45 Best Day Trips to Vancouver

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Option 1 - Squamish,  Sea to Sky Gondola ride. 2

Option 2 Whistler Dy trip to Vancouver 2

Option 3 Victoria Day trip to Vancouver. 3

Option 4  Harrison Hot Springs. 3

Option 5 Golf Island ( Bowen Island ) Day trip to Vancouver 3

Option 6 Hiking and Kayaking in Deep Cove day trip to Vancouver 4

Option 7 Nanaimo Harbour City Day trip to Vancouver 4

Option 8 Chilliwack Cultus Lake Adventure Day trip to Vancouver 5

Option 9 Grouse Mountain Adventure Day trip to Vancouver. 5

Option 10 Capilano Suspension Bridge and Salmon Hatchery Day trip to Vancouver. 6

VANCOUVER DAY TRIPS: IN CONCLUSION.. 22

 

 

There is so much to see and do in Vancouver that you might forget to explore its beautiful surroundings. On a peninsula caught between the North Shore Mountains and the Salish Sea, Vancouver is grouped. You can explore this area on foot and cover most of it in a day, but to really feel at home here, you might want to spend a little longer than that.

Explore and appreciate beautiful British Columbia. You'll need a car in order to get the most out of this glorious part of Canada. You can abandon your car in Vancouver and use public transportation or walk, but a car is necessary to enjoy the almost unlimited sightseeing opportunities outside the city. See some of these wonderful day trips that are only a short drive away, a ferry ride, or a flight away. Examples of some of the best private day trips to Vancouver are as follows—

Top day trips to Vancouver have many options Suggested few are written below-

Option 1 - Squamish,  Sea to Sky Gondola ride 

Distance - 64 km

Transport - Car drive

Timing: 54 min

Squamish is less than an hour from Vancouver, along the picturesque Sea-to-Sky Highway. Porteau Cove Provincial Park will be your first stop, home to a sunken ship that makes for excellent scuba diving. To see the third highest waterfall in the province, travel to Shannon Falls Provincial Park from there. For great hiking, travel to the Stawamus Chief Provincial Park, with a pit stop at the stunning Sea to Sky Gondola. From there, at Brackendale Eagles Provincial Park, you can choose wildlife watching, swimming at Alice Lake Provincial Park, fishing at Tantalus Provincial Park, or more spectacular hikes in Garibaldi Provincial Park.

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Option 2 Whistler Dy trip to Vancouver

Distance - 121 km

Transport - private car

Timing: 1 hr 35 min

 During your Vancouver stay, a day trip to Whistler is a must. For the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler was the primary setting, as the Whistler Blackcomb ski hill was used for a variety of downhill competitions. Today, thanks to tourists, outdoor enthusiasts, and sporting activities, the mountain town stay busy year-round. Be sure to enjoy the snowy scenery if you visit in winter, whether it's by snowshoeing, taking a spin on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, or carving your way down the slopes. There is always plenty to do if your journey is not matched with the snow: conquer the mountains by bike, zipline, or on your own two feet for some incredible photo-ops. And if the weather turns for the better, Visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre or shop around the village center.

Option 3 Victoria Day trip to Vancouver

Distance - 115 km

Transport - farrier, and car

Timing: 2 hr 58 min

The capital of this beautiful province, Victoria always makes for a lovely visit.  It’s fun to wander the picturesque downtown streets and bop around to the local boutiques and coffee shops.  There’s delicious food, hikes, beaches, seaside walks, I mean, even the touristy spots are fun!  If you’re there in the summer, I would definitely sit outside on the ferry there and back.  Your chances of spotting Killer Whales are very high and seeing them in real life is just beyond magical.

Option 4  Harrison Hot Springs

Distance -290 km return

Transport - Private car

Timing: 2-hour drive.

Harrison Hot Springs is also located off exit 135 and is a spot where one of B.C.'s marvelous hot springs can enjoy the soothing waters. It is said that Harrison's Hot Springs provide relief to rheumatism and arthritis sufferers through the 8 minerals in the water, including sulfur, iron, magnesia, Epsom salts, iodine, potash, and alum.

After feeling rejuvenated from the hot springs, why not stretch your legs beginning at the Visitor Centr on the quick 5 km heritage walk. You will take in some history and culture of the Coastal Salish People who have called the region home for hundreds of years long before the explorers and gold miners discovered it in the 1800s. Or, you can drop your ship on a boat,in and paddle some of Harrison Lake, the largest lake in the southern Coast Mountains.

