Richmond & Steveston
The new Canada Line SkyTrain link has made the region's modern-day Chinatown much easier to reach from downtown Vancouver. Hop aboard and head down the line for a half-day of Asian shopping malls – centered on the Golden Village area – followed by a taste-trip through Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese restaurants.
Immediately east of Vancouver and accessible via SkyTrain from the city, Burnaby is a residential suburb with a half-day's worth of attractions. The pathways of tranquil Deer Lake Park crisscross meadows and woodlands, circling a lake where fowl and other wildlife hang out. In summer, it's the home of the annual Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival.