We love to head out to the north shore mountains and beyond, but we also really enjoy exploring the many amazing green spaces in our own city. A favourite is Queen Elizabeth park! It is such a diverse park with so many different things to explore.
You can spend hours looking at and learning about the beautiful flowers and plants species, or just run wild with the vast open green spaces.
It is the highest point in Vancouver and on a clear day the view(s) are stunning!
This past fall there was an abundance of stunning mushrooms of many different species (and a plethora of our favourite amanita muscaria).
We also love hitting up the indoor Bloedel Conservatory on rainy Vancouver days. My boys love walking around the conservatory and seeing the birds, plants and other hidden treasures among the giant leaves!
The staff is very kind and always willing to answer a hundred questions – and it is such a rich place for inquisitive little minds. It is pretty inexpensive to go to the Bloedel Conservatory, and if you have a memberhip to Vandusen Gardens you can get into the Conservatory for free!
The conservatory is such a fantastic place for us to feel as though we are ‘outside’ on those days when it is just too soggy to actually be outside. Although the conservatory is not a large place, we have spent hours just walking around finding plants we’ve never noticed before, or sitting on a bench trying to talk to the parrots!