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Easy Vancouver Day Trips

A first-time visitor to Vancouver on a tight schedule will find plenty of things to do within city limits, but when time or circumstance allows there’s also lots of fun to be had further afield.

Take a day-trip aboard the Whistler Mountaineer between North Vancouver and Whistler, BC

If you have a car, or are willing to rent one:

  • Drive the spectacularly scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway between Horseshoe Bay towards Whistler. Even if you don’t have time to overnight in the famous mountain resort community, the photo ops alone are worth the trip.
  • Pack a picnic lunch, a camera and pair of binoculars and savour the solitude of the Reifel Bird Sanctuary, one of Canada’s top migratory bird reserves in rural Ladner.

If you are relying on public transit:

  • Pick up the #257 Horseshoe Bay Express bus from in front of The Bay in downtown Vancouver and ride to the end of the line: the BC Ferries terminal. Enjoy a 2o-minute crossing across North America’s southernmost fjord aboard the Queen of Capilano to the bucolic community of Bowen Island. Enjoy a day hiking, shopping, and dining before catching the last boat back to the mainland at 10 pm.
  • When time is short but you want to get beyond the central business district, spend a day exploring Vancouver‘s most interesting neighbourhoods by bike, bus or on foot: Chinatown; the West End, and Kitsilano.

>>Related link: Guide to Vancouver