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Daytrips from Vancouver

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Daytrips from Vancouver
From the Gulf Islands and hot springs to ski resorts and historic villages, Vancouver has a multitude of day trip options. Here are the most popular destinations to consider if you're looking to spend a day away from Vancouver.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Whistler
Whistler

Whistler, British Columbia, is a short trip from Vancouver by road, rail or air. The stunning landscape, pedestrian-only Village and genuine, down-to-earth mountain culture make Whistler an unforgettable year-round destination. Winters provide reliable snow for skiing, snowboarding and Nordic sports while golf, mountain biking and hiking fill the warmer months. Festivals, spas... More

Whistler, British Columbia, is a short trip from Vancouver by road, rail or air. The stunning landscape, pedestrian-only Village and genuine, down-to-earth mountain culture make Whistler an unforgettable year-round destination. Winters provide reliable snow for skiing, snowboarding and Nordic sports while golf, mountain biking and hiking fill the warmer months. Festivals, spas, restaurants and bars combine with endless outdoor activities to make Whistler the ultimate place to escape and unwind. Less

Victoria
Victoria

It's still one of the most British cities in North America, but there's more to Victoria than tearooms, antique shops and galleries (though there are plenty of those). Driven by the younger generation, the city has sprouted a collection of cool shops, authentic coffee bars and unique restaurants. It also has more cycling routes than any other Canadian city, providing a great way to... More

It's still one of the most British cities in North America, but there's more to Victoria than tearooms, antique shops and galleries (though there are plenty of those). Driven by the younger generation, the city has sprouted a collection of cool shops, authentic coffee bars and unique restaurants. It also has more cycling routes than any other Canadian city, providing a great way to explore the picturesque location (and avoid an afternoon of antique shopping). Less

Galiano Island
Galiano Island

A 40 minute direct ferry ride from the Tsawwassen ferry terminal, Galiano Island is a fabulous day trip destination for those seeking a taste of the Gulf Islands. From the spectacular white shell midden beaches at Montague Harbour, to the sandstone caves at Dionisio Point, to the art galleries and bohemian culture and shops at Sturdies Bay, this island's a wonderful place to explore... More

A 40 minute direct ferry ride from the Tsawwassen ferry terminal, Galiano Island is a fabulous day trip destination for those seeking a taste of the Gulf Islands. From the spectacular white shell midden beaches at Montague Harbour, to the sandstone caves at Dionisio Point, to the art galleries and bohemian culture and shops at Sturdies Bay, this island's a wonderful place to explore for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle. Note that the island is rather hilly and destinations are spread out. Having a car is recommended. Less

Bowen Island
Bowen Island

A 20 minute ferry ride from the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal, Bowen Island is a beautiful residential island in the middle of Howe Sound. An ideal kayaking destination, it also makes a great day trip from Vancouver for those looking for a quiet escape from the city.

Steveston Heritage Fishing Village
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Steveston Heritage Fishing Village

A 19th-century frontier seaport is reborn more than 100 years later into a picturesque working fishing village.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Harrison Hot Springs
Harrison Hot Springs

Harrison Hot Springs is a favorite getaway destination because it’s a lakeside resort atmosphere only two hours from Vancouver, yet it feels like you’re much further away. You’ve got a gorgeous drive through the Fraser Valley to get there, especially if you take the slower and pastoral Hwy 7. You’ve got the charming village of Harrison Hot Springs along the south shore of Harrison Lake... More

Harrison Hot Springs is a favorite getaway destination because it’s a lakeside resort atmosphere only two hours from Vancouver, yet it feels like you’re much further away. You’ve got a gorgeous drive through the Fraser Valley to get there, especially if you take the slower and pastoral Hwy 7. You’ve got the charming village of Harrison Hot Springs along the south shore of Harrison Lake with its beaches and promenades, and there are hot springs to enjoy, provincial parks to explore, and mountainous scenery galore. Less

Fort Langley
Fort Langley

A former fur trade fort, the village of Fort Langley offers a quaint, historic village with shops, restaurants, museums, and the Fort Langley National Historic Site. Surrounded by the Fraser River and lush agricultural countryside, it makes a great day trip from Vancouver especially when combined with visits to nearby Fraser Valley wineries and farms.

Gibsons
Gibsons

Gibsons is a seaside village on the Sunshine Coast accessed by a 40 minute ferry from the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal. With a working fishing port, quaint shops, restaurants and beautiful vistas, it makes for a perfect day trip from Vancouver.

Hell's Gate Airtram
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Hell's Gate Airtram

Drive the Scenic Fraser Canyon with its’ seven mountain tunnels through the historic heart of British Columbia and relive the biggest ‘rush’ on the Gold Rush Trail. A location so unique the ‘afterlife’ have come back to use it as a playground. Early explorers refer to it as “a place where no human being should venture”, and man & nature battle here for supremacy.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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