The summer’s finally returning and that means it’s time to throw some sunnies on your face, slap on some sunscreen, and venture out to explore Vancouver’s natural beauty.
All you have to do now is decide on the areas you’d like to explore, a task that even Google Maps can’t help you with. Between excellent cuisine, wild activities, and stunning locations packed with personality, you’ll have a difficult time choosing.
To help you decide on your next local adventure, we’ve compiled a list of eight awesome destinations worth visiting below. Just grab a sleek car, pump up the volume, and experience a unique experience in our own backyard.
1. Spanish Banks
You can’t do Vancouver without the beach – that’s a fact. But a bikini and a pair of trunks just won’t do the trick when it comes to this scenic haven. Before you know it, you’re wearing a pair of sunnies on your face, slapping on sunscreen, and going through all your essential beach items to find all the things you need. Soon after arriving you’re already divulging in the classic Spanish Banks activities. The volleyball game’s so fierce that you’ve stowed your massive water bottle on the sidelines. Soon enough, you’re searching for the perfect place to soak up some rays with your friends.
Take a leisurely walk across the massive stretch of beaches to get your gear sorted. Pulling open the trunk of your 2016 smart fortwo, you feel pretty smug knowing all your stuff is packed in, neat and tidy. A compact car? That ain’t no thing.
2. Trout Lake
You’re ready to take a break from the local shops to experience those authentic B.C. vibes. It’s time to hit the Trout Lake Farmers’ Market for the best in fresh goods and local products with all your buds. Sample some artisan breads and preserves like you’re a professional, and don’t forget to grab the Okanagan cherries and peaches before they run out.
Traffic’s pretty inconsequential. Navigating along the busy streets such as 12th Avenue between Fraser and Kingsway is super simple. You have spare space, even on the super narrow roads. All you need to do is press the gas pedal in the 2016 smart fortwo and you’ll arrive before you know it. After you’re done, it’s time to pack up those fresh beets, chives, and lettuce in the car to make a fresh salad at home.
3. Commercial Drive
Rev up your engine and make your way to Commercial Drive. Its eclectic mix of speciality shops, ethnic restaurants, and quirky businesses make for a perfect excuse to pull off a leisurely afternoon drive.
If you’re looking to chill out then roll up to Grandview Park and enjoy the beats of a drum circle, this while sipping a latte from Prado Cafe. Next, enjoy the bohemian vibes while strolling through stores selling beaded curtains, incense from South East Asia, and special instruments. The Drive is also coined as Little Italy, bursting with specialty coffee stores, delicious pizzas, gelato shops, and much more. Without even realizing, you’ll be showing off the 2016 smart fortwo’s pure design, with its black highlights and white accent trim parts – perfect for making a lasting impression.
4. Marinaside Crescent
It’s morning time and you’re up early. You’ve strapped your sneakers on to walk the seawall but you need to drive to your starting point at Marinaside Crescent, nestled at the side of Yaletown. Don’t forget to grab your favourite smoothie when you’re en route, and to rub some sunscreen on your face. Pack along some water for your pooch, the perfect sea wall friend. Even the mornings get a little sweaty and you’re looking to get revved up. Pump up your drive with the 2016 smart fortwo’s unparalleled AC control to get things sorted.
5. Prospect Point at Stanley Park
Known as one of Vancouver’s best viewpoints, Prospect Point is a local favourite. You’ll enjoy the park’s winding roads on your way there and you won’t have to spend much time finding a parking spot either. Drop in for an amazing meal at the Prospect Point Restaurant. Open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., you can sit on the outdoor patio that overlooks the Lions Gate Bridge and Burrard Inlet, watching the cruise ships sail by with planes soaring above you in the sky.
6. Granville Island
Like lots of people in the city, you won’t want to miss out on Granville Island when that sunny day finally strikes. There’s tons of stuff to do in this beautiful hub of Vancouver, even if you’re on a budget. Feast your eyes on fresh fruits and baked goods while walking through the Public Market, or show up early to enjoy the best of Siegl’s Bagels. Sit beside the ocean with your buddy and take in the beautiful summer day. Granville Island is generally a no-stress zone, but it does require you to run the gauntlet of pedestrians and tight-fitting parking spots. Luckily, your 2016 smart fortwo is in its element.
Some things never change, and grabbing brunch with some friends on a weekend is no exception. Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe is a household name within the Kits area and opened in 1988. The chefs have gotten the menu options down to a science, offering breakfast brunch and dinner you can enjoy on the bright patio.
Cruising to the restaurant in the 2016 smart fortwo gives you tons of breathing space, offering more than enough legroom and headroom. As well, the exterior’s hard shell protects the soft core in the event that a worst case scenario occurs.
8. English Bay
English Bay is a quintessential Vancouver destination because it offers so many different activities you can enjoy in one spot. The beach, food, and sports meet at the transportation hubs of Davie and Denman Street – when you’ve reached this point it’s time to put your sunscreen on.
You’re looking to get some sunshine on the beach so you arrive a little early. This way, you won’t have to fight over a spot on the sand. Life is short, so rock your bathing suit ASAP and toss a football back and forth between you and your friend as the waves splash your legs.
Your English Bay itinerary will no doubt involve filling up on gas at some point. One of the greatest benefits of the 2016 smart fortwo is the money you’ll save on fuel. This errand is no longer a gut-wrenching experience, meaning you’ll have more moolah to spend on yourself.
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