Family day trips in Metro Vancouver

With the global pandemic most families are cautious about travel. We were supposed to be in Asia earlier this year but that holiday was postponed – along with any other flight required destination.

Until then we are making the most of our beautiful province. 

Here are a few of our favourite day trips

  1. Cascade Falls, Mission – it’s a super short walk to get to the actual falls and you really don’t do much other than stare at its majestic beauty. This is perfect for babies (in carriers) and kids of all ages. It’s a beautiful spot for all!
  2. Alouette Lake, Maple Ridge – this lake isn’t too far away but there is no cell reception once you enter the Golden Ears park gate. This makes for the perfect day trip for those going on a digital detox. There is no playground here but ample beach and picnic spots. It is a very popular summer destination so I recommend getting out as early as 9am. BC Parks is running a pilot project on Day Passes and Golden Ears Park is one of those locations – make sure you check it out online before driving over.
  3. Jug Island, Port Moody – this is a recent discovery of mine that might really be best for families with older children (over the age of 4) as you have to hike about 1-2hrs to get to the beachfront. The trail also starts at the Belcarra picnic grounds so you should get here early if you want a parking spot.
  4. Bowen Island – you will need to take a 28 minute ferry ride to get here. I recommend parking your car at Horseshoe Bay and walking on the ferry. Bowen Island is a super small island with a handful of eateries near the dock. There are some beautiful biking & hiking trails you can do if you want to spend the day there. Or you can check out their artisanal shops including a local gem: Sangre de Fruta.

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