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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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