One of the things I love about living here is how spoiled we are with great travel destinations just at our backdoor. People from all over the world travel with great expense to get to Whistler, for example, and we can be there in 90 minutes. The Okanagan and wine country? A mere 4-hour drive from my door. Tofino, which is magical, is a little further, but still accessible within a day.
There are other cool travel destinations that are even closer, and because I sadly cannot afford to go to Europe every summer (which, let’s face it, just seems wrong), I’m going to explore a bunch of those backyard destinations instead.
I’m starting with Ladner BC (not to be confused with Langley, which I am going to get to a bit later in the summer), which is just about a 30 minute drive my downtown door. It’s just on the other side of the Massey Tunnel, and on the banks of the Fraser River.
I have a few friends that have now chosen to call this place home, and I get it. It has a real, small-town cozy feeling.
Where to stay
There are no actual hotels in Ladner Village, per se, but lots of B&B’s. There’s a cool-looking place right on the water called The Duck Inn, but we stayed in a float home with our own balcony looking over the river. The hosts were lovely and the breakfast was great.
What to do
Try to go or be there on one of these dates: July 8/22, Aug 12/26 or Sept 9. These are the dates for the Ladner Village Market. This is one of the biggest Farmer’s Markets in BC. It takes over nearly all of the downtown core, and features artisan-made goods, not just produce. I was super impressed with this market, and I couldn’t believe that I’d never made the drive to check it out.
Where to caffeinate
Where to eat
I haven’t had a chance to eat here yet, but the newly-opened Il Posto comes highly recommended by my friend Lindsay (who, as the food editor at Vancouver Is Awesome knows a thing or two…). Chef Terry Pichor has opened a casual neighbourhood Italian joint that is doing it up right: simple, fresh ingredients, attention to detail… I’m going back soon to try the pizzas.
Where to shop
If you are more of a fashionsita, you can check out South Coast Casuals (owned by one of my former students).
Finally, check out Dragonfly Antique and Salvage, a hidden gem in Ladner BC. I could spend hours here browsing through all the cool junk they have.
Get out and explore your backyard this summer! We’ll be on the Island, in the Okanagan, and I’m hoping to get up to Squamish as well. I’ll report back! Where are you planning on travelling this summer?