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Uncommon Things to Do in the BC/Vancouver/Whistler Area

11 Jul 2007  Outdoors, hot springs, adventure travel, bang for buck, families
4.5 of 5 bubbles based on 3 votes

A list for those who want scenic drives, outdoor fun, hotsprings, and the less traveled.

  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • 1. Rent a Xterra, Camp Equipment, and Bikes/Kayaks (Vancouver)
    http://www.canadian-adventure-rentals.com/DailyRentals.htm

    You one stop shoppers can rent it all, at once, in one place for 3-30 days and return it to six different locations. Customize for up to 5 passengers and get unlimited miles, A/C, and maps for navigation.

  • 2. Sleep and Eats in Vancouver

    Be careful here as you can quickly drain your wallet of whatever currency may be inside. Parking at hotels can cost an extra $20+ a day and an in demand restaurant may leave you waiting for the table by the service door. If you're interested use dinehere.ca and straight.com's Reader's choices for restaurant reviews. Here's the goods:

    Sleep:
    YWCA of Vancouver (for all and CHEAP)
    Hampton Inn (the hampy medium)
    Blue Horizon (the view)
    Sandman Suites Davie (kitchens)
    Times Square (location)
    Delta Vancouver Suites (comfortable and clean but pricey)

    Eats:
    Mo:le (breakfast with a twist)
    Stepho's Souvlaki Greek Taverna (cheap and large portions)
    Salt Tasting Room (you haven't done this before)
    Go Fish (FRESH seafood on the cheap)
    Lolita's South of the Border (south of the border prices too)
    Vij's Rangoli (Indian)
    Chilo's or Dona Cata's (for authentic buck and a half tacos)
    Moderne Burger
    1215 or Hapa Izakaya (Japanese Fusion- huh?)
    Au Petit (Vietnamese Sandwiches- don't ask just try them)
    Hon's on Robson (Chinese)
    Phnom Penh (Vietnamese/Cambodian on a peasant's budget)
    Seasons in the Park (make Dad pay)
    Stella's (Belgian beers and fries)
    The Cambie (cheap drinks and friendly)

  • 3. Tzoonie Outdoor Camp (Sechelt)
    http://www.tzoonie.com/

    Stay in simple tents, cabins, or on a houseboat in a rustic setting on an ocean inlet. Enjoy the remote setting and abundant wildlife while you cook your freshly collected shellfish over a campfire. Then enjoy the cedar sauna after your long kayak paddle or bike ride.
    ***Note you must ferry to Langdale, drive to Sechelt, and book a 2 night minimum that includes a cruise to the camp and back.

  • 4. Butterflies, Exotic Flowers, Fish, and Tropical Birds (Vancouver Island)
    http://www.butterflygardens.com

    For $6-$12 you can tour the Victoria Butterfly Gardens in an enclosed space that simulates a tropical setting and guarantees some up close and personal encounters. Keep an eye out for the carnivorous plants and fruit plants from around the world.

  • 5. Adventure Zone (Whistler)
    http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/todo/summer/adventurezone/index.htm

    For the young, and young at heart, who haven't managed to luge, bungee trampoline, zip, climb, trapeze, minigolf, and gyro lately. Buy the pass for 5-15 attractions for $39-$99 and have at it.

  • 6. Whistler Mountain Bike Park (Whistler)
    http://www.whistlerbike.com/information/index.htm

    Not had your heart in your throat for a while? Put it where it belongs at this world famous bike park. Drop, jump, trick, and bomb over 120 miles of trails dropping up to 4800 vertical feet or conquer your fears first while practicing on the appropriate skills courses. Berms, doubles, and indoor ramps/pipes are also here. If much of what has been said doesn't ring your bell then know there is PLENTY for us more mortal riders. At the very least come to watch.
    ***NOTE that bike rental can be very expensive at anywhere from $55 to $100 for one day rentals and that doesn't include the $40+ park pass (Uber Pass can save some $$$ though)

  • 7. ZZZZZZZZipline Tours (Whistler)
    http://www.ziptrek.com/joomla/index.php

    Experience life in the canopy of trees hundreds of feet above the ground as you walk suspension bridges and zip down cables at speeds of up to 40+ mph (you can even tandem zip with kids at least 6 years of age). So choose from the 3 or 5 line tours for $75-$94 dollars and get zipping.

