Best Things To Do In Vancouver On Your Visit To Canada
Vancouver is a geographical miracle! The city offers lush rain forests, vast mountains, the British Colombia West Coast, and a skiing paradise too. The city has been voted as one of the most livable cities in the world consistently. There are numerous activities to do in this city as several hiking trails, hundreds of parks, and rivers wait to be explored.
Walk/Cycle in the Stanley Park
It is a huge 1000 acres area that has everything from beaches, playgrounds, splash parks, hiking trails, botanical gardens, aquarium, to sport grounds.
It has a golf course and 17 tennis courts. Also, don’t miss the Vancouver Aquarium where there are almost 50,000 marine creatures.One of the famous attractions here are the horse-drawn tours, where you can sit back and enjoy the beauty. There’s also a 5.5 mile seawall where you can jog or take your bike.
Immerse in Art at the Vancouver Art Gallery
This gem of a gallery features contemporary and historic art depicting British Columbia’s rich heritage. While you’re here, do check out works of Emily Carr, a West Coast artist who illustrated the landscape of the First Nations cultures.
Visit Granville Island
The former industrial site is now transformed into a market area with numerous food joints, galleries, and parks. A cute aquabus takes you across the False Creek, to this shopping paradise. The island is free to visit and open all year round. The best thing here is the Granville Island Public Market, one of the best open-air markets in North America.
Hike Up the Grouse Mountain
It’s known as the Peak of Vancouver and is famous among locals and tourists alike. The peak is famous for activities like hiking & ziplining in summer and ice skating in winters. People not interested in adventure can take a gondola ride up and enjoy the amazing views. The peak is only 20 minutes from downtown.
Sea-to-Sky Gondola Ride
You can also go to the Sea to Sky Gondola ride which takes you up to an altitude of 2800 feet. You can visit the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge there to experience the spectacular 360 degree views of the Squamish region.
Visit the Popular Capilano Suspension Bridge
It is a 10 minute drive ahead on the Grouse Mountain route. The bridge covers over 450 feet across the Capilano River at a height of 230 feet in the air.
Thought not for the faint-hearted, walking on the bridge offers impressive views of the rainforest. There are other activities like cliff walk, hikes and adventures, and a Living Forest exhibit.
There is another lesser known suspension bridge in the Lynn Canyon Park too.
Vancouver Skyline At Night
Science World at TELUS World of Science, Vancouver
Experience the authenticity of Chinatown, right in the neighborhood. It has various inexpensive markets and funk shops. Also, the dimsums here cannot be missed!
The tranquil Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden here is the first authentic Chinese garden ever built outside China. Immerse in the beautiful architecture (made by hand), peaceful paths, and the winding brooks.
Relax at Vancouver Beaches
The English Bay Beach, situated in the western part, is known for its beautiful sunset. If you’re looking for a naturist (clothing optional) beach, you can go to the 4.8 miles long Wreck beach. Jericho Beach is another option if you’re looking for some water sports. Kitsilano Beach and Spanish Banks are other options too.
Stroll Through the VanDusen Botanical Garden
Almost 7,500 plant species can be seen in this 55 acres garden. The species are got from all over the world. There’s a hedge maze made up of 3,000 cedars and a pretty lake to explore.
Gastown is one of the oldest districts in Vancouver which sets a beautiful example of their history. The quaint cobblestone paths, designer shops, art galleries, and the refurbished buildings are an experience in itself! The district also boasts of world’s first steam-powered clock.
Few Other Experiences in Vancouver
There are numerous popular food trucks that serve diverse cuisines, Mr.Bannock being one of them. If you’re interested in some amazing nightlife, Yaletown is the best place to be. Check out Foodie Tours in your area which will offer you the most diverse cuisines.
If you’re here sometime from May to October, don’t miss the largest night market in North America. Richmond Night Market is filled with numerous food stalls, game arenas, and great entertainment.
You may also go for whale watching here. The marine life here is very rich and you may spot orcas, humpbacks, dolphins, and many more.
Thinking of shopping? Robson Street is a very popular shopping street where you will find trendy shops and great brands. Main Street is also filled with stores, cafes, and bars. If interested in vintage stores, you can go to Commercial Drive.
FlyOver Canada is another attraction where you can experience flying over Canada with the help of technology. The film is projected on a huge dome screen and your experience is enhanced with the help of mist, scents, and wind.
Vancouver Lookout is a panoramic observation deck from where you can enjoy a stunning view of the city around.