parallel you’ll notice something a little odd just south of Vancouver.
Point Roberts – affectionately named “Point Bob” – is a little chunk of land belonging to Washington State, US, but it can only be accessed through Canada – oops! It’s a hugely popular spot for boating and fishing in the summertime, and the Lighthouse Marine Park is a gorgeous spot for a stroll or bike along the seafront, looking out to the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands beyond.
If nothing else, it’s fun to be able to point at a map and say “I’ve been there!”. It is a short 60 minutes / 23 miles from Vancouver.
Grouse Mountain is Vancouver’s neighborhood mountaintop and is a great destination for skiing in the wintertime or hiking in the summer and shoulder seasons. It is only 30 minutes / eight miles from downtown Vancouver and has all the amenities you need for a day out.
The famous Grouse Grind trail leads you 2,800 feet up 2,830 stairs to the peak – phew! Or you can take the Skyride to the top if you don’t feel like attempting the grind. There is also a wildlife sanctuary and the knowledgeable park rangers give regular talks, and you’ll have the chance to meet the resident grizzly bears and other rescued wildlife.
Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park
Bridal Veil Falls is another of BC’s stunning waterfalls and the park offers some beautiful forested trails and babbling creeks. The trails are flat, smooth, and gently sloping – perfect for an easy afternoon stroll.
The walk to the falls is only 15 minutes, and the sound of the water cascading down the rock-face is spectacular! This makes an excellent stopping point if you are already out east visiting Chilliwack or Cultus Lake, and is only 80 minutes / 72 miles from downtown Vancouver.
Harrison Hot Springs
This resort town is famous for its natural hot springs, and the whole of the Harrison Valley is an outdoor paradise to explore. Take a dip at the lakeside Harrison Lagoon, or stroll along the sandy shores of Harrison Lake.
Golf, hiking, fishing, boating – this little town is the gateway to it all! At a little over 90 minutes / 81 miles from downtown Vancouver, it is perfectly doable from the big city in a day.
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