Vancouver is in the middle of nature. In fact, few places in Canada are so secluded from the hustle and bustle of the world. If you’re visiting Vancouver in the spring or summer months (right now that is), you’re going to see this quaint area dressed up for tourist season — making it the ideal time to visit British Columbia.
Boating Season is Peaked Right Now
Vancouver has some of the best boating and, as the weather warms for spring and summer, you’re going to see more boats out on the sea. There are harbor teams everywhere during this season, and from kayaking on the water to taking a paddleboat around the harbor to just sitting and dipping your toes into the water from the docks — you won’t be without activities that are water-related. Because of the great water and warmer weather, it isn’t odd to find that more Alaskan cruises are booked right now too.
It’s Time to Get Out and Breathe the Fresh Air
You’ve been stuck inside all winter, but now is the time to get out and breathe some fresh air. Vancouver’s Stanley Park has over 1,000 acres of green forest to explore. From unique lagoon areas to rose gardens, you won’t have a moment you can’t take a picture. But, on the outer edge of Stanley Park is where all the action is: you’ll find a 5.5-mile sea wall surrounding the entire park, beaches and a touch of history.
Patios are in Full Swing at Local Restaurants
Dining in British Columbia is great this time of year. All of the local eateries have pulled out their patio sets, and you can dine alfresco. Start your dining experience downtown at one of the famous lounges and eateries, then work your way up to sun-drenched patios of local pubs for a view of the ocean and local beer.
International Food is Everywhere
As more fishermen and travelers hit Vancouver, so do the international cuisines. You can find some unique spices at the Vancouver markets. If you’re a coffee gourmet, pick up some locally roasted beans or head over to the farmer’s market for some of the freshest, brightest produce you’ve ever seen.
Artists Show Off Their Work
Vancouver’s Art Gallery is the core of the downtown area. Here you will find some of the more unique paintings from local and international artists. In addition to the exhibits, you’ll notice that a travel theme starts to take over the gallery starting late summer and early fall.
If you have been on the fence about Vancouver, now is the time to go. Spring and summer months have more activities and bring out more of the locals. That also means more of the downtown shops and seasonal festivities will be going on too.