10 transit-friendly things to do in Metro Vancouver this spring

10 transit-friendly things to do in Metro Vancouver this spring

Cherry blossoms near a SkyTrain station
Cherry blossoms near Expo Line’s Burrard Station

Spring calls for longer days, which means more time to soak in Vitamin D and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. We’ve got activities that will make you break a sweat and ones that’ll let you unwind. Here’s a list of 10 transit-friendly things to do in Metro Vancouver to make the most of the bloom season!

Attend the cherry blossom festival

Each spring, an amazing array of cherry blossoms in spring engulfs Metro Vancouver. It’s so beautiful and special that there’s a festival for it! The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival hosts events that celebrate Japanese culture and bring people together to pink paradise.

📅 April 1 – 23

Take your camera out and take transit to see cherry blossoms!

Visit regional parks

Explore the best of Metro Vancouver’s natural landscapes at these transit-friendly regional parks! Enjoy therapeutic views of The Lions and the serene lake at Capilano River Regional Park, the greenery and towering trees at Pacific Spirit Regional Park, or a combination of forest, mountain, and water views at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park.

Walk, run, or cycle at trails

Take advantage of Metro Vancouver’s natural resources and wildlife. Let the countless trails take you to hidden gems such as creeks, waterfalls, and animal habitats.

The fun part is trails sometimes intersect and connect with other trails, leading to adventures that end at locations different than where you started!

Taking transit gives you the freedom to start and end your trail anywhere, so keep our handy Trip Planner to learn how to get to the trails and back.

Go for hikes

The cold air can keep you cool as you hike up the slopes this spring. Check out these transit-friendly destinations with easy hiking spots you can do while catching up with a friend, or ones that will surely challenge you. Either way, the views at the top will make the grind worthwhile!

Make sure to wear proper hiking gear, check if the location’s open for hikers before going, and be careful!

Go on bike adventures

Cycle your way to Seaside Greenway, BC Parkway, Central Valley Greenway, and Arbutus Greenway! If you ever need a break, know that you can bring your bike on transit or park it near transit.

Be ready and equip yourself with proper cycling gear and have our cycling map handy. This includes key connections to transit hubs, locations of bike lockers and parkades, and areas with steeper hills. They also show the comfort levels of each route based on how separated it is from traffic.

Explore these family-friendly attractions

Take the whole family to unique attractions in Metro Vancouver and explore one-of-a-kind exhibits. Places like the Bloedel Conservatory, which is a tropical paradise atop Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver Aquarium (Canada’s largest aquarium), Beaty Biodiversity Museum (Vancouver’s natural history museum), and many more!

Go for brunch then walk the seawall

Weekend brunch and a walk by the seawall make for a great bonding combo! Dine at some of the brunch locations with nearby waterfront views in Gastown near Waterfront Station, at Seaside Greenway near Yaletown–Roundhouse Station, on Lower Lonsdale near the Lonsdale Quay Exchange, by the Quayside near Expo Line’s New Westminster Station.

Check out all the transit-friendly restos that are sure to tantalize your tastebuds!

Go for a beer crawl

Feel like going for brunch and brews? You sure can, especially with many transit-friendly breweries in Metro Vancouver.

Plan your trip using our Trip Planner and take transit to breweries in North of the Fraser, South of the Fraser, East (Yeast) Vancouver, Vancouver, Port Moody, Langley, and North Vancouver.

Go on a wine-tasting adventure at Vancouver International Wine Festival

VanWineFest is one of the biggest and oldest wine events in the world, occurring right here in Vancouver. Historically, it has garnered about 25,000 admissions and features a popular tasting room, where the public can choose from 750 wines to try. Every year, the event focuses on wines from different regions or countries and even has its own thematic seminars.

📅 April 22-30

Do photoshoots

With less rain and sunnier and overcast days, spring is a perfect season for photoshoots! Add to that the blooming of plants and trees – you have both natural lighting and colourful backdrop available outside.

VanDusen Botanical Garden and English Bay are some of the locations with picture-perfect nature backdrops, while places like Coal Harbour, Vancouver Public Library, and Pink Alley are great spots to utilize architectural structures and street art.

Wherever you go, plan your trip using our Trip Planner!

Cherry blossoms at English Bay
23 Beach shuttle bus along English Bay beach

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