7 Day Trips from Vancouver Without a Car for Working Holidays

July 10, 2018
Posted in Working Holiday


One of the great things about doing a Working Holiday in Canada is that there is so much to do while you’re here! From hiking, kayaking, or shopping there is something for everyone, especially in the summer! Want to come to Canada but your country isn’t a part of International Experience Canada? Don’t worry! You can still participate in our Study & Work programs and get your Canadian adventure started! If you’re looking for things to do during your Working Holiday or Study & Work we’re here to help!

It can be hard when you just arrive to a new country and don’t have a car to transport you everywhere, but it shouldn’t stop you from exploring everything British Columbia has to offer. One of the great things about living in Vancouver is that you can take public transportation almost anywhere! Whether it be a park, mountain or island, we’re sharing how to get to BC’s most beloved spots without a car! Make the most out of your summer, and learn more about how you can go on these 7 day trips from Vancouver without a car!

Capilano Suspension Bridge

Located in North Vancouver, this is a highly touristy spot, but for good reason! Walk across the famous suspension bridge, reach new heights at the Treetops Adventure, and walk on the edge of Cliffwalk during a day at the park. As one of the top attractions in BC, you have to visit this spot at least once during your time in Canada!

Directions: Take one of their free shuttles that leaves from Canada Place and 6 hotels downtown. Alternatively, take the Seabus from Waterfront station to Lonsdale Quay and take bus #236 to the park.

Cost: $46.95 per adult (for park admission). If you visit after 5pm it’s 30% off for their Summer Special! 

Summer hours: May 19-September 3, 8AM – 8PM

Tips: If you have a BCID you can get a year long pass just by purchasing ONE regular admission ticket, so you can go back as many times as you want during the year! Learn more here

Don’t have a BCID but want to know how to get one? Check out our guide on how to get one as an International Student or Working Holiday in Canada!

Grouse Mountain

Another can’t miss attraction in BC is Grouse Mountain! This place has an array of activities you can do while you’re up there and if you’re up for the challenge, hike up the Grouse Grind (a 2.9km set of stairs!) one of the most famous hikes in Vancouver! If the grind isn’t for you, you can take the Skyride up instead! This gondola ride has the most stunning views of Vancouver, the Pacific Ocean, and Gulf Islands as it transports you up the mountain!

Directions: Free shuttle with purchase of admission ticket that picks you up from Canada Place. Alternatively, take the Seabus from Waterfront station to Lonsdale Quay and take bus #236 to the mountain.

Cost: $56 per adult (for Skyride and mountain activities). $15 for the Skyride back down if you do the Grouse Grind up.

Hours: 9AM-10PM

Tips: Since there are so many activities included in your admission ticket, plan your day ahead and look at all the shows and attractions that the mountain offers before you go on your trip. From bear spotting to the famous Lumberjack show, you don’t want to miss out on anything!

Lynn Canyon Park

If you’re looking for a more affordable option to Capilano Suspension Bridge, Lynn Canyon Park might be perfect for you! This park can be found by public transportation and has less crowds than Capilano. It’s home to it’s own suspension bridge, and from there you can walk to the 30 foot pool or Twin Falls and experience nature at it’s finest.

Directions: From Downtown Vancouver, take the Seabus to the Lonsdale Quay bus loop and take bus #228 to Lynn Valley Center where you will walk about 15 minutes to the park’s main entrance. You can alternatively take bus #229 to Lynn Valley Center and transfer to bus #227 which will take you right to the main entrance.

Cost: Transit fare

Hours: 7AM-7PM (Make sure to allow yourself enough time to arrive back before dark)

Tips: Since this area isn’t as busy and a little harder to get to, it’s important to plan your trip beforehand! Research exactly how to get there as well as the trails and routes when you arrive so you have no trouble during your trip. Make sure you’re familiar with hiking safety as well before you embark on your trip.

Deep Cove

Hike the famous Quarry Rock trail, go kayaking, or enjoy a Honey’s Doughnut, all at this must-see North Vancouver spot. There are endless amounts of things to do here, and something for everyone!

Directions: Take bus #211 from Downtown Vancouver (There are also many other busses you can take depending on where you’re coming from).

Cost: Transit fare

Hours: Dependent on the activities you are doing.

Tips: Make sure if you’re doing any hiking or kayaking to be prepared! Never go alone, research the routes beforehand, wear the appropriate clothing, and bring food and water!

Granville Island

For something a little closer to the city, make your way to Granville Island. Spend a day shopping, eating and catching a show at the theatre in one of Vancouver’s most historic spots. While you’re there, make sure to visit the Granville Island Public Market and pick up some fresh produce and handcrafted products to get the most local experience!

Directions: Take bus #50 from Gastown all the way to Granville Island. Alternatively, take the Aquabus, that has stops along False Creek, right to the dock of the Public Market!

Cost: Small fee for transit or Aquabus ($3.50-$6 one way, depending where you get on).

Hours: Market opens from 9AM to 7PM.

Tips: Although it can be busy with lots of tourists, go on a weekday and you’ll be able to get the best experience!

Sea to Sky Gondola

A little farther out than the other day trips, a trip to the Sea to Sky Gondola is definitely worth checking out. Located close to Squamish, this destination is similar to Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain, as it has it’s own bridge, hikes and gondola, but with even more breathtaking views of the Howe Sound, forests and mountains!

Directions: Take the shuttle from three Downtown Vancouver locations that’ll take you to the base of the gondola and also pick you up to go back into Vancouver! Advanced booking is required if you want to take advantage of the shuttle option.

Cost: $79 per adult (Shuttle and Gondola package). $41.95 per adult (online, Gondola only).

Hours: Summer hours, 9:30AM to 6PM (Sunday to Wednesday) & 9:30AM to 8PM (Thursday to Saturday)

Tips: Since the shuttle brings you back to Vancouver at a scheduled time, make sure if you’re doing any hiking that you give yourself plenty of time to come back! Research the routes beforehand and make sure you’re prepared before embarking on a trail.

Victoria

Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is located on Vancouver Island. Get here by bus, ferry, or seaplane and explore the many attractions the city has to offer! There is so much to do in Victoria, if you like museums theres the Royal BC Museum, or if you prefer nature, Butchart Gardens is a must-see!

Directions: 

Ferry – Take the bus #620 from Bridgeport Station to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal where you will walk on the ferry and then can take bus #70 to Downtown Victoria.

Seaplane – For a quicker option, with a higher price, take the seaplane from Downtown Vancouver to Victoria in 35 minutes.

Tour – Another alternative is to book a tour with Landsea Tours or Westcoast Sightseeing, which is good if you don’t want to worry about transportation and still want to see the landmarks Victoria has to offer. Prices include transportation, ferry and attraction costs.

Cost: Depends on mode of transportation. $17.20 per adult (for walk-on ferry).

Tips: Since there is so much to see and do in Victoria, make sure you plan your activities beforehand so you can make the most of your time while you’re there! If you have more time, Victoria would also be a great weekend trip so you can see more of what the city has to offer!

That completes our list of the 7 best day trips from Vancouver without a car! Hopefully you can see that you don’t need a car in order to explore the best of British Columbia! Complete these during your Working Holiday or Study & Work in Canada and you will be sure to have a memorable experience here!

Don’t have your Working Holiday Visa yet but this list has convinced you to come to Canada? Come explore what British Columbia has to offer and start your Canadian journey now! If your country is not from one of the 34 IEC countries you can still have your own Canadian adventure by participating in our Business Essentials or College & Internship programs! Contact us today and we’ll set you up with a FREE consultation! Don’t hesitate to get your Working Holiday in Canada started!

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