People come from around the globe to kayak with Killer Whales at our Orca Camp in the remote northeast coast of Vancouver Island. It’s a long way to go for vacation, we know, so for travellers coming from points east and beyond, we always recommend breaking up the trip and exploring other parts of British Columbia before or after Orca Camp. One of our favourite destinations? Vancouver.
Vancouver — the Gateway to the Pacific (and Orca Camp)
Anyone who has visited Vancouver will tell you, this is a bustling city come summer! Find yourself here, where the mountains meet the sea and you won’t be at a loss for ways to fill your days. Here are some of our favourites:
Cycle Stanley Park
This really is one of our most favourite ways to unwind in the city. The sea wall not only surrounds the 1,000 acre oasis of Stanley Park, but it extends out along False Creek toward Granville Island, Science World and more. Trust us when we say, there’s nothing better than cycling to a picnic at Jerico Beach, or to catch some rays at Sunset Beach in the city’s West End. There are plenty of bike rental shops near the entrance to Stanley Park.
Feast Your Senses at Granville Island Public Market
Part farmer’s market, part artisan enclave, part vibrant dining destination, the Public Market at Granville Island is a great place to wander, sniffing fresh blooms in the flower stalls, sampling just-picked fruits and vegetables from across the province, indulging in decadent pastries and an international array of fine cheeses. Much more than a farmer’s market, this is the place to source exotic ingredients to cook back at your apartment rental, or that “perfect” keepsake, hand-crafted by a BC artisan!
Walk in the Treetops at Capilano Suspension Bridge
Explore the hidden rainforest, just minutes from downtown on Vancouver’s North Shore. Wander from treetop to treetop through a series of suspension bridges and hanging walkways. A cool respite on the hottest day, Capilano Suspension Bridge introduces you to BC’s unique ecosystem and coastal rainforest.
Drive the Sea to Sky Highway
Travel the storied Sea to Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler and you’ll not only be rewarded with stunning views of mountains melting right into the ocean, but you’ll have lots to explore along the way. Visit the quaint hamlet of Horseshoe Bay; not only do ferries connect the mainland with the Sunshine Coast here, but you can make a day of exploring by water, simply by renting a boat at the marina. Make a pit-stop in Brittania Beach to explore Britannia Mine Museum to catch a glimpse of BC’s mineral-rich mining history. Pull off in Squamish and stretch your legs – either a short hike to Shannon Falls, or spend part of your day at the summit of the new Sea to Sky Gondola hiking well-marked trails and drinking in the views of Howe Sound and the Coastal Mountain Range.
Soar Above the Mountains on Whister’s Peak-to-Peak Gondola
Get a bird’s eye view of the forest below as you sail above the treetops on Whister’s Peak-to-Peak Gondola. Once at the summit tuck into a meal, go for a hike, snap some photos. When you return to the village below visit the venues of the 2010 Winter Olympics, take in our world-famous apres- scene — it doesn’t need to be ski season to enjoy a sunny afternoon on the patio!
Can’t Decide What to do?
You’re not alone there! But we are here to help. As registered travel agents we know our own backyard best. If you’re planning on extending your time in British Columbia let us know how we can help you plan you best BC vacation.
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