Bucket list for Vancouver

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Vancouver has so much to offer and many people who visit return again and again (or end up moving there). If you’ve never been, it’s time to book a trip and check out our list of some of the best things to see and do in Vancouver.

Tackle Grouse Mountain

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Hikers heading up the Grouse Grind (Image: Andrew Bowden used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

A favourite way to burn calories and get moving for many locals and tourists is the Grouse Grind. This is a 2.9 kilometre hike up the face of Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain and is known as “nature’s stairmaster”, so you know you’re in for a challenge. It’s recommended that novice hikers give themselves two hours, but otherwise it takes about an hour and a half on average. More than a hundred thousand people tackle this hike every year.

Orders some sushi

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Plate of sushi (Image: Geoff Peters)

If you love sushi, you’ll be able to get your fix in Vancouver, which is known to have some of the best and cheapest sushi in North America, thanks in part to its large Asian population. Give Toshi Sushi and Aoki Sushi a try, both known to be budget-friendly, but super-fresh and delicious.

Visit Stanley Park

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Stanley Park (Image: InSapphoWeTrust used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

Vancouver’s first and largest urban park is a must-see spot on any trip to the city. At 1,000 acres it’s one of the biggest urban parks in North America. Designated a national historic site of Canada, there is plenty to see and do in Stanley Park. Stroll along the seawall, explore more than 27 kilometers of trails, cool off in the Stanley Park water park or pool, play tennis or have a picnic. The possibilities are endless at Stanley Park.

Check out Gastown

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Street in Gastown (Image: flightlog)

Gastown is known as the cultural and historic heart of Vancouver and it’s also the oldest neighbourhood in the city, established in 1867. Today, Gastown is where you’ll find some of the city’s best shopping, food and galleries. Not to mention, the area was named the 4th most stylish neighbourhood in the world in 2012.

Make your way across Capilano Suspension Bridge

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Capilano Suspension Bridge (Image: Bryce Edwards)

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Vancouver is Capilano Suspension Bridge – with good reason. Originally built in 1889, the bridge is 70 metres above Capilano River, and stretches 137 metres across. Expect epic views and a thrilling walk across to the other side. There are also other attractions here that allow visitors to get up close and personal with nature

Head to Granville Island

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Produce for sale on Granville Island (Image: Eric Mueller used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

It’s not hard to see why Granville Island is one of the most popular spots in Vancouver. Browse the famous public market where you’ll find everything from farm fresh produce to baked goods to unique homemade products. Stop at a waterfront restaurant, look through unique shops and boutiques, and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere Granville Island has to offer.

Hit the beach

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Jericho Beach (Image: Ruth Hartnup)

There are a seemingly endless supply of beaches to choose from in Vancouver. Whether you’re looking to swim, sunbathe, picnic, people watch or play sports, there’s a stretch of sand waiting for you. Try Kitsilano Beach, Jericho Beach, or Spanish Banks, to name a few. And if you’re feeling adventurous or don’t want tan lines, check out Vancouver’s Wreak Beach, Canada’s largest legal clothing optional beach.

Lead photo: JamesZ_Flickr

Bucket list for Vancouver was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Jessica Padykula
Author: Jessica Padykula (292 posts)

Jessica Padykula is a Toronto-based writer and editor who regularly covers travel and lifestyle trends. When she’s not writing or researching a story she can be found planning trips to places near and far in a never-ending quest to travel the world.