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9 Reasons to Visit the Fraser Valley

Here are our favourite 9 reasons to get out of the City of Vancouver and Visit the Fraser Valley

 

1. Hiking a kid friendly trail: we love the Lower Falls Trail in Golden Ears Provincial Park. It has minimal elevation changes and there is a nice spot to stop for a picnic along the way! It is a great walk for all ages. In the spring, or if it has been quite rainy, look out for muddy sections. We recently visited the Othello Tunnels in Hope. It is a flat, stroller-friendly trail through the old Kettle Valley Railroad Tunnels and has some beautiful scenery and old railroad tunnels and bridges to walk through.

The Othello Tunnels, Hope BC

The Othello Tunnels, Hope BC

Inside the Tunnels

Inside the Tunnels

2. Camping at one of the many provincial parks or private campgrounds. There are too many to name but BC Parks has a great map you can check out here. You will often find us camping at Kawkawa Lake Resort, a private campground, about an hour and a half’s drive from Vancouver. Check out our post on the Ultimate Kids Camping List so you don’t forget any of our essentials!

"Glamping" in Action at Kawkawa Lake Campground

“Glamping” in Action at Kawkawa Lake Campground

3. Visit Hell’s Gate Airtram in the Fraser Canyon and witness the amazingly powerful Fraser River flooding down the canyon.

Photo courtesy of Hell's Gate Airtram

Photo courtesy of Hell’s Gate Airtram

4. Spend a few hours at White Rock or Crescent Beach and fly kites, or search for crabs under the rocks at low tide. You can also enjoy a stroll along the beach with an icecream. Both White Rock and Crescent Beach have stroller-friendly paths, sandy beaches at low tide and restaurants and shops.

Crescent Beach, White Rock BC

Crescent Beach, White Rock BC

Crab Hunting at Crescent Beach, White Rock BC

Crab Hunting at Crescent Beach, White Rock BC

5. Spend the day enjoying swimming, boating, fishing or just relaxing at one of the many lakes in the Fraser Valley. Bring a picnic and enjoy Cultas Lake, Kawkawa Lake, Harrison, Pit Lake, or Chiliwack Lake, If you love hiking, you should check out Lindeman Lake.

Fishing with Uncle Greg at Kawkawa Lake, Hope BC

Fishing with Uncle Greg at Kawkawa Lake, Hope BC

6. Check out one of the many Berry farms offers seasonal berry picking! It is a fun experience for the whole family and kids can see where fruits and veggies actually come from; and its not the grocery store! – Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery, Mann Farms or Driedeger Farms are three in the Fraser Valley. We recently visited Krause Berry Farms and you can read about our experience here!

Krause Berry Farms Market - with freshly baked goodies, fresh fruits and lots of unique gifts

Krause Berry Farms Market – with freshly baked goodies, fresh fruits and lots of unique gifts

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Strawberry Picking at Krause Berry Farms

7. Visit Fort Langley – National Historic Site and birthplace of BC. With plenty to see and do for the kids plan to spend at least half a day here, especially if you want to wander the shops and grab a bite to eat on Glover road. There are fabulous eats, antique shops and specialty stores that give something for everyone. You can read a recap of our afternoon strolling Fort Langley here.

Fort Langley National Historic site Carpe Diem Our Way

8. Mini golf at Castle Fun Park – Castle Fun park offers a day of entertainment for all ages, from a variety of indorr and ourdoor mini golf options to bumper boats, go carts, a batting cage and games, there is lots to do

 

9. Learn about farming at Bakerview ecoDairy Farm. Visit this on-of-a-kind demonstration farm and learn all about how our dairy products get from the farms to our table. Partnering with Science World has allowed interactive exhibits which are great fun for kids. Its 80 acre site features a discovery centre with interactive displays, a Moo-zanine learning centre, a small theatre, a goat’s on the roof animal exhibit, an ice-cream stand, picnic area and more!

Photo Courtesy of www.ecodairy.ca Copywriter Tanya Goehring, Post Photography

Photo Courtesy of www.ecodairy.ca Copywrite Tanya Goehring, Post Photography

Photo Courtesy of www.ecodairy.ca Copywriter Tanya Goehring, Post Photography

Photo Courtesy of www.ecodairy.ca Copywrite Tanya Goehring, Post Photography

 

What is your favourite activity in the Fraser Valley? Have you been to any that I have mentioned? Let me know in the comments!

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9 Reasons to get out of Vancouver and into the Fraser Valley in Beautiful BC by Carpe Diem Our Way

Lindsay is the Editor and Head Writer of Carpe Diem OUR Way. She wears many hats including mom, wife, freelancer, GM for a manufacturing company and soccer player. Lindsay is spontaneous, loves travel, photography and very recently discovered she loves to write.

16 thoughts on “9 Reasons to Visit the Fraser Valley

  1. Ben

    Fraser Valley looks like a beautiful place to hang out at over the weekend. I like that the have a EcoFarm, where kids can learn more about where their food comes from.

  2. Amanda

    I’d love to visit Vancouver someday. It looks like a great homebase to explore the outoors. Thanks for all the great tips.

  3. Carolann - One Modern Couple

    Always love how much there is to see and do around Vancouver and in BC – so much natural beauty and so many interesting attractions! There are quite a few new ones for me here and it makes me want to head back to check them out!

  4. Mia

    I absolutely love Vancouver but I have never been outside of the city. I’m there quite often as a flight attendant but I’m not sure this is close enough for a day trip. How far is the drive?

    1. Lindsay Post author

      Hi Mia,
      All of these are MAX 1.5 hour drive from downtown van. you would need a car though! there is no “transit” option!

  5. Laura Lynch

    Fraser Valley looks very fun. I bet the kids absolutely loved hunting for those crabs on the beach! The airtram looks amazing too. I love aerial views like that.

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    I genuinely enjoy reading through on this website , it holds fantastic blog posts. “One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” by Andre Gide.

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