Cliffwalk at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in North Vancouver
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 8-minute gondola ride to over 885 metres above sea level provides sweeping views of...
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.
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.
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.
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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