Option 5 Golf Island ( Bowen Island ) Day trip to Vancouver

Distance - 29 km

Transport - Ferry ride

Timing: 1 hr 3 min ( a 30-minute ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay )

 Bowen is the ideal destination for a mini getaway. Bowen is like miniature British Columbia. Here in yoga retreats, boutique apothecaries, and the handsome heritage buildings of the cozy harbor, aptly called Snug Cove, time slows down a notch. Within day-trip distance of Vancouver, BC, Bowen Island offers scenic coastal scenery and views of Howe Sound. Bowen has fantastic walks, beaches, and charming restaurants and other secrets to discover. Explore the trails, views, and forest of the island. Being so close by makes an ideal day trip as well! Take a hike With a hiking guide on a Bowen Island full-tour that includes Vancouver or Richmond hotel pickup and drop-off, ferry tickets, and water.
Bowen Island Full-Hike around lovely Killarney Lake Walk to Stage Dorman

Option 6 Hiking and Kayaking in Deep Cove day trip to Vancouver 

Distance - 19 km

Transport - car

Timing: 25 min

A great day trip to the Pacific Northwest is the Deep Cove Vancouver Hiking and Kayaking Tour! With restaurants, stores, and the infamous Honey's Doughnuts, there is a little village. For its marina and kayaking, Deep Cove is renowned.
Kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and surfing skis can be rented. Deep Cove is one of the best locations for kayaking and paddleboarding anywhere, with its calm waters. Shops get busy in the summer months. Treat you, treat  yourself and rent a boat on a sunny day – you won’t be disappointed
Another popular activity in Deep Cove is hiking to Quarry Rock

Quarry Rock is an easy hike that takes about 1.5 hours round trip, so it’s an ideal day trip from Vancouver. The views from the top of Quarry Rock are fantastic. meanders through beautiful forest trails, and ends up at the Quarry Rock clifftop overlooking the surrounding area. On this perfect day trip, you could hike the trail in the morning, have lunch at Bistro in the village, then go for a paddle in the afternoon.

Option 7 Nanaimo Harbour City Day trip to Vancouver 

Distance - 81 km

Transport - farrie and car

Timing: 2 hr 29 min

 

It is so quick to go from Vancouver to Vancouver Island for a weekend getaway! For both Victoria and Nanaimo, we have certainly found a special location, it's fun to be in a "city" with numerous restaurants, coffee shops, and breweries to explore. You should definitely take a seaplane to the island from Harbour Air - it's only 20 minutes away from downtown Vancouver and it's so much better than a ferry! Whale watching and nature tours, soaking up the sights of the Harbourfront Walkway, and visiting some of the local parks are some of the most common things to do. One of the aspects that makes this city so gorgeous is Nanaimo's Harbourfront Walkway. Interesting shops and retail outlets,  restaurants, and French pastry shops, and a mix of museums and other attractions are what you'll find along Church Street, Commercial Street, and other streets in the downtown area up behind the Harbourfront Walkway. The Nanaimo Museum is a great place to learn about the history of the area, This scenic Neck point park is a popular place for walking, picnicking, swimming, and scuba diving. You can also sometimes see orcas, sea lion

 

Option 8 Chilliwack Cultus Lake Adventure Day trip to Vancouver

Distance -102 km

Transport - car

Timing:1-hour 18 min drive from the city 

Pack the sunscreen and head on over to the Cultus Lake Water Park (June 4 to Sept 5) for lots of slippery fun in the sun. Worried your wee-ones are too little? There’s a fantastic pirate-themed splash park for the kiddies to cool off in.

We took both the girls last year and they were able to go on the majority of slides with us, making it a fun family day out in the valley.

The water park is located at 4150 Columbia Valley Hwy. in Cultus Lake.

Option 9 Grouse Mountain Adventure Day trip to Vancouver

Distance - 12 km

Transport - car

Timing: 18 min

Adventurous locals flock from Vancouver to Grouse Mountain for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing adventures, as well as for the Grouse Grind, a challenging hike that spikes in 853m elevation over just 2.9km. Grouse Grind is nature’s answer to the Stairmaster—if you choose the hiking route. Or, you can watch people struggle below as you ride up the mountain on the gondola!

it’s just a 15-minute bus ride to the Grouse Mountain Skyride. The gondola offers stunning views as it takes you up the mountain to the summit. We’d recommend having lunch here as there are some fantastic restaurants with views. Our favourite is Altitudes Bistro on the upper floor of the Peak Chalet.

After you’ve refuelled, spend the afternoon exploring the many hiking and biking trails on the mountain. You can even say hello to the resident rescue bears in the Grouse Mountain Wildlife Refuge.

Opening hours: 8.15am to 10pm daily

Admission: $56 for adults with discounts for seniors, students, youths, children and family tickets

Option 10 Capilano Suspension Bridge and Salmon Hatchery Day trip to Vancouver

Distance - 8.8 km

Transport -free shuttle bus, merely 20 minutes from downtown

Timing: 30 min

Whether you're a Vancouver local, or just visiting, there's a reason why Capilano Suspension Bridge is so popular. It's so stunning! We love visiting in the winter because the crowds are smaller, you get a little bit of fog, and the lights are so magical. If you're a BC resident, one visit actually gets you a year long pass to the park! We've used it a few times, and it's definitely the best day trip from Vancouver. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

The park is nestled in the North Shore’s temperate rainforest, where you can see giant cedars and groves of hemlock. With your entry ticket, you’ll enjoy treetop boardwalks through the forest and cultural displays explaining the history of the Indigenous people in the area. You’ll also be able to walk across the park’s iconic suspension bridge, stretching across a canyon 70m above the rushing Capilano River.

