How to Experience BC in 5 Days
British Columbia | Canada
Have a full day of adventure ahead? Fuel your tummy and stock up on goodies at Granville Island. It's packed with food vendors, eclectic shops and art studios that will explode your senses. Jump on a ferry from downtown Vancouver and get your grub on. PRO TIP: It's open 7 days a week from 9am -7pm. If you want fresh donuts or stone fired bagels... wait until 10 or 11 to get there.
Want a fun day trip? Head over to North Vancouver where you can get a great photo on the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge! It's a hidden favorite for those not wanting to deal with the crowds over at Capilano Suspension Bridge. In the park there’s beautiful wooden walkways that take you through the lush forest and past twin emerald waterfalls. Best part is… IT’S FREE!!! PRO TIP: Don't have a car? You can get there in about 45 minutes from downtown Vancouver by taking a ferry from the Waterfront station downtown!
Strap on your day pack and head over to Kennedy Falls. Located in North Vancouver, this day hike will take you through a rainforest of redwoods and lead you to a roaring waterfall. Just make sure you watch out for slippery rocks and slippery roots!!!
Head over to West Vancouver and catch a coastal sunset at Whytecliff Park! However, if you want to walk out to the island make sure you get there before high tide otherwise you’ll be stuck swimming back to shore!
Jump on The Sea to Sky HWY that takes you from Vancouver all the way up to Whistler! You'll feel like you were transported to Norway with mini Fjords and islands speckled along the shore. Non-stop it’s less than 2 hours, but allow yourself a full day. You’ll want to pull over to soak in the views.
Brought your hiking shoes and are up for a challenge? The Sea to Summit Trail (Upper Shannon Falls) will take you past British Columbia’s 3rd largest waterfall, a mossy covered rainforest, and snow capped peaks in the Howe Sound. This tough trail is 4.6 miles long one way with 3,011 ft elevation gain. At points you’ll need to pull yourself up by rope along slippery boulders. When you reach the top there’s a beautiful Gondola that you can take all the way back down. At the end of the hike make sure to stop by Mag’s 99 Fried Chicken and Cantina for some amazing Mexican Food.
Golden Ears Provincial Park was easily one of the most magical places I've ever been. Lush green forests with a carpeted mossy floor, are found right off the main road. Inside the park you'll roll up to the majestic Lake Alouette framed by perfectly symmetrical mountains that dive straight into the crystal clear water. The essence of this place will stick with you and make you want to come back.