As part of our Explore Canada series, Kat of @ourhappyplaceblog is sharing five adventures to take in the Lower Mainland of BC.  From date night to play dates, this mama has you covered.

5 Adventures to Take in Metro Vancouver

Date Night

Start at the Washington Avenue Grill – a beautiful restaurant located right on the beach. The food and view are amazing.  Try the lobster ravioli and top off your evening with a romantic walk along the nearby beach after.
5 Metro Vancouver Adventures | beach date with the kids

Play Date

Head to The Wooden Spoon for a great family atmosphere + awesome menu and staff.  Have the Wooden Benny (but everything is amazing, seriously!).  Walk it off by hitting the shops at Morgan Crossing.
5 Metro Vancouver Adventures | play date with the littles

Girls Day/ Night

Begin your girls day at the Islands Cafe for great coffee, snacks and poke bowls.  Take your coffee to go and hit The Handpicked Home, a fun shop with the sweetest owner, loaded with local and handmade items of all sorts.  Finish your day at the Chaberton Winery, about a 10 minute drive from the shop.
5 Metro Vancouver Adventures | girls day

DIY Eat & Drink Local Tour

Go for a walk in scenic Fort Langley or drive about 15 minutes to Fraser Valley Cider Company.  There is also a variety of wineries in the area (along 16 Ave in Langley).  Once you’ve worked up an appetite, visit the Trading Post Taphouse & Eatery for amazing craft beer + locally sourced food.  My favourite is the fried chicken sandwich, though it’s hard to pick, it’s all so good!
5 Metro Vancouver Adventures | cider tastings

Nature Walk

Spend the day at Burns Bog: the largest undeveloped area of urban wilderness in North America and home to a variety of wildlife.  On the way, pick up a selection of home made buns and lunch items made in- house at nearby Altmaerker German Deli for a European- style picnic lunch.  If you’re still up for adventure, take a quick 5 minute drive to the Serpentine Fen, a wildlife area managed by Ducks Unlimited or Mud Bay Park for other scenic options close by.  Alternatively, pack your bike and enjoy a seaside ride along the Dyke Trail, a 20km trail from Mud Bay to Boundary Bay.
5 Metro Vancouver Adventures | nature walk with the kids


About Katherine

Kat is mom of two littles and the lady behind Our Happy Place Blog – a Metro Vancouver based blog full of fun DIYs, yummy recipes, and real talk covering the tough moments, personal challenges and not-so-great moments of life and motherhood.

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All photos by Katherine Petrunia

5 metro vancouver adventures | family friendly adventures for every occasion