Opening hours: 8am to 8pm summer, variable hours in winter

Admission: $46.95 for adults with discounts for seniors, students, youth

Option 11 Cypress mountain skilling Day trip to Vancouver

Distance - 28 km

Transport - car

Timing: 31 min

Not in the mood to drive to Whistler to get your skiing or snowboarding fix? No problem. Cypress Mountain is only a 50-minute drive from Vancouver. This is a great ski hill for more experienced riders and skiers, especially compared to the other resorts near Vancouver (Mount Seymour Resort and Grouse Mountain). You can also go cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or tubing here!

We also wrote a blog post detailing more daytime adventures to do in winter around Vancouver. Check it out for a lengthy list of exciting activities to do when the weather dips.

 

Option 12  Rid the Hell’s Gate AirTran Day trip to Vancouver

Distance - 206 km

Transport - car

Timing: 2 hr 17 min

It can be a base for excursions into the captivating area that spreads out nearby – to Fraser Canyon, the vast scar in the soil which frames the Fraser Riverʼs progress; to Hellʼs Gate, a special part of the canyon where the river forces its way through a narrow gorge (the Hellʼs Gate Airtram soars over the currents for more camera-worthy moments); and to the Fraser Valley, where you can pick up a bottle of first-rate British Columbian wine at a producer such as Whispering Horse Winery.

Option 13 Mount Seymour Day trip to Vancouver

Distance - 29 km

Transport - car

Timing: 42 min

Mt Seymour has been the choice for Vancouver's outdoor enthusiasts for over 70 years. An easy drive from Greater Vancouver carries you out of the city and into our pristine winter playground where you can take in breathtaking views of Mt Baker, Vancouver Island and beyond. The Wood family took over the operation in 1984 have been proud to share Mt Seymour and continue the long-standing tradition of providing each and every guest with a memorable mountain experience. Whether you're a seasoned pro rider or have never seen snow before, we're excited to share it with you. What makes Mt Seymour different?Mt Seymour is Vancouver's starting gate to winter recreation. We offer something for everyone: skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, winter education programs, snowtubing, tobogganing, great food, and special events. Mt Seymour's elevation and proximity to the Pacific Ocean provides us with the most reliable and consistent snowfall in the region. While snow quality and quantity is important, our most recognized feature is a long-standing tradition of providing fun winter experiences for all abilities and ages! Mt Seymour features the right blend of natural and enhanced terrain. Beginners feel welcome and safe on our many gentle slopes that make learning fun and easy and more advanced skiers and riders appreciate the challenge and variety of the natural features, gullies, and our professionally sculpted terrain parks. Mt Seymour's Ski and Snowboard School offers a wide variety of programs to meet the needs of new and progressing skiers and riders. The school embodies our proud tradition of safety, fun, and learning. Snowtubing and tobogganing at our Enquist Lodge are exciting and accessible activities that are fun for families and friends of all ages. We also offer an excellent snowshoe program and were recently voted the No.1 snowshoe friendly ski resort in North America. We provide, guided tours, over 10 kilometers of dedicated snowshoe trails, and snowshoe rentals.

Option 14 Reifel Bird Sanctuary. and Ladner Day trip to Vancouver

Distance - 36 km

Transport - car

Timing: 47 min

One of our all-time favourite family day-trips is to Reifel Bird Sanctuary, on Westham Island in Ladner, less than a one-hour drive from Vancouver. The cost for a family of four is only $12 (not including birdseed supplies!) The walking paths are level and stroller-friendly, and there are picnic tables near the entrance. You can walk at your own pace through the trails at the Sanctuary, which hosts a huge variety of bird species throughout the year. This spring is the perfect time to visit as you may catch a glimpse of the returning Lesser Snow Geese on their migration path back to their summer nesting home north of Siberia, Russia.  You may be surprised at how excited your kids will be about birds after visiting this wonderful facility.

Option 15 Hope The city of a  Sculptures Day trip to Vancouver

Distance - 152 km

Transport - car

Timing: 1 hr 40 min

Hope is located at the confluence of the Fraser and Coquihalla Rivers where the Fraser Valley and Fraser Canyon meet. The area is abundant with accessible mountainous terrain, lakes and rivers that offer outdoor activities ranging from camping, hiking, fishing, golf, skiing, river rafting, soaring, and mountain biking.Take a day trip or spend a week: there is so much to do in Hope, Cascades & Canyons 

Spend the day exploring The Fraser Canyon visiting places such as the Yale Historic Site, Alexandra Bridge Provincial Park, Hell’s Gate Airtram, and Tuckkwiowhum Village.

Start at the Hope Visitor Centre to explore over 80 chainsaw carvings and art installations in the community. This self-guided walking tour is presented by the Hope Arts Gallery.

