River Rafting and Harrison Hot Springs
Vancouver’s close proximity to rugged wilderness makes it easy to plan an adventure-packed escape, even if it is just for the day. Hop in the car and drive less than two hours southeast of Vancouver, where you’ll find Chilliwack River Rafting, a fully equipped rafting company providing thrilling, five-hour expeditions through the Chilliwack River Canyon. After your trip, drive back to Vancouver in time for happy hour, or venture an hour north to Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa instead, where you can unwind in five hot, mineral pools before enjoying a gourmet dinner in one of the property’s on-site restaurants.
Relax….enjoy the journey. Pacific Coach provides daily, bus transportation service to Victoria, Vancouver Island and to the mountain village of Whistler. A comprehensive selection of Sightseeing Tours from Vancouver to Victoria operate daily (seasonal).
Skiing, Spa Treatments and More at Whistler
If you’re looking to splurge on your upcoming vacation, take a jaunt up to Whistler, where you’ll find no shortage of lavish experiences, all within a two-hour drive from downtown Vancouver. During the winter, take advantage of world-class skiing and relaxing après ski activities at Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort. Or, if you make it up to Whistler during warmer months, spend some time on Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s par 72, 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. This upscale resort is also home to Vida Spa and a number of high-end restaurants.
Wine Tasting and Regional Dining
All around Vancouver, fertile farmlands and lush vineyards provide the perfect getaway for food and wine connoisseurs. Start in Richmond, which is located only 30 minutes away from downtown Vancouver, where you can sample award-winning ice wine at Lulu Island Winery. Then, fill up with lunch at one of Richmond’s many Asian-influenced restaurants, where you can indulge in authentic dim sum, Vietnamese pho and fresh seafood dishes. Afterward, continue on to Surrey, where you can spend the afternoon sampling wine at River’s Bend Winery, located amid idyllic farmlands. Finish the day with a dinner of fresh, West Coast cuisine at one of the quaint restaurants along Crescent Beach.
Exploring Bowen Island
Looking to get away without spending a fortune? Just take a trip to nearby Bowen Island, which is only a 20-minute ferry ride away from West Vancouver’s Horseshoe Bay. Here, you can take in the laidback vibe of rural island life while exploring small art galleries, cute shops, casual eateries and waterfront patios along Snug Cove. This island also offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation, such as hiking through lush rainforests, swimming at serene beaches and mountain biking along forested trails.
Arts and Culture in Victoria
For a romantic escape with your sweetheart, plan a day trip to Victoria on Vancouver Island, which is only about a 1.5-hour ferry ride from Tsawwassen terminal (approximately 40 minutes from downtown Vancouver). With its breathtaking heritage buildings and unique attractions, this destination feels a bit like a mini-European trip, making it the perfect place to enjoy romantic activities with your amour. Sip a cup of piping-hot tea in a formal tea room, stroll through the blooming Butchart Gardens, cuddle in the back of a horse-drawn carriage or watch a theatrical production in one of the many arts centres — it’s all possible on this diverse island.