10 Amazing Day Trips You Can Take From Vancouver This Summer
Luckily for Vancouverites, some of BC’s most amazing destinations are just a short drive or ferry ride away. From Fort Langley to Butchart Gardens to Harrison Hot Springs – if you’re looking for a quick escape from the city, we’ve got you covered!
Here are 10 amazing day trips you can do once from Vancouver.
We’re starting this list off with a classic, well, because Whistler is officially open for the season! The full summer program is back on Saturday 21st May – so get ready for some wonderful hikes through the Ascension Trails and panoramic views from peak to peak from the Bridge.
Want to make a pit stop along the way? Discover Shannon Falls Provincial Park and have a quick bite to eat surrounded by beautiful waterfalls.
Our provincial capital is home to some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in British Columbia. Take afternoon tea at the historic Empress Hotel, picnic on Beacon Hill or take a leisurely stroll through Butchart Gardens. If you opt for the latter, be sure to explore the Sunken Garden pictured above!
Less than 30 minutes from downtown Victoria, you’ll find incredible hiking trails if you’re up for an adventure. The Sooke Coastal Trail, Mount Doug, Mystic Beach and Sandcut Beach trails, and Lake Durrance are great options! Be sure to pack a good SPF and some snacks to refuel.
Luckily for Vancouverites, the small town of Harrison is only 90 minutes away – and the resort town has plenty to offer day-trippers. Golf, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and various activities on the lake await you.
Once you’ve crossed everything off your to-do list, it’s time to unwind in soothing spring water at Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa. Stop at the mineral pools or extend your day trip into a weekend visit by staying at the spa for an extra day or two.
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Food. Art. Beer. Need we say more? Squamish is not only home to the Stawamus Chief Trail and some of the most beautiful (and strenuous) hikes in the province, but it’s also a great place to catch an art show, music festival, or relax with a few local craft beers.
Grab a coffee and shop in quaint downtown Squamish, head to Backcountry Brewing or take in the views from the famous Sea-to-Sky Gondola.
Salt Spring Island is a charming and quirky place filled with family farms and art studios that you can visit. Stock up on fresh berries or artisanal cheese and get to know the people who make up this vibrant community.
Plan your trip for a Saturday if you want to take advantage of their famous Saturday summer market in their main town of Ganges, featuring local produce, artisan treats, potters and jewelers, photography, and more.
Enjoy a day of fish and chips and local history in this charming fishing village on the Fraser River. The shipbuilding and fish processing industries of the 1800s made Steveston one of the busiest communities in British Columbia at the time!
Check Gulf of Georgia Cannery to see what it was like to work in a fish factory, then stock up on delicious food from Pajo’s.
Waterfall lovers, this one is for you! Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park is located just east of Chilliwack and features a 60-meter tall waterfall that has undoubtedly graced your Instagram feeds at least a few times. The best part? This magnificent view is only a 15 minute walk away. No fatigue or dehydration is necessary to reach this famous spot!
Once you’ve enjoyed the falls, you can visit the 32-acre Minter Gardens and do some great birdwatching, or use the Bridal Falls Water Park. Since Chilliwack is just a hop and a jump away, you can also venture into the Cheam Lake area!
This beautiful island is the perfect place to explore on foot. Hike the Mount Gardner Loop trail, stroll through the Ecological Reserve, just load up on Earnest’s ice cream at Snug Cove.
After sunbathing at Sandy Beach, head to Riley’s Cidery and sip on a delicious craft cider.
Honestly, there’s a ton of things to do in Langley from brunch, window shopping and coffee hopping – and you don’t need a car to get there! Board the SkyTrain to Surrey, then take the 503 bus to Fraser Hwy Exp/Langley Centre. Peasy easy.
If you want to go back a little in the past, we recommend that you consult the Fort Langley National Historic Site. Explore the site of the Hudson’s Bay Company and learn how Californian fur traders, gold prospectors and First Nations lived during the era.
Discover a suspension bridge
Fortunately, very little travel time is needed to explore stunning suspension bridges in North Vancouver! Capilano Suspension Bridge and Lynn Canyon are great day trips the whole family can enjoy – unless you’re afraid of heights. So maybe jump the bridges.
Lynn Canyon has an eco-centre, a cafe and a bunch of hiking trails for those who want to do some exploring on solid ground.
Have a great travel day, Vancouver!