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

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