Summertime in Vancouver is all about the outdoors. We are so fortunate to be surrounded by the water and nature no matter if you’re exploring by foot, bike or car.
We wanted to share the ‘Top 3 Destinations to Enjoy this Summer Around Vancouver’ as well as a few tips you might not know about your BMW that will make your adventures a walk in the park.
1) A trip to Whistler on the ‘Sea-to-Sky Highway’
The luxury of driving on the Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler is all about the view and surrounding nature. Officially known as BC Highway 99, this legendary route from Vancouver to Whistler and beyond is a drive with incredible sights at just about every turn. It’s also filled with fun stops, including outdoor destinations, cultural points of interest and historic sites. So grab your map, plot the course and head out for a weekend of adventure along the Sea-to-Sky Highway.
It’s a long drive up to Whistler and you wouldn’t want to miss a view point or be distracted. Equipped in your BMW is a state-of-the-art ‘iDrive Infotainment System’. The system can spot traffic, link up to your calendar, Spotify and social media apps, and allows you to plan your route up to Whistler so you don’t miss any stopovers along the way.
2) Stanley Park
Stanley Park is a staple and an all around great time whether you are driving around the park to enjoy the stunning view of the ocean and nature or if you’re grabbing your bike to ride the seawall. If you have your bike rack installed you’ll definitely have the best of both worlds. It offers spectacular views of the North Shore mountains and Lions Gate Bridge. There are many places to stop and enjoy the scenery or to picnic on the beachside.
We all get that feeling as if we forgot to lock our car or we’re at a crowded area and forgot where we parked. Download the BMW App to use the ConnectedDrive system to either lock your car, honk your horn, locate where you parked or turn your car lights on. It even lets you know how much fuel is left in your tank. This system will leave you feeling at ease at all times.
3) Spanish Banks
If you’re just getting off work or you’re looking for a great beach location for your family weekend gathering, Spanish Banks is the place to be. Located along Northwest Marine Drive west of Tolmie Street, Spanish Banks Beach is composed of three distinct sections, east, west, and extension. This area has plenty of free parking and allows for many fun activities all summer long, such as: 8 beach volleyball courts, barbeques permitted and picnic tables provided.
When you’re driving you want to focus on the road and doing simple hand gestures is just the helping hand you need. BMW Gesture Control allows you to operate some functions by simply moving your hand. Spin your fingers in a circle and you’ll turn the stereo volume up or down, while pointing accepts an incoming phone call, and a dismissive swipe rejects it. Finally, pointing two fingers at the screen brings up whatever function you’ve specifically programmed it for, such as changing the radio station or returning to the main menu.
We hope you have an awesome summer exploring this beautiful city! To learn more about the special features in your BMW, contact our BMW Product Genius at 604-273-2217 or visit our store in Richmond at 10780 Cambie Road.