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Cliffwalk at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in North Vancouver

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Urban Rainforest Parks

One of the things that makes British Columbia unique is the fact that its major cities are so close to nature. Whether you’re exploring the arts scene in Victoria, or the shopping in Vancouver, you are never far from an amazing place to escape and go for a walk in a rainforest. Go for an invigorating hike, channel your inner naturalist, or just to enjoy the tranquility of a park before heading back into the city for a delicious dinner at an award-winning restaurant.

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Vancouver Area Rainforests

Vancouver is a geographically blessed city, with the Pacific Ocean at its doorstep and the Coast... Read more Mountains providing the perfect scenic backdrop. The city is also lucky enough to have temperate rainforests within city limits, and several more close by. No trip to Vancouver is complete without a visit to Stanley Park, and the North Shore mountains beckon.

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Stanley Park

Vancouver’s iconic Stanley Park was named the “Best Park in the World" by Tripadivsor in 2014. Thick temperate rainforest is almost completely surrounded by ocean, with spectacular views from all along the paved seawall. A number of attractions call Stanley Park home, including the renowned Vancouver Aquarium.

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Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Located on Vancouver’s west side, Pacific Spirit Regional Park encompasses rainforest, creeks, cliffs, sandy beaches and a 12,000-year-old bog, all situated by the University of BC campus. Visiting the park is a great way to connect with nature without having to leave the city. 

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Lighthouse Park

Lighthouse Park offers a network of short, interconnected trails through dense old-growth trees. Enjoy outstanding views of Stanley Park and Vancouver to the east, and Bowen Island and the Strait of Georgia to the west, and don’t miss the Point Atkinson Lighthouse.

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Cypress Provincial Park

Cypress encompasses towering North Shore mountains that form a backdrop to the bustling city of Vancouver. Outdoor recreationists can enjoy hiking and sightseeing, photography, wilderness camping, mountain biking (in limited areas), skiing and oth...
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Capilano Suspension Bridge

Appreciate nature from three breathtaking perspectives - world famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, the seven bridges of Treetops Adventure & the thrilling new Cliffwalk, a heart-stopping journey along the granite cliff high above Capilano River.

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Mount Seymour Provincial Park

The park offers many trails of various lengths and difficulty for hikers and mountain bikers with viewpoints overlooking the city of Vancouver. There are opportunities for bird and wildlife viewing, along with day-use picnicking and skiing/snowsho...
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Lynn Canyon Park

This lush park in North Vancouver is a fantastic place for a hike in the forest. Well-marked trails lead to swimming holes, waterfalls, and to the park’s well-known 1912 suspension bridge, which swings 50m/164ft above Lynn Creek’s thickly forested mountain gorge. Visit the Ecology Centre to learn about the park’s history. 

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Buntzen Lake

Stunning Buntzen Lake, located just north of Port Moody, is a BC Hydro reservoir popular in the summer with swimmers and those looking for a way to beat the heat. Trails around the lake include several loops, many of which have steep, rough sections through the coastal rainforest. 

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Sea to Sky Gondola

The Sea to Sky Gondola experience, weaves together the very essence of coastal BC mountains, oceans, rivers, forests, culture & year-round recreation.

The 8-minute gondola ride to over 885 metres above sea level provides sweeping views of...

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Victoria Area Rainforests

Victoria, BC’s capital city, is known for its beautifully manicured gardens and its... Read more British influence, with posh afternoon tea being a must-do for visitors. To inject a little wild into your cultured vacation, you need only venture a little ways out of the city. Board a whale watching boat and befriend the resident Orcas, or head into the local rainforest for some outstanding recreation with some outstanding scenery.

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Mount Douglas Park

This lush park overlooking Cordova Bay, north of Victoria, boasts towering Douglas fir and cedar trees, as well as a large number of ferns and wildflowers. Trails lead to the summit of Mount Douglas, which offers a 360-degree view overlooking the Victoria area and beyond to Washington State’s Olympic and Cascade mountains. 

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Goldstream Provincial Park

Goldstream Provincial Park attracts visitors to see massive trees, majestic waterfalls & a meandering river that meets the sea. Come see the flowers, birds, bald eagles, fish & annual salmon spawning run. Trails range from easy, wheelchair accessi...
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East Sooke Regional Park

East Sooke Regional Park overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains in Washington State. The rugged coastline is backed by thick forests, and there are 50 km (31 mi) of trails to explore. Trails lead through forest, marshland and open fields to sheltered beaches, and rocky bays with colourful tide pools. 

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Gowlland Tod Provincial Park

Located 25 minutes north of Victoria, this unique park protects a biologically diverse area that is home to more than 150 species of plants and animals. The park’s diverse landscape includes old-growth Douglas fir forests, and a 430-m (1,411-ft) fjord that replenishes its marine waters just once per year. 

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Rosellen Suites at Stanley Park

One of Vancouver's favourite West End all-suite hotels, Rosellen Suites at Stanley Park features some of the largest 1 & 2 bedroom suites that can accommodate 1-8 guests with 56-176 sq m (600-1,900 sq ft) including fully-equipped kitchens & all th...
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Granville Island Hotel

The Granville Island Hotel offers a one-of-a kind experience. This boutique hotel located just minutes from downtown, is the perfect getaway spot for couples, families, or business travellers looking for a quiet alternative to busy downtown Vanco...
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Willows Inn

Willows Inn offers friendly service & cosy, spotlessly clean accommodation for visitors to Vancouver. We are 30 minutes from downtown by bus or car & within easy reach of hiking trails, restaurants, shopping, bus stops & more.

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Horseshoe Bay Motel

Affordable & convenient with very friendly staff. Located in beautiful scenic Horseshoe Bay Village, West Vancouver. Glorious mountain & ocean views. All rooms have refrigerators & fireplaces. Ideally located, commuting to Vancouver takes 25-30 mi...
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Fossil Bay Resort

Secluded, romantic oceanfront cottages on edge of 9 m (30 ft) cliff, designed for couples & privacy. Experience panoramic water views, king size beds, fully equipped kitchens, large sundecks with private hot tubs overlooking the ocean There is a p...
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Swans Suite Hotel & Brewpub

All of our 30 condo-style suites are equipped with deluxe amenities, separate bedrooms, full kitchen with cooking utensils. The Swans Hotel combines all the modern comforts with old city charm of 1913 heritage building. Our 3000 sq ft, three level...
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Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa

Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa, Victoria's only five-star oceanfront boutique resort, has 35 beautifully designed ocean suites and ocean villas, tailored for the luxury traveler. The resort is conveniently located just across the bay from the world fa...
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