It is Canada’s 150th anniversary and there is so much to explore here. Especially Vancouver; where the weather is milder and you can view the Rockies for days. Not to mention, travelling within Canada would be much cheaper, since you won’t be losing money on exchange rates and it is rated one of the top places to visit in 2017!
We did a 6 day trip during late May last year, so here are ideas of things to do while in Vancouver
Hotel suggestion: Blue Horizon Hotel which is on 1225 Robson Street.
- Tried their Jappa dogs right on Robson street
- Took a bus to Granville island
- Checked out Granville island public market and had some freshly squeezed juice.
- Sat and enjoyed the view of the harbour
- Took the Granville island ferry (costs about $5 one way) to get across to English bay beach and watched the sunset from the beach, even though it was super cloudy.
- Spotted an Inukshuk; usually used as markers for Inuit communication for directional purposes to tell someone they are on the right path.
- Hung around the A-maze-ing Laughter city artwork. Which is 14 bronze statues of men laughing hysterically at God knows what, but perhaps to bring about laughter to people who view it. The caption reads “May this sculpture inspire laughter playfulness and joy in all who experience it”. Sometimes we all need a little laughter in life to get away from our worries.
- Breakfast at Medina café, located a few blocks down from our hotel. I definitely recommend this place, great food and amazing coffee (this is coming from a non-coffee drinker)
- Headed down to Vancouver Island. Took a bus to catch the BC Ferries, from there, it is about a 2 and a half hour ferry ride. It goes by really fast though, because the views of the mountains and ocean are amazing.
- Once we got to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, we headed towards Victoria, BC. It is about a 45 minute get to Victoria. You will need to a rent a car for this, unless you are going with a bus tour.
- Checked out the Inner Harbour area, along with their famous British Columbia Parliament building
- Ideally when you come to Vancouver Island, it is good to rent a car and stay here for a few days, as there is a lot to see here. We just did an impromptu day trip and took the last ferry back to Vancouver later that night.
- This has to be my favorite day in Vancouver. We headed down to the town of Squamish. It is about an hour drive from downtown Vancouver. The views along the way are breathtaking. We took a shuttle from downtown Vancouver which headed towards Sea to Sky gondola, this is a fairly new facility where you can enjoy the beauty of Squamish from high above.
- Took the gondola up to the facility; there is a café to warm up, hiking trails of different levels and suspension bridges connecting you to a more closer views of the mountains.
- Ate up top on their patio and once you eat a burger with this view, you will never view eating a burger the same, again. Great experience. This place is MUST see, you will not be disappointed. It cost us about $69 for the shuttle and ticket price for sea to sky gondola.
- Took a bus to Stanley Park. The best way of exploring the park is by biking around the seawall. Walking around would take much longer, so it took us 2 days to explore most it.
- Saw Totem Poles.
- Walked around the Seawall.
- Ate a bagel on top of Prospect point, which is one of the highest vantage points of the park.
- Drove down to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. It is a very touristy place so it was super crowded.
- Checked out their Cliff-walk on the Capilano Canyon.
- Did some tree top trekking. It is better to go here early when the afternoon crowd hasn’t arrived, as I found it to be a little too crowded.
- In the afternoon we ate on their patio and enjoyed some great live music.
- Later in the day we headed to Grouse Mountain.
- Took gondola up, usually people also hike up. Once on the mountain, we hiked up further to catch a glimpse of the city.
- Saw a Majestic looking Grizzly bear
- Later that night, we went to Coal harbour, to catch the sunset and eat patio dinner at Cactus club
- Went to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, great serene place in the middle of the city, which makes you forget that you are in the city.
- Explored China town Vancouver, largest one in Canada.
- Went back to Stanley Park, to explore where we left off on Day 4.
- Saw the Siwash Rock.
- Came across a small pond and fed the ducks. There are many hidden ponds and mini lakes to explore.
- Enjoyed the views of Lions Gate Bridge.
So that wrapped up our 6 days here. Vancouver is beautiful and I would move here in a heartbeat. The weather is mild, there is so much nature to enjoy, and the drive on the Sea to Sky highway is one of the most scenic drives, on must experience.
Hope you enjoyed 🙂