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Boca Raton, Florida
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Day trips from Vancouver

I am going to be in Vancouver in March and am interested in finding out about day trips. I went to Victoria last year and say the parliament, cypress gardens, and some mansion that used to be a school. I have also been to whistler and spent a day in North Vancouver on grouse Mountain and seeing the capilano suspension bridge. What other locations do people suggest outside of Vancouver?

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1. Re: Day trips from Vancouver

Hi Sabrina!

The most comprehensive list I have ever found with practical information on what to see and do in the Vancouver area is on www.findfamilyfun.com. Click on "Index of Activities in Vancouver" for the full list. The family that maintains this website tells you the +'s and the -'s of each attraction from their point of view.

If you have never been to Stanely Park and the Vancouver Aquarium, this is a "Must See, Must Do". We also love the Sunshine Coast, but since I've never been there in March, I can't tell you what will be open.

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Hi Sabrina,

Another consideration is the Fraser Canyon. The Fraser River is the largest river in British Columbia, and drains a watershed of some 250,000 sq km. Much of this flow gets forced through a choke point at "Hell's Gate" (http://www.hellsgateairtram.com/).

Naturally the flow rate varies with the time of year, but assuming the weather is nice it's a beautiful drive up that way.

A lot closer to Vancouver itself is the George Reifel bird sanctuary (http://www.reifelbirdsanctuary.com/). It's located on the Fraser River estuary, where the river meets the Strait of Georgia.

While on the subject of birds, you may want to consider heading up to Brackendale (up Whistler way) to check out the bald eagles that congregate in that area. It's a spectacular site to see dozens and dozens of these huge birds all in the same place!

Enjoy your trip...

Vancouver, Canada
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Some ideas:

Steveston Village - located in the south-western corner of Richmond where the Fraser River opens up into the Strait of Georgia. It's an old heritage fishing village, home of Canada's largest fishing fleet. Back in the late 1800's, there were dozens of canneries located along the waterfront. A lot of historical sites still exist here like the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Heritage Site, Britannia Shipyards, London Farm House, the Steveston Museum, etc. There are a lot of little gift shops and restaurants, many of which are located along the riverfront. Garry Point Park offers a beautiful panoramic view of the islands and mountains in the distance. One thing that people enjoy is walking down along the wharfs in Steveston where you can purchase freshly caught fish off the boats. It's a really neat area, quite unlike anything else in Vancouver.

Combined with Steveston, you can visit the central Richmond's Asian malls, like Aberdeen, Yaohan, Parker Place, President's Plaza, etc. Hundreds of options in terms of shopping and Asian cuisine. A lot of people consider this to the best place to have Chinese food in North America. The malls, however, are something else. For example, Aberdeen Centre has a Japanese department store called Daiso, in which everything is $2 - it feels as if you're in Tokyo, not Greater Vancouver.

Another idea for a day trip is to combine a visit to the Fort Langley National Historic Site combined with the Greater Vancouver Zoo. You'd likely want to do this on a nice day though. Fort Langley's an old Hudson Bay company fur trader fort. There's a little village surrounding Fort Langley which is quite cute to stroll through. The Greater Vancouver Zoo is a large, open-air zoo with all different kinds of animals. It's rather massive.

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4. Re: Day trips from Vancouver

Steveston village is an excellent choice. Also look at visiting Bowen Island for the day.

www.bowenisland.org

or if you have a car, travelling up the Sunsine Coast- a beautiful area filled with small artisan communities or to do some kayaking. A quick 40 min. ferry ride out of Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal

Sunshine Coast info: http://www.vcmbc.com/page.cfm/937

Enjoy and Welcome back

J