Option 16 Clothing optional Beach( nude beach ) Day trip to Vancouver

Distance - 12 km

Transport - car

Timing: 18 min

I’ve been saving the best for last. You may have heard about Wreck Beach – it is a nude beach. And it is my favourite beach in Vancouver (not because it’s a nude beach! Let me explain!) It is located down (several) steps from UBC and is hidden by cliffs and forests, so it feels very secluded and special. It is my favourite hideaway.

I don’t like going in summer because it is too busy (full of old nude men and drunk students) – not so much of a hideaway then. BUT I like going in winter! It is completely empty, so you have this amazing hidden beach all to yourself. I found this out on my birthday in my last year of school.

Out of all my years at UBC, I had never been to Wreck Beach (except that time I was 8 – let me explain later!). It was the last day of school in December (before exams), I had a paper to write, I could feel I was getting sick, and it was my birthday. I hadn’t planned anything because of said paper, and was going to head straight home to work on it. But it was the first time in my memory that it was sunny on my birthday and not raining, so I felt I needed to take advantage of that. I was also feeling contemplative and decided to go for a walk.So I found myself descending the seemingly endless steps to Wreck. You can’t actually see the beach because of all the trees and shrubbery in the way. It’s not until you’ve walked down several steps that the view will start to open up in front of you.

Option 17 Boledol Conservatory and Aquarium Wildlife Day trip to Vancouver

Distance - 4.8 km 

Transport - car

Timing: 10 min

As you meander from the West End towards Stanley Park, make time to visit the Vancouver Aquarium in the heart of the park. This enormous aquarium is filled with stunning habitats for all kinds of incredible marine life. Learn about the animals that live in the Salish Sea off Vancouver as well as species from further afield.

Experience the colors and scents of the tropics year-round at Bloedel Conservatory. Located at the city's highest point, the conservatory contains three habitats: tropical rainforest, subtropical rainforest, and desert. Spot a dwarf macaw or African parrot flying overheard, or one of the other 200-plus exotic birds. Walk around and look at 500 species of plants in their recreated habitats. Visit the healing garden and engage your senses to feel the positive effects on your wellbeing. Plan to visit Bloedel Conservatory during your Vancouver vacation using our convenient 

Option 18 Othello Tunnel Day trip to Vancouver

Distance -159 km

Transport - car

Timing: 1 hr 42 min

The Othello Tunnels are located in Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park in Hope, about two hours east of Vancouver. Cut into the solid granite mountain walls of the Coast Mountain Range, the Tunnels are a series of decommissioned train tunnels and bridges that used to house a railway linking the coast with the interior. 

The tunnels are now popular pathways with a minimal grade which is ideal for an easy stroll. It’s a 3.5 km round trip walk through the tunnel system. Visitors are encouraged to bring flashlights to illuminate some of the longer tunnels. 

Between the tunnels, the path crosses several bridges to reveal steep, rugged cliffs above, and the rushing Coquihalla River below. The Othello Tunnels are part of the 24,000 km Trans Canada Trail.

 

Option 19 North Vancouver Day trip to Vancouver

Distance - 10 km

Transport - car

Timing: 17 min

It’s time for a road trip! Get out into the wilds north of the city with your partner on this romantic day trip from Vancouver for couples. 

You get to stop by some pretty spectacular locations, like the charming little village of Deep Cove – great for a few photo opportunities and a walk around its quaint streets and a picturesque marina.

From here you can ride a cable car all the way up nearby Grouse Mountain for that famous panorama of Vancouver below – with the skyline, the craggy islands and the sea in harmony, it’s easily a highlight of this Vancouver day trip.

Hit up Capilano Suspension Bridge Park for adventures in the trees and hair-raising cliff walks. You can take in the spectacular Cleveland Dam too, where you can also catch a breathtaking glimpse of the North Shore Mountains. Also check out this guide if you are looking for a car rental in Canada.

Option 20 Richmond Historical Day trip to Vancouver

Distance - 14 km

Transport - car

Timing: 21 min

At Steveston, you will visit the Locations in the village, including the Post Office, Granny's Diner, Cannery, Standard Clocks, and Fish & Chips. see Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historical site. Steveston Heritage fishing village. Explore other quaint shops, bakeries, and museums including Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site and London Heritage Farm. Enjoy a scenic drive along Gerry Point Park. For lunch, treat yourself to some of the freshest and tastiest seafood.

Option 21 GIBSONS (SUNSHINE COAST) Day trip to Vancouver

Distance - 47 km

Transport - car , farrie

Timing: 1 hr 47 min

The Sunshine Coast, in fact, refers to a peninsula of land just north of Vancouver, which you get to by taking a BC Ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale.  It stretches from Gibsons Landing, through Roberts Creek, Sechelt, Half Moon Bay, and all the way up to Pender Harbour. 

There's something for everyone on the Sunshine Coast.  The kids enjoyed swimming and beach combing at Roberts Creek and Davis Bay.  I found the perfect cup of coffee (very important to me, especially in the morning) at the Daily Grind in Sechelt, and my husband was content to watch the people fishing off the pier at Davis Bay, and daydream about how he could make a million dollars.

While a trip to the Sunshine Coast is definitely do-able in a day trip, we actually stayed overnight in a motel at Davis Bay.  You can also stay in bed and breakfasts, and privately owned condos if you want.

