12 Spontaneous Day Trips From Vancouver You Need To Go On This Summer
Because staying in the city all season long is boring.
Spring is the season when we all start to feel a bit restless after being dormant and lazy all winter. It's time for an adventure, big or small, as long as you get out of the house and a way for the city for a while, you're bound to discover something incredible! This list can serve as a little blueprint for your wanderings—consider it a jumping off point to get you thinking about things to do and places to go this Spring even for just a day.
Hopefully, you find a spot on this list that piques your interest and you can spend one Spring Saturday seeing it for yourself and discovering so much more all around. Spring is one of those seasons that doesn't seem to stick around for long, especially around Vancouver. It's usually just cold and rainy and then summer hits us! Take advantage of the fresh flowers and mild weather of Spring for as long as you can.
From hiking adventures and waterfall seeking to finding a hidden gem of a cafe or farm, there is so much to discover on this list that it will take you all Spring to accomplish everything. Why not be spontaneous and head out on the road for a little adventure? Life's too short!
Here are 12 ideas for spontaneous day trips from Vancouver you need to try this Spring
Distance from Vancouver: 1 hour
I can't wait to taste the first local berry crops this Spring! Krause Farms has u-pick berry fields, a market, restaurants, and an estate winery. Even if the berries aren't ripe yet, there is a lot to see and do at this famous local farm. Be sure to check their website to see which crops are ripe for the picking.
Distance from Vancouver: 5 hours
If you really want to get out of Vancouver, then you should drive out to Botanical Beach on Vancouver Island. Stretch your legs on a walk along the shore and check out the beautiful tide pools full of all kinds of sea creatures! Just don't touch them or take any seashell souvenirs so you protect the local environment. You might even get to spot orcas from the shore if you're lucky! Hikers can enjoy the nearby Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, too.
Distance from Vancouver: 2 hours 24 mins
Wander through dreamy lavender fields on Salt Spring Island this Spring! This popular farm is totally organic and grows 60 varieties of lavender. The flowers usually bloom starting in June and the farm opens to visitors on May 1st. They also have a farm shop where you can stock up on organic, lavender-infused products to remind you of the fragrance of the lavender fields long after your visit is over.
Distance from Vancouver: 1 hour 15 mins
You can taste wines inside a chapel in Abbotsford! This unique winery has an idyllic rural setting that makes a gorgeous backdrop for photos of the copper-spired chapel. This place is cute to visit with friends and very romantic to visit with your S/O. They have a patio outside, too where you can sip wine overlooking the vineyards.
Distance from Vancouver: 33 mins
If a quick and simple spontaneous day trip is all you're looking for, then you should drive out to Whytecliff Park for unbeatable ocean views! You can walk along the beach here and spot adorable seals. Nearby, there's a totally unique cafe called Whytecliff Kitchen where you can sit on the patio with a cup of coffee or grab lunch. You get all the fun of a day-trip with minimal driving!
Distance from Vancouver: 50 mins
Whether you're just stopping in for coffee and a pastry or sitting down to dinner, this spot in Fort Langley is not going to disappoint and it's worth a day trip just to see it! They even do brunch on the weekends! This family-run joint serves dishes influenced by Israeli and Italian flavours like Challah French Toast and house-made tagliatelle.
Distance from Vancouver: 1 hour 30 mins
Love juice places? Take a pilgrimage to HABIT in Abbotsford! This spot in Abbotsford serves cold-pressed juices, nut milks, salad bowls and smoothie bowls. It's nice to eat lunch or get a snack at places like this because no matter what you order off the menu, you know it's going to be good for you! Plus, they have this adorable selfie-circle that you know you want to take a photo with!
Distance from Vancouver: 2 hours 33 mins
This unique bridge is just a couple of hours from Vancouver! There's also a little park nearby so this is a good place to check out if you are bringing your dog or even your bike with you on your day trip. Going out on the bridge, you're treated to amazing views of the Fraser Canyon so bring your camera!
Distance from Vancouver: 1 hour 17 mins
If you haven't been to this spot in Squamish, then you need to go ASAP! The hike up here is steep and rugged. It's about 6.5 km long and will take you 4 to 6 hours. You'll also need to use a canoe to cross the river! Those who make the hike are treated to this spectacular view. Check out more details on how to make this fun day-trip on the BC Gov site.
Distance from Vancouver: 6 hours 26 mins
These spectacular falls are definitely worth the drive! Wells Gray Provincial Park is full of dozens of awe-inspiring waterfalls like these. There's one spot called Moul Falls where you can easily slip between the waterfall and the canyon. This is one of the top spots in BC to chase waterfalls.
Distance from Vancouver: 3 hours
Distance from Vancouver: 1 hour 40 mins
Spring is all about flowers. This garden centre is an adorable spot to really get into the mood for Spring! You can buy plants, get advice and design your own green space at home. Plants really fill any space with life so even if you have bad luck with houseplants, it's worth giving it a try again and this is the place to pick up your perfect plant.