This is a place I have been going to since I was a kid! I absolutely love a trip to VanDusen Botanical Garden, where you can easily get lost in time and end up spending an entire day just admiring the beauty here! Transport yourself from the city (within the city) to an incredibly peaceful oasis the moment you step foot at the gardens. Located just south of Downtown Vancouver, the gardens can be reached easily by car or transit, making for a great way to spend an afternoon. The hedge maze here is one of my favourite parts, so be sure to get lost and have fun finding yourself (and your companion) again. Photographer's, be sure to bring all your DSLR! You might also get lucky and find an event, like a wedding or Super Luxury Racecars, happening on the grounds during the summer months.