Going on a road trip doesn’t mean you have to drive for hours and hours. For British Columbians there really is no place like home. Let’s go for a spin with 5 Road Trips in the Lower Mainland that are short, fun, and breathtaking.
Add these to your summer bucket list.
1. Deep Cove, North Vancouver
48 min (33.5 km) via Boundary Rd N
Deep cove, otherwise known as “The Cove”, is located at the foot of Mount Seymour on Indian Arm, a branch of the Burrard Inlet. It is the ideal day trip for those looking to hike, kayak, picnic, or gorge on infamous Honey Doughnuts. And the drive is beautiful. We suggest you take the Dollarton Highway, stopping at Cates Park on your way there. It’s also pet friendly so you don’t have to leave your furry friend behind.
2. Shannon Falls Provincial Park
1h 23 min (85.8 km) via Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-99 N
Shannon Falls is BC’s third tallest falls and one of its most popular picnic spots. The Falls drop an intense 335 meters and can be viewed from a well-maintained boardwalk and trail network. The park is located 58 kilometers from Vancouver and 2 kilometers south of Squamish along the Sea to Sky Highway. This park provides picnicking, hiking and access to the trail in Stawamus Chief Provincial Park. This local gem is only a 1h 23 min drive from Richmond.
3. The Sea to Sky Highway
1h 41 min (102.8 km) via BC-99 N
This one is dedicated to the people who drive for the love of it. The Sea-to-Sky Highway, officially known as BC Highway 99, is a legendary route from Vancouver to Whistler. It is one of the worlds few highways with such awe-inspiring scenery. Road trips are about the journey not the destination and the Sea to Sky Highway is definitely one worth taking. Witness the dramatic waterfalls, bustling communities, parks, eagles, ocean views, historic sites and much, much more.
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4. Bridal Veil Falls
1h 27 min (125 km) via Tans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 E
Bridal Veil Falls sit neatly in Fraser Valley East. For nature enthusiasts this is a family favourite. The picnic area is perfect for family gatherings and the 60m waterfall is only a 10-minute walk away. The park’s name comes from the “veil like” look of the falls. When we say it’s a trip for the entire family we are including your canine members too. Bridal Veil allows dogs, but they should be kept on leash at all times. Those who would like to make a night of it can camp at Bridal Falls Camperland and RV Resort
5. Jones Lake
2h 24 min (149.1 km) via Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1E
According to Vancouver is Awesome, Jones Lake is one of the best places to go camping in BC and is within a couple hours of the city. To get there you drive along Highway 1 for about 20 minutes past Chilliwack where you’ll take the Jones Lake exit. The lake offers picnicking, swimming, boating, kayaking, mountain biking, backcountry exploration and fishing. This little piece of paradise comes with a warning; the road there is steep with some rough sections only really accessible by 4x4 vehicles.