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

Diving for Clouds at the Cut

By Stephen Pearce. Another installment of our series on diving near Vancouver. This time Stephen visits Whytecliff Park.

“And shades of deep-embattled clouds were seen,
Spotting the northern cliffs with lights between…
                 “An Evening Walk”, W. Wordsworth: 1793

When William Wordsworth penned those lines to his sister, he probably wasn’t thinking about diving for cloud sponges in British Columbia. Yet, with a little luck, recreational scuba divers can discover fluffy “clouds” of sponges in colours of snowy white, ivory and pale orange that hug the underwater cliffs.
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Diving for Clouds at the Cut

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

Vancouver’s Best Beach? You make the call


A recent article in the Vancouver Sun offers a great rundown Vancouver’s many beaches, from rustic Third Beach in Stanley Park to the urban sands of English Bay.  What the article doesn’t do, however, is rate them.   What’s the best beach in the city?  The worst?  Which beaches consistently earn rave reviews from sun worshippers?  Which disappoint?

Rating beaches is a tricky proposition, of course.  Everyone looks for something different in their beach experience.  Some people love the energy at Kits Beach; other find the crowds and noise unbearable.  For the right person, clothing-optional Wreck Beach and its anything goes, bare-buns-‘n-all attitude is a perfect fit.  But lots of people might find the scenery down there a bit uncomfortable (On hot days, there can be some pretty shocking sunburns).

So, I thought I’d just put the question out there:  What’s Vancouver’s best beach and why?   I know that Vancouverites are passionate about their beaches – I’m hoping to get some passionate answers.

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Vancouver’s Best Beach? You make the call