Langdon’s Guide to Metro Vancouver Destinations

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
Left: Viewing downtown Vancouver from Stanley Park; linguine soul bianco from Jimoco Café & Pasta. Right: 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 MapRecommended?
Buntzen Lake ParkAnmoreBC Hydro ParkWebsitePark MapYes
Barnet Marine ParkBurnabyCity ParkWebsitePark MapYes
Burnaby Fraser Foreshore ParkBurnabyCity ParkWebsiteN/AYes
Burnaby Mountain Conservation AreaBurnabyCity ParkWebsitePark MapYes
Deer Lake ParkBurnabyCity ParkWebsitePark MapHighly!
Mundy ParkCoquitlamCity ParkWebsitePark MapYes
Town Centre ParkCoquitlamCity ParkWebsitePark MapYes
Rocky Point ParkPort MoodyCity ParkWebsiteN/AYes
Garry Point ParkRichmondCity ParkWebsiteN/AYes
Queen Elizabeth ParkVancouverCity ParkWebsiteN/AYes
Stanley ParkVancouverCity ParkWebsitePark MapHighly!
Bridal Veil Falls Provincial ParkChilliwackProvincial ParkWebsiteN/AYes
Cultus Lake Provincial ParkChilliwackProvincial ParkWebsitePark MapYes
Pinecone Burke Provincial ParkCoquitlamProvincial ParkWebsitePark MapOK
Coquihalla Canyon Provincial ParkHopeProvincial ParkWebsitePark MapYes
Golden Ears Provincial Park (incl. Allouette Lake)Maple RidgeProvincial ParkWebsitePark MapYes
Belcarra Regional Park (incl. White Pine Beach)BelcarraRegional ParkWebsitePark MapYes
Burnaby Lake Regional ParkBurnabyRegional ParkWebsitePark MapYes
Colony Farm Regional ParkCoquitlamRegional ParkWebsitePark MapYes
Minnekhada Regional ParkCoquitlamRegional ParkWebsitePark MapYes
Campbell Valley Regional Park (Event)LangleyRegional ParkWebsitePark MapYes
Derby Reach Regional ParkLangleyRegional ParkWebsitePark MapYes
Capilano River Regional ParkNorth VancouverRegional ParkWebsitePark MapHighly!
Lower Seymour Conservation ReserveNorth VancouverRegional ParkWebsitePark MapYes
Lynn Headwaters Reginal ParkNorth VancouverRegional ParkWebsitePark MapYes
Iona Beach Regional ParkRichmondRegional ParkWebsitePark MapYes
Tynehead Regional ParkSurreyRegional ParkWebsitePark MapYes
Pacific Spirit Regional ParkUBCRegional ParkWebsitePark MapYes

Exhibitions

This section includes museums, historic sites, zoos, and gardens. The admission prices listed below are for one adult in peak seasons.

NameCityTypeWebsiteAdmissionRecommended?
Burnaby Village MuseumBurnabyMuseumWebsite$0.00Yes
Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic SiteRichmondNational Historic SiteWebsite$11.70Yes
Beaty Biodiversity MuseumUBCMuseumWebsite$14.00Yes
Museum of AnthropologyUBCMuseumWebsite$18.00Yes
Vancouver AquariumVancouverAquariumWebsite$38.00Yes
Vancouver Art GalleryVancouverArt GalleryWebsite$24.00Yes
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese GardenVancouverGardenWebsite$14.00Yes
Nitobe Memorial GardenVancouverGardenWebsite$7.00Yes
VanDusen Botanical GardenVancouverGardenWebsite$11.25Yes
Science WorldVancouverMuseumWebsite$25.00Yes

Villages

There are three villages worth going in Metro Vancouver.

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

Events

There are many festivals and events all over Metro Vancouver on the weekends. I only visited a few in the past few years.

NameCityTimeWebsiteAdmissionRecommended?
Lights at LafargeCoquitlamDec to JanWebsite$0.00Yes
Columbia StrEAT Food Truck FestNew WestminsterJulyWebsite$0.00Yes
TAIWANfestVancouverSeptWebsite$0.00Yes
Country CelebrationLangleySeptN/A$3.00Yes
Richmond Night MarketRichmondMay to OctWebsite$4.25Yes

Markets

There are three public markets in Metro Vancouver, and the one at Granville Island is the most famous. For seasonal ones such as Richmond Night Market, I listed them under the Events section.

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

Restaurants

I’ve created a separate post for all Vancouver restaurants I visited in the past few years. Please see my Guide to Metro Vancouver Restaurants.

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