Road trips absolutely do not have to mean spending hours and hours in a car - just one hour can take you to many beautiful spots from Vancouver!

These seven spots are the perfect day trip from Vancouver, you can easily set off early in the morning and be back home before the sun sets. Be sure to add them to your list, especially now that summer is almost with us!

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Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park


Located just east of Chilliwack, and a short one hour and 45-minute drive from Vancouver, you must visit the spectacular Bridal Veil Falls at least once. The waterfall tumbles 60 metres over a smooth rock face, creating its veil-like effect that you most definitely have seen over social media.

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Sea to Sky Highway


The Sea to Sky Highway Route between Squamish and Whistler is scattered with beautiful trails with stunning views of the Howe Sound. Be sure to check out the Sea to Summit hike, a steep trail that will give you one of the vastest and amazing views you have ever seen.

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Bellingham is the nearest big city across the U.S. border, just a one and a half hour drive from Vancouver. Not only can nature lovers check out Whatcom Falls Park, but shoppers will be excited to know about Bellis Fair Mall, where you can shop at major stores that Canada doesn't have locally.

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Bowen Island

Howe Sound

Named "one of the best days out you can have from Vancouver'" by The Lonely Planet, Bowen Island is a real paradise only a forty minute ferry ride from Vancouver. Quiet and serene, it is a welcome escape from the stresses of city life, and will appeal to those who appreciate beautiful views and hikes and exploring nature.

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Salt Spring Island

Gulf Islands

Salt Spring Island is less than an hour away from Vancouver by seaplane, and is the largest, most populous, and most visited island of the Southern Gulf Islands. It is a beautiful, artsy, vintage town, with an abundance of challenging hikes, lakes, and beaches to explore!

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Now, this one seems like a no-brainer, but really, it is one that needs to be ticked off the bucket list when it comes to short one-hour trips from Vancouver. Where else in the world can you drive a short 1.5 hours and arrive at a ski resort with a reputation like Whistler? Not only are there endless slopes to conquer, but also an abundance of beautiful parks and lakes to see in every season.

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Galiano Island

Gulf Islands

Another island that is a short ferry ride (under an hour) from Vancouver, Galiano Island has countless activities to do including boating, hiking, kayaking, mopeding, whale watching, and more. It is an amazing day-trip destination particularly for those who want to escape the bustling city!

So, next time you have a free day, grab a group of friends and be sure to head out to one of these amazing spots just a short distance from Vancouver!