If you're not someone with either the time or the money to take a huge vacation in the summer, this list is for you. We as Vancouverites are super fortunate to live in such an amazing city thats beauty starts from the core and surrounds us from every direction.
So don't be too disappointed if you can't afford that 10 day Hawaii getaway or Cabo all inclusive vacation. Here are 11 weekend trips you can take with your friends or with your bae all within a two hour drive from Vancouver.
Steveston Heritage Village
34 minutes from Vancouver
The seaside village of Steveston is a great option for a weekend getaway. Located just a quick half hour from Vancouver this fairytale like sport features historic homes, specialty boutiques and a busy marina. Take a night and gorge yourself at the Richmond Night Market, go on a whale watching tour, or head over to Fisherman's Wharf and pick up some of the freshest seafood you've ever had - it's sure to be an adorable weekend.
1h, 44mins from Vancouver
Whistler is a great place to visit for the weekend. There are always tons of cabins, apartments and even treehouse available for rent. Whistler has emerged into an oasis for bike riders and mountain climbers. So if either of those are up your alley, Whistler is definitely the place to go. Lounge by one of the many lakes all day or spend some time in the village shopping. Hit up a bar or a micro brewery or get some delicious dessert from the famous Cow's Whistler ice cream shop. Moo.
2h, 12min from Vancouver.
Pemberton is mostly known for its legendary music festival that takes place every July, but it is also a great option for a weekend getaway. Nestled at the bottom of beautiful mountains, there is so much scenery to be seen. Grab all your friends and a case a beer and go camping for a few days. Or find a cozy bread and breakfast for you and your boo. If you're feeling adventurous rent a horse and go on a guided tour exploring the area, or take a once in a lifetime river rafting journey.
2h, 13min from Vancouver
Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast is a great place to escape for a weekend getaway. The quiet town is surrounded by ocean and is breathtakingly beautiful. Accessible only by a 40 minute scenic ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay. Take a stroll in the town and visit the little shops or have a meal at the famous Molly's Reach restaurant. Visit the Sunshine Coast museum or find a safe spot for cliff jumping and experience something you'll never forget.
2h, 23min from Vanc0uver
Manning Park is situated alongside a beautiful lake and is the perfect place for a quick getaway. Rent a cabin or chose from one of the many campgrounds to stay in. Rent a canoe and explore the lake or take a hike through the intricate trails. Grab a meal at the lodge or do some serious grocery shopping beforehand and bring food to the water. Claim your picnic table and spend the entire day chasing groundhogs and wading in the water.
Tulalip Resort Casino, Washington
2h, 22min from Vancouver
Get all your necessary back to school shopping taken care of in one weekend at the Tulalip Resort. The resort is attached to the Seattle Premium Outlets. Get everything you need for all the best prices and have some fun at the Casino while you're at it. Who knows maybe you can win big and get your whole trip payed for.
33 minutes from Vancouver
Visiting Horseshoe Bay may not seem like much but if you're coming from Burnaby or New West, it would make a great little trip. Rent a boat and try your hand at fishing. Stay at an AirBnB and enjoy the view for a few days.
1h, 4min from Vancouver
Squamish is a really underrated mountain side community that is a perfect place to spend the weekend. Rent a campground and spend your time exploring the mountains and testing your skills as a hiker or rock climber. Take some time to learn about the extensive First Nations history and culture that exist on that land.
1h, 11min from Vancouver
A quiet and remote place to go camping with some friends for the weekend. Situated right next to a beautiful lake, you can spend your time keeping cool and riding your bike through the trails that loop through the main campground. Make sure to try your luck and see a shooting star while you're there.
2 hours from Vancouver
1h, 30 mins ferry ride
Nanaimo is definitely a place you have to go if you haven't been already. A city that is surrounded by water with a lot of culture and cool things to see. Wander through the self guided trails and snorkel with the harbour seals Nanaimo is a great place to spend a weekend.
57 minutes from Vancouver
Shannon falls is home to one pretty amazing waterfall. It rises 355 meters above Highway 99, making it the third largest waterfall in BC. Although camping is not permitted directly in this park you can find a ground at Klahanie Campground just a 2 minute drive away.
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