This is obviously not our family…..especially since they aren’t wearing helmets (safety first!). However, this photo reminds us to dust off our bikes and get out there!
If you haven’t been to Steveston with your family you’re missing out! The charm of this quaint waterfront fishing town is something that needs to be experienced. Get some exercise while breathing in the fresh salt air. Watch the fishermen bringing in their catch on the wharf, browse the market place and then bike along the waterfront and explore. Take a ride into town and be transported into Storybrook, the town from the popular TV series ‘Once Upon a Time’ that is filmed there. This popular area really is such a fantastic family destination at all times of the year and would be a hit with the kids this spring break.
3. Family Picnic in Stanley Park
Stanley Park, at a massive 400-hectares of natural West Coast rain forest, is one of the best places to enjoy scenic views of water, mountains and sky. What a perfect place to pack up a picnic and settle in for a day of exploration. With beaches, playgrounds, hiking trails and views from every angle, you can’t even take in everything Stanley Park has to offer in one visit. It’s impossible not to please everyone with this picnic spot because there is something for everyone. There is a reason it is frequented by proud Vancouverites and considered to be the gem of the city.
4. Bird Watching in Golden Ears Provincial Park
For something different that your family may not have thought of doing together before, bird watching is a fun, different and addictive hobby to get in to. There are many locations that provide a wide variety of birds. Golden Ears Provincial Park is listed as a wildlife viewing site of British Columbia Wildlife Watch, the provincial wildlife viewing program. It offers fantastic birding, especially at Mike Lake, Alouette Lake, and Gold Creek. What a fun way to get out with each other and not only enjoy the outdoors and everything it has to offer, but also use it as an educational tool to teach all ages of kids about our impressive local bird life.
5. Step Back in Time at the Burnaby Village Museum
Located in Deer Lake Park, the Burnaby Village Museum takes visitors back to the 1920’s and allows guests to explore what a typical tram-stop community would have looked like. Explore the post office, bank, blacksmith shop, general store and school. Don’t forget to complete your visit with a ride on the 1912 CW Parker Carousel (rides are a minimal fee). Pack a lunch and head down towards the lake for a picnic and a walk!
6. Beach Combing in Deep Cove
Deep Cove in North Vancouver is an oasis of mountains, ocean, and wildlife. With a meandering beach covered with things to discover and explore, it’s a small slice of paradise and tranquility steps away from civilization. Treasure hunt together and teach your kids that there is so much to be found if we just slow down and look. Pack some magnifying glasses for tide pool exploration, it’s fun to discover what creatures make their homes in our oceans.
7. Granville Island
One of my favourite places to be. From the colours of the market place, to the smells of the fresh fruits and baked goods, the live entertainment, and the view of the ocean, Granville Island truly is the place to be for a day out full of fun and surprises. Grassy areas for picnics and playgrounds for the littles to run off steam, makes it a destination that you will keep coming back to.
8. Day Trip to Squamish
Only a 54 minute drive from Vancouver, Squamish has a laundry list of attractions that make it a popular spot for local outdoor enthusiasts. Hike to the summit of The Chief, the world’s second-largest granite monolith, and enjoy the spectacular views. Picnic at Shannon Falls, one of British Columbia’s tallest waterfalls, and end the day taking in a sunset on the beach.
9. Redwood Park Fairy Forest
For something completely different that will put some magic into everyone’s spring break, the Redwood Park in South Surrey is a must see. Stretching across 80 acres of forest, the green, rolling, grassy picnic areas, an amazing playground and a hidden ‘fairy forest’ complete with fairy houses and fairy doors in the trees, Redwood Park makes for an amazing family experience.
10. Explore a Different Park/Playground Everyday!