  • 8. Kayak with a Killer (Whale) on the Vancouver Coast
    http://www.google.com/search?q=kayak+vancouver

    There are so many companies offering trips that you must decide on your needs and seek your own. The following are ones that seemed unique:

    www.coastalspirits.bc.ca
    4day/3nt Orca tour with gourmet meals/sauna/unique camp location

    www.sea-quest-kayak.com (perfect safety record for safety freaks)
    6 hr daytrip OR 3 day Orca paddle tour around the San Juan Islands, WA

    www.sanjuansafaris.com
    5 hr daytrip Orca paddle tour (whale watching vessel informs of pod locations)

  • 9. This is No Budweiser Tour (Vancouver)
    http://www.tallyhotours.com/choose_tour.htm

    They may be drafts or Belgians but we're not talking beers. Take a private horse carriage tour for two and choose from six different tours for anywhere from a 15-100 minute ride. Otherwise save some dough and take a group ride for $7-$15 per person.

  • 10. Stanley Park (Vancouver)
    http://www.city.vancouver.bc.ca/Parks/parks/stanley/index.htm

    Any metropolitan city worth its salt has a park to speak of. Stanley Park possesses a unique location on the coast and offers: an oval track, public pool, mini waterpark, miniature train ride, interactive farmyard, aquarium, and 27km of forest trails.

  • 11. Your Short Game or Honey I Shrunk the Fairways (Stanley Park)
    http://www.city.vancouver.bc.ca/Parks/golf/stpp/index.htm

    Play 18 hazard-free holes from 40-100 yards long for $7-$12 or just practice your putting on 18 holes for around $3. If you don't feel like fitting your irons in the overhead bin then rent clubs for $1 a piece.

  • 12. Sleep, Eat, Dance, and Repeat (Whistler)
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=accomodations+whistler&btnG=Searc...

    Man this town is NOT cheap to sleep or eat in. Here are some suggestions for the budget to the bang for your buck crowd:

    For your outer self:
    Southside Lodge (hostel)
    Alta Vista Chalet (hostel)
    Crystal Lodge (getting nicer)
    Horstman House (quaint)
    Summit Lodge (trendy but affordable)

    For your inner self:
    Wild Wood Bistro/Bar or the Wild Wood Cafe (breakfast)
    Alpine Cafe (3 courses for $16)
    Splitz Grill (burgers/shakes)
    Pasta Lupino (cheap pasta)
    Gone Bakery or Ingrid's (soup/sandwich)
    Sachi Sushi
    Avalanche Pizza
    Garibaldi Lift Company (right off the slopes)
    Merlin's (Monster Nachos or Burger/Pitcher for $15)
    Pita Etc. (T/TH is cheap)
    Rimrock Cafe (when someone else is paying the check)
    Citta's (for beers/drinks)
    Buffalo Bill's or Tommy Africa's (dancing)
    Nester's (for groceries- if you don't buy in Squamish IGA)

  • 13. Pick Your Own Fruits, Veggies, and Flowers (Pemberton)
    http://www.northarmfarm.com/about.html

    Take a peek at their monthly growing chart to find the best time to arrive and pick your favorite edibles to freshen up a camp meal, flavor a vodka, or pick some petals to share with another. It's about 20 miles north of Whistler.

  • 14. Ainsworth Hot Springs (420mi E of Vancouver or 180mi N of Spokane)
    http://www.hotnaturally.com/

    Stay at the resort or enjoy the unusual horseshoe cave pool, a stream fed cold plunge pool, and an outdoor pool.

  • 15. Harrison Hot Springs (80 miles E of Vancouver)
    http://www.britishcolumbia.com/hotsprings/?id=15

    The one public pool is open from 9am-9pm and costs $5-$8 to enter. The other 4 pools are part of a resort by the same name of the springs and it's unknown if you can bribe/sneak your way in to the more beautiful landscaped pools without being a guest.

  • 16. Less Developed Hot Springs
    http://www.nwhotsprings.net/british_columbia.htm

    Meager Creek- Famous but out until access bridge is rebuilt
    Hot Springs Cove- It's ON the Vancouver coast but expensive to access.
    Liard Hot Springs (1100mi N of Vancouver)- Beautiful natural setting with surrounding pools waiting to be discovered.
    Lussier Hot Springs (240mi N of Spokane)- 3 pools on the banks of an icy river.