As winter draws its curtains, the sun is kicking in high gear. Although Vancouver is sometimes dubbed as a “no fun city,” we’re here to make the most of what the Lower Mainland has to offer to keep boredom at bay. Read on to check out our recommendations for weekend activities.
Since we love this idea so much, we’ll offer three stellar options. First, there’s the Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market that happens twice a month between May and September. This gives you all the wholesome community vibes you look for in a community market. Next, there’s Granville Island—while it’s open all year round, there’s something about visiting it in the spring when the weather is just right. Besides, do we really need to give you a reason to visit their to-die-for bakeries? If you have more time to spare, the drive down to Pike Place Market is definitely worth the visit. There are improv shows every Friday and tons of cooking workshops to watch out for on the weekends, including a truffle-making class!
EXPLORE THE VANDUSEN BOTANICAL GARDEN AND BLOEDEL CONSERVATORY.
When the itch to visit the tropics becomes devastatingly hard to ignore, a go-to spot is to visit the Bloedel Conservatory and VanDusen Botanical Garden. Apart from its winter light festival, this attraction features exotic birds and flowers in spring bloom. May is a particularly great month to visit as Vancouver Bird Week spans from the 11th to 26th, meaning that there will be many bird walks and opportunities to sight some rare feathered friends typically found only in the desert and tropical environments.
CRAFT BEER WEEK.
Back for its tenth year, the Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival enables you to live your best boozed up life this spring. Occurring from May 31st to June 8, this festival is a classic favourite best enjoyed under the temperate rays of Vancouver sun. Who can resist the fun that comes with 300 different types of beer and ciders, live music and entertainment, and all the guilty pleasures that food trucks have to offer? This Vancouver classic is worth biking down to visit (and if you’re in need of a two-wheeler, you can get a BMW bike at employee pricing this month!).
We hope this blog gave you some inspiration for your next sunny day excursion! Feeling ambitious? Feel free to check out the MINI Guide to Weekend Activities in May for more ideas.