Option 22 Horseshoe bay Dat trip to Vancouver

Distance - 21 km

Transport - car

Timing: 22 min

Another great day trip from Vancouver is the village of Horseshoe Bay, the gateway to Howe Sound and the Sunshine Coast, located on the western tip of West Vancouver.

Horseshoe Bay is also the location of the third busiest BC Ferries terminal. If you plan to visit Vancouver Island, Bowen Island, or the Sunshine Coast, you will board your ferry at Horseshoe Bay.

Even if you don’t plan to take a ferry, Horseshoe Bay is a fun place to have lunch and spend the afternoon. There are a few restaurants in the village, including the legendary Trolls Restaurant (get the Oyster Burger or Clam Chowder), and it has a rocky beach with a playground that faces the marina.

After you visit Horseshoe Bay, check out nearby Whytecliff Park, one of the first Marine Protected Areas in Canada and a popular cold water scuba diving spot.

If you have time on your drive back to Vancouver, visit nearby Lighthouse Park, located in a residential area in West Vancouver. It is a popular attraction and a National Historic Site of Canada.

 Option 23 LYNN CANYON PARK Day trip to Vancouver

Distance - 16 km

Transport - car

Timing: 24 min

While Vancouver's famed Capilano Suspension Bridge is easily accessible within city limits, another suspension bridge, at North Vancouver’s Lynn Canyon Park, is also worth the trek -- and is free to visit. The park is just over half an hour outside of the city by bus, and its 50-meter high suspension bridge is a great perch for viewing the twisting waterfall below. While we highly encourage this day trip for all manners of outdoor fun, the surprisingly popular and dizzying cliff jump below the bridge is very much not recommended.A suspension bridge takes you over the impressive white water rushing through Lynn Canyon. If you’re like me and have a fear of heights that prevents you from ‘enjoying’ the suspension bridge experience, you can simply hike the trail on one side and loop around on the Pipe Bridge. If it’s a hot summer’s day, pack a bathing suit to take a dip in the 30 Foot pool – a very popular watering hole for swimming and cooling off. Mind the water though, it’s pretty chilly all year long.

Option 24 ALOUETTE LAKE Day trip to Vancouver

Distance - 65 km

Transport - car

Timing: 1 h 16 min

Alouette Lake is a pristine freshwater lake perfect for swimming, picnics, fishing, or even boating. There is actually a designated swimming area near a beach with both a grass and sand area. There are picnic tables and bathroom facilities and it is common to see many families hanging out for the day with BBQ’s set up.

Alouette Lake is a popular spot for swimming, windsurfing, water-skiing, canoeing, boating and fishing. The park also has three large campgrounds. Vegetation is typical of the coastal western Hemlock forest of B.C. and the mountainous backcountry is extremely rugged.

Option 25 Stanley Park  Day trip to Vancouver

Distance - 1.8 km

Transport - car, bus

Timing: 10 min

With so much to experience, make a day out of your visit!

Explore the park with a guided tour or discover it on your own. Plan some family fun activities at any number of destinations. Play a game of tennis or golf with a friend or take someone special out to dinner. The choice is yours.

A great way to see exactly what you want in Stanley Park is to take a private tour.  There are tour companies that offer tours in small vans and that customize their tours based on the participants.  We recommend a few companies if you click for more details.

f you have access to a vehicle it well worth driving around Stanley Park on Stanley Park drive as a tour!  You will pass by all the main locations in Stanley Park such as Brockton Point, Lumbermens' Arch, Prospect Point, Ferguson Point, Ceperley Park.  Along the way you will see many of the park's attractions.  Good thing is that when you pay for parking in one location it is good for the time you paid for in all the other parking locations in Stanley Park.

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Option 26 Richmond Game and Fun Day trip to Vancouver

Distance - 15 km

Transport - car

Timing: 31 min

Vancouver offers premier go karting fun at its fastest. Beginners and experienced drivers who enjoy speed will love our go kart race track.after racing we take you to bowling alley and entertainment centre that welcomes bowlers of all ages.after this you visit Canada’s Largest Trampoline Park. We offer a massive 42,000 sq/ft of enclosed trampolines Extreme Sports, Extreme Fitness, Extreme Fun Check Your Pulse! will go to various arcades and play multiple retro games, each arcade would have a specific genre/theme they are good at and therefore the tour is always custom made based on the groups preference. If the group prefers to have more of a modern/VR crawl, then we can have that or if the group prefers a chill Mario Cart adventure while drinking latte, we can do that. The goal is to maximize the amount of fun and enjoy times with your loved ones. This is the only tour/activity of this kind and is never the same, therefore it is highly recommended for nerds and geek alike.

Option 27 Twassawen City Day trip to Vancouver

Distance - 34 km

Transport - car

Timing: 41 min

Tsawwassen farming and fishing community comprised of three distinct communities: Ladner, North Delta, and Tsawwassen.The Lower Mainland region is the traditional home of the Tsawwassen First Nation people, with their present-day 700-acre reserve located near the Ferry Terminal. The Tsawwassen People are one of 54 Coast Salish nations who traditionally inhabited this land for over 10,000 years.

