Although Vancouver is a big city, there are plenty of natural areas within easy reach of its urban center. “If you come to Vancouver, take the SeaBus,” says Lewis, referring to a passenger ferry that connects North Vancouver with the city center on the opposite side of the Burrard Inlet. “I think it’s such a unique feature here.” From Downtown, you can easily get to Stanley Park, where the Talking Trees tour takes place. While you’re at the park, visit the sandy shores of Second Beach and Third Beach, Lewis suggests.
Alternatively, you can head down to the Kitsilano neighborhood, best known for Kitsilano Beach. “My family comes from Kitsilano,” says Lewis. “It was previously known as Sen̓áḵw, and later on it became known as Kitsilano, named after Chief Khatsahlano. It’s a beautiful neighborhood, and it’s got really nice vibes.”
Lewis also recommends spending some time in North Vancouver, particularly in Lynn Canyon Park. “The trails are beautiful, stunning, and might be less busy than, say, the well-known Capilano Suspension Bridge,” she says. The Lynn Valley also has a suspension that’s free and—I think—more accessible, And it’s just as beautiful.”