Whether you're a working professional or in school, the end of April can be an incredibly stressful season. You've got your taxes due, you're preparing for summer projects, you're studying for your finals or you're finishing up final group presentations -- you get the picture.
During this crazy, hectic storm of a month, you need a relaxing place to find solace. While some can simply find it at the comfort of their own home, others need to venture out to find that space. Lucky for you, there are tons of peaceful places in Vancouver (thank God, we don't live in an overpopulated city).
From quiet coffee shops with cozy nooks to relaxing beaches with little to no human traffic. Whatever you need to free your mind, there's a place for that. Here are 13 of the most peaceful, relaxing places to go in Vancouver to give your mind some TLC.
Where: 1150 Marine Dr // West Vancouver
West Vancouver is known for its quaint and quiet environment, and Ambleside Park is no exception. Stroll along the seawall and get incredible views of the Lion's Gate Bridge and even appreciate Stanley Park from afar. Stay away from the crowds at enjoy some relaxing beach time at Ambleside.
Lake Lovely Water Hike
Where: 41101 Government Rd // Brackendale
While some people prefer the vast openness of the sea for relaxing vibes, others enjoy the calming sounds of lakes and deep forests. Lake Lovely is truly as lovely as it sounds. As one of Whistler's best-kept secrets, this gorgeous lake trail is rugged and will really let you embrace the PNW nature around you.
Willow Stream Spa
Where: 1038 Canada Place // Coal Harbour
If you're less of a nature girl and you appreciate the finer things in life, you'll definitely appreciate a self-pampering day at Willow Stream Spa. They have everything from massage therapy to facial treatments and even a rooftop oasis lounge complete with a jacuzzi -- luxurious much?
Where: 200-2240 Chippendale Rd // West Vancouver
We might not mean the Chateau Versailles in France, but we might as well be. This luxury furniture gallery is also a fancy cafe that serves freshly baked pastries and cakes from Thomas Haas, as well as quality coffee and tea. If you drop by on the weekend, their brunch is ah-may-zing.
Where: 1253 Johnston St // Granville Island
Summer is just about to grace Vancouver, and what better way to embrace the sun than to sip a glass of sangria at one of the city's best patios, The Dockside. Not only does Dockside have the most gorgeous views of False Creek, they have the most stylish patio for you to view it from. The patio is currently open for the season, but make sure to call in first as it is weather dependent.
Where: Belcarra Regional Park // Port Moody
Sasamat Lake is a beautiful spot to visit during spring and summer. Not only is there the bumpin' White Pine Beach where you can bring a floatie and chill all day, there are also tons of calming boardwalks and walking trails.
Glamping in Sechelt
Where: Sechelt Inlet Provincial Marine Park // Sechelt
Okay, so this might not exactly be in Vancouver, but Sechelt is only about a 2.5 hour drive away and the road trip is well worth it. Detach yourself from the city and find peaceful solace at this glamp site in Sechelt. Nestled right in the middle of the forest, experience the excitement of camping while enjoying your creature comforts.
Birds & The Beets
Where: 55 Powell St // Gastown
Some find peace in nature, others find peace in aesthetic coffee shops. While Birds & The Beets might be a popular spot for locals, the space is open and large enough so you don't feel cramped up inside a little coffee shop. The high ceilings and plants adorning the brick walls will give you space to breathe in the city.
Where: 1059 Cambie St // Yaletown
Ever tried floatation therapy? If you have, you know exactly the type of celestial relaxation that sensory deprivation can allow you to experience. If you haven't, try a session and see just how relaxed your mind, body, and spirit can feel.
Where: Mount Seymour // North Vancouver
Tucked away in Mount Seymour Park is the secluded Mystery Lake. This is the perfect summer spot to take dip, go for a picnic, or just relax in the sun. It's not usually overcrowded and there are tons of great hiking spots on around. It won't be open for the season until July, but make sure to keep this spot on your summer bucket list.
Where: 687 Main St // Chinatown
If you love a cute and quiet patio where you can just sip a coffee and read a good book, Dalina is the spot. This Italian boutique grocer is also a cafe that serves both savoury and sweet foods... and of course, Italian coffee. Their patio has tangling twinkle lights on the ceiling and luscious green vines tangled around their fence, it's the perfect relaxing coffee spot.
Where: 333 Menchion Mews // Coal Harbour
Summer is well on its way, and there's no better way to enjoy it than relaxing on a patio sipping on few cocktails and munching away on some calamari and slurping up some oysters. LIFT Bar and Grill in Coal Harbour has a beautiful, intimate patio that's great for small groups. Enjoy a chill bae date as you take in the gorgeous views.
Where: 3883 Imperial St // Burnaby
We might not be in Manhattan, but I'd argue that Vancouver's Central Park is even more beautiful than the one in the Big Apple. With thousands of blooming cherry blossoms during this time of year, you can have a relaxing picnic or even stroll around the park while you enjoy the spring foliage.