There are plenty of reasons why you should hit the road and get out of the city. Here’s some inspiration for Vancouver tours and day trips from Vancouver.
Vancouver is a special city for what surrounds it, so get out and appreciate the beautiful countryside as much as you can. If hiking is not your thing, then just go chill out at a lake!
Having a car is a massive bonus and will give you access to more and more beautiful day trips from Vancouver. If you don’t have a car, many of these places are accessible by public transport, or you can avail of a car2go membership to visit surrounding areas.
Nestled in the mountains up north of Vancouver, Whistler is both a summer and winter wonderland. This world famous tourism destination is only around 90 minutes by car (up to 2½ hours by bus) along the beautiful Sea-to-Sky Highway.
In the winter you can enjoy some of the best terrain and highest snowfall in the world at this famous ski destination. People love Whistler because it offers European-style “après ski” atmosphere and a great nightlife. Even if you don’t ski or snowboard, you can still ride the gondola and travel across the Crankworx, an international mountain biking festival held on the third week of July each year. Whistler is also renowned for its network of hiking trails and beautiful lakes.
Hostel accommodation is scarce and hotels are expensive. Try renting an apartment as they can be much more reasonably priced.
The ultimate in Vancouver tours: a trip to the Island
One of the best things about being in Vancouver is that you’re so close to the beauty of Vancouver Island. Before you even go there you will sense the excitement in people’s voices when they speak of the magic of the island. The ferry rides are scenic, with great views of the city and the mountains, and if you’re lucky you might even spot some seals, dolphins, or even orca whales en route. There’s a reason so many commercial Vancouver tours have the Island on their itinerary.
Tofino & Ucluelet offer scenic beaches, amazing seafood and friendly locals — the trademark of the island.
Victoria, the capital city of British Colombia, is a quaint town. If you’re looking for a quicker way to travel than the ferry, a seaplane departing from Vancouver’s Coal Harbour will take you there in 35 minutes.
You could also head north to Port Hardy, or visit the many islands off the east coast of the island.
With regular ferries and air services, visits to the Island should be on any list of day trips from Vancouver. In reality though, it’s worth dedicating weeks of travelling as the options are endless.
This is the road less travelled, as most people overlook the remote beauty of the Sunshine Coast. A quick ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay takes you to Langdale, and the coast offers some amazing villages, beaches and national parks.
The beautiful towns of Gibsons and Sechelt are surrounded by national parks and coastal views. Another scenic ferry north will take you to remote Powell River. The tiny village of Lund and Savary Island make the trek worthwhile.