If you’re visiting Vancouver, BC, there are lots of things worth seeing. The following are places I usually bring out-of-town visitors:
- Granville Island
- Local Mountains (Grouse Mountain, Mount Seymour, Cypress Mountain Ski Area, and Whistler Blackcomb)
- H.R. MacMillan Space Centre/Museum of Vancouver/ Planetarium/ Vancouver Maritime Museum
- Lighthouse Park
- Nitobe Memorial Garden
- Pacific Spirit Regional Park
- Science World
- Stanley Park
- Vancouver Aquarium
- Vancouver Seawall
- The Westside Beaches: Kits, Locarno, and Spanish Banks East and West
- Wreck Beach
For photos of Vancouver, see the Vancouver Photo Gallery.
Things to Do Just Outside the City
The following activities require just an hour or two of driving from the city:
- Visit Steveston if you would like an easy, family-friendly outing. Activities include touring a historical fishing village, dining at various restaurants (it’s a particularly good place for seafood), and walking or cycling by the water.
- If you have a fit group to entertain, hike the Stawamus Chief. The surround views at the top are amazing.
- If you’d like a more gentle hike not far from the city, check out Buntzen Lake or Sasamat Lake, go for a hike along the beautiful Kettle Valley Trail, or take the ferry to gorgeous Galiano Island.
- For spectacular scenery, visit the Joffre Lakes at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park or do the Brandywine Meadows hike in the Callaghan Valley.
- See the Brandywine Falls at Brandywine Provincial Park.
- With a few hours of driving and a 45-minute scenic ferry ride, you can visit the gorgeous Sunshine Coast for hiking, biking, kayaking, and more.
- See the spectacular Skookumchuck Narrows, the world’s second-fastest tidal rapids, at Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park.
BC also has plenty of great hot springs, many of which can be reached within a few hours by car.