Our Wild Backyard: 4 Daytrips for Nature Lovers

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Dwarfed by the nearby Coast Mountains and surrounded by the wild Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is the rare city readymade for nature lovers.  Within an hour’s drive of the downtown core, endless adventures await on land and sea.  Here are four daytrip ideas for people eager to get back to nature:

  • Paddle Indian Arm: A 12-mile glacial fjord carved through steep mountains, Indian Arm is just a 40-minute drive from downtown Vancouver.  From the community of Deep Cove, you can rent kayaks or strike out on hiking trails.

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Our Wild Backyard: 4 Daytrips for Nature Lovers

15 Day Trips & Great Escapes for the Victoria Day Long Weekend

Bungee jumping in Whistler. Photo: Whistler Bungee Inc

Victoria Day is May 23, making the upcoming weekend a long one. While there are loads of things to do in the city—just check out this list compiled by our readers of 125 Things to Do in Vancouver—the long weekend is the perfect chance to explore outside the city limits with one of these great day trips!

15 Day Trips & Great Escapes for the Victoria Day Weekend

1. Relax in the warm mineral waters at the Harrison Hot Springs.

2. Spend the day in Steveston, strolling the waterfront and visiting the Gulf of Georgia Cannery salmon museum.

3. Explore the artists’ colonies, beaches, and coves of the famous Sunshine Coast.

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15 Day Trips & Great Escapes for the Victoria Day Long Weekend

Top 10 Things to Do for Spring Break in Vancouver

Vancouver’s schools get out for a two-week spring break starting Monday, March 21, 2011, which means many families will be wondering what to do with the time. Never fear, though—if you’re in Vancouver for spring break, there are lots of fun, cheap, and educational things to do for just the kids or for the whole family.

1. Learn about Stanley Park’s biodiversity at the free Stanley Park Nature House.
2. Take a Shakespeare 101 acting workshop at Vancouver’s Place des Arts (for kids grade 6 – 8).
3. Go CSI at the Forensics for Kids workshops at the Vancouver Police Museum.
4. See the towering totems at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology.
5. Spend the day in Steveston, strolling the waterfront and visiting the Gulf of Georgia Cannery salmon museum.

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Top 10 Things to Do for Spring Break in Vancouver

Top 5 Vancouver Day Trips

Golden Ears Provincial Park. Photo: Remy Scalza

As much as Vancouver has to offer - the beaches, the mountains, the downtown restaurant scene – sometimes you just have to get away from the city for a day.   With the weather finally heating up, now’s the time to break out the cooler and barbecue, load up the car and head for the hills.  But where to go?

Do you have a favorite Vancouver day trip?  A getaway that’s relatively close to the city but far enough away to offer a breath of fresh air and some new scenery?  Please share your favorite day trip destination by leaving a comment below.

To get things started, I’ll offer my Top 5 Vancouver Day trips.   All of these ideas are within a 90-minute drive of downtown, and they all offer a nice change of pace from city living.

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Top 5 Vancouver Day Trips