My List of Recommended Metro Vancouver Destinations and Restaurants

I live in Vancouver (Coquitlam to be exact), and there is no reason not to explore this beautiful city. I’ve put together a list of Metro Vancouver destinations and restaurants I’ve been to and hope this post will inspire you to visit different places in Metro Vancouver.

Vancouver destinations collage
From top-left: Viewing downtown Vancouver from Stanley Park; linguine soul bianco from Jimoco Café & Pasta; the skeleton of a blue whale at Beaty Biodiversity Museum; ramen at Hokkaido Ramen Santouka; Viewing Burrard Inlet from Barnet Marine Park

Parks and Nature

There are plenty of parks, lakes, beaches, and hiking trails in Metro Vancouver and the surrounding areas. All parks are in one of the four categories: city, regional, provincial, and BC Hydro. City parks are usually closer and easier to visit, but many of them do not offer many things to do. Regional, provincial, and BC Hydro parks provide more scenery and activities, and they are farther away most of the time.

NameCityTypeWebsitePark MapRecommendation
Buntzen Lake ParkAnmoreBC Hydro ParkWebsitePark MapRecommended
Barnet Marine ParkBurnabyCity ParkWebsitePark MapRecommended
Burnaby Mountain Conservation AreaBurnabyCity ParkWebsitePark MapRecommended
Deer Lake ParkBurnabyCity ParkWebsitePark MapHighly Recommended
Stoney CreekBurnabyCity ParkN/AN/ARecommended
Mundy ParkCoquitlamCity ParkWebsitePark MapRecommended
Town Centre ParkCoquitlamCity ParkWebsitePark MapRecommended
Rocky Point ParkPort MoodyCity ParkWebsiteN/ARecommended
Garry Point ParkRichmondCity ParkWebsiteN/ARecommended
Queen Elizabeth ParkVancouverCity ParkWebsiteN/ARecommended
Stanley ParkVancouverCity ParkWebsitePark MapHighly Recommended
Bridal Veil Falls Provincial ParkChilliwackProvincial ParkWebsiteN/ARecommended
Cultus Lake Provincial ParkChilliwackProvincial ParkWebsitePark MapRecommended
Pinecone Burke Provincial ParkCoquitlamProvincial ParkWebsitePark MapOK
Coquihalla Canyon Provincial ParkHopeProvincial ParkWebsitePark MapRecommended
Golden Ears Provincial Park (incl. Allouette Lake)Maple RidgeProvincial ParkWebsitePark MapRecommended
Belcarra Regional Park (incl. White Pine Beach)BelcarraRegional ParkWebsitePark MapRecommended
Burnaby Lake Regional ParkBurnabyRegional ParkWebsitePark MapRecommended
Colony Farm Regional ParkCoquitlamRegional ParkWebsitePark MapRecommended
Minnekhada Regional ParkCoquitlamRegional ParkWebsitePark MapRecommended
Campbell Valley Regional ParkLangleyRegional ParkWebsitePark MapRecommended
Derby Reach Regional ParkLangleyRegional ParkWebsitePark MapRecommended
Capilano River Regional ParkNorth VancouverRegional ParkWebsitePark MapHighly Recommended
Lower Seymour Conservation ReserveNorth VancouverRegional ParkWebsitePark MapRecommended
Lynn Headwaters Reginal ParkNorth VancouverRegional ParkWebsitePark MapRecommended
Iona Beach Regional ParkRichmondRegional ParkWebsitePark MapRecommended
Tynehead Regional ParkSurreyRegional ParkWebsitePark MapRecommended
Pacific Spirit Regional ParkUBCRegional ParkWebsitePark MapRecommended

Museums, Zoos, and Gardens


  • Deep Cove (North Vacouver)
  • Fort Langley (Langley)
  • Steveston (Richmond)

Festivals and Events

There are also many festivals and events all over Metro Vancouver on the weekends. I only visited the following 3 in 2018.

  • Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest (New Westminster)
  • Country Fest @ Campbell Valley Regional Park (Langley)
  • Taiwan Fest (Vancouver)

Public Markets

  • Granville Island Public Market (Vancouver)
  • Lonsdale Quay Market (North Vancouver)
  • River Market (New Westminster)


This is a list of the restaurants I’ve visited in 2018. I will replace it with a table and include all restaurants I’ve reviewed in this blog.

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