From Tsawwassen, ferries cross the Strait of Georgia, delivering visitors to the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island. Walk aboard or drive your car below deck on one of BC Ferries’ comfortable ferries. Getting to the islands is half the fun, as the route offers a spectacular journey over clear water and through beautiful islands. On a sunny day, take a stroll on the deck – you may see seals, killer whales, or bald eagles. The sun, the wind, and the beautiful waters of Boundary Bay call the young at heart to experience the sheer exhilaration of windsurfing In Tsawwassen,

Tsawwassen Mill Mall an exceptional mix of premium fashion brands, factory outlet and restaurants, Tsawwassen Mills presents an unrivaled shopping experience for savvy shoppers, making it a top destination in Metro Vancouver.

Option 28 Tofino Sea  Plane ride  trip to Vancouver

Distance - 282 km

Transport - seaplane

Timing: 45 min

Give your children (and yourselves) a treat with an incredible aerial view of the city. That’s right, a seaplane tour from high in the sky is bound to be one of the most amazing day trips from Vancouver with kids.

Just imagine the look on your children’s faces when you tell them you’re going on a teeny tiny aeroplane all to themselves – and then see the excitement for yourself when they first catch sight of the seaplane all ready to go.

And if the incredible panoramic views aren’t enough to win them over, then the excitement of the flight itself is bound to have everyone raving about how cool it was: the sea spray on take-off and landing is pretty astounding.

This is a short tour, however, so if you’re thinking of packing more than one thing into a day, you could easily make this just a half-day trip from Vancouver, with allowances to get to and from Coal Harbour, of course

Option 29 PNE family day Outing  trip to Vancouver

Distance - 7 km

Transport - car

Timing: 15 min

Playland is an amusement park in Vancouver. It usually runs in late spring and early fall on weekends, and in summer on a regular basis. Playland is a wonderful place for children. It has attractions of all sorts, including two roller coasters.

Playland is a great place, not new and sophisticated like Disneyland, but still lots of fun. Think of Playland with the regular Tilt-a-Whirl, Scrambler, and Ferris Wheel, sort of like a big fancy midway carnival that comes to your town once a year and sets up in a parking lot. However, like the giant Wave Swinger, the Beast, and Hellevator, Playland still has some fancier rides. It's beautiful and the kids love the place!

Option 30 Golden Ear Provincial Park  Day trip to Vancouver

Distance - 51 km

Transport - car

Timing: 58 min

As one of the largest parks in the province, Golden Ears Provincial Park is prized for its recreational opportunities. The extensive system of trails within the park provides an excellent opportunity for hiking and horseback riding.

Golden Ears Provincial Park is located in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. It’s roughly an hour and a half from downtown Vancouver and an excellent outdoorsy day trip. It’s one of the largest parks in the province with loads of activities and things to do. Choose from hiking, horseback riding, swimming, canoeing, boating, fishing, and more. You can even camp here at one of the three campgrounds.The Golden Ears are accessed from the West Canyon parking lot via the West Canyon/Golden Ears Trail. This 12 kilometre trail has an elevation change of 1500 metres. Suggested one way time is 7 hours. The round trip is an overnight expedition for all but the fittest. There are camping sites at Alder Flats and Panorama Ridge, see the wilderness/walk-in camping information. Ascent of the North Ear is made from the left (east) side across a permanent snowfield. Extreme caution is advised and proper equipment is recommended. Water may be scarce beyond

Option 31 Porteau cove and Britannia MIne Day trip to Vancouver

Distance - 52 km

Transport - Car

Timing: 47 min

Option 32  Garibaldi Lake  Day trip to Vancouver

Distance -18km return 

Transport - Car Drive

Timing:1.5 hour one way.

You may have noticed that we write about Garibaldi Lake a lot. Mostly for two reasons, firstly because it’s iconic. The unforgettable turquoise waters, glacier views, volcanic peaks and surrounding wildflower meadows make it one of the most beautiful lakes in BC. It has been called the “crown jewel” of Garibaldi Provincial Park by travel writers and it is one of the must-do day trips from Vancouver for residents and visitors. Secondly, and our most favourite reason, is because the geological story of this region is simply fascinating. It has an origin story dating back over 250 million years and the mountains around the lake are still moving today, rising skyward at a rate of 1 -4 millimetres per year!

The Barrier is on the east side of Garibaldi Lake. Hikers can get a nice view of the sheer cliff face of the lava dam just after the 5km marker on the Garibaldi Lake trail. As you can imagine this hike is incredibly popular in the summer months, so expect crowds on weekends and holidays between July and August.Garibaldi Provincial Park contains over 90km of hiking trails, the area’s most popular hikes begin at the Rubble Creek trailhead. 

Mountain-ringed Garibaldi Lake is undoubtedly the most popular attraction in the provincial park. For stellar views of the blue-green water, many day-trippers choose to hike to the top of Panorama Ridge.

