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As the days get brighter and longer, you might be revelling in the arrival of summer, and in the knowledge that the July long weekend is right around the corner. If you're lucky enough to be in or near Vancouver, you probably know there's no shortage of fun activities and day trips nearby.
If you're looking for something new and different to fill your long weekend, these ideas might just be what you need. Whether you prefer days full of hiking, biking, paddleboarding or simply strolling along the waterfront with a refreshing drink in hand, there's something for everyone.
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Enjoy Breathtaking Views On The Sea To Sky Gondola
Price: $55.95 for adults, $18.95 for children 6-12 and $121.95 for families. Pre-purchased tickets are recommended.
Address: 36800 Hwy. 99, Squamish, BC
Why You Need To Do It: Sixty kilometres north of Vancouver on the Sea to Sky Highway is a fun and unique attraction — the Sea to Sky Gondola.
Ride the gondola and take in the epic views of Howe Sound, hike the many trails, experience the 100-metre-long Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge, or simply take it all in with a delicious meal at the restaurant. If you're done and looking for more, check out the town of Squamish that's just a few minutes down the road.
Cruise The Seawall
Address: Various access points along the 28-kilometre stretch.
Why You Need To Do It: This one's a Vancouver classic. Whether you're biking, blading, walking, or running, there's nothing quite like a loop around the city's seawall on a sunny day. If you're currently without a bike, be sure to enter the Drink Pepsi Get Summer Stuff contest.
You could begin your scenic journey at Olympic Village, head toward Granville Island and stop for a snack at the market. Then, continue on to Kitsilano Beach or make your way up to West 4th for some shopping. If you have more steam, head west to English Bay and Stanley Park. If not, enjoy your return via the West End, under the Granville Street bridge, through Yaletown, and back to False Creek where you'll finish off at Science World.
Get Spooked On A Walking Tour
Price: From $29
Address: Tours begin at various meeting points.
Why You Need To Do It: You'd never guess from the city's slick and pretty surface that it's really haunted by hidden secrets, dark crimes and spooky stories.
Forbidden Vancouver Walking Tours takes guests on different journeys through the city, like the Forbidden Vancouver tour and its prohibition-era secrets, the Dark Secrets of Stanley Park tour and the Last Gang in Town Clark Park Tour. All tours are for small, physically distanced groups and are held outdoors.
Address: Various beaches in and around Vancouver.
Why You Need To Do It: One of the best things about summer in Vancouver is that there's a beach almost everywhere you turn. Pack a picnic and some bevvies, and make a day of checking them out. You could start anywhere, but if you work from east to west, here's a sample itinerary:
- Trout Lake Beach: This is a peaceful haven in the middle of the city and Vancouver's only freshwater beach. There's also a nearby off-leash park for your pup.
- Kitsilano Beach: Affectionately known as "Kits," this beach is probably the most bustling and energetic in the city. There's plenty to do at this trendy beach, from volleyball and swimming to tennis and basketball.
- Jericho Beach: If you're into water sports, this is the perfect launching point for a kayak or paddleboard (pick up a rental at the Jericho Sailing Centre or enter Pepsi's contest to win your own). Just looking for some sand and sun? Relax and take in the city, North Shore and open ocean views.
Explore Crescent Beach & White Rock
Address: Beecher St., Surrey, BC, and White Rock Prom., White Rock, BC
Why You Need To Do It: If you live outside of the city or are simply looking for a reprieve from the hustle and bustle, a 50-minute road trip south to the adorable communities of Crescent Beach and White Rock is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
Walk along Crescent Beach's shores at low tide and grab some fish and chips to nibble by the water. When you're ready to move on, enjoy the historic pier, restaurants and boutiques of White Rock's waterfront.
Get Your Hike On
Address: Various on the North Shore and in the Lower Mainland
Why You Need To Do It: There's no shortage of amazing hikes with epic views in Vancouver and the surrounding Lower Mainland. Whether you want something close to the city or prefer to make a day of it further afield, there's something for every skill level and preference
Here are a few gems you can find in the area:
- Eagle Bluffs: This eight-kilometre trek on West Vancouver's Cypress Mountain is accessible from the downhill ski area and treats you to an awesome view at the end. It's somewhat challenging with inclines but most intermediate hikers can handle it with no problems.
- Lighthouse Park: For an easy-does-it hike that still rewards you with gorgeous ocean and lighthouse views, don't miss Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver. You can take various routes of up to six kilometres long that shouldn't take more than two hours to finish.
- Diez Vistas: If hiking's your passion, then this one's for you. Running above Port Moody's Buntzen Lake, the 15-kilometre trek's a commitment, but you'll be glad you made it when you soak in the 10 jaw-dropping views along the way. Plus, on a hot day, you can finish up with a dip in the lake and an ice-cold Pepsi.
Ride The Ferry To Bowen Island
Price: From $10.50
Address: 6750 Keith Rd., West Vancouver, BC
Why You Need To Do It: Set among some of B.C.'s most beautiful scenery, Bowen Island is a peaceful 20-minute ferry ride from West Vancouver's Horseshoe Bay. Nestled in the middle of Howe Sound, it's the perfect place to take a refreshing day trip away from the city.
Spend the day visiting galleries, fishing, hiking, golfing or simply take it all in with a drink in hand.
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Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.