Car-free destinations to visit in and out of Metro Vancouver this summer

Car-free destinations to visit in and out of Metro Vancouver this summer

Double-decker bus dropping customers off at Tsawwassen Ferry terminal

This summer, we’re increasing service to 11 routes so you can get to some of the most popular destinations in Metro Vancouver, car-free! We can take you to beaches, parks, and hiking spots in the region, and even several islands that are a ferry away.

Taking transit can help you save on parking fees and the hassle of finding parking, especially with more people going out this season. You can also integrate biking into your commute and park your bike at free bike valets or any of our bike parking options.

Now that we’ve got your commute covered, time to visit these car-free destinations this summer! Use our Trip Planner to plan the best transit route to your destination.

Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal to Victoria

Experience life in places outside Metro Vancouver by taking the ferry from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal. Visit the cosmopolitan city of Victoria, which is home to the British Columbia Parliament Buildings and a few historic castles. When you arrive at Swartz Bay ferry terminal, you can take transit to Victoria and get around the city through BC Transit.

Horseshoe Bay

Enjoy fish and chips by the shore at Horseshoe Bay! If you’re feeling adventurous, go on a boat adventure and see picturesque sights from Howe Sound.

Horseshoe Bay is also home to the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal where you can take a ferry to Nanaimo and Sunshine Coast! You can get around both places by transit through BC Transit.

Lions Bay Beach Park

If you’d like to take a trip along the Sea to Sky Highway, visit Lions Bay Beach Park! This scenic park has play structures, a sandy beach, and a swimming area. It also offers a spectacular view of Howe Sound.

Sasamat Lake at White Pine Beach

Sasamat Lake is one of the warmest lakes in Metro Vancouver, making it a popular spot for swimming. With parking lots getting full quickly, consider taking transit!

Rocky Point Park

As Port Moody’s best-known park, Rocky Point Park has lots of activities to offer. There are playgrounds, spray parks, kayak and paddleboard rentals, fish and chips and ice cream shops, and the Shoreline Trail to hike.

Deep Cove

Deep Cove is also a great spot for outdoor activities as it’s surrounded by the North Shore mountains and the Indian Arm. You can kayak or paddleboard, hike up to Quarry Rock, or simply stroll by the seaside.

White Rock Pier

If it’s a strolling kind of day, check out White Rock Pier, the longest pier in Canada with a promenade that spans 470 metres long (or 1,542 ft). After your long walk, enjoy a well-deserved fish and chips at nearby restaurants.

Vancouver beaches and waterfront parks

When it’s hot and sunny out, beaches and waterfront parks are the go-to places to cool down. Invite your friends and enjoy a day under the sun at these car-free destinations in Vancouver:

Vancouver skyline from Kitsilano beach

Kitsilano Beach

Kitsilano Beach features basketball courts, tennis courts, playgrounds, and the Kitsilano Pool.

Spanish Banks Beach

Spanish Banks Beach is a great place to play beach volleyball with 16 volleyball courts.

English Bay Beach

English Bay Beach features many nearby restaurants, kayak rentals, beach volleyball courts, and the Vancouver Seawall.

Stanley Park Seawall

Stanley Park Seawall is a great choice for walking, running, and cycling. After a good cardio, grab a bite at the restaurants on Denman or Robson Street.

David Lam Park

David Lam Park features playgrounds, basketball courts, soccer fields, tennis courts, and a dock to take the Aquabus Ferry across False Creek!

Granville Island

From David Lam Park, you can walk or ride the Aquabus to Granville Island, where you can find a splash park, a public market, and events.

Looking for more car-free destinations this summer? Check out our Ride and Shine map for a list of transit-friendly parks, attractions, walking and cycling routes, places to eat, and events. You can also redeem special offers at attractions like the PNE Fair, Grouse Mountain, and Flyover Canada by simply taking transit.

There are a host of places and events to check out in Metro Vancouver this summer. We can take you there! Where are your favourite transit-friendly summer destinations?