Spring is COMING! I’m trying not to get too ahead of myself, although I’m incredibly hyped for longer days, sunnier mornings and warmer outdoor activities.
Here are five of my fav Vancouver activities in Spring!
Okay, so this may just be the thing I’m MOST excited for! Vancouver’s core and close surrounding areas don’t accommodate many camping spots, however; there are tons of hidden treasures within a few beautifully scenic, (and easy) mini road trips. Some of my favourites:
Porteau Cove – Located in Squamish, a short drive from the Chief, one of the BEST hikes.
Alice Lake – Located in Brackendale on a beautiful lake. Fantastic walks starting right at the campground.
Indian Arm Provincial Park – Located in Deep Cove and accessible only by boat, this beauty is one hell of an Adventure.
* I recommend planning for camping season to begin in May (April’s hot days can deceive, and set you up for super chilly nights)!*
Spring shopping should go hand in hand with Spring Cleaning! Go through your closet and donate anything seizing to bring you joy/ you simply aren’t reaching for anymore… create space for some fresh new looks!
Double The Love has a fantastic new line-up of must haves for the upcoming spring season. Everything from flowy flowery dresses to the most darling off the shoulder tops. Visit them at their new pop-up location near Cap Mall (they’ll be in front of Lonsdale Quay in April!). Many of their styles are Australian inspired, and (having just been there) I can say, they are ON POINT style-wise.
Tofino Towel created the original “West Coast Round Towel” – perfect for picnics in the park, sunny days on the beach, to wrap around you (and your beau?) whilst watching one of Vancouver’s spectacular sunsets… or my favourite use? Keeping warm while waiting for a bubble bath to fill.
Dine On A Sunny Vancouver Patio
I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t jump at the idea of sipping fruity sangria on a sunny patio, surrounded by friends (and appies). Add oyserts to the mix and you’ve just made me the happiest gal on Earth .
Pier 7 Restaurant + Bar – Pier 7 has (in my opinion) the BEST view of Vancouver. Hands Down. Located in North Van, Pier 7 has an unreal happy hour from 3-6 (drinks for $5, crazy cheap appies and $1.50 Oysters).
Mahony And Sons, Stamps Landing – Located Downtown Vancouver, with a stunning view of the North Shore Mountains and tons of local drafts on tap.
There’s something special about Night Markets, I love that so many people flock together to celebrate hand crafted goodies, delicious food and finely crafted beer. A couple you’ve gotta check out this Spring/Summer:
North Vancouver Shipyards Market
When: Friday Nights 5pm-Late
Dates: May 1st to Sept 29th
Where: The Shipyards in North Vancouver
Take a walk down the pier, grab a drink on the patio at Pier7 (see above) and dance the night away with live music as Lower Lonsdale transforms into a vibrant market. There’s also a wide variety of food trucks. Tickle your tastebuds with anything from Thai food to street tacos to home brewed kombucha.
Richmond Night Market
When: 7pm – Midnight
Dates: May 15 to October 12
Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond (near the River Rock Casino)
If there’s only one thing to remember when going to the Richmond Night Market, it’s to go there with a completely empty stomach. The food is unreal here, so make sure you’re ready to try freshly fried rotato (this is a thing…potato curled around a stick, then FRIED) YAAS… BBQ Squid, and a Dragon’s Beard. Plan to get there early or head there late. Crowds can get pretty intense at peak hours.
Bike The Stanley Park Seawall
Rent a bike, bring a picnic (and some vino), curl up that blanket (or towel ;)), and bike along one of the most stunning seawalls in the world. Located in the downtown core of Vancouver, the trail loops around Stanley Park, providing a ride that is 9.4 km (5.8 miles) long (shown on the map below).
This is the original route of the Vancouver Seawall, which was started in 1917 and completed in 1980.
Let me know what your fav Spring adeventures are below!