Take a Day Trip from Vancouver
Collected by Nikki Bayley, AFAR Local Expert
From the soaring mountains of Whistler to the fascinating Asian malls of Richmond, Vancouver is a great base for all kinds of day trips. Head out to the Gulf Islands for a slice of laid-back island life or enjoy a scenic trip up the Sea to Sky Highway to go rafting or eagle watching with Sunwolf in Brackendale. All less than a couple of hours from the Downtown core.
4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond, BC V6X 4J7, Canada
More than 160 stores pack this Asian mall, which is anchored by a Daiso (a ubiquitous Japanese dollar store). Shoppers can stock up on trendy Korean skin-care products at Aritaum, Tony Moly, and Nature Republic, or browse everything from herbal...
70002 Squamish Valley Rd, Brackendale, BC V0N 1H0, Canada
An hour’s drive from downtown Vancouver along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway, just a little past Squamish, you’ll find the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it community of Brackendale. Hidden away down a bumpy logging road is one of my favourite places to get...
36800 BC-99, Squamish, BC V0N 3G0, Canada
Rain or shine you'll have an amazing time at the new Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, just an hour's drive down the picturesque Sea to Sky Highway from Whistler. The Gondola whisks you on an 885 meter climb above sea level, giving show stopping...
3511 Moncton St, Richmond, BC V7E 3A3, Canada
This fishing village on the Fraser River was once a thriving community with numerous salmon canneries. Today, its heritage is still on proud display at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, which preserves West Coast fishing history; the London Heritage...
Whistler, BC V0N, Canada
Already a world class ski town, Whistler was completely revamped to prepare for the Winter Games in 2010. But don't think it's just a winter town, it is now a year round destination. The ski runs become a world class mountain biker's haven, there...
121 Lower Ganges Rd, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2T4, Canada
Downshift on this groovy Gulf Island, just a 35-minute seaplane ride from the city. Here, artist studios abound, as do makers of artisanal food and beverages. Classic stops include the summertime Saturday Market, the Blue Horse Folk Art Gallery,...
455 W Waterfront Rd, Vancouver, BC V6B 5E8, Canada
The first time I took a trip on Helijet I can remember whooping with excitement as we slowly hovered about ground and then –swoop! Off we went. It’s a thrilling way to travel over this most picturesque city and to get a birds' eye view of the...