Right about now, you might be dreaming about escaping your apartment to go on a tropical getaway. But you'll be surprised to discover all the spots that are only a short drive away that are worth checking out instead. No need to waste hours searching the internet for inspiration on what to do because we've gathered up fun things to do near Vancouver and you should fill the car with your BFFs.
Once spring comes it is the perfect opportunity to hit the road with your friends and make the most of your free time. Now that the sun is peaking out a bit it is the ideal time to hike to a waterfall or a crystal clear lake before things get too hot.
As nothing marks the start of the new season better than flowers, we've found some breathtaking gardens you won't want to miss. There is an eight-acre field of tulips and a tunnel of small yellow blossoms waiting for you to discover them.
Or for you animal-lovers, we have a few ideas too, that you've never heard of. We found places where you can get up close to adorable wolves, kangaroos or llamas.
Finally, for all you with a sweet tooth, there is a giant cinnamon bun that is undoubtedly worth the drive. Together with your pals, you can try to devour 20 pounds of cinnamon bun goodness.
Address: 1745 Short Rd., Golden, BC
Why You Need To Go: You can go on a tour to see a pack of wolves up close at the Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre. Here you can join one of their many tours, where you'll be able to see the animals in a safe environment.
Sleep In A Tudor Castle
Price: $225.00 per night
Address: Thornewood Castle, 8601 N Thorne Ln. S.W., Lakewood, WA
Why You Need To Go: It is a 500-year-old Tudor castle that was dismantled from England and brought to Washington. Here you'll feel like royalty as you explore the massive grounds, and can enjoy a free breakfast with your stay too.
Eat A 20 lbs Cinnamon Bun
Address: Stuffy's II Restaurant, 804 Ocean Beach Hwy., Longview, WA
Why You Need To Go: For the ultimate sweet treat, you and several friends can try to finish a 20 pounds cinnamon bun. Just make sure to notify the restaurant at least 24 hours in advance that you want to get your hands on this supersized cinnamon dessert.
Have Fun At A Selfie Museum
Price: $29.00+ per person
Address: Post Alley, 92 Union St., Seattle, WA
Why You Need To Go: Seattle is a perfect weekend road trip as it isn't too far. One spot you won't want to miss is taking photos together at the selfie museum.
Ride The Longest Zipline In Canada
Address: Sasquatch Zipline, 4282 Mountain Sq., Whistler, BC
Why You Need To Go: You won't believe the view as you ride the longest zipline in both Canada and the U.S. The over two kilometres long zipline takes one and a half hours and will send you flying over the forest.
Cross A Suspension Bridge
Address: Sea To Sky Gondola,
Why You Need To Go: There is so much to do here including enjoying the panromantic views from the 100 metres long Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, riding the gondola, and marvelling at the lookouts from the viewing platforms.
Walk Under A Tunnel Of Yellow Flowers
Price: $11.50 per person
Address: VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St., Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Go: The golden chain trees in the Laburnum Walk will be in full bloom this May. Together with your BFF you can walk around the extraordinary garden and see all the spring blossoms.
Relax In A Hot Tub Boat
Address: 450 Swift St., Victoria, BC
Why You Need To Go: Together with up to five of your friends you can rent a private hot tub boat. It is an unforgettable experience that allows you to enjoy soaking in hot water while having a picturesque view too.
Hike To A Waterfall
Address: Crooked Falls, Squamish-Lillooet D, BC
Why You Need To Go: The 6-kilometre hiking trail will take you to a stunning waterfall. The entire adventure will take you roughly three hours to complete.
See A Vibrant Turquoise Lake
Address: Garibaldi Lake, Garibaldi Provincial Park, Brackendale, BC
Why You Need To Go: It might be a long hike, but it is well worth the five hours it takes to reach the turquoise water. Here you'll be able to enjoy views of a glacier, mountains and water so vivid you'll have a hard time believing the colour is real.
Go Wine Tasting
Price: $10.00 for 4 wines
Address: Quail's Gate Vineyards Estate Winery, 3303 Boucherie Rd., West Kelowna, BC
Why You Need To Go: For an expensive activity, you can try four different wines for $10.00. If you happen to buy a bottle to bring home, the tasting fee is waived too.
Address: 32786 Lougheed Hwy., Mission, BC
Why You Need To Go: This retro dinner was where the pilot of Riverdale was filmed. Just like Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica, you can sip milkshakes. On the menu there are 40+ flavours, so every time you visit there is something new to try.
Ride A Steam Train
Price: $26.00 per person
Address: Kettle Valley Steam Railway, 18404 Bathville Rd., Summerland, BC
Why You Need To Go: This is your chance to ride an old school 1912 steam train. The 90-minute scenic tour will take you past vineyards, and over a bridge above a canyon.
Sleep Next To Llamas
Price: $157.00 per night
Address: Port Angeles, Washington
Why You Need To Go: If you can get enough of fluffy llamas, you'll want to book a stay at Arcadia Farm. They have Airbnbs where llamas can walk right up to your bedroom window and give you a cuddle.
Relax At A Hot Spring
Address: Lussier Hot Springs, Cranbrook, BC
Why You Need To Go: Grab your bathing suit and enjoy a soothing soak in a natural hot spring that is seriously stunning. From the water, you'll be able to enjoy a view of the mountain and the surrounding forest.
Sleep At A Treehouse Retreat
Price: $224.00 per night
Neighbourhood: Peachland, BC
Why You Need To Go: The next time you need to escape the city, you can book a getaway at this treehouse retreat. Together with your friends, you'll be able to sip wine on the patio and enjoy the incredible view of Lake Okanagan.
Snuggle A Kangaroo
Price: $12.00 per person
Address: Kangaroo Creek Farm, 5932 Old Vernon Rd., Kelowna, BC
Why You Need To Go: You don't need to travel to Australia to snuggle a kangaroo. At this farm, you can enjoy getting up close to the friendly kangaroo, wallaby, emu, capybara and more.
Stroll Through Fields Of Tulips
Price: $10.00 per person
Address: Tulip Town, 15867 Beaver Marsh Rd., Mt. Vernon, WA
Why You Need To Go: For the ultimate spring activity, you can visit a farm with eight acres of tulips in every shade you can think of.
Hike To Three Lakes
Address: Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, Duffey Lake Rd., Mount Currie, BC
Why You Need To Go: If you haven't been to Joffre Lakes you are missing out. Here you can go for a hike that will take you to three bodies of water, with each more spectacular than the last.
Price: $11.00 per person
Address: 5341 BC-97A, Enderby, BC
Why You Need To Go: Once the warm weather arrives, it is the perfect time to watch movies under the stars. Canada's largest drive-in movie theatre will be screening all sorts of major blockbusters this season. Plus your entry ticket lets you see two films, making it much cheaper than a regular theatre too.
Ride An Airtram
Address: 43111 Trans-Canada Hwy., Boston Bar, BC
Why You Need To Go: Starting in April, the Hell's Gate Airtram will reopen. You'll get to cross a suspension bridge, and ride an airtram over the river.