Day Trips From Seattle To Canada
A day trip from Seattle to Canada can be a fun experience for the whole family.  Vancouver, BC is a busy, bustling, vibrant metropolis. Victoria, although a modern city, is at times quaint, and reminiscent of Victorian England. Both cities are fascinating to explore, and definately worth many a visit. With the US dollar at a premium, you will likely find some good bargains too. Remember though, Canada is a foreign country, so remember to bring a Passport (a good idea) or other photo ID.

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British Columbia - A wealth of information on BC: Travel & Tourism, Recreation, Accommodations, Sports, Entertainment, Attractions and more.

Currency Converter - Convert US Dollars to Canadian Dollars.


Vancouver - Vancouver, BC, is just a 3 hour drive from Seattle, and well worth it. Lots of great museums, gardens, sightseeing and restaurants. Check out some of these links for ideas on what to see and do.

Attractions in British Columbia - Extensive listings of British Columbia attractions, history, arts and entertainment.

BC Ferries - Popular transportation to and from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

Border Lineups - Heading to the border?  Find out the estimated wait time, and see it live on their Border Cams.

Canucks - Vancouver's pro hockey team web site. Tickets, schedules, stats.

Capilano Suspension Bridge - Originally built in 1889, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is 450 feet across and 230 feet above Capilano River, and is the world's greatest suspension footbridge! A must see for the whole family, and is right on the way to Grouse Mountain.

Chinatown - The second largest Chinatown in North America, Vancouver's Chinatown is filled with great restaurants, shops spilling out to the street with exotic fruits, vegetables and other Asian delights, and many other Asian goodies.

Club Zone Vancouver - Greater Vancouver nightclub and nightlife information.

False Creek Ferries - Popular little ferries running to and from Granville Island.

Find Family Fun - 191 family activities.  Sort by area or by cost.

Golf Courses - Vancouver, BC area golf courses.

Granville Island - Restaurants, fresh produce and seafood markets, arts & crafts, and entertainment, all in a beautiful setting. Home to the Sport Fishing Museum, Model Ships Museum, Model Trains Museum and the False Creek Ferries.

Grouse Mountain - Their famous Skyride takes you up 4,100 feet to an unbelievably spectacular view of Vancouver and surroundings. Skiing and snowboarding in Winter. Hiking, walking and biking in Summer.  Open year round.

Richmond Nature Park - The Park provides recreation and education for all ages. Winding trails with a total length of approximately 3 miles provide visitors with the opportunity to encounter plants and animals in bog, forest and pond habitats.

Science World - Housed in a giant silvery geodesic dome that was built for Expo 86, Science World features hundreds of interactive exhibits, the Alcan OMNIMAX Theatre and the Science Theatre.

Sewell's Marina - Wildlife & marine sightseeing, eco-tour adventures, group scavenger hunts and salmon fishing charters.

Stanley Park - A 1,000 acre park, filled with cedar, hemlock, fir trees and wildlife, near downtown Vancouver. Home of the Vancouver Aquarium.

Tourism Vancouver - Official travel resource for Vancouver, BC.

Vancouver Aquarium - A must see. Great for the whole family.

Vancouver Visual City Guide - Terrific photo gallery of Vancouver attractions.

VanDusen Botanical Garden - Spectacular 55 acre garden in the heart of Vancouver has over 7,500 different kinds of plants assembled from six continents.

Walk Vancouver - Large collection of walking tours around Vancouver, BC. Includes plenty of great photos.

Whistler Blackcomb - Skiing and snowboarding in Winter.  Biking, hiking, river-rafting, fishing and other activities in Summer.


  The Empress Hotel - Victoria, BC, Canada
             The elegant Empress Hotel - Victoria, BC - THE place for High Tea

Victoria - Victoria, BC, on Vancouver Island, is a modern city with lots of "old world charm"!  While you could go up and back in a day, it's such a lovely place, with so much to explore, see, do and taste, you really should stay overnight...or longer.

Attractions Victoria - Map & attractions of downtown Victoria.

Butchart Gardens - World famous. Open all year, reflecting the different seasons.

Club Zone Victoria - Victoria nightclub and nightlife information.

  Parliament Building - Victoria, BC, Canada
             Parliament Building & Victoria Harbor - Victoria, BC

Ferries - Getting to Victoria, on Vancouver Island, is a journey in itself. Ferries are, by far, the most common and popular way to get there. They are mini-cruises in their own right.  The Washington State Ferries are the longest trip, cruising through the scenic San Juan Islands.  The BC Ferries are more direct, but still a fun cruise. The Black Ball is a straight North/South shot across the Strait of Juan de Fuca, but can be more adventurous if you enjoy the frequently strong wind and waves that run there.

             BC Ferries - From Tsawassen, BC

             Black Ball Ferries - From Port Angeles.

             Washington State Ferries - From Anacortes, WA.

Miniature World - Over 80 miniature displays. A must see!

Nanaimo - NW of Victoria, Nanaimo has its own natural beauty, attractions and activities, just waiting to be explored.

Royal BC Museum - Another must see. Artifacts and dioramas of the NW's early history.  Changing exhibits.

Tourism Victoria - Maps, things to do, calendar of events, transportation, accommodations

VictoriaBC.com - Accommodations, attractions, shopping, maps, etc.

  Thrifty Rent A Car: For US, Canada & International Thrifty Car Rentals


Camping In British Columbia - Here are sites for those who prefer the great outdoors to a hotel room - and BC has a LOT of great outdoors! Many camp sites can be reserved online, which is a good idea, especially during peak seasons.

BC Parks - Ministry of Water, Land & Air Protection site.  Information on BC Parks.  Find A Park - Alphabetically or geographically.

Camping In BC - Campgrounds & RV Parks, Provincial & National Parks, Forest Service Recreational Sites, "12,000 (almost) free campsites". Camping facts & tips.

Discover Camping Canada - Campgrounds in BC Parks and Parks Canada. Online reservations. Maps.


Bringing Pets Into Canada
- Information for those who like to travel with their pets.

Dog Friendly - Info on bringing dogs into Canada, as well as many other countries.

Pets Across The Border - From About.com. Traveling across borders with cats, dogs, birds and other animals.

 

 


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Capilano Suspension Bridge - Vancouver, BC, Canada
  Capilano Suspension Bridge

Grouse Mountain Skylift - Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Grouse Mountain Lodge - Vancouver, BC, Canada
  Grouse Mountain Lodge

Downtown Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Traveling through the Gulf Islands
at night on the BC Ferries - from
Vancouver to Victoria, BC - spooky
 but beautiful, and oh so peaceful.

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