We all are aware of the fact that Vancouver is beautiful. But all of us are not aware that there are some glorious lesser known spots, which are easily accessible when traveling on board one of the most luxury public cruises in Vancouver.
Vancouver is a paradise where the landscape is vast, and the opportunity for nature watching are plenty. In this article, we have discussed those very locations in Vancouver that give you a taste of the magic that awaits you on your vacation escapade in this paradise:
1.CORTES ISLAND – Home to long white beaches, lush green forests, the lagoons and the lakes, Cortes really is as magical as it sounds. In this part of the region, one can spot abundant wildlife. There are a number of events and celebrations that happen throughout the year such as Seafest in May, a Garden and Studio Tour in June, Cortes Island day in July, and yes, even a Sandcastle Day in August! Cortes really is a great place to visit for those who want to get away from the hustle bustle of day to day life.
• Activities to do in Cortes Island: You can swim in one of the many lakes, sunbathe on the shores, or go fishing. There is also hiking trails which take you through some of the most peaceful and serene landscape, where you can spot many wild creatures, from birds to bugs, rodents to mammals. It is hailed as a mecca for the kayakers, with its numerous inlets and stunning mountain range views. If you are lucky, you may come across sea lions, seals, and swimming garter snakes.
• Local Arts & Crafts: It also has a thriving arts and crafts industry. Here you can find a gallery showcasing some of the best local artworks. Locals make drums, carve beautiful sculptures, create pottery, and bring to life some of the beautiful surrounding scenery in the form of paintings.
2.MANSON's LANDING – One of the best places to see a variety of wildflowers come to life is Manson's Landing. One of British Columbia’s hottest canoe routes runs right into Manson’s Landing and is considered as the fabulous place to fish, canoe and kayak. From Manson’s Landing, you also have great access to some of the area’s best lakes such as Hague Lake and Gunflint Lake.
• Activities to do in Manson's Landing: If you want to try some adventure on the water, hire canoes, sea kayaks, Jon boats, catamarans, and personal watercraft. If fishing is your game, you won’t be disappointed at Manson’s Landing. You can find almost all species of salmon and cutthroat trout too. In the lagoon, there are many clams, crabs, snails, and oysters. Red squirrels and ravens are two of the most commonly sighted animals in the area.
3.SALTERY BAY – Saltery Bay Provincial Park is divided into two separate sites: the campground and the day-use area. The day-use area with its rocky beaches is a popular swimming and picnic site. Lush forests with large, old trees create a quiet setting for the campground at Mermaid Cove. At low tide, the rocky shoreline often has tidal pools with starfish, sea urchins, small fish, and crabs.
• Activities to do in Saltery Bay – The land offers many unique hiking and biking trails such as the marathon Elephant Bay Loop Trail, which opens up on panoramic views of Jervis Inlet and Lois Lake. Scuba diving provides a close-up look at the abundant marine life and a 3-metre bronze mermaid statue.
So there you have it, three hidden gems all in reach via most luxury public cruises in Vancouver, and all three are great places to visit when on a yachting vacation in Vancouver.