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.

Here are five day trip ideas all within a 90 minute (or less) drive from downtown. Have one to add? Help out by commenting. Continue reading:
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…

Neighbourhood cinemas: cheap, close, current and comfy

The Dolphin on E. Hastings in Burnaby near SFU
The Dolphin on E. Hastings in Burnaby near SFU

Took in the charming Julie and Julia at my favourite neighbourhood cinema this past weekend: the Dolphin Theatre at 4555 E. Hastings in Burnaby.

It’s not actually in my ‘hood–I live on Bowen Island–but I drive by on my way up to SFU on Burnaby Mountain once a week and I always slow down long enough to check what’s playing. There are two films, newish, usually well-reviewed and one’s always something appropriate for family viewing.

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Neighbourhood cinemas: cheap, close, current and comfy

There’s no road rage on Vancouver’s watery highways

Coastal Link Ferries, Vancouver to Bowen Island
You’ve heard of the commute from hell? Well, mine’s from the other place.

A couple of times a week I make the short and scenic trip from my Bowen Island home to my office in downtown Vancouver by boat: Coastal Link Ferries, to be exact.

After leaving Snug Cove, the 70-seat passenger vessel (affectionately dubbed “the tin sausage” by regulars) speeds across Howe Sound, past Lighthouse Park, under the Lion’s Gate Bridge and delivers us 25 minutes later at the Thurlow St. dock just below the new convention centre. It’s a pretty civilized way to get to and from work.

A decade or so ago I visited Hong Kong and was impressed by that city’s active harbour. I wondered then why Vancouver wasn’t making more use of its waterways to relieve some of our traffic and transit problems. Finally, it’s happening. And it’s good for locals and for tourists (not to mention the environment).

Besides the Coastal Link, some of my favourite watery crossings include the BC Ferries crossing to Bowen from West Vancouver, the False Creek and Aquabus water taxis across False Greek, and the SeaBus run to North Vancouver. They’re like mini-cruises–for the cost of a latte or two.

Gridlock can make its kinda hard to remember how gorgeous this city really is. Sometimes the best way over a bridge is under it…