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150 B.C. places: Greater Vancouver

Nimbus C motorcycle at Deeley Exhibition in East Vancouver
Motorcycles from around the world are showcased at the Deeley Exhibition in East Vancouver (No. 139 on our list)

Numbers 133 to 150 on our list of 150 great B.C. places

What's this list about? We're celebrating B.C. with 150 places to visit

133. A taste for fish in Steveston and Richmond

Fresh-caught fish is sold right from the boats on Steveston wharf. There's fish and chips at Pajo's, and delightful dishes – including chilled seafood platters – at the Blue Canoe. Head downtown to splurge on sumptuous king crab at Sun Sui Wah, Kirin, or Empire Seafood.

134-135. Camping & hiking at Golden Ears Provincial Park

You don't have to go far from the city to get a taste of what camping's all about. But you're going to need to reserve a spot well in advance, especially for summer weekends, at one of Golden Ears Provincial Park's four massive campgrounds that are wildly popular for good reason. If you're there for a while, take on the mighty challenge of the Golden Ears trail, just doable in a very long day, but preferable as an overnight camping trip.

136-137. Mt. Seymour peak and Dog Mountain hikes

Once the snow goes away and the trails dry up, get up the mountain early or on a weekday, as the COVID-19 closure of local favourite Quarry Rock trail will shift traffic up the mountain. Dog Mountain trail is the much easier of the two but still offers fabulous views, while the Seymour Peak trail is longer, more strenuous, and thrilling under blue skies. Bring bug repellant, as the locals are hungry.

Beer tasting at brewer's row, Port Moody
Want a craft beer. Brewer's Row at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody offers four tasting rooms over three blocks.

138. Food & drink, Rocky Point, Port Moody

Rocky Point Park in Port Moody was always a wonderful place to hang out, a primo picnic spot that just got better as Pajo's Fish & Chips and Rocky Point Ice Cream upped the ante. And then along came "Brewers Row", four craft breweries in a three-block stretch by the park.

139. Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition, Vancouver

The Deeley Motorcyle Exhibition draws raves from those who love motorcycles and those with even a passing interest in the two-wheeled wonders. How can you resist a revolving collection of 60 antique, vintage, and historically important motorcycles?

140-141. Cascade Falls, Deroche, plus Westminster Abbey, Mission

A hidden gem for Vancouverites, Cascade Falls isn't that far away but you'll never know that once you're there. It's an easy half-hour hike from the trailhead northeast of Mission. While in Mission, don't miss the entrancing Westminster Abbey, home to a community of Benedictine monks, or Old Abbey Ales, if you like Belgian-style ales.

142. Canadian Museum of Flight, Langley

You may not know a de Havilland Tiger Moth from a Conair Firecat or a Canadian Quickie, but you're about to find out with a visit to the weird and wonderful Canadian Museum of Flight. Kids can even climb into a cockpits of designated outdoor exhibits.

143. Beyond the beach at White Rock

The beach may be the big draw, but explore a bit to get the full White Rock experience, from a walk through Ruth Johnson Park to sampling craft beer at 3 Dogs Brewing and White Rock Beach Brewing. Once it reopens, the tiny White Rock Museum and Archives in the old railroad station on the waterfront is a nice visit for history buffs.

144. After a short hike, a dip in icy Cabin Lake

From the Cypress Bowl ski area parking lot, it's a relatively short hike – complete with access to views of Howe Sound a bit beyond – to Cabin Lake. Some swim au naturel in a beautiful swimming hole that seems a world removed from Vancouver.

145-146. Britannia Mining Museum and takeout at Mountain Woman

The Britannia Mine Museum deservedly gets high praise at Britannia Beach, but don't miss out on fish and chips, a juicy burger or poutine at the roadside shack that bears the sign MOUNTAIN woMAN.

147. Twilight Drive-in, Langley

Doing it old school is all the rage in the age of COVID-19, and even with restrictions, you can still get popcorn at the Twilight Drive-in concession.

148. Naturist experience at Wreck Beach, Vancouver

'Naturist' is a euphemism for nudist, and this beach is not for everybody. But if you're really comfortable in your own skin (and nothing but skin), North America's biggest nude beach awaits you. Just follow the COVID-19 rules at Wreck Beach, and never take photos without permission.

149. Sky diving at Abbotsford

So you just watched Keanu Reeves jump out of plane in the original Point Break, and you're reminded you've always wanted to try sky diving (preferably with a chute). You can try sky diving at Abbotsford.

150. Buntzen Lake trails

This is hardly a secret, because Buntzen Lake is a wildly popular spot to swim and picnic in the warmer months. The hiking trails are fantastic, but you'll need to start your day early to ensure you get a spot in the parking lot before it's full. Happy trails.