New to Vancouver?

Don’t know where to go or what to do? Look no further! Here’s a list of the best things to do in this beautiful city:

Downtown Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver

1)     Visit Stanley Park
There’s a lot to do in Stanley Park, like walking or biking along the seawall, grabbing a bite to eat, taking a tour of the park on a house-drawn carriage, visiting the Vancouver Aquarium, or observing the wildlife.

2)     Go for a hike
There are hundreds of hiking trails in British Columbia, ranging from an hour to a few days long, and many of them are very close to the city. Witness beautiful waterfalls and breathtaking views while doing your body good.

3)     Get out in the water
Vancouver is home to nine beaches, many with volleyball nets, running and biking routes, park benches, barbeques, washrooms and restaurants. Some of the most popular beaches include Jericho, English Bay and Kits Beach. While busiest in the summer months, people enjoy the beach areas year round.

4)     Visit the Art Gallery
Visit a contemporary or historical exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Take a tour or explore on your own, and save room to eat at the Gallery Café. 

5)     Try a new brunch spot
Vancouver has a lot of yummy places to have brunch, especially on the weekends!

6)     Have a wild night out
Vancouver has a few ‘hot spots’ for nightlife. The Granville strip has the most nightclubs and lounges, and some of the roads are often closed off to allow foot traffic only. Other popular areas include chic Yaletown, old school Gastown, and hipster Main Street.

7)     Go to a festival or fair
Vancouver is home to all kinds of festivals and events, ranging from farmer’s markets to music festivals, as well as arts and crafts fairs and plays like the ones at Bard on the Beach.

8)     Visit a food truck
Food trucks have blown up in Vancouver and there are so many to choose from. If you want to try them all, visit the Food Cart Fest that happens weekly in the summer.

9)     Watch a Canucks home game
Like in other Canadian cities, Vancouverites are passionate about their hockey. Join the boisterous crowd at Rogers Arena and watch the Canucks take on another NHL team. Don’t forget to wear Canucks colours!

10)  Visit Granville Island
Granville Island is known for its fresh food market, as well as its galleries, theatres, restaurants and shops. Add to the fun and take the Aqua Bus there!

We hope you’ve found this list useful. Now get out there and enjoy all that Vancouver has to offer! 

By Yasmin Iqbal