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Day Trips Vancouver

Total Reset in the Fraser Valley

Soothing hot springs, farm-to-table flavours and real-life Sasquatch sightings: the Fraser Valley offers plenty of ways to relax, refuel, and renew your sense of wonder

By CHLOË LAI

Jan. 2019

Duft & Co Bakehouse (Photo courtesy Duft & Co Bakehouse)

Seeking a restorative side trip? You don’t have to go far. Just an hour’s drive from Vancouver, warm community vibes welcome world-weary visitors to Abbotsford, affectionately known as the “city in the country.” Bonus for foodies: many local eateries source their ingredients directly from Fraser Valley growers. Explore the historic downtown area’s charming shops, then settle in at Duft & Co Bakehouse to reconnect with your travel companions over homemade sandwiches, or pastries such as cinnamon buns and twice-baked almond croissants. Everything is made fresh daily, using recipes developed by husband-and-wife team Tyler Duft and Cassandra Crocco. Right around the corner, gluten-free cafe The Polly Fox beckons with cheesy pizza buns, I-can’t-believe-they’re-vegan apple fritters and (on Saturdays only) vegan waffles served sandwich-style or with tasty toppings. Even delicious sips such as cappuccino and hot chocolate can be made vegan thanks to tasty nut mylks provided by next-door-neighbour The Habit Project. (more…)

Take a Sea-nic Day Trip

By CHLOË LAI

Cruise through Howe Sound to find out what lies beyond the city.

Cruise through Howe Sound and find out what lies beyond the city.

If city life doesn’t float your boat, sail away from it all with Pacific Ferries’ day tours through Howe Sound. Your trip to tranquillity begins at 9 a.m., when the sleek foot-passenger ferry launches from Coal Harbour’s public dock. Settle into the open-air viewing area for panoramic views of Stanley Park, Lighthouse Park and Horseshoe Bay, as well as several Gulf Islands. To get the tour guide’s scoop on the scenery, have a seat inside the vessel—windows along both sides mean you won’t miss a thing. (more…)