Clawing its way up several bucket lists, Vancouver is a revered destination and is considered the heart and soul of Western Canada. Vancouver is the country’s third-largest city, made up of a lovely coastal metropolis with stunning beaches overlooking the Pacific Ocean, eventful hiking trails in the north and several restaurants offering the best cuisines in the land.
And whereas you can cover Vancouver’s highlights in 3-4 days, you can stretch your stay to up to a week and still have an eventful vacation. British Columbia’s largest city offers plenty to all travellers, and this guide will help you plan your vacation.
What to see in Vancouver
Whether you fancy its exceptional outdoors or want to party away the night, Vancouver is a versatile destination with so much up its sleeve. Here is what to see on your trip to the city.
Visit Stanley Park
The sprawling 1000-acre outdoor area offers a splendid experience with nature. Stanley Park has several attractions, such as a zoo, a train, swimming pools, historical landmarks, a golf course, tennis courts, hiking trails, beaches and an aquarium. There are also several dining options, such as the Fish House, Teahouse, and Bicycle Bistro, where you can grab a quick bite.
Check out the Granville Island Public Market
One of the best ways to blend with the locals is by heading to this public market, where you will find an assortment of homemade products, fresh food, and handmade gizmos. In addition, the market is the best place to get souvenirs such as bath products, silk scarves, and jewellery. The Farmer’s Market is an absolute delight and is open every Thursday during the summer months (June to September). Stop here for baked treats, candied salmon and plump fruit.
Lynn Canyon Park
The picturesque Lynn Canyon is found in the north of the city and is the perfect place to get a taste of the West Coast’s bustling wildlife without having to venture to Whistler or Squamish. The breathtaking nature walk is a wholesome experience that will live long on in memory after your trip. There are several hiking trails through the fir trees, and a walk across the suspension bridge is one not to miss. The walking tour will take about 3 hours and costs about $102.57 per adult.
Visit The Vancouver Art Gallery
It is undoubtedly the best spot to acquaint oneself with local artistry. The beautiful art gallery is a not-for-profit with an explosive catalogue and a worthwhile day trip to the city. However, visitors are charged an admission fee for access to the gallery. And if the gallery is at capacity, a timed ticket will be processed for the next available slot that is convenient for your schedule. Admissions start at $21.23.
Visit Grouse Mountain
Perched at 1200 meters above sea level in North Vancouver, Grouse Mountain ski resort is one of Canada’s most revered ski and snowboarding destinations. The beautiful region is just as endearing in summer, with many taking to the myriad hiking trails. Grouse Mountain also has a wildlife refuge home to two rescued grizzly bears, a kids treetop adventure playground, a zipline and a Skyride taking you up and down the mountain.
Where to stay in Vancouver
There are several neighbourhoods to pick from in Vancouver regarding accommodation options. However, West End, Gastown, Yaletown, and Downtown are the best of the bunch, with several hotels and hostels. Here are our recommendations;
Nightlife in Vancouver
Vancouver is your ideal destination if you fancy an all-nighter on the dance floor while enjoying a few cocktails and beer. The bustling nightlife here is one of the best in Canada, if not the whole world. There are several upscale cocktail bars and nightclubs, such as Bar None Nightclub, Celebrities Nightclub, The Roxy Cabaret, and The Red Room.
Vancouver offers the perfect blend of beautiful outdoors, exceptional cuisines and robust nightlife. We hope this guide helps you plan your trip to the beautiful coastal paradise.