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Patti
Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Seattle, Vancouver

Day trip to Vancouver, B.C. from Seattle?

is it feasible to take a day trip into Vancouver, B.C. From Seattle?  And if so, thinking of checking out the suspension bridge.  Any other must see/do and place to grab lunch?


12 Answers

top answer by
Marilou from Vancouver, British Columbia

You can absolutely visit Vancouver from Seattle in a day.  Depending on the border line-ups (and whether or not you have Nexus) your drive will be anywhere from 2-3 hrs.  

The Capilano Suspension Bridge is always a thrill, but don't miss Granville Island Public Market  I would head to the bridge first as you will be crossing the Lions Gate Bridge and traffic gets brutal later in the day.  On your way back, stop at Stanley Park which, BTW, has just been named #1 park in the world on Trip Advisor :).  There is a lovely restaurant in the park called The Fish House in Stanley Park (ask for Louis) or save your appetite for Granville Island. Enjoy!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Capilano Suspension Bridge (attraction)
  2. Granville Island Public Market (attraction)
  3. Stanley Park (attraction)
  4. The Fish House in Stanley Park (restaurant)
  5. Lions Gate Bridge (attraction)
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answered by
Chad from Bothell

If you have a car, you can do it, but you will spend a lot of the day traveling. Vancouver is worth at least a nights stay. Capilano Suspension Bridge is a couple hours by itself, with the tree walk and the boardwalks. Stanley Park is so beautiful and could be a whole day by itself. Yaletown is a great place to find food and drinks. The Flying Pig Yaletown is delicious and Yaletown Brewing Company is fun for lunch.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Vancouver (city)
  2. Capilano Suspension Bridge (attraction)
  3. Stanley Park (park)
  4. Yaletown (hotel)
  5. The Flying Pig Yaletown (restaurant)
  6. Yaletown Brewing Company (attraction)
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answered by
Suzi from Seattle

Yes, you can absolutely take a day trip from Seattle to Vancouver--it is only about a 2 1/2 hour drive by car, or there are Bolt Buses that leave daily as well (check out their site for times and ticket prices). Often times, there can be a line to cross over into Canada (and vice-versa), so it's wise to start your journey earlier or later in the day.

Food-wise, Richmond, BC and Vancouver are two cities known for dim sum and Chinese food if you're into it. There's also Vij’s Indian food in Vancouver, which is highly renowned in the Pacific Northwest.


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  1. Seattle (city)
  2. Vancouver (city)
  3. Richmond, BC (city)
  4. Vij’s (restaurant)
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answered first by
Curtis from Seattle

It's possible but it definitely makes for a pretty long day. The drive itself is 140 miles. With traffic & the possibility of long border crossing wait times it can take up to 4hrs to get there. As for eats...Granville Island is a must do. It has multiple shops & restaurants right along the water. If you're in North Vancouver checking out the Capilano Suspension Bridge (which has an entry fee btw) then the Lonsdale Quay Market is a good choice. It has lots of food options & a great view of downtown Vancouver.


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  1. Granville Island (island)
  2. North Vancouver (city)
  3. Capilano Suspension Bridge (attraction)
  4. Lonsdale Quay Market (attraction)
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answered by
Holly from West Hollywood

If you left early and stayed late! Plan for dinner at Vij’s, if you can be in line by 5:00 for 5:30 for their opening, if you love Indian food. Granville Island is super cute, spices, teas, art, food. When we lived in Seattle, we always took people there, too. 


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  1. Vij’s (restaurant)
  2. Granville Island (island)
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answered by
marcailles from Surrey

It's definitely possible. If you can squeeze a night in, it would be well worth it - as there is so much to see!

I would not recommend the Capilano suspension bridge, but the Lynn Canyon Park one because it's free. Also on the north shore is the Grouse Mountain Cable Car - or the Grouse Grind if you're up for it. A great place for some photos of the entire city is about halfway up the hill to Cypress Mountain. Tons of sights to see on the north shore - Quarry Rock, Cates ParkDeep Cove.

One way to travel is Amtrak. Trains run from 3 1/2- 4 hours, no traffic, just sights. Fairly inexpensive and run from early morning to late at night. Where it ends is right downtown, near Science World which is pricey, but a lot of fun. You are also right near a walk along the water to Granville Island (about 20 minutes). I am sure you can arrange shuttles to the north shore from there as well. 

Enjoy your trip if you do decide to come :)

 


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Lynn Canyon Park (attraction)
  2. Grouse Mountain Cable Car (attraction)
  3. Grouse Grind (attraction)
  4. Cypress Mountain (attraction)
  5. Quarry Rock (attraction)
  6. Cates Park (attraction)
  7. Deep Cove (attraction)
  8. Science World (attraction)
  9. Granville Island (island)
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answered by
Marilyn from Vancouver

Yes it would be feasible if you're up with an early start. I would suggest going to Granville Island  for lunch. There's a large indoor market they're also lots of art galleries and shops.   it's right on the water so beautiful Views another place close by and very popular is Stanley Park, large Park area very beautiful with the seawall that runs around the outside of the park. 


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  1. Granville Island (island)
  2. Stanley Park (park)
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answered by
Claudine from West Vancouver

Depending on where you are coming from in Seattle and the time of day (traffic/border), it could take you upwards of 4 hours + to get to North Vancouver.  Do-able, but could make for a long day.  The Capilano Suspension Bridge is great.  A few minutes up the road is Grouse Mountain. Take the tram up and enjoy a great lunch with spectacular views at the top.  Or, if you are quite fit and active and want a good workout, you can actually hike up.  It's called the Grouse Grind and it's a very popular hike (more like a grind straight up hill!) to the top of the mountain.  Have lunch then take the tram down.  If you can afford it budget wise and time wise, I'd recommend spending the night downtown and travelling back the next day.  Good luck!


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  1. Capilano Suspension Bridge (attraction)
  2. Grouse Mountain (attraction)
  3. Grouse Grind (attraction)
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answered by
Mitch from Draper

If you're not entirely set on Vancouver, one of the more interesting day trips from Seattle is to Victoria, BC via high-speed passenger ferry aboard the Victoria Clipper.  It's about 3 hours (only slightly more than the drive from Seattle to Vancouver) and the scenery is unequalled as you sail by the San Juan Islands as well as sailing into Victoria Harbour.  You might even spot an Orca pod!


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  1. Victoria (city)
  2. Victoria Clipper (attraction)
  3. San Juan Islands (attraction)
  4. Victoria Harbour (attraction)
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answered by
Diego from Santiago, Chile

Border crossing times can be long, the time I went to Vancouver from Seattle, it took me like 2-3 hours.




answered by
lauren from Vancouver

Yes you can, but it is a pretty long drive, maybe take the train instead? Suspension bridge is fun, FlyOver Canada is also supposed to be great. A walk around Stanley Park free and Beautiful :) De Dutch Vancouver Convention Centre (Burrard Landing)


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  1. FlyOver Canada (attraction)
  2. Stanley Park (park)
  3. De Dutch Vancouver Convention Centre (Burrard Landing) (restaurant)


answered by
Ian from Foster City

Doable - yes. But you really won't have enough time in Seattle to do it justice. I'd recommend staying at least 1 night in Seattle, but 2 is better.

I lived in Seattle for 20 years and I don't recall anyone driving up to Vancouver just for a day trip.

If you're short on time, though, yes it can be done.


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Seattle (city)
  2. Vancouver (city)




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