There’s no need for an all-day road trip to find a little fun outside of the city. You can play around and find things to do less than an hour from Vancouver!
What's there to see less than an hour from Vancouver? You can discover hiking trails, cute small towns and cosy farms in the throws of Autumn harvest.
Go on one of these spontaneous road trips with your friends this Fall and have a blast exploring! We promise you'll find fun out on the open road.
Britannia Beach is a quick drive along the Sea to Sky highway with plenty of trails and shops to explore. Grab from Galileo Coffee Company before you head out on your hike! While you're here, to check out the recently renovated Britannia Mine Museum to pan for gold and get up close to a historic mine.
If you're craving a drive through the country, it's fun to have a place in mind to end up! Campbell's Gold Honey Farm & Apiary is a sweet place to go pick up premium mead and honey. They also offer workshops and farm tours so you can stretch your legs after the drive out here.
Bowen Island is so much fun to visit spontaneously. If you bring your car with you, you can even drive around the whole island and explore the forest trails and artisanal shops. This place has a relaxed vibe and you can enjoy a scenic drive without any traffic.
The truly ambitious can even make it to the United States in less than an hour! Point Roberts is a strange piece of the USA that's just tacked onto the end of Delta. Since they're so isolated from their mainland, it feels almost like you're visiting an island.
Tanglebank Gardens & Brambles Bistro
Does driving make you hungry? Wind through rural Abbotsford and find yourself at this hidden garden shop and bistro. You can check out their curated selection of plants and get a good meal to sustain you for the drive home!
If you want to be totally transported somewhere else in less than an hour, take a drive to Steveston. See the catch of the day at Fisherman's Wharf and check out the adorable brick-and-mortar Juice Truck in town.
Lulu Island Winery
Thankfully, we don't have to drive five hours to the Okanogan to sip wine and take photos in a vineyard. Lulu Island Winery is a local favourite and just a short drive away. Just take it easy on your winery tasting tour since you have to drive home!
Take a quickie-road trip to Deep Cove on the far end of North Vancouver to check out the famous Quarry Rock hike and Honey's Doughnuts! You really feel far from Downtown Vancouver when you find yourself up on Quarry Rock looking out at the cove.
Drive through West Vancouver and find yourself at Lighthouse Park. The trees here are huge, much bigger than in Vancouver, so you can really feel like you're in a forest when you hike through here.
Crescent Beach is probably the coolest spot you can see on a mini-road trip in Surrey. Nothing shakes off the funk of being stuck in the car for a while like a walk along the beach in the crisp autumn sea-air.
If you're looking for a romantic road trip you can do in less than an hour, look no further than Fort Langley. Whether you want to visit the historic site, wander the streets or check out the fall leaves—you won't regret the drive up here.
A drive to Langley is ideal because you can see the countryside and check out the farms and ranches. Drive up to Leghorn Ranch to see beautiful horses in their pastures. You can even go on a ride yourself if you feel like indulging your inner-cowboy.
Blue Heron Fruit Winery
Catch a glimpse of the cranberry bogs at Blue Heron Fruit Winery in Pitt Meadows. At the end of your long(ish) road trip, you'll be treated to this colourful fall display. Also, you can buy wine here so this road trip is basically like running an errand, right?
Castle Fun Park
Forget about the traffic, confusing highway signs and dumbbell drivers on the road! A road trip is supposed to be fun. Make it extra-fun by heading to Castle Fun Park where you can play nostalgic kiddie games, play pitch and putt and race go-karts.
Squamish is about as far north as you can go in an hour, and it's so fun to see in the Fall. Autumn colours, cloud mist and views of the ocean? Yes, please! No matter what kind of road adventure you're looking for, Squamish will deliver.
Road trip? IKEA! Trust me on this, IKEA makes for a seriously fun road trip destination. You can get a cheap breakfast, free parking and wander around the store goofing off with your road trip buddies. Take the time to have fun here instead of it being a stressful and confusing rush everytime you visit!
Fraser Valley Cider Company
Cider is the ultimate drink for Fall. Sip yours right on the orchard at Fraser Valley Cider Company where they make incredible craft cider with flavours like honey and elderflower. Spend an afternoon relaxing in their tasting room or outside by the orchard and sipping the flavours of Fall.
Horseshoe Bay makes a super fun road trip when you're not trying to rush to catch a ferry! The nearby town has great dining options and it's fun to walk around and sit in stillness watching the ferries come and go.
Porteau Cove Provincial Park
Just a 40-minute drive from Vancouver can bring you to one of the world's best spots for scuba diving. There are shipwrecks in the water here that are home to marine life. Above the water, the view is stunning. Visit this wild place for a quiet drive that will bring you closer with the ocean.
Take advantage of Buntzen Lake now that the crazy summer crowds have died down. A 3.5-hour hike takes you all along the lake so you'll get a chance to exercise and get fresh air after the drive.
Lynn Valley Headwaters
The headwaters at Lynn Valley are a must see in the fall. When it really starts raining more, the river becomes swollen. The forest combined with the rushing water make the air incredibly fresh and rejuvenating!
Maplewood Conservation Area
If you need to get out of the city ASAP then head to the relatively unknown Maplewood Conservation Area to ground yourself and connect to nature. This little guy in the photo is a wild mink! Getting out of your headspace is only a short drive away.
Richmond Nature Park
A drive out to rural Richmond is perfect for clearing your mind! Wander along the boardwalk at Richmond Nature Park for a relaxing walk taking in the Fall colours.
In less than an hour, you can be in pumpkin-heaven. A trip to a pumpkin patch at a local farm gives your spontaneous road trip serious autumn-vibes. Driving around to check out the farms is really fun in Fall because it's the harvest season and there's lots to see!
Pizza and Beer in Port Moody
Sure, you could go to Yaletown for beer and pizza, but going up to Port Moody somehow makes the beer and pizza taste better! Grab some woodfired pizza and visit Brewer's Row where a cluster of craft breweries make for an epic time. Just make sure you have a DD with you on your road trip!
Fraser Valley Heritage Railway
Go on a mini-road trip to see this cheerful litle train run through rural Surrey. If you're feeling extra cute, you can even take a ride!
Napier's Country Antiques
This antique shop will give you old-school road trip vibes less than an hour away from Downtown Vancouver. The eccentric signs make this place seem like a roadside attraction from the movies! Wander around inside and hunt for treasures before you hit the open road again.
Locals know to head to Redwood Park for the perfect picnic destination. This park has 5 kilometres of trails to explore and is full of exotic trees. Pack a picnic up in the car and head out on a mini-road trip to discover this intriguing park.
Tomes and Tales Books, Gifts & Tea
For those spontaneous road-trippers, an hour doesn't get you that far. Luckily, there are a ton of hidden gems to discover in the nearby suburbs, like Tomes and Tales. This shop has used and antique books you can browse while sipping a latte! For any book-lovers hitting the road, this is the place to go.
Delta Watershed Park
The Delta Watershed Park is totally under appreciated. You can see fresh water bubbling up from the aquifers in the woods! How magical is that? If you're determined to get fresh air and hit the highway this Fall, this place is a must-see.