Environmentally Friendly Outings in Vancouver
Jun 28 2018

Green Places to Visit in Vancouver

 

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean, and the beautiful coastal mountain ranges, there is a lot of nature to be enjoyed here in Vancouver. With the weather getting better and the warmer clothing being pulled out, all of us at Keen on Green have been looking for fun ways to enjoy our beautiful city and appreciate its efforts to preserve its natural beauty.

 

Geoff Peters, Flickr

GRANVILLE ISLAND

This is one of our all-time favourite areas in the city  to visit. Whether to grab a cold beer at one of the breweries, walk along the pier, grab some goodies at the public market or catch a show – Granville Island never disappoints. But what we find even more exciting is that Granville Island has always worked hard to mitigated waste production. All the buildings have been repurposed, there are areas for individuals to charge electric vehicles, they have multiple smart meters monitoring energy consumption and well-established recycling programs to help divert waste from the landfill and make it a ZERO WASTE ISLAND. It is a must visit pretty much any time of the year.

 

By InSapphoWeTrust under CC BY-SA 2.0

STANLEY PARK

The options of for activities to try in Stanley Park are limitless and there are things to do for both the young and the old. Individuals can spend a day on the beach, or walk, bike or run the Seawall. There are also gardens that can be visited. Aquariums, petting zoos, ponds and endless amounts of beautiful west-coast biodiversity. Every day Stanley Park pumps out enough oxygen for 11,700 people while providing a home for more than 200 kinds of birds and dozens of species of mammals.

 

Berries at the Vancouver Farmers Market, Wiki Commons, DanDavidCook

VANCOUVER FARMER’S MARKETS

With the warmer months coming around, that also means some delicious local BC produce and goodies being shared by local farmers. We always enjoy a trip to the Farmer’s Market on a sunny day. Take the kids, sample some treats, and buy some fresh veggies and fruits. Bring your own bags to keep things waste free and help you cart away your goods. Then have a picnic with all your goodies.

Kitsilano

Kitsilano Community Centre

May 6, 2018 – Oct 21, 2018

Sundays 10am – 2pm

Riley Park

30th Avenue & Ontario Street

Apr 28, 2018 – Oct 27, 2018

Saturdays 10am – 2pm

Trout Lake

Lakewood Dr. & E 13th Ave.

May 5, 2018 – Oct 20, 2018

Saturdays 9am – 2pm

 

Main Street Vancouver, Wiki Commons

BIKE OR WALK MAIN STREET

Nestled right between the East and West sides of Vancouver is Main Street. A little gem of eclectic goodness. Grab the bikes and take a ride down there. Pop into the amazing thrift stores, antique shops and check out some local designers. Don’t forget to stop in to the Soap Dispensary – a zero waste soap store and sample some of their soaps and lotions! And make sure to grab a bite to eat on of the Main streets many restaurant patios before heading home.

 

Buntzen Lake, WikiCommons

BUNTZEN LAKE (OR PRETTY MUCH ANY OF OUR MANY WESTCOAST LAKES)

Located only a 30-minute drive outside of Metro Vancouver, Buntzen Lake is a real find. It’s easy to get to and doesn’t require any hiking (optimal for older individuals or children). On a sunny day head over and take in the crystal blue waters. Pack a lunch in some re-useable containers and make a day of it. Or if hiking is your thing, check out some of the amazing lakes on the Sea to Sky and around Whistler!

 

There are so many adventures to be had in Vancouver that this list could go on and on, but hopefully this helps spark some ideas for what to do on the next sunny day! 

 

And if cleaning out your home is what you are hoping to do on the next sunny day, you can always give us a call at 778.316.8272 and we can help you haul your junk away.

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