As a city, our experts and Kitsilano real estate agents at Team Nickerson all agree that Vancouver is hard to beat. The culture, restaurants, accessibility, and ease of life all help this gem of the Pacific Northwest stand up with the best cities in the world. While the city itself has a ton to offer both visitors and residents alike, some of the most magical places in Canada are only a short day trip away. The summer months provide the most favorable weather and options for activities so, while visiting with your Kitsilano real estate agents, be sure to make time to check out the surrounding areas that soon could become your go-to escape from city life! Here are three of our favorites trips from Vancouver to get you thinking!
Accessible only by air or ferry, British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast is a short trip from Vancouver but will leave you feeling like you’ve left the city far behind. Many compare their experience on this 180km stretch of coastline to island life and, after soaking in the views, drinks, hikes, and beauty of this quiet escape just outside of Vancouver you will soon see why. Whether you have a day or a week to escape, The Sunshine Coast provides the perfect place to hit the reset button.
A quick and beautiful ninety-minute drive through the mountains from Vancouver is, arguably, Canada’s biggest and best playground. Whistler, British Columbia has a little bit of everything and is a quick and easy getaway whenever you need it. From world-class outdoor sports (skiing, mountain biking, hiking, fly fishing, etc.) to festivals, views, and restaurants this mountain paradise will soon get in your blood. There always seems to be something new and exciting happening up in Whistler, and it is no surprise that many Vancouver natives will tell you they live in the city simply for its access to this one-of-a-kind mountain town.
Just an hour and a half out of Vancouver is Hope, BC and the start of Fraser Canyon – a 108km section of highway deep in the gorge formed by the Cascade and Coast Mountains. This stretch of highway, and its many cut-offs and activities, provide otherworldly opportunities to soak up nature and geology, learn about gold rush era history, or try your hand at some extreme whitewater rafting, mountain biking, or hiking. No matter what you are looking for in your Vancouver escape day, Fraser Canyon is sure to please.
Shopping for houses and working with your Kitsilano real estate agents is fun, but so is exploring the areas surrounding the place which you hope to call home. With so much to offer in and around Vancouver, you would be remiss to shop for a house without spending some time having fun in the area. The above three options are just to get you thinking about the opportunities that are awaiting you just out your new front door. Once you’re settled in Vancouver, you will not only fall in love with the city but will become absolutely infatuated with the surrounding countryside as well.