10 Places Near Vancouver to Picnic in Nature

A group having a picnic at Third Beach in Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC

Sunset picnic at Third Beach in Stanley Park. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Hubert Kang

On hot summer days, there’s nothing better than a picnic. In a city like Vancouver surrounded by mountains and ocean, you can go beyond neighbourhood parks and enjoy your picnic in nature. So pack your blankets and picnic baskets, then head out to one of these 10 great picnic destinations near Vancouver.

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10 Places Near Vancouver to Picnic in Nature

10 Places to Go Kayaking Near Vancouver

Kayaking in False Creek, Vancouver, BC

Kayaking near Granville Island. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Rishad Daroowala

Want to see Vancouver from a brand-new perspective? Get in a kayak to view the city from the water. It gets you closer to nature and gives you a bit of exercise too. Vancouver is a coastal city with lots of nearby lakes, so there are lots of places to go kayaking. Sign up for a tour or a lesson, or rent a kayak (and safety gear), then explore the water on your own.

Here are 10 beautiful places to go kayaking near Vancouver. They all have kayaks on site so can get on the water right away. 

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10 Places to Go Kayaking Near Vancouver

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This WeekendMusic, walking tours, lots of food, and dozens of theatre options will keep you busy in Vancouver this holiday long weekend, Friday through Monday! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Vancouver Mini Escapes: Half-Day Trip to Bowen Island

BowenIsland-8Summer’s almost over … but not quite yet.

If you’re looking for one last getaway from the city but are short on time, consider the little island that’s practically in Vancouver’s backyard: Bowen Island.  You get a taste of Gulf Island living, beautiful forests, a small town and pristine beaches – and you can be back home in time for dinner.

I checked out Bowen over a recent weekend and was amazed at how much there is to do. Getting there is relatively easy.  Ferries leave regularly from the Horseshoe Bay Terminal in West Vancouver.  The quick, 20-minute trip will set you back $11.65 for a roundtrip ticket (add an extra $32.90 if you bring a car).  I drove on this time, but I’ve biked on in the past. (Bowen’s mountainous topography makes for dramatic – if somewhat exhausting – cycling.)

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Vancouver Mini Escapes: Half-Day Trip to Bowen Island

Vancouver Hidden Gem Alert: Cape Roger Curtis on Bowen Island

Photo credit: JeremyOK | Flickr

Photo credit: JeremyOK | Flickr

It’s the classic, end-of-summer dilemma in Vancouver. The clouds are rolling in and the window for good weather is closing fast.  You’ve already blown your travel budget on summer adventures, and you don’t have enough vacation days left for a real holiday.  But you’ve got the itch for one more getaway.

Why not Bowen Island? The tiny, heavily forested island in Howe Sound feels a world away, even though it’s just a few kilometres off the mainland.  It makes an easy day trip and, with a bit of planning, a really cheap one.

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Vancouver Hidden Gem Alert: Cape Roger Curtis on Bowen Island

5 Day Trips for the Labour Day Long Weekend

U-Pick blueberries. Photo credit: BC Blueberry Council

Sticking around this weekend? You can still have a mini adventure and make it home in time for dinner. From hiking and swimming to berry picking, museums and Labour Day festivities, there’s no shortage of outdoorsy, end-of summer day trips for the intrepid Vancouver family.

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5 Day Trips for the Labour Day Long Weekend

Need a little long weekend inspiration? How about Bowen Island?

Can’t face an epic road trip this coming holiday weekend? How about a hop and skip across Howe Sound to pretty Bowen Island?

This fun little video should give you all the inspiration you need:

Pick up the #257 Horseshoe Bay Express along Georgia Street and stay on ’til the end of the line. Then walk on BC Ferries‘ Queen of Capilano to Snug Cove. You can leave in the morning and be back in the city by bedtime…