The hike to Panorama Ridge is a 34 kilometer (21 miles) round-trip haul that affords stunning views of Garibaldi Lake and Black Tusk Mountain. 

Due to the hike’s length and a moderate level of difficulty, day-trippers from Vancouver should arrive at the trailhead by sunrise. Alternatively, campsites along the route cater to hikers who wish to spend multiple days in the area.

Though the hike to Panorama Ridge is a challenging climb to accomplish in a day, Garibaldi Lake’s jaw-dropping scenery has made the park an increasingly popular day trip from Vancouver. 

Option 33 White Rock Pier Day trip to Vancouver

Distance - 47 km

Transport - Skytrain,Car

Timing:1 hour drive.
 

 

Option 34 Chilliwack Flower festival trip to Vancouver

Distance - 102 km

Transport - car

Timing: 1 hr 10 min

Option 35 Mount Washington Day trip to Vancouver

Distance - 210 km

Transport - car and farrie

Timing: 3 hr 52 min

Option 36 Lighthouse Park Day trip to Vancouver

Distance - 20 km

Transport - car

Timing: 32 min

Lighthouse Park is around 35 minutes from Vancouver. For public transportation, take bus #250, and you’ll get dropped off along Marine Drive, and you’ll have to walk a super short distance to the entrance.Lighthouse Park is the epitome of a postcard-painted spot. Admire the lighthouse overlooking waves crashing rocks and visitors exploring the area. Try to time a trip here during sunset when the purple sky contrasts perfectly with the white and red lighthouse! It’s an excellent place for a romantic picnic or a family trip outside of the city

 

Option 37   Bridal Falls  Day trip to Vancouver

Distance - 120 km

Transport - car

Timing: 1 hr 18 min

Hop in your car and travel east along the Trans-Canada Highway to reach Bridal Veil Provincial Park. Expect to drive for 1.5 hours. It’s best to drive here!Pack a picnic lunch and get ready to fall in love with the roaring Bridal Veil Falls, backed by dreamy forest scenery. Spend some time relishing in this natural wonder in summer or winter! In winter, the falls freeze, providing the perfect image of a snowy wonderland.

 

Option 38 River Rock Casino, pub, Bar, Nightlife trip to Vancouver

Distance - 13 km

Transport - car

Timing: 21 min

Option 39 Kausa Berry Farm Day trip to Vancouver

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Langley‘s Krause Berry Farms is a working farm located just one hour from Vancouver. It features u-pick fields, a year-round market and an estate winery.

Offerings at the farm include their award-winning wines, market  products and waffle bar. The place also offers seasonal u-pick produce, plus special events during holidays.Opening hours for the venue are usually from 9:30 am until 5:00 pm Wednesdays through Sundays. The farm is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Krause Farms offers a number of products and activities throughout the year. These include their market and bakery, waffle bar and estate winery.One of the most unique things about Krause Farms is their waffle bar. Waffles are made fresh with seasonal toppings and the farm’s very own syrup or coco whip. The place also offers a vegan, gluten-friendly option for those with dietary restrictions.

Option 40 Bellingham Day trip to Vancouver

Distance - 54 mi

Transport - car

Timing: 1 hr 10 min

A speedy day trip from Vancouver by train, Bellingham offers a day out in the USA. The journey takes less than an hour and a half so leave in the morning and you can be in America in time for lunch.

Situated on the coast, Bellingham is an attractive city that is quite popular in the summer with holidaymakers.

The train from Vancouver stops in the Fairhaven area, which is the perfect place to spend a few hours wandering around. There’s an attractive waterfront with seafood restaurants, charming bookshops, parks and shops.

You can spend the day here at the pretty Whatcom Falls Park or hire a bike and cycle along one of the many biking lanes. If you like museums, the Whatcom Museum of History and Art inside an old, 1892 brick-built building is interesting.

The Downtown district is full of intriguing architraves and hosts many cultural events.

Option 41 Steveston Fisherman Wharf  Day trip to Vancouver

Distance - 20 km

Transport - car

Timing ; 27 min

Steveston is a great place to visit in the summer. There are great restaurants with patios overlooking the water, farmers markets, cute little shops, riverside walks and museums. There are still things to do in the winter months too. I actually went there in March this year on a nice sunny day and walked around the village for a couple of hours. Here are some of my favorite things to do in Steveston.

The entire town of Steveston is just quaint and charming and historic, but it’s not the only reason…

For some, it is the awesome marina views the harbor offers, I don’t think I have ever seen a more pretty seaside setting. Or the fish market which allows customers to purchase fresh fish right off the fishing boats themselves.

But for me and many like me, it is the filming locations which can be found here. Steveston features as the charming town Storeybrooke in the ABC drama ‘Once Upon A Time‘. In fact, 90% of exterior shots from the show were filmed here!

In the summer from May until September, the Steveston Farmers’ & Artisans Market operates every second week on a Sunday. I love a good farmers market and this one is full of great food, as well as crafts and locally made products. There are hot food options so I love getting my lunch there when I visit. I always find a good dessert to finish my meal with too, there are so many baked goods at this market. Then I make sure to stock up on all the fresh fruit and veggies so I can go home and cook my dinner. Take your own reusable bag to load up on all the delicious goodies you will probably end up buying.

