Best known for its mountainous region, the famed Canadian Rockies is world-renowned for a reason. In the past, we have listed Jasper Park and Whistler as two of the must-see travel destination for its incredible views during the winter season. This guide, however, will focus on Canada’s famed assets: gorgeous Vancouver parks and gardens, waiting to be discovered!
Check out these top three Vancouver parks and make sure you bring your walking shoes because there will definitely a lot of sightseeing to do!
Calipano Suspension Bridge Park
We start off the list with one of the most recognizable films ever made — Indiana Jones. And just like the movie, the park’s Capalino Suspension Bridge is not for the faint-hearted. Its cliff walk pathway is fit for thrill-seekers because of its 70 meter elevation.
But now, everyone can enjoy this. The park has made increasing safety measures such as steel cables that stabilize and suspend the bridge in its place. In fact, the cliff walk can safely support 45 tonnes — equivalent to the weight of 35 adult killers whales!
The view from the top features a 360-degree view of the nature park. This allows goers to untetheredly enjoy the park’s pristine fresh air. You’ll surely end up forgetting all about the city!
Must-see: The Canyon Lights or Winter Lights Festival which happens during the months of November to January is one of the picturesque events that Capilano Park has to offer as the entire place turns into a larger than life snow globe!
Viyahe eats: With over a dozen flavors to your choosing, the Capilano Fudge has become the park’s bestseller sold at the Trading Post. Some of the favorites are Maple Walnut, Cookies & Cream and the much-talked about Dark Chocolate Sea Salt.
Viyahe tip: For the thrill seekers, the Treetops Adventure is a must! Cross seven suspension bridges attached to eight 250 years old Douglas-firs—yes, a plant! These viewing platforms are as high as 110 feet above the forest floor.
The history of Butchart Gardens dates back to 1904. More than a century later, it is now considered as a National Historic Site of Canada. The 55-acre garden showcases a gorgeous array of the flora and fauna beauties. It also features magnificent sights through several of its themed gardens. A grand Torri gate welcomes you when you enter the Japanese Garden where you will be surrounded by beech trees and blossoming Himalayan Blue Poppies. The Rose Garden is great for a romantic walk through of floribundas, ramblers and Hybrid Tea Roses. Meanwhile, the Italian Garden features a bronze-cast statue and a flower-studded pond. Lastly, the Mediterranean Garden is defined by its lush, exotic plants from around the world.
Must-see: In the midst of the enveloping trees and blossoming flowers is the grandiose Ross Fountain that at first look, almost looks like a pond of water.
Viyahe eats: A visit to the Italian Garden comes with chance to taste the various gelato flavors Butchart Gardens has developed through the years. A few of their interesting concoctions include wildflower honey & lavender, pineapple coconut, and sparkling peach sorbetto.
Viyahe tip: Make sure to visit during the summer and that your visit coincides with one of ten Saturdays dedicated to Firework Saturdays! It features a fantastic firework show that showcases original aerial and ground production!
Lynn Valley Park
Just like the Butchart Gardens, Lynn Valley Park is more than a century old. The North Vancouver park is 617 acres of pure forest heaven — a destination favorite among neighboring locals and distant visitors. The things you can do are endless: from a simple picnic with your family, an afternoon swim in a 30-foot pool, or a leisurely hike through the park’s very famous trails. Baden Powell Trail is one of the park’s most traversed that lasts for 48 kilometers. One of its many beautiful bodies of water in the park is the ravishing Twin Falls. Meanwhile, the Rice Lake near Seymour Demonstration Forest makes for a relaxing view while having a chat with your companion.
Must-see: The suspension bridge at Lynn Canyon Park is a 50-meter high bridge that stretches across a canyon with raging waterfalls and deep pools below it. It’s a terrifying at first but the view is completely exhilarating!
Viyahe eats: The Black Bear Neighbourhood Pub is a watering hole for both locals and visitors because of its craft beer. Make sure to order their specialties: the Southwest Chicken Tortellini and its famed Black Bear Ale!
Viyahe tip: To maximize your visit, make sure to swing by Lighthouse Park in Dundarave and Whytecliff Park, both very near Lynn Valley Park.