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:
Visit the Seawall & Stanley Park:
The Seawall is a 22 km path that lines Vancouver’s waterfront and acts as the perimeter to Stanley Park, Vancouver’s largest park.. The Seawall offers two lanes, one for walking/jogging and the other for biking/rollerblading/skateboarding. There’s nothing better then going for a stroll along the Seawall or packing a picnic and spending the day in the sun. Other Stanley Park highlights include free Movies in the Park (every Tuesday evening in July and August), epic outdoor concerts, taking a tour of the park on a house-drawn carriage or visiting the Vancouver Aquarium.
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. Some famous hikes include the Chief in Squamish, the Grouse Grind, Deep Cove and Lynn Valley.
Get out in the water
Vancouver is home to nine beaches, many with volleyball nets, running and biking routes, park benches, barbecues, 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.
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.
Try a new brunch spot
Vancouver has a lot of yummy places to have brunch, especially on the weekends!
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.
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, as well as the Playland Nights at the PNE.
Watch a Canucks home game
Like in other Canadian cities, Vancouver-ites 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!
Visit Granville Island
Granville Island is known for its fresh food market, as well as its galleries, theatres, restaurants, studios and shops. Walk around and check out some of the awesome vendors, have lunch on the pier, or shop for dinner at the market. If your feeling like trying something new, rent a paddle board and take a tour of False Creek by board. Add to the fun and take the Aqua Bus there!
Vancouver-ites are spoiled for choice with three local mountains in our backyard (Grouse, Cypress and Seymour). Trying your hand at skiing or snowboarding is a must during your time here. Or if you want something a little more relaxing, rent some snow shoes and take a winter walk through some of the amazing trails. And if you have a bit more money to spare, try making a weekend trip to Whistler Blackcomb Mountain, one of the best ski hills in Canada.
We hope you’ve found this list useful. Now get out there and enjoy all that Vancouver has to offer!