Speaking of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, this is somewhere you can visit even on a non-market day. The museum shows the history of fishing in Steveston, and the processing and canning of the local fish. We’ve joined in on the guided tours before which are really informative, and there are interactive displays for kids too.

Fisherman’s Wharf in Steveston is that place to go. Walk down to where the fresh fish and seafood is being sold from the boats themselves. All on ice, and at great prices you can get everything from shrimp to salmon.

Steveston is right on the water, which means it’s the perfect place to start a whale-watching tour from. I’ve never done a tour from Steveston but have done others around the Vancouver area. Steveston have a couple of whale watching companies here you can check out.

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There are few areas in the world that are as untouched as BC’s Sunshine Coast, and coming to Vancouver gives you the perfect excuse to visit. Picture it: empty inlets, rugged coastline, pristine beaches, and thriving wildlife — only in BC, right? And the cherry on top: it takes just two hours to get there from downtown.

Like a trip to Bowen Island, you’ll want to get yourself to Horseshoe Bay first, where BC Ferries will take you up the coast to Langdale. As with most of these ferries, you’re able to bring a vehicle aboard (for $45.90 CAD), which is what we recommend, as it’s best to explore the Sunshine Coast’s small villages and wilderness at your own pace. These places were first inhabited by the Squamish (Skwxwú7mesh), Sechelt (Shíshálh), and Sliammon (Tla’Amin), and Klahoose First Nations people, and their culture is still prevalent today. While learning more about the history of the Sunshine Coast, indulge in the number of outdoor activities available, as well as the local food and beverage scene — most of which is proudly grown and sourced in the region.

Though you might not have time for all of these trips, picking out one or two is a surefire way to make your travels to Vancouver even more memorable! Tell us in the comments which day trip you’d choose during your next trip to British Columbia.

Option 44 port moody Day trip to Vancouver

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In late 2016, the Evergreen SkyTrain line was expanded deeper into the Lower Mainland. Almost immediately, the corners of suburbia became more accessible than ever—including the misty city of Port Moody. And for most Vancouverites, it’s discovering Brewers Row that has been the most exciting.

Much like Portland’s Belmont Street or even Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant, these breweries are all located within a five-minute walk of one another. Expect big warehouses, some great patios, and a very hoppy time. “At the soft opening, within 20 minutes we had a lineup out the door,” says Yellow Dog Brewing owner Melinda Coghill. Yellow Dog was the first brewery and tasting room to open here back in 2014, so it is a great place to start before checking out neighbours Twin Sails, Moody Ales, and Parkside.

For Coghill, bringing the wonderful world of hops to both the newbie and expert drinker was the goal. “There are definitely lighter beers that you can start with, and then your palate will evolve over the years,” she says as a flight of beer arrives. Try the Golden Ale, the Chase My Tail west coast pale ale, and The Super Secret Sour—as Coghill says, it’s a “beautiful summer beer.”

Just a few moments away from Brewers Row is Rocky Point Ice Cream, a beloved place in town known for something a little different. “We serve about six thousand dogs a year,” says owner and master scooper Yvette Cuthbert. The Sydney native brings a ray of sunshine to a cold spring day as she shows off her kibble ice cream, which is served in a cone and topped with a milk bone. It’s a sweet treat for any customer’s four-legged companion. For those with two legs, grab a scoop of the lemon yogurt or the Earl grey (made with real, extremely potent steeped tea leaves, says Cuthbert). “There’s the nostalgia of what ice cream means to somebody,” she says. “And that’s what makes our job so awesome.”

Port Moody boasts some exceptional history, and much of it can be discovered at the Port Moody Station Museum, which houses an original Canadian Pacific Railway car from 1921. If nature is more appealing, take a walk along the Shoreline Trail and get the mountain experience without having to go too far into the woods. Need to cool off? Take a 20-minute drive north to White Pine Beach on Sasamat Lake. Known for exceptionally warm waters (and hot temperatures due to its mountain location), it is the only white-sand beach in the Lower Mainland.

On the way out, drop into Port Moody’s favorite cafe, Gabi and Jules. Nestled among a series of heritage homes (Port Moody has 65 in its Heritage Register), it’s known especially well for one thing: crostatas. “People come and say, My friend had a pastry…’” says sales manager Sarah Breitenbach, explaining how often customers come in searching for the famed treat. It is indeed worth every moment of searching once snackers can dive into the Italian folded-dough tart filled with sundried tomatoes and cheese. There are also fruity versions like bumbleberry, ginger-peach, and strawberry. A perfectly sweet ending to a perfectly sweet day.

 

VANCOUVER DAY TRIPS: IN CONCLUSION

I hope this post has given you lots of information about Vancouver Day Trips' inspiration to spend a bit more time in Vancouver and the surrounding area. As you have read, there are many worthwhile Vancouver day tours, suitable for all types of travelers.

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