Things To See & Do
There is a lot to see and do in the Lower Mainland and West Coast, we are really lucky to have such a beautiful corner of the planet!
Abbotsford: For those bringing kids, Castle Fun Park is a great place to go. Mini Golf, Go-Carting, Arcade games, etc. It’s about 20 minutes East of Langley and always a fun time!
Aldergrove: For a
really depressing time great time seeing animals of the exotic nature in cages their “natural” habitats, visit the Greater Vancouver Zoological Centre. All joking aside, it is a good experience and most of the animals they have there were rescued from bad situations preventing them from being released back into the wild. If you do go, be sure to grab a front row seat for the Lion feeding. I pretty much peed my pants from excitement when I saw it.
Fun Fact: Amy had her 6th birthday party at the Zoo back when it was known as the Game Farm
Burnaby: If you want to see a mall, check out Metropolis at Metrotown Centre. Nearly 400 stores and growing!
Fort Langley: I love Fort Langley. It’s definitely a must-see! And I don’t just mean The Fort itself (which is still a really great attraction to go see – The Fort is the exact location where, a century and a half ago, a huge fur trade organization, you might have heard of, called the Hudson’s Bay Company established a small post to trade with the First Nations of the West Coast) It’s a pioneer town with a West Coast style – lots of quaint shops and places to eat that you wouldn’t find anywhere else.
Fun Fact: The Fort hosts “Ghost Walks” in October, an spooky night with an educational twist
North Vancouver: North Vancouver has a couple of key places that are great to visit. Grouse Mountain is definitely one of them. From the grueling Grouse Grind (2.9km hike up the face of Grouse Mountain – don’t worry, for those that don’t hike, you can always take the gondola) to ZipTrekking to the Wildlife Refuge (be sure to stop by and see Grinder & Coola, rescued Grizzlies who now reside at the Refuge)
The Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is another sight anyone with an appreciation of nature needs to see. Nestled in a West Coast rainforest, the bridge itself spans 450ft at a height of 230ft above the Capilano River. This trek is not for the faint of heart but well worth the experience.
Too often we get wrapped up in our lives and do not take the time to appreciate the majestic scenery and natural beauty Mother Nature gives us. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, of all the places I’ve seen, nowhere is more beautiful than our own backyard here in BC. If you visit Capilano or drive up to Whistler, you’ll get a small idea of why that is.
Steveston: Located in Richmond, Steveston is a quaint fishermens’ village. If you watch “Once Upon a Time” you might recognize Steveston! A great place for fish & chips, eclectic shops and ocean air. Steveston is also home to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery and Britannia Heritage Shipyards National Historic Sites.
Vancouver – By attraction: if you plan on visiting the sights and sounds of Vancouver, I highly recommend getting a “City Passport” it gives you discounted access to so many of the sights and attractions. Definitely pays for itself!
Gastown: A definite tourist
trap popular destination in Vancouver. Be sure to stop by and see the famous Steam Clock on your way to the Olympic Torch at Canada Place and Stanley Park!
Stanley Park: Stanley Park is FANTASTIC! Besides the fact that it is a dead-drop-gorgeous historic park, there is the Vancouver Aquarium, the Seawall and Horse-drawn carriage tours, the miniature train and great memories to be made
Granville Island: Another great place! Granville Island is a MUST SEE! It’s definitely the art district of Vancouver (but don’t let that deter you!) The Children’s Market is a great place to hit up for the ankle-biters in your life, there’s the theatre, and so many unique shops and A-MAZ-ING places to eat. (seriously, this is making me want to go to Granville Island right now!) Hit up the market for fresh eats, great treats, stop by artist studios and see local work (many by students at the Emily Carr Institute on the island) If there were anywhere in Vancouver I would tell someone to go, it is definitely Granville Island
Telus World of Science: who says education can’t be fun? Telus World of Science, affectionately known as Science World is a hands-on educational fun experience for all ages. From an actual beaver dam to a full sized floor piano, there’s lots to do and learn about.
If you’re into flowers: be sure to visit the Bloedel Conservatory, Van Duesen Gardens or the UBC Botanical Gardens.
Whistler: Did you watch the 2010 Olympic Games? Well Whistler looks exactly the same! I kid, I kid, there’s not much snow in the summer, but there’s still plenty to do. While taking the incredibly scenic drive up the Sea-to-Sky highway on the way to Whistler, be sure to pop into the Britannia Mine Museum in Squamish and brush up on your historical mining knowledge! If you’ve got the time, stop off at Shannon Falls for some breathtaking waterfalls that are surely a Kodak moment. And if you’re feeling brave, try hiking up the famous Chief Mountain in Stawamus Chief Park (also in Squamish).
Once in Whistler, stroll the village for great shopping and as always, amazing eats. If you are looking for things to do, free up your calendar. After doing 50 selfies at the Olympic Park, check out the Zip Trek in Whistler’s Rainforest on a guided eco-tour, take a leap of faith with Whistler Bungee Jumping, or get a long little doggy with some trail riding. If you’re feeling charitable, stop by WAG Rescue Shelter and visit the dogs and cats residing in the shelter. Many of the retired Whistler Sled dogs come to WAG in hopes of living out their final years with a loving family.
White Rock: You want to hit the beach? White Rock is the place to go! The main strip is fully loaded great places to eat (fish & chips, anyone?) Hit up the Gelato shop and take a stroll along the pier.