1. Stanley Park
This 1000 hectare park is close to the most important city center and is one of the most beautiful in the world. Stanley Park, which includes a variety of gardens, animals, activities and spectacular ocean views, has something for everyone. Visitors can enjoy a few hours of relaxation playing pitch and putt, spending a few hours at the Vancouver Aquarium, watching wildlife such as raccoons, beavers, swans, and turtles in Lost Lagoon. Inhaling fragrant flowers in the Ted ad Mary Grieg Rhododendron garden and the Stanley Park Rose Pavilion or walk the 9 km of the seawall by bike or on foot with beautiful ocean views or dig up small crabs and observe starfish.
2. The University of British Columbia Campus
This beautiful Vancouver campus is located in Point Gray, separated from the suburbs by the huge Pacific Spirit Regional Park. The UBC campus offers a variety of educational and fun activities, visit the famous museum of anthropology to learn more about local native art or go out in the wild and enjoy the UBC botanical gardens and Nitobe gardens. One of the most beautiful gardens in Japanese style in North America. Other hidden gems are located around the entire campus!
3. North Vancouver – Capilano Rd.
Starting from the Capilano suspension bridge, this road leads directly to Mount Grouse overlooking the west coast. Visitors can cross the winding suspension bridge and see dozens of activities, including tree adventure. Further upstream is the Capilano regional park with its fish farms, its trails and its access to the Cleveland dam. Finally, Grouse Mountain, a year-round destination, offers shows and animals in the warmer months and spectacular skiing in winter. Don’t forget to try the famous Grouse Grind Trail from 2 km to the top of the mountain!
4. Sea to Sky Highway
One of the most beautiful sections of road in British Columbia, the Sea to Sky route begins in West Vancouver and winds along Howe Sound with views of ocean creeks, ferries, and mountains. There are many interesting stops along this scenic route – the BC Museum of Mining offers visitors the chance to explore the ancient copper mines of Britannia Beach with guided tours, gold diggers and the largest truck of the region. Several provincial parks, including Stawamus Chief and Vancouver’s third tallest waterfall, Shannon Falls are good picnic and hiking areas and one of the region’s best lookouts, Tantalus ViewPoint with breathtaking views of snow-capped mountain ranges. This two-hour trip ends in Whistler.
Whistler is a destination for all seasons and is known for its large ski area, beautiful mountains and warm hospitality. This ski resort is a year-round attraction with mountain access for hiking, climbing, mountain biking – and in winter, skiing and snowboarding. Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains are the two main attractions and include over 1,800 acres of trails for visitors. The latest addition to the region, the Peak 2 Peak gondola, stands out as the longest unsupported span in the world. With summer around the corner – enjoy the beautiful parks, observing nature and enjoying the panoramic view of the Cascade Mountains, Whistler makes for an ideal day!