Now that summer has officially started, it’s time to round up your friends, family and/or significant other and hit the road for some memorable drives. If you’re looking for some fun pit stops along the way, here are the top three places in the Lower Mainland to pull over, recline the seat and enjoy the view.
Twilight Drive-In (Langley)
Rewind the clock back to the 1950s and 60s when watching movies in your car was all the rage by visiting Metro Vancouver’s only drive-in theatre. Open from now until the end of November, rain or shine, general admission includes two new-releases shown back-to-back. Simply pull in, purchase your ticket(s), pickup some popcorn and snacks from the full concession and tune your radio to the advertised frequency to enjoy surround sound via your stereo system.
Top tip: bring a minivan or crossover with fold-flat seats (think Infiniti QX50) with some pillows and blankets, back into a parking spot and stretch out in the cargo area.
Fraser River Park (Vancouver)
Feel the sound of powerful jet engines as planes fly out of YVR International Airport, right over Fraser River Park. Located at the corner of West 75th Avenue and Angus Drive on the Vancouver side of the Fraser River, this is about as close as you can get to the action without actually being on Sea Island.
Top tip: the experience is even better if your vehicle has a panoramic moonroof, like the New Volkswagen Golf Sportwagon.
River Road (Richmond)
Richmond’s winding River Road stretches all across the north side of Lulu Island running parallel with the Mighty Fraser, offering great looks of the water, tugboats, and people fishing off the banks. You can start from any point — I recommend where No. 5 Road meets River Road — and make your way in either direction, stopping at one of the many gravel sections off to the side.
Top tip: the scenic route can’t be beat behind the wheel of a convertible. Try the new Mazda MX-5 with its quick-folding manual soft top that can be operated with a single hand from the driver’s seat.