When winter has the rest of Canada in its thrall, Vancouverites are brushing cherry blossoms off their shoulders. It’s no wonder Vancouver is one of the world’s most liveable cities!
Ringed by mountains, big nature, and extensive ocean views, Canada’s west coast city is the best place to be for outdoor enthusiasts. And yet, if you’re looking for a more cosmopolitan feel, the city has that too!
Here’s a quick guide to things to do in Vancouver.
An outdoor playground just minutes away
Vancouver is famous for being a place where you can ski or go rock climbing in the morning, and golf or sail in the afternoon. Mountain biking? No problem. Just head to Whistler!
On any day of the week, you’re likely to find Vancouverites kayaking in False Creek, hiking the North Shore Mountains, or sailing in English Bay.
The city’s epic Stanley Park is a nature-lover’s dream smack dab in the middle of the city. 400 hectares of evergreen forest, rose gardens, cricket pitches, beaches, and MORE! Simply stroll the length of the park for amazing ocean views, or bike it.
If you want even bigger adventure, opt for the two-hour journey north of Vancouver to Whistler, where you’ll find the world-class Whistler ski resort. It’s Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains that feature more than 200 marked runs and 39 lifts. Whistler is the largest ski area in North America!
When the snow melts, Whistler becomes the go-to place for mountain bikers, golfers, and hikers. Whether you’re an amateur or a pro, there’s something for everyone.
In the city
Never under-estimate the charms of Vancouver – even if you’re not an adventurer, the city provides endless entertainment, incredible dining, fun-filled nightlife and everything in between.
Here with the whole family? Check out the Vancouver Aquarium, Science World, or the Vancouver Museum and Planetarium.
If you’re looking for arts and culture, Granville Island in the heart of False Creek is a must. Galleries, boutiques, theatres, restaurants, and even a craft brewery are all found here, as well as dozens of artisans and food vendors.
For the young and energetic, make sure you check local listings for any upcoming festivals, including bike races and street parties.
Foodies, you’ll also find what you’re looking for here. Retro holes-in-the-wall, local seafood, superb Asian delicacies, etc. Sushi lover? Vancouver is for you!
Looking for something different?
Once you’ve had your fill of Vancouver, head to Victoria, on the beautiful Vancouver Island. This small, sophisticated city is brilliantly multicultural with a laidback, outdoorsy vibe. It’s perfect for those who want the excitement of a city, but in a smaller setting.
Just a 95-minute ferry ride trip from Vancouver, Victoria is ideally placed across from Juan de Fuca strait and the tower mountains of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Explore the Inner Harbour, go golfing, wander the Butchart Gardens, or simply relax in one of Canada’s most beautiful cities.
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