Sometimes it’s nice to get away from the large crowds, long line-ups and cookie-cutter attractions and take a leap into the less familiar. These ten things to do in Vancouver are all somewhat off-the-beaten-path and most involve a bit of a drive, though nothing too lengthy.
Are you an outdoor and adrenaline junkie? These are for you.
Lighthouse Park – Accessible by bus and car, it’s the perfect escape from the city for a pleasant (and easy) hike/walk. On a sunny day, don’t forget to pack a picnic!
Lynn Canyon – Capilano Suspension Bridge is a lovely attraction, but if you would rather avoid the crowds and save some cash, Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge is free, and beautiful. There are also plenty of hikes to do after (or before) snapping a few shots of the bridge.
Zip-Lining and Para-sailing on Grouse Mountain – Grouse is definitely not an off-the-beaten-path tourist attraction, but not everyone knows about the zip-lining and para-sailing at the top of the mountain.
Bowen Island – This little gem is a 25 minute ferry ride from Vancouver and is only accessible by boat, Granville Island ferry, or BC Ferries. Go for a day trip, or stay the night and feel as though you’re a world away from busy Vancouver.
In need of some mental stimulation? These three attractions will fulfill inquiring minds.
Vancouver Police Museum – A few gruesome areas are tossed in with an interesting display of Vancouver’s policing history. Not to mention, the museum itself is in the city’s old morgue.
Museum of Anthropology – Most of Vancouver’s galleries and museums tend to be in and very close to the downtown core, but the MOA is a bit of a drive and is worth the visit out to UBC.
Hastings Mill Store Museum – Vancouver’s most unique museum with plenty of trinkets from Vancouver’s past.
After all that exploring around the city, you’re likely to have developed an appetite and a hankering for a glass of wine.
Cooking Class at the Dirty Apron – Chambar and Cafe Medina are high on the list when it comes to places you can find a good meal at in Vancouver; learn the tips, tricks and recipes at the Dirty Apron, which has the same owners as Chambar and Medina.
Domaine de Chaberton – A pleasant drive out to Langley will take you into a mini wine country; Domain de Chaberton is charming and the bistro is lovely.