With the start of spring break, we can finally say Spring is almost here! With flowers blooming and the sky so blue, it’s great to go outside and enjoy the nice weather while getting some exercise.
Now that the weather is warmer and the days are getting longer, it’s easier to stay active to keep yourself healthy. According to the Mayo Clinic, it is recommended that you get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day. Reducing the amount of sitting time prevents the risk of metabolic issues. At Acu-Pro Physiotherapy clinic, we want to reveal some of the places we like to visit around Vancouver. Whether it is discovering new places or hitting the hiking trail, there are plenty of beautiful places to go with your family!
Deas Island Regional Park
Tsawwassen and Delta
Photo source: Metro Vancouver website
The trails around Deas Island Regional Park offer scenic views of the Fraser River area. This park has relatively flat hiking trails perfect for young ones to explore nature. They will have fun looking for rabbits, birds, and other wildlife. Once you finish your hike, there are plenty of picnic tables and grassy areas all around the park to enjoy a nice lunch or a snack. The park rangers are always present in keeping this park clean. There’s ample parking so you can go any time of day.
Have you tried taking the scenic route to get to Granville Island? It’s easy! Simply take the SkyTrain to Science World and get on the Aquabus. It’s a whole new experience of getting there. Once you arrive, there is a lot to see and do at Granville Island. From the Children’s Market, Net Loft, to the famous Granville Island Public Market, you can practically make this a day trip!
Burnaby Village Museum
Photo source: Burnaby Village Museum
The Burnaby Village Museum has 38 exhibit sites you can visit as it’s set up as a re-created village. It’s currently opened for Spring Break (March 14-25, 2022). Best of all, admission is free! No advanced reservation is required. Explore how people used to live in homes and how businesses operated in this 10-acre open-air museum.
Fort Langley National Historical Site & Downtown Langley
Photo source: Parks Canada
You can feel the history as you stroll down Downtown Langley. It’s home to the Fort Langley National Historical Site which is one of Langley’s biggest attractions. The site preserves Langley’s historical significance as an important Hudson’s Bay Company trading fort. Downtown Langley also has over 500 unique shops, services, and restaurants. Check out the downtown Mural Walk, a walkable, year-round adventure to see more than 20 one-of-a-kind creations by very talented artists. You can bring selected murals to life through an augmented reality experience using your phone.
Photo source: Weixi Zeng
We all know and love Queen Elizabeth’s Park in Vancouver but equally beautiful is Queen’s Park where you can see people jogging, walking, and playing tennis. There is beautiful landscaping and flowers all around the park to enjoy. Kids can play on the playground and in the summer the water park is open!
Greater Vancouver Zoo
The Greater Vancouver Zoo has 140 species from giraffes, red pandas, and tortoises. The zoo spans 120 acres so be sure to bring plenty of water and your running shoes! Kids ages 2 and under get free admission.
Whether it’s sunny or raining, it’s a nice walk down at the Steveston Village where you can buy fresh seafood right off the dock. Visit local boutique shops, enjoy fish and chips, or get some delicious ice-cream. If you are into history, the area has The Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, the Steveston Tram, the Steveston Museum, and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Garry Point Park is also great for families to enjoy the sand and the water.
Seymour Demonstration Forest
The Seymour Demonstration Forest has many great trails for cycling, dog walking, hiking, and running. Native plants, insects, and wildlife can be found along the trails for kids and adults to explore.
Photo source: Tsawwassen Mills
If you want to head indoors on a rainy day, Tsawwassen Mills is great for young families to walk and shop. Their extra-wide hallways make sure the young ones have lots of space to walk. As you are strolling around the mall, don’t miss the 22 art installations created by Tsawwassen First Nation artists.
Bear Creek Park
Photo source: City of Surrey
Bear Creek Park has something for everyone. It has a large playground, flower gardens, and even a Bear Creek Miniature Train. For those who enjoy exercise, there is a nice running track. You’ll also find outdoor fitness equipment for cardio and strength training, nature trails, and paved walking paths. For dog lovers, there is a fenced-in dog off-leash area.
We hope you have a chance to visit these places during the Spring Break all around Metro Vancouver. When you are having fun, it doesn’t feel like exercise at all! Enjoy the sunshine. We can’t wait until the cherry blossom trees bloom in April!