9 hidden gems to visit in and around Vancouver this Victoria Day long weekend

May 10 2017, 7:45 pm

There’s no such thing as a true hidden spot in our city anymore. After all with the rise of social media it’s almost impossible to keep anything a secret.

But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few relatively hidden gems that you can explore. Less popular places that give you the opportunity to escape the humdrum of your day-to-day routine.

There’s no time better to do that than over a long weekend, where your bonus day off serves up the opportunity to step out of your ordinary routine.

Explore all the hidden gems Vancouver has to offer this Victoria Day long weekend, and wherever you go, stay refreshed with 7UP® Lemon Leomon™, a brand new sparkling lemonade drink!

Hideaway in the Cambie Climbing Tree

A sanctuary nestled in the heart of Cambie Street. There is a hammock at the top where you can see out to the North Shore and beyond. But it’s a secret, so shhh.

Location: Cambie, just south of King Ed, Vancouver.

Treasure hunt at Vancouver Flea Market

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Retro games, antique lamps, and many more things you didn’t know you were missing from your life. The Vancouver Flea Market is the largest covered market in the Lower Mainland, and makes for an ever-changing yard sale. Specialty shows are also featured throughout the year.

Location: 703 Terminal Ave, Vancouver

The 30 Foot Pool

Definitely not your conventional outdoor pool. Located in North Vancouver’s Lynn Canyon, you’ll reach the 30 Foot Pool on your way to Pipe Ridge. Make sure you always bring a friend and only swim if you’re fully competent.

Location: Lynn Cabyon, North Vancouver

Soak in some street art

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Vancouver’s streets are a smorgasbord of street art, and with iconic images just around every corner why not grab your camera and update your ‘Gram feed with some iconic graffiti.

Location: Various

Get funky at The Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley Shrine

Learn about the Jim Hendrix’s connection to Vancouver, view old pictures and memorabilia of the legendary musician, and more. The Shrine also recently added an exhibition honouring Bob Marley.

Location: 432 Homer St, Vancouver.

Go plane spotting at Larry Berg Flight Path Park at YVR

Aeroplane flying into sunset (Iryna Rasko/Shutterstock)

Aeroplane flying into sunset (Iryna Rasko/Shutterstock)

One of the best spots in the region to watch planes land and take off. Located directly across the street from BCIT Aerospace, the park is directly in line with the end of the south runway, perfect for watching planes soar overhead.

Location: Russ Baker Way, Richmond,

Take a look inside The Marine Building

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Originally opened in 1930, this skyscraper was once the tallest building in the British Empire at 321 feet. But whilst it is impressive on the outside, the real magic of the Marine Building lies on the inside and the art deco interior that’s the perfect backdrop for those ‘Gram posts.

Location: 355 Burrard St, Vancouver

Take a hike: To St. Mark’s Summit

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Part of the Howe Sound Crest Trail which winds alongside Cypress Mountain, this hike features a lot of steep switchbacks, so be prepared. At the top, it’s all worth it, for the amazing views of the Howe Sound, the Tantalus Range, the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island on a clear day. Not recommended after October.

Location: Where: Starts and ends at the Cypress Mountain ski area parking lot – 6000 Cypress Bowl Rd, West Vancouver.

Take a dip in Watersprite Lake, Squamish

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A short drive out of the city in beautiful Squamish, Watersprite Lake may not be the biggest body of water you’ve ever seen, but it sure offers some great views. The 7 hour, 17 kilometre round trip hike to get there will make the waters all the more enjoyable, and you can be sure that the area will only be occupied by the most determined hikers.

Location: Lillooet Drive, Squamish.