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Vancouver off the beaten path

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Vancouver off the beaten path
You could literally spend weeks exploring the Metro Vancouver region and not see it all. However if you wish to get off the beaten tourist path, here's a sampling of the destinations worth considering.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Commercial Drive
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Commercial Drive

Trendy neighborhood lined with ethnic cafes and fashionably bohemian boutiques.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Mount Pleasant
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Mount Pleasant

Located south-east of downtown Vancouver along Main Street (between E 5th Avenue and King Ed), this hip and happening neighbourhood is home to some of Vancouver’s best independent boutique shopping (local designers, record stores, book shops, vintage clothing), with eccentric cafes, restaurants, and lounges. Very art school chic and great people watching.

Fort Langley National Historic Site
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Fort Langley National Historic Site

Experience the excitement of the early West Coast fur trade at Fort Langley and stand in the spot where BC was proclaimed a British colony in 1858. Explore the scenic fort—built by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1827—where fur traders once exchanged furs, salmon and cranberries with the First Nations. Fort Langley is packed with interactive displays and activities for the whole family... More

Experience the excitement of the early West Coast fur trade at Fort Langley and stand in the spot where BC was proclaimed a British colony in 1858. Explore the scenic fort—built by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1827—where fur traders once exchanged furs, salmon and cranberries with the First Nations. Fort Langley is packed with interactive displays and activities for the whole family – watch blacksmithing, barrel-making or historic weapons demonstrations, pan for gold and laugh along with an interpretive program!• Take exit #66 (232nd St. North), just 40 minutes east of Vancouver• Open daily year round. September to June 10 am - 5 pm• Sxwimelә Boutique and Gifts• Full Barrel Cafe (summer)• Free parking• Walking distance to Fort Langley village shopping, museums, walking trails and dining. See our daily programs and events calendar online. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
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Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site

Built in 1894 in the historic fishing village of Steveston, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site is one of B.C.'S few historically intact canneries. The 120 year old cannery is now home to a museum commemorating the history of Canada's West Coast fishing industry from the 1870's to the present. Learn about our unique local history through interactive exhibits and... More

Built in 1894 in the historic fishing village of Steveston, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site is one of B.C.'S few historically intact canneries. The 120 year old cannery is now home to a museum commemorating the history of Canada's West Coast fishing industry from the 1870's to the present. Learn about our unique local history through interactive exhibits and activities for visitors of all ages! Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary
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George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Situated upon 850 acres along the Fraser estuary at the mouth of the Fraser River, the George C. Reifel Migratory bird sanctuary is a must for birding enthusiasts. Easy hiking trails, bird blinds, and panoramic views await. See eagles, owls, hawks, falcons, waterfowl, songbirds, and the elusive Sandhill Crane.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
Shannon Falls Provincial Park
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Shannon Falls Provincial Park

Beautiful waterfalls just outside of Squamish, easily accessible off the Sea to Sky Highway.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
Wreck Beach
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Wreck Beach

Wreck Beach is Vancouver's famous nudist beach. Protected from prying eyes by a steep cliff and a descent of nearly 500 wooden steps, Vancouverites... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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International Buddhist Society (Buddhist Temple)
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International Buddhist Society (Buddhist Temple)

The International Buddhist Temple is a Chinese Buddhist temple and a charitable organization, run by the International Buddhist Society. There... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: <1 hour
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Greater Vancouver Zoo
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Greater Vancouver Zoo

Open year round and located only 45 minutes from Vancouver, Step Into The Wild at the largest zoo in BC! Discover the sights and sounds of over 500 animals (140 species) on 120 acres of land in the beautiful Fraser Valley! Experience the Zoo your way by bringing your own wagons, roller blades, bikes, skateboards, and picnic lunches. Ride the miniature train, watch a variety of daily... More

Open year round and located only 45 minutes from Vancouver, Step Into The Wild at the largest zoo in BC! Discover the sights and sounds of over 500 animals (140 species) on 120 acres of land in the beautiful Fraser Valley! Experience the Zoo your way by bringing your own wagons, roller blades, bikes, skateboards, and picnic lunches. Ride the miniature train, watch a variety of daily educational talks & feedings and be sure to catch one of the Birds of Prey presentations! The playground and large picnic areas are great for birthdays, company BBQ's, group events or family picnics. In the summer, spend a Night In The Wild as you camp overnight inside the Zoo, and be sure to sign up for one of our popular Junior Zoologist Day Camps! Since 1970, the Greater Vancouver Zoo is focused on enriching our guests experiences with entertaining enriching activities about the wonderful world of animals. Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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